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. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 129.9s 4
2. Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 131.5s 4
3. Lucario Counter Aura Sphere 124.8s 5
4. Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 136.7s 5
5. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 141.1s 5
6. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Close Combat 154.9s 4
7. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 148.7s 4
8. Keldeo (Resolute) Low Kick Close Combat 156.6s 4
9. Gengar (Mega) Lick Focus Blast 145.7s 5
10. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 140.7s 5
11. Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Focus Blast 158.9s 4
12. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 144.7s 5
13. Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Close Combat 153.7s 5
14. Zapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 147.1s 5
15. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 154.0s 5
16. Roserade Razor Leaf Solar Beam 145.4s 6
17. Tangrowth Vine Whip Power Whip 159.8s 4
18. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 138.1s 6
19. Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Stone Edge 168.3s 4
20. Electivire Low Kick Wild Charge 143.5s 6
21. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Thunderbolt 156.5s 5
22. Venusaur Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 156.0s 5
23. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 152.7s 6
24. Sceptile Fury Cutter Frenzy Plant 152.4s 6
25. Leafeon Razor Leaf Leaf Blade 161.4s 5
26. Heracross Counter Close Combat 156.2s 6
27. Luxray Spark Wild Charge 150.3s 6
28. Exeggutor Bullet Seed Seed Bomb 158.7s 5
29. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 133.1s 7
30. Breloom 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.