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GO Battle League analysis: Lapras tougher than it looks

Published: 28/Jul/2020 2:10 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 2:12

by Paul Cot

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Lapras is overlooked by many trainers as an option for there Pokemon Go GO Battle League team. Here’s why you should reconsider that stance.

The popular Kantonian has incredible stamina stats which are among the best of all Pokemon. Its attack may be comparatively poor but with the name of the game in GO Battle League being bulk, Lapras fits in well.

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This stamina stat is only bolstered by Lapras’ maximum CP of 2,641. This means its stamina can be almost maxed out at the Ultra League limit. It also makes it an excellent option at Great League.

Of course, this does all but rule it out of Master League as any Pokemon with a max CP of less than 3,000 is going to struggle. It also costs a lot of Stardust to have a Lapras at the Ultra League limit of 2,500 CP.

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Typing

There’s more to GO Battle League selection than pure stats, though. If this were the case we’d be seeing far more Slaking in Master League.

Lapras is a dual ice and water-type. While this particular typing is far from special it does give some ice coverage which isn’t found too easily.

This makes the Transport Pokemon weak against electric, fighting, grass and rock-type attacks. It is resistant to water and doubly resistant to ice.

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On paper this doesn’t sound that good, and it isn’t. However, the benefit of Lapras comes with the types its ice attacks are effective against.

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Lapras has an incredible stamina stat…

Ice moves always useful to have

Firstly, let’s take a look at Lapras’ Fast Moves. Those of you that took advantage of the Pokemon Go January Research Breakthrough reward may have a few Lapras sitting around with two Elite moves already.

  • Frost Breath – 3.5 DPT, 2.5 EPT
  • Water Gun – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Ice Shard (Elite) – 3 DPT, 3.33 EPT

Ice Shard is unquestionably the strongest of these but if you don’t already have it the difference between that and Frost Breath may not warrant the use of an Elite Fast TM. The choice between the non-Elite moves is largely preference.

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Here are the Charge Moves Lapras has available:

  • Blizzard – 130 damage, 75 energy
  • Hydro Pump – 130 damage, 75 energy
  • Skull Bash – 130 damage, 75 energy
  • Surf – 65 damage, 40 energy
  • Dragon Pulse (Elite) – 90 damage, 60 energy
  • Ice Beam (Elite) – 90 damage, 55 energy

Experienced GO Battle League trainers will know low-energy Charge Moves are vital. This is because it is important to get rid of your opponent’s Protect Shields and by using as many Charge Moves as possible this gives them a tough decision to make – take the damage or waste the Protect Shield.

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Surf will be most frequently used for those who aren’t used a Research Breakthrough Lapras. However, Ice Beam largely serves the same purpose with more damage and favourable type advantages.

One of these would most ideally be paired with Blizzard or Hydro Pump – whatever is the opposite type to your low-energy Charge Move.

Ice beats popular choices

What do Altaria, Dragonite, Rayquaza and Salamence all have in common? They’re all dual dragon and flying-types, which means they are doubly weak to ice.

Altaria is one of the most common sightings in Great League and having a counter as strong as Lapras is ready is a huge advantage. Any of its ice-type moves will deal 256% damage.

The others may not be seen quite as much but it is good to be ready for them, too. Bear in mind water and ice attacks are both weak against water, although Lapras is resistant to both.


Lapras may require a couple of Elite TMs and a lot of Stardust to get it to the top of GO Battle League but even with Surf/Blizzard combination it can be effective.

It will cost 75,000 Stardust and 75 Lapras Candy to unlock a second move, though. Without this it does a lose a lot of its appeal.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.