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Lugia - Bird or Dragon
Lugia: Bird or Dragon
Is Lugia closer to a Bird or Dragon?
Bird [ 77 ]  [42.78%]
Dragon [ 103 ]  [57.22%]
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post Aug 15 2009, 09:03 PM
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After watching the second movie I noticed that although Lugia is supposed to be a bird, it's only referred to as the 'Beast of the Sea', and the only true bird-like characterstic are the wings. Otherwise, it has a long tail, long neck and fang-like teeth, displayed on dragons. It also bears somewhat of a resemblance to Latias/Latios, which are also dragons.
So what do you think? Do you think Lugia closer to a bird, or a dragon?


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post Aug 15 2009, 09:08 PM
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I voted for both. Maybe it's a combination of a bird and a dragon. xDD


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post Aug 15 2009, 09:13 PM
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I think it is mostly a dragon, but is bird like in its wings


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post Aug 15 2009, 09:26 PM
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I would say Dragon. The wings, though birds have wings, have what appears to be hands. Making it more dragon like than a bird. I think all the other bird pokemon have wings, like any normal bird.
I say that Lugia looks completely like a dragon. He [or it rather.] has the long neck, teeth, long tail with the spikes and claws [like most dragons have] some dragons arms also serve to be wings as well. Also being called "beast of the sea" that makes me think of a dragon [or some other beastie] not a fluffy bird [[[I have like 28 birds at home XD]]]

that is what I think anyway XD


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post Aug 15 2009, 09:41 PM
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Dragon. Looks more like one than a bird.


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post Aug 15 2009, 09:57 PM
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Dragon. Lugia has almost all the characteristics of one, plus even his wings resemble more of 'hands' than feathers (as stated before me).


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post Aug 15 2009, 10:12 PM
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A wyvern.

A dragon with legs and wings in place of arms, like a bird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern

(Voted for both.)


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post Aug 15 2009, 10:28 PM
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Wyvern.
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post Aug 19 2009, 05:58 PM
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I almost said bird, ut it lacks the basic characteristics of one - feathers, a beak, the feet, and so on. It might have the basic design of one, but consider this: chimpanzees have the 'basic design' of humans. That doesn't make them humans...in fact, as much as I love animals, it kinda freaks me out.

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post Aug 20 2009, 01:10 PM
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It is neither a bird, nor a dragon.

Although I'm a bit rusty, it's water/flying type, right?
It's a common misinterpretation that flying = bird
Flying just means that, well, they're capable of flight.

You may say that it has a long tail and neck like dragons, but dragons also tend to be scaly, have forked-toungues and breathe fire, as well as having bat-like wings. (Also, I don't see how having what appear to be fingers at the end of its wings make it more like a dragon. If anything, it gives it arms rather than wings, which kinda screws everything up.)


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post Sep 5 2009, 12:08 PM
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QUOTE(Scrooge @ Aug 20 2009, 01:10 PM) *
You may say that it has a long tail and neck like dragons, but dragons also tend to be scaly, have forked-toungues and breathe fire, as well as having bat-like wings. (Also, I don't see how having what appear to be fingers at the end of its wings make it more like a dragon. If anything, it gives it arms rather than wings, which kinda screws everything up.)


Wow what a narrow definition of what constitutes a dragon.

I don't know what Lugia is, it could pretty easily fall into "prehistoric bird" or dragon, or bird, or both, or none I guess.

I guess prehistoric bird just adds another count to dragon though, since most "dragons" in the real world were fossils thought to be the bones of dragons back in the times of old.


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post Sep 12 2009, 01:48 AM
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Bulbapedia has this to say:
"Lugia is based on Ryūjin, a dragon who was the Shinto god of the sea, and lived on the ocean's floor. "

I used to identified Lugia as a bird, because Ho-oh is a bird, and Legends from the same gen (well, way back then) were all similar - the previous Bird trio, Mewtwo and Mew, the Dog? trio. It made sense for Lugia to be a bird, just as Ho-oh. I never thought of the wings as hands, though - the feathers just seemed to be thicker, more stylized as a whole. The whole underwater-dwelling thing screwed up the bird ideal, though.

I refuse to call it a dragon, though. Dragons, to me, have four legs/arms + 2 wings, 6 limbs total. If its front limbs are also its wings (i.e. 4 in total), it's a wyvern to me. Lugia isn't enough of a dragon, but it might, at a stretch, be a wyvern.


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post Sep 12 2009, 02:16 AM
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I say bird since it's counter part (Ho-oh) is a bird


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post Sep 12 2009, 03:03 AM
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I think it looks more like a dragon. I just don't think it looks enough like a bird.


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post Sep 16 2009, 05:54 PM
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QUOTE(rt117 @ Aug 15 2009, 08:03 PM) *
After watching the second movie I noticed that although Lugia is supposed to be a bird, it's only referred to as the 'Beast of the Sea', and the only true bird-like characterstic are the wings. Otherwise, it has a long tail, long neck and fang-like teeth, displayed on dragons. It also bears somewhat of a resemblance to Latias/Latios, which are also dragons.
So what do you think? Do you think Lugia closer to a bird, or a dragon?


The fact remains that Lugia is based off of a dragon that was the god of the seas.
Other than the fact Lugia lacks scales [not counting the ones on it's back], I'd say it's more of a dragon/dinosaur type of Pokemon then anything.


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post Sep 16 2009, 06:02 PM
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seems to be a bird to me xP


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post Sep 19 2009, 10:40 AM
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It was probably just made to be psychic/flying to counter Ho-oh's fire/flying type(even though there's no type advantage over either)

It being of the psychic type supports it's ability to talk through telepathy, the flying part, probably because of the wings(or hands XD)
Maybe they didn't want a dragon-type legendary just yet. If they had planned ahead the third or fourth generations, it might have made sense...

I support lugia as a dragon, though. Always will.


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I say lugia is more of a dragon. The wings don't even really look like a bird's, but more like hands with thumb and fingers, although it doesn't use its wings for grabbong things like hands.


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Huh. I've never thought of Lugia as a bird. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what animal I thought of it as. lol But looking at it now, I say it's a furry wyvern. Eastern dragons have fur, so it doesn't seem too strange. It has a barbed tail like a wyvern, as well as 'fingers' on it's wings. lol So I voted for dragon.


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It looks more like a dragon to me however there are bird like features present on it. I'd say that it is both.


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