Lapras Raid Challenge Day: What to Know and Expect

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On May 25 (and May 26 for Asia-Pacific), Lapras will be taking over the raid scene in Pokemon Go. During this time trainers will have the opportunity to possibly capture a shiny Lapras from raids, and all Lapras caught will have the legacy moveset combination of Ice Shard + Ice Beam. While Lapras isn’t a top Pokemon in PvE anymore due to the introduction of Weavile, Glaceon, and Mamoswine, it’s still a fairly tanky Pokemon that can be considered for a secondary team or PvP. You might be wondering exactly how good Lapras with a double legacy moveset is, and this article will cover the details.

Event Info

  • Take on Lapras in Raid Battles at all Raid-eligible gyms
  • When?
  • The Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
  • Asia-Pacific region: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
  • Receive up to five free Raid Passes
  • Encounter Shiny Lapras (potentially with increased odds)
  • All Lapras caught will know the exclusive moves Ice Shard + Ice Beam

Max Catch CP: 1509

Boosted Max Catch CP (Rainy/Snowy): 1886

Optimal PvE Movesets: Frost Breath +  Ice Beam or Blizzard / Water Gun + Surf

Optimal PvP Movesets: Water Gun + Ice Beam and Surf or Ice Shard + Ice Beam and Surf

To read more about our moveset rankings, check out our Lapras page.

  • Frost Breath performs slightly better in PvE raids with decent energy gains.
  • Ice Shard has less DPS but greater energy generation.
  • Water Gun should be paired with Surf or Hydro Pump to fulfill a Water-type role.
  • Ice Beam generally performs the best against opponents weak to Ice-type attacks and is more efficient with energy since it’s a 2-bar move.
  • Blizzard performs better on paper, but in practice, it falls behind since it’s a 1-bar move, and it’s possible that Lapras could faint with a lot of energy unused.
  • Dragon Pulse is a legacy move that’s not obtainable during this Lapras event, and even if it was it still sucks for PvE.

Lapras is a fan-favorite that features good bulk and decent DPS, though as more generations of Pokemon were added to Pokemon Go, Lapras has gradually become replaced with more powerful options. Regardless the Loch Ness Monster still brings back memories and nostalgia to those who maybe played the main series games or watched the anime on TV, and if you get a shiny variant then there might be an incentive to show it off at the cost of some DPS. Where Lapras does a bit better is in gym defense, as its good bulk and synergistic typing allow it to cover some of its weaknesses and endure attacks for a length of time. Unfortunately, due to how prevalent Machamp has been as a gym attacker, Lapras has a harder time being selected as a top tier gym defender, if gym meta still matters in your area. Perhaps the best way to use Lapras is to place it as the 6th Pokemon in the gym so it can sit nice and pretty shiny on top.

Breakpoints and Bulkpoints

It’s not mandatory to hit these breakpoints or bulkpoints, but they are the levels where your attackers will have a noticeable improvement in their performance. If you are unfamiliar with what a breakpoint or bulkpoint is, we suggest checking out our guides on breakpoints and bulkpoints. If you’re curious about the breakpoints of other Pokemon or fast moves, you can find them using our breakpoint tool. You can find your Pokemon’s unique bulkpoints using our bulkpoint tool as well.

Weather boosts will also affect the breakpoints of Pokemon. We have noted the relevant breakpoints for commonly weather boosted Pokemon down below. Friendship will also influence breakpoints. This article will assume ultra friend status.

(Bulkpoints based on FB/HP moveset)
Pokemon Breakpoints(Best💗, Weather☔☁️⛅☀️) Bulkpoints
Rampardos 30.5, 35.5 | 32, 36.5💗 | 34.5, 38.5⛅ | 35 , 39 ⛅💗 39.5
Machamp 30, 38 | 34.5💗 | 30, 36.5☁️ | 33, 40 ☁️💗 32, 35, 39
Raikou 26.5 | 37.5💗 | 34.5☔ | 31☔💗 30.5, 34, 37.5
Breloom 28.5, 34.5 | 31, 39💗 | 33, 40☁️ | 30, 36 ☁️💗 29, 36, 40
Electivire 37 | 33.5💗 | 30.5☔ | 29☔💗 30, 33.5, 37.5
Magnezone 36 | 32.5💗 | 29☔ | 38☔💗 31.5, 33.5, 36, 38.5
Roserade 31, 38.5 | 35💗 | 34.5 ☀️ | 31, 37 ☀️💗 34, 34.5
Zapdos (TS) 35 | 31.5 💗 | 29.5☔ | 28☔💗 33, 34.5, 37.5
Sceptile (BS) 35.5 | 32 💗| 35.5☀️| 32☀️💗 32, 34


With a Water-Ice typing, Lapras is weak to 4 different types, all boosted in different, common weathers. Check your forecast to prepare the best team, and have options in case the weather switches throughout the event.

Assuming no boost, the top row of these pictured attackers are your best bets, with an emphasis on the Electric and Fighting-types.

Lapras can also deal Super Effective damage back to many of its counters so pay attention to its moveset and adjust accordingly.

Ice Beam and Blizzard

The recently introduced Magnezone becomes a major pick due to its Steel-typing which offers resistance against Lapras’s Ice-type attacks. Electrics and Fighting-types become more viable since Grass-types have a vulnerability to Ice, and Blizzard if un-dodged is pretty much a one-shot. Optimal choices for this moveset include Magnezone, Raikou, Electivire, Machamp, Hariyama, and Rampardos. Even though Zapdos is an Electric-type Pokemon, it's Flying sub-typing makes it vulnerable to Ice, so keep the bird away.

Surf and Hydro Pump

Grass-types have a good time against Lapras’s Water-type attacks since they resist them. It should be noted that if the weather effect is Rainy, Electrics perform way ahead of Grass-types even if Grass would resist the boosted Water-type attacks. It’s also obvious that Grass becomes the best choice during Sunny weather. Optimal choices include the Electrics listed above, but also include Roserade, Sceptile, Breloom, and Venusaur. Just keep Rampardos away from Hydro Pump since that’s a one-shot.


Lapras is a popular Pokemon not necessarily for its PvE viability, but more so for the nostalgia that it brings, in addition, it just being an awesome looking Pokemon. If you do PvP, the legacy moveset will give you a good Ice-type option since Blizzard is very expensive energy-wise. The raids generally aren’t too difficult, and most people at this point have access to at least some good counters even if they’re not the absolute best. Best of luck out there, and if you get yourself a shiny, then put it into a gym and flex dat shiny!