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If you have a good competitive moveset for Lugia, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Special set
Aeroblast - STAB
Shadow ball - Coverage
Psychic - STAB
Calm mind/Earthquake
Nature:Timid/Modest
Physical set
Earthquake - Coverage
Dragon Tail/Dragon rush - Coverage
Recover - For healing up in tight situations
Fly/Sky Attack - The only Physical STAB moves Lugia has.
Nature:Jolly/Adamant
I'd say the special set is better.

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I know this is my third time but this is my last desition I am new so yeah...
Lugia:-

EVs: HP - 252 EVs , Def - 252 EVs , Sp.Def - 6 EVs

Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Bold
Holding: Leftovers
I can’t make Lugia a Physical Attacker because his Signature move, Aeroblast,Is a Special move…So Yeah…
Moveset:
Aeroblast- Great Power and Accuracy,STAB ,Good chance of a Critical Hit because of Lugia’s Speed and the move.

Roost- Better than Recover because it r Flying type temporarily so that Lugia is not weak to Ice,Rock and Electric,AND HEALS SO LUGIA SURVIVES FOR MORE LONGER.

Psychic- Great Power,STAB,Move coverage,Can lower Sp.Def of the target

Calm Mind- The Defence and HP is maxed up,so just gotta 'Bulk Up' the Sp.Def and make Lugia's Sp.Atk go crazy.Got to low HP while 'Bulking Up'?Just Roost it...

Enjoy your Lugia!

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The Unexpected (Lugia) @ Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
Modest Nature
- Recover (takes care of Life Orb recoil damage)
- Aeroblast (same type advantage boost, good accuracy, good amount of damage. Also takes care of fighting types like Blaziken and Marshadow)
- Ice Beam (for dragon types)
- Thunder (takes care of Kyogre, which is a very common Pokemon in Uber.)


Annoying Substitute (Lugia) @ Black Sludge/Flame Orb/ETC
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Recover
- Toxic
- Defog/Whirlwind/Dragon Tail/Aeroblast/Flash/Trick (defog if you want to take care of hazards, Whirlwind or Dragon Tail if you want to take care of Pokemon who raise their stats, Aeroblast if you want to deal some damage and not be ruined entirely by Taunt, Flash if you just want to be annoying and Trick + Black Sludge/Flame Orb to slowly get rid of non poison types)


Calm Mind (Lugia) @ Lum Berry
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Calm Mind
- Recover
- Aeroblast
- Psychic


Substitute + Calm Mind (Lugia) @ Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
Modest Nature
- Substitute
- Calm Mind
- Aeroblast/Recover
- Psychic

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Lugia set: Gen 7
Item: Letovers
Bold, 252 hp, 252 defense, 4 spd
Ability: Multiscale

Aeroblast: STAB and insane crit, power

Calm mind: To enhance the spd which isn't invested aswell as to make him a bulky sweeper

Recover/Roost: To heal up, so he can get more Calm mind in/To heal aswell as get rid of a few of his weakness

Surf/Psychic/Thunderbolt: For great coverage and power/Coverage, STAB, and power/Coverage and power

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| Special Bulk Lugia |
| Item: Leftovers |
| EV's : 100 SpD / 252 Def / 20 Spe / 138 SpA |
| Moveset |
Toxic (( Slowly Decay Opponents ))
Psychic / Ice Beam / Shadow Ball (( Good Stab / Deal with Other Flying/Ground Types / Deal with Ghost's ))
Recover / Roost (( Healing Purposes ))
Aeroblast (( Stab and Good Power and High Crit. Chance ))

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You want to make a specially defensive lugia... while maxing his defense?
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Lugia @ Leftovers
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 224 Def / 32 Spe
Timid Nature
- Aeroblast
- Ice Beam
- Roost
- Calm Mind

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Lugia's crap typing can make it a great sweeper with Weakness policy.
Lugia

Lugia @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Roost
- Surf
- Aeroblast

Calm Mind to boost Sp. Atk/Def and Roost to reset Multiscale, and once you get hit, you start sweeping. Aeroblast and Surf give amazing coverage (910 out of 917 Pokémon!)

(Disclaimer: Marshadow is a really good counter to this build, so you're better off staying away from Gen 7 battles in Showdown.)

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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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Nature:Rash (+Sp.Atk -Sp.Def)
EVs:252 Sp.Atk/4 HP/252 Spd
Trait:Multiscale
Moves:
Aero Blast STAB High Critical hit rate
Calm Mind Set up
Ice Beam Coverage
Surf STAB

Ok so we have Life Orb for powering up moves
Aero Blast (Signature Move Why not?)
Calm Mind Set Up
Ice Beam is 4x Super Effective against most Dragons
Surf is STAB

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Just because a pokemon has a signature move doesn't mean it's always useful.

EDIT: Surf isn't STAB because Lugia is not a Water type.
Ice Beam is not even super effective on dialga and palkia