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#249 Lugia
249Lugia.png
Image from the Generation IV games
Category Diving Pokémon
Original Region Johto
National Dex Nr. #249
Johto Dex Nr. #252
Generation 2
Type(s) Psychic/Flying
Ability/ies Pressure
(Hidden: Multiscale)

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

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

It is often considered to be closely related to Ho-Oh as a duo, even sometimes as its polar opposite. Silver represents Lugia as "guardian of the seas", and Gold represents Ho-Oh as "guardian of the skies."

Lugia is the version mascot of Pokémon Silver, its remake Pokémon SoulSilver, and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (as Shadow Lugia), appearing on the boxart of them all.

In Pokémon XD, Shadow Lugia, codenamed XD001, is a main part of the storyline, and Cipher's ultimate Shadow Pokémon.

Biology

Lugia is a large Pokémon that resembles a dragon, a plesiosaur, and a bird. It is primarily pale 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, with the exception of dark blue or black plate-like protrusions that run down the length of its back, and two smaller ones on the ends of their tails. It can fold back these plates to increase its speed. It has large wings that resemble hands. Though it is genderless, young Lugia has been observed, suggesting that there is a breeding population. 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 down cliffs. 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.

Stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 106
166 - 213 322 - 416
Attack: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Defense: 130
121 - 200 238 - 394
Sp.Atk: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Sp.Def: 154
143 - 226 281 - 447
Speed: 110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total: 680   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • The minimum stats were calculated with 0 EV's and IV's, plus a hindering Nature, if applicable.
  • The maximum stats are calculated with 252 EV's, 31 IV's, and a helpful Nature, if applicable.


Shadow Lugia Fanonical Stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 106
166 - 213 322 - 416
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Def: 124
116 - 193 227 - 381
Speed: 110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total: 680   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • The minimum stats were calculated with 0 EV's and IV's, plus a hindering Nature, if applicable.
  • The maximum stats are calculated with 252 EV's, 31 IV's, and a helpful Nature, if applicable.


Moves

By level up

Level Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Effect
Start Whirlwind Type Flying.gif Status.gif - 90% Forces the target to switch out. In the wild, the battle ends.
Start Gust Type Flying.gif Special.gif 40 100% No effect.
Start Natural Gift Type Normal.gif Physical.gif - 100% Power and type varies depending on what berry the user holds.
Start Weather Ball Type Normal.gif Special.gif 50 100% Type and power vary depending on the weather.
8 Safeguard Type Normal.gif Status.gif - - Prevents all status problems for 5 turns.
15 Recover Type Normal.gif Status.gif - - Restores half the maximum of the user's HP.
22 Extrasensory Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 80 100% 10% chance of making the target flinch.
29 Rain Dance Type Water.gif Status.gif - - Summons rain for 5 turns.
36 Punishment Type Dark.gif Physical.gif - 100% Power varies depending on the target's stat changes.
43 Ancient Power Type Rock.gif Special.gif 60 100% 10% chance of raising all of the user's stats.
50 Aeroblast Type Flying.gif Special.gif 100 95% Has a high critical hit ratio.
57 Dragon Rush Type Dragon.gif Physical.gif 100 75% 20% chance of making the target flinch.
64 Hydro Pump Type Water.gif Special.gif 120 80% No effect.
71 Psychic Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 90 100% 10% chance of lowering the target's Special Defense stat one stage.
78 Calm Mind Type Psychic.gif Status.gif - - Raises the user's Special Attack and Special Defense stats one stage.
85 Sky Attack Type Flying.gif Physical.gif 140 90% Prepares the first turn and strikes the next turn. High critical hit ratio and 20% chance of making the target flinch.
92 Future Sight Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 120 100% Causes damage two turns after being used.
99 Psycho Boost Type Psychic.gif Special.gif 140 90% Lowers the user's Special Attack stat two stages.

Trivia

  • Lugia is the first Legendary Pokémon to appear in three consecutive normal episodes of the anime.
  • Lugia is the only Legendary Pokémon to be part of the Pokémon All-Stars DVD series.
  • Lugia has been the mascot of three games, namely: Pokémon Silver, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon SoulSilver, making it the record holder of most number of times used as a game mascot.
  • Before the introduction of Pokémon Gold and Silver, Lugia was known as "Pokémon X." 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.
  • 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.
  • Despite not being a Water type, Lugia has occasionally been depicted as a Water-type in the Trading Card Game.
  • Lugia is tied with Ho-Oh for the highest base Special Defense of all Flying types.
    • Lugia is tied with Ho-Oh, Rayquaza, and Yveltal for highest base stat total of all Flying types.
  • In the book adaptation of The Power of One, Lugia is mistakenly referred to as a Water/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 green rather than pink.
  • Lugia is the tallest Psychic-type Pokémon.

Origin

Lugia's tendency for being underwater resembles plesiosaurs. It is also possible that Lugia is 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 Ryujin's palace was made of. The beluga whale, a white whale with a similar body shape and coloration to Lugia, may also be a basis for Lugia's design and name. Lugia's back fins and tail spikes are reminiscent of the Stegosaurus.

Name Origin

Lugia may be derived from lutetium (a silverish element), which in turn is named after Lutetia (the Roman name for Paris, the city of light). It may also involve Lugeo (Latin for to lie dormant, alluding to the way Lugia lies at the bottom of the sea) and luna (Latin for moon). Alternatively, it may come from beluga whale.

Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ルギア
Lugia
From lutetium, Lutetia, lugeo, luna, and beluga whale
Spanish Lugia Same as Japanese name
French Lugia Same as Japanese name
German Lugia Same as Japanese name
Italian Lugia Same as Japanese name
Korean 루기아
Lugia
Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese 洛奇亞 / 洛奇亚
Luòqíyǎ / Luòqíyà
Transliteration of Japanese name

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Tyranitar
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Lugia
#249: Lugia
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#250: Ho-Oh →
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