ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (16) Snorlax

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Today’s Pokemon will eat anything, even if the food happens to be a little moldy. It never gets an upset stomach. What sounds like its cry may actually be its snores or the rumblings of its hungry belly. Its stomach’s digestive juices can dissolve any kind of poison. It can even eat things off the ground.

16) Snorlax (4 votes, 129 points)

Shaun: Snorlax and I have a love/hate relationship, but in the way that it started purely as hate, and has since evolved into something more. In Red/Blue, he was that asshole that blocked the road because his fat stupid ass decided to sleep for, like, eternity. Seriously, when would he have woken up if I didn’t find that damn flute? Ever? Could that have been the end of my trainer’s Pokemon journey? Thwarted by, like, 3 of the 7 deadly sins rolled up into one disgusting creature? MOVE YOU’RE IN THE WAY.

Then, as my hate started to subside in Gold/Silver, I had the joy of meeting a level-freaking-70 version, and the abhorrent loathing began anew. What do I have to hit you with to get through your layers of fat? Do you even feel that, or are you too stupid and your nerve endings are too preoccupied being on your stomach? OH YOU’RE GONNA REST ON ME OH HOW CUTE.

I had the “misfortune” of catching one after that, and I realized that, just like sports players, you only hate them when they’re on the other team. Snorlax is one of the beastliest beasts in Pokemon, capable of taking a damn beating and keep on trucking. Plus, his moveset variety is pretty decent, making him an unknown for the competition. I personally love the Rest/Sleep Talk combo.

Snorlax is the best, and he’s helping all the Pokemon. Without that guy, they’d be done.

Chris: That’s not a Pokemon, that’s a Chinese myth dragon.

Shaun raises some valuable questions about Snorlax in the original game. He blocks off two vital routes, including one right by Vermilion City and its port. Shouldn’t trade have been ruined? Why wasn’t anyone more bothered by this huge inconvenience blocking the road? More importantly, what the hell do adults DO in Kanto? If you’re relying on a 10-year-old to stop a nationwide takeover and protect the economy, you messed up somewhere.

Anyway. Snorlax is bulky as hell in every sense of the word, but there’s a problem. He was a beast back in the first two generations, but ever since then, he’s lost some of his edge. Belly Drum isn’t that useful anymore. STAB Body Slam or Return is done better by other Normal types. And while his HP and SDEF are great, his low DEF means he has a problem with the one thing he’s weak to: Fighting, particularly heavier hitting moves like Close Combat that didn’t exist back in the day.

Still, I’m amused by Snorlax. I like that Ash’s Snorlax on the show was a pimp — whenever he decided to stay awake. He’s asleep when it comes time to challenge for the Orange Islands championship, so Ash, who is stupid and terrible, decides instead to use a Tauros that he’s never used in battle before (also, a Tauros that he never caught, because that episode was banned in the States). Good times.

Jason: I got to hand it to Gamefreak when it comes to Snorlax. One look at the guy and you understand two things. 1) He’s fat. 2) He’s lazy. So when he starts coming at you with moves like body slam and sleep, you aren’t surprised; which really speaks to just how well designed a Pokemon Snorlax is.

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2 thoughts on “ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (16) Snorlax

  1. If Pokemon were Saints, Snorlax would be the Saint of napping. He’s a reminder to all of us, adult and kid alike, that laying down in the middle of the road to get your afternoon nap on is perfectly okay. If it takes a few weeks to finish, that’s alright too. You’ll feel better when you wake up!

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