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It took 20 years, but Snorlax is finally taking a stand in Pokémon Sun and Moon

Seven generations of effort finally has a huge payoff

Nintendo didn’t spend too much time on Pokémon Sun and Moon during its Nintendo 3DS-centric livestream this morning. The news we did get, though, is pretty groundbreaking: Snorlax, the laziest Pokémon, is upright and raring to go after 20 years of lethargy.

The Japanese Pokémon website shows Snorlax’s Pokédex entries throughout the years, from Pokémon Red and Blue to Pokémon X and Y, the games that precede this November’s new releases. In the very first generation of games, Snorlax was seen totally relaxed, eyes closed and in a deep sleep. With every subsequent release, however, the Pokémon has celebrated small victories in rousing itself. By the time Pokémon X and Y rolled around, Snorlax was completely upright.


Despite the Pokédex images changing, however, the descriptions remain pretty much the same.

"Very lazy," the first-generation Pokédex says of Snorlax. "Just eats and sleeps. As its rotund bulk builds, it becomes steadily more slothful."

Pokémon X and Y writes of Snorlax that it "is not satisfied unless it eats over 880 pounds of food every day. When it is done eating, it goes promptly to sleep."

Not only is Snorlax off its back and on its feet, but it’s also received a power boost in the process. Sun and Moon celebrates a full generation of up-and-at-’em Snorlax by imbuing it with an extra strong Z-Move. The upgraded attacks can only be unleashed by using the Z-Ring accessory, a bracelet that reacts to different type-based crystals.

Buying Pokémon Sun and Moon in time for launch day guarantees players a Munchlax, Snorlax’s pre-evolution, who holds a Snorlium Z crystal. Once it evolves into Snorlax, the Pokémon can power up with the item, becoming especially strong. It also gets a new move that is absolutely the greatest in Pokémon history, just by virtue of its name — it’s called Pulvarizing Pancake.

We can’t wait to see a re-energized Snorlax beat other, weaker monsters to a pulp when Pokémon Sun and Moon hits Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 18.

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