Lugia Raid Guide

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Lugia is one of the Legendary Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO and is making a return for Johto Tour 2022. 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:

  • 2115 – perfect IV Lugia, LVL 20, no weather boost
  • 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. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 531.88s 22.38
2. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 648.29s 20.00
3. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 666.12s 17.00
4. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 676.13s 18.13
5. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 677.42s 24.75
6. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 737.48s 11.13
7. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 741.62s 18.13
8. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 851.64s 24.63
9. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 885.31s 25.13
10. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 926.53s 21.25
11. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 913.27s 26.13
12. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 899.73s 29.67
13. Gengar Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 882.95s 35.17
14. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 944.22s 23.13
15. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Dark Hydro Cannon Water 957.13s 21.50
16. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 917.66s 33.25
17. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 975.90s 24.00
18. Weavile Snarl Dark Avalanche Ice 972.92s 26.00
19. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 992.71s 20.43
20. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 999.28s 20.38
21. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 952.08s 32.75
22. Hoopa (Confined) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 987.63s 26.50
23. Hoopa Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 989.12s 26.63
24. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 1023.32s 16.33
25. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 985.61s 29.00
26. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 1012.77s 24.13
27. Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 1058.42s 14.25
28. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Blast Burn Fire 1013.73s 35.00
29. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 1031.80s 11.00
30. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 1056.40s 27.50

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 non-mega Pokemon 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 type 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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  1. Did the writer of this post forget about existence of Lapras? You got Jinx in there but no Lapras…


    • That is no mistake.
      You should have a look at the damage output of pokemon rather just the CP overall ratings (and more importantly before writing troll posts).
      Yet I think the author focussed a bit too hard on this. While on most raid-boss-fights the time beats you, we do not know how legendary battles exactly perform.
      You should have some decently tanky pokemon in too.
      And then Lapras would be a good pick. Cloyster is absolutely viable too.

      Reading all the “still vable counters” set my opinion that the author just took a attack damage orderd list and took the pokemon up to a value.
      But fights can’t work like this. If they all get oneshot you are out of pokemon in 60 seconds.
      To list a Sudowoodo for example can just be a joke.
      Also a lapras, cloyster or ampharos can deal a lot more damage if they can do 1 to 3 more special attacks in their lifetime. Compared to multiple glass-cannon pokemon

  2. Jynx (not Jinx) with frost Breath/Avalanche has been mentioned twice: as a first counter but also as an additional counter.

  3. “In addition, all STEEL and PSYCHIC type Pokemon take reduced damage from PSYCHIC type moves.” You neglected to mention Dark, which takes even less damage since Dark is immune to Psychic!

  4. Can anybody who had got the free Lugia after the Chicago fest disaster post its characteristics ?

  5. Umm.. We need to get legendary raid passes to battle and possibly capture lugia, right? And to get them we have to battle “hundreds” of raids?

  6. There are so many stupid trainers here. How can they fight Lugia using blissey, chansey and snorlax?
    Come on shity people! I know you want keep them, but don’t forget help defeat it using your best DPS pokemon!

  7. Finally people!
    I got one Lugia after loosing 2 times using free raid pass, and got it with premium raid pass!

  8. I’m not sure whether I should trust that 2056 number. I’ve heard of people getting higher cps than that

    • Pics or it didnt happen… No seriously tough, do you have proof? 2056 seems legit as far as ive heared and seen myself. Captured a 1988 at 76IV.

  9. Magneton’s moves should be grayed out due to them being legacy moves. But, I would suggest Ampharos with Charge Beam and Zap Cannon because the DPS is higher than Magneton, and while the Attack is slightly lower than Magneton, it’s defense and HP are higher, meaning it’ll last longer.

    • magneton is steel and electric type so takes reduced damage to psychic moves so it will probably last as long with higher DPS

  10. today, i got my revenge on this oversized silver buzzard.
    i was in an 18-trainer party and lugia went down at about 100 secs left – it managed to take my final fighter out before defeat (my perfect gyarados) and errored out, soft-locked into a botched gym scene. a reload fixed that, all it took was to get back to the gym and i was facing it in “the wild”.
    i helped a greenhorn player next to me catch his – 1st ball w/ gold razz. after a couple AR photos, i caught mine, again on the 1st ball w/ gold razz.
    not too long after, i remembered about the items i should’ve earned from that raid and looked in the inventory to find the cherry on top for this dessert…a charged TM! i walked out of there with a lugia, a 10km egg from a neighboring gym, and one of my dragonites learning hurricane over hyper beam. i believe 3 or 4 of us successfully caught it.

    the team that helped me:
    – tyranitar bite/stone edge
    – tyranitar bite/crunch
    – jolteon thunder shock/thunderbolt
    – golem rock throw/stone edge
    – dragonite steel wing/outrage
    – gyarados bite/hydro pump
    the raid lugia had extrasensory/sky attack. the caught lugia is cp2016 dragon tail/hydro pump. time to find TMs for it!

  11. Bite/Crunch Gyarados does wonders against HP Lugia.

    And Rock Smash/Ancient Power Kabutops. A set with a fast move that’s 4x resisted. Just, lol.

  12. in our team there were 10 players. We took Lugia down with seconds to spare. I just went with the selection of pokemon chosen for me except I removed Blissey(750cp). I then captured Lugia with my first ball and a golden raspberry. Came in at 2006. I then uped her up to 2056. Im lvl27.

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