Lugia is one of the Legendary Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. Best Lugia counters are strong Electric type Pokemon like Zekrom, Therian Thundurus, Mega Manectric, but also strong Rock types with access to Smack Down and Stone Edge and Dark/Ghost types to take advantage of its part Psychic typing.
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 shows 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! Shadow Pokémon have been excluded due to their stardust cost.
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||693.01s||35.5|
|4.||Charge Beam||Wild Charge||926.3s||25.17|
|8.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||912.93s||46|
|12.||Volt Switch||Zap Cannon||969.16s||26.67|
|13.||Smack Down||Rock Wrecker||968.4s||29.33|
|15.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||991.98s||24.83|
|16.||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge||983.32s||34.5|
|17.||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge||1010.9s||28.67|
|18.||Powder Snow||Weather Ball||1001.59s||34.67|
|21.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||1021.93s||38.33|
|24.||Poison Jab||Dark Pulse||952.99s||75|
|29.||Rock Throw||Wild Charge||1074.52s||31.5|
|30.||Psycho Cut||Shadow Ball||1077.35s||29.67|
Lugia Raid Counters Explained
Lugia’s possible movesets are as follows:
- Extrasensory Psychic (fast)
- Dragon Tail Dragon (fast)
- Futuresight Psychic (charge)
- Sky Attack (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 type. The best non-mega Pokemon to fight Lugia is either a Zekrom or a Darkrai, 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 type moves, so keep that in mind.
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.
|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||—|