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.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||783.8s||42|
|3.||Charge Beam||Wild Charge||997.0s||30|
|8.||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge||1064.1s||33|
|10.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||1101.6s||31|
|16.||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge||1063.5s||42|
|17.||Smack Down||Rock Wrecker||1092.7s||39|
|18.||Psycho Cut||Shadow Ball||1170.9s||36|
|22.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||1017.7s||55|
|23.||Rock Throw||Rock Slide||1140.5s||47|
|25.||Rock Throw||Wild Charge||1204.4s||39|
|27.||Smack Down||Rock Slide||1091.7s||52|
|29.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||1017.1s||62|
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 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 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:
- Steelix with Iron Tail/ Crunch
- Slowbro with Water Gun/ Ice Beam
- Slowking with Water Gun/ Blizzard
- Umbreon with Snarl/ Foul Play
- Houndoom with Snarl/ Foul Play
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
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||—|