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Pokémon Go Lapras raid guide: Counters, best movesets, and more

Use this as an opportunity to grab a legacy move Lapras

Lapras in Pokemon Go Photo: Michael McWhertor/Polygon

Lapras is taking over Pokémon Go raids on May 25 (or May 26 for players in Asia-Pacific) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in your local time. The ice- and water-type Pokémon is a rare spawn, so this’ll be a great chance for any players to grab one.

This Raid Day event will give players up to five free Raid Passes from gyms and a chance to nab a Shiny Lapras.

It will also bring back Lapras’ legacy moveset: Ice Shard for a quick attack and Ice Beam as a charge attack. Lapras isn’t the best attacker around, but is a pretty decent gym defender with this moveset. Ice Shard and Hydro Pump are also good and will keep attacking trainers on their toes. With the popularity of using fighting-type Pokémon to take down gyms, Lapras suffers a bit, but its tanky enough to be worth dropping in there anyway.

To counter Lapras in raids, use electric-type or fighting-type moves. The following Pokémon are the best:

  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Machamp with Counter/Karate Chop and Dynamic Punch/Close Combat/Cross Chop
  • Zapdos with Charge Beam and Thunderbolt/Zap Cannon
  • Breloom with Counter and Grass Knot/Dynamic Punch

As usual, keep in mind the moves that Lapras knows as well. If the opposing Lapras knows mostly ice-type moves, Zapdos and Breloom will have a much harder time.

For more information on raids, check out our guide here.