Snorlax

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Snorlax
Pokémon series character
Pokémon Snorlax art.png
First game Pokémon Red and Blue
Designed by Ken Sugimori
Voiced by

Snorlax (/ˈsnɔːrlæks/), known in Japan as Kabigon (カビゴン), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Snorlax first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles, and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. It is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese versions of the Pokémon anime and the Super Smash Bros. series of video games, and by Hitoshi Takagi and Mitsuru Ogata in the animated shorts Pikachu's Rescue Adventure and Pikachu & Pichu, respectively. In its English-language appearances, it was originally voiced by Michael Haigney, and later Eric Stuart.

Known as the Sleeping Pokémon, Snorlax has been said to weigh over 1,000 pounds and, until Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, was considered the heaviest known Pokémon.[1] Since its debut, Snorlax has received a generally positive reception.

Conception and characteristics[edit]

Snorlax was one of several different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue.[2][3] Called "Kabigon" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children.[4] Basing the name off its constant sleeping spells,[5] the species was renamed Snorlax, a combination of the words "snore" and "relax".[6]

Snorlax is a fat noseless ursid-like Pokémon that has a cream-colored face, hands and feet, while the rest of its body is teal in color. Its head is also large, and it has two small canine teeth visibly protruding from its lower jaw. Its feet are large compared to most Pokémon, which assist its balance when it chooses to stand. Although Snorlax's arms are short in relation to its size, they are long enough to enable it to both grab food and eat. Snorlax has been said to weigh over 1,000 pounds, and for a time was considered the heaviest known Pokémon.[7] Due to having an enormous appetite, Snorlax will devour almost anything, even moldy and rotten food.[8] Thanks to its extremely strong digestive juices, Snorlax's stomach can dissolve any kind of poison. As a result, it can eat tainted food without worry.[9][10]

Despite its size, Snorlax is such a docile Pokémon that children use its large fat belly as a place to play.[11][10] However, Snorlax nevertheless possesses hidden potential that can result in it unleashing a tremendous amount of power if it holds Snorlium Z.[12] Snorlax has a pre-evolution, Munchlax, which is obtainable via breeding a Snorlax that is holding Lax Incense. Munchlax also sports a voracious appetite, and evolves into a Snorlax when it has a sufficiently high level of friendship with its Trainer.[10]

Appearances[edit]

In video games[edit]

Snorlax's most notable role in the Pokémon games has been that of an inadvertent roadblock. In Pokémon Red, Blue, their "upper version" and remakes, the player must obtain the Poké Flute in order to wake up either of the two Snorlax that block Routes 12 and 16. Snorlax reprises this role in Pokémon Gold, Silver, their "upper version" and remakes. In these games, the player must restore power to Kanto radio tower and then play the radio's Poké Flute channel in front of Snorlax in order to awaken it. Although there is only one Snorlax available to catch, another is used by Red, the protagonist of Red and Blue who acts as these games' final boss.[13]

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, a pre-evolution of Snorlax named Munchlax was introduced; however, Munchlax remained unobtainable until the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. In Pokémon X and Y, Snorlax is once again a roadblock, this time wandering to a bridge near Camphrier Town and sleeping there. One of Camphrier Town's locals mentions that it does this at least once a year. The Poké Flute must once again be obtained, but this time the player must give it to the owner of Shabboneau Castle so he can wake it up. In Pokémon Sun, Moon and their "upper versions", Snorlax is among the handful of Pokemon to possess a unique Z-Move. In Snorlax's case, it can use Pulverizing Pancake as long as it is holding Snorlium Z and knows Giga Impact.[10]

In Pokémon Snap, when using the Poké Flute, Snorlax stands up and dances to the music, which is a very high scoring picture. In Pokémon Ranger, Snorlax is seen sleeping throughout the game, effectively cutting off certain areas until later on. It eventually remains in a cave until the player completes the Ranger Browser. Snorlax is an NPC in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure and its sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. Snorlax appears from a Poké Ball in the Super Smash Bros. series. Using Body Slam, it jumps up when it appears and slams into whomever it hits. In Melee, Snorlax is seen as a Poké Float that allows players to fight upon on its head and belly.

In other media[edit]

In the Pokémon anime, a number of Snorlax play various supporting roles in certain episodes. The first appearance of a Snorlax was in episode 41 - Wake Up Snorlax! - in which it becomes a roadblock to the next town Ash is traveling to.[14] Ash Ketchum also captures one in Snack Attack! that was eating the grapefruits of the Grapefruit Islands.[15] He uses it sporadically, mostly opting to use other Pokémon due to it constantly sleeping. Ash called upon it for the Sumo Conference in Ring Masters,[16] and later used it to defeat Clair's Kingdra in their rematch.[17] He also used Snorlax during the Johto League competition, first against Gary Oak where it quickly defeated Gary's Nidoqueen and Arcanine, but lost to Scizor.[18] Snorlax then fought during Ash's following match against Harrison, defeating his Steelix and Hypno, though in the end it was defeated by his Houndoom.[19] Snorlax later meets and gets to be friends with May's younger Munchlax.[20] Most recently, Snorlax helped Ash earn the Guts Symbol from Greta in Wheel of Frontier by defeating her Hariyama with an Ice Punch and flattening her Medicham with Body Slam.[21]

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Red catches a Snorlax, which he nicknames "Lax". Red caught Lax because he was blocking the road during a bicycle race. He is very gluttonous and is driven into a frenzy by the smell of honey. Later, after extensive training, Lax becomes one of the most physically powerful members of Red's team.

Reception[edit]

Snorlax has received generally positive reception from the media. IGN described Snorlax as "one of the most powerful Pokémon of all" in its own "peculiar way", noting its high strength and immobility when it decides to sleep.[22] IGN editor "Pokémon of the Day Chick" called Snorlax the "single most popular non-evolver that isn't also a legendary out there".[23] IGN also praised Snorlax as one of the best Normal types, alongside Tauros, calling it a "tank" and an effective Pokémon.[24] In 2015, IGN ranked Snorlax as the 28th best Pokémon, with editor Lucas calling it "one of the most recognizable Pokémon".[25] GamesRadar called the character a fan favorite, further describing it as "perhaps the most American of Pokemon [sic]".[26] Another GamesRadar editor also praised Snorlax, stating it "may be (and is) the greatest Pokemon of all time".[27]

While author Loredana Lipperini called Snorlax the "laziest Pokémon known",[28] Media and the Make-believe Worlds of Children found that children could relate to the character and interpret aspects of themselves in a positive light, and described it as an icon for a state of regression, but also symbolizing powerful characteristics for children.[29] Snorlax was ranked 8th in Complex's "The 50 Best Pokemon Up to Pokemon Crystal", with Elijah Watson saying Snorlax is "lazy as hell but surprisingly awesome".[30]

However, Snorlax has also received a mixed reception. USA Today described it as "a cat with a glandular disorder",[31] whereas GameSpy has described it as "downright silly".[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trophy: Snorlaxes love to sleep and love to eat: these portly Pokémon get grumpy if they don't get 888 pounds of food per day. After snacking out, they always nap. They have cast-iron stomachs and can eat moldy and even rotten food with no digestion problems. They are the heaviest Pokémon on record, weighing in at over 1,000 pounds. HAL Laboratory (December 2, 2001). Super Smash Bros. Melee. Gamecube. Nintendo. 
  2. ^ Staff. "2. 一新されたポケモンの世界". Nintendo.com (in Japanese). Nintendo. p. 2. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stuart Bishop (May 30, 2003). "Game Freak on Pokémon!". CVG. Archived from the original on February 8, 2008. Retrieved February 7, 2008. 
  4. ^ Chua-Euan, Howard (November 22, 1999). "PokéMania". TIME. Retrieved September 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Staff (November 1999). "What's the Deal with Pokémon?". Electronic Gaming Monthly (124): 172. 
  6. ^ Staff. "#143 Snorlax". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ Trophy: Snorlax love to sleep and love to eat: these portly Pokémon get grumpy if they don't get 888 pounds of food per day. After snacking out, they always nap. They have cast-iron stomachs and can eat moldy and even rotten food with no digestion problems. They are the heaviest Pokémon on record, weighing in at over 1,000 pounds. HAL Laboratory (December 2, 2001). Super Smash Bros. Melee. Gamecube. Nintendo. 
  8. ^ Pokédex: Its stomach can digest any kind of food, even if it happens to be moldy or rotten. Game Freak (April 22, 2007). Pokémon Diamond. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. 
  9. ^ Pokédex: Its stomach's digestive juices can dissolve any kind of poison. It can even eat things off the ground. Game Freak (October 15, 2000). Pokémon Silver. Game Boy. Nintendo. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Snorlax's exclusive Z-Move: Pulverizing Pancake! - Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon". 
  11. ^ Pokédex: Snorlax's typical day consists of nothing more than eating and sleeping. It is such a docile Pokémon that there are children who use its large fat belly as a place to play. Game Freak (May 1, 2005). Pokémon Emerald. Game Boy Advance. Nintendo. 
  12. ^ "Z-Moves - Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon". 
  13. ^ Game Freak (March 14, 2010). Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. 
  14. ^ Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (writer) (October 28, 1998). "Wake Up Snorlax!". Pokémon. Season Indigo League. Episode 41. Various. 
  15. ^ Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (writer) (March 25, 2000). "Snack Attack". Pokémon. Season Adventures on the Orange Islands. Episode 94. Various. 
  16. ^ Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (March 16, 2002). "Ring Masters". Pokémon. Season Johto League Champions. Episode 194. Various. 
  17. ^ Shōji Yonemura (writer) (June 21, 2003). "Better Eight Than Never". Pokémon. Season Master Quest. Episode 254. Various. 
  18. ^ Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (September 27, 2003). "Can't Beat the Heat!". Pokémon. Season Master Quest. Episode 270. Various. 
  19. ^ Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (October 4, 2003). "Playing with Fire!". Pokémon. Season Master Quest. Episode 271. Various. 
  20. ^ Aya Matsui (writer) (April 15, 2006). "The Right Place and the Right Mime". Pokémon. Season Advanced Battle. Episode AG133. Various. 
  21. ^ Masashi Sogo (writer) (September 16, 2006). "Wheel of Frontier". Pokémon. Season Battle Frontier. Episode AG149. Various. 
  22. ^ "Snorlax Biography". IGN. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Pokemon Crystal Version Pokemon of the Day: Snorlax (#143) - IGN FAQs". Faqs.ign.com. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Video Games, Wikis, Cheats, Walkthroughs, Reviews, News & Videos - IGN". IGN. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Snorlax". IGN. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  26. ^ Vassar, Darryl. "PokemonRadar, Week 22". GamesRadar. Future Publishing. p. 4. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  27. ^ Carolyn Gudmundson (July 23, 2010). "The most overused Pokemon designs, Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver DS Features". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  28. ^ Lipperini, Loredana (2000). Generazione Pokémon: i bambini e l'invasione planetaria dei nuovi "giocattoli di ruolo". Castelvecchi. ISBN 9788882102494. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  29. ^ Götz, Maya; Lemish, Dafna; International Communication Association Conference; Aidman, Amy; Moon, Hyesung (2005). Media and the Make-believe Worlds of Children: When Harry Potter Meets Pokémon in Disneyland. Routledge. pp. 101–105, 108. ISBN 0-8058-5191-7. 
  30. ^ Watson, Elijah. "8. Snorlax — The 50 Best Pokemon Up to "Pokemon Crystal"". Complex. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  31. ^ Zoroya, Gregg (November 15, 1999). "Me, my kids & 'Pokmon' Father/reporter is a stranger in the film's strange land". USA Today. p. 1.D. 
  32. ^ Leeper, Justin (April 24, 2004). "Hall of Fame: Pokémon". GameSpy. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 

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