Lapras Raid Counters Guide

Lapras is Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with a Boss CP of 23476. 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 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

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO Venusaur (Mega)Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 129.9s 4
2. Pokemon GO ZekromZekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 131.5s 4
3. Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Aura Sphere 124.8s 5
4. Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 136.7s 5
5. Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 141.1s 5
6. Pokemon GO Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Close Combat 154.9s 4
7. Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone Spark Wild Charge 148.7s 4
8. Pokemon GO Keldeo (Resolute)Keldeo (Resolute) Low Kick Close Combat 156.6s 4
9. Pokemon GO Gengar (Mega)Gengar (Mega) Lick Focus Blast 145.7s 5
10. Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Dynamic Punch 140.7s 5
11. Pokemon GO Kyurem (White)Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Focus Blast 158.9s 4
12. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 144.7s 5
13. Pokemon GO Meloetta (Pirouette)Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Close Combat 153.7s 5
14. Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 147.1s 5
15. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 154.0s 5
16. Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade Razor Leaf Solar Beam 145.4s 6
17. Pokemon GO TangrowthTangrowth Vine Whip Power Whip 159.8s 4
18. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 138.1s 6
19. Pokemon GO Kyurem (Black)Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Stone Edge 168.3s 4
20. Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Low Kick Wild Charge 143.5s 6
21. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Thunderbolt 156.5s 5
22. Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 156.0s 5
23. Pokemon GO HariyamaHariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 152.7s 6
24. Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile Fury Cutter Frenzy Plant 152.4s 6
25. Pokemon GO LeafeonLeafeon Razor Leaf Leaf Blade 161.4s 5
26. Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Counter Close Combat 156.2s 6
27. Pokemon GO LuxrayLuxray Spark Wild Charge 150.3s 6
28. Pokemon GO ExeggutorExeggutor Bullet Seed Seed Bomb 158.7s 5
29. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 133.1s 7
30. Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Counter Grass Knot 144.4s 7

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.

Honorable Mentions

  • Lucario with Counter / Close Combat
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down / Stone Edge
  • Jolteon with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Heracross with Counter / Close Combat
  • Exeggutor with Bullet Seed / Solar Beam
  • Tangrowth with Vine Whip / Solar Beam

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.