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First appearance Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One (1999, overall)
Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions (1999, video games)
Generation Generation II
Category Diving Pokémon
Evolves from N/A
Evolves into N/A
Type(s) Flying/Psychic
Height 17'01" (5.2 m)
Weight 476.2 lbs. (216.0 kg)
Gender ratio None
Pokédex color Gray
Egg group(s) N/A
Abilities Pressure
Multiscale (Dream World)
Signature moves Aeroblast
Voiced by Koichi Yamadera (Japan)
Eric Rath (English)
Notable members
Shadow Lugia
Pokédex navigation
National Pokédex:
Tyranitar | Lugia (#249) | Ho-Oh
Johto Pokédex:
Tyranitar | Lugia (#252) | Ho-Oh

Lugia is a Flying/Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon that first appeared as a central character in the film, Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One before making its video game debut in the Generation II games, Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions. Lugia is the mascot for Pokémon Silver Version and its remake, Pokémon SoulSilver.

Lugia dwells within the depths of the ocean, and is capable of learning several Water type moves. Despite this, it is not a Water-type Pokémon. Lugia is also the overseer of the Legendary Birds and is considered to be the opposite of Ho-Oh, a fiery phoenix-like Pokémon which dwells within the sky, oversees the Legendary Beasts, and is the mascot of Pokémon Gold Version and its remake, Pokémon HeartGold Version.

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, there is an evil dark purple Lugia named Shadow Lugia, who serves as both the game's mascot and main antagonist.

Game appearances[edit]

Pokémon series[edit]

Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions[edit]

In Pokémon Gold Version, a level 70 Lugia is found in the Whirl Islands, and the player character is required to have the Silver Wing in order to encounter it. In Pokémon Silver Version, the Lugia is level 40 instead, and it has a different moveset, including its signature move, Aeroblast.

Pokémon Crystal Version[edit]

In Pokémon Crystal Version, like Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions, the Lugia is encountered on Whirl Islands if the player character has the Silver Wing. The Lugia is at level 60, and it knows four moves: Hydro Pump, Gust, Recover, and Rain Dance.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions / Pokémon Emerald Version[edit]

Lugia only exists as a promotional Pokémon in the main three Generation III games. Lugia can only be encountered if the player has downloaded a Mystic Ticket into their cartridge, allowing their character to visit Navel Rock, where Lugia is located.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness[edit]

Main article: Shadow Lugia

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the storyline depicts a Shadow Lugia on the loose and terrorizing the locals. The Shadow Lugia started out as a regular Lugia, but has been harshly corrupted by the criminal organization, Cipher. Michael must catch the Shadow Lugia before it destroys the whole world. Late into the game, he encounters the Shadow Lugia at Citadark Isle and captures it. He later takes it to the Purify Chamber to turn it back into a regular Lugia.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In every Super Smash Bros. game, starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Lugia can be released from a Poké Ball. Starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, it can also be released from a Master Ball.

When released from a Poké Ball, Lugia flies up into the background and attacks using Aeroblast, releasing large whirlwinds onto the stage to damage opponents. It can also damage opponents as it flies up.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series[edit]

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team / Blue Rescue Team[edit]

Lugia appears as both a boss and a playable character in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. To recruit it, the player must reach level 99 of a dungeon called Silver Trench. To reach this difficult dungeon, the player must complete 4 different events that are available after game completion. Its Friend Area is Deep-Sea Current, and will automatically join the player's team after he/she defeats it and meets all normal recruitation conditions.

Pokémon anime[edit]

Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One[edit]

In Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One, a Lugia, voiced by Eric Rath, arises from the sea when the three legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are roused by a Pokémon collector who tries to catch the trio. Lugia is similar to Mewtwo in the sense that it is sapient and psychically powerful enough to communicate in English through telepathy. Lugia then battles the raging birds and, with the help of Ash Ketchum and Team Rocket, manages to calm them and restore peace to nature.


Lugia makes a second appearance in the anime, when Ash travels to the Whirl Islands where he teams up with Richie to help stop a Team Rocket scientist from separating a young Lugia named Silver from her parent. Neither of them are the Lugia from Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One. These two are an example that Legendary Pokémon can bear offspring, unlike in the video games. Neither of these Lugia appear to have the ability to talk. They appear in these three episodes: "The Mystery Is History", "A Parent Trapped!", and "A Promise Is a Promise".

Pokémon Trading Card Game[edit]

Lugia have made six appearances as of now in card format, and these cards are in these sets:

  • Neo Genesis (as a Colorless holographic)
  • Neo Revelation (as a Psychic-type)
  • Expedition as Dark-type
  • Aquapolis (as a Colorless secret holographic)
  • EX Unseen Forces (as a Psychic-type)
  • EX Unseen Forces (as Lugia EX, a holographic Colorless-type)

Its first appearance was in Neo Genesis as a Holographic colorless-type card with an Elemental Blast attack that did 90 damage for three different energy discarded.

Next was its appearance in E-Aquapolis as a Holographic colorless-type card with the Crystal Type Poké-Body.

Most recently, it has appeared as an EX-Pokémon modeled after Lugia's Neo Genesis debut, with an Elemental Blast that does 200 damage instead of 90.

Another card, the Shadow Lugia Jumbo Promo was given out on October 2, 2005, in the Nintendo World Store. This card is restricted from any sort of card game play and is purely for collecting purposes, and for good reason: It features 300 hit points (the record holder otherwise would be Wailord EX, at 200 HP) and a Shadow Storm attack that, for four Psychic energy, does 1000 literal damage. Further proof that it is not meant to see play in any game is the description for the attack that is printed on the card, and it does not conform to Pokémon card design guidelines: "A shadowy aura is used to whip up a vicious tornado."

The Shadow Lugia Jumbo promo card was also given away March 25, 2006 at the Pokémon 10th Anniversary celebration at Space Center Houston to the five finalists of the Pikachu freeze-dance contest. Size is about 5-3/4" x 8".



Level Move Type Power Accuracy PP
1 Aeroblast Flying 100 95 5
11 Safeguard Normal 25
22 Gust Flying 40 100 35
33 Recover Normal 20
44 Hydro Pump Water 120 80 5
55 Rain Dance Water 5
66 Swift Normal 60 20
77 Whirlwind Normal 100 20
88 AncientPower Rock 60 100 5
99 Future Sight Psychic 80 90 15
Bold indicates that Lugia receives STAB from this move.

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

Lugia is primarily pale silver-white, but has blue undersides with slightly varying tones. It has a somewhat beak-like, ridged mouth, although it has teeth on its lower jaw. Lugia's head has a point to the back, and its eyes have pointed blue spikes on them. Lugia has a long, slender neck, and its body is smooth and covered with streamlined feathers, with the exception of dark blue or black spike-like protrusions which run down the length of its back, and two smaller ones on the end of its tail. Lugia has large wings that resemble hands, similar to a personified bird wing.


According to the Pokédex, Lugia has the ability to calm storms, and is said to appear when storms start. Lugia is able to spawn a storm lasting as long as 40 days by flapping its wings. A light flutter of Lugia's wings can create winds that are powerful enough to blow apart regular houses. Lugia is highly intelligent, and isolates itself at the bottom of the sea, where it tends to slumber in solitude at the bottom of a deep oceanic trench, in order to avoid accidentally causing damage with the devastating power it packs.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ルギア
Rugia (romanized)
Lugia (trademark)
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