Lanturn

Volt Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by an Electric-type attack.
Illuminate
Increases wild encounter rate (no effect in battles).
Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Type Tier
Water / Electric RU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
125
- 200 232 -
Atk
58
70 78 110 121
Def
58
70 78 110 121
SpA
76
86 96 128 140
SpD
76
86 96 128 140
Spe
67
78 87 119 130

Overview

At first glance, Lanturn seems nothing more than an average and easily dismissable Pokemon. When you look at its stats, Lanturn's base 125 HP is its only outstanding aspect; its defensive stats are worse than even Gardevoir's. However, Lanturn's trump card is its excellent typing, and combined with its amazing movepool, Lanturn has the potential to become the number one special-based utility Pokemon. It shares its Water / Electric typing with only one other fully evolved Pokemon in the entire game, Rotom-W, who is safely out of reach in the battlegrounds of OU. This gives Lanturn unique access to two of the best special STABs, key resistances to five types, and a mere 2 weaknesses, albeit to fairly common attacking types, Ground and Grass. Another key to its valuable niche in UU is its ability, Volt Absorb, which enables it to laugh at the futile attempts of Galvantula to make short work of your team. Combined with moves that make it an excellent team player, such as Thunderbolt, Scald, Thunder Wave, Heal Bell, Ice Beam, and Volt Switch, Lanturn becomes an amazing asset to have on your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Special Tank

Leftovers Volt Absorb Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Scald
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Heal Bell / Thunder Wave
52 HP / 252 Def / 204 SpD

When looking for a special attacker that can fit into any team and offer support in any situation, look no further than Lanturn's Special Tank set. This set has unbelievably good coverage with Scald, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt, enabling it to easily dispatch even the trickiest of enemies. Lanturn can OHKO several common UU Pokemon, such as Azumarill, Arcanine, and Steelix, with a super effective move after Stealth Rock damage. Lanturn's great bulk—thanks to its huge HP stat—allows it to tank and absorb some of the strongest moves in the tier and yet remain in good health. Thunder Wave is an excellent support option as it lets Lanturn cripple sweepers, whereas Heal Bell enables it to cure itself and its teammates of pesky status, complementing the mixed defensive spread well and allowing Lanturn to act decisively in any situation.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubCharge

Leftovers Volt Absorb Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Charge Beam
~ Surf
~ Ice Beam
52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 SpD

SubCharge is an infamous set that makes a return from DPP UU, but it needs to be played more carefully in BW to achieve success. The strategy is to switch in on a weak, Electric-type, or support move, set up a Substitute, and then spam Charge Beam to net a Special Attack boost. After a few boosts, the combination of Surf and Ice Beam will make short work of most enemies.

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Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Leftovers Volt Absorb Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Scald
~ Thunderbolt
52 HP / 252 Def / 204 SpD

Lanturn's large HP stat enables it to withstand some of the hardest-hitting moves in the game. With RestTalk, Lanturn can absorb status, launch an attack, and heal itself quite easily. While asleep, Lanturn can proceed with Sleep Talk to dish out decent damage. Lanturn received a great gift from BW in Scald, gaining a 30% chance to mess up the best physical sweepers in UU. While Suicune and Milotic might seem to outclass it as a RestTalker, Lanturn's unique typing and ability allows it to stand strong in the face of virtually all special attackers, including Zapdos.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance

Damp Rock Volt Absorb Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Hydro Pump / Surf / Scald
~ Heal Bell / Ice Beam
~ Volt Switch
40 HP / 252 SpA / 216 SpD

Possessing all the tools it needs to take charge of the weather and use it to its full advantage, Lanturn is arguably the best Rain Dance user in all of UU. With excellent typing, a fantastic ability, and great bulk, absorbing Electric-type moves and providing its team with 8 turns of rain is a simple task for Lanturn to accomplish. BW granted Lanturn the amazing move known as Volt Switch, which, thanks to Lanturn's low speed, can be used to bring in a sweeper unharmed.

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Other Options

Lanturn can run a parafusion set with Water Pulse and Thunder Wave, but this is less effective in BW since switching is seen more commonly in a tier full of Choice users, such as DPP UU. However, parafusion would complement paraflinch variants of Togekiss very nicely, forming a solid paralysis-spreading core to aid slower sweepers. Lanturn can also be used effectively on rain teams as an all-out sweeper. Lanturn's ability gives it great synergy with most other members of rain teams, allowing it get many free switch ins on Electric-type attacks. With rain-boosted Hydro Pump and 100% accuracy Thunder, it can easily take advantage of the rain to destroy the opposing team. Furthermore, Lanturn has access to Hydro Pump, Thunder, and Blizzard, allowing it to perfectly counter just about every weather out there. Against hail teams, Hidden Power Fire is a great way to dispatch Abomasnow.

With a wide variety of different support moves, Lanturn's set can be catered to fit a team's needs. Other than the options listed above, it also has access to Stockpile, Toxic, and Volt Switch. The latter is especially notable; with a Calm nature and 252 SpD EVs, Lanturn can act as a specially defensive pivot thanks to its low Speed.

Checks and Counters

Lanturn lacks the bulk to take any Earthquake other than Impish Donphan's. Grass-types, especially ones with high Special Defense, are great counters to Lanturn. Shaymin is the most notable, but Lilligant and Roserade are huge threats too. Funnily enough, Lanturn also walls itself, so it should be considered an option.