Shadow Lugia is available from Tier 5 Shadow Raids. Shadow Raids can only be participated by using in-person raid passes and if you’re lucky, you can get a shiny Shadow Lugia from these raids!
Shadow Lugia can be caught with the following CP values, with an IV floor of 6/6/6:
- 1959 – 2115 CP (no weather boost, 100% Lugia at Level 20)
- 2450 – 2645 CP (Windy weather, 100% IV Lugia at Level 25)
Shadow Lugia is a Psychic and type and is weak to the Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock type attacks. Shadow Lugia is one of the most difficult raids to beat becuse of Lugia’s natural bulk as well as the challenging Shadow Raid mechanism. You will need to be well prepared with top counters, correct moveset, powered up Pokémon, and most importantly, Purified Gems.
Avoid weather that boosts Lugia, Windy weather, and ensure that you are using top-tier counters. Lugia raids, in general, are tougher than other Legendaries. If you are lower level or without ideal counters, you will definitely need to bring a friend, or two!
The best raid counters according to our GO Hub battle simulator for Shadow Lugia are:
|#||Attacker||Fast Move||Charge Move||Faints||TTW|
|1.||Tyranitar (Mega)||Bite Dark||Brutal Swing Dark||14||655.4s|
|2.||Gengar (Mega)||Lick Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||36||651.5s|
|3.||Diancie (Mega)||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock||30||719.6s|
|4.||Banette (Mega)||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||39||721.6s|
|5.||Rayquaza (Mega)||Dragon Tail Dragon||Dragon Ascent||26||741.9s|
|6.||Xurkitree||Thunder Shock Electric||Discharge Electric||34||741.7s|
|7.||Manectric (Mega)||Thunder Fang Electric||Wild Charge Electric||32||762.9s|
|8.||Tyranitar||Bite Dark||Brutal Swing Dark||22||793.1s|
|9.||Zekrom||Charge Beam Electric||Fusion Bolt Electric||26||787.7s|
|10.||Hydreigon||Bite Dark||Brutal Swing Dark||28||791.6s|
|11.||Houndoom (Mega)||Snarl Dark||Foul Play Dark||32||788.8s|
|12.||Aerodactyl (Mega)||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock||30||798.1s|
|13.||Gyarados (Mega)||Bite Dark||Crunch Dark||21||834.9s|
|14.||Ampharos (Mega)||Volt Switch Electric||Brutal Swing Dark||28||820.9s|
|15.||Giratina (Origin)||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Force Ghost||26||830.6s|
|16.||Gholdengo||Hex Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||25||835.8s|
|17.||Gardevoir (Mega)||Charge Beam Electric||Shadow Ball Ghost||29||825.2s|
|18.||Thundurus (Therian)||Volt Switch Electric||Thunderbolt Electric||35||822.8s|
|19.||Alakazam (Mega)||Psycho Cut Psychic||Shadow Ball Ghost||37||823.9s|
|20.||Rampardos||Smack Down Rock||Rock Slide Rock||45||828.3s|
|21.||Darkrai||Snarl Dark||Shadow Ball Ghost||33||840.7s|
|22.||Absol (Mega)||Snarl Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||46||838.3s|
|23.||Raikou||Thunder Shock Electric||Wild Charge Electric||30||866.7s|
|24.||Rhyperior||Smack Down Rock||Rock Wrecker Rock||32||869.6s|
|25.||Darmanitan (Galarian Standard)||Ice Fang Ice||Avalanche Ice||46||860.6s|
|26.||Magnezone||Spark Electric||Wild Charge Electric||25||889.4s|
|27.||Chandelure||Hex Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||47||863.2s|
|28.||Gengar||Lick Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||59||880.7s|
|29.||Electivire||Thunder Shock Electric||Wild Charge Electric||38||873.5s|
|30.||Baxcalibur||Ice Fang Ice||Avalanche Ice||36||875.3s|
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.
|Lugia (Shadow) Psychic|
|Max CP at Level 40 3703 | Max CP at Level 50 4186|
|ATK 193||DEF 310||HP 235|
Lugia can have the following moves as a raid boss:
|Fast moves||Charged moves|
- Pokémon GO Shadow Raids: Comprehensive Guide is an overall guide to all things Shadow Raids
As a shadow raid, Lugia will hit harder than ever before, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right moveset, and aren’t weak to the raid bosses moves. These tier 5 raids are extremely difficult, even for the most prepared trainers, and you will need Purified Gems to defeat them. Shadow Raid Bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defense.
You will need to subdue Shadow Lugia using Purified Gems, a new item that can be assembled from Shadow Shards.
Shadow Shards are mysterious gem pieces that may be dropped by Team GO Rocket grunts, leaders, and from Shadow Raids. You will need to gather enough shards to use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner, and in return, you’ll be rewarded with a Purified Gem. Be sure to have collected as many as you can before you attempt a Shadow Lugia raid, as without them you won’t be able to return it to its normal, non-enraged state.
There are multiple ways Purified Gems can assist your battle against enraged Shadow Raid Bosses:
- When you use a Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss’s attack and defence will be lowered temporarily. This can give you the opening you need to take them down.
- You and your fellow Trainers can use more than one Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid. If used at the same time, their effects will stack.
- If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss will be subdued—returned to its non-enraged state—which might give you the edge you need to defeat it!
Purified Gems will show in the bottom left corner of the raid battle when you are able to use them, so be sure to communicate with your raid group to stack their effects!