Lugia and Ho-Oh Raid Weekend Guide: Dec 20 – 23 2019

Lugia and Ho-Oh
Lugia and Ho-Oh

Hello Trainers!  Lugia and Ho-Oh are coming back during a special raid challenge weekend, starting this Friday, December 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Features

  • Legendary Pokémon Lugia and Ho-Oh will be joining Raid Battles!
  • If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Lugia or Shiny Ho-Oh!

Pokemon GO Shiny Lugia Pokemon GO Shiny Ho-Oh

Just like last year, we don’t have any information if Lugia’s signature move Aeroblast and/or Ho-Oh’s signature move Sacred Fire will be released. This time last year we speculated that it would be the perfect opportunity to release them, and it didn’t come to pass.  So we’ll have to wait and see!

I’ll quickly go over the top 5 Pokemon for both Lugia and Ho-Oh, but you can find the full raid guides here:

Be mindful of the weather out there trainers, as it can quickly get extreme this time of year.  So, as always, stay safe out there!

Onto the counters!

Lugia counters

Pokemon GO LugiaLugiaPsychicFlying

The best Lugia Raid counters are strong Dark-types, Electric-type, and also strong Rock-types with access to Smack Down and Stone Edge. Watch out for Lugia’s Hydro Pump, it’ll take your rock types out very quickly.

CP Range:

  • 2028 – 2115 No weather boost
  • 2535 – 2645 Windy

# 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

Ho-Oh counters

Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-OhFire Flying

The best Ho-Oh Raid counters are strong Rock-types.

CP Range:

  • 2119 – 2207 CP No weather boost
  • 2649 – 2759 CP sunny & windy

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 494.7s 29
2. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 624.8s 22
3. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 587.4s 30
4. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 642.2s 24
5. Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge 755.3s 20
6. Pokemon GO AerodactylAerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 650.7s 30
7. Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 684.1s 27
8. Pokemon GO Golem (Alola)Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 721.2s 27
9. Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 800.8s 23
10. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Stone Edge 718.7s 31
11. Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Ancient Power 818.3s 27
12. Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power 841.5s 28
13. Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 844.1s 28
14. Pokemon GO LunatoneLunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 780.4s 33
15. Pokemon GO SolrockSolrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 781.8s 33
16. Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Wing Attack Ancient Power 907.3s 28
17. Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone Spark Wild Charge 898.7s 28
18. Pokemon GO SudowoodoSudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 847.5s 37
19. Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 902.7s 34
20. Pokemon GO ProbopassProbopass Rock Throw Rock Slide 1004.2s 26
21. Pokemon GO KabutopsKabutops Waterfall Ancient Power 897.7s 37
22. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Thunderbolt 937.9s 35
23. Pokemon GO KinglerKingler Bubble Crabhammer 852.5s 43
24. Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 977.4s 31
25. Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 969.1s 33
26. Pokemon GO AmpharosAmpharos Charge Beam Power Gem 932.5s 37
27. Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 918.9s 38
28. Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 879.4s 43
29. Pokemon GO EmboarEmboar Low Kick Rock Slide 900.3s 41
30. Pokemon GO ArmaldoArmaldo Fury Cutter Rock Blast 886.2s 45

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