Is Snorlax good in Pokémon Go?

Don’t sleep on Snorlax.

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Snorlax is considered one of the lazier Pokémon, but in Pokémon Go, it’s truly a gem for players keen on battling against others in PvP or five-star raids. It may not seem like a special Pokémon, but if you level it up, and give it its best moveset, you’ll be able to do quite a bit with it. But what makes Snorlax good, and is it worth your time to power it up?

Snorlax is a Normal-type Pokémon. It’s only weak to Fighting-type moves, and it’s resistant to any Ghost-type attacks. Because of its limited weaknesses, you’ll find that players have a hard time trying to beat it in a battle, giving you a clear advantage. Snorlax has a large amount of health, too. For PvP, it has a maximum CP of 3,225, an attack of 162, a defense of 145, and a stamina of 272. For PvP, it has an attack of 190, a defense of 169, and a stamina of 330. It has quite a bit more health in PvE than it does in PvP, but its moderate attack and defensive points make it hard for other players to beat it.

Because Snorlax has a maximum CP above 3,000, we recommend using it in the Master League. It’s considered one of the top choices in both the Master League and the league’s Premier Cup. There are two premium movesets you can teach Snorlax that turns it into a powerhouse. The fast move for both is lick, a Ghost-type attack. The charged moves do vary, though. In both of them, you want to make sure it learns body slam, a Normal-type move, and then you can choose to teach Snorlax earthquake, a Ground-type, or superpower, a Fighting-type. Both have advantages and change how you’d use Snorlax.

A Snorlax with earthquake is a more rounded, less risky option. The problem is that earthquake requires quite a bit more energy for you to gather up from its fast attack before using. Earthquake will be good against Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel-type Pokémon. On the other hand, Superpower is super effective against Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, and Steel-type Pokémon. It all depends on what other team choices you make with Snorlax and which ones you want to take into battle.

Snorlax is an excellent choice in the Pokémon Go Master League, and you can build around it to be the powerhouse of your team or the one who protects your team from battling their weakness. Because of how much health it has and how quickly it can generate energy for its charged moves, you can typically use it as the first Pokémon or coordinate it so you switch into with one of your other Pokémon. Snorlax loses against Machamp, Sirfetch’d, Lucario, Gigalith, Ho-Oh with earthquake, and several others. But it beats high-value choices like Giratina (Origin), Drifblim, Raikou, Registeel, shadow Lapras, Aggron, Latias, Mamoswine, Swampert, and several others.

With Snorlax being a monster in the Master League, it’s also a great choice to use in PvE five-star raids when you’re not battling other trainers. It’s a versatile Pokémon, and ignoring it in your line-up because Snorlax is a Normal-type, and potentially overlooked, you’ll be missing out on an excellent budget Pokémon for your Master League team.