Which Pokémon to use in a Lugia Raid in Pokémon GO, how to make the most of Premier Balls and Berries, and what to do with Lugia once you’ve caught it

Lugia is now available in Pokémon GO raids. Read on below to learn more:

Lugia Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

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.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Lugia Raid in Pokémon GO

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.

Suggested Electric-type Pokémon

  • 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)

Suggested Ice-type Pokémon

  • 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)

Suggested Rock-type Pokémon

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

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

Suggested Ghost-type Pokémon

  • Gengar / Mega Gengar (Ghost/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Lick (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost), Shadow Punch (Ghost)

  • Origin Forme Giratina (Ghost/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Ominous Wind (Ghost), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

Suggested Dark-type Pokémon

  • Mega Gyarados (Water/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Bite (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark)

  • Houndoom / Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

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

  • Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Bite (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (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)

Other Useful Pokémon

  • Mewtwo / Shadow Mewtwo (Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost), Thunderbolt (Electric)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

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 Throw.

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.

What to Do with Lugia Once You’ve Caught It

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 remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

Source: Pokemon.com

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