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[[File:Type Psychic/Flying.gif|link=Psychic/Flying type]]  
Species Diving Pokémon
Abilities Pressure
Multiscale (Dream World)
None ← 249 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into None
ルギア Rugia'
[[Generation II]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=White>White</font>
Shape Footprint

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




Lugia 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..

Special abilities

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


Lugia does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Lugia Locations
Version(s) Location 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

Pokédex entries



Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Lugia(G)Sprite.png File:Lugia(S)Sprite.png File:Lugia(C)Sprite.gif Lugia(Back)SpriteGSC
Lugia(G)SpriteShiny Lugia(S)SpriteShiny File:LugiaShinyCrystalSprite.gif LugiaShiny
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Lugia(RSFRLG)Sprite.png File:Lugia(E)Sprite.gif File:Lugia(RSFRLG)Sprite.png Lugia(Back)Sprite
ShinyLugiaGenIII ShinyLugia(E)Sprite ShinyLugiaGenIII LugiaRed
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:DiamondPearlPlatinumLugia.png File:DiamondPearlPlatinumLugia.png File:Lugia HGSS.png GenIVLugiaBack
ShinyLugia(DPPt) ShinyLugia(DPPt) Shiny Lugia HGSS GenIVShinyLugia
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Lugia Sprite(BW).gif Lugia BW Back
File:Lugia Shiny BW.png File:Lugia Shiny Back V.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


Generation II

See the main article: Lugia/Generation II Learnset


File:800px-Lugia M02-1-.png

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.

Gale of Darkness


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.


  • 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 generation's 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 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.
  • 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 its wings, it can't learn Hurricane.
    • Interestingly, Articuno and Moltres can.


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