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Lugia is available in Pokémon Go’s raid battles once again, though sadly the Gen 2 Legendary is not packing Aeroblast as a guaranteed move this time around. Still, you may encounter the aquatic-looking dragon in its rare Shiny variant after defeating it in battle. Since Lugia is a strong PvP Pokémon for Master League as well, there is no shortage of reasons for battling the boss.

This guide will show you all the best Pokémon to use against Lugia in Pokémon Go.

Best Lugia counters in Pokémon Go raids

With its hybrid Psychic- and Flying-typing, Lugia has a variety of weaknesses you should take advantage of: Rock, Ghost, Electric, Ice, and Dark all do additional damage to this Legendary, opening up a great amount of mega evolutions you could use as well. Coordinate well with your allies to always have an active mega evolution on the field buffing as many Pokémon as possible.

  1. Mega Gengar (Lick, Shadow Ball)
  2. Mega Banette (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  3. Xurkitree (Thunder Shock, Discharge)
  4. Mega Manectric (Thunder Fang, Wild Charge)
  5. Mega Houndoom (Snarl, Foul Play)
  6. Zekrom (Charge Beam, Fusion Bolt)
  7. Mega Aerodactyl (Rock Throw, Rock Slide)
  8. Hydreigon (Bire, Brutal Swing)
  9. Mega Ampharos (Volt Switch, Brutal Swing)
  10. Mega Absol (Snarl, Dark Pulse)
  11. Mega Gyarados (Bite, Crunch)
  12. Giratia (Origin Forme) (Shadow Claw, Shadow Force)
  13. Thundurus (Therian Forme) (Volt Switch, Thunderbolt)
  14. Mega Alakazam (Psycho Cut, Shadow Ball)
  15. Mega Gardevoir (Charge Beam, Shadow Ball)

Lugia is packing a fearsome 45,925 competition points (CP) as a 5-star raid boss and its high Defense stat makes it a very formidable opponent. Lugia is called a flying tank in the PvP arena for a reason, and PvE players are about to discover why it has earned that reputation.

It will take four trainers around level 40 with Pokémon of a similar strength to take down Lugia, so be sure not to take this opponent lightly.