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Pokémon Unite - Snorlax build: Best items and moves for Snorlax explained

Our recommended Snorlax build for Pokémon Unite.

A strong Snorlax build will allow you to turn this Gen 1 Pokémon into a powerful opponent in Pokémon Unite - the MOBA Pokémon game.

Snorlax is classified as a Defender Pokémon, so, when playing as this creature, your main goals will be to either protect your teammate or prevent the opposition from scoring. To do this though, you need to know the best items and moves for Snorlax.

Below you'll find our recommendations for the best Snorlax build and, if you'd like to know how it compares to other Pokémon, visit our Pokémon Unite tier list.

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Snorlax build: Our recommendations for the best Snorlax moveset in Pokémon Unite

Snorlax is part of the Defender class in Pokémon Unite who specialises in melee attacks, meaning you need to be on the front lines combat wise. It's also notable for having the highest endurance stat in the game and being at the novice difficulty level, which make Snorlax easy to use.

When playing as Snorlax your primary goal is to defend and assist your teammates as they attempt to score, rather than scoring yourself. Try to always stick near one of your teammates, ideally an Attacker - like Cinderace or Gardevoir - or a Speedster - such as Absol or Zeraora, gathering points when you can, but focusing on defending your team when they attempt to score.

It's a good idea to keep an eye on the mini-map throughout the match and any alerts your teammates send out, because it will help you figure out where Snorlax's assets are required. With this information, you can cross the map as quickly as Snorlax can to provide them with a line of defence.

Stick with your teammates when playing as Snorlax!

Before this, however, you need to reach Level 6 as quickly as possible to unlock Snorlax's first special move, because, due to Snorlax's low offence stat, it won't be able to cause any worthy damage. Snorlax won't become a heavy hitter at Level 6, but the move it learns will allow it to cause some actual impact on the battlefield where, without it, it can easily be defeated.

It's best to focus on wild Pokémon when levelling Snorlax up in the early stages of a match, because, unlike the opposing team, their moveset is weaker than Snorlax's. When you've gathered 30 points, you can then sneak across the battlefield, using the bushes for cover, until you reach an enemy goal. You may have to repeat this process, but it should give you the boost you need to reach Level 6.

Considering Snorlax's low defence stat, try to avoid barrelling into enemy territory without backup. Snorlax may have high endurance, but, since it can't cause much damage, your chances of leaving as the victor are low.

Oh dear...

At the beginning of the match, you'll have the choice between Tackle and Rest.

You must start the match with Tackle or else you'll lack the firepower needed to level Snorlax up quickly. Rest is useful for healing quickly after a bout with wild Pokémon, but, without Tackle, you won't be able to do any significant damage at all due to Snorlax's weak offence stat.

At Level 6, you'll need to choose either Heavy Slam or Flail.

We recommend choosing Heavy Slam, because it will throw any Pokémon within the radius of its attack, putting them at a slight disadvantage. Heavy Slam also has a good range - allowing you to select the target area from a distance and teleporting to it - which makes it great sneak attack material. You must, however, be careful not to drop into an enemy team without backup or you'll risk being overwhelmed.

Upon reaching Level 9, you'll have the choice of Block or Yawn.

We recommend choosing Block for a number of reasons. The first is the lower cooldown rate and the second is that Block allows you to control the battlefield in a number of ways. You can push away opponents attempting to score a goal, make a path for your fellow teammates or pin an enemy in the corner to assist your teammates in defeating them.

The downside to block is that you can take damage while using this attack and, throughout its duration, you'll be unable to retaliate. This means that an enemy you're not currently targeting can easily come up behind you and start attacking, so it's always a good idea to keep an eye on your surroundings.

At Level 10, you'll unlock the Unite Move, Power Nap.

Due to its defence qualities and wide area of effect, Power Nap is a perfect move to use during the final minutes or a match - whether it's to defend a goal or to clear the way for your team to attack Zapdos. You'll want to ensure you hit as many opponents as possible, but it will provide your team some useful defence.

Since this move also restores Snorlax's HP, Power Nap can also be used to save you from fainting.

Best held items for Snorlax in Pokémon Unite explained

When it comes to choosing held items for Snorlax in Pokémon Unite, you'll want to begin your selection with Leftovers - the titular Snorlax item from the main series of the games. While this item only heals you outside of combat, it will help you stay in the match longer and give you the extra health boost you might be needing.

Considering Snorlax's low mobility stat, it's also a good idea to select the Float Stone. Like Leftovers, this item only works outside of combat, but this does make it useful for catching up with your teammates or quickly crossing the battlefield to reach Pokémon you need your support.

Finally, it's a good idea to include an item which will counteract Snorlax's low offence stat. This could be anything from Assault Vest to the Muscle Band. We recommend, however, choosing the Rocky Helmet, because, since you'll be absorbing damage to support your teammates, this item will provide passive damage to your opponents.

We do recommend avoiding any item, like the Attack Weight, which provides a bonus after you've scored a goal, because, when using Snorlax, this will not be your primary focus.

Best battle items for Snorlax in Pokémon Unite explained

The obvious best battle item for Snorlax in Pokémon Unite is the Eject Button, because it will allow you to quickly jump across part of the battlefield. This makes it perfect for both retreating and catching up with your fellow teammates.

The X Speed is another good battle item for counteracting Snorlax's low mobility stat, because of how it increases its movement speed and prevents this bonus from being negated by hindrances. It won't, however, simply take you out of the field of damage.

Finally, Potion remains a good battle item, because of the healing boost it offers.

Need help deciding which Pokémon to choose? Check out our Pokémon Unite tier list and build guides for - Pikachu, Snorlax, Gardevoir, Cinderace, Greninja, Gengar, Blissey, Lucario, Espeon, Delphox, Glaceon, Buzzwole and Absol. You can also learn more about the Ranked system, Fair-Play Points and how to surrender a match.

How to unlock Snorlax in Pokémon Unite

To unlock Snorlax in Pokémon Unite, you need to either purchase its Pokémon license from the Unite Battle Committee or select its license from the ones offered after completing the tutorial.

Snorlax's Pokémon license costs either 6000 Aeos Coins or 345 Aeos Gems.

Good luck playing as Snorlax in Pokémon Unite!

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