Lugia Raid Boss Counter Guide

Lugia Raid Boss

Lugia is one of the Legendary Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Lugia Raid counters and good strategies on how to defeat it. A shiny Lugia is available from raids.

Lugia Boss CP is 42753 CP and has the following raid catch CPs:

  • 1969 – 2056 – perfect IV Lugia, LVL 20, no weather boost
  • 2462 – 2570 – perfect IV Lugia, LVL 25, Windy weather boosted

Best Lugia Raid Counters

The following table depicts the strongest Pokémon you can use versus a Lugia. Be on the lookout for that Hydro Pump, as some Lugia counters can be OHKO-ed with it!

Lugia raid counters
Registeel raid countersLugia
Weakness Electric
Rock Dark Ghost Ice
Boosted by Windy
Supreme Lugia Counters
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Best all around counter, takes reduced or neutral damage from Sky Attack and Hydro Pump, has enough bulk and deals a lot of damage. If you ask us, Raikou is worth every ounce of Stardust invested.
Tyranitar Bite Dark
Smack down Rock
Crunch Dark
Stone Edge Rock
Best counter vs non-Hydro Pump Lugia, regardless of the moveset you choose. Smack Down is a beast, let’s face it, and both Rock and Dark typed moves deal increased damage to Lugia.
Great Lugia Counters
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Confusion / Shadow Ball Mewtwo is a great option versus Lugia, despite her taking reduced damage from Confusion. SB Mewtwo is just a beast!
Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Good ol’ Zappy is a great counter, especially if you have Thunder Shock instead of Charge Beam. Super useful if you’re not filled to the brim with Raikous.
Golem Rock Throw Rock Wild Charge Electric
Alolan Golem is a beast, and Rock Throw in conjunction with Wild Charge makes it shine superbly. Do use, do please use!
Good Lugia counters
Gengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Jolteon Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre Waterfall Water Blizzard Ice
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Ancient Power Rock

This chart is also available as an info graphic:

Lugia raid counters and combat power cheat sheet
Lugia raid counters and combat power cheat sheet

Lugia Raid Counters Explained

Lugia’s possible movesets are as follows:

  • Extrasensory Psychic (fast)
  • Dragon Tail Dragon (fast)
  • Futuresight Psychic (charge)
  • Sky Attack Flying (charge)
  • Hydro Pump Water (charge)

Before we go into deeper analysis, remember that Lugia can’t be soloed. Before joining raid make sure you are using Pokémon with proper movesets.

Lugia takes Super Effective damage from electric, dark, ice, ghost and rock type moves, due to its dual psychic and flying type. The best Pokemon to fight Lugia is either a Raikou or a Tyranitar, depending on Lugia’s moveset.

Be aware that a Lugia with Hydro Pump will destroy any Pokémon that is weak to Water. Don’t underestimate this, as a HP Lugia counters most of her own counters.

In addition, all steel and psychic type Pokemon take reduced damage from psychic type moves.

Also steel, rock and electric type take reduced damage from flying type moves, so keep that in mind.

Additional Lugia Counters

These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:

Considerably weaker, but still viable counters, mostly used in large groups as throw away attackers:

  • Ampharos with Charge Beam/ Zap Cannon
  • Magcargo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
  • Sudowoodo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
  • Granbull with Snarl/ Crunch
  • Lanturn with Charge Beam/ Thunderbolt
  • Kabutops with Rock Smash/ Ancient Power

Lugia IV and CP chart

The following chart shows Lugia IVs and CP from 100% to around 84.4%. The whole table would be simply too massive to include, so we opted out for the top 16-sih percentages.

ATK DEF STA MAX CP
Normal Weather
15 15 15 2056 2570
15 15 14 2051 2564
15 14 15 2053 2566
14 15 15 2046 2558
15 15 13 2047 2559
15 14 14 2048 2560
15 13 15 2050 2562
14 15 14 2041 2552
14 14 15 2043 2554
13 15 15 2036 2545
15 15 12 2042 2553
15 14 13 2044 2555
15 13 14 2045 2557
15 12 15 2047 2558
14 15 13 2037 2546
14 14 14 2038 2548
14 13 15 2040 2550
13 15 14 2031 2540
13 14 15 2033 2541
12 15 15 2026 2533
15 15 11 2038 2547
15 14 12 2039 2549
15 13 13 2041 2551
15 12 14 2042 2553
15 11 15 2043 2555
14 15 12 2032 2541
14 14 13 2034 2542
14 13 14 2035 2544
14 12 15 2037 2546
13 15 13 2027 2534
13 14 14 2028 2536
13 13 15 2030 2538
12 15 14 2022 2527
12 14 15 2023 2529
11 15 15 2016 2520
15 15 10 2033 2541
15 14 11 2034 2543
15 13 12 2036 2545
15 12 13 2038 2547
15 11 14 2039 2549
15 10 15 2040 2551
14 15 11 2028 2535
14 14 12 2029 2537
14 13 13 2031 2539
14 12 14 2032 2541
14 11 15 2034 2542
13 15 12 2022 2528
13 14 13 2024 2530
13 13 14 2025 2532
13 12 15 2027 2534
12 15 13 2017 2522
12 14 14 2019 2524
12 13 15 2020 2525
11 15 14 2012 2515
11 14 15 2013 2517
10 15 15 2006 2508
15 14 10 2030 2538
15 13 11 2031 2540
15 12 12 2033 2542
15 11 13 2034 2543
15 10 14 2036 2545
14 15 10 2023 2529
14 14 11 2025 2531
14 13 12 2026 2533
14 12 13 2028 2535
14 11 14 2029 2537
14 10 15 2031 2539
13 15 11 2018 2523
13 14 12 2019 2525
13 13 13 2021 2526
13 12 14 2022 2528
13 11 15 2024 2530
12 15 12 2013 2516
12 14 13 2014 2518
12 13 14 2016 2520
12 12 15 2017 2522
11 15 13 2007 2509
11 14 14 2009 2511
11 13 15 2010 2513
10 15 14 2002 2503
10 14 15 2003 2504
15 13 10 2027 2534
15 12 11 2028 2536
15 11 12 2030 2538
15 10 13 2031 2540
14 14 10 2020 2525
14 13 11 2022 2527
14 12 12 2023 2529
14 11 13 2025 2531
14 10 14 2026 2533
13 15 10 2013 2517
13 14 11 2015 2519
13 13 12 2016 2521
13 12 13 2018 2523
13 11 14 2019 2525
13 10 15 2021 2526
12 15 11 2008 2510
12 14 12 2010 2512
12 13 13 2011 2514
12 12 14 2013 2516
12 11 15 2014 2518
11 15 12 2003 2504
11 14 13 2004 2506
11 13 14 2006 2507
11 12 15 2007 2509
10 15 13 1997 2497
10 14 14 1999 2499
10 13 15 2000 2501