Shadow Lugia has arrived in Pokémon Go for a limited time. If you want to catch him, you'll need to complete the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research available during Season of the Mischief. You will have to complete it before the end of November 2021. Then, you will have to face Giovanni and beat him to save Shadow Lugia. Once you've done that, you'll need to teach this Legendary Pokémon the best attacks to make it a powerful ally. These are the best moves to teach Shadow Lugia in Pokémon Go.
Shadow Lugia is a Flying and Psychic-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock-type moves, but is resistant to Fighting, Ground, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks. Lugia already has a powerful defense stat. Removing some of this for even greater attack power becomes an even more robust Pokémon to use in the Master League, surpassing its traditional form.
These are all the moves Shadow Lugia can learn.
- Dragon Tail (Dragon type) - 13 damage and 3 energy per turn (4,3 damage per turn) - 3 turns
- Extra Sensory (Psychic-type) - 8 damage and 3,3 energy per turn (2,6 damage per turn) - 3 turns
- Aeroblast (flying type) - 170 damage and 75 energy (12,5% chance to increase attack power by two degrees)
- Future Sight (Psychic type) - 120 damage and 65 energy
- Hydro pump (water type) - 130 damage and 75 energy
- Sky Attack (flywheel type) – 75 dani and 45 energy
The best quick move you can give Shadow Lugia is the Dragon Tail. Although it is a Dragon-type move, it deals enough damage and provides nearly the same energy as extrasensory energy. Therefore, the dragon's tail is a better move to select in general.
You always want to make sure the shadow Lugia has access to the sky attack for the charged move. The main reason for this is the amount of energy that all of Lugia's charged moves cost. The Sky attack is the cheapest at 45 of energy, while the next is future view for 65 of energy. Lugia needs an attack from the sky to trick an opponent into using a shield, exposing them to second choice, Lugia's best attack, the aeroblast. However, Aeroblast will be a rare sight for the Lugia shadow because it is exclusive unless you want to use an Elite Charged TM.
The best moveset to give Lugia shadow is the dragon's tail which moves fast and charged moves attack the sky and the aeroblast.