Best Pokemon to beat Lapras

Here are how to fight against Lapras, the best Pokemon to beat it, and the best moves super effective against it.
update 20/09/2016

9/22 updated


Lapras is water- and ice-type Pokemon, but it uses ice- and dragon-type moves and not water-type moves. Therefore, fire-type Pokemon can cut the damage of moves Lapras uses by half. On the other hand, fire-type moves damage Lapras as usual.

Lapras in gym battles

Moves super effective against Lapras

For list of moves by types, tap the name of the type below.


Expected Lapras's movesets

  • The combination of Frost Breath and Blizzard is said as the best moveset for Lapras to take over gyms.
Fast move Charge move
Frost Breath Blizzard
  • The combination of Ice Shard and Blizzard is considered as optimal moveset for Lapras to defend gyms.
Fast move Charge move
Ice Shard Blizzard

Best Pokemon to beat Lapras

1. Arcanine

Trainers tend to make Lapras learn ice-type moves as best movesets noted above, and fire-type and steel-type Pokemon can decrease the damage of those moves.

Arcanine has the highest CP along the fire-type Pokemons as well as Charizard. Since Charizard has flying-type which Lapras's ice-type moves are super effective against, Arcanine is one of the best.  

Best moveset

The combination of Bite and Fire Blast is an optimal moveset for Lapras to beat Arcanine.

Other options

For list of fire-type Pokemon, tap the name of type below.


2. Magneton

Magneton is not fire-type Pokemon but one of the two steel-type Pokemons in Pokemon Go. Ice-type moves are not effective against the steel-type Pokemon. Additionally, it can use electric-type moves which are super effective against Lapras.

Best moveset

When fighting against Lapras, electric-type moves are the best for Magneton.

Fast move Charge move
Thunder Shock Discharge

Other options

Electric-type Pokemon can damage Lapras much with electric-type moves although cannot decrease the damage of Lapras's moves. For list of electric-type Pokemon, tap the name of type below.


3. Machamp

While Machamp cannot decrease the damage of ice-type moves, its fighting-type moves are super effective against Lapras. Additiionally, it has higher stats and moves which can efficiently damage an enemy.

Best moveset

The combination of Karate Chop and Cross Chop is the best moveset for Machamp to defeat Lapras based on DPS, EPS, and type effectiveness.

Fast move Charge move
Karate Chop Cross Chop

Other options

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Mystic808 6days ago
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P 21days ago
I think 1 should be Magenton since ice AND dragon moves are weak against steel and Megneton's electric moves are super effective. Dragon pulse is a huge blow and wipes out Arcanine.

I think #3 should be PinSir with Rock Smash/Submission for charge attack because Rock Smash has higher DPS than Karate chop. I guess the dps for Cross chop is way higher than submission though.
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Hayden11 21days ago Reply
That would make sense.
Hello thanks for the article. My question is: why is Bite/Fire Blast the best moveset for Arcanine to beat Lapras? Since Bite is a Dark move that is neutral against Water and Ice, why should it be a better moveset than Fire Fang/Fire Blast or Fire Fang/Flamethrower?
<< Anonymous(Taurus)
GameA1 Reply
Thank you for your post, Taurus. I am sure Fire Fang also work very well. It's DPS is 14.88 and higher than that of Bite at 12.00. However, with regard to EPS, that of Bite is 14.00 and that of Fire Fang is 9.52. That means your Arcanine can use Fire Blast more times with Bite as a fast move. That is why I noted like that.
<< Anonymous(Taurus)
Hayden11 21days ago Reply
That's a good question.
I would use my Machamp. Thanks.
<< Anonymous
Hayden11 21days ago Reply
That would be a great pokemon to use against lapras. Good pick
Hayden11 21days ago
Thank you for the information. I could really use it for the new raids in the gyms. I went up against a 21,235 lapras with 4 other trainers and we couldn't beat it. It was really strong. We tried to beat it 4 times and failed all 4 times. Thank you!
Ok, I did not know the fact that Lapras only use ice-type moves.

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