Lugia is more of a defensive tank but manages to at least get a proper moveset for it to use, avoiding the fate of its Johto counterpart Ho-oh. Psychic/Flying is a decent enough typing without double weaknesses to worry about although its still weak to the everpresent Tyranitar.
Within both of its types, Lugia is in the top 10 for pure Psychic attack movesets thanks to its considerable bulk. Its not going to be a top option for soloing raids but it has its uses against Machamp raids or even Gengar. Lugia has 193 attack, 310 defence and 235 stamina. Its attack is easily outclassed by the likes of Mewtwo and Rayquaza but it does have the third best defence in the game and a top of the line stamina stat to reinforce its status as a tank. Its also the best counter to Fighting Types out there as a result of all this.
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5 weaknesses give you quite a bit of wiggle room when choosing your team. 4 resistances isn’t too much of an issue but watch out for its double resistance to Fighting moves. Better keep your Machamps and Hariyamas away from this bird.
Extrasensory is the better move for Lugia. It gets STAB and does supereffective damage against Fighting types which Lugia is best suited to counter. Dragon Tail gets neutral coverage if you want a general attacker but Extrasensory is more suited for Lugia.
Sky Attack is probably the best charge move a Flying type could ask for. Its the first choice for Lugia and should remain so. 2 bars allow you to fire off more than the other two moves. It also pairs well with Extrasensory to counter Fighting Types.
Future Sight is decent and also goes well with Extrasensory if you don’t want to change it to Sky Attack. Hydro Pump is the worst move set but can be annoying when Lugia is a raid boss. Anticipate well.
Assembling The Team
If you’re using a Rock type, be careful of Hydro Pump. One hit and you’ll lose a big chunk of health, probably knock you out if your Pokemon is not over 3000 CP. Dark types would resist its Psychic moves and a Rock type would resist Sky Attack, even if with the Hydro Pump weakness for the latter. Electric types also resist Sky Attack and they don’t come with any vulnerability to the other moves. Ghost and Ice are decent choices, although both types don’t contain great Pokemon in the current meta.
Lugia’s fellow Johto legendary and one of the best counters to it. Raikou is an even better counter than Tyranitar when facing off against a Lugia with Sky Attack! It doesn’t carry a weakness to Hydro Pump so its good for all Lugia movesets. For its own moveset, go with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge.
The guy who never leaves, Tyranitar is usually the counter to something if it has a weakness to Rock or Dark. Since Lugia is weak to both, then Tyranitar is a great counter. You just need to watch out for Hydro Pump. Then you ought to use someone else. Other than that, Tyranitar resists all of its other moves so no worries there. When it comes to movesets, you have a few choices. You can go with the Dark moveset of Bite and Crunch, the Rock moveset of Smack Down and Stone Edge or mix the two. Pick the one you like the most.
An odd choice given its not one of the 5 types Lugia is weak to but Mewtwo is one of the best Pokemon in the game at using Shadow Ball. It doesn’t carry weaknesses to Lugia’s moves and resists its Psychic moves. Unlike Gengar who ends up being weak to Psychic and is a glass cannon compared to Mewtwo. Mewtwo can actually take hits. For Mewtwo’s fast move, go with Confusion. It will be resisted by Lugia but you’ll make up for it with Shadow Ball. Don’t use any other Charge Move except Shadow Ball.
Zapdos is not as good as Raikou when it comes to damage but don’t let that fool you into thinking its mediocre. Zapdos is still one of the most lethal Electric types in the game and a greater counter to Lugia. You have a choice when it comes to movesets , either go with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt or Thunder Shock and Discharge.
Gengar’s Ghost/Poison typing means it will not last very long against Lugia’s Psychic attacks, owing to Poison’s weakness and Gengar’s low defences. However if you believe Lugia is not using any Psychic moves, Gengar is a good option. It won’t be taking supereffective damage while dealing supereffective damage back to Lugia. For this, you should go with Lick and Shadow Ball or Lick and Shadow Claw as the best movesets.
While not the best Psychic legendary or Flying legendary, Lugia still finds a niche in the metagame thanks to its movesets and unique typing. It also comes with a Shiny version so if it ever appears as a raid boss, you can at least try for a Shiny.