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

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best counters for Lapras are the following:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 85.05s 3.00
2. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 94.41s 2.25
3. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 92.91s 2.75
4. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 98.33s 2.13
5. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 90.13s 3.63
6. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 102.12s 3.38
7. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 104.81s 3.63
8. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Solar Beam Grass 114.76s 2.63
9. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 107.37s 3.50
10. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Focus Blast Fighting 109.81s 3.25
11. Abomasnow (Mega) Razor Leaf Grass Energy Ball Grass 120.23s 2.50
12. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 120.24s 2.57
13. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 119.00s 3.50
14. Xurkitree Spark Electric Discharge Electric 108.94s 4.25
15. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 116.35s 3.75
16. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 117.29s 4.00
17. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 127.87s 2.43
18. Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 135.65s 3.00
19. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 122.83s 3.40
20. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 131.85s 2.00
21. Cobalion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 142.93s 2.00
22. Raikou Volt Switch Electric Wild Charge Electric 127.61s 3.14
23. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Foul Play Dark 138.86s 2.50
24. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 136.18s 2.67
25. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Meteor Beam Rock 134.71s 2.00
26. Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 124.34s 3.67
27. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 119.58s 4.17
28. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 131.63s 3.00
29. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 138.89s 2.00
30. Tapu Bulu Bullet Seed Grass Grass Knot Grass 136.80s 2.33
31. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Grass Knot Grass 133.88s 2.50
32. Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 127.76s 3.67
33. Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 133.71s 3.00
34. Celebi Magical Leaf Grass Leaf Storm Grass 144.35s 2.00
35. Virizion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 144.38s 2.00


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 types like Machamp and Lucario, or 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. 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 went down from 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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