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I mean it's ability doesn't hinder it much when it has bulk that rivals snorlax the god of bulk so what makes it so bad in single battles

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But what if the opponent dosen't have protect
They will just switch to a steel type and then setup with Swords D or SR. Slacking is just a crap pokemon.
It’s ability straight up gives the opponent free turns lol
Also it becomes practiaclly unsuable with paralysis
Sure, Slaking has stats that rival the beings that created the land and sea. But it’s so lazy, it is almost unusable.

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However, the ability Truant completely holds Slaking back from being effective in competitive play, almost negates its amazing stats, and can make it lose to Protect and Substitute. Truant also makes Slaking setup fodder for, most importantly, Speed-boosting Pokemon such as Huntail, Fraxure, and Regice; Slaking will then be outsped and unable to Encore the foe into a boosting move. Due to its horrendous ability, there is absolutely no reason to use Slaking over Bouffalant, Ursaring, or Stoutland.

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Slaking isn't bad per se, but due to it's Truant ability and lack of an alternative/hidden ability, it is compromised despite its formidable offensive and defensive stats. Truant means that every second turn, Slaking "loafs" and this functions similarly to a recharge turn. Pokémon that know Protect, more common in competitive, can exploit this ability and alternate attacks on its Truant turn with Protect when it can attack, rendering it pretty much harmless. An opponent can take advantage of the inactive turn in other ways, for instance scoring a free switch/heal/boost. Given the strong likelihood of a Ghost type on competitive teams and Slaking's coup de grace being Giga Impact (for obvious reasons), a free switch seems feasible even on its good turn. One could argue that it can still hold its own when deployed late in battle against the right opponents, but generally it's a risk in singles. 2v2 and 3v3 is where it really shines, as you can employ strategies to alter its ability to a non-hindering one using moves like Skill Swap/Entrainment/Worry Seed or abilities like Mummy. Slaking is a beast when it can rampage uninterrupted.

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