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In the official Pokedex, it says that Lugia does not have gender. In many games, there is only one Lugia.

But in EP221 a Lugia's pup is shown and captured by the Rocket team, and Lugia, hitherto genderless, is treated as "the mother who fights for her son."

If Lugia is a legendary and genderless type and, possibly, unique, how can he have a puppy? Legendary can reproduce even if they have no gender?

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There are multiple Variations in the Pokemon Anime and Games. For instance, in the games, there exists only 1 of each Legendary/Mythical Pokemon. However, in the anime that is not the case.

  • With regard to Breeding, the fact that Legendary/Mythical Pokemon happen to be genderless isn't a sole factor that determines its ability to breed as in the games, we know the gender of Latios, Latias, Thundurs, Landorus, Cresselia, Tornadus and Heatran. However, none of these pokemon can breed.
  • Another misconception is if a pokemon has an ability to evolve, it should obviously be able to give birth to its pre-evolution. Type-Null and Cosmog both are Legendary/Mythical and evolve, however they cannot breed.
  • Manapy seems to be the only exception that can breed in the games. Also note that eggs containing the Legendary Bird Trio; Articuno, Zapdos and Moltress can be hatched in Pokemon Snap.
  • The Baby Lugia seems to be one of the few exceptions in the anime.

In the anime, we also see weird pokemon like an Old Treecko in the Episode where Ash catches one, a Humongous Giant Dragonite in season 1 , Crystal Onix and other different kinds of pokemon apart from the usual Shinies we are aware of. You can read more about the same here. I believe the Baby Lugia falls into this category.

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Simply put, the anime series - especially the one following Ash Ketchum - does not adhere the original video games perfectly. This does not just apply to the story and characters but to certain ironclad game-based mechanics as well. One of the earliest examples in the series is when Ash's Pikachu defeats Brock's ground-type Geodude with a single electric attack, which is impossible in the games (except under extremely rare circumstances).

You are correct that Lugia being a genderless legendary Pokemon cannot breed in the games (Manaphy might be the only exception this), but that is not to say it does not procreate at all. The specifics of this are either deliberately left mysterious and/or not told to the ten year-old protagonists and target audiences. Any further answers would be mere speculation (except that life uh... finds a way).

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In the Pokemon anime, we see that there is another Lugia that is a baby Lugia.

So on, we still come to the conclusion that who is the one who bred baby Lugia with Lugia. A Ditto can breed almost anything, but of course, it can't breed any legendary like Lugia (it can breed Manaphy and Phione if I'm correct).

So, since Lugia is genderless, it should be neither mother nor father, but since we saw a baby Lugia in the anime, it should be:

  1. (maybe) it was created in a lab just like Mewtwo as mew
  2. (maybe) Lugia bred with Ditto (this is 99.999% false)
  3. (maybe) Lugia bred with another Lugia that was hidden in the anime

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