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||Brave Bird||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 (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 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.
Weather InfluenceWindy 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.
|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||—|
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
Oh just a btw, you got Moltres in the text and titles.
Jynx (not Jinx) with frost Breath/Avalanche has been mentioned twice: as a first counter but also as an additional counter.
“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!
The quantity-over-quality is strong with this one.
Can anybody who had got the free Lugia after the Chicago fest disaster post its characteristics ?
42753 СР, wow!
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?
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!
I got one Lugia after loosing 2 times using free raid pass, and got it with premium raid pass!
He has high IV def, but we can make him defend. What the fvck Niantic?????????
Hydro Pump!! :v,
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.
You need about 12 people to take this down.
or about 7/8 actually good people
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
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!
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.
Golem is a joke against Lugia, whoever put it on that list has no idea about this game.
As long as it doesnt have HP
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.
There is a mistake. In the considerably weaker but viable counters section, it states ¨Lantur¨, not Lanturn.
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