Sunday, October 17, 2021

Lugia Pokémon GO Raid Battle Strategy

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Appearing in Raids: September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Lugia is a Legendary Psychic- and
Flying-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region. Learn which
Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Lugia, how to catch Lugia
after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Diving Pokémon after
you’ve caught it.

As a Psychic- and Flying-type Pokémon, Lugia is vulnerable
to Electric-, Ice-, Rock-, Ghost-, and Dark-type
attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Lugia Raid Battle lineup, it helps
to choose Pokémon that have an Electric-, Ice-, Rock-, Ghost-, or Dark-type
Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will
benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal
an additional 20% damage.

Remember that the faster you defeat
Lugia, the more Premier Balls you’ll receive to catch it, so be sure to bring
your strongest Pokémon team and battle with as many other Trainers as you can
to defeat Lugia as quickly as possible.

  • Zapdos / Shadow Zapdos (Electric/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Charge Beam (Electric), Thunder Shock (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Thunder (Electric), Thunderbolt (Electric), Zap Cannon (Electric)

  • Raikou / Shadow Raikou (Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock (Electric), Volt Switch (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Thunder (Electric), Thunderbolt (Electric), Wild Charge (Electric)

  • Manectric / Mega Manectric (Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Charge Beam (Electric), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Thunder (Electric), Wild Charge (Electric)

  • Magnezone / Shadow Magnezone (Electric/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Charge Beam (Electric), Spark (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge (Electric), Zap Cannon (Electric)

  • Electivire / Shadow Electivire (Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Thunder (Electric), Thunder Punch (Electric), Wild Charge (Electric)

  • Therian Forme Thundurus (Electric/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock (Electric), Volt Switch (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Thunder Punch (Electric), Thunder (Electric), Thunderbolt (Electric)

  • Zekrom (Dragon/Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Charge Beam (Electric)

    • Charged Attack: Flash Cannon (Steel), Wild Charge (Electric)

  • Abomasnow / Mega Abomasnow (Grass/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Powder Snow (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Blizzard (Ice), Weather Ball (Ice)

  • Mamoswine / Shadow Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Powder Snow (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Avalanche (Ice), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Galarian Darmanitan (Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Ice Fang (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Ice Punch (Ice)

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Wrecker (Rock), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Mega Gyarados (Water/Dark)

  • Houndoom / Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark), Foul Play (Dark)

  • Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)

  • Absol / Shadow Absol (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Megahorn (Bug), Payback (Dark)

  • Weavile / Shadow Weavile (Dark/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Foul Play (Dark)

  • Darkrai (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

  • Yveltal (Dark/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark), Sucker Punch (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark)

After a Lugia raid, you’ll have a
limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Lugia, so make each one
count. You can earn extra Premier Balls for battling with friends and defeating
Lugia more quickly.

In an encounter with
Lugia, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small
enough for you score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your
chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can
reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws
rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Lugia isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting
still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by
throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Lugia to get a feel for its
cycle of movement and the pauses in between that cycle. During one of these
pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to
grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent

Berries can help you catch Lugia. A Razz Berry will
make Lugia easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to
catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm
Lugia, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise
throws more easily. If you need extra Lugia Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry
will make Lugia easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Lugia is tricky
to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking
up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and
try again.

Lugia’s Initial CP Range: 2,028–2,115

Lugia’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,535–2,645

Available Fast Attacks: Dragon Tail (Dragon), Extrasensory (Psychic)

Available Charged Attacks: Aeroblast (Flying), Future Sight (Psychic), Hydro Pump (Water), Sky Attack (Flying)

As a Legendary Psychic- and Flying-type Pokémon, Lugia has a
type advantage against Grass-, Fighting-, and Poison-type Pokémon. This makes
Lugia particularly useful against Raid Bosses such as Mega Venusaur, Mega
Beedrill, Machamp, and Torterra.

Lugia is a solid addition to your GO Battle League team,
especially when challenging Master League battles. Its high CP and diverse
range of Charged Attacks make it a formidable threat, but Trainers should
consider its numerous weaknesses and tailor their team accordingly. Raising Lugia’s
CP to its maximum requires a lot of Lugia Candy and Stardust, so try to catch
as many Lugia as possible to help you get there faster.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and
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