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Lapras - Ruby/Sapphire

Date Reviewed: 08/15/03

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Lapras EX:

Great card.  The first thing I noticed is that he has 110 hp.  That's fantastic.  Energy Ball is basically Water Gun that can use different energy types (Insane Chao will be pleased >_<), but the second attack is what caught my eye.  30 and auto confusion?  Sweet.  Even when Confusion no longer affects retreating, you'll only have one retreat per turn, so it can put your opponent out to deal with it.  But until we change over to the new rules, find a place that lets you play the new stuff with the old rules and kick butt with Lapras!  On the downside, his retreat cost is high >_<.

Unlimited:  He is a little too slow in this format and doesn't do enough damage to be a contender.  1.75/5

Modified:  Awesome.  If you play water, defiantly consider him.  3.75/5

Limited:  Take him.  Don't ask questions, just take him.  And then play water in your deck.  5/5

The Bottom Line:  3.5/5

Lapras ex
Lapras also gets the ex treatment. Attack-wise, this Pokemon is maybe the least impressive out of all ex Pokemon. HP-wise, it's one of the most impressive. It gets a (deserved) 110HP, which is higher than any other ex Pokemon except for Chansey.
Unlimited: There's a very good reason not to play Lapras ex in this format, or indeed most other Water Pokemon: Water is bad in Unlimited. Sure it's 110HP, but it's also two prizes to your opponent. Not very good considering that Rocket's Zapdos (sans Metal Energy) can still easily OHKO it.
Modified: Lapras' only saving grace is its very impressive HP. Other than that, Energy Ball does only 30 at most for [2W]... very poor. And Confuse Ray does 30 and auto-confuses for [1WW]... but remember that Confusion can now be removed by simply retreating. Lapras can be a very good annoying staller, especially if you're playing Water... but probably Chansey is still better at that job.
Draft: Its high HP will probably only serve as a huge punching bag for your opponent. One that's worth two prizes, mind you. And two prizes in Draft means HALF your opponent's prizes. I think I wouldn't draft it even if I was drafting Water. Some bad.
Perfect One Lapras EX

Unlimited-  He will be hard to FTKO, but he will never hit for over 20 and with so much free retreat and the new confusion rule modification, he really cant prove worthy at all.
rating--- 1

Modified-  Since heavier retreat is a little more common he's a little better, but Warp energy will still be here and the EX factor drops his rating =/.
rating--- 2

Draft-  Cool here.  He can hit for 10, 20, then 30 with confusion.  It builds up and can definitely take a few decent hits with its 110 HP.  I would recommend using it ASAP.
rating--- 3.675
Thundachu Lapras ex

Overview: I tell you, ex pokemon might not be that good in the 2 main formats, but they have the best HP for basic pokemon since forever. 110HP on Lapras ex is wonderful. For 1 water energy, Water Ball (did Nintendo think "Water Gun" was over used?) does 10 damage automatically plus 10 more for each water energy not used to pay for the attack. 20 more max. For 2 water and 1 colorless, does 30 damage and auto confusion which is nice. Weakness to Lightning. Beware the Pikachu!! Retreat of 3 is way to much for a basic pokemon even if it is ex. Again, such wonderful art =p.

Unlimited: Fossil Lapras> Lapras ex 2/5

Modified: Better. 2.5/5

Draft: ALLELUIA!!! Besides that if it gets KOed your opponent gains 2 prizes, it still 0wnz in Draft =D! 4.5/5 is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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