Lapras Raid Counters Guide

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Lapras is Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, with a Boss CP of 23476. It is weak to Electric, Rock, Fighting and Grass, but depending on what moves Lapras has, it can do some serious damage to some of those counters.

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 is soloable, but only with top, high level counters, so keep this in mind! It is a very tanky defender, so groups of 2-4 are recommended depending on player levels and available counters.

Best Attackers Against Lapras

The best counters for Lapras are the following Pokémon in Pokémon GO:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 5 109s
2. Rampardos (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 6 110s
3. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 4 112s
4. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 4 113s
5. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 4 112s
6. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 3 114s
7. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 2 119s
8. Keldeo Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 2 119s
9. Raikou (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 4 115s
10. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 4 116s
11. Rhyperior (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 5 115s
12. Electivire (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 5 116s
13. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 4 117s
14. Magnezone (Shadow) Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 3 119s
15. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 4 118s
16. Machamp (Shadow) Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 4 118s
17. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 3 124s
18. Zapdos (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 5 121s
19. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 4 124s
20. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 4 123s
21. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 4 124s
22. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 3 126s
23. Hariyama (Shadow) Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 4 123s
24. Luxray (Shadow) Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 5 124s
25. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Thunderbolt Electric 4 128s
26. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 5 127s
27. Sceptile (Shadow) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 6 126s
28. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 3 131s
29. Tangrowth (Shadow) Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 4 129s
30. Tyranitar (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 4 130s

Lapras moves and move sets

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Water Gun Water
  • Frost Breath Ice
  • Ice Shard* Ice
  • Blizzard Ice
  • Skull Bash Normal
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Surf Water
  • Ice Blast* Ice
  • Dragon Pulse* Dragon

*denotes legacy move only obtainable via Elite TM.

With a variety of Ice and Water type moves, Lapras can be tricky to counter. When going into the raid, have a look what your recommended Pokémon are before you pick your team. If it is suggesting Rock types it is probably safe to assume it doesn’t have Water type moves. If no Grass types are appearing, it more than likely comes armed with Ice type moves that will make quick work of your Grass types.

The best attackers to fight Lapras that are not weak to any of its moves, are strong Fighting or Electric type attackers with great DPS output.

Final tips

Lapras is considered as an ultra-rare Pokémon. It is rarely found in the wild! 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.

Catching a Lapras can be extremely difficult. Its catch percentage is only 5%, 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.

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