No, Snorlax isn't spawning in Pokémon Go right now — except for Japan!

Snorlax in Pokémon Go
Snorlax in Pokémon Go (Image credit: iMore)

If you're not too distracted by Pokémon Go Gen 2 and catching 'em all, again, you may have noticed Snorlax, the sleepy giant of Gen 1, has all but stopped spawning in most parts of the world. No, it's not just you. It's Pokémon Go and it's due to a special event happening in Japan's Kumamoto region from March 4 to March 13, 2017.

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Where have all the Snorlax gone in Pokémon Go?

Similar to last fall's Lapras event, Japan's Kumamoto region is currently hosting an exclusive Snorlax event to help bolster tourism and speed economic recovery following the earthquake of 2016.

Here's how Pokémon Go's Japanese Twitter account described it:

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And an approximate translation:

We've received information that in the Kumamoto prefecture and in Oita prefecture, Yufu city and Beppu city, Snorlax has begun appearing more frequently. Was it roused by the Pokémon flute? The phenomenon is expected to continue from March 4 to March 13. There are areas and places where local reconstruction work is continuing. Do not enter a dangerous place. Otherwise, please enjoy Kumamoto and Oita!

Didn't Pokémon Go do this with Lapras late last year as well?

Indeed. From November 11 to November 23, 2016, Pokémon Go made Lapras easier to find in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures of Japan. It was an attempt to help bring tourism back to the region following the earthquake earlier in the year.

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Rough translation:

Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.

If you're in Japan or have wanted to go to Japan, and Snorlax is still on your must-get list, now's the time to go!

So what can you do to complete your Pokédex and power up your Snorlax army in the meantime?

Go to the Kumamoto region of Japan, help restore their tourism industry, and bask in Snorlax glory all week! If that's not in the cards though, then you'll simply have to wait out the week.

(It's also possible the spawn rate hasn't dropped to absolute zero, just incredibly low. If that's the case, you might still find Snorlax in the wild, it'll just be incredibly, stupefyingly rare for the next week.)

If you have any 10 KM eggs that you picked up prior to March 4, they could still contain a Snorlax, so walk on! Otherwise, some March 13, you should be able to go right back to catching and hatching as usual.

And for now? Concentrate on those Dratini and Dragonite, Larvitar and Tyranitar, Chansey and Blissey, and all the other really rare Pokémon still out there!

Any Snorlax questions?

If you have any questions about Snorlax, the Japan events, or Pokémon Go in general, drop them in the comments below!

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