Niantic has revealed that Lugia, one of Generation II’s Legendary Pokémon, will be returning to raid battles in Pokémon Go. The Psychic/Flying-type will appear in Gyms from March 16th to April 2nd, and this time, it will know a specific secondary move.
According to Niantic’s latest blog post, Lugia “will know the newly improved Flying-type move Sky Attack.” All Pokémon have two types of attacks—fast and charge—with the charge moves, such as Sky Attack, offering the most power. However, unlike the typical format of Legendary bosses having two or three charge move possibilities in battle, it seems during this new event all Lugias will only know Sky Attack. Also, as Lugia is already able to learn the Flying-type charge move, the wording in the post suggests Niantic has tweaked the attack to be more powerful.
Currently, Sky Attack isn’t one of the best Flying-type charge moves, with it boasting a low base power of 70. The charge moves Hurricane and Brave Bird, for example, offer more power and better damage per second. In turn, “newly improved” likely means a significant boost to Sky Attack’s overall power with Lugia’s return. Granted, the Psychic-type attack Futuresight will probably still be Lugia’s best charge move, as it offers a whopping 120 base power.
While Lugia is a great addition to any trainer’s team, it’s odd to see it return to raids. The bird will be replacing Rayquaza, one of the eight Legendaries from Generation III. While we’ve had a chance to battle and catch three from the Hoenn group—Rayquaza, Groudon, and Kyogre—there are still five more Niantic could have introduced. The company could be waiting until later this spring to unveil the missing Legendaries, but there doesn’t seem to be any clear reason why.
While trainers wait for more details on that front, Niantic has a distraction planned with the next Community Day. On March 25th, the Generation I starter Bulbasaur will appear more often in parks across the globe. Not only will it know a unique move, but there’s also a chance trainers will encounter the color-swapped shiny version of the Grass-type Pokémon.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live