For a special weekend in March, Lugia will be available to battle in Pokémon Go. You can find it in five-star raids happening from Mar. 27 at 8am to Mar. 30 at 10pm, in your local area, alongside March’s primary five-star raid, Thundurus, who is making their debut. Not only do you have a chance for Lugia to be a shiny, but it will know the exclusive ability aeroblast, which is a Flying-type attack that has an increased chance of being a critical hit.
Lugia is a Psychic and Flying-type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock-type attacks. You have a variety of options available to you to take it down, but it’s still no pushover. You might find yourself in trouble when fighting it if you don’t have a reliable defensive Pokémon available.
Pokémon to counter Lugia
When you fight Lugia, you have multiple options to choose from, but some good choices include Tyranitar, Magnezone, and Weavile.
Tyranitar is a heavy hitter. It’s a Dark and Rock-type Pokémon, capable of dealing some heavy damage against Lugia while having a solid defense to keep it alive during the battle. You want it to know bite and crunch, smack down and crunch, or smack down and stone edge. Any of these should do pretty well against Lugia, given they all deal heavy amounts of damage, and are STAB attacks for Tyranitar.
Magnezone is a solid choice to have in this raid battle, plus, it’s resistant to most of Lugia’s attacks. If you wanted a decent attacker who won’t feel too much of Lugia’s damage, Magnezone would be your primary choice. You want yours to know spark and wild charge or charge beam and wild charge. These are all excellent attack to dominate Lugia’s weakness to Electric-type attacks.
The final option, Weavile, is another great choice for your battle. While Weavile’s variety of weaknesses generally makes it a risky choice in several other battles, it’s a superior attacker to use against Lugia. Also, Weavile has a wide variety of moves available for it to know. You can choose for it know snarl and avalanche, snarl and foul play, ice shard, and foul play, or ice shard and avalanche. There are a handful of other options a Weavile can know, but these are some of the better ones, and they all will do well when fighting this legendary foe.
While all of them are excellent choices, Lugia has several weaknesses you can exploit, meaning you can have a diverse team to use against it. You may want to use other Pokémon, such as Hydreigon, Zapdos, Mewtwo, Electivire, Mamoswine, Rampardos, Golem, Gengar, Glaceon, Rhyperior, Gigalith, and many more.
The special Lugia raids occur on March 27 at 8am and continue until March 30 at 10 pm in your local time in Pokémon Go. Use this time wisely to try and take it down to acquire one with the ability to use aeroblast.