Norman's Slakoth was used in Norman's Gym battle with Ash. Despite being hindered by its special ability, Slakoth proved to be a formidable opponent. It battled Ash's Pikachu and whenever it's Truant ability kicked in, it simply avoided Pikachu's attacks. Slakoth was surprisingly difficult to hit, stepping aside to avoid Pikachu's Quick Attack and it was also shown to be flexible, being capable of leaning back to evade Pikachu's Iron Tail. Whenever it was not using Traunt, Slakoth attacked Pikachu with three powerful attacks forcing Ash to recall Pikachu. However Slakoth was no match for Ash's Torkoal and was defeated by a single Flamethrower.