Lapras weaknesses in Pokemon & the best counters to defeat it

Sam Smith
Lapras weaknesses Pokemon

Lapras is a graceful Ice and Water-type Pokemon who packs quite the punch in games like Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl and Legends Arceus. Like all Pokemon, Lapras has several weaknesses and counters are the keys to its defeat.

As an Ice and Water-type Pokemon, Lapras can be a difficult opponent to beat in battle unless its weaknesses are already known to the Trainer. Lapras may look friendly, but when backed into a corner the Pokemon can unleash some devastating moves and should never be underestimated.

According to the Pokedex, Lapras does not evolve into or from any other Pokemon, although this means it’s always battle-ready and likely hand-picked by an opponent for its power. So, here’s everything you need to know to win a battle against a Lapras, including its weaknesses and resistances.


Lapras Pokemon Brilliant Diamond
Lapras is a dual Ice and Water-type Pokemon who’s from the original 151.

Lapras weaknesses in Pokemon

  • Fighting
  • Electric
  • Grass
  • Rock

As a dual-type Pokemon, Lapras has a variety of weaknesses. This means that most Pokemon teams (that usually consist of six Pokemon) will likely have at least one member well suited to defeating it. Grass Pokemon are especially common.

Electric-type Pokemon are the most reliable against Lapras, as both Ice and Water are weak to electric attacks. However, all of Lapras’s weaknesses do equal damage.  If you have any Electric-types that are also Fighting, Rock, or Grass-types, you’ll be on to a winning formula.

If you can find a Pokemon that’s comprised of two of Lapras’s weaknesses, then you’ll have a good chance of defeating it in battle.

Lapras resistances in Pokemon

  • Ice
  • Water

Lapras has a natural resistance to Ice and Water-type attacks, so avoid using Pokemon of these types when in battle if possible, as your attacks won’t do much damage and Lapras will have the advantage.

Best counters for Lapras

These are some of the best counters you can use to defeat a Lapras in the Pokemon games. Most of our recommended counters are Electric, Fighting, and Grass-type moves, as they’re the best to target the weaknesses of a Lapras.

Pokemon Best Attacks
Rotom Charge Beam
Pikachu Thunderbolt
Decidueye Low Sweep
Chesnaught Solar Beam
Terrakion Stone Edge
Sirfetch’d Close Combat

The counters above are a variety of Electric, Grass, Fighting, and Rock-type moves, all performed by Pokemon with two of these types.

Remember, not all of our suggested counters are available in every Pokemon game, but there should be at least one you can catch and use to defeat Lapras.

That’s everything you need to know about Lapras’s weaknesses and counters in Pokemon! Check out some of our other guides below for more tips and tricks:

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About The Author

Sam is a Senior Games Writer for Dexerto specializing in Survival Horror, Diablo, Final Fantasy, and Soulslikes. An NCTJ accredited journalist, Sam also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Central Lancashire and has many years of experience as a professional writer. Being able to marry his love of writing with his addiction to video games was always one of his life goals. He also loves all things PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo in equal measure. Contact at