Lugia is back in Pokemon Go supposedly due to a mistake on developer Niantic’s part.
Pokemon Go Hub theorizes that Niantic loads and changes Raid Boss lineups with lists and that they loaded the wrong set of Raid Bosses into the game after the end of the Battle Showdown event. So now all Tier Five eggs that hatched during the affected bug window are now Lugia. It is unknown how long Lugia will last in the game so be sure to catch it before it disappears.
You can see Lugia in action with The Silph Road subreddit user DucksHockeyGuy’s photo below:
In addition, some users are reporting that they were able to capture shiny Lugia.
Users on the subreddit were able to put together a list of the current Raid Bosses available to fight in the game.
Lugia was last seen in Pokemon Go from March 15 to April 2, according to Eurogamer. Lugia was then replaced in April with the brand new Legendary Pokemon Latios and Latias. It was also available in July and August of last year.
If you’re going to fight Lugia, bring a Tyranitar with Bite and Stone Edge or Crunch, or a Zapdos with Charge Beam and Thunderbolt or Thunder as we wrote about in our guide. We also recommended using a level 35+ Gyarados, Dragonite, or Lapras if fighting against a Lugia with Hydro Pump.
Pokemon Go just ended its Battle Showdown event. The event lasted from May 1 to today and made fighting-type Pokemon more likely to spawn, gave twice the XP for Gym Battles and Raid Battles, doubling the Gym Badge multiplier, giving away more items for spinning Photo Discs at Gyms, and giving players a guaranteed 3,000 Stardust for participating in Raid Battles and at least one Rare Candy for winning.
Niantic will hold another Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago despite last year’s event being an utter disaster. The fest will be held along a 1.8 mile stretch of path in Lincoln Park from July 14 to July 15 with trainers completing challenges for in-game rewards. Tickets sold out within a half hour of going on sale and scalpers were selling them for as high as $1,025.
Niantic will also hold a Community Day on May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT) with players able to catch a Charmander with an exclusive move along with gaining triple Stardust from capturing Pokemon and enjoying lure modules for three hours. Community Days will also happen on June 16 and July 8.
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