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This is a guide on how to play Snorlax in Pokemon UNITE. Learn about all of Snorlax's moves and skins, and how to use Snorlax with our builds complete with best movesets, items, and combos, best matchups and counters, and the best teammates to have as Snorlax!

Snorlax Tier Rating and Stats

Snorlax Basic Information

Snorlax.jpgSnorlax Tier: Role:
A Rank Icon Defender
Attack Type: Difficulty:
Melee Novice
Damage Type:
"Snorlax can take a lot of hits. It’s a dependable Pokémon that can protect its allies from harm."

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Snorlax Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
1.5 Stars.png 5 Stars.png 2 Stars.png 1.5 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png

HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3300 97 67
2 3535 114 79
3 3793 133 92
4 4077 154 106
5 4389 177 122
6 4733 202 139
7 5111 230 158
8 5528 260 179
9 5987 294 202
10 6493 331 228
11 7050 372 256
12 7663 417 287
13 8338 466 321
14 9081 520 359
15 9899 580 400

Snorlax Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Snorlax Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Great tank
✔︎ Good stunning and disabling power
✖︎ Early game moves aren't great
✖︎ Late move upgrades

Great Tank

Snorlax is a great tank, with high HP and defense. Snorlax has strong disruptive abilities as well through his Heavy Slam and Yawn. He's built to take punishment, and sometimes to dish it back out.

Weak Early Game

Snorlax's early game is pretty weak, as Rest isn't too good of a skill. It's made even more difficult by the fact that Snorlax upgrades his skills late, making him more useful in the midgame onwards.

Best Lanes for Snorlax

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Top Lane is the Best Lane for Snorlax

Snorlax is good to go to the top lane as compared to the bottom lane because of the Rotom objective. Snorlax will be more useful zoning out enemies from Rotom and trying to get points. More importantly, Snorlax has to lane with a damage dealer to be the most effective as he cannot effectively dish out damage on his own.

Snorlax Builds

Blocking Tank

The point of this build is to put yourself between allies and opponents and keep them zoned away from your allies. This is useful particularly when allies have Pokeballs, as you can keep enemies away enough for them to score. Because Snorlax is tanky naturally, it should be better that enemies attack you than kill your softer damage dealer teammates.

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 6 (R) Lv. 8 (ZR)
Tackle ImageTackle Rest ImageRest Heavy Slam ImageHeavy Slam Block ImageBlock
You'll want to get Tackle first as it gives you the mobility and stun to move quickly early on and knock opponents back from allies. Heavy Slam is particularly useful because it lets you get in between allies and enemies quickly, and it can be used to knock away and stun enemies close to you. From here, you can use Block to shield allies from projectiles, or walk towards enemies to zone them out from allies.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Potion.pngPotion Potion is a more useful heal item than Full Heal as you're expected to be in combat a lot since you're meant to be jumping into it. The Held Items will heal you outside of combat already, so use this when things get a bit too spicy and you find yourself low on health.

Held Items

Items Tips
Leftovers.pngLeftovers The Leftovers focus on increasing survivability. As you want to be in the action a lot, these items will focus on buffing you once you're out of combat so the next time you jump in you'll have extra HP.
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest Like the Leftovers, the Assault Vest will buff you when you're out of combat, giving you a shield that protects you against special attacks. This will ensure that when you're jumping in the middle of the fight, their attackers can't just burst you with their special skills.
Rocky Helmet.pngRocky Helmet Rocky Helmet is useful because the intention is for them to attack you, so even if you're not auto attacking you're still dealing damage only by being there.


The point of this build is to disable groups of enemies with well placed skills. If enemies are bundled up together you should be able to get their airborne or asleep, either stopping them from defeating allies or leaving them open for attacks.

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 6 (R) Lv. 8 (ZR)
Tackle ImageTackle Rest ImageRest Heavy Slam ImageHeavy Slam Yawn ImageYawn
You'll want to get Tackle first as it gives you the mobility and stun to move quickly early on and knock opponents back from allies. Heavy Slam is particularly your first group disabler skill, allowing you to knock those around your drop area airborne. Yawn can hit multiple enemies in a line, causing them to be asleep for a few seconds.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gets you to the action quicker, allows you to teleport in and disable enemies. Very useful for initiating fights.

Held Items

Items Tips
Leftovers.pngLeftovers The Leftovers focus on increasing survivability. As you want to be in the action a lot, these items will focus on buffing you once you're out of combat so the next time you jump in you'll have extra HP.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell The Shell Bell will heal you as you hit your skill shots to stun enemies. As a tank, Snorlax always benefits from more health.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone is useful because you want to get to places fast to initiate fights, allowing you a brief moment to open up the enemies for burst damage from your damage dealers.

How to Play Snorlax

Supporting the Attacker is Top Priority

Support the Attacker.jpg
Snorlax is basically a Pokemon that acts with Attackers and is devoted to supporting them. If an allied Attacker is getting hit by opponents, Snorlax will peel off the enemies by jumping in-between them and acting as a shield. Additionally, when it's time for the allied offense, Snorlax can act as a disabler and secondary firepower.

It's important to note that Snorlax himself has low damage, so it's difficult to beat opponents alone. Work with allied Attackers to defeat opponents! There is no point where Snorlax gets enough damage to beat others on his own, so you'll have to rely on them the whole game.

Defeat Wild Pokemon Until Level 6

Defeat Wild Pokemon
Snorlax doesn't have viable offensive options until Level 6, so keep hunting the wild Pokemon to level him up. Whether you choose Top or Bottom lane, you can hunt wild Pokemon while defending your goal.

Work with attackers to defeat opponents and score goals before you reach level 6.

Attack Only to Finish Off Opponents

Finish Off Opponents
Snorlax is a character with strong moves to defeat opponents by stunning them such as Heavy Slam and Yawn. It's important to know when to go for opponents who overextend into your lines or defeating opponents with low HP.

Snorlax is made for disabling opponents, but not attacking, so instead of going on the full offensive it's better to be defensive until the opportunity to knock opponents out presents itself.

Use Unite Move to Defend Goals

Unite Moves to Defend Goals
It's recommended to use Snorlax's Unite technique to defend goals. When Power Nap is activated, it deals a lot of sustained damage over a long period while recovering Snorlax's HP. You can use it to buy time and survive even when attacked by multiple opponents.

However, this normally is not enough firepower to defeat opponents, so after your opponents have used all their skills on you, it's time to get your allies' help and strike back using the precious time bought.

Snorlax Combos

Snorlax has no early game combos, but he has a mid game stunning combo he can use, or a mid game interruption attack that will put Snorlax in the middle.

Disabling Combo

Disabling Combo
Heavy Slam IconYawn Icon
Use Heavy Slam to knock some enemies bundled together airborne as well as reposition yourself closer for you to use Yawn to put them to sleep.

Blocker Combo

Blocker Combo
Heavy Slam IconBlock Icon
Heavy Slam, aside from the airborne aspect, is also a great repositioner, so use it to place yourself in the middle of a fight then use Block towards your opponents to protect your team.

Snorlax Matchups and Best Counters

All Snorlax Matchups

Hard Counters
Alolan Ninetales Image Machamp Image Cinderace Image Pikachu Image
Charizard Image Crustle Image Greninja Image Eldegoss Image Slowbro Image Garchomp Image Gengar Image Gardevoir Image
Zeraora Image Cramorant Image Wigglytuff Image Absol Image Mr. Mime Image Talonflame Image Lucario Image

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Snorlax

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Alolan Ninetales can beat Snorlax through pure attrition, keeping Snorlax away and peppering away at his health until he goes down.
Machamp ImageMachamp While Snorlax wants to get in most of the time to disable, another one who can get in close and either disable and do a burst of damage is Machamp. Machamp can outdamage Snorlax's health in close range.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Due to Cinderace's range and speed, he can continuously kite Snorlax and chip away at him until he's defeated.
Pikachu ImagePikachu With his range and paralysis skills, Pikachu can prevent Snorlax from coming in close to use any of his skills and win the war of attrition.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard isn't too much of a problem, but the two are evenly matched.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle's target is the weak Pokemon to separate or to bruise, and Snorlax is far from the ideal target cause he can survive on his own, and he wants to get targeted by the enemy team.
Greninja ImageGreninja Greninja can be stalled by Snorlax's moves, but he can just as easily avoid Snorlax. His moves will not defeat Snorlax but Snorlax doesn't have the stopping power to beat Greninja anyway.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss is hard to catch if you're a Snorlax, but on the flip side, Snorlax is hard to defeat for an Eldegoss. It comes down to player skill.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Snorlax can survive the single target disables and also disable Slowbro, but neither Pokemon has the stopping power to finish the other.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp In a one on one situation, Garchomp could reasonably defeat Snorlax due to Snorlax's lack of damage but Snorlax's disables are just as effective against Garchomp as any other pokemon.
Gengar ImageGengar Gengar can deal a large amount of damage in a small amount of time, but Snorlax can sustain himself enough to survive it. Just make sure you don't get caught in a ganking situation with Gengar and another attacker.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir While Snorlax can sustain himself against a Gardevoir's damage more often than not, a slow moving or mispositioned Snorlax can fall into Gardevoir's combos and take a good deal of damage, maybe enough to kill.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Zeraora has no answers to Snorlax's disables, even though he has burst damage he doesn't have enough to kill Snorlax.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant's Unite skillshot can easily be blocked by Snorlax's shield, and he can easily go in and shut down Cramorant at close range.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Wigglytuff can get caught unprepared by Snorlax when he uses his shield. It'll repel any incoming characters and just rolling into Snorlax is a bad move.
Absol ImageAbsol Like most burst damagers, Absol doesn't have enough to kill Snorlax, and Snorlax can stop Absol from getting to his targets as well.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Snorlax will have an easy time with Snorlax because he can't deal enough damage to finish Snorlax, but he's not durable enough to withstand Snorlax's damage.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Talonflame should be easy to disable using Snorlax if you can, and more often than not you can, survive his inital burst.
Lucario ImageLucario Snorlax is a hard counter against Lucario because of how well it can survive through Lucario's damage. The control it provides via Yawn and Heavy Slam is not to be understated as well. These moves can turn the tables around on an overly aggressive Lucario.

How to Counter Snorlax

Harass Him from Afar

Snorlax is slow and he has a lot of health. Fighting him is a war of attrition and since he can't get to you so quickly, damaging him from afar or stunning him in place as he approaches is the good move.

Move Past Him

The thing about Snorlax is that he wants you to fight him to get the heat away form his teammates. If you're mobile enough, you can go past him altogether and attack his weaker teammeates, or you can disable him and go through.

More than One Attacker

If more than one Attacker gets him, the burst damage could be enough to defeat him. Take note that this might leave you unable to burst damage his teammates.

Snorlax Best Teammates

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Can setup Alolan Ninetale's moves
Snorlax by itself cannnot deal much damage, but can help the team deal damage. One teammate that can benefit from being with Snorlax is Alolan Ninetales. Snorlax can disable enemies and setup Ninetales to do their high damaging combo.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Can protect Cramorant when using Unite move
Another Pokemon with high damage but no defense is Cramorant. Snorlax can protect Cramorant while it uses one of the most damaging Unite moves with Block and Heavy Slam.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Can keep Snorlax alive for longer
Snorlax is already one of the hardest to knock out Pokemon in the game, with Eldegoss by its side, Snorlax will be an unstoppable Juggernaut. It will take a lot of damage to bring Snorlax low, and with Eldegoss' heal and shields, it'll take even more damage.

Snorlax Moves and Ability

Snorlax Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Tackle Icon
Rest Icon
Flail Icon Heavy Slam Icon
Yawn Icon Block Icon
Power Nap Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Tackle ImageTackle
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 862 (Lv. 3)
Rush from the stomach and attack. It damages when it hits, and knocks back the first opponent Pokemon hit. After using the move, the next normal attack becomes a stronger attack.
Flail ImageFlail
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 6.5s
Snorlax's speed increases, as well as its damage proportional to the amount of health lost. The less health, the more damage.
Upon upgrading, damage done will increase, and attacking enemy Pokemon while your health is low will restore health.
Heavy Slam ImageHeavy Slam
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1022 (Lv. 6) / 1806 (Lv. 15)
Jump into the air and slam hard into the ground. Damages the opponent's Pokemon within range and knocks them airborne.
After the upgrade, the damage done will increase.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Rest ImageRest
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 10s
Sleep on the spot and recover HP. While using the move, it blocks the movement of Pokemon in the other team.
Yawn ImageYawn
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 12s
A big yawn that makes the opponent's Pokemon drowsy. The Pokemon of the opponent who got hit will fall asleep.
After the upgrade, the movement speed of the opponent's Pokemon will be slowed down for a while when hit.
Block ImageBlock
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 14
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 11s
Spread both hands to make a wall and get a shield effect. You can't go through the wall, and the Pokemon who collide with the wall are knocked backed and stunned.
After the upgrade, the damage taken while using the move is reduced.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Power Nap ImagePower Nap
(Lv. 10)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 128s
Total Damage: 2398 (Lv. 10) / 3354 (Lv. 15)
Has you falling asleep, repeatedly damaging any enemy Pokemon within range with your thrashing while asleep, while also continously recovering HP. You also cannot be disturbed while you sleep.

Standard Attack

Standard AttackStandard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to nearby opposing Pokemon and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

GluttonyGluttony The effects of berries it eats is increased.

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