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‘Pokemon Go’ Update: 3 Things To Know About Spawning Lapras In Japan

“Pokemon Go,” the massively popular mobile game from Niantic, will be spawning Lapras in selected areas in Japan until Nov. 23. Lapras is Pokemon that is considered as one of the rarest and hardest species to catch in the game.

“Pokemon Go” Update: Spawn Lapras

There are three things that “Pokemon Go” players need to know about the Spawning Lapras event.

1. Niantic will spawn the Lapras in specific locations in Japan.

Niantic will make the Lapras appear on the coastlines of the Fukushima Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture and  Miyagi Prefecture, according to a tweet from the game’s official Japanese Twitter account.

These places also somewhat mirror the locations of the Lapras in the original game. The Lapras are a water-type Pokemon mainly used to transport people. They first appeared in the “Pokemon Red and Blue” game. It was created by Japanese video game designer, director, manga artist and illustrator Ken Sugimori.

2. The Spawn Lapras “Pokemon Go” event will be available up to Nov. 23.

Avid Pokemon hunters, especially those who want to capture the elusive Lapras, should keep in mind that this event will last until Nov. 23. This way, trainers would still have time to prepare for it. Aside from being hard to catch, the Lapras is also considered as one of the most powerful Pokemon in the game.

Pokemon Lapras

Death and Resurrection of the Ivory Tower.  Lapras is rezzing. This would prove to be really fun. flickr/TORLEY

According to, the Lapras’ abilities include Water Absorb and Shell Armor. Water Absorb restores hit points (HP) if it gets hit by a Water-type move. As for the Shell Armor ability, it protects the Pokemon from critical hits.

3. Spawning Lapras is for a good cause.

The whole purpose of  the spawning Lapras event in Japan is to help affected areas of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Tohoku. Niantic hopes that this event will help support the tourism industry in those areas and, in turn, help rebuild it. It is the company’s way of giving back to the communities that were devastated by the tragedy.

Aside from “Pokemon Go” and “Pokemon Red and Blue,” the Lapras also appears in the following video games:

  • Pokemon Yellow
  • FireRed
  • LeafGreen
  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
  • Pokemon Conquest
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon titles
  • Pokemon Ranger titles
  • Pokemon Gold and Silver
  • Crystal
  • Pokemon HeartGold
  • SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Rumble
  • PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure
  • Pokemon Pinball
  • Pokemon Channel
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Pokemon Trozei!



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