Slaking Pokémon

Last Modified Jun 29, 2021 13:34 GMT

Slaking is a Generation III normal-type Pokemon, It evolves from Vigoroth starting at level 36 and is the final form of Slakoth. Slakoth is its first form which evolves in Vigoroth at level 18. Slaking resembles sloths and some forms of ape, as well as a Megatherium (giant ground sloth) or a gorilla. Slaking is somewhat humanoid and is only slightly larger than most people at 2.0 m (6'07") and 130.5 kg (287.7 lbs). Slaking has some of the highest stats of a non Legendary Pokemon, though it has become infamous due to its ability: Truant. Truant, makes Slaking immobile every other turn, an ability which has been known to annoy many players.



About Slaking


First appearance in animePokemon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
First appearance in gamePokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Region Hoenn
Evolution N/A
1st Evo levelN/A
2nd Evo levelN/A
Pokedex EntrySlaking spends all day lying down and lolling about. It eats grass growing within its reach. If it eats all the grass it can reach, this Pokémon reluctantly moves to another spot. Wherever Slaking lives, rings of over a yard in diameter appear in grassy fields. They are made by the Pokémon as it eats all the grass within reach while lying prone on the ground. Hordes of Slaking gather around trees when fruits come into season. They wait around patiently for ripened fruits to fall out of the trees.



Slaking Base stats


HP150
ATTACK160
DEFENCE100
SP. ATTACK95
SP. DEFENCE65
SPEED100
TOTAL670


Appearance


Slaking is a large, bulky, ape-like Pokemon with brown shaggy fur with its face, chest, and hands being a lighter tan color. Slaking has thick and jutting, along with a large, pink, pig-like nose, upward pointing fangs that stick out of its mouth, and a semi-circle patterning underneath its eyes. It has a white collar of fur around its neck that extends over the top of its head before ending in a small tuft. Slaking has large, five-fingered hands and two-toed feet. Slaking is slightly larger than most people at 2.0 m (6'07") and 130.5 kg (287.7 lbs), a stature which is a part of its ape-like/humanoid design.


Behavior


During most of the day, Slaking sleeps and stays stationary. Many consider Slaking the laziest Pokémon, but it's lounging behavior is actually saving energy. It can release built-up energy all at once in an exertion of power and can regain this lost energy by using its former signature move, Slack Off. Slaking resides in tropical forests, where it eats grass and fallen ripened fruit. Due to its stationary nature, Slaking only moves around when there is no longer any food within reach for Slaking to eat.


Strengths and Weaknesses


Slaking has high attack and HP stats, with a somewhat low special defense stat. As a normal-type Pokemon, Slaking is weak to fighting-type attacks and immune to ghost-type attacks, with most Pokemon types damaging Slaking normally. Despite these appealing stats and typing, Slaking’s ability Truant, makes it immobile every other turn and thus hopeless against users of Protect and Substitute. This ability is a massive weakness for Slaking in battle.


Best moveset


Slaking’s ability Truant is one of Slakings main weaknesses, since it makes it immobile every other turn and thus hopeless against users of Protect and Substitute. To make up for this, the only real option is utilizing an all-out attack moveset in hopes of knocking out the opponent before Truant kicks in.


ReturnSucker Punch
EarthquakeFire Blast


How to catch Slaking in Pokemon Go?


Slaking, like other normal-types tend to appear near Universities, (similarly to electric-types), and in Residential areas.


Video Guide



Trivia


  1. Slaking is designed to resemble sloths and some forms of ape, as well as a Megatherium (giant ground sloth) or a gorilla
  2. Slaking is a combination of the words slake (to slacken) or slack (to become lazy) and king, as well as a play on the word slacking
  3. Slaking has several similarities to Regigigas: both have hindering abilities, have the highest base Attack stat of all normal-type Pokemon, and have the same base stat totals
  4. Slaking has the highest base stat total of any non Legendary, Mythical, or Mega Evolution Pokemon
  5. Slaking resembles a pre-alpha sketch from the development of Capsule Monsters


FAQs


Why is Slaking so bad?


While Slacking has very good stats, Slaking’s ability Truant makes it immobile every other turn, a massive weakness in battle.


Who is better Snorlax or Slaking?


While Slaking has higher stats than Snorlax, Snorlax doesn’t have the same detrimental ability as Slaking. If you can manage the Truant ability, Slaking is better, otherwise Snorlax has the advantage since it is not immobile every other move.


Is Vigoroth better than Slaking?


While Slaking has much higher stats than its preevolution Vigoroth, Vigoroth doesn’t have the same detrimental ability as its evolution, Slaking. If you can manage the Truant ability, Slaking is better, otherwise Vigoroth has the advantage since it is not immobile every other move.


What is Slaking supposed to be?


Slaking is designed to resemble sloths and some forms of ape, as well as a Megatherium (giant ground sloth) or a gorilla.


Is Slaking worth powering up?


While it can become a powerful defender in Pokemon Go, there are other Pokemon which would be a better use of stardust. If you have stardust to spare then it's worth it, if not powering up a different Pokemon would be better.


Conclusion


While many players get frustrated by Slaking’s detrimental ability, its high stats can make it useful with the right conditions. With its few weaknesses as a normal-type, Slaking can survive the damage done to it when it's immobile.

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