Pokémon Go Lugia – moveset, strengths, and weaknesses

Pokémon Go's Lugia is a legendary beast, which means cataching it isn't easy, but we've put together a guide focusing on its strengths, weaknesses, and moveset.

Pokemon Go Lugia: key art shows the legendary Pokemon Lugia against a yellow background

There are many creatures wandering the world in Pokémon Go, spanning across multiple generations. One such creature is Pokémon Go’s Lugia, also known as the Guardian of the Sea, and it happens to be in charge of the legendary birds – Articuno, Multress, and Zapdos. So, it’s no surprise that Lugia is a sorely sought after Pokémon, one that promises to strengthen any team it’s on. Of course, catching it is a whole other story. Fortunately, we’re here to help you, detailing its strengths, weaknesses, and how you can encounter the incredible ‘mon.

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Let’s dive into our full Pokém0n Go Lugia guide.

How can I encounter Pokémon Go’s Lugia?

Given Lugia’s legendary status, it should come as no surprise that you’re not going to encounter this beast on a leisurely stroll through the park on a random Sunday morning. Instead, Lugia only appears as part of five-star raids, and these aren’t exactly easy to complete. But hey, the effort is more than worth it to add a member of the Tower Duo to your team.

What is the Pokémon Go Lugia raid schedule?

Pokémon Go Lugia last appeared in five-star raids from March 28, 2023, to April 11, 2023. It was also the focus of the spotlight raid hour on April 5, 2023, from 6 pm until 7 pm local time. Lugia has a 5% chance of being shiny in these raids. We will update this guide when Lugia comes back to raids.

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Lugia hovering in the sky

What are Pokémon Go Lugia’s weaknesses?

As with any Pokémon, Lugia is weak to certain types, and strong against others. Of course, to capture a creature as legendary as this one, you’re going to need more than luck. You have to be smart in how you approach it.

So, if you plan on capturing Lugia, you’d best consider bringing Pokémon from the below types to your battle:

  • Ice
  • Ghost
  • Dark
  • Rock
  • Electric

Specific Pokémon you might want to bring along include:

  • Magnezone
  • Giratina
  • Tyranitar
  • Zekrom
  • Thundurus
  • Galarian Darmanitan
  • Luxray
  • Rhyperior
  • Gengar
  • Weavile
  • Darkrai

Lugia flying in a storm

What are Pokémon Go Lugia’s strengths?

Lugia is a flying and psychic-type Pokémon. As such, there are a number of types that do little harm to it. Below is a list of resistances the Guardian of the Sea has.

Lugia is resistant to:

  • Fighting
  • Psychic
  • Grass
  • Ground

What is Pokémon Go Lugia’s moveset?

Since Lugia is a mixture of the psychic and flying types, it should come as no surprise that it offers variety in its moveset. However, we have a couple of suggestions for what you should consider.

When it comes to Lugia’s fast attack, we suggest dragon tail. Failing that, extrasensory would also serve you well. As for its charged moves, you can’t go wrong with sky attack, hydro pump, or aeroblast.

There you have it, everything you need to know about Pokémon Go’s Lugia. If you’ve had enough of the great outdoors, we suggest grabbing some hot chocolate, getting comfy on the couch, and browsing through our lists of the best mobile platformers and best mobile RPGs. There’s nothing better than going on an adventure from the comfort of your own home.