Slaking, The Lazy Pokémon. It spends all day lying down and lolling about. It eats grass growing within its reach. If it eats all the grass it can reach, it reluctantly moves to another spot. Wherever it lives, rings of over a yard in diameter appear in grassy fields. They are made by it as it eats all the grass within reach while lying prone on the ground. It is the world's most slothful Pokémon. However, it can exert horrifying power by releasing pent-up energy all at once. Hordes of Slaking gather around trees when fruits come into season. They wait around patiently for ripened fruits to fall out of the trees.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Slaking would have to be this:


Return/Double-Edge/Body Slam
Shadow Ball
Focus Punch

Items Attached:

Choice Band

Preferred Nature:

Adamant or Jolly

Strategy Using Slaking

Slaking, due to its typing and trait, is best suited for the "generic Normal typed Choice Bander" set. Double-Edge is the more powerful of the moves but causes recoil while Body Slam can induce Paralysis but is weaker in comparison. Return is the middle ground. Earthquake and Shadow Ball cover all the resistant types while Focus Punch leaves a huge dent in the things that resist (Skarmory for example).

Like most Choice Banders it's entirely reliant on prediction, you need to predict when to switch into play and what move to use once in play, then predict how to get out without putting another Pokémon at risk. Slaking is rather user friendly for switching in, since its high HP stat and average Defence stat can take a few beatings, just don't overestimate what it can withstand.

EV Corner:

EVs: 6 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) or Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

It's up to you whether to go Jolly or Adamant. Most people choose Adamant and it's probably the best choice, since the things Jolly outruns aren't the easiest Pokémon to switch into. You could also opt to go with Max HP over Max Speed since you can still outrun the common tanks without any Speed EV.

Other Optional Sets:

Slaking @ Leftovers
EVs: 240 HP / 148 Spd / 122 SDef
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Body Slam/Return/Double-Edge
- Earthquake/Slack Off/Rest
- Shadow Ball/Slack Off/Rest
- Bulk Up

The 2v2 Slaking. Get your partner to Skill Swap traits, kick off 1 or 2 Bulk Ups and then sweep. A recovery move is always nice (Rest can work with Early Bird if you Swap that as your trait) and is advised to replace one of your support attacks, but they aren't a necessity.

Slaking @ Leftovers
EVs: 6 HP / 252 Spd / 252 SAtk
Rash Nature (+SAtk, -SDef)
- Return/Double-Edge
- Thunderbolt/Pursuit
- Ice Beam/Pursuit
- Flamethrower/Pursuit

Special Slaking. You could probably get a KO or 2 just out of surprised. Pursuit could catch something that has been weakened on the run.

Strategy Against Slaking

If you've got a fast Substitute or Protect on the Pokémon that is up against Slaking then that'll beat it. Also, Endure-Reversal Pokémon make for great counters. Otherwise, all you can do is predict. The standard Slaking has a move that hits every Pokémon for at least neutral damage so you'll only beat it by out predicting your opponent.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Slaking would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:


Rain dance
Aerial ace
Hyper beam

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Slaking

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Aerial ace/Rain dance, 2nd - Rain dance/thunderbolt, 3rd - Thunderbolt/Rain dance, 4th - Aerial ace/Thunderbolt, 5th - Hyperbeam

Locations in Games


Evolve Vigoroth


Trade from R/S/E

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from R/S/E

Animé Appearences

Slaking has had a few Animé Appearences. In them they are owned by Norman and thus used in his Gym battle against Ash

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