Lugia, The Diving Pokémon. It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm. It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm. Lugia's wings pack devastating power-a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.
The 'Great Wall' Lugia holds the title of possible the best wall in Ubers. With its massive defensive stats and solid typing, Lugia can go head to head with a lot of offensive threats in the tier making it a consistent stall staple in the tier, having solid typing and being a solid abuser of Rest/Sleep Talk. Lugia also gained a major blessing in BW much like its opposite Ho-Oh in its Hidden Ability Multiscale. This kept Lugia a top tier threat even in the massive power creep the happens each gen. However Lugia is also only good at being a wall, limiting its flexibility and makes it easier to predict compared to Groudon or Ho-Oh. Nevertheless, Lugia should be considered and respected when teambuilding or playing into as it isn't an easy wall to break, earning its nickname the 'Great Wall'.
Pressure - Doubles Power Point usage of the opposing Pokémon - A nice stall ability, works well enough if you don't have access to Multiscale but is inferior to Multiscale
Lugia is fairly locked into moves, suffering from 4 move slot syndrome. Roost is the first one, helping to heal Lugia from being worn down as well as continue to renew Multiscale making it incredible hard to break through. Substitute is next, benefiting from Multiscale as well if you are at full health, furthering how hard it is to break through Lugia. This also blocks status moves, a bane to Lugia. Next is Whirlwind, allowing Lugia to phase out threats that try to boost in its face as well as wear down threats with hazards such as Spikes and Stealth Rocks. Lastly is Toxic, the main form of damage for Lugia, this also allows Lugia to win stall wars against other walls or tanks such as Giratina or Groudon. Ice Beam earns a mention as well over Substitute as a way to beat or pressure threats such as Zygarde Complete and Mega Salamence. This also gives a way to do anything through Taunt.
Dragon Tail - Another option over Whirlwind, this allows the ability to phase through Taunt but you lose the ability to phase Xerneas.
Defog Support - Because of Multiscale, Lugia needs hazard control to truly shine. Thankfully most defoggers work well with Lugia such as Arceus Water and Arceus Dark. Tentacruel or Fortress can be used as a spinner but Lugia brings a weakness to Ghost as it is.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
(Soul) Silver’s box legendary was an uncommon Pokemon back in VGC 2016. Without its Hidden Ability to help it take hits better, Lugia could not keep up with the incredible damage put out by the Primals and Geomancy Xerneas. While we may not see another format like VGC 2016 for a while, Lugia still has its fun tricks, and its bulk and speed does make it a reliable Tailwind setter.
IT’S A CRIT!
Okay…I could go through a standard bulky Tailwind support set, but since Lugia does not hit the double-battle fields often, let’s talk about a set that is a lot more fun. The basic strategy is to pair Lugia with a Pokemon who knows Fling, and to have that teammate Fling a Lansat Berry at Lugia. Fling, a dark-type move, will activate Lugia’s Weakness Policy, while the Lansat Berry will increase Lugia’s critical hit ratio. Combined with Aeroblast's high critical-hit ratio, Lugia can crit everything in its path at +2 special attack. Maximum special attack helps you sweep, while 172 EVs in speed with a Timid nature outspeeds max speed Xerneas at level 50. The rest of the EVs are placed in HP for more bulk, but the speed and HP can be adjusted to outspeed whatever you feel necessary. Multiscale is the ability of choice (especially paired with Recover), as it is much more useful than Pressure.
Aeroblast is Lugia’s signature attack and best takes advantage of this strategy (but make sure you maximize its PP). Ice Beam has great coverage in general, but a Psychic move can be chosen for secondary STAB. Psychic is the stronger of the two, but Psyshock can hit Pokemon like Primal Kyogre much harder. Tailwind can combine for the ultimate setup to increase your speed, but Recover can maximize your longevity and can gain back Multiscale. Protect is still the best move in doubles, but may not be quite as necessary since Lugia has fantastic bulk.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Leftovers, a Sitrus Berry, or a 50% pinch berry can help keep Lugia healthy on support sets. The terrain Seeds can be paired a Tapu, as Tailwind support Lugia is really just a super-powered Mandibuzz.
Taunt Users - Because of the nature of Lugia, Taunt users cripple it hard. This can be alleviated with Ice Beam or Dragon Tail, but it will cripple what Lugia is capable of doing. Yveltal is the best as after it can pressure what comes in with its wall breaking ability while Mega Gyarados can use this as a chance to boost.
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