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

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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).


  • 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!
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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

Lugia PsychicFlying

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. Darkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 1034.3s 31
2. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 1088.4s 28
3. Tyranitar Bite Stone Edge 1132.0s 25
4. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1066.5s 34
5. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1098.1s 32
6. Weavile Snarl Avalanche 1060.6s 36
7. Zapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1108.1s 36
8. Hydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 1140.3s 32
9. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1061.7s 43
10. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1175.0s 37
11. Luxray Spark Wild Charge 1104.7s 45
12. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 1089.0s 47
13. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 1018.8s 54
14. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Wild Charge 1200.8s 37
15. Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 1215.6s 38
16. Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball 1058.0s 56
17. Glaceon Ice Shard Avalanche 1168.3s 47
18. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 1097.7s 53
19. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1021.7s 64
20. Jolteon Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1196.2s 48
21. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 1192.8s 47
22. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 1461.7s 29
23. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 1312.8s 44
24. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 1208.0s 55
25. Deoxys Charge Beam Thunderbolt 1103.0s 67
26. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1489.8s 30
27. Gardevoir Charge Beam Shadow Ball 1365.8s 42
28. Jynx Frost Breath Avalanche 1231.0s 55
29. Raichu (Alola) Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1309.3s 49
30. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 1275.0s 52

Ho-Oh counters

Ho-Oh Fire 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. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 494.7s 29
2. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 624.8s 22
3. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 587.4s 30
4. Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 642.2s 24
5. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 755.3s 20
6. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 650.7s 30
7. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 684.1s 27
8. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 721.2s 27
9. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 800.8s 23
10. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 718.7s 31
11. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Ancient Power 818.3s 27
12. Zapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power 841.5s 28
13. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 844.1s 28
14. Lunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 780.4s 33
15. Solrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 781.8s 33
16. Moltres Wing Attack Ancient Power 907.3s 28
17. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 898.7s 28
18. Sudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 847.5s 37
19. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 902.7s 34
20. Probopass Rock Throw Rock Slide 1004.2s 26
21. Kabutops Waterfall Ancient Power 897.7s 37
22. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Thunderbolt 937.9s 35
23. Kingler Bubble Crabhammer 852.5s 43
24. Palkia Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 977.4s 31
25. Gyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 969.1s 33
26. Ampharos Charge Beam Power Gem 932.5s 37
27. Swampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 918.9s 38
28. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 879.4s 43
29. Emboar Low Kick Rock Slide 900.3s 41
30. Armaldo Fury Cutter Rock Blast 886.2s 45

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I've been playing Pokemon Go since the game launched way back in 2016, I am a loyal Valor player and also a content creator on YouTube going by the name Professor Glaw.

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