In Super Smash Bros. Melee
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Lugia uses Aeroblast as its attack. When summoned, Lugia will remain on the screen for a few seconds, and then fly off the screen to the background of the stage (similar to the movement of Ho-Oh). Lugia will release an Aeroblast that will travel around the stage in a random pattern (circular/left to right or right to left/sweeping the ground and vice versa), that will move towards the direction of the summoner's opponents.
Before Lugia flies off into the background to perform Aeroblast, any character that makes contact with Lugia will take 30% damage and sustain extremely high vertical knockback, similar to touching Moltres's wings. Though Lugia's body hitbox is not as powerful as Moltres', it covers a larger area due to Lugia's much larger size. Aeroblast has multiple hits, allowing this attack to be escapable with very quick and precise SDI, though extremely difficult to do so and survive. Aeroblast can inflict up to 440% in a little over 2 seconds, with each hitbox dealing 20% in damage. The knockback inflicted by Aeroblast is extreme, which combined with the massive damage it deals, allows it to invariably OHKO a player trapped in it unless they can tech a wall or ceiling. However, the first hit of Aeroblast can whiff if the opponents is hit at the left or right endpoint of its range. Even a player gets hit once instead of multiples hits, a single hit has enough knockback to KO at low percentage. However due to its diagonal angle, DI'ing down and away cause this attack KO'ing at early mid percent (50% onwards). Neither attack of Lugia's can harm the summoner.
Lugia is arguably the best Pokémon in Melee, as its huge body hitbox KOs well under 100%, and its Aeroblast OHKOs, while covering a very large area (for example, a Lugia summoned in the center of Battlefield would be able to strike anywhere onstage with Aeroblast). It is also possible for Lugia to KO the same opponent twice (from touching it before it flies off, and then getting hit by Aeroblast), which is the only Pokémon in Melee with this capability.
Due to Lugia being a Legendary Pokémon, the chance of summoning Lugia is rare, with only Mew and Celebi being rarer Pokémon. However, the chance of Lugia appearing out of a Poké Ball is greatly increased in the event match Legendary Pokémon.
As a trophy
Lugia features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches, though it only appears once 200 VS matches have been played. It reads as follows:
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Lugia reprises its role from Super Smash Bros. Melee. When it emerges out of its Poké Ball, it will fly into the background and use Aeroblast, as it did in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but with a more detailed blast. Lugia was significantly nerfed in Brawl in multiple ways; the first such nerf is that touching it no longer has extremely strong KO power (though it can still star KO opponents above 100%). It is possible to chain each hit for a star KO, but it only works at middle to high damages. Its Aeroblast also no longer OHKOs; the primary change is that opponents hit by it will only sustain one hit before getting knocked out of it, instead of taking every powerful hit in the attack before being launched, preventing the ridiculous damage output and invariable OHKO it dealt in Melee. It additionally covers a smaller area, making it more difficult for opponents to get hit by it. However, Aeroblast is still extremely powerful, and can KO at damages as low as 35%, and despite the nerfs, it is still one of the most useful Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
As a trophy
This trophy can be found randomly during normal play, including the Coin Launcher.
As a sticker
In Super Smash Bros. 4
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Lugia returns to the Smash series for a third time, once more using its Aeroblast upon being released from a Poké Ball. Like other legendary Pokémon it can also appear out of a Master Ball.
Lugia is a Psychic/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon and the version mascot of Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver. It is heavily associated with the sea, and often slumbers in the depths. While not being a Water-type it can learn several Water-type moves. In the National Pokédex, it is registered as #249.
Aeroblast is a special Flying-type move with 100 base power, 95% accuracy and an increased chance of dealing a critical hit. Lugia is the only Pokémon able to learn it naturally.
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