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Truant なまけ
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.

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.



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 it wakes up.

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 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 is still committed to recharge, and thus is not able to use items or switch out on that 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 or Role Play.

Outside of battle

Truant has no effect outside of battle.

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 VIII 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 or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

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.


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!

In the anime

None.png Harvest Island Slaking.png Sawyer Slaking Truant.png None.png
A Trainer's Slaking Sawyer'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.
A 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
Chinese Cantonese 懶惰 Láahndoh
Mandarin 懶惰 / 懒惰 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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