Lapras

Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Hydration
Heals status effects in rain.
Type Tier
Water / Ice NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
130
- 401 464 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
85
185 206 269 295
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
60
140 156 219 240

Overview

Used by Ash in the Orange Islands as his "HM Slave," Lapras is back as a force to be reckoned with in the BW RU metagame. It received a great ability in Hydration from the Dream World, but is hindered by the lack of permanent weather in RU. Its other ability is Water Absorb, giving it a way to restore its HP outside of Rest + Hydration. It also has a superb base 130 HP stat and a solid base 95 Special Defense stat. However, Lapras is held back from becoming a fantastic wall due to its weakness to Electric-type attacks, which are common in the RU tier. While Lapras's other stats are nothing short of average, it does have access to great boosting moves in Curse and Dragon Dance, allowing it to become an offensive threat quite easily. Unfortunately, its awful base 60 Speed makes the Dragon Dance set less effective; however, it can still be major problems to the opposition. While it may not look that deadly, after a couple of boosts, Lapras can easily destroy teams.

Name Item Ability Nature

LapDance (Dragon Dance)

Leftovers / Life Orb Water Absorb Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Return
~ Ice Shard / Substitute
20 HP / 252 Atk / 236 Spe

Anyone who considers Lapras "cute" will get manhandled by this set. Despite its timid appearance, Lapras is actually a solid user of Dragon Dance, one of the premier boosting moves in the world of competitive Pokemon. Waterfall is its main STAB move, and is helped significantly by Lapras's access to Return, forming the mostly unresisted Water + Normal combination. Ice Shard is the main option in the last slot, giving Lapras priority STAB; it also helps Lapras with its middling Speed, as it is relatively slow even after a Dragon Dance. Substitute is also an option in the last slot, blocking status and letting Lapras set up more easily on weaker attackers. Water Absorb makes foes pay for spamming Water-type attacks, and Leftovers gives Lapras a way to recover its health outside of the unreliable Water Absorb. Life Orb is also an option to let Lapras hit harder, but its recoil is undesirable.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Curse

Leftovers / Chesto Berry Water Absorb / Hydration Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Curse
~ Waterfall
~ Avalanche / Ice Shard
~ Toxic / Rest
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

While Dragon Dance would seem to be the best stat boosting option for Lapras, it also has access to Curse, a more defensive boosting move. Unlike the Dragon Dance set, this set attempts to set up late-game when all of the opposing Fighting-, Electric-, and Grass-types are either severely weakened or knocked out. Thanks to its gargantuan base 130 HP, Lapras can sponge non-super effective hits quite easily, allowing it to set up and decimate the opposition. Waterfall is the STAB move of choice, and Avalanche is Lapras's secondary STAB move, allowing it to deal massive damage to the opposition as it will be moving last basically every turn. Ice Shard is another option, however, allowing Lapras to bypass the Speed drops from Curse and hammer opposing sweepers. Finally, Toxic wears down walls that would otherwise be too much of a problem for Lapras to take down itself. Water Absorb is the ability of choice, giving Lapras a chance of restoring its health. Leftovers is the item of choice, restoring a little bit of Lapras's health at the end of every turn. However, a Chesto Berry can be used with Rest over Toxic in order to provide Lapras with a way to restore its HP and get rid of status.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Perish Trapper

Grip Claw / Damp Rock Hydration Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Perish Song
~ Whirlpool
~ Rain Dance
~ Rest
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set takes full advantage of Lapras's defensive prowess and access to Hydration. By utilizing a nifty move in Whirlpool in tandem with Perish Song, Lapras can trap and KO many common switch-ins, such as Ferroseed. Perish Song and Whirlpool are the cruxes of this set, annoying the opposition. The combination of Hydration and Rest (HydraRest) is necessary for this set, restoring Lapras to full HP and removing any status ailments. Damp Rock can be used in order to prolong the effects of Rain Dance, but Grip Claw is the item of choice, extending the longevity of Whirlpool and making sure that the foe will stay trapped until Perish Song knocks it out.

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Other Options

Lapras has a wide variety of other options, and they all have their uses. Lapras can utilize a special attacking set with Hydro Pump, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt, but its low Speed in combination with the high amount of Fighting- and Electric-types in tier make this an unappealing option. Lapras can, however, utilize those moves, such as Hydro Pump and Ice Beam, on the Dragon Dance set, decimating the likes of Steelix and Tangrowth. Hidden Power Fire is also an option for destroying Lapras's number one enemy, Ferroseed, but it should not be used if Lapras is utilizing HydraRest. Heal Bell is also an option, allowing Lapras to free itself and its teammates from pesky status ailments. Confuse Ray is also an option to annoy the opposition, but Lapras has difficulty finding room for such an unreliable move. Finally, Roar can be used in order to let Lapras phaze out dangerous threats and rack up entry hazard damage.

Checks and Counters

Lapras can be decimated by any strong Fighting-type attack, making the likes of Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan major threats. Sceptile and Galvantula can also destroy it, sinking it with Leaf Storm and Thunder, respectively. Rock-types, such as Kabutops, can also destroy it. Lanturn walls almost all of Lapras's sets and escapes from Whirlpool with Volt Switch, but it must be wary of Toxic if it is not using Heal Bell. Finally, Ferroseed is the greatest counter to Lapras, resisting the Water + Normal combination and wearing it down easily with Leech Seed. However, it must be wary of the PerishTrap set, which will spell the end for Ferroseed quickly.