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Lugia is more of a defensive Pokemon, but why not turn defense into offense?

Pokemon: Lugia
Item: Weakness Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 HP/4 Sp. Def/252 Sp. Atk
Quiet Nature

  • Aeroblast
  • Psychic
  • Ancient Power
  • Hydro Pump/Calm Mind

Aeroblast and Psychic are your reliable STABs, Aeroblast with a high chance for a crit, and Psychic with a chance for a Sp. Def drop. Ancient Power has a chance to boost all of Lugia’s stats. Hydro Pump is for coverage against rock types, but Calm Mind makes Lugia even more unstoppable in offense and defense.

The EV spread makes Lugia able to hit as hard as possible, while being able to tank a super effective hit. A Quiet Nature lets Lugia do insane damage after the opponent hits Lugia with a super effective move. Multiscale helps Lugia tank a super effective hit with minimal damage. Lastly, a Weakness Policy increases attacking power to the point of insanity after being hit by a super effective move.

Hope you liked this set!

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Note: I did not look at pimplup’s set while making this. So don’t call me a copycat.
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EVs: 252 HP 252 sp. attack 4 sp.defense
Nature:modest or calm
Ability:multiscale
•Aeroblast: strong STAB and critical hit rate increased
•Calm Mind: with his amazing bulk, he can use this multiple times, making his Aeroblast very powerful and his special defense amazing
•Psychic: STAB, good damage
•Recover/Roost:Both heal, use roost if you like getting rid of the flying type (for the turn)and recover if you don’t

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Ability: Multiscale
Eve's: SpA 252 SpD 114 Hp: 144
Calm Nature (+SpD, -Atk)

Aeroblast (Powerful Stab)
Calm Mind (Amazing Setup)
Recover (Reliable Recovery)
Psychic (Accurate Stab)

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Lugia @ Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
EV’s: 4 HP, 252 Def, 252 SpAtk,
Modest Nature

  • Aeroblast
  • Hydro Pump
  • Reflect
  • Calm Mind

Hear me out on this one. Ik Lugia’s a wall but I decided to try a tank for once. Investment in defense helps balance its defensive stats and Reflect is there in case that’s not enough. Calm Mind for Special stat boosts, Aeroblast for STAB and Hydro Pump cuz Psychic isn’t great anymore. Leftovers to heal off potential damage from opponents to get back to Multiscale.

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Offensive Set
Lugia @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 248 Spe / 252 SpA / 8 Def
Relaxed Nature
- Aeroblast
- Roost
- Calm Mind
- Giga Drain/Surf
Aeroblast is a powerful STAB move that hits oppoments hard, Roost quickly heals Lugia up so it can take an Astral Barrage from a Calyrex-Shadow. Calm Mind can help take Astral Barrage even better, and also makes Aeroblast even stronger. Giga Drain quickly heals up Lugia while dealing damage and also has Rock cover. Surf covers more but doesn't heal.


Hyper defense
Lugia @ Heavy-Duty Boots/Light Clay
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Thunder Wave/Toxic
- Roost
- Light Screen
- Dragon Tail
Thunder Wave halves the speed of most Pokemons except ground types, making Lugia fast. Toxic makes it that the Pokemon will lose health every turn. Light Screen helps replaces increasing Special Defense to take a Astral Barrage without being at full health. Dragon Tail can switch out threats and works best on Spikes, Stealth Rock or Sticky Web.
I've hoped I've helped!

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Lugia @ Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
Modest Nature
- Giga Drain
- Aeroblast
- Extrasensory
- Hydro Pump
Giga Drain heals itself. Aeroblast is STAB and it has high critical hit-ratio. Extrasensory is STAB and it has a chance to flinch. Hydro Pump is 110 power. Multiscale halves the damage from the target(s).

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Why would you use Dragon Rush? 252 Atk and 252 Special Attack EVs? Really? Why Brave Nature? Why Black Belt when much better items exist? Why ROCK SMASH?
I’d harshly criticize this if I could stop laughing at it
Good sir, let's see what is wrong with this. Black belt sucks, EV spread is horrible, Absolutely garbage nature, Dragon Rush is a bad move, ROCK SMASH????????? Lugia is a tank. Idk why you would be using it as a mixed attacker. I really don't know mate
It can't even learn rock smash, and even if it could, why on earth, out of all the wonderful fighting type moves out there, would you chose Rock smash for it to have.
It actually can learn Rock Smash via transfers. However that doesn't change the fact that this set is the epitome of terrible
Impish Nature? Why not Bold? After all, it has all Special moves, so Bold wouldn't hinder you like Impish would while still boosting your Defense. And the Attack EVs are useless in this set, so maybe move those to another stat.
I am tempted to edit this into a viable moveset, but I shouldn't.
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Gen 8 Doubles Ubers

Lugia @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hurricane / Aeroblast
- Earth Power
- Calm Mind
- Protect

Dynamax attacker. Hurricane and Aeroblast are options for Flying STAB. The former is stronger and has perfect accuracy in rain (which is often up due to how common Kyogre is), but unnacurate if not, while the latter is slightly weaker but has much better accuracy. Don't use Hurricane if you have Groudon on your team, though. Both of them also boost your speed one stage as well as your ally's when you're Dynamaxed. Earth Power hits the many Steel types in the metagame for super effective damage and boosts special defence while Dynamaxed. Calm Mind boosts your special attack and special defence both by one stage, which is nice since Lugia's special attack isn't very good (only base 90). Protect allows you to scout for attacks while staying almost completely safe from attacks. In case you're wondering why I didn't put a Psychic attack on this set, there are so many Psychic resists in the metagame, and most viable Pokémon that take super effective damage from Psychic (e.g. Amoonguss) are also weak to Flying (the rare Eternatus is the only exception to this). The Weakness Policy increases Lugia's special attack by two stages when hit by a super effective attack, and Lugia has the bulk (further increased by Dynamax and Multiscale) to take a such an attack. 204 speed EVs allow Lugia to outspeed variants of Kyogre that aren't running a Choice Scarf.

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Protect is more of a niche option and could be replaced with Roost
Protect is easily one of the most important moves in doubles. I probably should've mentioned this in my answer but after Dynamax ends, the opponent might try to take out Lugia as fast as possible and constantly try to double team it. Protect can stop those attempts at doing so while your ally can take out an opposing Pokémon, and it can stall out Trick Room if it's up (I can't be bothered to edit this in rn since it'll need to be approved again). You can run Roost if you want since you can still use Max Guard.
Ouch doubles I didn’t notice sorry
It's alright lol
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Gen 8 AG Dynamax Sweeper
Lugia @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Earth Power
- Roost
- Ice Beam / Calm Mind
- Aeroblast
Earth Power is coverage, lowers special defense sometimes in regular form, and boosts special defense in dynamax form, Roost is to recover off damage, Ice Beam is coverage that can freeze in regular form and set Hail in dynamax(not really wanted), and Aeroblast is STAB that has a high crit rate in regular form and boosts speed in dynamax. Also you could replace Ice Beam with Calm Mind if you have trouble breaking walls and tanking special hits. The strategy is that Lugia gets hit by a super effective move but survives due to Multiscale, heals the damage with Roost, and starts sweeping once it gets a speed boost from Max Airstream.

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Lugia @Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Defense, 4 Sp. Defense
Nature: Bold/Calm
- Toxic
- Roost/Recover
- Whirlwind/Dragon Tail
- Your choice of an offensive move

This is one of those toxic-stall builds, you want to use Toxic on the enemy and then attack/recover. I prefer to replace recover with Roost, as it makes Lugia lose a few weaknesses for a while. As for switching the enemy out, I use Whirlwind just because Dragon Tail barely does any damage and also has that 10% chance to miss. Finally, you can choose your own offensive move to use while the enemy is poisoned.

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