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.