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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Normal Type
Abilities
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

Type
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
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Brave
(+Atk, -Spd)
Impish
(+Def, -SpAtk)
Relaxed
(+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)

Singles Movesets for Snorlax

Leftovers 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 Thick Fat
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Yawn
Counter
Protect
Facade

This is a stall moveset for Snorlax. With the combination of its high HP, Defense, Special Defense, Thick Fat, Leftovers, and Protect, it's going to be tough to bring down this Pokemon. Use Facade and Counter to deal massive damage as well. Protect is a good move to stall out the opponent's Dynamax turn.

Other Viable Moves

Fissure A last resort move to use when Snorlax is at low health.
Body Slam A Normal-type STAB that can give opposing Pokemon paralysis.
Darkest Lariat A choice for countering Ghost types. Its property of ignoring stat boosts makes it useful against Defense-boosted opponents.
Ice Punch A coverage move against Grass, Ground, and Flying-type Pokemon.
Fire Punch Another strong coverage move for Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Kartana

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.

Gigantamax Snorlax Moveset & Best Build

Gigantamax Snorlax.png
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread Hp 244 / Atk 132 / Defense 128 / Sp. Def 130 / Spd 50
Final Stat Values HP 266 / Atk 132 / Def 128 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd 50
Ability Gluttony
Held Item Figy Berry or Custap Berry
Moveset Heavy Slam (Max Steelspike)
Body Slam (G-Max Replenish)
Yawn (Max Guard)
Belly Drum (Max Guard)

This is a standard build for Gigantamax Snorlax. This build covers and highlights Snorlax's high defense, strong attack, and utility.

Other Viable Moves

Fissure A last resort move to use when Snorlax is at low health.
Body Slam A Normal-type STAB that can give opposing Pokemon paralysis.
Darkest Lariat A choice for countering Ghost types. Its property of ignoring stat boosts makes it useful against Defense-boosted opponents.
Facade A strong STAB move if Snorlax is poisoned or burned.
Earthquake A strong physical Earth-type move that allows you to deal with Poison, Steel, and Fire-type Pokemon.
Ice Punch A coverage move against Grass, Ground, and Flying-type Pokemon.
Fire Punch Another strong coverage move for Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Kartana

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

Snorlax
Weakness
Pokemon Fighting Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★★
・A high-damage physical attacker who does well against Snorlax
・Can wall Snorlax's attacks with high Defense
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - SirfetchSirfetch'd Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal high damage with Fighting-type attacks
・Can wall Snorlax's attacks with high Defense
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Pokemon SWSH - Durant ImageDurant Pokemon SWSH - Ditto ImageDitto
Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Dragapult ImageDragapult Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl
Pokemon SWSH - Togekiss ImageTogekiss Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax ImageSnorlax Pokemon SWSH - 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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