How to Defeat a Snorlax in Pokémon GO

How to Defeat a Snorlax in Pokémon GO

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When it comes to Pokémon Gyms, Snorlax is one of the best defenders. So what do you do if you’re going up against a powerful Snorlax at the local gym?

Thanks to Reddit, we have new information on how certain Pokémon match up against Snorlax. Remember, this is not a tier list. It’s just data compiled on each Pokémon that should help you form your next battle plan.

The chart can seem intimidating so let me sum it up. Basically, dodging is the most important thing and when it comes to dodging, Dragonite is best. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a powerful Dragonite. According to RedWarpPrism:

“Flareon is one of the faster “budget” pokes at killing Snorlax, clocking in at just over 1 minute while dodging all moves. However, Vaporeon is still one of the most consistent performers, taking a lowly 30% of its max health, in exchange for longer battle time.”

By “budget” Pokémon, they mean a Pokémon that’s easy to get. Most serious users should have a high quality Flareon, Jolteon, and Vapereon by now but of the three Eevee evolutions, Flareon is best against Snorlax. Also, when it comes to choosing the wrong Pokémon to fight Snorlax, Machamp is one of the least effective.

Dodging is the best way to defeat a Snorlax but you need to know which moves to dodge:

“Dodging strong basic attacks (e.g. Zen Headbutt) makes a whole lot of difference in damage taken (-50% dmg) for not that much lost on time (+20% time) over the course of a single battle. On the other hand, dodging weak basic attacks (e.g. Lick) means you take roughly -25% dmg overall for the same time cost +20% time (calculations not shown), so it’s “not worth” dodging Lick if you’re in a hurry.”

Poke HP Atk Def CP Moves Dodge Nothing Dodge Specials Dodge All Moves
Snorlax(Defender) 490 143 143 2668 Zen Headbutt / Hyper Beam
Dragonite 144 194 166 3000 Dragonbreath / Dragon Claw (131%) 43s / 63% 51s / 35%
Arcanine 142 179 143 2557 Fire Fang / Fire Blast (156%) 45s / 78% 59s / 39%
Flareon 106 185 141 2265 Ember / Fire Blast (213%) 46s / 106% 61s / 52%
Victreebel 128 173 122 2169 Acid / Solarbeam (216%) 48s / 112% 62s / 62%
Wigglytuff 215 134 90 1866 Pound / Hyper Beam (163%) 54s / 85% 66s / 45%
Exeggutor 149 181 131 2533 Zen Headbutt / Solarbeam (157%) 50s / 73% 67s / 39%
Gyarados 149 151 154 2304 Bite / Hydro Pump (151%) 59s / 78% 69s / 37%
Machamp 142 156 143 2223 Karate Chop / Cross Chop (177%) 54s / 98% 70s / 56%
Snorlax 245 143 143 2668 Lick / Hyper Beam 61s / 103% 61s / 57% 71s / 24%
Vaporeon 201 147 134 2414 Water Gun / Hydro Pump (125%) 61s / 70% 72s / 30%
Poliwrath 142 143 159 2147 Mud Shot / Submission (174%) 65s / 101% 78s / 45%
Lapras 201 147 150 2555 Frost Breath / Ice Beam (117%) 63s / 63% 76s / 30%
Lapras 201 147 150 2555 Frost Breath / Blizzard (112%) 63s / 62% 80s / 38%

Good luck, trainers!

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