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The following is a part of our upcoming series of builds provided by Japanese Pro players! This guide is provided by Yuki!

Gigantamax Build

Gigantamax Lapras
Move G-Max Resonance Ice Icon
Effect Sets up an Aurora Veil, reducing damage taken for 5 turns. Doesn't require Hail to activate.
Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp. Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Weakness Policy
or
Life Orb
Best Ability
Hydration
Heals status problems when it's raining
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Best Moves

MandatoryHydro Pump or Sparkling Aria
Freeze-Dry
Thunder
Sheer Cold
OptionalPerish Song

Role & How To Use

A High-Damage Offensive Build

This build is particularly effective at coming out in top in one-on-one firefights, given its incredibly powerful G-Max Resonance, as well as its excellent move pool. Although Lapras's Sp. Atk isn't particularly high, what it lacks there it makes up for in the wide variety of enemies it can take down by using its powerful Water, Ice, and Electric moves (as well as Freeze-Dry, which deals super-effective damage to water types!).

Can Handle Tanks As Well

One additional selling point of this Lapras build is that it can hold its own against pesky tanks by using the OHKO move Sheer Cold and the delayed OHKO move Perish Song. Consider running one of these if you encounter more and more tanks in the meta.

Choosing A Water Move

For Sheer Damage, Choose Hydro Pump

If you want damage on your team, going with Hydro Pump is the right answer. When you need to burst down a bulky foe, Hydro Pump's 110 Power is what you need, but beware its low 80% accuracy. It might be best to use this move only while Gigantamaxed.

For Reliability, Choose Sparkling Aria

Sparkling Aria is a much more accurate move which also has the added benefit of hitting through Substitute! If your opponent sees a Lapras, they're likely to hesitate when throwing out a Substitute, so you'll be able to take get the tactical advantage over them as well.

Note, since Sparkling Aria is a sound-based move, you'll have to watch out for Throat Chop and the ability Soundproof!

Regarding Ice Moves

Why Bring Freeze-Dry?

If you're prioritizing dealing as much damage as posisble with G-Max Resonance, it's natural to want to bring the highest power ice move possible. If you bring Freeze-Dry, your G-Max move power will go up only to 120, but the other effects of Freeze-Dry are well worth the lower DPS. When not Gigantamaxed, you'll be able to land super-effective hits on Water types, which are incredibly common!

Freeze-Dry Improves Your Type Coverage

If you want to deal with Water types, you can of course bring an Electric attack, but Freeze-Dry allows you to also deal with tricky Pokemon like Gastrodon, Quagsire, and Dracovish, dealing 4x damage to all of them. Also, Freeze-Dry lets you get a 2x hit on Wash Rotom, which an electric move can't do.

Sheer Cold To Take Out Stalling Tanks

In terms of moves that raise G-Max Resonance's power to 130, you have the options of Ice Beam and Sheer Cold. However, if you're already using Freeze-Dry, we recommend running Sheer Cold, as this move will allow you to take out frustrating walls that try to resist your every move.

Note that by bringing Blizzard you can get Resonance's power up to 140, but you'll pay for it with its 70% accuracy when not Gigantamaxed, so we don't recommend this.

Choosing Electric Moves

Thunder Is Recommended

You have two main choices for an electric move: Thunder and Thunderbolt. However, Thunder has the higher overall power so we recommend it. Also, if you set up rain with Max Geyser, your Thunder will always land, so you can make up for its accuracy drawback.

Lapras is a rather slow Pokemon, but if you can manage to paralyze your opponent with an electric moves, you'll likely be able to attack first!

How To Counter This Build

PokemonExplanation
DracozoltDracozolt ・With the bonus damage of its Hustle ability, it's possible to one shot Lapras
・Weak to ice, so it has to watch out when switching in
SnorlaxSnorlax ・High Sp. Defense, can take hits
・Can resist Ice moves if it has the ability Thick Fat
FerrothornFerrothorn ・High Sp. Defense
・Resists water and electric moves, takes 1x damage from ice
・Can recover HP with Leech Seed

Outspeed and One Shot It

Regardless of its build, an effective way of dealing with Lapras is to just outspeed it and take it out in one shot. Dracozolt's Hustle attack boost, combined with a stab Bolt Beak is enough to take out Lapras, even while it's Gigantamaxed. Combine this with Max Airstream for the speed boost and you could even have a full sweep on your hands.

However, Dracozolt is weak to ice moves, so if you are somehow unable to take it out quickly, you might be in trouble.

Outlast It With Tanky Pokemon

Tanky Pokemon are a great choice here, but you do have to be careful of the OHKO move Sheer Cold. Use the fact that OHKO moves can't be used during Dynamax to your advantage. Also note that if you yourself are Dynamaxed, Sheer Cold won't have any effect!

Fight Back With Snorlax

Lapras has a great movepool, but its Sp. Atk isn't particularly high. This means that a Pokemon with no weaknesses to it and high Sp. Def can easily withstand it. Snorlax is the perfect candidate here, especially if it has the ability Thick Fat, which gives it resistance to Ice moves.

Ferrothorn Is Also Possbile

Ferrothorn's resistance to water moves means it doesn't have to worry, even against Max Geyser in the rain. Also, it can deal super-effective damage to Lapras, and even avoid activating Weakness Policy by using Leech Seed and waiting it out.


All of the information above, including EV distribution, counters, and moves, has been provided to us by the Japanese Pro Player Yuki.

Source: Yuki's Hidden Power (Ice)


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The following is a part of our upcoming series of builds provided by Japanese Pro players! This guide is provided by Yuuki!

Light Clay Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Atk ↓)Light Clay
Best Ability
Shell Armor
Protects Lapras from taking critical hits
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Best Moves

MandatorySparkling Aria
Freeze-Dry
Sheer Cold
Perish Song

Role & How To Use

Barrier Using Support Build

This Gigantamax Lapras build focuses on G-Max Resonance's secondary effect, namely that it puts up an Aurora Veil on the field. Aurora Veil effectively sets up both Reflect and Light Screen in one turn! Also, there's no weather requirement for this G-Max move, making it easy to use as well.

The Light Clay is here to extend the duration of the effect from 5 turns to 8 and extend your team's advantage.

No EVs In Defenses

This build focuses on speed, as you'll want to make sure you get your Aurora Veil out faster than the other Pokemon. Even without defensive EVs, you'll get enough of a cushion when you Gigantamax that you should be able to withstand most hits. After setting up your walls and finishing your G-Max, switch to a Pokemon that can use set up moves and sweep.

Bring Anti-Tank Moves

Sheer Cold and Perish Song are particularly effective against Pokemon that are fond of tanking your special hits with ease. Whichever one you choose, you're likely to apply a lot of pressure on your opponent, not letting them set up their own walls.

How To Counter This Build

PokemonExplanation
ShedinjaShedinja ・Immune to G-Max Resonance, Lapras can't set up walls
・Immune to Sheer Cold as well
・A very small number of Lapras run Ancient Power, so it's not entirely risk free.
GalladeGallade Brick Break can break barriers
・High Sp. Def, easy to switch in
・STAB Brick Break can also deal decent damage, is quite versatile
Mr. RimeMr. Rime ・Its ability Screen Cleaner destroys all barriers
・Resists ice moves, has high Sp. Def, easy to switch in
・Immune to Sheer Cold
DragapultDragapult ・Ignores wall effects with Infilitrator
・Is weak to ice moves, but can use that as an opportunity to proc its own Weakness Policy

Don't Let G-Max Resonance Go Off

Shedinja > Lapras

Shedinja simply doesn't let Lapras land its G-Max Resonance, making the move's wall-erecting secondary benefit completely meaningless. This makes Shedinja the near perfect counter.

Watch Out For Stealth Rocks And Weather

Although Shedinja is excellent against Lapras, it still needs to watch out if Stealth Rocks have been laid on the field, or if there is currently an adverse weather effect going on. Also, the only move that Shedinja might be hit by is Ancient Power, which is not so common to begin with.

Destroy The Barrier With Brick Break

One way of dealing with barrier setup teams is to break the barriers down with moves such as Brick Break, Defog, Psychic Fangs, or the ability Screen Cleaner. If you can include any of these in your party, you'll have an easier time dealing with this ever-so-common Lapras menace.

Pokemon That Can Destroy Barriers
GalladeGallade ・Learns Brick Break
・High Sp. Def, stab Brick Break
DracovishDracovish ・Learns Psychic Fangs
・Extremely high damage
・4x weak to Freeze-Dry
ArctovishArctovish ・Learns Psychic Fangs
・Takes 1/4 damage from Ice attacks
・Immune to water moves due to Water Absorb
SnomSnom ・Learns Defog
・Its ability Ice Scales halves damage taken from special moves
・Resists ice moves
Mr. RimeMr. Rime ・Screen Cleaner destroys all barriers
・Doesn't have much going for it except that, not very versatile

Ignore Walls With Infilitrator

Destroying the barriers is one approach, but alternatively you could just ignore them by using an ability like Infilitrator, which the ever popular Dragapult happens to have. Dragapult can also make its ice weakness into a boon by using it to bait a super-effective attack and trigger its Weakness Policy.


All of the information above, including EV distribution, counters, and moves, has been provided to us by the Japanese Pro Player @yuki_rotom.

Source: Yuuki's Hidden Power (Ice)


Lapras Best Moveset & Build

Lapras
Total Base Stats535
Type water Icon Ice Icon

Tank Buster Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk.↑ / Atk↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Water Absorb

When hit with a water-type move, heal instead of taking damage from it.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Substitute / Sparkling Aria / Thunderbolt
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Attack 252, Defense 252, HP 4

Set Up Substitute VS. Water Types

This build is specifically designed to deal with common meta threats like Quagsire and Toxapex. By setting up a Substitute on them, it can put them in an awkward position where they can't do anything (since they often only have Scald as an attacking move). Substitute will also prevent you from being hit with the move Toxic.

Invest In Defense/Sp. Atk

Lapras's 85 Sp. Atk is not particularly good, so EV and nature investment is highly recommended. 252 EVs in Defense is best here as it's not common for Lapras to go toe-to-toe with many special attackers.

Go For A 0 Attack IV

In order to withstand a STAB Foul Play, we recommend having a 0 Attack IV. This will ensure that your Substitute isn't broken easily.

Why Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt is here to help you deal with water-type Pokemon while Dynamaxed. This is because you won't be able to use Freeze-Dry while Dynamaxed. It will transform into Max Hailstorm, and you'll lose your super-effective move vs. Water types. It is also useful for dealing with Corviknight.

How To Get Sparkling Aria

Sparkling Aria is an egg move, but there are actually no other Pokemon which can learn it. The only ways to obtain it are to catch Lapras with an aura or from Max Raid Battles and then pray they have it. This can be extremely time consuming, so the best method is to find someone who already has it and trade!

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Assault Vest Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk.↑ / Atk↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Water Absorb

When hit with a water-type move, heal instead of taking damage from it.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Sparkling Aria / Thunderbolt / Ice Shard
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Attack 252, HP 252, Def 4

Hold Your Ground Against Many Foes

Making Lapras hold the Assault Vest enables it to stand up against a much wider pool of Pokemon. In particular, it gives some much needed durability vs. the Rotom line, which can deal super-effective Electric damage.

Sheer Cold Is An Option

Although it's hardly a reliable move, it is entirely possible to run Sheer Cold to OHKO pesky tank Pokemon you otherwise can't deal with. Freeze-Dry and at least one Water-type move are mandatory, so for your last move we recommend Ice Shard, simply because it's good to have a priority move to finish foes off.

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Lapras - Best Moves

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Tank Buster Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Freeze-Dry
Ice Icon
Ice-type move which actually deals super-effective damage to Water types. This makes it incredibly useful and a must-have.
Sparkling Aria
water Icon
Excellent STAB Water move which has the interesting effect of also clearing the burns of any Pokemon it hits. This is an egg move.
Thunderbolt
Electric Icon
Useful for the Max Move, as well as for dealing with Corviknight.
Substitute
status icon
Deal 25% damage to yourself and set up a Substitute that takes damage for you. Useful vs. Water types that can't deal damage to you due to Water Absorb.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Hydro Pump
water Icon
Alternative to Sparkling Aria, higher damage but lower accuracy.
Ice Shard
Ice Icon
Priority Ice move. 40 power and a physical move, which means you can't expect it to do too much damage. Use only to finish foes off.
Surf
water Icon
An alternative if you can't get your hands on Sparkling Aria. Same damage and accuracy.
Thunder
Electric Icon
High power but lower accuracy version of Thunderbolt. Use this only for Dynamaxing!

Assault Vest Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Freeze-Dry
Ice Icon
Ice-type move which actually deals super-effective damage to Water types. This makes it incredibly useful and a must-have.
Sparkling Aria
water Icon
Excellent STAB Water move which has the interesting effect of also clearing the burns of any Pokemon it hits. This is an egg move.
Thunderbolt
Electric Icon
Useful for the Max Move, as well as for dealing with Corviknight.
Ice Shard
Ice Icon
Priority Ice move. 40 power and a physical move, which means you can't expect it to do too much damage. Use only to finish foes off.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Hydro Pump
water Icon
Alternative to Sparkling Aria, higher damage but lower accuracy.
Sheer Cold
Ice Icon
Extremely low accuracy, but one shots if it hits. Last resort vs. Tanks.
Surf
water Icon
An alternative if you can't get your hands on Sparkling Aria. Same damage and accuracy.
Thunder
Electric Icon
High power but lower accuracy version of Thunderbolt. Use this only for Dynamaxing!

Lapras - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
Weakness PolicyIncreases offensive stats when hit with an offensive move. Lapras has high HP and will be built for defense, meaning it can often withstand a hit. This is recommended as there are many Rotoms in the meta currently.
Assault VestIncreases Sp. Def but prevents the use of status moves. Useful all-purpose tanky item.
LeftoversHeals 1/16th of your health at the end of every turn. Useful recovery item.
Sitrus BerryRestores HP when you drop to low health.
Throat SpraySparkling Aria is a sound move, so it procs Throat Spray!
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Lapras - Base Nature And EVs

Lapras - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
The purpose of this build is to deal damage to tanks, and Lapras has somewhat low Sp.Atk, so this is the most appropriate nature.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Tank Buster Build

StatBase Point
Sp. Attack252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
HP4 points

Lapras has mediocre Sp.Atk and Defense stats, so investment is highly recommended for the purposes of this build.

Assault Vest Build

StatBase Point
Sp. Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This build focuses on Sp. Def, but investment in Sp. Def is not entirely necessary. Sp. Atk and HP are the priority.

Lapras Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Lapras

PokemonExplanation
ConkeldurrConkeldurr Pros
- Fighting moves are super effective
- Deals well with Assault Vest variants
Cons
- Sparkling Aria cleanses your Flame Orb burn, removign the Guts buff.
AegislashAegislash Pros
- Swords Dance + Close Combat can one shot
- Close Combat + Shadow Sneak can also take it out
Cons
- None
Mow Rotom IconMow Rotom Pros
- Electric moves are super effective
- With a damage item, can 1 shot with Leaf Storm
Cons
- None
Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- Grass moves are super effective
- Resists water moves
- Can break Substitute easily with Gyro Ball
Cons
- Has to watch out for Sheer Cold
Tyranitar IconTyranitar Pros
- Adamant Stone Edge can 1 shot
- Slightly faster than Lapras
Cons
- Weak to Water moves
DracozoltDracozolt Pros
- Bolt Beak can 1 shot
Cons
- None

How To Play Against Lapras

Hit It Hard And Fast

Lapras has a mere 60 base Speed stat, meaning most attackers should be able to go first. However, since it lacks a 4x weakness you might have trouble taking it out in one shot. Aim for a quick 2-turn KO.

Careful With Water Types

Almost all Lapras you see running around will invariably have Freeze-Dry. For this reason, we recommend being very careful with the water types on your team. Quagsire, Gastrodon, Seismitoad, and Gyarados in particular have to watch out, as Freeze-Dry will deal 4x damage to them.

Lapras - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Lapras on Route 9 (fishing) or in the Lake of Outrage
(1)
(optional)
Catch Lapras from Max Raid Battles until you get one with Sparkling Aria. If you're okay with using Surf, skip this step.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Lapras
3Breed that Lapras until you get one with a Modest Nature and the Water Absorb ability.
4Put 252 EVs in Defense and Sp.Atk, and 4 in HP.
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Freeze-Dry, Sparkling Aria, Substitute, and Thunderbolt
7Equip a Weakness Policy
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