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Pokemon Unite Snorlax Build: Best Moves, Items, Strategy & More

Pokemon Unite is finally here, and with it here is our guide to the large but lovable Snorlax. If you’re wondering how best to use Snorlax in order to devastate the enemy team, we’ve got you covered.

Snorlax is a great choice for players who enjoy a defensive approach to Pokemon Unite. Whilst he is listed as a defender, Snorlax also benefits from a rather impressive melee ability too. This effectively makes him a power-hungry power-house capable of shutting down the enemy team whilst dealing heavy damage.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that Snorlax is available to pick as one of the free starters after completing the tutorial in Pokemon Unite. However, if you aren’t sure about which starter to pick, we have a number of handy guides to other picks such as the iconic Pikachu.

Snorlax Guide Pokemon Unite
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Snorlax Build – Pokemon Unite

According to the official Pokemon Unite website Snorlax “can take a lot of hits. It’s a dependable Pokémon that can protect its allies from harm.” This is the name of the game for Snorlax players, protecting and disrupting the enemy team.

Unique Abilities

Snorlax has two very powerful unique abilities that players should familiarise themselves with for best results. However, Snorlax’s power comes from his ‘Basic Attack’ ability, which if used correctly can cause huge problems for the enemy team.

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Basic Attack – Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to nearby opposing pokemon and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Gluttony – Increases the effects gained from eating berries.

Whilst both unique abilities are pretty powerful, ‘basic attack’ is what gives Snorlax his huge disruptive ability. If you play him smartly, you’ll become an unkillable and disruptive chunky menace.

Check out where this Pokemon stacks up in the Pokemon Unite Tier List!


Level 1

At level 1, Snorlax has two moves to choose from when entering the battlefield. The alternative will be unlocked at level3.

Tackle – Cooldown 6s – The user charges forward belly first (in true Snorlax fashion) dealing damage when it hits. However, upon reaching level 6 players can opt for either Heavy Slam or Flail.

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Level 3

Rest – Cooldown – 10s – This move allows him to fall asleep on the spot and restore HP. However, this also has the added effect of blocking the movement of all Pokemon not on the user’s team. Furthermore, this move can be changed at level 8 allowing Snorlax to choose either Block or Yawn.

Level 6

Heavy Slam – Cooldown 7s – Has the user slam its heavy body down, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them.

Upgrade: Increase damage dealt by this move.

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Flail – Cooldown – 6.5s – Has the user flail about increasing the user’s basic attack damage the lower the user’s HP is.

Upgrade: increases damage whilst also allowing Snorlax’s basic attacks to restore its own HP.

Level 8

Block – Cooldown 11s – Has the user spread its arms wide to create a wall and grants it a shield. Prevents opposing Pokemon from passing through the wall and shoves them if they run into it.

Upgrade: reduces the damage Snorlax receives whilst using Block.

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Yawn – Cooldown 12s – Has the user let loose a huge yarn that lulls opposing Pokemon into a sleepy haze, putting opposing Pokemon to sleep.

Upgrade: grants an additional movement speed decrease to any Pokemon hit by this move.

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Level 9

Unite Move – Power Nap – Has the user go to sleep and begin snoring, dealing damage over time to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them.

Whilst sleeping, the user becomes immune to hindrances and its HP is continually restored.

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Best Snorlax Items – Pokemon Unite

When playing Snorlax, here are the items we recommend using, starting with held items:

Held Items

  • Leftovers: without a doubt, you’ll want to pick Leftovers in order to recover 1% of your HP every second Snorlax is not in combat. Furthermore, due to the fact you’ll often be out of the fight defending your goals, this is an insanely useful pick for keeping the bulky boy alive.
  • Rocky Helmet: Another perfect item for Snorlax, after taking a certain amount of damage this item will deal Percent Damage to nearby opponents. Due to the bulky tank-like nature of Snorlax, this item will allow you to deal out more damage whilst defending your team.
  • Assault Vest: When out of combat, gain a percentage of your maximum health as a shield that blocks special attacks. This is a no-brainer, given that you want to make Snorlax as defensive as possible to stop the enemy team in their tracks.

Battle Item

Eject Button: Instantly teleport yourself somewhere nearby. This item allows Snorlax to engage or disengage at will and works well with his Unite Move for disruptive results.

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Snorlax Strategy in Pokemon Unite

  • Whilst Snorlax is quite simple to understand, he has a few tricks which can really disrupt the enemy team. Protecting ranged pokemon such as Pikachu in order to poke at the enemy team is a good strategy. Overall though, you want to defend as much as possible whilst pushing always with your team.
  • Now, Snorlax’s Unite Move should be used at the opportune moment, to either disrupt a team fight or cause problems for the enemy team by making Snorlax unkillable. Your main job as Snorlax is to defend, disrupt and delay the enemy team using your big body.
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  • Similarly, Cramorant works well in conjunction with Snorlax’s Block given that Cramorant’s Unite Move deals damage from range. Furthermore, in Pokemon Unite, Snorlax’s Rest ability is extremely powerful in the early game, granting him a free heal.
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