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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Raids, Research Encounter, Wild

Pokemon Ratings

PvE Attacker Rating 2.5 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 4 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 5 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5

Pokemon Stats

220.00 kg Weight
2.50 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
2641
ATK 165
DEF 174
STA 277

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Frost Breath and Ice Shard are both great go-to Ice-type options for offense.

  • Water Gun should be paired with Hydro Pump, but is undesired, as Lapras’s niche is in its STAB Ice-type moves.

  • Blizzard is on par with Ice Beam; the choice is down to personal preference.

  • Hydro Pump performs similarly to Surf, akin to the above Ice-type charge moves.

  • Dragon Pulse and Skull Bash are clearly the worst options due to lack of STAB and meaningful coverage.

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Ice Shard edges out Frost Breath with respect to defensive DPS and energy gain.

  • Water Gun suffers from rock-bottom base power.

  • Hydro Pump is both powerful and difficult to react to, and Lapras has the bulk to use it.

  • Blizzard has the same high base power as Hydro Pump, but it’s easier to dodge.

  • Surf and Ice Beam have similar damage windows, but Ice Beam is much stronger.

  • Dragon Pulse and Skull Bash are underwhelming due lack of STAB and late damage windows.

PVE Overview

New generations mean new additions to the bulky Ice-type family, and Lapras now faces tough competition from Walrein as the jack of all trades attacker and defender, and Mamoswine and Glaceon as premier Ice-type attackers. Many of Lapras’s good moves are also becoming legacy, being replaced by moves such as Surf that it doesn’t benefit from.

This is not to say Lapras is no longer relevant; its HP is still one of the highest in the game. Water / Ice dual typing threatens both Grass and Fire-type counters, leaving few “correct” answers when attacking a Lapras.

All things considered, Lapras is still a strong option for both offense and defense, backing up impressive bulk with an ability to give its “counters” a hard time.

PVP Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PvP Moveset Explanation

Water Gun or Ice Shard* + Surf and Ice Beam*

Water Gun, 3.00 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3.00 EPT (Energy Per Turn), is a very balanced fast move which tends to perform well in most general matchups. Ice Shard is a legacy move that on paper performs better than Water Gun due to greater energy gains, but is more often resisted by common Water and Steel-types. Frost Breath does offer slightly higher damage output, but the worse energy generation makes it less ideal. Consider trading for a Lapras obtained from the Lapras Raid Day if you don't have a legacy variant. 

Surf is almost mandatory on Lapras due to its low energy cost and respectable 1.6 DPE (Damage Per Energy). Ice Beam* is a legacy move that takes advantage of STAB to deal excellent Ice-type damage. Hydro Pump and Blizzard demand too much energy to be viable for PvP. 

Ice Shard* + Surf and Skull Bash

More recently added as part of the July 2019 move rebalance, Skull Bash is essentially a copy of Hydro Cannon or Blizzard, but with a Normal-typing and a guaranteed buff to defense. While 75 energy is typically almost never viable, the possibility of catch an unexpecting opponent by surprise may well be worth it, as its huge base damage may potentially OHKO some opponents. The legacy Ice Shard is recommended for this moveset due to the greater energy generation. 

What about Dragon Pulse?

Dragon Pulse is a legacy move that was no longer obtainable starting February 21, 2017, which makes it pretty difficult to obtain. Demanding 60 energy to use, it's slightly slower than Ice Beam, but does offer the perk of neutral damage against opponents that would resist Water or Ice-type attacks (AKA other Water-types). It's also handy in the Lapras mirror match, and easier to get to than Skull Bash

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 4 / 5

Lapras is known as a bulky Water/Ice-type with a powerful moveset, some of which are legacy movesets. The limited access to rare legacy movesets generally makes Lapras highly desired in trades, as having a certain moveset advantage over opponents could potentially be enough to secure wins. While Lapras is a solid pick for PvP and is quite popular, it does have to compete with many other Water-type picks like Azumarill who tend to perform better overall. Weaknesses to four common typings can also be a problem against other meta picks. 

Ultra League: 5 / 5

Lapras does incredibly well in Ultra League, with a high overall win rate. Lapras' primary role is countering Giratina, who acts as the dominant meta-defining Pokemon of Ultra League (Ancient Power hurts though). Against other meta picks, Lapras generally only fears Fighting-types and Melmetal who act as Giratina's bodyguards. Losses against the popular Grass-types Venusaur and Meganium should be noted as they've risen in usage due to Swampert, though Lapras can overcome them with shield and/or energy advantages. 

Master League: 2 / 5

With a max CP of 2641, Lapras lacks sufficient stats to perform well in Master League. Lapras does narrowly beat Giratina Origin Forme, but it loses to the Altered Forme and Dialga. So while Lapras is an overall good Pokemon with terrific moves and bulk, it's mostly limited to the Great and Ultra Leagues. 

Fast Moves

10
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.90
0.30
8.89
11.11
13.89
5
More Info

Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
10.00
10.00
12.50

Charge Moves

130
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.10
1.40
0.00
1.30
41.94
52.42
54.52
130
More Info

Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
2.10
0.00
1.30
39.39
49.24
51.21
65
More Info

Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
1.70
0.20
0.00
1.30
38.24
47.79
49.71
130
More Info

Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.10
0.50
0.00
1.30
41.94
52.42
54.52

Legacy Fast Moves

12
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.20
0.30
10.00
10.00
12.50

Legacy Charge Moves

90
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.60
1.15
0.00
1.80
25.00
31.25
45.00
90
More Info

Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
1.50
0.00
1.80
27.27
34.09
49.09

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 75
Stardust 75,000

Other

Female Ratio 50.0 %
Male Ratio 50.0 %
Flee Rate 9.0 %
Egg Distance to Hatch
10 km
Buddy Distance 5 km
Capture Rate5.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
160% damage
160% damage

Resistant

39.1% damage
62.5% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Ice Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold

Water Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20013237
2001.56677
2002100117
2002.5134156
4003168196
4003.5202236
4004236276
4004.5271316
6005305356
6005.5339396
6006373435
6006.5407475
8007441515
8007.5475555
8008510595
8008.5544635
10009578675
10009.5612714
100010646754
100010.5678792
130011711830
130011.5743867
130012775905
130012.5808943
160013840981
160013.58721018
1600149051056
160014.59371094
1900159691131
190015.510021169
19001610341207
190016.510661245
22001710981282
220017.511311320
22001811631358
220018.511951395
25001912281433
250019.512601471
25002012921509
250020.513251546
30002113571584
300021.513891622
30002214221660
300022.514541697
35002314861735
350023.515191773
35002415511811
350024.515831848
40002516161886
400025.516481924
40002616801962
400026.517131999
45002717452037
450027.517772075
45002818102112
450028.518422150
50002918742188
500029.519072226
50003019392263
500030.519552282
60003119712301
600031.519872320
60003220042339
600032.520202358
70003320362377
700033.520522395
70003420682414
700034.520842433
80003521002452
800035.521172471
80003621332490
800036.521492509
90003721652527
900037.521812546
90003821972565
900038.522142584
100003922302603
1000039.522462622
100004022622641
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