Munchlax evolution guide

As cute as it is, knowing how to evolve Munchlax is vital as Snorlax, Munchlax’s evolution, is a tank that many creatures struggle to beat.

Munchlax evolution: Snorlax and Munchlax in front of a light grey PT background

Sinnoh introduced us to one of the most adorable Pokémon ever, but it’s Munchlax’s evolution, Snorlax, that most people pay attention to. To be honest, given the high defense and damage output that the Kanto native is capable of, we can understand why. So, allow us to tell you how to evolve Munchlax in case you need a tank on your team.

We’re not joking, Snorlax is a strong normal Pokémon that can give you a hard time, meaning it’s vital that you know what the normal Pokémon weakness is. We also suggest you learn how to evolve Riolu if you want a powerful counter for Snorlax. Or, if you wish to fill out your Pokédex, our Scyther evolution, Cetoddle evolution, Girafarig evolution, and Salandit evolution guides are a good read.

Anyway, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Munchlax’s evolution.

Munchlax evolution: Munchlax walking in front of a light grey PT background

Where can I catch Munchlax?

Look, you need a Munchlax before you can evolve it, so let’s dive in and look at where you can catch it. Should you find one sooner rather than later, you might get away with just using a standard pokéball, but if you don’t come across Munchlax until a bit further into your adventure, the chances are you’ll need to use a great ball instead.

You can find and catch Munchlax in the following games and locations on Nintendo Switch:

  • Sword and Shield – Munchlax is in Motostoke Riverbank, Bridge Field, and Stony Wilderness unless you have the Crown Tundra DLC, in which case Munchlax is also around Ballimere Lake
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – you can find Munchlax in many routes (205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 218, 221, and 222), Fuego Ironworks, Valley Windworks, Eterna Forest, Floaroma Meadow, and the Grand Underground (Spacious Cave, Riverbank Cave, Grassland Cave, Whiteout Cave, Still-Water Cavern, and Sunlit Cavern)
  • Legends: Arceus – Munchlax is in Obsidian Fieldlands (Deertrack Path) and Alabaster Icelands (Snowfall Hot Spring)
  • Scarlet and Violet – if you have The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, you can find Munchlax in Loyalty Plaza, Wistful Fields, Kitakami Road, Apple Hills, Kitakami Wilds, Timeless Woods, and Paradise Barrens

How do I evolve Munchlax?

Evolving Munchlax takes some time and effort. You see, while the likes of Murkrow’s evolution, Misdreavus’ evolution, Gloom’s evolution, Shellder’s evolution, and Bisharp’s evolution require stones or items, Munchlax follows in the footsteps of Budew’s evolution, Happiny’s evolution, and Buneary’s evolution, meaning you need to increase your friendship to evolve Munchlax.

We recommend that you battle with Munchlax if you want to increase your friendship, and perhaps play with it or let it walk outside of its pokéball if those are options in the game you’re playing.

Munchlax evolution: Snorlax in front of a light grey PT background

Where can I catch Snorlax?

Of course, you can opt to skip past Munchlax and go straight after the gen 1 Pokémon. However, prepare yourself with great balls and maybe even ultra balls, depending on Snorlax’s level (especially if you’re after its alpha version in Pokémon Legends: Arceus), as this sleepy beast is a tough nut to crack.

In the Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch, this is where you can find Snorlax:

  • Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee – Route 12, Route 16, and Cerulean Cave
  • Sword and Shield – Motostoke Riverbank, Rolling Fields, East Lake Axwell, Stony Wilderness, and Bridge Field. You can also catch one in Slippery Slope, Frostpoint Field, and Giant’s Bed if you have the Crown Tundra DLC
  • Legends: Arceus – Obsidian Fieldlands (Sandgem Flats), Crimson Mirelands (space-time distortions), and Alabaster Icelands in Snowfall Hot Spings
  • Scarlet and Violet – the Timeless Woods in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC

You can’t catch Snorlax in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you have to evolve it from Munchlax.

How do I evolve Munchlax in Pokémon Go?

To evolve Munchlax in Pokémon Go, you need to feed it 50 candies. Considering other gen 4 Pokémon, including Ralts’ evolution, require a Sinnoh stone as well as candy, this is pretty convenient for Snorlax lovers, as getting a Sinnoh stone can be troublesome.

Now that you know everything about Munchlax’s evolution, you might want to learn about specific types with our fire Pokémon, ice Pokémon, ground Pokémon, ghost Pokémon, and dark Pokémon guides. We can even tell you how to beat them with our fire Pokémon weakness, ice Pokémon weakness, ground Pokémon weakness, ghost Pokémon weakness, and dark Pokémon weakness guides.