Pokémon Field Research: Lapras

With the release of the Pokémon Sword & Shield trailer, there’s a lot going on in the Pokémon community. I happen to be a huge fan of the series, and have had the pleasure of playing each of the mainline titles. So in celebration of the announcement of Sword & Shield, I’m doing a new series.

Field Research is a series where I take a Pokémon, and analyze it’s origin. What it’s name means, facts about it, all the cool stuff. For my first pick, I have chosen Lapras, one of my favorite Gen 1 Pokémon.

Origin & History

Lapras is sea creature Pokémon that has a very dinosaur like appearance. It also has some ties with mythology because it’s name was originally supposed to be Ness in the English Pokémon titles. Ness coincides with the “Loch Ness Monster”, a folk tale of a gigantic sea creature that resides in the waters close to Scotland.

There are a few theories on how Lapras’s name was changed to Lapras. One is that it was named after the French scholar Pierre-Simon-Laplace. He studied tides, and his last name Laplace stands for “the seat”. Lapras is well known as the transporting Pokémon, acting as a ferry of sorts for trainers.

Appearances In Media

The first appearance of Lapras is in the original Pokémon titles Red & Green in Japan, or Red & Blue in NA, and PAL regions. Lapras is given to you by a person in Slip.Co. and can not be caught in the wild.

In the anime, Lapras was actually caught by the series protagonist Ash Ketchum. He saved the Lapras from Team Rocket and brought it to his second gym battle in the Orange Island season. He eventually released it back into the wild.


This section will contain a series of 5 , possibly not well-known, facts about Lapras.

1. Lapras is one of only 4 non-legendary first generation Pokémon to never receive any type of evolution or preevolution. The others are Farfetch’d, Tauros and Ditto

2. Along with Eevee, Lapras is one of the first Pokémon that is given to you besides your starter.

3. Despite many believing Lapras has a more feminine apperance, the chance of getting a lapras of either gender is 50%

4. Lapras has the highest base HP stat of all ice Pokémon

5. Lapras can learn the most one hit KO moves of any Pokémon. It can learn Sheer Cold, Fissure, and Horn Drill.


I hope you guys enjoyed this little write-up about Lapras. It took me way longer than I expected to write this, and for that reason it was a bit shorter than I anticipated. I appreciate you reading, and if you enjoyed this article and want to see a Field research about one of your favorite Pokémon let me know, in the comments below!


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