Lugia Raid Boss Counter 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 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 Boss CP is 41923 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

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
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou 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.
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar 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
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos 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.
Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Electivire stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Zapdos and Raikou, but you absolutely need a double Electric move set.
Pokemon GO GengarGengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Shadow Claw / Lick / Shadow Ball Gengar is a DPS monster when used against Lugia. With double Ghost moves, Gengar will chew through Lugia’s HP with ease!
Good Lugia counters
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Ancient Power Rock

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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

Raw raid simulator output

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Deoxys Poison Jab Dark Pulse 767.7s 65
2. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 977.3s 40
3. Gengar Lick Shadow Ball 978.0s 66
4. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 927.9s 65
5. Darkrai Feint Attack Dark Pulse 971.2s 36
6. Zapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1034.3s 46
7. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 1053.9s 42
8. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1025.0s 65
9. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 1076.3s 41
10. Weavile Feint Attack Avalanche 1060.2s 54
11. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 1096.9s 65
12. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1102.0s 38
13. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 1073.0s 55
14. Luxray Spark Wild Charge 1099.8s 60
15. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1094.1s 72
16. Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 1165.8s 40
17. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 1211.3s 73
18. Palkia Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 1179.7s 36
19. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1243.5s 39
20. Golem Rock Throw Wild Charge 1207.3s 78
21. Jynx Frost Breath Avalanche 1205.3s 72
22. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 1200.5s 73
23. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 1265.3s 79
24. Shiftry Feint Attack Foul Play 1241.3s 50
25. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 1256.3s 63
26. Giratina Shadow Claw Dragon Claw 1304.0s 39
27. Jolteon Thunder Shock Discharge 1258.8s 69
28. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 1216.9s 74
29. Manectric Charge Beam Wild Charge 1250.3s 77
30. Raichu Spark Wild Charge 1253.0s 76
31. Mismagius Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 1286.6s 74
32. Kabutops Fury Cutter Stone Edge 1275.1s 67
33. Gyarados Bite Hydro Pump 1289.8s 47
34. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 1266.5s 47
35. Gardevoir Charge Beam Shadow Ball 1317.3s 59
36. Regigigas Zen Headbutt Avalanche 1316.5s 45
37. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1315.9s 43
38. Kyogre Waterfall Blizzard 1371.0s 43
39. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 1260.3s 46
40. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1304.1s 73
41. Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 1333.7s 68
42. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 1323.8s 47
43. Dragonite Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 1316.0s 45
44. Heatran Fire Spin Stone Edge 1379.1s 49
45. Dialga Metal Claw Draco Meteor 1385.0s 42
46. Spiritomb Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 1371.5s 43
47. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 1328.3s 61
48. Rotom Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1341.7s 69