Pokemon Go LugiaSource: Niantic

The Legendary Pokémon Lugia is back in Legendary Raids for the Animation Week 2020 event. As of Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 1 PM PST, Lugia is available for 11 days in Five Star Raids. Not only does this Legendary Pokémon have the potential to be Shiny, but it will also know the Signature Move, Aeroblast. This is a tough Raid, Trainers, but with our guide and a little luck, you'll be walking away with a brand new Lugia!

Who is Lugia in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon 249 LugiaSource: The Pokémon Company

The Mascot of Pokémon Silver and Ho-Oh's polar opposite, Lugia is the Master of the Seas, as well as the Legendary Bird Trio. It is a Psychic and Flying type Legendary Pokémon that is so incredibly powerful, it usually isolates itself to the bottom of the oceans to keep from accidentally inflicting harm. It is incredibly intelligent and can communicate with Pokémon and humans alike through telepathy. When it comes to Pokémon Go, Lugia is the bulkiest Psychic type out there and with the addition of its Signature Move, Aeroblast, this is definitely a Pokémon you want in your roster!

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What are the best counters for Lugia in Pokémon Go?

Lugia is capable of dealing Psychic, Flying, Dragon, and Water damage. It takes double damage from Rock, Ghost, Electric, Ice, and Dark attacks. It's greatest strength, however, is its defense. Lugia is bulky and can take a lot of damage, so you're going to want to focus on heavy hitters to beat the clock. If you are able to coordinate the use of Mega Gengar or Mega Houndoom, they will boost all Ghost and Dark type attacks respectively.

Mega Gengar

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Outperforming every other counter for Lugia, Mega Gengar can deal massive damage to Lugia and boost the other Ghost types on the field. Although Mega Evolution is pricey and Mega Gengar was only just introduced to Pokémon Go, if you can bring a Mega Gengar to this Raid, you absolutely should. As a Poison and Ghost type, Gengar takes double damage from Lugia's Psychic attacks, but with Lick and Shadow Ball it will take a big chunk of Lugia's HP before fainting.

Mega Houndoom

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Another Mega Pokémon, Mega Houndoom is a Fire and Dark type. It takes double damage from Lugia's Water type attack, but only quarter damage from its Psychic attacks. Plus, it will boost other Dark types on the field. It's a little more accessible than Mega Gengar, having been introduced sooner. Snarl and Foul Play is the moveset you'll want your Mega Houndoom to know.


Pokemon 644 ZekromSource: The Pokémon Company

A Legendary Pokémon first discovered in the Unova region of Gen V, Zekrom was introduced to Pokémon Go in the midst of a global pandemic and so has very limited availability. Some players don't even have one, much less the Candies to power it up. Still, if you can bring this Electric and Dragon type along to fight Lugia, it takes half damage from both Water and Flying type attacks, but double damage from Dragon type attacks. You'll want your Zekrom to know Charge Beam and Wild Charge.


Pokemon 491 DarkraiSource: The Pokémon Company

The Mythical Dark type Pokémon, Darkrai performs very well against Lugia and, unlike most Mythical Pokémon, it has had widespread availability in Pokémon Go being feature in Legendary Raids for Halloween. Even better, it has Dark and Ghost type moves, allowing it to benefit from either Mega Gengar or Mega Houndoom. As a pure Dark type, it has no weaknesses Lugia can exploit and takes quarter damage from Lugia's Psychic type attacks. You'll want Snarl for your Darkrai's Fast Attack, and either Shadow Ball or Dark Pulse for the Charged Attack. Shadow Ball does more damage, generally, but if there is a Mega Houndoom on the field, you'll want Dark Pulse to take advantage of the attack boost.

Origin Forme Giratina

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The Origin Forme of Giratina is another great counter for Lugia thanks to its movepool including Shadow Ball. This Ghost and Dragon type Legendary has been in Raids a couple times now, so most players have at least one powered up. It takes half damage from Lugia's Water type attack, but double damage from it's Dragon type attack. If you are bringing Giratina to this fight, you'll want it to know Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.


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Thanks to the Rhyhorn Community Day, Rhyperior makes for an excellent counter to Lugia. The Ground and Rock type Rhyperior was first discovered in the Sinnoh region of Gen IV and requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, but most players have at least one powered up by now. It takes half damage from Lugia's flying type moves, but quad damage from its Water type attack. If you're bringing Rhyperior to this Raid, you'll want it to know Smack Down and the Community Day exclusive move, Rock Wrecker. Stone Edge can also work, but bumps it down to back up level.

Galarian Darmanitan

Pokemon 555 Darmanitan Galarian Standard ModeSource: The Pokémon Company

The Galarian variant of Darmanitan works very well in this Raid and, despite being relatively new to Pokémon Go, is quite common. Both the Unova version and Galarian version of Darumaka use the same Candy and it only has two stages, leaving lots of Candy left over for powering up. As an Ice type, Galarian Darmanitan has no weaknesses Lugia can exploit. Ice Fang and Avalanche are the moves you'll want your Galarian Darmanitan to know.


Pokemon 243 RaikouSource: The Pokémon Company

One of Ho-Oh's Legendary Beasts, Raikou has been available through Raids, Research Breakthrough Rewards, and even as a Shadow Pokémon forced to fight for the infamous Team GO Rocket's Giovanni. You probably have a few in your roster so it's a great option for this Raid. As an Electric type, it has no weaknesses for Lugia to exploit and resists Lugia's Flying attacks. The Fast Move Volt Switch and the Charged move Wild Charge are the moves you'll want for your Raikou.


Pokemon 461 WeavileSource: The Pokémon Company

The Dark and Ice type evolution of Sneasal, Weavile performs well in this Raid and is very common, so most players have at least one or two. It has no relevant weaknesses and takes quarter damage from Lugia's Psychic type attacks. If you are bringing Weavile along, you'll want Snarl for it's Fast Attack and Avalanche for it's Charged Attack.


Pokemon 462 MagnezoneSource: The Pokémon Company

Magnezone is the final evolution of the Gen I Magnemite, so getting enough candies to power it up should be pretty easy. However, you can only evolve it when using a Magnetic Lure Mod. As an Electric and Steel type, it takes half damage from Dragon and Psychic attacks and quarter damage from Flying, making it last a long time against Lugia. The moveset you'll want is Spark and Wild Charge.


While the best counters include costly Mega Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, and even a Mythical Pokémon, there are still lots of good counters that you might also have in your Roster. If you're having trouble making a good team of the best counters, consider some of these backups:

  • Electivire with Thundershock and Wild Charge
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avanlache
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
  • Luxray with Snarl and Wild Charge
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Hydreigon with Bite and Dark Pulse
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball

Shadow Pokémon

The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it's possible to change their moves with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:

  • Shadow Raikou
  • Shadow Electivire
  • Shadow Magnezone
  • Shadow Weavile
  • Shadow Zapdos
  • Shadow Tyranitar
  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Shadow Omastar
  • Shadow Magneton
  • Shadow Absol

Note: Shadow Raikou, Shadow Electivire, Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Weavile and Shadow Zapdos outperform all of the best, non-Mega counters. Likewise, Shadow Tyranitar and Shadow Mewtwo both perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list.

How many players does it take to beat Lugia in Pokémon?

Lugia is a tough Raid because its defense is just so high. Beating the clock is the real challenge here. Even with top level Trainers, you'll need three, but for lower level Trainers or those without Mega or Shadow counters, you'll want at least four. Weather Conditions that could impact this Raid include:

  • Windy Weather will boost Lugia's Dragon, Psychic, and Flying type moves.
  • Rainy Weather will boost Lugia's Hydro Pump, as well as your Electric type counters.
  • Fog will boost your Ghost and Dark type counters
  • Snow will boost your Ice type counters
  • Partly Cloudy Weather will boost your Rock type counters.


Do you have any questions about taking on Lugia? Got any tips for your fellow Trainers? Drop us a comment below and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs so you can keep your phone charged while you tackle this Raid.

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