In the anime
In The Power of One, Lawrence III wanted to capture Lugia and add it to his Pokémon collection. In order to accomplish this goal, he set out to enrage and capture the three Legendary birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. It was prophesied that, once the three birds were enraged, Lugia, the Legendary Diving Pokémon, would appear to calm them down. Once Lugia appeared, Lawrence III tried to subdue and capture it.
Although he ended up only injuring Lugia, Lawrence III was never successful in capturing it. With the help of Ash, Lugia was able to stop Lawrence III and calm the enraged birds before the violent unbalance could cause the world's destruction.
Lugia was briefly mentioned in The Mystery is History by Ash and James, when they encountered Silver for the first time.
In The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, Lugia was seen in Pikachu's memories. It also briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies. In addition, it made a cameo appearance in I Choose You!, which is set in a timeline separate from the main series; it was seen rising out of the water near the Shamouti Shrine.
Personality and characteristics
Lugia is a very serious Pokémon with immense power. Even with all three Legendary birds attacking it at once, Lugia was able to employ very skilled moves in defending itself against them. Lugia is intelligent and clear-minded, keenly aware of its role in the legend surrounding the islands and also of its inability to quell the Legendary birds by itself.
This Lugia is set apart from other Lugia in that it has a special connection to the song played by Melody on her instrument. Lugia makes song-like noises similar to this tune and when played, the song has the power to restore Lugia's depleted strength. In addition, Lugia is able to communicate via telepathy, much like other Pokémon featured in the Pokémon movies.
| Using Aeroblast
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the manga
In the TCG
Lugia is featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Lugia.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Lugia.