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Today’s Pokemon quietly spends its time deep at the bottom of the sea because its powers are too strong. It is said to be the guardian of the seas. It is rumored to have been seen on the night of a storm. It sleeps in a deep-sea trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.
10) Lugia (4 votes, 179 points)
Shaun: “Oh Lugia, Lugia, where art thou Lugia? Thoust of freshest wind, of hurricane birth? Oh, how the seas bow and the mountains bend beneath your indomitable might.”
That was a poem I wrote in grade school for Lugia. A Pokem, if you will. It was terrible. But, it establishes one important thing — I was sort of a huge Lugia fan.
Gold and Silver was one of the most engrossing games of my young life, and while I have since sworn off Legendary Pokemon and everything they stand for (which is pretty much just existing), I was obsessed with Lugia. His design was amazing, like a Pokemon fighter jet. I was also a fan of his typing and moveset, not necessarily because it was great competitively, but just because I thought it was neat and it resonated with me.
In my head, Lugia could fly at supersonic speeds–like a fighter jet–and level cities with a single attack. Which is also what a fighter jet could do. He could also dive to the depths of the ocean, and had a keen eye for fine art. Best of all, he was MINE.
I know that everyone who owned Silver had one, but it didn’t matter. To me, I had the only Lugia in the world, and this line of thinking is probably why he is one of the only Pokemon I’ve ever owned to reach level 100 (without cheating). He was both the anchor and leader of my Gold/Silver team, which is pretty impressive considering that was the last time ever that I caught every Pokemon available.
For a very short time, I really did “Catch’ Em All,” and Lugia is a reminder of those better days.
One more poem for the road:
“Roses are red,
Violets are Lugia.
Chris: I mentioned before that Ho-oh was my man 100 grand. (That is the first and only Nicki Minaj reference I will ever write in my life.) But I had a Lugia as well, since you could catch both in each version. I never really used him, but that’s mostly because I avoided legendaries like the plague when traveling through a game.
Still, what sold me on Lugia was the second Pokemon movie. Pokemon 2000 was probably my favorite in the series, although the first movie was entertaining as well. Still, 2000 featured an annoying villain who seemed entirely too smug while playing chess, the introduction of a love triangle that Ash was still too stupid to see (but Misty wasn’t), Team Rocket’s battle with morality and tragic demise, and … a talking Slowking. Well, they can’t all be winners.
Lugia was important as well. He battles against all three legendary birds at one point, holding his own with devastating death beams out of his mouth. Ash even gets to ride him later in the movie, until Lugia finally takes a hit and Ash almost drowns before Misty saves his dumb ass.
In the end, we all learned a valuable lesson about friendship, and that’s what matters the most.
Jason: There is a scene in the second Pokemon movie where, under the threat of being captured by some d-bag, Lugia rears his head back and fires an honest to god death beam at the D-bag’s mountain fortress, almost cutting it from the mountain. That, ladies and gentleman, is Aeroblast, Lugia’s signature move. If you only needed one reason to like Lugia, that would be it right there.