Munchlax

Pickup
Adds a chance of finding an item after each in-game battle.
Thick Fat
Fire- and Ice-type damage is reduced by 50%.
Gluttony
Consumes pinch Berries at 50% HP or less.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
135
- 411 474 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
40
104 116 179 196
SpA
40
104 116 179 196
SpD
85
185 206 269 295
Spe
5
41 46 109 119

Overview

To put it bluntly, Munchlax is not a very good special wall. Despite having great HP and a usable Special Defense stat, the fact that it has no reliable recovery (not even Leftovers) and is easily worn down actually makes Munchlax a hindrance to most teams that it is used on. Physical attackers will have no trouble KOing Munchlax in a few hits, and even special attackers will wear it down as many of them carry a super effective Focus Blast. Being the slowest Pokemon in RU doesn't help its case either. What Munchlax can do is absorb sleep from the likes of Lilligant and Jynx, sponge hits from hail teams with its Thick Fat ability, and phaze with Whirlwind. However, this is not enough to justify Munchlax's use, as all of these roles are played much better by other RU Pokemon. Always consider your other options before using Munchlax. There are many.

Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Eviolite Thick Fat Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Whirlwind
~ Body Slam
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

Munchlax can wall strong Ice-types such as Glaceon and Rotom-F, but must be careful of getting Tricked by the latter. Rest is sadly Munchlax's only form of recovery. Sleep Talk, however, is useful when dealing with Sleep Powder Lilligant or Lovely Kiss Jynx, but Munchlax must be careful of Psyshock from Jynx. Against Pokemon such as Lilligant, Omastar, Moltres, and Cryogonal, Munchlax can use Whirlwind to get rid of the boosts of the former two or rack up entry hazard damage on the latter two. Body Slam is there in order to damage the few Pokemon that can't really touch Munchlax such as Cryogonal. Otherwise, Munchlax generally just sits there waiting for the opponent to whittle down its HP. Munchlax has no other utility outside of walling these few Pokemon.

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Other Options

All of Munchlax's other options are much worse than everything listed above. It can use Curse, but needs multiple boosts before being able to survive powerful physical hits, lacks recovery or strong coverage moves, and gets shut down by Taunt. It is good to know that Munchlax gets Double-Edge, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, ThunderPunch, Pursuit, Rock Slide, Zen Headbutt, and Counter in case you ever happen to face strange sets. However, Munchlax can't put any of these moves to good use.

Checks and Counters

Constant pressure from entry hazards and strong attackers will quickly dispose of Munchlax. For starters, every RU Fighting-type can OHKO Munchlax except for Poliwrath (unless it uses Focus Punch). Poliwrath can deal with Munchlax anyway through Circle Throw and Scald burns. Tricking Munchlax will rid it of its Eviolite, causing it to lose a significant amount of bulk. Rotom-C, Mesprit, and Spiritomb are good Trick users. Pokemon with Psyshock, such as Slowking, Uxie, and Sigilyph, can take advantage of Munchlax's low Defense and KO it. Almost every physical attacker can do this as well, especially those that resist Body Slam such as Escavalier, Aggron, and Rhydon. Taunt from Pokemon such as Aerodactyl, Qwilfish, and Mandibuzz will prevent Munchlax from recovering, making it easier than it already is to take down.