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This is a strategy guide for using Snorlax in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Snorlax, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Snorlax

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Normal Type
Thick Fat Ups resistance to Fire-Type and Ice-Type moves.
Immunity Prevents the Pokemon from getting poisoned.
Gluttony (Hidden) Encourages the early use of a held Berry.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
160 110 65 65 110 30

Best Nature for Snorlax

Best Natures
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
(+Atk, -Spd)
(+Def, -SpAtk)
(+Def, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Snorlax's Egg Moves

Curse Inherit from Bergmite (learns at Lv. 9)
Fissure Inherit from Lapras, which inherits from Stunfisk (learns at Lv. 55)

Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax

Gluttony + Recycle Moveset & Best Build

Gluttony + Recycle Snorlax.png

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 267 / Atk. 131 / Def. 128 / Sp.Def. 130 / Spd. 50
Ability Gluttony
Held Item Figy Berry
Moveset Recycle
Body Slam
Fire Punch

The Figy Berry restores a whopping 50% of the holder's health when its HP falls below 25%. Typically, the odds that a Pokemon's HP will land somewhere between 0% and 25% without it fainting are too slim to warrant its use, but Snorlax's ability Gluttony allows it to eat the Berry when its HP is 50% or below, granting it massive recovery without having to use a turn.

It can then use Recycle to restore the Berry, and continue this cycle to make it an extremely potent stalling Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Facade Useful as both a STAB Normal-type move and for a counter to the Burn status condition.
Hammer Arm A choice for Steel or Rock-type Pokemon which resist Normal-type Moves. However, this will further limit Snorlax's choices against Ghost types.
Darkest Lariat A choice for countering Ghost types. Its property of ignoring stat boosts makes it useful against Defense-boosted opponents.

Assault Vest Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Assault Vest Physical Attacker.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Def. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 236 / Atk. 178 / Def. 117 / Sp.Def. 130 / Spd. 50
Ability Thick Fat
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Earthquake
Body Slam
Hammer Arm
Fire Punch

A build that takes advantage of Snorlax's high defensive stats. With its high Special Defense, Snorlax can effortlessly weather Special attacks, and can also do well as a straight-up attacker.

Other Viable Moves

Facade Useful as both a STAB Normal-type move and for a counter to the Burn status condition.
Iron Head For use against Fairies. Also effective when Dynamaxed for its raising Snorlax's Defense as Max Steelspike.
Darkest Lariat A choice for countering Ghost types. Its property of ignoring stat boosts makes it useful against Defense-boosted opponents.
Fissure When coming up against a foe that Snorlax just can't take down, Fissure works as a final trump card.

How to Use Snorlax Effectively

A highly defensive Physical attacker

Snorlax is a Physical attacker with a high HP and Special Defense. Its defensive nature makes it useful as a wall Pokemon, but unlike other tanks, while absorbing damage it can also dish out damage of its own.

Counters for Snorlax

Use hard-hitting Physical attackers

Snorlax has both a high HP and Special Defense, but its Defense is rather low, allowing physical attackers to deal massive damage against it. As Fighting type is its only weakness, it's difficult to hit with super effective damage, but that won't stop big hitters from laying hard into Snorlax.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★★
・A high-damage physical attacker who does well against Snorlax
・Can wall Snorlax's attacks with high Defense
Durant ImageDurant Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Fighting moves with high attacking power
・With its high Defense, it can even handle super effective moves from Snorlax
Best Ranked Battle Build for Durant
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Moxie to easily raise its stats
・Snorlax usually does not have any attacks that can hit Gyarados super effectively
Best Ranked Battle Build for Gyarados
SirfetchSirfetch'd Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal high damage with Fighting-type attacks
・Can wall Snorlax's attacks with high Defense
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Has high defense to handle even super effective attacks
Must be careful to time Roost to avoid getting hit by Earthquake
Best Ranked Battle Build for Corviknight

Best Teams Featuring Snorlax

All our Best Teams are available for free rental, and usable in Ranked Battle with no EV Training necessary.
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Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle

Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Durant ImageDurant Ditto ImageDitto
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Snorlax ImageSnorlax

This is the team that made Durant, a minor Pokemon unseen in the metagame, into a superstar. Even ignoring all the trends, it's notable for its highly aggressive attacking style.

You can try out this team to get a feel for using Snorlax together with Durant, or even use it as your go-to team if it fits your play style.
Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle

Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player

Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player
Dragapult ImageDragapult Excadrill ImageExcadrill Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Snorlax ImageSnorlax Cloyster ImageCloyster

This is the primary set used by a former World Top 3 from a previous game in the series. Despite that daunting promise, it's an easy set to use for beginners, as the order to use Pokemon and which moves should be used are readily apparent. Not only that, but the set is carefully sculpted to be highly effective and dangerous even in the upper echelons of the Master Ball tier.
Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player

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1 Anonymousabout 1 year

The berries I believe got nerfed, so that all the berries that used to heal for 50% only heal for 33% now. Im not really sure if its even viable to run over rest anymore unless you're able to hard set up. Its too difficult to really self sustain yourself when its only for 33% of your hp

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