AppearanceLugia is an immense, draconic 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.
Known as the Guardian of the Seas, Lugia is tremendously intelligent, and is very gentle with the life around it. 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 is 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 worshipped by humans until the Brass Tower burnt to the ground and both birds 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 days storm.
In the anime
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.
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 - The Power of One
- "Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail, and thus the earth shall turn to ash. O Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three. Their powers combined tame the Beast of the Sea."
- — Shamouti Prophecy
Lugia appears as a protagonist in Pokémon: The Movie 2000 - 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. He is unaware doing so will throw the world's weather into chaos. Ash, Tracey and Misty arrive at Shamouti during the annual island festival honouring the Legend of the Chosen One. Ash is chosen to be the Chosen One in the ceremony, and goes out to collect the three treasures. He is caught up in a terrible storm caused by Lawrence III capturing Moltres. He crash lands on Fire Island and retrieves the treasure there, but is confronted by Zapdos, who has taken over in Moltres's absence. Misty, Tracey and Melody arrive to help Ash in the storm, but are accidently captured when Lawrence captures Zapdos.
Lugia does not evolve.
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Gale of Darkness
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.
- 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 and Latios).
- Lugia 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.
- It's signature move is Aeroblast.
- 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 it's wings, it can't learn Hurricane.
- Interestingly, Articuno and Moltres can.
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