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Snorlax - Moveset and Competitive Build

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Snorlax Overview

Snorlax
Total Base Stats545
Type Normal Icon

Best Build For Snorlax

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp. Atk ↓)Iapapa / Figy Berry
Best Ability
Gluttony
Pokemon uses certain Berries when its HP is below 1/2 or less of its maximum.
Best Moveset
Recycle / Earthquake / Belly Drum / Fire Punch
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Attack 4

Snorlax Strengths

Snorlax is known for its extreme damage sustainability, & are able to utilize moves such as Belly Drum without much of a drawback thanks to its Hidden Ability "Gluttony".

Hidden Ability Further Boosts Tankiness

The Hidden Ability "Gluttony" paired with the move Recycle and items like the berries will make this Pokemon extremely hard to take down due to its durability & healing.

Anti-Special Attacker Build Also Viable

Another possible build would be to amp up the damage resistance & damaging variety by substituting the build that includes more variety of movesets.

Immunity Defensive Build

Best NatureBest Item
Relaxed (Def ↑ / Speed ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Immunity
Immune against all Poison status effects.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Curse / Facade / Rest
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp.Def 4

Thick Fat Special Defensive Build

Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Thick Fat
Halves the damage of Fire and Ice moves used against it.
Best Moveset
Rest / Sleep Talk / Curse / Body Slam
Best EV Spread
Sp.Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Snorlax Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Snorlax

PokemonExplanation
Conkeldurr IconConkeldurr Pros
- Can two shot with Drain Punch
Cons
- None
Hippowdon IconHippowdon Pros
- Can two shot with Hydro Pump
- Can take hits from Snorlax
- Can Roar away a buffed up Snorlax
Cons
- Could risk running out of PP in an extended stall war
Kommo-o IconKommo-o Pros
- Can two shot with Close Combat
Cons
- Lowers defenses by spamming Close Combat

How To Play Against Snorlax

Snorlax is a tricky opponent with a lot of health. Some builds might run Facade or the ability Immunity, so you never know if Toxic will be an effective strategy. Due to this, strong physical attacks are preferable.

Knock Off Berries

A Snorlax which constantly recycles berries can be an irritating opponent, so it might be good to bring a Pokemon with Knock Off, such as Rillaboom.

Snorlax - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Attack4 points

This Snorlax will focus on tanking damages while counter attacking with high damaging Earthquake. The Darkest Lariat are set for countering specific Pokemon such as Dragapult, and can be interchanged to other moves depending on the opponent.

Defensive Variant

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Sp. Defense4 points

This build is more of a minor variant compared to the aforementioned EV allocation; this can also be viable if you need to emphasize damage resistance against Special Attackers.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Snorlax - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
RelaxedDef ↑ / Speed ↓
Relaxed nature further strengthens the Defense stats while taking negligible Speed drawback.
ImpishDef ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓
Same idea as above, but instead lowering the Sp.Atk, due to Snorlax utilizing Physical moves
SassySp. Def ↑ / Speed ↓
Used for builds leaning more on fighting against Special attackers.

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Snorlax - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a Munchlax in Motostoke Riverbank.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Munchlax
3Breed that Munchlax until you get one with a Relaxed or Impish Nature
4Breed a Munchlax with the hidden ability Gluttony
5Put 252 EVs in HP and Defense
6Feed it 10 Dynamax Candies to max out its Dynamax Level
7Raise its friendship to evolve to Snorlax.
8Teach Recycle (Obtained as Munchlax), Earthquake, Darkest Lariat and Belly Drum or Curse
9Equip a Iapapa / Figy Berry or Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Munchlax

How To Get Munchlax

You can find a wild Munchlax in Motostoke Riverbank in the bushes as a visible symbol Pokemon.

Find Out Where To Get A Munchlax Here!

Snorlax - Recommended Moves

Recommended Attack Moves

Move/TypeReason
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Ground Type Physical Attack with high damage & hit chance.
Darkest Lariat
Dark Icon
Used as an alternative move, to counter specific Pokemon, namely Dragapult.
Fire Punch
Fire Icon
Another alternative move to counter specific Pokemon Type.

Recommended Support and Buff Moves

MoveTraits
Recycle
Normal Icon
Allows Snorlax to recover used items to use again, especially powerful coupled with Gluttony Nature & HP reducing support moves.
Belly Drum
Normal Icon
Loses 1/2 of the user's maximum HP, maximizes Attack.
Curse
Ghost Icon
Lowers Speed, increases Attack & Defense.

Snorlax - Recommended Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Iapapa or Figy BerryRecovers self-damage from Belly Drum or other means. The Gluttony Nature will also allow it to kick in at 1/2 max HP, and can be reused with the Recycle move.
LeftoversFor prolonged HP sustainability throughout multiple turns.

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