Lanturn

Lanturn Pokémon GO

Lanturn is a Pokémon with an interesting typing, Water and Electric, and the fact that Lanturn has access to both electric and water moves makes him a versatile Pokémon. In this Battledex entry, we will analyse its viability in the current metagame, its best movesets and how to counter it.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Lanturn Water Electric 146 146 250 2077

Lanturn overview

Lanturn is an interesting Pokémon mainly due to its typing. With 5 resistances (Fire, Flying, Water, Ice and 2xSteel), just 2 weaknesses (Grass and Ground) and good bulk, it can be used as a bulky alternative to other meta-relevant Pokémon. It is important to mention that its performance is far from other Water type Pokémon such as Kyogre or Gyarados or Electric type Pokémon such as Raikou or Zapdos.

It is not too difficult to get, as Chinchou is not a rare spawn in the right biome or the proper weather conditions and it only requires 50 candies to evolve. If you need a Water or Electric type anchor or filler to your team, Lanturn is a good candidate.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is a useful, bulky Water or [eletric] type attacker in the game and quite easy to get
  • It has a diverse movepool that lets it perform its role both as a Water and Electric type Pokémon
  • It could have some PvP potential if abilities are eventually introduced in the game, as it is able to absorb water or electric type attacks in the main series games

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • It is outclassed by Raikou, Zapdos, Jolteon and Ampharos as an Electric type attacker and by Kyogre and Gyarados as a Water type attacker, among others
  • It has a high base Stamina stat, but its base Defense stat is a bit too low to be considered a tank
  • It lacks offensive power to be considered a meta-relevant attacker
Best Lanturn movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Charge Beam Electric or Water Gun Water Thunderbolt Electric or Hydro Pump Water
Gym defense Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric or Hydro Pump Water
PvP (speculative) Charge Beam Electric or Water Gun Water Thunderbolt Electric or Hydro Pump Water

Best Lanturn moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Lanturn is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others. Keep in mind that some movesets might not top the DPS charts but could be good to use in certain scenarios. Lanturn can be used as an Electric or Water type Pokémon and thus, several combinations are possible.

Lanturn moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Water Gun Water Thunderbolt Electric 20.80
Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric 20.76
Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 20.75
Charge Beam Electric Hydro Pump Water 20.69
Water Gun Water Thunder Electric 19.35
Charge Beam Electric Thunder Electric 18.90

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Charge Beam and Thunderbolt (its dual Electric type moveset) is the best choice for offensive purposes, and it is a decent choice for defensive ones too
  • Water Gun and Hydro Pump (its dual Water type moveset) is a viable choice too, and the best option if you want to use Lanturn as a Water type attacker
  • If you evolve Chinchou into Lanturn and end up with Thunder as the charge move, do not hesitate to use a Charge TM as fast as you can.
  • We do not recommend to use a mixed moveset on Lanturn. Try to either use it as a Water type attacker (with a dual Water type moveset) or as an Electric type attacker (with a dual Electric type moveset)

Lanturn counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Venusaur Grass Poison Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Exeggutor Grass Psychic Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
Groudon Ground Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground

* Legacy move

Lanturn is weak to Grass and Ground type attacks. Groudon is the best Ground type attacker in the game, it double resists Lanturn’s Electric type attacks but it is weak to Lanturn’s Water type moves. If Lanturn has Electric type moves, Groudon is the best option.

Venusaur and Exeggutor are its best Grass type counters. They are great options as they also resist Lanturn’s Water type moves. Exeggutor has a higher attack stat than Venusaur, but Venusaur’s moveset is more consistent and better overall. For an in-depth comparison of both Pokémon, check out this guide. If Lanturn has Water type moves, they are its best counters.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Sceptile Grass Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass
Rhydon Ground Rock Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Golem Rock Ground Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

Sceptile is an interesting Grass type counter. If it is able to fire off many charge moves, it will probably be a very good alternative to the supreme counters listed above. Use it especially if Lanturn has Water type moves.

Rhydon and Golem have a double weakness to Lanturn Water type attacks, but they double resist Lanturn’s Electric type attacks. Use them ONLY if Lanturn has Electric type moves.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts super-effective Grass and Ground type moves
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
Rainy Boosts its Water and Electric type moves
Fog
Windy
Snow

Viability in raids

Lanturn is not the best Water or Electric type Pokémon to use in raids. The most important metric in raids is normally time to win, and thus there are better options to use. Keeping that in mind, here is a compilation of the raids in which it is a decent counter (or filler for your team), despite existing significantly better options from an offensive point of view:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Magikarp Water Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Wailmer Water Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Cloyster Water Ice Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Dewgong Water Ice* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Slowbro Water Psychic* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Tentacruel Water Poison* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Omastar Water Rock* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Kabutops Water Rock* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Starmie Water Psychic* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Vaporeon Water* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Houndoom Dark Fire Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Azumarill Water Fairy Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Blastoise Water* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Feraligatr Water* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Lapras Water Ice* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Poliwrath Water Fighting* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Walrein Water Ice Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Articuno Ice Flying* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Moltres Fire Flying* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Entei Fire* Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Suicune Water* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Lugia Psychic Flying* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Ho-Oh Fire Flying Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Kyogre Water* Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Regirock Rock** Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water

*Legacy raid boss **Potential future raid boss

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Lanturn Water Electric 2/5 3/5 2.5/5 2.5/5 IV

Lanturn is an interesting Pokémon mainly due to its typing and versatility. With 5 resistances, just 2 weaknesses and good bulk, it can be used as a bulky alternative to other meta-relevant Pokémon. Its performance, however, is far from other water type Pokémon such as Kyogre or Gyarados or electric type Pokémon such as Raikou or Zapdos.