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Best Pokemon to beat Snorlax

This page shows how to defeat Snorlax, the best Pokemon for fighting against it, and the best moves to beat it.
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update 20/09/2016

Overview

Because of great overall stats, especially in HP, combined with his powerful moveset, Snorlax is one of the most common Pokemon you will see defending Gyms.

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Effective attack types

Fighting

Snorlax's only weakness are Fighting-type attacks, making him quite annoying to deal with, since he has a lot of HP and there are not that many good Fighting-type Pokemon. Luckily, he is also only resistant against Ghost-type attacks, which are also not that common. Knowing this, it might be better to bring a strong Pokemon to do neutral damage against him, than to bring a weak Fighting-type Pokemon that will do super effective damage against him.

Choosing Pokemon

Snorlax has a wide variety of attacks so choosing a Pokemon that would resist every attack in Snorlax's moveset might prove to be difficult. Snorlax usually has Zen headbutt as his normal attack, making th use of Fighting-type Pokemon not a very good choice. Then there's Earthquake, which is not only super effective against many Pokemon, it also deals huge damage with a neutral type effectiveness.

Recommended Pokemon (Raid)

Pokemon[Moveset] Explanation
Machamp
Machamp
[Counter / Dynamic Punch]
  • Great HP and attack stat.
  • Fighting-type attacks are super effective against Snorlax.
  • Using [Karate Chop] as a normal attack would also work.
  • Using [Close Combat] as a charged attack would also work.
Donphan[Counter / Earthquake]
  • High CP.
  • High HP and Defense stats.
  • Neutral to all of Snorlax's attacks.
Ursaring[Counter / Close Combat]
  • High CP.
  • Neutral against most of Snorlax's attacks and resistant to [Lick].

Recommended Pokemon (Gym)

Pokemon[Moveset] Explanation
Pinsir
Pinsir
[Rock Smash / Close Combat]
  • High CP.
  • Fighting-type attacks are super effective against Snorlax.
  • Resistant against Ground-type attacks like Earthquake.
Primeape
Primeape
[Counter / Close Combat]
  • High attack stat.
  • Fighting-type attacks are super effective.
  • Low CP and weak against [Zen Headbutt], meaning you have to dodge attacks.
Exeggutor
Exeggutor
[Extrasensory / Solar Beam]
  • Great attack stat.
  • [Solar Beam] does excellent damage.
  • Relatively easy to obtain and power up.
  • Watch out for Snorlax's [Lick]
Poliwrath
Poliwrath
[Rock Smash / Dynamic Punch]
  • Resistant against [Heavy Slam].
  • Fighting-type attacks are super effective against Snorlax.
  • Low CP means you will still have to dodge Snorlax's attacks.
Ursaring[Counter / Close Combat]
  • High CP.
  • Neutral against most of Snorlax's attacks and resistant to one.
Flareon
Flareon
[Fire Spin / Overheat]
  • Great attack stat.
  • [Overheat] does excellent damage.
Espeon[Confusion / Future Sight]
  • Great attack stat.
  • Weak HP stat means you will have to dodge attacks.
Machamp
Machamp
[Counter / Dynamic Punch]
  • Great HP and attack stat.
  • Fighting-type attacks are super effective against Snorlax.
  • Be careful of Zen Headbutt.
Scizor[Bullet Punch / Iron Head]
  • High attack stat.
  • Resistant against most of Snorlax's attacks.
Tyranitar[Bite / Stone Edge]
  • Outstanding overall stat that rival even Legendary Pokemon.
  • [Stone Edge] does excellent damage.
  • Resistant against Normal-type attacks.
  • Watch out for [Earthquake].
Dragonite
Dragonite
[Dragon Tail / Hyper Beam]
  • Outstanding overall stat that rival even Legendary Pokemon.
  • Resistant to [Earthquake].
Alakazam
Alakazam
[Confusion / Future Sight]
  • Oustanding attack stat.
  • [Future Sight] does excellent damage.
  • Weak HP and defense means you will have to dodge attacks.

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Matt
Golem is not the right second choice here, Rydon has horn attack which is a fighting move and super effective combined with earthquake he demolishes Snorlax
<< Anonymous(Matt)
Anonymous Reply
I agree with you, Matt, Rhydon's Megahorn is a bug-type charge move though. Rhydon use rock smash and the move is fighting type.
<< Anonymous(Matt)
GameA1 Reply
Thank you for your suggestions! I switched Golem to Rhydon for strategy 2. Keep helping us with your ideas!
Anonymous
Please never put Snorlax in you gym!
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Anonymous Reply
I would. It is one of the best. You can take Machamp to a battle as noted above.

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