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How to catch Snorlax in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Snorlax is a Pokémon known for falling asleep in inconvenient locations and creating an obstacle for players. It was introduced in Gen 1, and it’s one of the very first Pokémon that players could interact with on the overworld. It used to be a rare Pokémon, but in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Snorlax is much easier to acquire, and it commonly holds a place on players’ teams.

 

Who’s that Pokémon? Snorlax Facts


  1. Snorlax is huge bear-like Pokémon known for sleeping a lot.
  2. Snorlax’s Normal typing gives it immunity to Ghost type moves. However, Snorlax is weak to Fighting type moves.
  3. Snorlax’s stats make it a durable physical attacker, with high HP, Attack, and Special Defense stats. 
  4. Snorlax’s shiny form takes on a dark blue appearance.
  5. Snorlax’s National Pokédex number is 143.


Snorlax Facts


Can you catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield?


Snorlax is rather easy to find in both Pokémon Sword and Shield!


Where to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword:


  1. The Wild Area
  2. Motostoke Riverbank
  3. Wild Area Max Raid Battles:
  4. Bridge Field
  5. East Lake Axewell
  6. Motostoke Riverbank
  7. Rolling Fields
  8. Stony Wilderness
  9. Crown Tundra
  10. Slippery Slope
  11. Frostpoint Field
  12. Crown Tundra Max Raid Battles
  13. Slippery Slope
  14. Giant's Bed
  15. Giant's Foot
  16. Ballimere Lake
  17. Crown Tundra Gigantamax Raid Battles
  18. Slippery Slope
  19. Giant's Bed
  20. Giant's Foot
  21. Ballimere Lake


Where to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword


What are the requirements to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield?


In order to access Motostoke Riverbank and catch Snorlax, you need to defeat the Motostoke Gym leader, which will allow you to catch Pokémon up to level 35. If you haven’t earned three gym badges, the trainer at the wooden bridge will warn you not to cross the bridge until you’ve gotten stronger.


If you haven’t earned three gym badges, the trainer at the wooden bridge will warn you not to cross the bridge until you’ve gotten stronger.


How to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield: Step-by-step guide


Read over the following guide to find the easiest way to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield:


  1. Start out by traveling to East Lake Axewell.


Start out by traveling to East Lake Axewell


  1. Head east through North Lake Miloch.


Head east through North Lake Miloch.


  1. Cross the wooden bridge to Motostoke Riverbank.


Cross the wooden bridge to Motostoke Riverbank.


  1. Carefully search for Snorlax at the end of the bridge. 


Carefully search for Snorlax at the end of the bridge. 


  1. Once you see Snorlax, run up to it to start the encounter! Carefully battle Snorlax to bring it to low health (or just throw a quick ball). If you can, try giving it a status effect like Paralysis or Sleep to make it easier to catch.


Carefully battle Snorlax to bring it to low health (or just throw a quick ball). If you can, try giving it a status effect like Paralysis or Sleep to make it easier to catch.


  1. Once Snorlax is at low health, throw your PokéBall! If it manages to break free, just keep trying until you finally add Snorlax to your Pokédex!


Once Snorlax is at low health, throw your PokéBall! If it manages to break free, just keep trying until you finally add Snorlax to your Pokédex!


Quick Version: How to catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield


To easily catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield, visit the Motostoke Riverbank and search for Snorlax wandering at the end of the wooden bridge.


To easily catch Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield, visit the Motostoke Riverbank and search for Snorlax wandering at the end of the wooden bridge.


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Snorlax: Moveset by Level


LevelAttack NameTypeCategoryPower
0RecycleNormalStatus0
--The user recycles a held item that has been used in battle so it can be used again.

0CovetNormalStatus0
--The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target's held item.

0StockpileNormalStatus0
--The user charges up power and raises both its Defense and Sp. Def stats. The move can be used three times.

0SwallowNormalStatus0
--The power stored using the move Stockpile is absorbed by the user to heal its HP. Storing more power heals more HP.

0ScreechNormalStatus0
--An earsplitting screech harshly lowers the target's Defense stat.

0FlingDarkPhysicalVariable
--The user flings its held item at the target to attack. This move's power and effects depend on the item.

0MetronomeNormalVariableVariable
--The user waggles a finger and stimulates its brain into randomly using nearly any move.

0FlailNormalPhysicalVariable
--The user flails about aimlessly to attack. The less HP the user has, the greater the move's power.

0Last ResortNormalPhysical140
--This move can be used only after the user has used all the other moves it knows in the battle.

0LickGhostPhysical30
--The target is licked with a long tongue, causing damage. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

0TackleNormalPhysical40
--A physical attack in which the user charges and slams into the target with its whole body.

0Defense CurlNormalStatus0
--The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.

0BlockNormalStatus0
--The user blocks the target's way with arms spread wide to prevent escape.

12YawnNormalStatus0
--The user lets loose a huge yawn that lulls the target into falling asleep on the next turn.

16BiteDarkPhysical60
--The target is bitten with viciously sharp fangs. This may also make the target flinch.

20RestPsychicStatus0
--The user goes to sleep for two turns. This fully restores the user's HP and heals any status conditions.

20SnoreNormalSpecial50
--This attack can be used only if the user is asleep. The harsh noise may also make the target flinch.

20Sleep TalkNormalVariableVariable
--While it is asleep, the user randomly uses one of the moves it knows.

24CrunchDarkPhysical80
--The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. This may also lower the target's Defense stat.

28Body SlamNormalPhysical85
--The user drops onto the target with its full body weight. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

32Heavy SlamSteelPhysicalVariable
--The user slams into the target with its heavy body. The more the user outweighs the target, the greater the move's power.

36AmnesiaPsychicStatus0
--The user temporarily empties its mind to forget its concerns. This sharply raises the user's Sp. Def stat.

40High HorsepowerGroundPhysical95
--The user fiercely attacks the target using its entire body.

44Hammer ArmFightingPhysical100
--The user swings and hits with its strong, heavy fist. It lowers the user's Speed, however.

48Belly DrumNormalStatus0
--The user maximizes its Attack stat in exchange for HP equal to half its max HP.

52BelchPoisonSpecial120
--The user lets out a damaging belch at the target. The user must eat a held Berry to use this move.

56Giga ImpactNormalPhysical150
--The user charges at the target using every bit of its power. The user can't move on the next turn.

Snorlax: Pre-evolutions


Snorlax has one pre-evolution, Munchlax.


  1. To acquire Snorlax’s pre-evolution, Munchlax, breed Snorlax at the Pokémon Daycare while it’s holding a full incense, and then travel with the egg in your party until it hatches. You can also find Munchlax on the Motostoke Riverbank and in a few other places on the overworld. Munchlax sometimes appears in certain Max Raid Battles. To evolve Munchlax into Snorlax, level it up while it’s at max Friendship.


Additional Snorlax Facts


  1. Snorlax is the heaviest Normal type Pokémon, making it one of the most viable candidates for the move Heavy Slam.


  1. In early Generations of Pokémon, Snorlax was often used in the story progression as an obstacle between areas. It could only be awakened by utilizing a special item, like the Poké Flute, and usually it was rare, as the only way to catch a Snorlax was by interacting with it through the story. 


  1. Snorlax’s Gigantamax form is one of the most powerful Gigantamax forms in the game. It’s unique G-Max move is called G-Max Replenish, and it restores any berries that Snorlax or its allies have consumed in battle.


Final Words


Snorlax is a well-loved and longstanding member of the Pokémon franchise that still has a common place in both casual and competitive teams! Lucky for us, it’s easy to find Snorlax in Pokémon Sword and Shield!


Let’s Go Snorlax!


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