name: Curse Sweeper (Normal)
move 1: Curse
move 2: Darkest Lariat
move 3: Rest
move 4: Sleep Talk
ability: Thick Fat
evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD
Snorlax finds a strong niche on Normal-teams as a bulky setup sweeper using Curse that can threaten types like Ice, Electric, Psychic, and Ghost after accumulating multiple boosts and serve as a strong late-game wincon. Snorlax's high Special bulk gives it setup opportunities against many common special attackers such as Dragapult and Gardevoir, and Curse's Defense boost makes it difficult to break past for many teams. Thick Fat makes Snorlax a valuable asset for Normal teams, allowing it to check Fire- and Ice-types such as Chandelure and Galarian Darmanitan, which Normal teams otherwise struggle to switch into. Rest in conjunction with Sleep Talk allow Snorlax to keep itself healthy throughout the match and heal itself of crippling status such as burn and Toxic without being entirely passive. However, Snorlax is susceptible to getting shut down by common Taunt users like Sableye, Mew, and Corviknight, as well as by Haze and Whirlwind users such as Toxapex and Hippowdon. Darkest Lariat is Snorlax's attack of choice, as it ignores opposing stat boosts from Pokemon such as Reuniclus and has no Pokemon that are completely immune to it. However, Snorlax's reliance on Curse and Darkest Lariat to pose an offensive threat means exceptionally powerful attackers that resist Dark such as Nasty Plot Hydriegon, Crawdaunt, and most Fighting-types can break through it with relatively few issues. Snorlax's HP and Defense EVs allow it to always avoid being 2HKOed by Choice Scarf Galarian Darmanitan's Earthquake after Stealth Rock damage. Snorlax should utilize its special bulk and Rest to switch into powerful special attackers such as Hatterene and Alolan Raichu and common status users such as Salazzle and Gastrodon.
Obstagoon serves as a great offensive partner for Snorlax, as it can switch into common Taunt users such as Mew and Sableye without fear of Will-O-Wisp and break past them, allowing Snorlax to sweep Psychic- and Ghost-type teams more easily. Ditto is a good Choice Scarf user that can dissuade opponents from using Snorlax as setup fodder thanks to Imposter allowing it to threaten to countersweep. Indeedee-M is a powerful special attacker that can pressure Fighting-types like Conkeldurr and Kommo-o as well as break past physically defensive walls such as Toxapex and Galarian Weezing using its powerful Psychic Terrain-boosted attacks. Diggersby acts as a powerful wallbreaker that can utilize its good coverage options to break past Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Corviknight, which can use Snorlax as setup fodder, as well as set Spikes to wear down teams for Snorlax to sweep more easily. Choice Scarf Braviary provides a Ground immunity to help check Pokemon such as Obstagoon and Keldeo and can Defog away entry hazards that can wear down Snorlax over the course of a match. Heliolisk acts as a check to Corviknight, as well as an offensive check to Water- and Flying-types, helping Snorlax deal with Pokemon such as Keldeo, Togekiss, and Toxapex more easily. Bewear acts as a check to physically offensive Dark-types such as Tyranitar, Bisharp, and Crawdaunt that can easily beat Snorlax while appreciating Snorlax's ability to switch into Fire-types such as Rotom-H and Chandelure thanks to Thick Fat.
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