clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:


Get yourself a Gigantamax Snorlax in December

The Pokémon will appear in Max Raid Battles in early December

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

I’ll just say it: Snorlax is the best Gigantamax Pokémon of the bunch.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Pokémon have the ability to transform into massive versions of themselves, called Dynamax and Gigantamax. Dynamax Pokémon are just really, really big, but Gigantamax Pokémon are big and change form. For Snorlax, he’s grown from a sleepy, round monster into a sleepy, round monster with a park growing on his belly. Move over, Torterra.

The Pokémon Company announced that Gigantamax Snorlax will be found in the Wild Area’s Max Raid Battles starting on Dec. 4. He’ll stick around until early January, so you’ll want to seek out Pokémon dens during that month of availability if you want to catch one.

“To face a Gigantamax Snorlax, you’ll need to connect to the internet,” The Pokémon Company said. It’s part of the Max Raid Battles rare encounters schedule, which is why you need to connect to the internet — the rare creatures available change frequently.

Gigantamax Snorlax with trees growing on its belly Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon

The Pokémon Company also outlined how Snorlax will change in battle. When Gigantamaxed, Snorlax gets a special move called G-Max Replenish — a move that deals damage and restores berries that Snorlax and his allies have eaten during a battle. Apparently, Gigantamax Snorlax “is said to be one of the strongest Dynamax Pokémon discovered” in the Galar region.

As a reminder, if you want a Gigantamax Snorlax, you’ll need to catch one from a Max Raid Battle. Catching any old Snorlax in the Wild Area won’t cut it — those will only Dynamax.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon