Truant (Ability)

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Truant なまけ
Lazy
Flavor text
Generation III
Moves only every two turns.
Generation IV
The Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.DPPt
Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.HGSS
Generation V
Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.
Generation VI
The Pokémon can't attack on consecutive turns.
Generation VII
The Pokémon can't use a move the following turn if it uses one.

Truant (Japanese: なまけ Lazy) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Slakoth and Slaking.

Effect

In battle

Every second turn, a Pokémon with Truant cannot use a move due to loafing around, such that the Pokémon can move on its first turn but not its second turn. Switching out or gaining the Ability Truant resets the turn count for Truant. Using an item does not count as a turn for the purposes of Truant. Truant is reset by sleep and a Pokémon with Truant will always be able to attack on the turn they wake up.

Moves with a charging turn, such as Fly, will not work, because the turn in which the move would be executed is the same turn in which the Pokémon will be truant. If the Pokémon uses a move that requires recharging, such as Hyper Beam, then the Pokémon will loaf around due to Truant during the turn that would normally be used recharging; however, the Pokémon still cannot switch out during that turn.

Truant cannot be replaced with Simple Beam, Worry Seed, or Entrainment.

Outside of battle

Truant has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The Pokémon will instead gain the Paused status whenever a special move or a Wonder Orb is used.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, it also inflicts Yawning status condition on all surrounding enemies.

Pokémon with Truant

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal Truant None None
Slaking Slaking Normal Normal Truant None None
Durant Durant Bug Steel Swarm Hustle Truant
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Sawyer Slaking Truant.png Harvest Island Slaking.png None.png
Sawyer's Slaking Unknown Trainer's Slaking
The Pokémon occasionally becomes too lazy to attack during battle.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
289 Slaking Slaking occasionally becomes too lazy to attack during battle.
Unknown Trainer's Slaking The Journalist from Another Region! Debut
Sawyer's Slaking Analysis Versus Passion! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 懶惰 Lǎnduò
France Flag.png French Absentéisme
Germany Flag.png German Schnarchnase
Italy Flag.png Italian Pigrone
South Korea Flag.png Korean 게으름 Geeureum
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Preguiça
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ausente
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Aylak
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Lười biếng


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