For collectors and players alike, hunting rare Lugia cards has remained a thrilling endeavor since the legendary bird Pokémon premiered in the second generation. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at some of the rarest and most valuable Lugia cards that have ever been printed.
From Wizards of the Coast Era holographics to modern Alternate Art cards, these Lugia printings are not only highly sought after but also hold significant value. So, let's dive in and discover the top five Lugia cards that every collector should know about!
1. Lugia ex—Unseen Forces 105/115, 2005
Lugia ex is one of the rarest and most sought-after Pokémon cards from the 2005 expansion "Unseen Forces". It is a special variant of the Lugia card, known as an "ex" card, which featured stronger attacks and abilities than many other Pokémon at the time with the caveat that, by knocking out an ex card, your opponent will collect an extra Prize Card.
This card features the artwork of Hikaru Koike and is considered one of the most valuable cards from the "Unseen Forces" set despite not being especially powerful in the trading card game.
However, because of its rarity, Lugia ex commands a high price among collectors. A near mint copy will run an interested buyer several hundred dollars!
2. Lugia (Shiny)—Call of Legends SL07, 2011
While not particularly powerful, the incredibly rare shiny holo Lugia from 2011's Call of Legends sets is considered among the most valuable Lugia cards ever printed.
Featuring artwork from Hideaki Hakozaki, a digital artist known for his 3D card illustrations including an array of Pokémon Prime like Crobat and Celebi, this card stands out in any binder, and is especially sought after for its golden holographic border.
Despite its 2011 release date, it maintains a competitive price that trumps most vintage cards. A pack fresh copy of this card can cost anywhere from $300 to $400!
3. Lugia V (Alternate Full Art)—SWSH12: Silver Tempest 186/195, 2022
It's a shame that this card's Read the Wind attack is so good because you probably won't want to play with this card after you realize just how popular it has become among collectors!
This variant of Lugia V features the enormous mythical Pokémon conjuring a storm as an astonished boater looks up at the sky above. It is among a special class of silver-bordered Alternate Full Art V variants, which also includes other popular cards like Galarian Moltres V and Umbreon V.
Want a copy for yourself? Be prepared to fork over $200 or more if you want a near mint printing!
4. Lugia—Aquapolis 149/147, 2003
Now we're moving on to the first Wizards of the Coast era Lugia card on our list: Lugia from Aquapolis, often nicknamed "Crystal Lugia"!
The second to last set printed by the original North American manufacturers, Aquapolis features a number of extremely valuable cards, including this extremely rare printing of Lugia.
With art by Naoyo Kimura, who famously created art for Suicune, Raiku, and Entei for the Neo Revelation set in 2001, this card is an essential piece for vintage and e-reader era Pokémon cards, and is so rare, that near mint copies can sell for four figure sums!
5. Lugia—Neo Genesis 9/111, 2000
Finally, we're checking out the original Lugia printing from Neo Genesis in December of 2000!
Often times regarded as the "Charizard" of the Neo block of cards, this Lugia Rookie card features art illustrated by Hironobu Yoshida, a central player in Pokémon's early development. Yoshida is credited as the original creator of a number of characters including Celebi, Darkrai, Rayquaza, Deoxsys, and everyone's favorite comic-relief Pokémon, Wobbuffet.
Though it is the original printing, and what many first think of when they envision a Lugia card, due to its relatively high print volume compared to the previous cards mentioned in this list, it is actually the most affordable. If you want a near mint unlimited copy, you can easily find one for less than $200! But if you have a few extra dollars to spend, you can pick up a first edition copy for between $300 and $400!
The Pokémon Trading Card Game features over three dozen Lugia cards, with some being more rare and valuable than others.
If you're interested in collecting rare and valuable Lugia cards, the five mentioned above are by far the most in-demand printings.
However, it is worth mentioning that rarity and value of a card can change over time, depending on market conditions. Therefore, it's always important to do your research before buying or selling any card to make sure you are paying a fair price.