Lapras

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.

Overview

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.
Positives
Movepool - Lapras has a wild movepool and is the major part of why it was popular. Moves such as Thunder and Thunderbolt let Lapras check Waters very well and while Freeze Dry helps with that cause STAB bonus, its more available to other waters removes this niche. Lapras also has access to Sing which is a powerful but inaccurate option as well. Lapras’ mixed stats also allow it to use Body Slam to fish for paralysis effectively.

Negatives
Jack of all trades - Lapras has the problem of all its stats bar health and speed are almost identical, being around 85 base. This makes Lapras overall bad as it has no defined role and as more specialized Pokémon come out makes Lapras fall behind.
Typing - Ice type is bad defensively, and this on a defensive Pokémon such as Lapras is bad. This makes it hard for Lapras to tank threats as it has a plethora of other common weaknesses. Finally a weakness to Stealth Rocks really hurts Lapras as it does percent damage to Lapras’ best stat health.

Abilities

Shell Armor - prevents critical hits - Not the most ideal ability so don't use this
Hydration - heals status in rain - a strong ability but useless outside of rain stall teams where Lapras can get a full heal from Rest and not have the sleep recoil
Water Absorb - Heals 25% health when hit with a Water move - Objectively the best ability Lapras has but still isnt great. This is the best option in most situations.

Movesets

Choice Specs

- Freeze Dry
-Hydro Pump
-Hidden Power Fire
-Ice Beam
Item Attached: Choice Specs
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs and Nature:
120hp/252SpAtk/136Speed
Modest Nature

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..

Other Options

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.

Partner Ideas

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
Volt Switch/U-Turn - Lapras’ low Speed means it has a hard time getting in and applying pressure as most threats can just pressure it first. As such Volt Switch or U-Turn are nice options to consider to help Lapras get in and try to break walls for its team with less risk.

Countering 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.
Hitmonchan - Assault Vest Hitmonchan can sponge a hit or 2 from Lapras and pressure it out or KO it with Close Combat. Lapras is also slower that Hitmonchan and as such can be revenge killed by it.

Locations in Games

Red/Blue/Yellow:
Silph Co.

Gold/Silver/Crystal:
Union Cave

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen/XD

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Silph Co.
Icefall Cave

Colosseum/XD:
Snagged from Cipher Admin Eldes in Citadark Isle (XD)
Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen (Colosseum)

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Victory Road

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Union Cave, Safari Zone

Black/White:
Village Bridge

Black 2/White 2:
Village Bridge

X/Y:
Route 12, Azure Bay, Friend Safari

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Trade from X/Y

Sun/Moon:
Poni Wilds

Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Poni Breaker Coast

Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee!:
Route 19, Route 20, Silph Co.

Animé Appearences

Lapras has made a few appearances in the anime. Most notably it was used by Ash during his Orange Island excursion and a PokéRide one is used by Lana in Alola.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
65 Holiday Hi-Jynx Jynx and Christmas Pics
P1 Pikachu's Vacation Pikachu's Summer Vacation Pics
86 The Lost Lapras Lapras In Bonds! Pics
87 Fit to be Tide Orange League! Mikan Gym! Pics
88 Pikachu Re-Volts Mystery of the Disappearing Pokémon! Pics
89 The Crystal Onix The Crystal Onix! Pics
90 In the Pink The Island of Pink Pokémon! Pics
91 Shell Shock Secret of Fossil Kabuto! Pics
93 Bye Bye Psyduck Adios Psyduck, Hello Golduck Pics
94 The Joy of Pokémon Nurse Joy Sailing! Raging Waves! Pics
95 Navel Maneuvers Navel Island! Battle on Snow Mountain Pics
96 Snack Attack! Hungry Snorlax! Great Panic! Pics
97 A Shipful of Shivers Phantom Pokémon of the Phantom Ship! Pics
98 Meowth Rules! Lord Meowth's Island!? Pics
99 Tracey Gets Bugged Scyther - Soldier's Pride Pics
100 A Way Off, Day Off It's the Southern Islands! Everyone Gather! Pics
105 Misty Meets Her Match! Trovita Gym Type Battle! 3 vs. 3! Pics
106 Bound For Trouble Pikachu Vs. Meowth!? Pics
107 Charizard Chills Charizard! I Choose You! Pics
M2 The Power of One Revelation Lugia Pics
108 Pokémon Water War Fire Extinguishing Showdown! Squirtle Vs. Wartortle! Pics
109 Pokémon Food Fight Snorlax's Power! Pics
110 Pokémon Double Trouble Tag Match! The Last Gym! Pics
111 The Wacky Watcher Magikarp! The True Secret! Pics
112 The Stun Spore Detour Poliwag and Misty Pics
113 Hello Pummelo Winner's Cup! 6 vs. 6! Pics
114 Enter The Dragonite Final Battle! Dragonite's Appearance! Pics
115 Viva Las Lapras Goodbye Lapras! Pics
C4 Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Delibird's Dilemma Delibird's Present! Pics
Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Snorlax Snowmen White Story! Pics
218 Dueling Heroes Whirlpool Cup! Great Battle in the Water Colosseum! Pics
C1 Legend of Thunder Raikou! Legend of Thunder! Pics
240 Nice Pryce Baby Mahogony Gym! Ice Battle!! Pics
M5 Heroes - Latios & Latias The Guardian Gods of Altomare - Latias and Latios Pics
259 Lapras of Luxury The Song of Lapras! Pics
C15 Putting The Air Back Into Aerodactyl! Pokémon Researcher Gary & The Revived Aerodactyl! Pics
456 May, We Harley Drew'd Ya! Begin! Pokémon Contest - Grand Festival! Pics
457 Thinning the Hoard May VS Harley! Double Battle On Stage!! Pics
458 Channeling the Battle Zone May VS Drew! The Final Battle! Pics
M9 Pokémon Ranger & The Temple of the Sea Pokémon Ranger & The Prince of the Sea - Manaphy Pics
559 One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! The Final Showdown! Pokémon Triathlon! Pics
S23 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Sky Expedition Pics
M13 Zoroark - Master of Illusions Phantom Champion Zoroark Pics
802 Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! Best Wishes! Until The Day We Meet Again!! Pics
804 Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! We've Come to Kalos Region! Dreams and Adventures Begin! Pics
852 Bonnie for the Defense! Mobilise, Lapras Defense Corps! Bonnie Does Her Best!! Pics
943 Till We Compete Again A Zero With No End! Till the Day We Meet Again!! Pics
944 Alola to New Adventure! Alola! New Islands, New Pokémon!! Pics
948 Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio! Popplio, Do Your Balloonest! Pics
963 Partner Promises! The Promise Between Ash and Pikachu!! Pics
969 So Long, Sophocles! Farewell, Sophocles! Pics
M20 Pokémon I Choose You! Pokémon I Choose You! Pics
992 Mission: Total Recall! Lillie & Silvally: Memories Reborn! Pics
1036 TBC The Hero Lilliel and the Alolan Cane! Pics
1037 TBC Ghost Pokémon Everywhere! Everyone's Haunted House!! Pics
1042 TBC Where is Eevee Going? To the End of the World for the Sake of a Meeting! Pics

 
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