Lugia Raid Guide For Pokémon GO Players: March 2023

Our Lugia Raid Guide for Pokémon GO Players will help you battle, defeat, and Shiny hunt this Psychic/Flying-type Legendary Bird.

This week brings a new raid rotation to Pokémon GO. The main draw is the return of Lugia to Tier Five Raids, as well as the return of Mega Alakazam to Mega Raids. Lugia will run for two weeks, appearing in both this week's and next week's Raid Hour. Today's raid guide for Pokémon GO players will help you assemble a team to take down Lugia in Tier Five Raids. Let's get into it.

Lugia in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic
Lugia in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Top Lugia Counters

Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top ten Lugia counters as such:

  • Mega Gengar: Lick, Shadow Ball
  • Mega Banette: Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball
  • Xurkitree: Thunder Shock, Discharge
  • Shadow Raikou: Thunder Shock, Wild Charge
  • Shadow Weavile: Snarl, Avalanche
  • Shadow Electivire: Thunder Shock, Wild Charge
  • Mega Manectric: Thunder Fang, Wild Charge
  • Shadow Magnezone: Spark, Wild Charge
  • Shadow Zapdos: Thunder Shock, Thunderbolt
  • Shadow Tyranitar: Smack Down, Stone Edge

It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but creating that amount of strong Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow and non-Mega counters that can help take down Lugia with efficiency.

  • Zekrom: Charge Beam, Fusion Bolt
  • Hydreigon: Bite, Brutal Swing
  • Origin Forme Giratina: Shadow Claw, Shadow Force
  • Therian Forme Thundurus: Volt Switch, Thunderbolt
  • Gholdengo: Hex, Shadow Ball
  • Darkrai: Snarl, Shadow Ball
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down, Rock Wrecker
  • Weavile: Snarl, Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan: Ice Fang, Avalanche
  • Rampardos: Smack Down, Rock Slide

How Many Trainers Are Needed?

Lugia can be defeated with four trainers, but if you cannot guarantee the top counters with maxed-out CP and the best moves, your best bet is to make sure you have five or more players. Three elite Trainers can do it, but it's exceptionally difficult. Be prepared, as Lugia is quite tanky.

Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Pokémon. If you get a Shiny, though, it is a guaranteed catch so be sure to use a Pinap Berry.

Shiny Odds & 100% IVs

The Shiny rate for Legendary Pokémon is approximately one in 20.

When looking for a Pokémon with the best stats, the 100% IV Lugia will have a CP of 2115 in normal weather conditions and 2645 in boosted conditions. We hope this Raid Guide helps you catch this Pokémon.

Happy raiding, fellow trainers!

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