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Lugia Trio Raid Guide

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Difficulty:

Difficult at trainer level 30 despite proper counters

HP15,000 ATK165.40 DEF258.50
CP Range
Lvl 20 2028 - 2115 Lvl 25 2535 - 2645

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Rain, Windy Snow, Fog, Rain, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Extrasensory Intermediate
Dragon Tail Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Future Sight Intermediate
Sky Attack Intermediate
Hydro Pump Challenging

Overview

Lugia is one of the original raid bosses, and one heck of a tough nut to crack due to its titanic defense stat. In fact, it's so high that a Trio is only doable with weather and/or friendship bonuses on top counters, and/or a few powerful Shadow Pokemon to shore up weakness a bit. On the other side of its stats, we can see that its attack stat is fairly low, but it has a number of very strong attacks to make up for that fact.

Approach

Team Composition

  • Teams should be built around weather for a Trio, though a 4-person run has much more leeway.
  • Front-load glass cannons for maximum DPS. This battle also appreciates an anchor or two as it's partly a battle of attrition.
  • Moveset is important! Lugia's semi-varied and powerful attack options can greatly limit the effectiveness of numerous counters
  • Shadow Pokemon are expensive, but several can make this battle much easier

Battling strategy

  • Re-entering will be necessary. Prepare multiple teams.

  • Dodging is recommended, as Lugia's charged moves are very strong.

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Partly Cloudy Counters

Viable at Lv.30 or Above
Rampardos Rampardos
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Pros:

  • Best non-Shadow DPS option in the game, helps get ahead of the clock
  • Resists Sky Attack
  • Currently semi-common, has been featured in several events
  • Viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Frail, requires dodging to be genuinely effective
  • Weak to Hydro Pump
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Great mix of DPS and TDO, useful against most movesets
  • Resists Sky Attack
  • Generally common, species has been available since day 1 and has had its own community day

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Community Day exclusive
  • Double-weak to Hydro Pump, very poor performance against this move
Terrakion Terrakion
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Cons:

  • Weak to Psychic Type movesets and Hydro Pump
  • Legendary species, can be hard to obtain candy for
  • Does not resist Sky Attack despite Rock sub-typing
Viable at Lv.40
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Great mix of DPS and TDO, good choice for most movesets
  • Resists Sky Attack, double-resists Psychic Type movesets
  • Generally very available, species has seen its own Community Day, has been featured in events, and has been a common raid boss since the system's release
  • Shadow Tyranitar has DPS that is close to Rampardos, but nearly double the TDO
  • Shadow Tyranitar is viable regardless of weather at Lv.40, though in weather other than Partly Cloudy or Fog, Bite/Stone Edge is the moveset of choice

Cons:

  • Weak to Hydro Pump
  • Best moveset is legacy
  • Best moveset is unobtainable for Shadow Tyranitar currently

Rain Counters

Viable at Lv.30 or Above
Electivire Electivire
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Pros:

  • Great DPS option, hits extremely hard and fast
  • Resists Sky Attack
  • Shadow Electivire has the highest DPS of any Lugia counter in neutral weather
  • Shadow Electivire is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
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Pros:

  • Trades a little DPS for greater TDO when compared to Electivire
  • Resists Sky Attack
  • Shadow Raikou has outstanding performance and is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be hard to obtain candy for
Magnezone Magnezone
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Pros:

  • Resists Psychic Type movesets, Dragon Tail, and double-resists Sky Attack
  • Semi-common species. Has been featured in several events and has been a raid boss
  • Shadow Magnezone has absolutely outstanding overall performance and is viable regardless of weather
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Pros:

  • Resists Sky Attack
  • Common Legendary Species, was among the first Legendary raid bosses and has been featured as a research breakthrough multiple times along-side its own raid day
  • Shadow Zapdos is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Legendary species, candy can be hard to obtain
  • Best moveset is legacy
Viable at Lv.35 and Above
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Pros:

  • Generally available, species is commonly featured as a raid boss
  • Resists Sky Attack

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging

Fog Counters

Viable at Lv.30
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Pros:

  • Extremely high DPS, second highest non-shadow in neutral weather after Rampardos
  • Viable regardless of weather
  • Generally common species, has been featured as a raid boss, in several events, has had multiple special raid-days, and has been available since day one.

Cons:

  • Very moveset-specific counter. Weak to Psychic Type movesets
  • The original Glass Cannon. dodging is appreciated
  • Best moveset is legacy, though non-legacy moveset has very similar performance
Chandelure Chandelure
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Pros:

  • Great DPS option with fewer weaknesses than Gengar
  • Viable regardless of weather at Lv.40

Cons:

  • Weak to Hydro Pump
  • Currently considered a fairly rare species
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets, can act as a high-DPS anchor in this scenario
  • Viable regardless of weather at Lv.40

Cons:

  • Mythical Pokemon, cannot be traded and candy can be hard to obtain
Giratina Origin Forme Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin Forme)
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Pros:

  • Outstanding mix of DPS and TDO, slots into most teams very easily
  • One of only a few counters that resists Hydro Pump

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Weak to Dragon Tail
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Pros:

  • Fairly common species in many areas that has been featured in numerous events and as a raid boss
  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets
  • Shadow Weavile is one of the top counters, sporting the highest DPS in fog, and the second highest neutral DPS
  • Shadow Weavile is viable regardless of weather, but should use Snarl/Avalanche outside of fog

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • Great mix of DPS and TDO, good choice for most movesets
  • Resists Sky Attack, double-resists Psychic Type movesets
  • Generally very available, species has seen its own Community Day, has been featured in events, and has been a common raid boss since the system's release
  • Shadow Tyranitar is viable regardless of weather at Lv.40, though in weather other than Fog or Partly Cloudy, Bite/Stone Edge is the moveset of choice

Cons:

  • Weak to Hydro Pump
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Pros:

  • Shadow Bannete has the second highest DPS in Fog
  • Shadow Bannete is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Outside of Shadow forme, Banette is not generally recommended due to lackluster overall performance
  • Very frail, dodging is nearly required
Houndoom Houndoom
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets
  • Shadow Houndoom has high overall performance and is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Weak to Hydro Pump
  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
  • Normal Houndoom barely reaches the DPS needed for trio in fog at Lv.35, Shadow Houndoom barely reaches the DPS needed to trio in neutral weather at Lv.35
Hydreigon Hydreigon
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets, resists Hydro Pump

Cons:

  • Currently considered a fairly rare Pokemon
  • Weak to Dragon Tail
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Pros:

  • Resists Psychic Type movesets

Cons:

  • Only fog-viable moveset is legacy
  • Fast move damage is not very effective, dodging and timing a faint for right after it uses a charge move can be important for keeping up DPS
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Honchkrow Honchkrow
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Pros:

  • Very common species in many areas that has been featured in several events
  • Easily obtainable weather boosted, making it a great budget option
  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging

Snow Counters

Viable at Lv.30
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Highest non-shadow DPS in Snow
  • Common species in many areas that has been featured in events, as a raid boss, and in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Weak to Hydro Pump
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Pros:

  • Fairly common species in many areas that has been featured in numerous events and as a raid boss
  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets
  • Shadow Weavile is one of the top counters, sporting the highest DPS in snow, and the second highest neutral DPS
  • Shadow Weavile is viable regardless of weather

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Viable at Lv.35
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Pros:

  • Extremely common species, has been featured in events, special research, its own community day, and has been available since day 1

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