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Lugia returns to Raid Battles with Pokemon Go’s most powerful move

Published: 5/Nov/2020 22:26

by Paul Cot


Lugia is no stranger to Pokemon Go Raid Battles and has returned once again. This time though, it will come with the ultra-powerful Charge Move Aeroblast.

The iconic Johto Legendary ‘mon will feature from right now until Monday, November 16, 1pm PST (4pm EST and 9pm GMT). It was last seen in five-star Raid Battles all the way back on December 23, 2019!


Aeroblast isn’t just another ‘powerful’ move in Pokemon Go. In Go Battle League it deals more damage than any other move, period. At 170 damage (180 in PvE) it is 20 damage more powerful than the previous strongest moves: Draco Meteor, Giga Impact, Hyper Beam, Solar Beam, and Zap Cannon.

Outside of Draco Meteor, it actually requires less energy as well at just 75. This gives it a DPE of 2.26 which is only bettered by Brave Bird, Draco Meteor, Overheat, and V-Create.

Aeroblast is a flying-type move which means Lugia will benefit from STAB when using it. It is super effective against bug, fighting, and grass-type Pokemon.

Conversely, electric, rock, and steel types are resistant to it. With such incredible damage though, you don’t want to be any Pokemon and get hit by it, so you better have those Protect Shields if coming up against Lugia from now.

Lugia Aeroblast
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Will Lugia with Aeroblast change the Pokemon Go meta at all?

Lugia counters

As a dual flying/psychic-type, Lugia is weak against dark, electric, ghost, ice, and rock attacks. It is resistant to fighting, ground, grass, and psychic. The first two it has a double resistance to, only receiving 39.1% of damage – so don’t use those types at all costs.

Lugia’s best counters are as follows:

  • Zekrom: Charge beam and Wild Charge
  • Magnezone: Spark and Wild Charge
  • Raikou: Volt Switch and Wild Charge
  • Zapdos: Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Darkrai: Snarl and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar: Lick and Shadow Ball
  • Weavile: Ice Shard and Avalanche

However, with the right amount of trainers – at least 5 or more – you should be able to take it down with even neutral types.

GO Battle League overview

Due to Lugia’s high max CP of 3,703 it is more favored towards Master League. It can be used in Ultra League too, but it isn’t quite as effective.

Obviously having Aeroblast could pay huge dividends but that’s only if you can avoid your opponent’s Protect Shields. Consequently, it may be a good tactic to leave Lugia to last – if possible.

To get full use of Lugia you’ll need to combine Aeroblast with Sky Attack, so you have a Charge Move that can be used often, otherwise, your attack will be predictable. Unfortunately, this puts extra emphasis on flying moves which can be costly – but there really isn’t another option if using Aeroblast.

Whether you use Dragon Tail or Extrasensory for its Fast Move is down to preference. Both moves are relatively average but the latter has the benefit of STAB.

Lugia is more appealing for PvP because of its incredible defense stat. And yes, it can be found in its Shiny form in Raid Battles for you Shiny hunters out there.


How to watch Pokemon Presents presentation on February 26 – time, stream, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 21:54

by Brent Koepp


Game Freak has announced a special Pokemon Presents on February 26. What will be announced? The long-rumored Sinnoh Diamond & Pearl remakes? A Let’s Go sequel? Here’s how to watch the stream to find out.

As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the stakes have never been higher for the popular Nintendo series. This year marks the franchise’s 25th anniversary, making the annual celebration an even bigger deal than usual.

Hanging over the event are the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes, meaning excitement filled the air when Game Freak announced a February Pokemon Presents. Here is everything you need to know about the digital conference.

Screenshot of Pokemon Company President & CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara during Pokemon Presents.
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TPC President Ishihara during 2019 Pokemon Presents.

Pokemon Presents date & start time

Rumors about a Sinnoh remake have been swirling for so long that many fans have already accepted it as a foregone conclusion. While not confirmed, Game Freak’s surprise Pokemon Presents seems to line up with a major game reveal.

The digital event is slated for February 26, and goes live at 7:00 AM (PST) / 10:00 AM (ET) / 3:00 PM (GMT). Make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms – depending on what region you are in, the stream will begin really early.

As for what will be revealed, it’s anyone guess. Although several leaks and rumors claim it to be a Sinnoh title. We wouldn’t rule out a Let’s Go sequel getting a mention either, although Game Freak confirmed the Presents will be 20 minutes in length – similar to Sword & Shield’s in 2019.

Screenshot of Pokemon Presents Twitter announcement.
The Pokemon Presents was announced on Twitter.

How to watch Pokemon Presents

Those wanting to catch the exciting Pokemon Presents live will need to head over to YouTube a few minutes before the times listed above. The digital conference will stream on the official Pokemon channel.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below so all you have to do is refresh the page at the time and it will load. We will also be updating this page once the conference is over to make sure the replay of the event is posted.

The Pokemon Presents holds more weight than usual, simply because it falls on the series’ 25th anniversary. Based on Game Freak’s history, it also makes sense for a remake of an older title given we are in between generations, with Gen 9 expected in 2022.

Only time will tell if the Japanese company delivers what many fans have been asking for over the last few years. However, regardless of what is announced, it’s never been a more exciting time to be a fan of the Nintendo RPG.