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Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all Tier 2
Great League PVP Rating See all 3 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 3 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 4.5 / 5

Pokemon Stats

216.00 kg Weight
5.21 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
Level 50: 4,186
Level 40: 3,703
Level 25: 2,645 (Raid + Weather)
Level 20: 2,115 (Raid)
Level 15: 1,587 (Research Tasks)
ATK 193
DEF 310
STA 235

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Extrasensory is Shadow Lugia’s best quick move, targeting Poison and Fighting-types for STAB effective damage.

  • Dragon Tail has limited utility

  • Future Sight isn't a bad move and has the advantage of pairing with Extrasensory, but in most cases it's best to use a Flying Type option instead.

  • Sky Attack is an outstanding attack, but for sheer Flying Type damage, Aeroblast* is better, while Aeroblast+* is the absolute best for those lucky enough to have a good Apex Shadow Lugia.

  • Hydro Pump isn’t a bad charge move, but it has no use on Shadow Lugia.

PVE Overview

Lugia was the first Cover Legend released in Pokemon Go, and has long been a popular Pokemon in general. However, its utility has long been something of a meme in terms of the PvE meta, as the overwhelming consensus has been to avoid using it outside of select scenarios. But here we are, looking Shadow Lugia in its blood-red eyes as it demands a place on our teams.

Shadow Lugia retains a near-identical TDO to its basic counterpart (TDO which sits near the top of all Pokemon, mind you), but sees a large boost to its DPS as well. This increase is just enough to make an Shadow Lugia a real threat in raids, as it just became one of the most ideal anchors in the entire game for raids weak to Flying and/or Psychic. And while anchors aren't in high demand nowadays, Shadow Lugia's boosted DPS puts it in a solid place in Flying weak raids in particular.

Apex Shadow Lugia is one of the strongest Flying attackers in the game, thanks to Aeroblast+'s insane power. Although its DPS can be inconsistent due to its lack of Flying-type fast move, Apex Shadow Lugia will still put in plenty of work. Avoid purifying it if you care about its raid performance.

In short; it's a solid Pokemon (in more ways than one), and can be useful for sure, but it's still not a top-tier pick for most raids.

PVP Movesets Grades

Quick Charge ATK
A

PvP Moveset Explanation

Dragon Tail + Sky Attack and Aeroblast*

With the Season 8 buff to Dragon Tail, its incredible damage output now makes it the superior option to Extrasensory despite having slightly less energy gain. Dragon Tail is especially preferred in Master League due to the ubiquitous use of Dragon-type Pokemon. 

Sky Attack is a very efficient move, benefits from STAB, and costs the least amount of energy. Future Sight requires a steep 65 energy cost, and is generally not preferable due to this cost unless Psychic-type coverage is highly needed. Hydro Pump (130 Power/75 Energy) takes longer to charge, has lower base damage per energy, and lacks STAB, but it does allow Lugia to perform better against a number of potential threats, such as Steel- and Rock-types. The addition of Aeroblast from the Nov 2020 Animation Week event is a debatable but nonetheless welcome addition to Lugia's kit, demanding an expensive 75 energy cost but in return offering a massive 170 base power (2.267 DPE). With STAB, Aeroblast when resisted performs almost identically to Hydro Pump, which makes Lugia's signature move more preferable due to its minor chance to proc its +2 ATK buff, despite not offering additional coverage.

Aeroblast+, the signature move of Apex Shadow Lugia, is functionally identical to Aeroblast in PvP.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 3 / 5

Thanks to its availability as a long-term research breakthrough reward, Lugia's CP can be low enough to enter into the Great League after a reroll of its IVs from a trade, and it definitely performs well here. Lugia can wall attack after attack while giving back decent punishment, and makes a fantastic team choice to cover a fighting weakness in particular. Notably, it absolutely dominates Medicham. It has the same flying-type weaknesses as other common Pokémon like Skarmory and Altaria. 

Ultra League: 3 / 5

Lugia's sheer defensive utility begins to shine through in the Ultra League, where it goes from a solid mon in a competitive Flying-type niche to a major threat. It holds its own against much of the tier, but its fatal drawback is its weakness to the masters of the tier: Giratina's two formes and Registeel. Regardless, with a bit of forethought, Lugia can perform very well in the Ultra League and support its team fantastically.

Master League: 4.5 / 5

Without the CP cap holding it down, Lugia gets to make use of its full power in the Master League. Possessing the game's highest bulk AND stat product, on top of a powerful moveset, Lugia is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Its typing and moves allow it to counter big threats such as Groudon, Palkia, Garchomp, and Focus Blast Mewtwo. Lugia's fantastic bulk also allows it to cushion blows from the numerous nukes in the metagame, making it an excellent Pokemon to catch charge moves with. The sheer power of Aeroblast can tear off a tremendous chunk of health even when resisted, making Pokemon like Dialga and Metagross seriously consider shielding it, while Lugia's bulk allows it to consistently satisfy the move's immense energy demands. Lugia is an excellent safe switch and, despite its many weaknesses, it pretty much only hard loses to Melmetal.

Fast Moves

12
More Info

Psychic

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.10
0.20
10.91
10.91
13.64
15
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Dragon

1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.10
0.20
8.18
13.64
17.05

Charge Moves

80
More Info

Flying

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.00
0.20
0.00
1.60
40.00
50.00
64.00
130
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Water

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
2.10
0.00
1.30
39.39
49.24
51.21
120
More Info

Psychic

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.70
1.30
0.00
1.20
44.44
55.56
53.33

Elite Charge Moves

180
More Info

Flying

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.40
0.20
0.00
1.80
52.94
66.18
95.29

Exclusive Charge Moves

10
More Info

Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.00
0.80
0.00
0.30
5.00
6.25
1.52
200
More Info

Flying

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.40
0.20
0.00
2.00
58.82
73.53
117.65

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 120
Stardust 120,000

Purification Cost

Candy 20
Stardust 20000

Other

Flee Rate 4.0 %
Buddy Distance 20 km
Capture Rate2.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
160% damage
160% damage
160% damage

Resistant

39.1% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014652
2001.595108
2002144164
2002.5193220
4003242275
4003.5291331
4004340387
4004.5389443
6005438499
6005.5487555
6006537611
6006.5586667
8007635723
8007.5684778
8008733834
8008.5782890
10009831946
10009.58801002
1000109291058
100010.59761111
13001110221164
130011.510691216
13001211151269
130012.511621322
16001312081375
160013.512551428
16001413011481
160014.513481534
19001513941587
190015.514401640
19001614871692
190016.515331745
22001715801798
220017.516261851
22001816731904
220018.517191957
25001917662010
250019.518122063
25002018592115
250020.519052168
30002119522221
300021.519982274
30002220452327
300022.520912380
35002321382433
350023.521842486
35002422312539
350024.522772592
40002523242645
400025.523702698
40002624172750
400026.524632803
45002725092856
450027.525562909
45002826022962
450028.526493015
50002926953068
500029.527423121
50003027883174
500030.528123200
60003128353227
600031.528583253
60003228813280
600032.529053306
70003329283332
700033.529513359
70003429743385
700034.529983412
80003530213438
800035.530443465
80003630673491
800036.530903517
90003731143544
900037.531373570
90003831603597
900038.531833623
100003932073650
1000039.532303676
100004032533703
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