Lugia Raid Counters Guide

Lugia Raid
Lugia Raid

Lugia is one of the Legendary Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. Best Lugia Raid counters are strong Electric type Pokemon like Magneton, Raikou, Zapdos and Electivire, but also strong Rock types with access to Smack Down and Stone Edge. A shiny Lugia is available from raids.

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 depicts 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!

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 783.8s 42
2. Kyurem (Black) Shadow Claw Blizzard 955.9s 32
3. Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 997.0s 30
4. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Foul Play 965.6s 33
5. Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Ice Fang Avalanche 851.4s 47
6. Darkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 1030.8s 32
7. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 1090.2s 28
8. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1064.1s 33
9. Tyranitar Bite Stone Edge 1132.4s 27
10. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1101.6s 31
11. Weavile Snarl Avalanche 1060.8s 36
12. Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Blizzard 1080.7s 35
13. Zapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1108.8s 36
14. Hydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 1136.7s 32
15. Thundurus (Therian) Thunder Shock Thunder 1056.2s 42
16. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 1063.5s 42
17. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 1092.7s 39
18. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1170.9s 36
19. Luxray Spark Wild Charge 1102.3s 44
20. Bisharp Snarl Dark Pulse 1229.9s 32
21. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 1093.4s 48
22. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 1017.7s 55
23. Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Rock Slide 1140.5s 47
24. Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball 1041.0s 56
25. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Wild Charge 1204.4s 39
26. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 1167.8s 46
27. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 1091.7s 52
28. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 1050.1s 58
29. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1017.1s 62
30. Jolteon Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 1193.4s 48

Lugia Raid Counters Explained

Lugia’s possible movesets are as follows:

  • Extrasensory Psychic (fast)
  • Dragon Tail Dragon (fast)
  • Futuresight Psychic (charge)
  • Sky Attack Flying (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 flying type. The best Pokemon to fight Lugia is either a Raikou or a Tyranitar, 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 flying type moves, so keep that in mind.


Additional Lugia Counters

These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:

Considerably weaker, but still viable counters, mostly used in large groups as throw away attackers:

  • Ampharos with Charge Beam/ Zap Cannon
  • Magcargo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
  • Sudowoodo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
  • Granbull with Snarl/ Crunch
  • Lanturn with Charge Beam/ Thunderbolt
  • Kabutops with Rock Smash/ Ancient Power

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 rain, 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