Truant (Ability)

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.
Generation VIII
The Pokémon can't use a move if it had used a move on the previous turn.
Generation IX
Each time the Pokémon uses a move, it spends the next turn loafing around.

Truant (Japanese: なまけ Lazy) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V and in Generation IX, it is 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. In Generation V, Truant is reset by sleep and a Pokémon with Truant will always be able to attack on the turn it wakes up. In Generation III, using a healing item counts as a turn for Truant.

Moves with a charging turn, such as Fly, will not work (unless the user is holding a Power Herb), because the turn in which the move would be executed is the same turn in which the Pokémon will be truant.

If a Pokémon with Truant uses a move that forces it to recharge next turn (such as Hyper Beam), then it will loaf around and recharge during the same turn. Because of the recharge, this Pokémon will be unable to use items or switch out on this turn.

If a Pokémon gains Truant after it calls upon Mega Evolution, Ultra Burst, or Dynamax at the beginning of a turn, but before it moves that turn, Truant will activate on its first attempt to move.

Truant cannot be overwritten by Simple Beam, Worry Seed, or Entrainment, but it can be overwritten by Skill Swap, Role Play, Doodle, or Mummy, or disabled with Gastro Acid or Neutralizing Gas.

If a Pokémon with Truant uses a move and is then Instructed to use the move again, the Pokémon will loaf around instead of executing that move. Then, in the next turn, the Pokémon with Truant will be able to use a move normally.

If a Pokémon with Truant is sent out following an ally Pokémon fainting to end-of-turn damage, Truant will activate on its first attempt to move.

Encore will force a Pokémon with Truant to be locked into using the last move used.

Outside of battle

Truant has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Truant

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0287   Slakoth
Normal Normal Truant None None
0289   Slaking
Normal Normal Truant None None
0632   Durant
Bug Steel Swarm Hustle Truant
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

 
Truant activating in Super Mystery Dungeon

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, and the Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare) games, when a Pokémon with this Ability uses a move or a Wonder Orb, the Pokémon gains the Paused status which prevents the Pokémon from taking any action the next turn.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, Truant instead causes the truant status condition for one turn. Unlike the previous Paused status, the truant status only prevents the Pokémon from using moves and allows the use of items. Truant additionally can inflict the Yawning status condition on all surrounding enemies when the Pokémon with the Ability Truant is asleep. The Truant Wand allows the user to change any Pokémon's Ability to Truant, including bosses.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Prevents action in your next turn after using a move or a Wonder Orb.
MDTDS Keeps the Pokémon from taking an action in the turn after using a move or a Wonder Orb.
BSL わざを くりだしたり ふしぎだまを つかった つぎのターンは こうどうできない
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD When the Pokémon uses a move, it will get the truant status condition! Also, if an enemy Pokémon is next to the sleeping Pokémon with this Ability, it will get the yawning status condition!
MDRTDX When the Pokémon uses a move, it will get the Truant condition. Also, if an enemy Pokémon is next to a sleeping Pokémon with this Ability, the enemy will sometimes get the Yawning condition.


In the anime

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


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 懶惰 Láahndoh
Mandarin 懶惰 / 懒惰 Lǎnduò
  French Absentéisme
  German Schnarchnase
  Italian Pigrone
  Korean 게으름 Geeureum
Portuguese   Brazil Molenga (manga)
Preguiça
  Portugal Preguiça
  Spanish PerezaIX+
AusenteIIIVIII
  Turkish Aylak
  Vietnamese Lười biếng


  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.