Slaking, The Lazy Pokémon. The world's laziest Pokémon. When it is lounging, it is actually saving energy for striking back. This Pokémon lives lying on its side. It only rolls over and moves when there is no more grass to eat.It moves to another spot when there's no food left within its reach.
Looking at Slaking’s stats, the ape looks like the perfect offensive Pokemon for any team. With a monstrous 160 attack stat and a mediocre 100 speed stat, Slaking is bound to go places. That is until you look at its ability, Truant. This ability guarantees that even if Slaking gains a lot of momentum and takes out a Pokemon, it cannot keep it up. So if Slaking is a Pokemon of choice, keep Truant in mind. It also has an amazing HP stat, for great natural bulk.
Truant: Every other turn, the user of this ability cannot attack. This is what hinders Slaking from being a godly force to be reckoned with. It cannot keep its momentum.
The purpose of the Choice Band is to make Slaking as powerful as possible while its attacking on the turn that it can attack. Return is used as Slaking’s main STAB and it deals major damage to anything that it does not resist normal type. Night Slash is used as coverage for ghost types that are immune to Return, and Earthquake hits steel types that resist Return. Pursuit can be used to trap any psychic or ghost type that looks like it would want to switch out. Lastly, Retaliate can be used to do extreme damage to any Pokemon after a teammate has been taken down.
You would be a powerhouse, but you're just Slaking
This set functions similarly to the Banded set, but it exchanges attack power for protection against crippling status effects. A single Will-O-Wisp would pretty much render Slaking useless. Return still functions as the main STAB, putting heavy dents into Pokemon that do not resist normal type and Earthquake is for steel types that resist normal type attacks. Night Slash is for the ghost types that are immune to Return, but it can do good damage to psychic types as well. Retaliate is used for that revenge kill moment, when one of your team members has gone down.
Giga Impact, Hammer Arm, Shadow Claw, Brick Break, Slack Off
Double & Triple Battle Options
Slaking is given an opportunity in double battles that it doesn’t have in singles. If a partner Pokemon on the field were to use Skill Swap, it would take away Slaking’s horrible ability. No longer having such a hindering ability, Slaking can now become the godly sweeper it was meant to be. Another way to get rid of Truant is to have Slaking and Cofagrigus on the same field. Then have Slaking attack Cofagrigus and passing Mummy to Slaking.
Cofagrigus can be a great Partner if your opponent doesn’t catch on to your strategy. First, send out Cofagrigus and have it pass Mummy onto the opponent’s Pokemon. Then when Slaking attacks the Pokemon with Mummy, Slaking will also have Mummy, thereby getting rid of Truant. This relies a lot on your opponent though. If he/she was to figure out this plan, they would probably switch out asap.
With Truant, countering Slaking becomes a lot easier. First, any Pokemon that is bulky enough to take Slaking’s hits and can recover them off on the Truant turn would make Slaking eventually run out of PP. Evo Tangela in the NU tier can do this job well. Also the combination of Substitute and Protect is very useful. Use Protect on the attacking turn and then Substitute on the truant turn. This allows you to wear down Slaking and it can’t do any damage at all. Lastly, it’s more preferable to hit Slaking with special attacks, as its special defense is only at 65.
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