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This is a strategy guide for using Lapras in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Lapras, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Lapras

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Ice Type
Shell Armor The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.
Water Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.
Hydration (Hidden) Heals status problem if it is raining.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Water Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
130 85 80 85 95 60

Best Nature for Lapras

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
(+SpAtk, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Lapras's Egg Moves

Freeze-Dry Inherit from Eiscue (learns at Lv. 36)
Sparkling Aria Inherit from another Lapras (learns as Egg Move)
Lapras caught in Raids or with glowing auras will know this move rarely

Strategies for Lapras

Assault Vest Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Assault Vest Special Attacker Lapras.png

Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 132 / Def 84 / Sp.Def. 36 / Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 222 / Atk. 106 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 150 / Sp.Def. 120
Ability Water Absorb
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Freeze-Dry
Ice Shard
Sheer Cold

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

With its high Base HP and Special Defense together with the boost from Assault Vest, it's able to weather attacks, and by pushing its Special Attack EVs to the max, together with high EVs in HP, it's able to both hit hard and survive multiple hits. The remaining EVs are spent in Defense to ensure it can survive two hits from Excadrill's Earthquake. It also has EVs in Special Defense to allow it to survive two Thunderbolts from one of the Rotom variations like Wash Rotom.

About its Nature

For this moveset, we recommend using a Nature which boosts its Special Attack without compromising its constitution, either decreasing its Speed with the Quiet Nature or its Attack with the Modest Nature. When you want to squeeze a little extra power out of Ice Shard, use the Quiet Nature with 4 EVs in Attack, and when accepting a damage drop from Ice Shard or dropping it from the moveset, use the Modest Nature with 4 EVs in Speed.

Other Viable Moves

Sparkling Aria A sound-based move with the ability to pass through Substitute. However, it will unwittingly heal an opponent's Burn, so check your other party members before using.
Hydro Pump A Water-type move with high firepower. An alternate for Surf or Sparkling Aria for when you want to put power over accuracy.
Blizzard An Ice-type move with high firepower. When Dynamaxed, Accuracy is ignored, changing Blizzard into a high-power Max Hailstorm.
Ice Beam An alternate for Blizzard for when you want to prioritize Accuracy over Power.
Thunder For hoandling other Water-types in a moveset without Freeze-Dry. When prioritizing Accuracy, use Thunderbolt instead.

Strategies for Gigantamax Lapras

Light Clay Moveset & Best Build

Light Clay GMax Lapras.jpg

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 140 / Def. 88 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 28
Final Stat Values HP 223 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 150 / Sp.Def. 115 / Spd. 84
Ability Water Absorb
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Freeze-Dry
Sheer Cold

Gigantamax Lapras's unique move, G-Max Resonance, reduces the damage received for five turns. This combines with Lapras's already high defensive stats to make it a veritable tank who can stay in the battle for a long time. Additionally, G-Max Resonance allows you to use Aurora Veil without the need for hail. While Light Clay is held, Aurora Veil can last for up to 8 turns, providing heavy protection for your team after having Lapras has left the battlefield.

Because you can only Dynamax/Gigantamax one Pokemon per battle, the rest of your team should be built to last without Dynamaxing/Gigantamaxing.

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EV Distribution

In order to maximize Attack power, Special Attack has the maximum number of EVs. Speed EVs are set to allow it to outspeed a Tyranitar with 12 EVs in Speed. The HP EVs are set to the 16n-1 value to allow it to take reduced damage from status effects and weather. The remaining EVs are placed in Defense to cover its low base Defense.

Gigantamax Lapras's G-Max Move

G-Max Resonance An Ice-type attack that reduces the damage received for five turns.

Other Viable Moves

Sparkling Aria A sound-based move with the ability to pass through Substitute. However, it will unwittingly heal an opponent's Burn, so check your other party members before using.
Hydro Pump A Water-type move with high firepower. An alternate for Surf or Sparkling Aria for when you want to put power over accuracy.
Ice Beam For when you want to prioritize Accuracy over Power.
Ice Shard Attack first, even against opponents with maxed out Speed.

How to Use Lapras Effectively

A defensive Pokemon effective against Special attackers

With Lapras's high Base HP and Special Defense, simply by placing a few EVs in HP, it can withstand most of the super-effective secondary moves used to handle Pokemon of its types. As its Attack and Special Attack are also nothing to scoff at, it can both bear the brunt of enemy attacks while dishing out its own.

Counters for Lapras

Blow it out of the water with high Attack

Although Lapras has high defensive stats overall, its Attack and Special Attack are not particularly high, so it can be overwhelmed by a Pokemon that deals consistently high damage. When attacking its weak spots, it becomes a simple task to take it out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal super effective damage with Fighting-type attacks
・Its high HP allows it to survive attacks
If using the Ability Guts, Sparkling Aura will heal its Burn and remove its Attack boost
Moveset & Best Build for Conkeldurr
Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can knock out in one hit with Leaf Storm when holding Choice Specs
, and still has a high chance of doing so even if Lapras has max EVs in HP
Weak to Ice-type attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Special Defense boost from Sandstorm lets it survive Special attacks easily
・Can deal super-effective damage with Rock-type attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take reduced damage from most of Lapras's moves
・Can deal super-effective damage with Grass-type attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can win in a battle of blows
・Doesn't have high defensive stats itself, but has a chance of withstanding Lapras's Water attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan

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