Double Team in Brawl.
|Article on Bulbapedia||Double Team (move)|
Double Team (かげぶんしん Kage Bun Shin, Shadow Divide) is Lucario's down special move. It is a counterattack move. When used, Lucario enters a defensive tai chi-like stance. If it is attacked during this stance, it will teleport, then strike with a sliding kick from the left or right (depending on the direction the analog stick is held in) for moderate damage and surprisingly high knockback, which is even greater when Lucario has taken damage. If Lucario successfully counters with Double Team near an edge, it may teleport above the ledge and fall downwards as it unsuccessfully attacks, making recovery difficult. Double Team has a longer length than Marth's and Ike's Counter. It is notably different in that it does not change power depending on the countered move; rather, it does a constant attack no matter what moves it counters. One of the most interesting features of Double Team is its damageable area elimination. If Lucario is hit during a Double Team and goes into the counter strike, Lucario will not have a damageable area until it completes the counter attack. Lucario can't be hit, grabbed, or even caught in a Final Smash by anyone or anything. Double Team also reduces Lucario's falling speed for a minor duration. This move is rather easy to dodge, as it is possible to air dodge or shield the attack when Lucario disappears. It also has some invincibility frames to it when activated. Being an Aura based attack, it does 7% at damage below 20% and at 170% or higher it deals 15%.
Note that Lucario actually strikes the location around where it was hit, just like Counter does. If Double Team is used on a ranged attack or an attack that causes its user to move quickly (Spin Dash, Rollout, etc.), Lucario will most likely miss with his counter attack.
In the Pokémon games, Double Team is a Normal-type non-damaging move introduced in Generation I, which raises evasion by one stage, making attacks miss more often, and can be stacked for even larger evasion boosts, although in Pokémon, it is in no way a "counter-attack". It is generally banned in competitive play for its reliance on luck and its difficulty to counter effectively when paired with Baton Pass. The animation in Brawl is similar to the animation in the Pokémon games (notably ones like Pokémon Battle Revolution or Pokémon Colosseum). Interestingly, Lucario can't learn Double Team naturally and it requires TM32. It is a move that can be learned by any Pokémon that can learn TMs.
- It is possible to pull off a "reverse" Double Team where Lucario attacks from the front. After using Double Team, simply hold the control stick or d-pad in the direction the player wishes to attack from. Advantages of pulling off a "reverse" Double Team include allowing Lucario to initiate combos and even wall-cling without the use of a second jump. A video showing this can be seen here.
- With precise timing, Lucario's Double Team can activate Marth's Counter.
- Lucario quietly says "It's not over" whenever Double Team is successfully activated, but this phrase is barely recognizable by many players due to many other sound effects and music unless one plays the game in high-definition volume settings. Regardless, this phrase is available in the Sound Test.
- If Lucario uses Double Team with a Pikmin attached to it and attacking, the Pikmin will briefly "vanish" with Lucario.
|Neutral special||Aura Sphere|
|Side special||Force Palm|
|Down special||Double Team|
|Final Smash||Aura Storm|