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Lugia (JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Psychic/Flying legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the movie Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One before making its game debut in the second generation games Gold and Silver. It is part of the Tower duo with Ho-Oh. Lugia is also the leader of the Legendary birds. Lugia has a unique variant called Shadow Lugia, codenamed XD001, that appeared in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Physiology and Behavior[]

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. It 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.

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. 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. Lugia is the only known Pokémon that learns Aeroblast. 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 has an alternate look when its heart is sealed as a Shadow Pokémon called Shadow Lugia, which first appeared in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Shadow 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 the Fourth Pokémon generation, Shadow Lugia now posesses a unique design for them.

Appearances[]

Main Pokémon games[]

Lugia serves as the mascot of both Pokémon Silver (GBC) and Pokémon SoulSilver (NDS). In both of these games, Lugia is obtainable in the Whirl Islands after partially completing the game.

Other Pokémon games[]

Lugia's shadow form, Shadow Lugia, stars in Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Super Smash Bros. series[]

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Lugia in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Lugia has appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, respectively. In these games, they would be released from a launched Poké Ball and use its exclusive move Aeroblast on all of the opponents before vanishing. In both games, a trophy was available for the Pokémon, both being featured below.

Trophy descriptions[]

Super Smash Bros. Melee

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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

In the anime[]

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Lugia in Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One

Lugia starred in Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One, alongside the Legendary birds and also appeared in Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (with Hoopa and various Legendary Pokémon), Pokémon Generations, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (with Zeraora) and Pokémon Evolutions.

In the anime, there is a baby Lugia named Silver, who along with its parent is targeted by Team Rocket. Lugia would made several mainline anime appearances after the baby Lugia arc, most recently in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

Other media[]

Lugia appeared in the Project Voltage song Encounter.

Origin and inspiration[]

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. 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. 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.

In-game information[]

Pokédex entries[]

Title Entry
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Pokémon Silver It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Pokémon Crystal It has an incredible ability to calm raging storms. It is said that Lugia appears when storms start.
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon 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.
Pokémon Sapphire 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.
Pokémon 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.
Pokémon FireRed It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Pokémon LeafGreen It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon Pearl It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon Platinum It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon HeartGold It is said that it quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong.
Pokémon SoulSilver It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon White It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon Black 2 It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon White 2 It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon Y It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm.
Pokémon 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.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire 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.
Eighth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pokémon Shining Pearl It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.


Game locations[]

Title Location(s)
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold
Whirl Islands
Pokémon Silver
Whirl Islands
Pokémon Crystal
Whirl Islands
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Trade
Pokémon Emerald
Navel Rock
Pokémon FireRed
Navel Rock
Pokémon LeafGreen
Navel Rock
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Platinum
Trade
Pokémon HeartGold
Whirl Islands
Pokémon SoulSilver
Whirl Islands
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Y
Trade
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Sea Mauville
Seventh Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sun
Trade
Pokémon Moon
Trade
Pokémon Ultra Sun
Trade
Pokémon Ultra Moon
Ultra Space Wilds (Water World)
Pokémon Let's Go
Pikachu
Unobtainable
Pokémon Let's Go
Eevee
Unobtainable
Eighth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sword
Trade
Pokémon Shield
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
Trade
Pokémon Shining Pearl
Ramanas Park
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Ninth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Scarlet
North Paldean Sea
Pokémon Violet
North Paldean Sea


Base Stats[]

Base Stats
HP 106
Attack 90
Defense 130
Sp. Attack 90
Sp. Defense 156
Speed 110
Total 680


Moveset[]

Main article: Lugia/moveset

Gallery[]

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Sprites[]

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Trivia[]

  • Lugia and Ho-Oh are the first Legendary Pokémon to be game mascots.
  • Lugia was created by Takeshi Shudo for Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One. He was surprised to later see Lugia used in the games and subsequent anime appearances.
  • Lugia is tied with Ho-Oh for the highest base Special Defense stat of all Flying-type Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • The Tin Tower event file from March 1999 marks the earliest of Lugia's appearances in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

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