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

Lapras Counters
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras
Weakness: Fighting
Electric Grass
Boosted By: Snow
Supreme Counters
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt  Electric
Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
Excellent Counters
Pokemon GO HariyamaHariyama
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO LuxrayLuxray
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Good Counters
Pokemon GO LeafeonLeafeon
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Solar Beam Grass
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Frenzy Plant  Grass
Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile
  • Bullet Seed Grass
  • Frenzy Plant  Grass
Pokemon GO ToxicroakToxicroak
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo
  • Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Thunderbolt Electric
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO Golem (Alola)Golem (Alola)
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Wild Charge Electric


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.