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Lugia
249
ルギア Rugia
249Lugia
Generation II
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Type(s)
Type Psychic  Type Flying
Species Diving Pokémon
Abilities Pressure
Multiscale (DW)
Pokédex
Tyranitar ← 249 → Ho-Oh
Kanto N/A Johto 247/252
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into None
Gender
Genderless
Weight Height
476.2 lbs. 216.0 kg 17'01" 5.2 m
Pokédex color Egg group
White
Shape Footprint
Shape09
F249
Cry

Lugia (Japanese: ルギア Rugia) is a Psychic/Flying Legendary Pokémon. It is the Version Mascot for Pokémon Silver along with its remake, Pokémon SoulSilver.

Biology

Anatomy

Lugia is an immense, draconian and mythical Pokémon with avian qualities. It has silver-white feathers over most of its body, except for its blue underbelly. Lugia has ten fins running along its back, which stand upward while flying, but lie flat on its back in the water and on land. The fins are used as rudders for steering in the air and are flattened in the water to reduce resistance. It has two, powerful rear legs with three-toed feet, and two wings with large, finger-like feathers, giving the appearance of hands. Its eyes are masked with two dark blue fins, and two similar spikes are at the end of its long tail. Lugia's head tapers to a point and it has a serrated beak, which bears similarities to a dragon's maw. It may be inspired by the Wyvern, a mythical, draconic creature that stands on two legs, wings that function as hands and often has a barbed tail. Its child Silver is unfortunately not in the games, but appears in the anime.

Natural abilities

Lugia has the ability Pressure, which causes the opposing Pokémon to double its PP usage in battle.

Behavior

Known as the Guardian of the Seas, Lugia is tremendously intelligent and is very gentle with the life around it, despite it's colossal size. Due to the fact that it can blow houses away with the single flap of its wings, it isolates itself deep within the great current, to prevent it from harming civilization. Lugia is also intelligent enough to even speak telepathically, like Mewtwo. It can gracefully fly through the skies and can sometimes resemble a bird. It is closely related to Ho-Oh, considered to be its rival or polar opposite, as Ho-Oh is the Guardian of the Skies. The two once both resided in Ecruteak City atop the Tin and Brass Towers and were worshiped by humans until the Brass Tower burnt to the ground and both flew away. Lugia and Ho-Oh are the mascots of Pokémon Gold and Silver, and the remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver. Strangely, the two Pokémon have completely different types. Fire and Psychic is a very unusual match up, this is also strange because Lugia knows Water-type attacks, giving Ho-Oh the disadvantage in battle. This may be a reason that these Pokémon have never battled each other in the anime. It is also known that if it flaps its wings, it causes a 40 day storm.

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.

Evolution

Lugia does not evolve, but in Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness there is a Shadow counterpart of Lugia, who is controlled by Cypher - appropriately named Shadow or Dark Lugia.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold/Silver Whirl Islands One
Crystal Whirl Islands One
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Navel Rock One
Diamond/Pearl Trade None
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Whirl Islands (Requires Tidal Bell and Silver Wing) One
Black/White Trade None
Black 2/White 2 Trade or receive from Pokémon Dream Radar None
X/Y Transfer None
OR/AS Sea Mauville (Alpha Sapphire only) One
Sun/Moon Transfer None


Stats

Base Stats
HP
106
Attack
90
Defense
130
Sp. Atk
90
Sp. Def
154
Speed
110
Total
680

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
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.
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
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.
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.
Diamond
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Pearl
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Platinum
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
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.
Black
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
White
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
Black 2
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
White 2
It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
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 and 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
Lugia's wings pack devastating power and 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.
Sun
Moon


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type
1 Aeroblast 100 95% 5 Flying
11 Safeguard —% 25 Normal
22 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying
33 Recover 15 90% 20 Normal
44 Hydro Pump 120 80% 5 Water
55 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
66 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
77 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
88 AncientPower 60 100% 5 Rock
99 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 249 front S 249 front C 249 front Lugia(Back)SpriteGSC
Lugia(G)SpriteShiny Lugia(S)SpriteShiny LugiaShiny
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 249 front E 249 front RS 249 front Lugia(Back)Sprite
ShinyLugiaGenIII ShinyLugia(E)Sprite ShinyLugiaGenIII LugiaRed
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 249 front DP 249 front HGSS 249 front GenIVLugiaBack
ShinyLugia(DPPt) ShinyLugia(DPPt) Shiny Lugia HGSS GenIVShinyLugia
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Lugia BW Lugia BW Lugia BW Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Lugia XY Lugia XY Lugia Back XY
Lugia Shiny XY Lugia Shiny XY Lugia Back Shiny XY
Sun Moon Back

Anime

Lugia M02
Lugia appears as a protagonist in The Power Of One. Lawrence III, a Pokémon collector, travels to the Shamouti Islands to add the Legendary Bird trio to his collection, and in the process hoping to lure out Lugia.

In the episode Around the Whirlpool when Ash and co. fall into a sea filled with Whirlpools, an unknown Lugia (the parent of the baby Lugia referenced below) saves them by calming the currents. They only see the silhouette of the Lugia for a brief moment though and are unable to properly identify the Pokémon.

A baby Lugia named Silver was featured in the episodes The Mystery is History, A Parent Trapped!, and A Promise is a Promise  in the Pokémon Anime series. This Lugia was the target of Team Rocket in order to lure out its parent.

A Lugia also appears in MS018: Pokémon The Movie - Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, where it is summoned by Hoopa to aid in the battle against Hoopa Unbound.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Shadowlugia

Shadow Lugia

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness a Lugia was captured by Cipher and was turned into a Shadow Pokémon. This Lugia became known as XD 001, the first of a project to create many Shadow Lugia. Unlike other Shadow Pokémon, Shadow Lugia has different colors from most Lugia. This is one of two ways to get Lugia without a cheating device or event; the other is to play through Pokémon SoulSilver.

Trivia

  • Due to similar body features it is speculated that Lugia was supposed to be the final evolution of Togepi, but was made a legendary before the games' release.
  • Lugia's wings resemble hands.
  • Although Lugia is a genderless Pokémon, it sounds masculine in the movie.
  • Lugia is the only known Legendary Pokémon to be able to have offspring. (Besides Latias, Manaphy and Latios).
  • Lugia's ability to learn Water-type moves may be due to its inclination to stay near the bottom of the sea to restrict its powers.
  • Most people confuse Lugia as being a Water-type because Lugia can learn a variety of Water-type moves.
  • Despite its body shape, Lugia is not a dragon type like Charizard, Gyarados, and Aerodactyl.
  • To capture Lugia, the player must have a Silver Wing.
  • Lugia is the 'Trio Master' of the legendary birds as seen in Pokémon 2000.
  • Lugia and Ho-Oh could be references to Noah's Ark from the Bible, Lugia being the 40 day storm and Ho-Oh being the rainbow after the storm.
  • Despite the fact that it can create storms with its wings, it can't learn Hurricane.
    • Interestingly, Articuno and Moltres can.
      • Lugia is the only Legendary Pokémon to be part of Viz Media's 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.
      • 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.

Origin

Lugia's tendency for being underwater resembles plesiosaurs. It is also possible that Lugia 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 Ryujin's palace was made of. Lugia's avian body, coloration and face-markings suggests that it may be somewhat based on the grey heron. 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. It may also incorporate deluge.

Gallery

Sources

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