Competitive Information for Lapras [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Lapras lapras
Base Stats for Lapras

Water / Ice

Abilities:
Shell ArmorShell Armor: This Pokemon cannot be struck by a critical hit.
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Water AbsorbWater Absorb: This Pokemon heals 1/4 of its max HP when hit by Water moves; Water immunity.
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HydrationHydration: This Pokemon has its status cured at the end of each turn if Rain Dance is active.


Evolutions / Family:
Lapras
Lapras-Gmax

Weakness Chart for Water/Ice-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
2x
  
2x
  
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
  
0.25x
  
  
  
2x
  
0.5x
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Lapras? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Lapras in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

IncineroarTogekissVenusaurSnorlaxJellicentGothitelleConkeldurrDragapultExcadrillDuraludon


Lapras is pretty popular Water and Ice-typed Pokemon. It's almost common to find yourself dealing with Lapras when battling in the 8th generation meta. Lapras is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Lapras
Item: Weakness Policy / Leftovers
Ability: Shell Armor
Nature: Quiet (+SpA, -Spe)
EVs: 252 Hp / 148 Def / 52 SpA / 52 SpD
Moveset:
- Hydro Pump
- Freeze-Dry
- Perish Song
- Protect

Physical Wall Lapras (Popular/Trending)

Lapras is a notable Physical Wall. It's goal is to take a hefty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Lapras last longer regaining it's healthiness every turn. Weakness Policy activates if Lapras is hit by a super effective move. The Weakness Policy is consumed and its Attack and Special Attack are increased by two stages each. With Shell Armor, Lapras cannot be struck by a critical hit.

Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Water-type move that deals a immense amount of damage.
Freeze-Dry is a special STAB-boosted 70-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze. super effective on water).
Perish Song is a status move (all active pokemon will faint in 3 turns).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Lapras this turn).




Species: Lapras
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Liquidation / Waterfall
- Outrage
- Avalanche
- Body Slam

Physical Sweeper Lapras (Water Absorb)

Lapras is an awesome Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Lapras's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Lapras heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Lapras afterwards).
Avalanche is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Lapras is damaged by the target).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).




Species: Lapras
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Sparkling Aria
- Ice Beam / Freeze-Dry
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic

Special Sweeper Lapras (Water Absorb)

Lapras is a marvelous Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Lapras's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Lapras heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Sparkling Aria is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (the target is cured of its burn).
Ice Beam is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Freeze-Dry is a special STAB-boosted 70-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze. super effective on water).
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Lapras
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Shell Armor
Nature: Docile
EVs: 32 Hp / 225 Atk / 225 SpA / 28 Spe
Moveset:
- Drill Run
- Dragon Pulse
- Outrage
- Psychic

Lapras Mixed Sweeper (Broken Dreams)

Lapras is a spectacular Mixed Sweeper. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Lapras last longer regaining it's HP every turn. With Shell Armor, Lapras cannot be struck by a critical hit.

Drill Run is a physical 80-base power Ground-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Dragon Pulse is a special 85-base power Dragon-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Lapras afterwards).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Lapras? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Lapras in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

DragapultCorviknightHydreigonCinderacePolteageistHattereneFerrothornHippowdonGalvantulaRhyperiorSnorlaxDracozolt


Species: Lapras
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Liquidation / Waterfall
- Outrage
- Avalanche
- Bulldoze

Doubles Physical Sweeper Lapras (Water Absorb)

Lapras is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Lapras's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Lapras heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Lapras afterwards).
Avalanche is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Lapras is damaged by the target).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).




Species: Lapras
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sparkling Aria / Surf
- Hyper Voice
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt

Doubles Special Sweeper Lapras (Water Absorb)

Lapras is a stupendous Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Lapras's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Lapras heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Sparkling Aria is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (the target is cured of its burn).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Icy Wind is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Thunderbolt is a special 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Lapras learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
Freeze-Dry
70
100%
20
10% chance to freeze. Super effective on Water.
Future Sight
120
100%
10
Hits two turns after being used.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Hyper Voice
90
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Sheer Cold
--
30%
5
OHKOs non-Ice targets. Fails if user's lower level.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Sparkling Aria
90
100%
10
The target is cured of its burn.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Body Press
80
100%
10
Uses Def instead of Atk in damage calculation.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Drill Run
80
95%
10
High critical hit ratio.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fissure
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Horn Drill
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Liquidation
85
100%
10
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Megahorn
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Smart Strike
70
--
10
This move does not check accuracy.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Dragon Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Speed by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Life Dew
--
--
10
Heals the user (and allies) by 1/4 amount.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sing
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Tickle
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack and Defense by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Lapras can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Lapras

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