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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 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

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

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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