Lapras Raid Boss

  1. Lapras is Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with a Boss CP of 21430. Best Lapras counters are strong Fighting and Electric types like Machamp, Electivire, Magnezone and Raikou.

Lapras can be caught in the following CP ranges:

  • 1435 – 1509 CP (L20, no weather boost)
  • 1794 – 1886 CP (L25, Rainy and Snow weather)

Lapras used to be one of the best Pokémon in terms of CP, but it got nerfed. However, it is still viable in the gym meta, as it is one of the best Dragonite counters if it has double ice type moves. Dragonite role has changed after the latest update and it is not as common in gyms due to the greater CP decay rate for Pokémon over 3000 CP (its max CP is currently 3792), as it is now used as an all-out DPS attacker. However, if Raid Boss rotation occurs in the future and Dragonite becomes a Tier 4 Raid Boss, Lapras would be one of the best options to counter it.

Lapras is by no means soloable, and the minimum recommended group size is 3 or 4 people. Keep in mind that even though Lapras has the lowest CP of all Tier 4 Raid Bosses, its tankiness and typing will make it a good defender and taking it down won’t be an easy job.

Best attackers against Lapras

List of best Lapras counters
Weakness Fighting
Electric Grass
Boosted by [sbiw]
Supreme Lapras counters
MachampMachamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
ElectivireElectivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Excellent counters
BreloomBreloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
HariyamaHariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
MagnezoneMagnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric
ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt  Electric
RoseradeRoserade Razor Leaf Grass Solar Beam Grass
Good counters
TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock

Lapras is a Water and Ice type Pokémon. Therefore, it is weak to electric, grass, fighting and rock.

The best attackers to fight Lapras are Machamp, Hariyama and electric type attackers with great DPS output such as Raikou, Magnezone, Electivire and Zapdos. Other potential options include Heracross Poliwrath with double fighting type moves (Rock Smash/Dynamic Punch) and Lanturn with double electric type attacks, but they are way below in terms of viability with respect to the three mentioned at the beginning.

The best movesets of the Pokémon just mentioned are:

  • Machamp: The best option to take Lapras down. With its two best movesets, Counter/Close Combat (STAB DPS of 35.50) and Counter/Dynamic Punch (29.20), it is a great DPS output option for this battle. Lapras is weak to fighting and Machamp is the best fighting type attacker, that’s what makes it the best option. If you don’t have a Machamp with double fighting type moves, you should definitely consider doing a Machamp Raid (Tier 3) or using a TM if you have a good one with steel type moves, since it is one of the best counters to some of the best Tier 4 Raid Bosses, such as Tyranitar and Snorlax.
  • Raikou and Electivire: the best electric type attacker in the current metagame, which makes it a good Lapras counter. Thunder Shock / Wild Charge is the recommended attacking moveset for this battle. Zapdos and Magnezone have a bit less bulk than Raikou and Electivire, which makes them a bit worse Lapras counters in smaller groups.

Honorable mentions

  • Exeggutor: Exeggutor’s viability in this battle depends on several aspects. First of all, Exeggutor is a grass/psychic type Pokémon, which makes it weak to ice type attacks. Lapras is currently one of the best ice type attackers in the game, and bringing Exeggutor to this battle can be a risk, depending on Lapras’ moves. Taking type advantages into consideration, Exeggutor’s best moveset is Bullet Seed/Solar Beam (STAB DPS of 27.50), but Extrasensory/Solar Beam and Confusion/Solar Beam (Legacy moveset) could also work as alternatives. It is not the best option for this battle, but Solar Beam’s great DPS output should be considered.
  • Poliwrath: Some people tend to forget about it, but Poliwrath can be a good counter to Lapras. It is a water/fighting type Pokémon, which makes it resistant to not only Lapras’ water type attacks but also to its ice type attacks. Rock Smash/Dynamic Punch has a STAB DPS of 28.05, which makes it a viable option for this battle.
  • Lanturn: There are several reasons why it can be considered as a good counter to Lapras. Its water/electric typing is one of them, since it resists both Lapras’ water and ice type attacks. Furthermore, its best moveset, which is Charge Beam/Thunder, has a DPS of 30.60. Another interesting aspect to consider is its tankiness. Even though it only maxes out at 2047, its tankiness can be beneficial for this battle.

Final tips

Lapras is considered as an ultra-rare Pokémon. Encountering it in the wild can be really difficult, and it was one of the most difficult Pokémon to hatch from 10 km eggs. It is a great gym defending option to consider, due to its typing and available ice type movesets. If you see a Lapras Raid Boss, you should consider giving it a try.

A Lapras with Frost Breath/Blizzard or Frost Breath/Ice Beam destroys Dragonites, which are still present in some gyms and could be included in potential future Raid Boss rotations.

Catching a Lapras can be extremely difficult. Its catch percentage went down from 20 to 5% in the latest GAME_MASTER change, which makes it very challenging to catch one. Even after using a Golden Razz Berry, its circle will still show up red, so aiming carefully is almost mandatory in order to catch it.