Lugia, The Diving Pokémon. It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm. It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong. It's wings pack devastating power - a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, it chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.
A Good Moveset for Lugia would have to be this:
Strategy Using Lugia
Lugia's special defense is already very high, high
enough to survive Super effective special attacks. The
EV's focus on building its defenses.
Assuming its EV's are maxed, HP should be 416, Defense
will be 359 and Special defense will be 379. Though
you could make Lugia into a special wall, with
+special defense nature and 252 EV's into special
defense to give it a 447 special defense.
Calm mind, however, helps boost special defense
anyways, which after one use, makes its special
defense 569 (379 x 1.5 rounded up).
Substitute allows for those 101 HP substitutes which
can survive moves like Night shade and Seismic toss.
The substitute breaker, bonemarang will not work
either due to that move being a ground type and Lugia
being flying. Though Rock blast will be a nice counter
to its subbing and has a type advantage over Lugia.
Leftovers is probably enough to nullify the need for
Recover, but that exposes you to a Jolteon's Thunder
wave. So Leftovers could always be the better choice
instead of lum, since it frees up a move slot (get rid
of recover). So to go along with its tanking, it can
special sweep so its not completely exposed to dark
types like the above moveset is (that's if you pick
Psychic over Aeroblast).
Lugia could use the Moveset:
Thunderbolt, Icebeam, Calm mind and Substitute, which
allows for it to stick around for a long time against
a team that has no hazers or pseudo hazers.
Lugia can also T-wave, Whirlwind, Light screen and
reflect are four possible moves that can be used on
Lugia (not necessarily in the same moveset though).
Since Lugia has a 4x resistance to brick break, if
your opponent does attack with brick break and
destroys Light screen/Reflect, it won't recieve much
damage and will be able to set up another
Reflect/Light screen easily.
Max out the EVs in Defense and HP for Lugia with any remaining in Special Defense
Strategy Against Lugia
Lugia is potentially the hardest Pokémon to defeat,
with all Tank stats above average and access to 101
Subs (meaning it's Substitutes can take two this from
moves such as Seismic Toss and Night Shade in case you
didn't guess) as well as access to Calm Mind to boost
that monstrous Special Defence and Recover for the HP,
the really is no easy way to defeat Lugia.
- Taunt is your friend, and one of the few friends
that you have for taking down this beast. If you can
sneak it in before it uses Substitute or any other
utility/defensive move you may be in with a chance.
- Status's. Very necessary. Toxi-stalling (with
Protect and Substitute working with leftovers) could
be an effective strategy, but you may find that Lugia
has a Lum Berry or Rest, which may cause major issues
for you. Not to mention the fact that if Lugia
switched out the effect of Toxic would be nullified.
On the other hand, Paralysis could cut away that high
speed and the possibility of an offensive, however it
would still require a very high offensive stat and
some super effective hits to take down this beast.
Sleep Powder and Spore are the two best status moves
available for taking down Lugia. Disable the beast,
set up a Substitute (to cover you if it awakes) and
beat down Lugia.
- Hazing may be necessary, since a Lugia using Calm
Mind will not only be impenetrable by special attacks,
but it'll also be a very deadly special attacker. The
ability to get rid of its Calm Minds will be necessary
if it starts to stat boost, otherwise you'll have lost
- Luck, and lots of it, is another way to go. If you
have access to Critical hit techniques (and use the
rarely used Focus Energy + Scope Lens combination) you
may be lucky enough to KO Lugia as it switches in. If
not, you'll need to be faster than Lugia in order to
get a strong hit in. You could also go for the Sand
Veil + Bright Powder strategy and evade offensives
while picking away at its HP, but you'll need a
Pokémon that isn't fragile to pull this off.
Make sure to assault the weaker (and it is by no means
weak) Physical Defence rather than go for Special
Defence. Super effective moves on Special Defence
won't have a huge effect on Lugia's HP, while a strong
Rock Slide or Shadow Ball will have an effect. To be
honest, if you do wanna go on an offensive against
Lugia, use a Legend of your own. It's only fair that
if your opponent get to use one, you should get to use
one as well. The mighty Mewtwo can hurt Lugia's
Special Defence but is by no means unable to hurt
Physical Defence as well. On the other hand, you could
use Lugia's opposite, Ho-oh, although you may put
yourself at risk to Lugia's water attacks. Groudon or
Kyogre are effective choices since they have the
weather on their side, however they are outmatched in
speed. Rayquaza, if given the chance to use Dragon
Dance, will also be an effective counter. Either way,
if using a non-legendary Pokémon, pray for luck to be
on your side and try to use moves such as Shadow Ball
and Rock Slide.
A good Contest Moveset for Lugia would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:
Strategy Using Lugia
If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Rain dance, 2nd - Thunderbolt, 3rd - Rain dance, 4th - Thunderwave, 5th - Hyperbeam
Locations in Games
Trade from FR/LG/E (R/S), Navel Cavern (Emerald)
Trade from FR/LG/E
Fire Red/Leaf Green