Shadow Lugia has finally returned to Pokemon GO, but this time it will be in 5-Star Raids instead of on Giovanni’s battle team!

If you want to beat Shadow Lugia in Pokemon GO Raids, you’ll ideally want to battle it with at least five Pokemon trainers.

Additionally, you’ll want to select some powerful Pokemon to counter Shadow Lugia’s weaknesses and use some Purified Gems to weaken it when it becomes enraged.

Here’s everything you need to know to defeat Shadow Lugia, including its weaknesses and the best Pokemon to counter it!

What Type is Shadow Lugia?

Shadow Lugia is a Psychic/Flying-type Pokemon.

This combination of types gives it five weaknesses and four resistances to consider when battling it.

Pokemon GO Tour Johto Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia Weaknesses & Resistances

DarkFighting (Double Resistance)
GhostGround (Double Resistance)

All of the types that Shadow Lugia is weak to deal 160% damage to it.

On the other hand, Grass and Psychic-type attacks deal 63% damage to Shadow Lugia, and Fighting and Ground attacks deal just 39% damage to it.

Pokemon GO 5th Anniversary Shadow Lugia

Best Pokemon to Counter Shadow Lugia in Raids

The best Pokemon to counter Shadow Lugia include Xurkitree, Zekrom, Hydreigon, Darkrai, and Giratina, as they all have attacks that exploit its weaknesses.

Additionally, there are a number of Mega Pokemon like Mega Tyranitar, Mega Gengar, and Mega Diancie that are also very effective in this battle.

These are the best Pokemon to use against Shadow Lugia and their strongest attacks:

PokemonFast AttackCharged Attack
Mega Tyranitar
Mega Tyranitar in Pokemon GO
BiteBrutal Swing
Mega Gengar
Pokemon GO Mega Gengar
LickShadow Ball
Mega Diancie
Mega Diancie Pokemon GO
Rock ThrowRock Slide
Mega Banette
Mega Banette Pokemon GO
Shadow ClawShadow Ball
Mega Manectric
Mega Manectric Pokemon GO
Thunder FangWild Charge
Xurkitree Pokemon GO
Thunder ShockDischarge
Pokemon GO Zekrom
Charge BeamFusion Beam
Darkrai Pokemon GO
SnarlShadow Ball
Hydreigon Pokemon GO
BiteBrutal Swing
Giratina (Origin Forme)
Giratina Pokemon GO (Origin)
Shadow ClawShadow Force
Pokemon GO Rampardos
Smack DownRock Slide
Therian Forme Thundurus
Pokemon GO Therian Forme Thundurus
Volt SwitchThunderbolt

When is Shadow Lugia in Pokemon GO Raids?

Shadow Lugia is in Pokemon GO Raids from 10 AM local time on October 28 until 8 PM local time on October 29, 2023.

This gives players just two in-game days of Raiding to defeat this Shadow Legendary!

Can Shadow Lugia Be Shiny in Pokemon GO?

Yes, Shadow Lugia can be shiny in Pokemon GO, after it was made available for the first time on October 28, 2023.

After winning a 5-Star Shadow Lugia Raid, there is a 5% (1 in 20) chance that the Shadow Lugia you encounter will be the shiny version. However, you’ll still have to catch it!

Normal and Shiny Lugia Pokemon GO
Lugia (left) and shiny Lugia (right)
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