Sleeping Pokemon


Immunity or Thick Fat


6'11" (Imperial)

2.1m (Metric)


1014.1 lbs (Imperial)

460.0 kg (Metric)

Regional Pokedex Numbers

Kanto - #143

Johto - #230 (#225 in Gen 2)

Hoenn - #298 (Not Shown)

Sinnoh - #113


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Snorlax is a Normal-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Munchlax when leveled up with high happiness.

In the Generation I and II games and their remakes, wild Snorlax can be found sleeping in inconvenient locations throughout Kanto. In order to catch one, a Trainer must first awaken it with music from either a Poké Flute or Pokégear set to the Poké Flute channel.

In the Anime Edit

Major appearancesEdit

Ash's SnorlaxEdit

In Snack Attack!, a Snorlax was eating the grapefuits of the Grapefruit Islands. Ash managed to capture it near the end of the episode. After the adventures in the Orange Islands, Ash's Snorlax spent most of its time at Professor Oak's lab.


Snorlax first appeared in Wake Up Snorlax!. This Snorlax was blocking the water flow to a small village.

In The Garden of Eatin', another Snorlax was causing trouble for a man named Marcel by eating the bananas in his Slakoth Banana Garden. Marcel's newly evolved Vigoroth defeated the Snorlax, allowing him to capture it. Afterwards, Marcel made an attraction around his new Snorlax: a relaxation room.

A Snorlax belonging to Daniel takes part in the Pokéathlon in A Marathon Rivalry!.

Minor appearancesEdit

A Snorlax doll is seen in Ash's room in Pokémon - I Choose You!.

A Snorlax also appeared in the Pikachu short Pikachu and Pichu.

A Snorlax blocked the path to a cave in A Hot Water Battle

Training Daze featured a red Snorlax which Jessie, James, and Meowth, while competing with Butch, Cassidy, and Raticate, were sent to steal in order to become official Team Rocket field agents. The Snorlax turned out to be Viper, the Team Rocket Academy Drill Sergeant in disguise.

In Lights, Camerupt, Action, a Snorlax was a sheriff in a western-themed Pokémon movie.

A Snorlax also appeared near the end of Destiny Deoxys, evolving from Munchlax in order to stay afloat during a 'flood' of malfunctioning robots.

In Queen of the Serpentine, a Snorlax made a cameo as one of Lucy's pets.

Roman, who appeared in A Full Course Tag Battle!, owns a Snorlax.

A Snorlax appeared in Challenging a Towering Figure!.

Pokedex EntriesEdit

Episode Pokemon Source Entry
EP041 Snorlax Ash's Pokedex Snorlax, a Sleepy Pokémon. Snorlax wakes only to eat.
EP041 Snorlax's Weight Ash's Pokedex Snorlax is the heaviest species of all known Pokémon, with some weighing more than 1,000 pounds.
EP041 Snorlax's Diet Ash's Pokedex Snorlax's hunger isn't satisfied until it consumes 900 pounds of food. Then it goes back to sleep.
EP094 Snorlax Ash's Pokedex Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokémon. Snorlax isn't satisfied unless it eats at least 900 pounds of food per day. Once it is full, it promptly goes to sleep.
AG088 Snorlax May's Pokedex Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokémon. Snorlax isn't satisfied until it's eaten about 900 pounds of food each day, afterwhich it promptly goes to sleep
DP076 Snorlax Dawn's Pokedex Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokémon and the evolved form of Munchlax. It can eat 400 pounds of food before feeling full.
DP160 Snorlax Dawn's Pokedex Snorlax, the Sleeping Pokémon. Snorlax becomes much too lazy to lift even a finger when it has a full belly, which then makes it safe to bounce upon.

Move SetEdit

By Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy PP Category
Start Tackle Normal 50 100% 35 Physical
4 Defense Curl Normal - - 40 Status
9 Amnesia Psychic - - 20 Status
12 Lick Ghost 20 100% 30 Physical
17 Belly Drum Normal - - 10 Status
20 Yawn Normal - - 10 Status
25 Chip Away Normal 70 100% 20 Physical
28 Rest Psychic - - 10 Status
28 Snore Normal 40 100% 15 Special
33 Sleep Talk Normal - - 10 Status
36 Body Slam Normal 85 100% 15 Physical
41 Block Normal - - 5 Status
44 Rollout Rock 30 90% 20 Physical
49 Crunch Dark 80 100% 15 Physical
52 Heavy Slam Steel - 100% 10 Physical
57 Giga Impact Normal 150 90% 5 Physical


  • Until Generation III, Snorlax was the heaviest Pokémon. It was later out-massed by both Metagross and Groudon. In Generation IV, Dialga and both forms of Giratina are heavier than it as well, setting it back to its present state of the sixth-heaviest Pokémon known.
    • It is, however, the heaviest Pokémon that has a gender.
    • It is also the Heaviest Normal-Types Pokemon
  • Snorlax could learn or know the move Headbutt from Generation I to Generation III, but cannot naturally learn it as of Generation IV. However, it can learn it as a move tutor move in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • Similarly, Snorlax is able to learn Harden in Generation I games, but is unable in further generations.
  • Unusually, in the Pokémon Stadium series (and later 3D games), Snorlax open their eyes when they faint.
  • In Pokémon Snap, when using the Poké Flute, it stands up and dances to the music.
  • Snorlax is the heaviest Pokémon that can legally hatch from an egg.
    • Both Dialga and Giratina can be obtained just after hatching in Generation IV, by taking an Arceus to the Ruins of Alph. However the egg cannot be in the player's party.
  • In Generations I to III, Snorlax could learn Hyper Beam by leveling up. However, in Generation IV, possibly due to the Physical/Special split, Snorlax can no longer learn it by leveling up and instead can learn Giga Impact, Hyper Beam's physical variant, possibly referencing its large body mass.
  • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum are the only games in which Snorlax is in the regional Pokédex and is not encountered as an obstacle that is blocking a route.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the player is at Mt. Silver while the Walking Pokémon is Snorlax, and interacts with it, a unique message will come up saying "SNORLAX is feeling very eager", based on the fact that Red, who is also at Mt. Silver, owns a Snorlax as well. While on Mt. Silver, unique messages will also apply if the player's walking Pokémon is a Pikachu or Charizard.
  • Snorlax is the first and only Generation I Pokémon to be characterized as having a Black Pokédex color.


Snorlax may be loosely based on hibernating bears or teddy bears. It may also be based on the large, cave dwelling bears, Ursus spelaeus. It may also be based on a food coma, as it eats and eats and eats, then gets tired and sleeps (symptoms of a food coma)

Name OriginEdit

Snorlax's name is a combination of snore and lax. The lax in its name might also come from relax. Its Japanese name may come from an alternate reading of sleep, 寐 bi, and a corruption of 鼾酔 kansui, snoring, or 憩う ikou, rest. It may also incorporate mold, 黴 kabi, noting the fact that Snorlax will eat anything, even moldy food.