Lugia Raid Counters Guide

Lugia Raid Boss

Lugia is one of the Legendary Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. Best Lugia Raid counters are strong Electric type Pokemon like Magneton, Raikou, Zapdos and Electivire, but also strong Rock types with access to Smack Down and Stone Edge. A shiny Lugia is available from raids.

Lugia’s raid CP is 45925 CP and has the following raid catch CPs:

  • 2028 – 2115 – perfect IV Lugia, LVL 20, no weather boost
  • 2535 – 2645 – perfect IV Lugia, LVL 25, Windy weather boosted

Lugia can be defeated by 4+ Trainers with ideal counters and under favorable weather.

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!

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 1034.3s 31
2. Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone Spark Wild Charge 1088.4s 28
3. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Stone Edge 1132.0s 25
4. Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1066.5s 34
5. Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1098.1s 32
6. Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Snarl Avalanche 1060.6s 36
7. Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1108.1s 36
8. Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 1140.3s 32
9. Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1061.7s 43
10. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1175.0s 37
11. Pokemon GO LuxrayLuxray Spark Wild Charge 1104.7s 45
12. Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 1089.0s 47
13. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 1018.8s 54
14. Pokemon GO Golem (Alola)Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Wild Charge 1200.8s 37
15. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 1215.6s 38
16. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Hex Shadow Ball 1058.0s 56
17. Pokemon GO GlaceonGlaceon Ice Shard Avalanche 1168.3s 47
18. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 1097.7s 53
19. Pokemon GO GengarGengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1021.7s 64
20. Pokemon GO JolteonJolteon Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1196.2s 48
21. Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 1192.8s 47
22. Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge 1461.7s 29
23. Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 1312.8s 44
24. Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Pulse 1208.0s 55
25. Pokemon GO DeoxysDeoxys Charge Beam Thunderbolt 1103.0s 67
26. Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1489.8s 30
27. Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Charge Beam Shadow Ball 1365.8s 42
28. Pokemon GO JynxJynx Frost Breath Avalanche 1231.0s 55
29. Pokemon GO Raichu (Alola)Raichu (Alola) Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1309.3s 49
30. Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Foul Play 1275.0s 52

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

Weather Influence

Windy weather may be more challenging than other weather conditions, but it will unlock the option to catch a weather boosted Lugia! We recommend catching a weather boosted one if you’re not planning to power it up. Otherwise, shiny hunting is easiest in rain, fog and partly cloudy weather conditions.

Weather Pros Cons
Partly Cloudy Boosts all Rock type moves
Cloudy No pros nor cons
Rainy Boosts all super effective  Electric type moves Boosts Lugia’s Hydro Pump
Windy Boosted Lugia encounter Boosts almost all Lugia’s moves
Fog Boosts Darkrai’s and Tyranitar’s Dark moves