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Snorlax Moveset & Best Builds

Snorlax
Total Base Stats545
Type Normal Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

#1 - Physical Attack Build

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def↑ / Sp. Atk↓)Iapapa or Figy Berry
Best Ability
Gluttony
The Pokemon eats certain HP restoring berries when at 50% health.
Best Moveset
Recycle / Earthquake / Belly Drum / Fire Punch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Attack 4

Snorlax Strengths

Snorlax is known for its extreme damage sustainability, & its ability 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 & items such as berries will make this Pokemon extremely hard to take down due to its impressive durability & healing.

Recommended 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.
Recycle
Normal Icon
Allows Snorlax to recover used items to use again, especially powerful coupled with Gluttony Nature & HP reducing support moves.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Belly Drum
Normal Icon
Loses 1/2 of the user's maximum HP, maximizes Attack.
Curse
Ghost Icon
Lowers Speed, increases Attack & Defense.

#2 - Yawn Build

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def↑ / Sp.Atk)Iapapa or Figy Berry
Best Ability
Gluttony
The Pokemon eats certain HP restoring berries when at 50% health.
Best Moveset
Yawn / Curse / Crunch / Hammer Arm
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Atk 4

Put Enemies To Sleep

Yawn is a great way to buy time during an opponent's Dynamax. Force your opponent to switch out Pokemon that have set up buffs.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Crunch
dark Icon
Dark Type Physical Attack, good coverage vs. Ghost types that might try to wall you.
Curse
Ghost Icon
Lowers Speed, increases Attack & Defense. Amazing on Snorlax.
Hammer Arm
Fighting Icon
Fighting type move, great for Rock and Steel types.
Yawn
status icon
Force enemy sweepers to swap out.

#3 - 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
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Switch In To Fire Moves

As Fire-type Pokemon like Arcanine, Charizard, Heat Rotom, etc, are very common in the current meta, a fire resistant Snorlax is a great idea. This build focuses on overpowering threats with Curse / Body Slam, while also being able to survive while asleep with Sleep Talk.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Rest
status icon
Restores all health but falls asleep. Allows the use of Sleep Talk.
Sleep Talk
status icon
Uses one of its other moves. Slightly random, but gives you a chance to become unstoppable by stacking Curse.
Curse
status icon
Drops speed by 1 stage, but increases Attack and Defense by 1 each. Great move to set up.
Body Slam
Normal Icon
Powerful STAB move. May paralyze.

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Gigantamax Snorlax Gluttony Moveset & Build

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp. Atk ↓)Iapapa or Figy Berry
Best Ability
Gluttony
The Pokemon eats certain HP restoring berries when at 50% health.
Best Moveset
Yawn / Body Slam / Earthquake / Darkest Lariat
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Def 252, HP 252, Atk 4

Has A Totally Unique G-Max Move!

Move G-Max Replenish Normal Icon
Effect All of Snorlax's Normal moves become this. Can restore a previously eaten Berry.

G-Max Replenish allows Snorlax to reuse a Berry it has already consumed. Although it's not a 100% chance, it is preferable to Recycle because it also deals damage. In order to maximize this, use Gigantamax after consuming your Berry.

Only Three Turns Of Recovery

Since Dynamax & Gigantamax only last 3 turns, you won't always be able to restore your HP. After the effect ends, your recovering days will be over. Make sure to have a plan for when this happens.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Darkest Lariat
dark Icon
Dark Type Physical Attack, good coverage vs. Ghost types that might try to wall you.
Yawn
status icon
Force enemy sweepers to swap out.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Ground Type Physical Attack with high damage & hit chance.
Body Slam
Normal Icon
Powerful STAB move. May paralyze. Becomes G-Max Replenish.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Curse
Ghost Icon
Lowers Speed, increases Attack & Defense.
Belly Drum
Normal Icon
Loses 1/2 of the user's maximum HP, maximizes Attack.
Hammer Arm
Fighting Icon
Fighting type move, great for Rock and Steel types.
Facade
Normal Icon
Deals double damage if the user has a status condition. Useful alternate normal move.

Snorlax - Best 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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Snorlax - Best Nature And EVs

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.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

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

This Snorlax will focus on soaking damage while counter attacking with a high power Earthquake. Darkest Lariat is included for countering specific Pokemon such as Dragapult, but it can be swapped out with other moves depending on your opponent. EVs in Attack are not prioritized because you'll be relying on Curse to buff up damage anyway.

Special Defensive Variant

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

This spread is not as common as others, but can be used to boost your Special Defense capabilities. This can bolster Snorlax's already great Sp. Def.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Snorlax Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Snorlax

PokemonExplanation
ConkeldurrConkeldurr 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

Bring Strong Physical Attackers

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 - Competitive 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 an 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, Fire Punch and Belly Drum
9Equip a Iapapa / Figy Berry
>> 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 an overworld encounter.

Find Out Where To Get A Munchlax Here!

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Anonymous 2

You can’t activate gluttony if you use belly drum on a 252 hp ev Snorlax.

Anonymous 1

How to get curse?

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