One of the original 150 Pokémon, Lapras, is back in Generation VIII and offers a unique combination of defensive utility and offensive power.
Lapras ‘value is only bolstered by the introduction of Dynamax, since Lapras’ Gigantimax move, G-Resonance, is one of the best in the game. While regular Lapras is a good Pokémon, if he can be found in a Max Raid battle, any player should at least try to catch it. In addition to dealing a significant amount of damage, G-Resonance also creates a terrain condition similar to Aurora Veil where incoming attacks have their damage reduced for five turns. This is an incredibly useful mechanic, as not only will Lapras get harder on KO’d, but in doubles, it can be paired with a defensive Pokémon that will benefit from damage reduction as well. Here is the best moveset for Lapras:
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the author.
The best movement game for Lapras in Pokemon Sword and Shield
With a phenomenal HP stat (130), Lapras is excellent at taking damage while using powerful attacks to wear down his opponents. This set of moves features powerful moves with recovery to keep Lapras warm.
- Dew of life
- Ice beam
- Hydraulic pump
- Thunderbolt / Thunder
Life Dew might not heal the most hit points (25%), but it is very useful in duplicate as it also heals Lapras’ partner. Lapras, for example, could be in a doubles match with Gyarados. Setting up a dragon dance can put the Gyarados in a great position, but they must survive a turn to do so. Healing the Gyarados with a Dew of Life can ensure that the Gyarados remain at enough health to set up and destroy the opponent. It is also helpful if the trainer runs out of healing items.
Ice Beam is simply the best Ice-type move in the game and should be on any Ice-type Pokémon. Lapras can also put this to good use with a base special attack of 85. More importantly, Ice Beam is needed to give G-Max Resonance a high level of damage.
The hydraulic pump is there as a high powered water type movement. Coaches can use different movements for greater precision if they wish, such as Sparkling Aria or Surfing. Hydro Pump simply does more damage, and at an accuracy of 80 it will only miss occasionally. Hydro Pump also creates a powerful Max Geyser which can create rain to increase the power of the movement.
Thunderbolt and Thunder both have a role on Lapras for different reasons. In most cases, Thunderbolt is preferred. It’s more precise, does a decent amount of damage, and hits a lot of different Pokémon. Of course it doesn’t hit Ground-type Pokémon, but this is not a problem for Lapras which is of the Water type. Since Lapras is also resistant to water movement, which Thunderbolt hits for super effective damage, this also makes Lapras a phenomenal counter to Water-type Pokémon.
Thunder becomes a better option when Dynamax and Gigantimax come in. Since Lapras should carry strong water movement, Lapras can set up rain with Max Geyser. To take advantage of this, Lapras can Max Geyser on the last lap of his Gigantimax Dynamax, then he gets a 100% accurate Thunder. An even smarter strategy is to maximize Lightning before the hand. This way, Lapras will get a Thunder boosted land that will not fail!