How to get Shiny Shadow Lugia in Pokémon GO

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Lugia (Shadow)

Shiny Shadow Lugia became available in Pokémon GO during the Team GO Rocket Takeover (October 2023) event, where it is featured as a 5-Star Shadow Raid Boss. Like all other Shadow Raids, Shadow Lugia Raids can only be completed in person. Let’s see how you can get yourself a brand new Shiny Shadow Lugia today!

Defeat Shadow Lugia in 5-Star Shadow Raids to have a chance of catching Shiny Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia has been available in Pokémon GO since 2021, when Rocket Boss Giovanni made an appearance with Shadow Lugia as his final Pokémon. This time around, Shadow Lugia returns as a 5-Star Boss in Pokémon GO’s new Shadow Raids

Unlike typical Raids, Shadow Raids are in-person only, meaning you cannot use a Remote Raid pass to join a Shadow Raid. This makes Shiny Shadow Lugia quite difficult to obtain, as you will have to rely on your local community to complete these Raids.

Usually, it takes 2-3 high level Trainers with strong counters to defeat Shadow Lugia in 5-Star Raids, which is not a lot, but your mileage may vary.

The chances to get a Shiny Shadow Lugia are not yet known, as the Pokémon hasn’t been out long enough, but historical data for non-Shadow Lugia suggest a 5% chance for encountering Shiny Shadow Lugia.

Shiny Shadow Lugia

Pictured below are regular and Shiny Shadow Lugia. The Shiny version replaces Lugia’s blue markings with red, which looks majestic when combined with Shadow Pokémon’s purple flame effect.

Regular and Shiny Shadow Lugia
Regular and Shiny Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia Counters

Talking about counters, here are the best Shadow Lugia counters, picked directly from our Shadow Lugia Raid Guide:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Tyranitar (Mega) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 14 655.4s
2. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 36 651.5s
3. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 30 719.6s
4. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 39 721.6s
5. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 26 741.9s
6. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 34 741.7s
7. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 32 762.9s
8. Tyranitar Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 22 793.1s
9. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 26 787.7s
10. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 28 791.6s
11. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 32 788.8s
12. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 30 798.1s
13. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 21 834.9s
14. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Brutal Swing Dark 28 820.9s
15. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Force Ghost 26 830.6s
16. Gholdengo Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 25 835.8s
17. Gardevoir (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Shadow Ball Ghost 29 825.2s
18. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 35 822.8s
19. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 37 823.9s
20. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 45 828.3s
21. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 33 840.7s
22. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 46 838.3s
23. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 30 866.7s
24. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 32 869.6s
25. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 46 860.6s
26. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 25 889.4s
27. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 47 863.2s
28. Gengar Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 59 880.7s
29. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 38 873.5s
30. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 36 875.3s

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