Strategy for Lapras [Pokémon Sun and Moon]


This article contains information for the Transport Pokémon Lapras in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
The analysis would involve: the distribution of effort values, choice of movesets, recommended held items, and other suggested options. This will also show information on how to deal with Lapras during free battles and rating battles on Wi-Fi.

Basic Information for Lapras


Type 1 Type 2
Water Ice
Ability Hidden Ability
Water Absorb Hydration
Shell Armor
HP Attack Defense Sp.Atk Sp.Def Speed Base Stat Total
135 85 80 85 95 60 535
Type Compatibility
This is super effective
This is super effective
This is not very effective
This is not very effective
No effect

Using Lapras

Lapras functions as a durable Pokemon through its high Base HP stat with Sp. Defense and Defense coming close at 95 and 80 base respectively.
Its Water-Ice Typing is advantageous in most type matchups since Lapras has access to a wide number of moves. Although Water-Types might pose a threat due to their resistance to both of Lapras’ STAB moves, they are weak to its Freeze-Dry move.
In addition, it learns Sheer Cold which knocks out anything barring opponents that have certain held items or have the Sturdy ability.
Unfortunately Lapras demonstrates limited offensive presence with an average Sp. Attack. As a result, it is difficult to become an effective check to other types which aren’t Dragon or Water.
In addition, since it already has a high Base HP stat, it is less efficient to invest on maximizing HP by investing 252 Effort Values (EV). Therefore it is better to invest the rest of the EVs to Defense, Sp. Defense, and Sp. Attack for Lapras to fulfill a more durable attacker role.

Recommended moves for Lapras

Physical Moves Special Moves Non-Damaging Moves
Return Thunder Sing
Ice Shard Sheer Cold Toxic
Zen Headbutt Surf Sleep Talk
Waterfall Hydro Pump Rest
Drill Run Blizzard Curse
Body Slam Freeze-Dry Protect
Avalanche Hidden Power Substitute
Ice Beam Dragon Dance

Fitting Lapras on your team

■Basic Type

Ability Water Absorb
Nature Modest/Quiet
Effort Values 252 Sp.Atk and the rest on durability (HP/Defense/Sp.Defense)
Held Item Assault Vest
Recommended Moves Surf or Hydro Pump/Freeze-Dry/Ice Shard/Sheer Cold
  • Freeze-Dry is a reliable STAB move that deals significant damage to not only Dragon but also Water-Type Pokemon.
  • Whereas Sheer Cold is a good workaround when dealing with durable opponents.

Countering Lapras

Since Lapras has high durability which might further be boosted by ones that have Assault Vest equipped, it becomes more difficult to defeat it using Special Moves.
If using Defensive Switch Party tactics, it will be difficult to trap Lapras since it can threaten your Pokemon with Sheer Cold.
Since Defense isn’t boosted by the item, it is better to strike it with a Fighting-Type Pokemon’s STAB move to deal a tremendous amount of damage.
If you can predict Lapras’ move carefully, it is a great opportunity to use buffing moves to aim for a sweep.

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  1. What nature and characteristic combo would you recommend for someone wanting to run a speedy Sp. Attack based Water Absorb Lapras with Hydro Pump Surf Ice Beam and Body Slam?

  2. What would you recommend for someone who is wanting to raise a speed based Lapras so they can hit hard and fast and nearly faint the opponent with every attack?

  3. Actually I got like five lapras’s from poke pelago so maybe its a coincidence but maybe lapras likes poke pelago?