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Wow, amazing that there has never been a moveset question for this guy. Simply amazing.

Slaking learnset

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in double battle this guy's a monster. gastro acid.

 - hammer arm (rock, steel coverage)
 - aerial ace (fighting coverage)
 - double-edge/giga impact (recharge or recoil?)
 - shadow claw (further coverage)

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Gen V

Slaking (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Truant

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Giga Impact
  • Brick Break
  • Rock Slide
How do you get those exact EVs? 4 HP how do you get that?
The right Pokemon.
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Slaking @ Choice Scarf

Adamant Nature +Atk - Sp. Atk

EVS 252 attack / 100 Spd / 60 def / 60 sp def

  • Giga Impact
  • Earthquake
  • Hammer Arm
  • Ice Punch
3 votes

Aww, Nobody put my favorite set...

Revenge... ^_^

Slaking (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Truant

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Retaliate

  • Earthquake

  • Brick Break

  • Shadow Claw

And to answer the question that I KNOW will come up, I choose Retaliate over Giga Impact, because being a revenge killer, he can still do massive damage, and be able to switch.

Uuuum the fact that he has the trait truant makes him perfect for slaking unless you want to switch him out. what I would do is max up his speed, defense, and attack so that Slaking is able to do massive damage with moves like giga impact and then when he is recovering he can take hits.
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Slaking @ Choice Band

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)

  • Return
  • Hammer Arm/Earthquake
  • Shadow Claw
  • Pursuit

Since Slaking should be switching out after it has attacked anyway, a choice item works excellently.
Return is good STAB.
Hammer Arm and Earthquake both have good coverage, Hammer Arm takes care of Normal- Ice and Dark-types while Earthquake takes care of Fire- Electric- and Poison-types both in addition to Rock and Steel types who boths main use is for.
Hammar Arm has 90 Accuracy as opposed to 100 but both are definitely good.
Shadow Claw is used to hit Ghosts.
Pursuit punishes fleeing Pokes.

Good set.
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Slaking (M) @ Leftovers/Life Orb
Trait: Truant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Pursuit
- Return
- Earthquake
- Shadow Claw

Okay, this set has a very particular strategy in mind. It needs a lot of preparation and luck to pull off successfully. As we all know, Slaking has fantastic stats, but is crippled by his ability, forcing him to do nothing every other turn. However, Gen V introduced a new Ghost type, Cofagrigus, with the unique ability Mummy. When a pokemon makes a contact move against him, their ability becomes Mummy too. The ability can spread from pokemon to pokemon through physical contact.

Here's the good part. You send out Cofagrigus on an opponent's physical attacker, who then attacks and gains Mummy. You then send out Slaking. Even if the opponent catches on to your plan and tries to switch out, you use Pursuit, guaranteeing that you will lose your ability. Now, with no Truant, you are free to completely destroy the opponent's team.

Pursuit is there for obvious reasons. Return is your main STAB move, with its 153 base power, sure to leave a dent in anything that doesn't resist it. Earthquake covers Rock- and Steel-types trying to wall you, while Shadow Claw hits Ghost types super effectively, rounding off your coverage. This strategy doesn't always work, but if it does, it's GG no re. Hope I helped :]

you can also use skill swap
Or Gastro acid.
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Slaking @ Silk Scarf
Ability: Truant
Nature: Adamant
- Giga Impact (obviously)
- Rest (restores HP, and because of Truant you don't miss as much as you might with other pokemon)
- Sleep Talk (For the time you can move while resting)
- Roar/Yawn/Crunch/Arial Ace/Brick Break (Forcing them to switch or sleep, or Coverage against ghost (unaffected by Hyper Beam), fighting (it's weakness), rock/steel (which it is not very effective against)

Slaking is easily countered by protect or clever switching because of his Truant Ability, but he is still worth it because he is huge, and fun. You have the rest of your party to deal with those creeps that mess him up, and he owns everything else. Also in Doubles you can have a partner with skill swap, but for that you may want to make a specialized moveset.

Actually, you will be asleep for 6 turns of play ( 3 from rest, 3 from slacking off )
Really? I thought 4, I thought Rest normally did 2 turns.
Nope, it's 3.
It's actually 2 turns
It is random from 2-5 turns.
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Only use this set for when you get rid of Truant.

Slaking (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Truant
EVs: 176 Atk / 184 SDef / 148 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Pursuit
- Return
- Focus Punch
- Substitute

Get behind that sub, and it'll be tough for anyone to break it.

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Slaking @ Leftovers

Trait: Truant

Nature: Adamant

  • Giga Impact: STAB gives it massive power, and you TECHNICALLY won't need to recharge due to Truant.
  • Aerial Ace: Covers Fighting-types, great for accuracy.
  • Earthquake: Power, accuracy, and just a great move all-around.
  • Shadow Claw: Chance for critical hits, good for Ghost-types.
Good job I am going to use this on my Slaking.
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Note: this is ONLY to be used in a double or triple battle with a partner who knows gastro acid or skill swap. Tailwind support, though not absolutely required, is helpful.

Nature: jolly/adamant
Items: life orb or chople berry
Ability: truant
Evs: 4 hp 252 atk 252 spd
Return for stab
Earthquake hits multiple opponents and rock and steel types
Shadow claw: hits ghosts
Brick break/fire punch/rockslide each provide additional coverage.

Protect can also be thrown in there to keep slaking safe while his allies remove threats

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-_- giga impact is so much better then return.
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You want your slaking be strong? Easy...

Earthquake: For Rock type Pokemons

Giga Impact: This attack is used fairly. Since Slaking has a Truant ability, you don't have to worry from recharging.

Fire Punch: In case you encounter any Steel-Type Pokemons

Counter/Shadow Claw: COUNTER= In case you counter any fighting types, this is a great move. SHADOW CLAW: I would definitely recommend this. In case you encounter a ghost type Pokemon.

Now its held item should be: NORMAL GEM

It strengthens the power of your Giga Impact


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Item:Life Orb

●Earthquake(deals with Electric, Rock, Steel and Poison)
●Aerial Ace(deals with Fighting, Grass and Bug)
●Shadow Claw(deals with Ghosts and Psychic)

This guy is a beast...

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Why would psychics need to be dealt with there's no weakness there.
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I have just tried this and it OHKO a clefable and a scrafty

Slaking @ Assault Vest/leftovers/choice band/choice scarf
Ability: Truant
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Giga Impact/Return(choose power over accuracy)
- Slack Off/aerial ace/shadow claw(if assault vest, use aerial ace or shadow claw)
- Sucker Punch(for ghost and prioty)
- Hammer Arm(no reason lol)

Bolded are the moves that I use

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This is the moveset I use for my slaking, and I will also cover the method for using this set effectively. (At least how I do it)

Item: shell bell
Nature: adamant
Evs: 252 atk, 252 def, 4 spd
Trait: truant (mostly unimportant)

Bulk up
Fire punch
Ice punch

This is a setup that can be used in singles, but is best used in doubles.
In singles, bulk up is used to setup adding bulk and damage, the shell bell to restore damage taken during loafing rounds and from specials, and the three punches provide decent coverage, though it does hurt a little to not have STAB, this guy's enormous atk makes up for it.
In doubles, bulk up becomes necessary only if the initial strategy fails. Open with mega blaziken (baton pass) and an iron fist pangoro with protect. First turn, blaziken uses swords dance, pangoro protects. Second turn baton pass slaking in (1 sd and 1 speed boost), and have pangoro entrainment on blaziken (will hit slaking). Slaking is then already set up and his poor ability has been replaced with iron fist, which boosts the power of those punches, which provide coverage against a lot, should be doing at worst neutral damage every turn. A decent tank (possibly with follow me) to switch pangoro for doesn't hurt, and shell bell should help slaking stay in the fight a while longer.

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Slaking have high defend,HP,attack and speed make it the best tanker & trap-sweeper

Slaking @ leftovers
Nature: Jolly, Careful
Trait: Truant

-Encore (trap the foe when it use STAT rise move "trapper" )
-Punishment (the more foe STAT rise the more damage it cause "sweeper" )
-Yawn (accuracy, change to switch with
team Pokemon )
The loafing turn: Restore heal to your team

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Gen 6
Holding Shell Bell/Leftovers
Ability-Truant (duh)
Special training in alpha sapphire/omega ruby for attack, defense, and speed in that order

Slack Off
Focus Punch
Giga Impact

I'm surprised this isnt up yet. yawn works well with truant, since it delays the sleep so that you maximize the time you have to attack. Focus Punch takes advantage of its huge attack, and slowing ability, plus, with yawn, it will always work. Slack off is to repair any damage you took while waiting for this, and Giga Impact is for that almighty blow. And of course, the leftovers/shell bell will help heal you as well.
This is meant for a Slaking who will stay in, which is why you work on the defense with special training. this helps it take hits while it lazes about.

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My build was a Male Slaking with Bright powder
Nature Jolly
Ev 252 Atk Spd and 4 for sp def
Hammer arm (Rock steel Ice coverage kind of a last resort move cuz of spd debuff )
Ice punch (Cuz somebody just always has to have a dragon)
Giga Impact ( Made for Slaking)
Aerial Ace ( A good no miss move plus slight Fighting type coverage)

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My Slaking was a pretty much destroyer in the Battle Maison in ORAS, I loved using him.

Slaking ♀ @ Choice Band
Ability: Truant
Nature: Naughty (+Attack -Sp. Defense)

-Retaliate (STAB, 170 base power if used after fainted teammate, 100 accuracy)
-Ice Punch (good power, makes use of Slaking's strong attack, deals with Dragon, Flying, Ground and Grass types)
-Shadow Claw (good power, 100 accuracy, used to deal with Ghost / Psychic types)
-Hammer Arm (Awesome power, used to deal with Rock / Steel types that resist Retaliate)

You might replace Ice Punch with something like Hyper Beam. I would still highly recommend of choosing Giga Impact over Hyper Beam though because Slaking's base Attack stat is litterely 65 points higher that it's Special Attack, plus both of them gain STAB. And the recharge would probably not even affect because it will be loafing around on the recharge turn.

Always remember that, because Slaking can learn these moves, Focus Punch and SolarBeam wouldn't work because of Truant. Slaking would be loafing around on the turn that you fire these moves off. The only way to let these moves work is 1) Use a Power Herb, 2) set up Sunny Day for SolarBeam or 3) Skill Swap or Gastro Acid Slaking's abilty away in Double Battles.

Just a tip:
If you have a Smeargle with Skill Swap and Entrainment, you can remove Slaking's Truant and give it to one of the enemy Pokémon's, wich would be pretty damn annoying for your oppontent. Still keep in mind that Smeargle still keeps the Skill-Swapped-Away Truant.

Hope I helped. :D

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Slaking @ Normalium Z
Ability: Truant
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Giga Impact
- Night Slash / Shadow Claw
- Earthquake
- Play Rough / Ice Punch / Fire Punch

  • Normalium-Z for Z-Giga Impact giving you a hilarious animation when using Breakneck Blitz.
  • Night Slash or Shadow Claw to hit Ghost Types
  • Earthquake to hit Rock and Steel types
  • Play Rough could be used to hit Fighting Types and Dragon Types while Ice Punch hits Dragon Types and Ground Types and has great coverage overall
  • And then Fire Punch is an option for great coverage and hits Skarmory and Celesteela for Super Effective Damage.
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This is actually a moveset for Vigiroth, because nobody asked for a moveset on Vigiroth .

Vigiroth @ Eviolite
Ability: Vital Spirit
EVs: 252 HP/132 Def/124 Sp. Def
- Slack Off
- Amnesia
- Bulk Up
- Play Rough/Facade/Aerial Ace/Some move with no Pokémon that take the hit with no effect

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I suppose you could try this:

Slaking: @ Leftovers
Ability: Truant
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Nature: Adamant (+ Atk., - Sp. Atk.)

  • Earthquake (For that type coverage)

  • Giga Impact (STAB damage, 150 base damage, applying to Slaking's GODLY attack stat and Truant negating recharge? Yes please!)

  • Play Rough (Take care of those pesky Fighting types)

  • Slack Off (50% health recovery is always useful)

This Slaking setup has to do with dealing a large amount of damage while keeping yourself up at the same time, plus the Giga Impact plus Truant combo ceases to amaze me and other people due to it's raw power. Play Rough, while not as powerful as Giga Impact, takes care of those Fighting types it's weak to, while Earthquake takes care of pretty much everything else you'll need to worry about. Slack Off is there just to preserve life, and with its EVs distributed like that, it has 500 HP, so 250 HP each time you use Slack Off. Hope this is of assistance!

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