Best moveset for Lugia in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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For a limited time, Lugia is available for players to capture in five-star raids in Pokémon Go. Lugia only appears in these raids for a limited time, meaning if players don’t attempt to capture it while it’s around, you miss out on it until the next event. When you do capture it, you want to make sure it has the best moves possible, especially if you plan to use it in PvP. Here is the best moveset Lugia can learn.

Lugia is a Psychic and Flying-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 3,703, an attack of 193, a defense of 310, and stamina of 235. It’s weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock-type moves. But it’s resistant to Fighting, Ground, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks. It has a robust defense, and if you optimize what moves it uses during combat, you can turn it into a wild combatant that can take down some of the best strongest Ultra and Master league Pokémon.

These are all of the moves Lugia can learn.

Fast moves

  • Dragon Tail (Dragon-type) – 9 damage and 3.3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Extrasensory (Psychic-type) – 8 damage and 3.3 energy per turn (2.6 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Aeroblast (Flying-type) – 170 damage and 75 energy (a 12.5% chance to increase user’s attack by two ranks)
  • Future Sight (Psychic-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Hydro Pump (Water-type) – 130 damage and 75 energy
  • Sky Attack (Flying-type) – 80 damage and 45 energy

You have some options to consider for Lugia. For starters, what type of fast move do you want it to have? It depends on where you want to use Lugia. If you plan to use it in the Great or League league, you want it to know extrasensory. The Psychic-type move will do additional damage, as Lugia is also a Psychic-type. If you plan to use your Lugia in the Masters league, you want to use dragon tail because it has more versatile use against the various Pokémon commonly seen and those that prosper in this league.

For the charge move, there’s a bit more competition. The new attack Lugia can use, aeroblast is a powerful choice. It’s a Flying-type move, exclusive to Lugia, and can essentially replace hydro pump given they have the same energy, but aeroblast does 50 more damage. Before we dive into, which is better, you want to consider throwing out future sight as it provides the least amount of chances for Lugia to win most encounters. You’re better off without it. Sky attack is a great choice and should be one of Lugia’s moves because of how cheap it is and how much damage it can give out

Now, your real problem is picking between hydro pump and aeroblast. Yes, aeroblast does an absurd amount of damage, but it pushes Lugia into only using Dragon and Flying-type damage. With hydro pump, instead of aeroblast, it can use Dragon, Flying, and Water-type damage. If you want to use Lugia as a closer, aeroblast certainly does the trick, but it takes forever to charge. It breaks down to how you use it and what you’re fighting, but aeroblast’s damage might push out hydro pump in certain circumstances.

At the end of the day, it’s difficult to tell for Lugia. Hands down, though, those battling in the Great and Ultra league should use extrasensory, and when you use Lugia in the Master leagues, you want to use dragon tail. Regardless of what league you battle in, having sky attack for one charge move is the best choice, and if you want type coverage, hydro pump is the other. But if you want Lugia to be a monster of a closer, make sure it knows aeroblast.