I was once convinced that Snorlax was the ultimate Pokémon. An immovable mound of flesh that you could not get past without a flute solo, just like your mom at a Jethro Tull concert. A few generations of Pokémon games later however, and ol’ Snorlax was pretty much only useful for breeding a Snorlax and sleeping away life itself in your Pokémon Bank.
But the first generation of pocket monsters is getting a ton of love this year, with various Alolan variants rebalancing and redesigning the classic critters. Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct revealed a rather nifty bonus for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, offering a very special Munchlax for anyone who drops some coin in the games before January 11 of 2017.
Players will be able to get their hands on a Munchlax who can evolve into a Snorlax that is holding Snorlium Z, which allows it to use the move Pulverizing Pancake. It’s a move that is unique to that Snorlax, while the Munchlax download also comes equipped with the move “Hold Back” that it normally cannot learn. Here’s the official description from Nintendo regarding these two rare acquisitions:
Munchlax – Normal-type
Munchlax is a big eater that wolfs down its own weight in food once a day, gulping it down practically without chewing. It also hides food under the hair on its body. But then it forgets about it.
Snorlax – Normal-type
Snorlax is a Pokemon that has blocked the path of many a Trainer. It’s not satisfied unless it eats in excess of 880 pounds of food every day. When it’s done eating, it promptly goes to sleep. Snorlax’s typical day consists of nothing more than eating and sleeping. It gets fatter and fatter, and it moves less and less. Its stomach is extremely strong, and its digestive juices can dissolve any kind of poison, so eating rotten food doesn’t affect it.
Also revealed yesterday, was a new Alolan form for Rattata. Normally normal, this version that players will encounter will boast a Dark/Normal-type set of attributes. Here’s the flavour text for it:
Unlike ordinary Rattata, urban areas are Alolan Rattata’s main habitat. They are nocturnal and live in nests of several dozen. Alolan Rattata have an excellent aptitude for sniffing out delicious fresh foods in Alola. They pay no attention to foods that aren’t fresh. Alolan Raticate serve as their boss.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go trade some Snorlaxes in a wonder-trade. After I’ve named them all “Yo momma” and attached a Burn Heal to them.
Last Updated: September 2, 2016