Lugia Raid Guide

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Lugia is a tier 5 legendary raid boss with a CP of 45925. Lugia can be defeated by 4+ Trainers with ideal counters and under favourable 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! Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 549.55s 28.50
2. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 587.33s 27.67
3. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 655.45s 24.33
4. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 669.63s 21.50
5. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 674.41s 22.17
6. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 673.75s 29.50
7. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 740.86s 14.17
8. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 742.78s 20.50
9. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 766.16s 30.17
10. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 806.29s 29.33
11. Gardevoir (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Shadow Ball Ghost 846.11s 22.17
12. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 840.59s 29.00
13. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 836.84s 30.33
14. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 896.07s 24.67
15. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 891.51s 30.50
16. Salamence (Mega) Bite Dark Draco Meteor Dragon 926.02s 22.50
17. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 926.11s 23.17
18. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Force Ghost 936.64s 23.50
19. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 893.53s 38.25
20. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 937.15s 25.00
21. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 915.40s 31.50
22. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 947.77s 23.67
23. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 948.35s 28.00
24. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 920.26s 37.75
25. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 885.13s 48.60
26. Gengar Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 888.74s 47.00
27. Weavile Snarl Dark Avalanche Ice 966.13s 25.33
28. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Dark Hydro Cannon Water 970.36s 26.67
29. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 963.96s 29.50
30. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 992.20s 17.67
31. Tyrantrum Rock Throw Rock Meteor Beam Rock 976.67s 26.00
32. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 939.76s 39.40
33. Hoopa (Confined) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 987.56s 26.50
34. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 1025.49s 19.00
35. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 987.09s 31.00

Lugia Stats, weaknesses and Max CP in Pokémon GO

Pokémon Lugia PsychicFlying
Max CP 4186 CP
Raid catch CP values
  • 2028 – 2115 CP (no weather boost, LVL 20)
  • 2535 – 2645 CP (Windy weather, LVL 25)
ATK 193
DEF 310
STA 235
Weak to Dark Electric Ghost Rock Ice 
Resits Fighting Psychic Grass Ground 

Lugia Moveset

Lugia’s possible movesets are as follows:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Future Sight Psychic
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Aeroblast* Flying

*Denotes a Legacy Move only available via Elite TM.

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 non-mega Pokémon to fight Lugia is either a Zekrom or 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 types take reduced damage from Flying type moves, so keep that in mind.

Weather Influence

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 Rainy, Fog and Partly Cloudy weather conditions.

Weather Pros Cons
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

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