11 Jun 2021 9:39 AM +00:00

Snorlax Raid Counters Guide Pokemon GO

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A Very Slow Discovery, the first big Pokemon GO June 2021 event, brings a bunch of new raid Pokemon into the mix. One of those is the big cuddly teddy bear Snorlax. It can be a bit of a roadblock for some players, but with the best Snorlax raid counters to help you catch this rare beast, you'll be adding it to your collection in no time.

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Snorlax Raid Dates

As Snorlax is here as part of the A Very Slow Discovery event, we can assume it'll leave the Pokemon GO raid roster at the same time. As such, Snorlax will be available in three-star raids between June 8-13.

The timing of this means Snorlax will feature during the June 2021 special raid weekend. That means more chances to see Snorlax, leading to me more chances to defeat and catch it.

Is Snorlax Good?

Snorlax taking part in an eating content in the Pokemon anime.
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With the focus of the event being Slowpoke and its evolutions, you may be wondering why you'd ever want to use expensive raid passes on Snorlax.

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Well, it's because, like most Normal-type Pokemon, it's a bit of a tank when it comes to defending gyms thanks to its high HP, defense, and lack of weaknesses. It just won't deal that much damage in return. Stick one of these in a gym and most people will probably leave you alone.

It's not going to take you far in PvP, but it'll help grab some coins in your local gyms or ensure you get a few extra Poke Balls when raiding them.

Snorlax Group Size - Can You Solo Snorlax?

So long as you have some of the best Snorlax raid counters in your collection, soloing the gluttonous bear shouldn't be too difficult.

For low-level players, however, expect to need more than a few friends. A group of 3-5 players should be able to beat it down with a less-than-favorable team.

Snorlax Raid Moveset

Snorlax is a pure Normal-type Pokemon, but that doesn't stop it from getting some type coverage. It's main counters are under threat from Zen Headbutt, Rock-type attackers fall victim to Earthquake, and even popular Mega counters can get overwhelmed here.

Stick to the basics and just power through it.

Here are its potential moves:

  • Fast Moves
    • Lick
    • Zen Headbut
    • Yawn
  • Charged Moves
    • Hyper Beam
    • Earthquake
    • Heavy Slam
    • Outrage
    • Skull Bash
    • Body Slam
    • Superpower
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Best Snorlax Raid Counters

Best Slaking counter Machamp as seen in the Pokemon anime.
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Being a Normal-type Pokemon, Snorlax is only weak to Fighting-type moves, making the best Snorlax raid counters list a little rudimentary. Here are the Pokemon you'll want to take:

Rare: Lucario

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  • Best: Counter, Aura Sphere

Lucario will absolutely hammer Snorlax with its Fighting-type moves. It could take a hit from Earthquake, but the rest should be fair game. It's rare, but if you have Lucario, bring it.

Uncommon: Conkeldurr

  • Best: Counter, Dynamic Punch

Conkeldurr's high defense will help it put up with Play Rough and more easily shrug off the powerful Hyper Beam. The Counter and Dynamic Punch combo will allow it to attack fast and dodge just as quickly.

Common: Machamp

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  • Best: Counter, Dynamic Punch

A common sight in three-star raids and easily soloed by most players, a team of Machamp can punch Snorlax right in that big, soft belly.

Alternative Snorlax Raid Counters

The Snorlax fight is a rare case for not using Mega Energy. Both of the best picks against same-type Slaking (Mega Lopunny and Mega Gengar) can get countered hard by Snorlax's wide moveset.

In place of Machamp, other common Fighting-type Pokemon like Hariyama and Breloom will work just fine with matching movesets.

Virtually any Pokemon with some fast or powerful Fighting-type moves will work, but STAB bonuses (and weather) will really help. Blaziken and Emboar are two starters some might have multiple of, but they can crumple under an Earthquake moveset.

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