How to beat Lugia in Pokémon Go – Weaknesses, counters, strategies

Lugia will be a tough fight, with a great reward.

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Lugia will be available for trainers to take in five-star raids in Pokémon Go for a limited time. You will need to find these raids out in the world, and when you do, you’ll want to have a few friends with you take it down. It’s a powerful Pokémon and will require you to have at least a party of five players helping you take it down. To increase your chances of beating it, here’s everything you need to know about Lugia’s weaknesses and Pokémon you can use to counter it.

If you capture Lugia while it’s available from November 6 to November 19, it will know the exclusive aeroblast. It’s an excellent option for its best moveset.

Lugia weaknesses

Lugia is a Flying and Psychic-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock-type moves. However, it’s resistant to Fighting, Ground, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks, so you want to avoid using any Pokémon to have these attacks in their moveset.

Best Pokémon to counter Lugia

The best Pokémon to use to fight Lugia are Magnezone, Raikou, and Mega Gengar.

Magnezone is an Electric and Steel-type Pokémon. It has a robust defense thanks to its Steel-typing, but its Electric attacks exploit Lugia’s weaknesses extremely well, making a surefire choice for the fight. It has a maximum CP of 3,205, an attack of 238, a defense of 205, and a stamina of 172. The best moves yours can learn are spark for its fast move, and wild charge and zap cannon for its charge moves. If you can, try to use the shadow version.

The next Pokémon you want to consider using is Raikou, the legendary Electric-type. It’s a more difficult Pokémon to acquire, so not everyone will have access to it, but it’s a strong contender to use against Lugia. It has a maximum CP of 3,452, an attack of 241, a defense of 195, and a stamina of 207. Its best moves are thunder shock for its fast move and thunder and thunderbolt for its charge moves.

The final Pokémon you want to have on your team against Lugia is Mega Gengar. It’s the best choice to take it down, given how powerful it is, and it can easily hit many of Lugia’s weaknesses. It has a maximum CP of 4,336, an attack of 349, a defense of 199, and a stamina of 155. The best moveset for it to know for this battle utilizes shadow claw for its fast move and shadow ball and shadow punch for its charge moves.

There plenty of other choices to use against Lugia. You can also use Zekrom, Mega Houndoom, Darkrai, Tyranitar, Weavile, Zapdos, Hydreigon, Electivire, Rhyperior, and Mewtwo. After you defeat Lugia, you and your allies will have a few chances to attempt to capture it after the battle. If you successfully beat it, it will know aeroblast as a charge move.