Shadow Lugia Raid Guide

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Lugia (Shadow) PsychicFlying

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 Flying 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!

Best Shadow Lugia Counters

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 Flying 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.

Shadow Lugia Stats and Max CP

Lugia (Shadow) PsychicFlying
Max CP at Level 40 3703 | Max CP at Level 50 4186
ATK 193 DEF 310 HP 235
Weak To: Resistances:
Dark Electric Ghost Ice Rock Fighting Ground Grass Psychic

Shadow Lugia Moveset

Lugia can have the following moves as a raid boss:

Fast moves Charged moves
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Future Sight Psychic

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Shadow Raid Information & Advice

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!

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My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.

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