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 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
130
- 205 237 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
85
94 105 137 150
SpD
95
103 115 147 161
Spe
60
72 80 112 123

Overview

Lapras has lain in the depths of NU since DPP, and it's a mystery why. Being one of the few specially defensive Water-types in the tier, Lapras has a niche in countering Shell Smash Gorebyss with ease. Lapras's secondary Ice typing is somewhat of a letdown, but don't let this put you off; STAB Ice Beam coming from a base 85 Special Attack is nothing short of scary. Unfortunately, Lapras is cursed with a Stealth Rock weakness and no way to heal itself outside of Rest and Water Absorb, but thanks to its decent typing it has many opportunities to switch in. Lapras has a rather large movepool consisting of oddities such as Dragon Dance, Perish Song, and even Curse. If it wasn't weak to Stealth Rock and its Speed was a bit higher, Lapras would be a top-tier threat, but for now it'll stay with its NU friends.

Name Item Ability Nature

Specially Defensive

Leftovers Water Absorb Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Roar / Surf
~ Heal Bell / Toxic
248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 SpD

This set attempts to wall some of NU's common Water-types. Thanks to Water Absorb and Heal Bell, Lapras can take on powerful attackers, such as Gorebyss, as well as bulkier opponents, such as Alomomola. Ice Beam provides Lapras with a reliable STAB move, while Thunderbolt grants it great coverage with the BoltBeam combo. Roar prevents Calm Mind users from setting up on Lapras, though Surf can be used if you prefer secondary STAB. The last move is down to personal preference; Heal Bell provides a safety net against status and supports Lapras's teammates, while Toxic can be used to wear down opposing Water-types, such as Alomomola.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Life Orb / Leftovers Water Absorb Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Substitute
~ Waterfall
~ Return
16 HP / 252 Atk / 240 Spe

This set goes on the offensive and attempts to sweep with boosted physical attacks. Lapras is one of the few Water-type Pokemon with Dragon Dance in the tier, and is a fairly good one at that; after a boost or two, Lapras has enough Speed and power to knock the opponent off its feet. Thanks to its decent typing and massive HP stat, Lapras has no shortage of opportunities to set up. Substitute helps Lapras avoid status and provides extra time to set up, while Waterfall and Return grant it near-perfect type coverage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Curse

Leftovers Water Absorb Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Curse
~ Avalanche
248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 SpD

Thanks to its massive HP and Special Defense, Lapras is an ideal candidate for a Curse set. After a few boosts from Curse, Lapras becomes an unstoppable tank and a potent sweeper. Furthermore, Lapras's ability, Water Absorb, makes it easy to set up against the likes of Gorebyss and Alomomola, Resting off any damage taken. The idea is to switch into a resisted or weak attack, set up a Curse or two, then proceed to sweep with boosted Avalanche. Rest and Sleep Talk provide semi-reliable recovery and safety from status, while Avalanche receives a STAB boost and doubles in power when Lapras moves last.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Substitute can be used to avoid status and ease prediction, while powerful STAB moves pummel the opponent. Outrage has a high Base Power and receives a boost from Dragon Dance, but it doesn't provide any additional type coverage. Bulldoze can be used to hit Steel-types super effectively, but its average Base Power means that STAB Surf hits harder in most cases. Hydration can be used alongside Rain Dance and Rest to restore Lapras to full health, but its common weaknesses and poor Speed make it difficult to pull off. A mixed Dragon Dance set can be used to catch the opponent off guard, but splitting Lapras's average offensive stats isn't recommended.

Checks and Counters

Stealth Rock is Lapras's arch enemy, stripping it of 25% of its health upon switching in. Bulky Fighting-types, such as Gurdurr and Throh, can switch into any unboosted attack and threaten Lapras with their STAB moves. Tangela cripples Lapras with a combination of Leech Seed and Sleep Powder, though sets with Ice Beam will KO it swiftly. Choice Specs Exeggutor can switch into Lapras's Water-type attacks and OHKO it with STAB Leaf Storm, while Leafeon can set up against physical sets and KO Lapras with Leaf Blade. Ampharos is bulky enough to take a hit and KO Lapras with STAB Thunderbolt, while dual screens and Thunder Wave can be used to slow it down. Regice and Hypno can take on special sets, but neither of them deal significant damage in return. Weezing can take on the Dragon Dance and Curse sets with ease, though boosted attacks will wipe it out. Rotom-F can switch into Lapras's BoltBeam coverage and threaten it with STAB Thunderbolt, while Eelektross can switch into Thunderbolt and hit Lapras with its own. Lapras is only difficult to counter when you're unsure of its moveset, but after you figure it out, Lapras is easy to KO.