‘Pokémon Go’ Lugia Weakness: Gyarados is your secret weapon to catch the Gen 2 legendary

‘Pokémon Go’ Lugia Weakness: Gyarados is your secret weapon to catch the Gen 2 legendary
Gyarados may be a diamond in the rough when it comes to battling Lugia.
Source: Bulbapedia
Gyarados may be a diamond in the rough when it comes to battling Lugia.
Source: Bulbapedia

Following the live event in Chicago, legendary raids have finally appeared in Pokémon Go. Gen 2’s Lugia currently rules the roost, and for good reason. The diving Pokémon is one tough buster at 42,753 raid CP and a dual flying/psychic type that only has a few specialized counters.

However, Pokémon Go fans may have just found an ace in the hole against the über-tough Lugia — one that evolves from everyone’s favorite punching bag.

Pokémon Go Lugia weaknesses: Gyarados is a powerful counter

On Pokémon Go player community the Silph Road, poster RyanoftheDay — who previously mocked up some of the best Legendary counters prior to their release — argued that Gyarados is a powerful counter against Lugia.

Against a Lugia with Hydro Pump, RyanoftheDay stated that Gyarados actually performs better than a Tyranitar of a similar level — especially if it has Bite and Crunch as its moveset, since both are dark-type moves that take advantage of psychic-type Lugia’s weakness to dark.

Another user, sts_ssp, did some number crunching and confirmed that in specific circumstances, Gyarados can be a good counter to Lugia:

Against a Hydro Pump Lugia, Gyarados takes about half as much damage from the charge move as a Tyranitar of similar level.
Source: sts_ssp/The Silph Road

It should be noted, however, that these matchups can also turn against Gyarados, especially when stacked against a Lugia with Future Sight as its charge move — which is one of the best movesets you can get for Lugia, by the way:

Gyarados does poorly against a Lugia with Future Sight, unfortunately.
Source: sts_ssp/The Silph Road

However, Gyarados’ weakness to a psychic-type Lugia shouldn’t deter you from using it in raids. A Gyarados with dark-type attacks can function as a strong budget counter to all Lugia types, especially if you don’t have multiples of more solid counters, like Houndoom, Gengar and Tyranitar.

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