In a video posted to the Official Pokemon Youtube channel, it was revealed thatwill appear in Dynamax raids in Pokemon Sword and Shield starting December 4th and ending in early January 2020.
This unique variation of the Snorlax, who first appeared blocking a road in Pokemon Red and Blue, has the power to change into a gigantic version of itself that features a small forest on its stomach. This also marks the first time chance players will be able to find such a Snorlax so get out there and catch em!
The pokemon can also use the unique move G Max Replenish while in its Gigantamax form which restores any held berry items the pokemon may have used in combat. Those looking to see Snorlax in action can check out the video below.
The video also makes mention of the evolved forms of Sword and Shield's starter pokemon Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. These three Pokemon each evolve twice, as all starter Pokemon in the series do, and end grow into Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon respectively once they attain a certain level of experience. Also featured are each game's legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta, a pair of wolfs that are key to the secrets of the Galar region.
For those looking to snag some Gigantamax Pokemon before Snorlax lumbers ever so slowly into the game, a Meowth capable of achieving a Gigantamax form is available as an in-game gift until the 15th of January. A Butterfree capable of the same will appear more often in raids until early January. And as if that wasn't enough, the chance of finding a Drednaw and Corviknight in its giant form will be higher during the same period depending on whether you have Pokemon Sword or Shield respectively.
From its first release in Japan in 1996, and 1998 in America, Pokemon quickly grew into a billion-dollar franchise encompassing video games, anime, movies, and an endless flood of merchandise. The most recent games in the series, Pokemon Sword and Shield, were released worldwide on November 15th for the Nintendo Switch and features a brand new part of the world to explore in the form of the Galar region, a place-based heavily on the culture, history, and landscape of the United Kingdom.
Are you looking forward to catching a gigantic Snorlax? Let us know what you plan to do with the creature in the comments below.