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Shadow Lugia returns to Pokemon Go – A Looming Shadow Returns!

Shadow Lugia is making a comeback with Giovanni, here's all you'll need to know to get one yourself!

Updated: Nov 30, 2021 2:49 pm
Shadow Lugia returns to Pokemon Go – A Looming Shadow Returns!

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Guess who’s back in town? The boy, the big man himself, Giovanni! The Team Rocket leader has come back and this time he’s got his hands on a Shadow Lugia which we can in turn steal from him. Or ‘rescue’ if you’re nice.

The Team GO rocket have decided to take over the Festival of Lights. They’ve got their eyes on Hoopa, but that’s where we come in. Using the Super Rocket Radar from this part of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research will help us find Giovanni. This all continues on from the Season of Mischief.

How to catch Shadow Lugia?

You’ll be able to start your journey to find Shadow Lugia on November 9th.

  • To catch Shadow Lugia, you must encounter, battle, and defeat the Team GO Rocket leader Giovanni. You’ll need a Super Rocket Radar to find him. And to get one… you’ll need to complete the new Team GO Rocket Special Research, ‘With Light Comes Shadow‘.
  • To find the “With Light Comes Shadow” Special Research, go to your Today View. Swipe to the side and you’ll find it there.

A Looming Shadow Returns – Bonuses

The following bonuses will be in effect during the Festival of Lights event.

  • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • Team GO Rocket will appear significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in Balloons

How to beat Lugia Guide


What is Lugia weak against?

  • Rock
  • Ghost
  • Electric
  • Ice
  • Dark

What is Lugia resistant against?

  • Grass
  • Psychic
  • Fighting
  • Ground

Lguia Best Moveset


  Extrasensory13.1 dps
  Aeroblast Elite TM63.5 dps


  Extrasensory13.1 dps
  Aeroblast Elite TM63.5 dps

Best Pokemon against Luigia?

PokémonQuick moveMain moveEffective damage
 Darmanitan (Galarian Zen)  Ice Fang  Avalanche100%
 Zacian (Crowned Sword)  Snarl  Wild Charge94%
 Chandelure  Hex  Shadow Ball89%
 Thundurus (Therian)  Thunder Shock  Thunderbolt89%
 Gengar (Costume 2020)  Lick  Shadow Ball88%
 Gengar  Lick  Shadow Ball88%
 Dragapult  Hex  Shadow Ball88%
 Gengar  Shadow Claw  Shadow Ball88%
 Gengar (Costume 2020)  Shadow Claw  Shadow Ball88%
 Thundurus (Therian)  Volt Switch  Thunderbolt87%

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