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This is a strategy guide for using Lanturn 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 Lanturn, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Lanturn

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Electric Type
Volt Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Illuminate Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokemon.
Water Absorb (Hidden) Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
125 58 58 76 76 67

Best Nature for Lanturn

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Lanturn

Special Defender Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 244 / Spd. 12
Final Stat Values HP 200 / Def. 78 / Sp.Atk. 140 / Sp.Def. 127 / Spd. 89
Ability Volt Absorb
Held Item Assault Vest
Choice Specs
Moveset Volt Switch
Dazzling Gleam

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

Special Defender Lanturn.png


By increasing Sp. Def 1.5x more with the Assault Vest, and throwing EVs to Sp. Def, Lanturn can weather Special moves from the type-effective Togekiss and Hydreigon.

Focus Sash is also recommended to boost Sp. Atk. You can then use 1.5x more powerful Special moves against a Corviknight using Roost, or against Ground-type Pokemon like Hippowdon.

Alternate Move Choices

Ice Beam Can replace Dazzling Beam. Also effective against Grass-types.
Thunderbolt A high-powered sure hit, though less likely to paralyze than Discharge.
Hydro Pump Effective against Ground-types. Use when you need more power, but beware of its low accuracy.
Thunder High power but low accuracy. Perfect when raining due to Max Geyser.

How to Use Lanturn Effectively

Embrace Electric-type attacks

Lanturn will not receive damage, and will instead recover HP from Electric-type moves due to its Ability, Volt Absorb. It is easy to counter Electric-type Pokemon with Lanturn.

For example, you can cancel out damage from a Rotom's Volt Switch, or a Dracozolt with a Choice Scarf.

Cycle Pokemon with Volt Switch

With Lanturn, you can switch it out while cutting the opponent's HP with its move Volt Switch. Hence, it is possible to turn a situation to your team's advantage, with the next Pokemon receiving the effect of Focus Sash. This technique is called a cycle.

Counters for Lanturn

Nullify Its Water and Electric Attacks

We strongly recommend using Ground-type Pokemon because they are basically untouchable against Lanturn. With the Ability Storm Drain or Water Absorb, Water-type moves are nullified. Ground-type Pokemon are also immune to Electric attacks like Lanturn's Volt Switch.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Seismitoad ImageSeismitoad Ranking: ★★★★★
・High Atk.
・Earthquake is type-effective
Moveset & Best Build for Seismitoad
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Earthquake is type-effective
Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Earthquake is type-effective
Unaware ability is crucial against Lanturn
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

Wall It with a Special Defender

Pokemon with high Sp. Def are strongly effective against Lanturn. You can battle with almost little to no damage intake with Snorlax, who has high Sp. Def, or Ferrothorn for high Sp. Def and type advantage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Top-class Def.
・Also effective against Grass-types
・Renders Lanturns moves are less than 1x effective
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Ranking: ★★★★☆
・High Sp.Def.
・Earthquake is type-effective
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax

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