Lugia (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Lugia (disambiguation).
Lugia
Diving Pokémon
ルギア
Lugia
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Lugia



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Psychic Flying
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Pressure Cacophony
Cacophony
Multiscale
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
No Eggs Discovered
Hatch time
120 cycles
Egg not obtainable
Height
17'01" 5.2 m
Lugia
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Weight
476.2 lbs. 216.0 kg
Lugia
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
220
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
306
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Lugia
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
3
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
0
Speed
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HP
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
0
External Links

Lugia (Japanese: ルギア Lugia) is a dual-type Psychic/Flying Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Lugia is the game mascot of Pokémon Silver, its remake Pokémon SoulSilver, and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, appearing on the boxart of them all.

Lugia and Ho-Oh are often collectively referred to as the tower duo by fans. It is also often viewed as the leader of the legendary birds due to its role in the anime and the Mystery Dungeon series.

Lugia has a unique variant called Shadow Lugia, codenamed XD001, that appeared in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Biology

 
Lugia folding back its plates

Lugia is a large Pokémon that resembles a dragon, a plesiosaur, and a bird. It is primarily silver-white, but it has blue undersides with slightly varying tones. It has a ridged mouth similar to a beak, although it has pointed teeth on its lower jaw. Its head has a point to the back, and Lugia's eyes have pointed blue or black spikes on them. Lugia has a long, slender neck and a smooth, streamlined body. Dark blue or black plate-like protrusions run down the length of its back, and there are two smaller, more pointed ones on the end of its tail.

Lugia can fold back these plates to increase its speed. Lugia is covered in many scales that protect it from attacks. It has large wings that resemble hands. Though it is gender unknown, as depicted in The Mystery is History, a young Lugia has been seen, suggesting there is a breeding population, at least in the anime's timeline. In the same episode, Lugia has been shown to be fiercely protective of its young.

Lugia leads the legendary birds. When they fight over territory, Lugia is the only Pokémon that can quell their ceaseless fighting, as observed in the second Pokémon movie. Much like the birds, it possesses the ability to control the weather; most notably, it can calm and give rise to storms. It is said that a light flutter of its wings is capable of causing winds powerful enough to tear a regular house down. If it were to flap its wings, it could hypothetically spawn storms lasting as long as 40 days. Lugia is capable of splitting islands like the Whirl Islands into smaller islands. It is highly intelligent, and because of the devastating power it could accidentally inflict, it isolates itself deep underwater and tends to sleep in solitude. It is extremely rare and is hardly ever seen. Lugia has been referred to as the guardian of the seas. There are rumors Lugia would appear during the night of a storm. Lugia loves Lugia Treats made by Snacksworth, who once encountered it in the past.

Lugia is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Aeroblast.

Shadow Lugia

A unique variant of Lugia that has jagged silver eye-spikes, a dark-purple body with white undersides, and glowing red eyes. It also has sharper toes that resemble claws, as well as a longer, more pointed tongue. Additionally, due to the shape of Lugia's back plates on its 3D models being changed after Generation IV, Shadow Lugia now posesses a unique design for them.

Shadow Lugia is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Shadow Blast.

Lugia
 
Shadow Lugia
 

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#247
Gold It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Silver It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Crystal It has an incredible ability to calm raging storms. It is said that Lugia appears when storms start.
Stadium 2 It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#—
Ruby 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.
Sapphire
Emerald Lugia is so powerful even a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart houses. As a result, it chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.
FireRed It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
LeafGreen It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#252
Diamond It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
SoulSilver It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
White
Black 2 It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Y It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Omega Ruby 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.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword, Shield, and Legends: Arceus.
Brilliant Diamond It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Shining Pearl
Generation IX Paldea
#—
Kitakami
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation IX.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Whirl Islands (requires Silver Wing) (Only one)
Crystal
Whirl Islands (requires Silver Wing) (Only one)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Navel Rock (requires MysticTicket)
FireRed LeafGreen
Navel Rock (requires MysticTicket)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Whirl Islands (requires Tidal Bell* and Silver Wing) (Only one)
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Transfer from Dream Radar (requires Pokémon SoulSilver)
Generation VI
X Y
Trade, Event
Omega Ruby
Trade, Event
Alpha Sapphire
Sea Mauville (requires Tidal Bell) (Only one)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade, Event
Ultra Sun
Trade, Event
Ultra Moon
Ultra Space Wilds (Water World) (Only one)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Shield Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) (Only one)
Brilliant Diamond
Trade
Shining Pearl
Ramanas Park (requires Squall Slate) (Only one)
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
TradeVersion 3.0.0+
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (Scarlet)
North Paldean Sea after receiving the Lugia Treat from Snacksworth (Only one) (Group Quest)
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (Violet)
North Paldean Sea after receiving the Lugia Treat from Snacksworth (Only one) (Solo Quest)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Silver Trench (99F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Surrounded Sea (B18F)
MD Sky
Surrounded Sea (B18F)
Ranger: GS
Undersea Cavern
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Beach: All (Random Legendary Encounter)
Rumble U
Secret Warehouse: The Enemies Within (Reward),
Challenge Battle: The Battle for Sky and Land ("Sky" Boss)
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 6
Rumble World
Silver Isles: Windy Sea (Special Boss)
Super MD
Sea Shrine
Picross
Area 21: Stage 12
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Lugia Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Entei SeaFinal
Generation VIII
MD DX
Silver Trench (99F)
New Snap
Lental SeafloorLevel 3
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Lugia Swoops In!
Masters EX
Master Fair sync pair scout: Sygna Suit Ethan & Lugia


In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Lugia English United States 40  November 15 to 21, 2002;
December 6 to 12, 2002
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Lugia English United Kingdom 70 June 10, 2006;
October 14 to November 19, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Lugia Italian Italy 70 June 23 to 25, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Lugia Spanish Spain 70 June 27 to August 27, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Lugia German Germany 70 September 24 to November 5, 2006
RSEFRLG Top Ten Distribution Lugia French France 70 September 26, 2006
XYORAS 7-Eleven Lugia Japanese region Online 50 August 1 to September 30, 2015
XYORAS Pokémon Center Lugia Japanese region Nintendo Network 50 September 7 to 13, 2015
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia Japanese region Online 100 April 13 to September 30, 2018
S Legendary Pokémon Celebration Lugia American region Online 60 November 2, 2018 to February 28, 2019
US Legendary Pokémon Celebration Lugia American region Online 100 November 2, 2018 to February 28, 2019
S Legendary Pokémon Celebration Lugia PAL region Online 60 November 2, 2018 to February 28, 2019
US Legendary Pokémon Celebration Lugia PAL region Online 100 November 2, 2018 to February 28, 2019
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia Japanese region Online 100 November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia American region Online 100 November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia PAL region Online 100 November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia Taiwanese region Online 100 November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019
SMUSUM Fula City Lugia Korean region Online 100 December 19, 2018 to February 28, 2019

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events*   Leftovers (100%)   Gold Bottle Cap (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
106
166 - 213 322 - 416
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
130
121 - 200 238 - 394
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
154
143 - 226 281 - 447
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total:
680
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
19/22 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Lugia is available in Scarlet and Violet Version 3.0.0+.

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Gust Flying Special 04040 100100% 35
011 Whirlwind Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100100% 10
011 Ancient Power Rock Special 06060 100100% 5
Rem.Rem. Dragon Rush Dragon Physical 100100 07575% 10
099 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
1818 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00——% 25
2727 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00——% 20
3636 Extrasensory Psychic Special 08080 100100% 20
4545 Recover Normal Status 0000 00——% 5
5454 Aeroblast Flying Special 100100 09595% 5
6363 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
7272 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
8181 Future Sight Psychic Special 120120 100100% 10
9090 Sky Attack Flying Physical 140140 09090% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Lugia
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Lugia
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001  TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM006  TM006 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM007  TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM011  TM011 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM014  TM014 Acrobatics Flying Physical 05555 100}}100% 15
TM022  TM022 Chilling Water Water Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM023  TM023 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
TM025  TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM027  TM027 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM032  TM032 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM034  TM034 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM040  TM040 Air Cutter Flying Special 06060 095}}95% 25
TM044  TM044 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
TM046  TM046 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM047  TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049  TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM050  TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM051  TM051 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM054  TM054 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM059  TM059 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TM065  TM065 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 095}}95% 15
TM066  TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070  TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM074  TM074 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM075  TM075 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM077  TM077 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM085  TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM092  TM092 Imprison Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM097  TM097 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15
TM098  TM098 Skill Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM099  TM099 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM103  TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM109  TM109 Trick Psychic Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM110  TM110 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM111  TM111 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM113  TM113 Tailwind Flying Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM114  TM114 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM115  TM115 Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 08585 100}}100% 10
TM117  TM117 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM120  TM120 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM123  TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM126  TM126 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM129  TM129 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM130  TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM133  TM133 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM135  TM135 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM142  TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM143  TM143 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM149  TM149 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM152  TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM160  TM160 Hurricane Flying Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM163  TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM164  TM164 Brave Bird Flying Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM166  TM166 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM171  TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM193  TM193 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM197  TM197 Dual Wingbeat Flying Physical 04040 090}}90% 10
TM200  TM200 Scale Shot Dragon Physical 02525 090}}90% 20
TM203  TM203 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM204  TM204 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM208  TM208 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM217  TM217 Future Sight Psychic Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM224  TM224 Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM228  TM228 Psychic Noise Psychic Special 07575 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Lugia
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Lugia
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Lugia
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Lugia
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Lugia
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 4
Recruit rate: 99.9%
Friend Area: Deep-Sea Current
Phrases
51%-100% HP My power is with you!
26%-50% HP Hm! Already, my health is in half?
1%-25% HP I'm ready to fall... Who knew my power would fail me?
Level up My level has risen like my power.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 4
Recruit rate: 10%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
 

Body size: Gigantic (9 tiles)
How to Recruit: Boss of Sea Shrine
Connected to: Zapdos, Ho-Oh
Connection Orb Set: 20

Phrases
Normal I'm a deity in charge of oceans! I will calm rough seas for you!
Low HP (< 50%) For me to take this much damage…
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Psychic
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Psychic
Field move:
(present)
 
(None ×-)
Not available in the past.
Browser entry R-301
It uses water tornadoes and whirlpools to attack.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.17 seconds Base HP: 60
Base Attack: 85 Base Defense: 66 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Psychic
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Power of Five
Increases the damage dealt by matching five Pokémon.
Pokémon Shuffle
 
Flying
  Attack Power: 80 - 130   10

#305
 

Eject+
Sometimes removes three non-Support Pokémon icons.
  Swappable Skill(s): Cross Attack+


Pokémon GO
  Base HP: 235 Base Attack: 193 Base Defense: 310
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Extrasensory, Dragon Tail
Charged Attacks: Sky Attack, Hydro Pump, Future Sight, Frustration , Return , Aeroblast, Aeroblast+ , Aeroblast++ 
New Pokémon Snap
 
Photodex entry #121
Lugia is said to be the guardian of the seas. Its power is so overwhelming that it usually stays in its home at the bottom of the sea, where it quietly sleeps.

Evolution data

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Front Back Front Back
Cross-Generation
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Lugia images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


In the anime

Main series

 
Lugia in the anime

Major appearances

Lugia (M02)

Lugia debuted in The Power of One, where it was central to the legend of Shamouti Island. Its Psychic powers allow it to communicate with humans through telepathy.

Lugia (anime)

Lugia made its main series debut in Around the Whirlpool, where a silhouetted Lugia saved Ash, Misty, and Brock from being sucked into a whirlpool. It later turned out to be the parent of Silver in The Mystery is History.

Silver

A young Lugia, nicknamed Silver by Oliver, lived near Ogi Isle in the Whirl Islands. Dr. Namba attempted to capture both the parent Lugia and Silver for Giovanni in The Mystery is History, A Parent Trapped!, and A Promise is a Promise.

Lugia (recurring)

In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, a group of Trainers challenged a Lugia to a Raid Battle, but were all easily defeated. Lugia later befriended Ash and Goh. It reappeared in a flashback in Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!. In This Could be the Start of Something Big!, it faced Ash and Goh in a Raid Battle.

Lugia's known moves are Hydro Pump and Aeroblast.

Other

In Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, a Lugia was the first Legendary Pokémon summoned by Hoopa to protect it and Ash from the shadow Hoopa Unbound. After a brief battle, the shadow Hoopa eventually portaled it back to its home in the sea.

In The Power of Us, a Lugia had a significant role in Fula City's history, as the one who gives Fula City a wind as told in the history. In the movie, Lugia remains in an unknown place until Risa and her Eevee summons it. Lugia later appear and gives the city a wind just like they did during the previous festival.

Minor appearances

In An Egg Scramble!, Team Rocket's fantasy featured a Lugia as one of the Pokémon they hoped the Egg that they stole from Dawn would hatch into.

In the opening sequence of Jirachi: Wish Maker, a Lugia rose out of the ocean during a full moon.

A Lugia appeared in the opening sequence of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.

In the opening sequence of The Rise of Darkrai, a Lugia was flying across the sky.

A Lugia appeared in the opening sequence of Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Lugia appeared in the opening sequence of Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

A Lugia appeared in the opening sequence of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A Lugia appeared in Getting More Than You Battled For!.

A silhouetted Lugia appeared in a fantasy in Healing the Healer!.

Pokémon Generations

In The Adventure, a wild Lugia flew by after a group of wild Wooper sent Red's Pikachu flying with Mud Shot.

GOTCHA!

A Lugia briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

Pokémon Evolutions

In The Show, a Lugia appeared swimming in the seas around the Whirl Islands.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Main article: Silva
Main article: Lugia (anime)

In Let's Save The Lugia!, two Lugia fulfilled the same roles as Silver and its parent in the anime.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Lugia appeared at the end of Epilogue: Wild Type, being the only Generation II Pokémon to appear in the manga.

Movie adaptations

Main article: Lugia (M02)

Lugia appeared in the manga adaptation of The Power of One.

Lugia also appeared in the graphic novel adaptation of the same movie.

Pocket Monsters DP

A Lugia appeared in PMDP29.

Pocket Monsters HGSS

A Lugia appeared in PMHGSS01.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Tower duo (Adventures)
Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The Masked Man apparently caught Lugia twice, given that its Silver Wing was shown under his possession several years ago, only to be stolen by Green. However, both times, it went back to the wild along with Ho-Oh.

In The Might of... Metapod?!, the Kanto Elite Four tried to exterminate humans using Lugia, which appeared as a spirit above Cerise Island in response to the energy produced by Gym Badges. It appeared as a being of shimmering light that Lance summoned it to aid his schemes. After he was defeated, the spirit flew to the west. In Sandslash Surprise, it was properly identified as Lugia. In Lively Lugia (Part 1), (Part 2), and (Part 3), the Johto Pokédex holders battled it before it was caught by the Masked Man just before Crystal could do so.

Besides the two, it was also controlled for some time by Will and Karen while they were under the Masked Man's jurisdiction.

  Spoilers end here.  

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Lugia appeared in The Truth About The Mysterious Whirl Islands!! and A Serious Crisis!! The Battle With The Lugia. It reappeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

In GDZ868, Shu encountered and caught a Lugia. He then released it so it could continue protecting the ocean.

Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic

A Lugia appeared in Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

A Lugia appeared in Legend? Check! Friends? Check!.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

A Lugia appeared in Clefairy Rangers to the Rescue!!.

A Lugia appeared in Take me to the Dragon Palace!.

In the TCG

Main article: Lugia (TCG)

In the TFG

One Lugia figure has been released.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl/3DS/Wii U/Ultimate

When released from a Poké Ball, Lugia will fly up out of the stage and return in the background, where it unleashes a powerful Aeroblast on a section of the stage.

Melee trophy information

The waters of the Whirl Islands are home to this legendary Pokémon, whom very few have seen. Lugia live quietly in the deepest ocean trenches for one very good reason: its combined aerial and psychic powers are so strong as to be extremely dangerous. The special moves of this gargantuan creature include the destructive wind assault known as Aeroblast.

Brawl trophy information

"A Diving Pokémon. A legendary Pokémon often referred to as 'guardian of the seas,' it has the impressive ability to control the wind. Lugia typically spends its time quietly at the bottom of the ocean. Highly powerful in all areas, Lugia's Aeroblast move is especially powerful. It uses strong flapping of its wings to target damage on a foe's weak spot."

3DS/Wii U trophy information

 
Lugia trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Lugia appears as a trophy in both versions of the game.

NA: Despite being a Psychic/Flying-type Pokémon, Lugia sleeps on the ocean floor. Legend says the flapping of Lugia's wings can create storms that last up to 40 days. It's impossible to know for sure, but in Smash Bros., Lugia definitely brings a storm with its Aeroblast attack.

PAL: Despite being a Psychic- and Flying-type, Lugia sleeps on the ocean floor. It's said that if it were to flap its wings on waking up, it could cause a storm lasting 40 days. No one can say whether that's true or not, but Lugia's attacks certainly make it seem so. It flies behind the stage and creates a mighty gust of wind with its Aeroblast attack.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Lugia returns as Poké Ball summon. It also appears as a Spirit.

Trivia

 
Lugia in Pokémon Battle Chess
  • Takeshi Shudo, script writer for the second movie, created the character of Pokémon X for the movie as a new Pokémon that symbolizes ocean currents.[1] This role was ultimately filled by Lugia, whose name and design were created by someone else.[2] Shudo was surprised when Lugia later showed up in the Pokémon games, having expected it to be exclusive to the movie.[3][4]
    • A concept art made by Ken Sugimori for the second movie depicts Lugia with an X-shaped motif on its stomach and only six plates on its back.
    • In the anime, Dr. Namba also refers to Lugia as "Pokémon X".
    • Perhaps coincidentally, it also is known by its codename, XD001, in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness—also long before its true identity is revealed.
  • Shigeki Morimoto said in an interview for the Nintendo DREAM November 2009 issue that Lugia was made a Psychic type instead of a Water type because they wanted to give it a stronger impression.
  • In Gold and Silver, Lugia, like Ho-Oh, has the same encounter music as normal wild Pokémon. The same was true for the Legendary beasts before they received unique encounter music in Crystal. However, Lugia and Ho-Oh got their own unique battle themes in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Lugia is tied with Ho-Oh for the highest base Special Defense stat of all Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Lugia's Generation IV, V, and VI Pokédex entries that mention it being able to cause a 40-day storm may be a biblical reference to Noah's Ark.
  • When Lugia's Shiny form is shown in Pokémon Stadium 2, it is pale green rather than pink.
  • Lugia appears in Pokémon Battle Chess. Alongside Ho-Oh, the player must lose a specific number of pieces (four in Lugia's case) to use it, and it takes four spaces on the board.
  • The Tin Tower event file from March 1999 marks the earliest of Lugia's appearances in Pokémon Gold and Silver.
 
Silver Tempest set symbol
  • Ho-Oh and Lugia are the only Legendary Pokémon that are game mascots that are not version-exclusives in their representative games.
  • Despite being strongly associated with the sea, Lugia does not appear in the sea at Pal Park.
  • The symbol for the Silver Tempest expansion resembles Lugia's silhouette.

Origin

Lugia's aquatic tendencies could relate it to plesiosaurs and aquatic birds. It is also possible that it may be based on Ryūjin, a dragon who lived on the ocean floor and was the Shinto god of the sea. The two have similarities in mythology, and Lugia's Shiny colors (red and white) are the same colors as the coral Ryūjin's palace was made of. In addition, it is worth noting that dragon (yang, male) and Chinese phoenix (yin, female) duality is prevalent in Eastern mythology, and Ho-Oh is the Japanese name of the Fenghuang (Chinese phoenix). In keeping with this, Lugia resembles a wyvern, a variety of dragons with a single set of forelimbs that serve as wings. Its avian body, coloration, and face-markings suggest that it may be somewhat based on the grey heron. Its rounded feet resemble those of grebes, a family of diving birds. The beluga whale, a white whale with similar body shape and coloration to Lugia, may also be a basis for its design and name. It might also be based on Bahamut (giant fish), and Bahamut is often being portrayed as a dragon-like creature in modern fantasy, hence its fish-like and dragon-like appearance.

Name origin

Lugia may be derived from ἄργυρος árguros (Ancient Greek for silver). It may also involve beluga, deluge, luna, and Lutīyā (early name for the Bahamut).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ルギア Lugia From ἄργυρος árguros and possibly beluga, deluge, and Lutīyā
  French Lugia Same as English/Japanese name
  Spanish Lugia Same as English/Japanese name
  German Lugia Same as English/Japanese name
  Italian Lugia Same as English/Japanese name
  Korean 루기아 Rugia Transcription of Japanese name
  Mandarin Chinese 洛奇亞 / 洛奇亚 Luòqíyǎ / Luòqíyà Transcription of Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese 洛奇亞 Lokkèih'a*
利基亞 Leihgēi'a*
Transcription of Japanese name


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