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Lanturn Best Moveset & Build

Lanturn Icon
Total Base Stats460
Type Water IconElectric Icon

Special Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Volt Absorb
Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Will-o-Wisp / Ice Beam
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Sp. Defense 252, HP 4

EVs Allocated To Take On Rotom

This Pokemon is almost exclusively built to counter Rotom! Aside from its excellent HP, the rest of Lanturn's stats are somewhat sub-par. So, SpAtk/SpDef EVs prove very necessary. Since Lanturn's speed is already quite low, there's no need to invest further in it as it won't really accomplish much. Focus on survivability instead.

Excellent Resistances

The main appeal to Lanturn is its Water/Electric typing and the ability Volt Absorb, giving it an immunity to Electric moves. With the exception of Mow Rotom, you should be able to 1v1 any Rotom variant with ease. However, because its other stats are so low, we only recommend bringing it out vs. Water/Electric types.

Special Tank Build

Best NatureBest Item
Calm (SpDef ↑ / Attack ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Volt Absorb
Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Will-o-Wisp / Thunder Wave
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Sp. Defense 252, SpAtk 4

Forces Swaps Easily

This build builds on Lanturn's innately good bulk and further specializes it into being a Special wall. Although it has less damage potential than the Sp.Atk build, it still functions superbly vs. Water and Electric types. Switch Lanturn into a favorable matchup and force a switch from your opponent.

Status Moves Are Recommended

It's highly unlikely that an opponent with an unfavorable matchup will stay in vs. your bulky Lanturn. As such, it's better to have something prepared in advance for the follow-up Pokemon. Status moves like Thunder Wave are recommended here to help you stay alive. For a similar reason, Volt Switch is also necessary for this build.

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Lanturn - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Special Attacker Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Will-o-Wisp
water Icon
A powerful STAB move that can also burn.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
A safe, high damage STAB move.
Ice Beam
Ice Icon
Good coverage move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
Slightly weaker than Thunderbolt, but has a higher chance of paralyzing.
Thunder
electric Icon
Higher damage, but lower accuracy. A bit risky unless you're running a rain team.
Surf
water Icon
Good STAB move, reliable but doesn't burn.
Hydro Pump
water Icon
Powerful STAB move with low accuracy.
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy Icon
Fairy coverage move.
Substitute
status icon
Deal 25% damage to yourself to set up a Substitute. Can be useful for surviving Dynamax.
Thunder Wave
status icon
Paralyzes the opponent, reducing their speed.

Special Tank Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Will-o-Wisp
water Icon
A powerful STAB move that can also burn.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
A safe, high damage STAB move.
Thunder Wave
status icon
Paralyzes the opponent, reducing their speed.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
Slightly weaker than Thunderbolt, but has a higher chance of paralyzing.
Surf
water Icon
Good STAB move, reliable but doesn't burn.
Hydro Pump
water Icon
Powerful STAB move with low accuracy.
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy Icon
Fairy coverage move.
Substitute
status icon
Deal 25% damage to yourself to set up a Substitute. Can be useful for surviving Dynamax.
Ice Beam
Ice Icon
Good coverage move.
Confuse Ray
status icon
Confuses the opponent. Good to have in a pinch.

Lanturn - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Assault VestPrevents the use of status moves, but increases Sp.Def massively. Necessary for taking on Rotom.
Choice SpecsGreatly increases Sp.Atk, but locks you into one move. Possible alternative for attacker builds.
Sitrus BerryRestores HP when brought down to low health. Useful recovery option.
BalloonPrevents you from taking damage from Ground moves. Can be popped, however. Useful for swapping into a ground move.
LeftoversUseful for a tanky build. Lets you recover HP reliably.

Lanturn Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Lanturn

PokemonExplanation
SeismitoadSeismitoad Pros
- Immune to Water AND Electric moves (w/ Water Absorb)
- STAB Super-effective Earthquake
Cons
- None
GastrodonGastrodon Pros
- Immune to Water AND Electric moves (w/ Storm Drain)
- STAB Super-effective Earth Power
Cons
- None
QuagsireQuagsire Pros
- Immune to Water AND Electric moves (w/ Water Absorb)
- Can easily set up Toxic/spam Stockpile
Cons
- None
TyranitarTyranitar Pros
- Super-effective Earthquake
- Can survive even a Choice Spec'd Hydro Pump
- Can proc Weakness Policy off Lanturn
Cons
- Has to watch out for Thunder Wave
Rotom-MowMow Rotom Pros
- Resists Water and Electric moves
- STAB Super-effective Leaf Storm
Cons
- Sp.Atk falls drastically after using Leaf Storm
ExcadrillExcadrill Pros
- Super-effective STAB Earthquake
- Immune to Electric moves
Cons
- Weak to Water moves, has to watch out when switching in
SnorlaxSnorlax Pros
- Super-effective Earthquake
- High Sp. Def
- Isn't particularly bothered by getting paralyzed
Cons
- Can't one shot reliably, so Lanturn will probably get away with Volt Switch

How To Play Against Lanturn

Use Physical Attackers

Lanturn's defensive capabilities are specialized almost entirely in dealing with Water and Electric type Pokemon. Its physical defense is quite low, so it's not very hard to take it out with a simple Earthquake. The most important thing is to avoid unfavorable matchups vs. Lanturn.

Bring Water Absorb or Storm Drain

The Water/Electric type is particularly weak to Pokemon such as Seismitoad, Quagsire, and Gastrodon, as all of them have ways of negating both Electric and Water moves. If you have status moves, consider using Lanturn to set up for the next Pokemon.

Use A Special Wall

Lanturn's offensive stats are not particularly impressive, so any Pokemon that has a moderately decent Sp. Def can take it on and win in a 1v1. However, be aware that it could Volt Switch out at any moment.

Lanturn - Best Nature And EVs

Lanturn - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Attack↓
Focuses on offensive capabilities.
CalmSp.Defense↑ / Attackf↓
For a tankier build that sticks around longer.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Special Attacker Build

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

Speed EVs won't be necessary as you likely won't be outspeeding much anyway. Focus on taking out Rotom!

Special Tank Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Sp. Defense252 points (max)
Special Attack4 points

A bulkier varient with less firepower.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Lanturn - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Chinchou in Hulbury (by fishing) or at East Lake Axewell & West Lake Axewell during a Thunderstorm
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Chinchou
3Breed that Rotom until you get one with a Modest Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Special Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Will-o-Wisp, and Ice Beam
7Equip an Assault Vest
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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