Pokemon Go: Collect Shiny Lapras During Today's Special Raid Event

Pokemon Go players will have an opportunity to grab a Shiny Lapras during a three hour raid event taking place today. Today is Lapras Raid Day in Pokemon Go, a three hour mini-event in which every gym will have a Lapras raid boss from 11 AM to 2 PM. In addition to having the opportunity of battling as many Lapras as you want, players also have a chance of encountering the Shiny variant of Lapras if they beat Lapras in battle. Shiny Pokemon are variant colored Pokemon that are usually quite rare, so today marks a good opportunity to capture the Shiny version of Lapras.

Shiny Lapras technically isn't new to Pokemon Go - the Pokemon variant was first added during a special event held in Japan back in April. However, this marks the first time that the Shiny Pokemon will be widely available to the rest of the world. As a special bonus, Lapras captured during the event will know the moves Ice Shard and Ice Beam, two legacy moves that were previously removed from Lapras's move pool.

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To encourage players to participate in raids, anyone who participates in a Lapras raid will receive up to five free Raid Passes. Players only earn one free raid pass at a time, so players have to use their free pass in a raid before receiving another free pass at the next gym. There's also an Event Box that contains additional raid passes, a Super Incubator, Star Pieces, and a Lucky Egg that can be purchased from the in-game store.

The Lapras Raid Day event takes place from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. Lapras can't be beaten by a single player, so you'll need to find a group of at least 2-3 players to help you beat it in combat. The most effective Pokemon against Lapras are Electric-type Pokemon like Raikou, Electivire, or Magnezone, and Fighting-type Pokemon like Machamp and Hariyama.