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Ash's Lapras
サトシのラプラス Satoshi's Laplace
Ash Lapras.png
Ash's Lapras
Debuts in The Lost Lapras
Caught at Tangelo Island
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Released in Viva Las Lapras
Current location Unknown
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Lapras Rikako Aikawa

Ash's Lapras (Japanese: サトシのラプラス Satoshi's Laplace) was the first Pokémon obtained by Ash Ketchum in the Orange Islands. It had been separated from its family, so Ash promised to reunite them. It served as the main transportation through the islands until its family was found on the way back to Pallet Town.


Ash first met Lapras on Tangelo Island when he and his friends saw it being abused by three boys who were trying to get it ready to fight the Orange Crew. Pikachu's ThunderShock was able to send the trio running. Tracey examined Lapras and realized it needed help. He gave Ash medicine to give it while he went to tell Nurse Joy. However, Lapras refused to take the medicine from Ash. They then took it to the Pokémon Center, where Nurse Joy explained that Lapras was afraid of humans. Soon Ash gained Lapras' trust after he saved it from Team Rocket. Later during that episode, Lapras decided to be a part of Ash's team.

Lapras was used extensively as a means of transportation. Ash, Misty and Tracey rode on its back as it carried them through the seas from one Orange island to another.

Ash's Lapras while still a child

Ash won a race against Cissy riding on Lapras in Fit to be Tide against Cissy and her Blastoise, gaining his first Orange League badge in the process. He later used it against Danny when competing for his second badge when he had to use Ice Beam to freeze a geyser, but he lost to Danny's Nidoqueen.

Lapras was also used against a Gengar in the final battle against Drake in the Orange League. The cliffhanger of Hello, Pummelo! was the collision of attacks between the two. Enter the Dragonite began with the revelation that the collision had knocked out both Pokémon.

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Comparison between Ash's Lapras's younger and older looks

In Viva Las Lapras, Ash and friends found the school that Lapras got separated from. However, its school wanted nothing to do with Lapras because it was accompanied by humans. They gained a hatred towards humans because of Captain Crook who hunted the Lapras. After Ash and his Lapras defeated the large school of Tentacruel belonging to the captain, the Lapras began to trust humans and Ash's Lapras was able to rejoin the school, as well as its mother. Ash and Lapras went separate ways from that point.

Ash was briefly reunited with Lapras in the episode Lapras of Luxury, during which it was revealed to have matured into an adult. It eventually became the leader of its herd when the original leader stepped down in favor of Ash's Lapras, after witnessing it rescuing the herd. It has never been seen since then.

Moves used

Ash Lapras Water Gun.png
Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Ice Beam Fit to be Tide
Water Gun Hello, Pummelo!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Ash's Lapras in the Electric Tale of Pikachu

Ash caught a Lapras in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga's chapter The Orange Islands. Pikachu found Lapras being attacked by a group of Krabby. After Ash had managed to get rid of the Krabby with his Squirtle, he captured Lapras after Pikachu had convinced it that Ash was harmless. Since then, Ash used Lapras to transport himself from Orange Island to another.

Lapras was also seen in You Bet Your Wife during Ash's dance battle with Rudy and in Pikachu's Plan during Ash's battle against Drake.


  • Lapras was the first Pokémon that Ash had that got separated from its mother and then returned to her later on. The second is Larvitar.
    • Coincidentally, Lapras reunited with Ash in the same episode that he received Larvitar's egg.
  • Lapras is the only character that has been shown to indisputably age during the show's time frame: When Ash met up with it in Johto, he initially did not recognize it, and an image of it maturing from when it was with Ash in the Orange Islands was shown.
  • Lapras is also the only Pokémon owned by a main character which has been seen, but not recaptured, after its release.
  • Out of all of Ash's Pokémon, Lapras has used the least moves (two) if one does not count the unofficial Haunter.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Lapras.

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