'Pokémon Go' Lapras Raid Day: Start Time, Shiny Lapras and Best Counters

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Pokémon Go players are in the midst of the mobile game's annual Raid Week, which brings some of the more powerful and rare Pokémon to Raids.

This is a great opportunity to catch the likes of Metagross and Tyranitar without having to collect enough candy to evolve their pre-evolved forms. However, one of the biggest draws of Pokémon Go 's Raid Week this year is the Lapras Raid Day.

For a few hours this weekend, Pokémon Go trainers will have the opportunity to battle and catch as many Lapras as they can find in Raids. This make it easy to catch one of these rare creatures, and its Shiny form will also be available.

If you're looking to make the most out of Lapras Raid Day, here's all the essential information you'll need including the start time and the best Pokémon to go into battle with.

LAPRAS RAID DAY START AND END TIME

Lapras Raid Day starts Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. If you're in the Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa or India.

If you're playing Pokémon Go in the Asia-Pacific countries, the Lapras Raid Day starts Sunday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time .

HOW TO GET SHINY LAPRAS

During the three-hour event window, Pokémon Go trainers will see every Gym occupied by Lapras. This gives trainers the maximum amount of opportunities to fight and catch them.

Players will receive five free Raid Passes during this event. Simply, visit five different Gyms to get your free Raid Pass. Of course, more Raid Passes can be obtained by purchasing them in the in-game store for 100 Coins.

Obtaining a Shiny Lapras during this event is simply down to luck. You'll battle a normal Lapras, but if you defeat it you'll transition to the capture stage of the Raid. Here is when trainers will see if they have the chance to catch a Shiny Lapras.

Shiny Lapras changes from its light blue coloring to a deep purple.

BEST LAPRAS RAID COUNTERS

Lapras is a Water and Ice-type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Rock, Grass, Electric and Fighting-type attacks.

Here are the best Pokémon to go up against Lapras:

  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
  • Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt

Other viable options include Tyranitar with Smackdown and the Grass types, Breloom Tangrowth and Roserade with two Grass-type attacks. However, you'll need to be careful of Lapras' Water and Ice-type attacks when using them.

Are you excited for the chance to catch a Shiny Lapras? What Pokémon are you bringing into battle? Let us know in the comments section below.