Lapras, The Transport Pokémon. A gentle soul that can understand human speech. It can ferry people across the sea on its back. They’ve been so cherished that there’s now an overabundance. The fish Pokémon population has declined in waters with too many Lapras. These Pokémon were once near extinction due to poaching. It likes swimming around with people on its back. In the Alola region, it’s an important means of transportation over water.
Lapras is a Pokémon that shows how power creep can effect a Pokémon. A top tier Pokémon in RBY, Lapras has slowly fallen through the tiers as other bulky waters have come out and outclassee it leaving Lapras currently untiered in the Smogon metagame having few niches even in PU.
Shell Armor - prevents critical hits - Not the most ideal ability so don't use this
- Freeze Dry
Hydro Pump is the primary STAB option packing high damage allowing Lapras to chunk threats that dont resist it. Freeze Dry and Ice Beam are secondary STABs for coverage. Freeze Dry can really pressure Water threats while Ice Beam has more base damage for things that resist Hydro Pump. Hidden Power Fire is for Ferroseed and Abomasnow, 2hkoing and OHKOing them respectfully..
Assault Vest - Giving up the power if the Choice Specs Assault Vest lets Lapras harass special threats such as Alolan Exeggutor and Drampu more easily as well as gives flexibility to its moves to surprise switch ins expecting it to be choice locked.
Pyroar - A powerful special sweeper, Pyroar appreciates Lapras weakening walls such as Lanturn and Audino that it had trouble breaking on its own. Pyroar also likes hazard control like Lapras and its frailer nature enjoys Volt Switch and U Turn support like Lapras
Lanturn - Being a premier special tank in PU, Lanturn can pressure Lapras hard with its powerful electric moves and forces Lapras to play carefully due to Water Absorb. While Freeze Dry does hurt, it wont OHKO Lanturn meaning it can still be a thorn in the Lapras users side for the game.
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