Lapras

Pokemon Rating:
9
Lapras
220.00 kg Weight
2.50 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
2603
ATK 165
DEF 180
STA 260
Rating Explanation:
  • Water/ice typing is synergistic - powerful STAB ice-type moves protect water-type's weaknesses
  • Elite base stats
  • Incredibly hard counter to Dragonite

Lapras’s combination of very strong base stats, access to quality defensive STAB moves, and a complementary typing for gym defense (water/ice) make her an unstoppable wall against most Pokemon in the game and render her sturdy even against opponents that manage to gain a type advantage.

Analysis suggests that defensive Lapras with Ice Shard and Ice Beam or Blizzard may carry more favorable matchups vs the generation 1 cast than any other Pokemon. This is due in large part to the fact that the ice and water types protect each other’s vulnerabilities efficiently. Two potential type-threats in the electric and fighting types are ineffective counters due to the weak base stats and movesets given to electric and fighting-type Pokemon in PoGO. Grass attacks are super-effective against Lapras, but any grass type attacker will find itself eating high-powered super effective STAB ice-type attacks. That only leaves the rock-type with a straightforward type advantage, but the best Pokemon of that type (Rhydon and Golem) are actually dual-type rock/ground Pokemon, who take super-effective damage from ice.

This narrows Lapras’s relevant type-counters down to just one: Omastar with Rock Throw + Rock Slide. Ice is not very effective into Omastar and rock is super-effective into Lapras. It should be noted, however, that a Lapras with high CP can overcome even this nasty type disadvantage.

Elite fire-types, most notably Arcanine, carry a slightly favorable matchup, due to resisting Lapras's ice-type moves. The top rock/ground types mentioned earlier (Rhydon and Golem) still manage to perform well against Lapras when they carry Stone Edge. However, these matchups are not one-sided brutal beatdowns. A Lapras with a proper moveset is be a superb addition to any gym that isn’t already full of them. If all of this wasn’t enough to establish Lapras as a top-tier defender, don’t forget the extreme punishment that Lapras lays onto Dragonite, considered to be the most powerful attacking Pokemon in the game. Lapras annihilates Dragonite due to Dragonite’s double weakness to ice - a cherry on top for the Loch Ness Monster Turtle.

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Attacking Movesets
Offensive Moves Explanation
  • Frost Breath builds energy quickly and does STAB damage, enabling frequent Ice Beams and Blizzards.
  • Ice Shard is also sufficient on attack, even if slightly suboptimal. It will output consistent damage, but does not allow for as frequent charge attacks.
  • Ice Beam and Blizzard both perform almost equally well but fit two different styles: Some like to finish off their opponents with full-bar moves for the efficient win (Blizzard), and some prefer to spam half-bar moves as frequently as possible (Ice Beam). You can’t go wrong with either.
  • Dragon Pulse is a fine move, but the lack of STAB leaves it inferior in almost all circumstances.
Defending Movesets
Defensive Moves Explanation
  • Ice Shard is a flawless fit with the gym defense AI and is by far the more efficient defensive basic attack.
  • Every Lapras special is highly potent on defense. Ice Beam has the slightly superior damage, though players consistently find Blizzard difficult to dodge (in fact, many players don’t even know that Blizzard can be dodged!)
  • Dragon Pulse is highly efficient and will perform just fine, but the lack of STAB makes it suboptimal.
Quick Moves
10
True DPS:
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Ice

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
0.90
0.30
8.89
11.11
13.89
5
True DPS:
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Water

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
0.50
0.20
10.00
10.00
12.50
Charge Moves
130
True DPS:
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Ice

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
3.10
1.40
0.00
-100
41.94
52.42
130
True DPS:
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Water

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
3.30
2.10
0.00
-100
39.39
49.24
90
True DPS:
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Ice

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
3.30
1.50
0.00
-50
27.27
34.09

Legacy Quick Moves
12
True DPS:
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Ice

1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
1.20
0.30
10.00
10.00
12.50
Legacy Charge Moves
90
True DPS:
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Dragon

1.25x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
.8x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB
3.60
1.15
0.00
-50
25.00
31.25
Other
Female Ratio 50.0 %
Male Ratio 50.0 %
Flee Rate 9.0 %
Capture Rate 10.0 %
Egg Distance to Hatch 10 km
Buddy Distance 5 km
Pokemon Weakness/Resistance Chart

Water/Ice

- - -
1.25x - 1.25x
- - -
1.25x - .64x
- - -
1.25x - .8x
- Resistance to Damage Taken
- Additional Damage Taken
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, and its maximum level is equal to your trainer level + 1.5.

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

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
2001 31.54 36.83
2001.5 65.19 76.12
2002 98.83 115.41
2002.5 132.48 154.70
4003 166.13 193.99
4003.5 199.77 233.28
4004 233.42 272.58
4004.5 267.07 311.87
6005 300.71 351.16
6005.5 334.36 390.45
6006 368.01 429.74
6006.5 401.65 469.03
8007 435.30 508.32
8007.5 468.95 547.61
8008 502.59 586.90
8008.5 536.24 626.19
10009 569.88 665.48
10009.5 603.53 704.77
100010 637.18 744.06
100010.5 669.01 781.24
130011 700.85 818.42
130011.5 732.69 855.59
130012 764.52 892.77
130012.5 796.36 929.95
160013 828.20 967.12
160013.5 860.03 1004.30
160014 891.87 1041.48
160014.5 923.71 1078.66
190015 955.54 1115.83
190015.5 987.38 1153.01
190016 1019.21 1190.19
190016.5 1051.05 1227.36
220017 1082.89 1264.54
220017.5 1114.72 1301.72
220018 1146.56 1338.89
220018.5 1178.40 1376.07
250019 1210.23 1413.25
250019.5 1242.07 1450.42
250020 1273.91 1487.60
250020.5 1305.74 1524.78
300021 1337.62 1562.00
300021.5 1369.46 1599.18
300022 1401.34 1636.41
300022.5 1433.17 1673.58
350023 1465.05 1710.81
350023.5 1496.89 1747.99
350024 1528.77 1785.21
350024.5 1560.60 1822.39
400025 1592.48 1859.62
400025.5 1624.32 1896.79
400026 1656.19 1934.02
400026.5 1688.03 1971.20
450027 1719.91 2008.42
450027.5 1751.75 2045.60
450028 1783.62 2082.82
450028.5 1815.46 2120.00
500029 1847.34 2157.23
500029.5 1879.18 2194.40
500030 1911.05 2231.63
500030.5 1926.97 2250.22
600031 1942.89 2268.81
600031.5 1958.81 2287.40
600032 1974.73 2305.98
600032.5 1990.64 2324.57
700033 2006.56 2343.16
700033.5 2022.48 2361.75
700034 2038.40 2380.34
700034.5 2054.32 2398.92
800035 2070.23 2417.51
800035.5 2086.15 2436.10
800036 2102.07 2454.69
800036.5 2117.99 2473.28
900037 2133.91 2491.87
900037.5 2149.82 2510.45
900038 2165.74 2529.04
900038.5 2181.66 2547.63
1000039 2197.58 2566.22
1000039.5 2213.50 2584.81
1000040 2229.41 2603.40
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