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All Lugia weaknesses and best Pokémon counters in Pokémon Go

Lugia will be a tough fight, but it's an excellent Pokémon to add to your roster.

Lugia is returning to five-star raids in Pokémon Go for a limited time. This powerful legendary Pokémon will be a difficult opponent to overcome, and you’ll want to work alongside allies to help take it down. Before you jump into a raid against it, there are several weaknesses you should know that you can use to help defeat it. This guide covers all of Lugia’s weaknesses and the best Pokémon to counter it in Pokémon Go.

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All Lugia weaknesses

Lugia is a Flying and Psychic-type Pokémon. Therefore, it will be weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock-type moves and resistant to Fighting, Ground, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks. You want to avoid using Pokémon that have these attacks in their moveset. Of the choices, we highly recommend using Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Rock-type Pokémon against it. The Pokémon capable of using these attacks and aligning with these types are typically more robust and capable of withstanding Lugia’s heavy oncoming attacks.

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The best Pokémon to counter Lugia

The best Pokémon to counter Lugia in this five-star raid are Magnezone, Rampardos, and Mega Gengar.

Magnezone is an Electric and Steel-type Pokémon. Thanks to its Steel-typing, it has a robust defense, but it has several Electric-type attacks that will instrumental in defeating Lugia. Because it’s an all-rounder, you can place this Pokémon at the front of your team, or you can use it close to the end of the raid as you draw closer to victory. The best moves Magnezone can learn is Spark for its fast move and Wild Charge and Zap Cannon for its charge moves.

The next Pokémon you may want to use will be Rampardos, a Rock-type Pokémon. Rampardos doesn’t have the highest defense, and outside of five-star raids, you don’t want to use it in Pokémon battles against other trainers. If you have one, chances are you will only use it exclusively for PvE battles, such as against Lugia. The best moveset Rampardos can use against in this encounter is the fast move Smack Down, and the charged moves Rock Slide and Outrage.

Mega Gengar is the final Pokémon you want to have on your team against Lugia. It’s the best choice to take this legendary Pokémon down, given its power, and it can easily hit many of Lugia’s weaknesses. Plus, it will boost the other player’s Pokémon in the same raid battle. The best moveset for it to know for this battle will be the fast move Shadow Claw and the charged moves Shadow Ball and Shadow Punch.

You will need to build a team of six Pokémon to defeat Lugia. These are some other choices to consider to add to your roster during the five-star raid.

  • Chandelure
  • Darkrai
  • Electivire
  • Galarain Darmanitan
  • Gengar
  • Hydreigon
  • Luxray
  • Mamoswine
  • Mega Gyarados
  • Raikou
  • Rhyperior
  • Terrakion
  • Weavile
  • Yveltal
  • Zapdos

Once you’ve defeated Lugia, you can capture it at the end of the raid. There is a chance for you to catch a shiny Lugia at the end of this raid, but it won’t always appear following your victory.

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