Lucario

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For fighter info, see Lucario (SSBB) and Lucario (SSB4).
Lucario
Lucario
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Official artwork of Lucario from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions.

Universe Pokémon
Debut Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team (2005, cameo)
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions (2006)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (2017)
Console of origin Game Boy Advance,
Nintendo DS
Species Lucario
Gender Varies
Place of origin Sinnoh
English voice actor Bill Rogers (Brawl)
Sean Schemmel (SSB4)
Japanese voice actor Daisuke Namikawa
French voice actor Jean-Marc Delhausse
German voice actor Gerald Jilka
Italian voice actor Luigi Fantino
Article on Bulbapedia Lucario (Pokémon)

Lucario (ルカリオ, Lucario) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' fourth generation, and represents that generation as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Character description[edit]

Lucario is a bipedal, canine Pokémon that debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, the first games within the Pokémon series' fourth generation. Lucario is a dual Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon and the evolved form of Riolu; in the Pokémon core series, Riolu evolves when it gains a level while its friendship rating has achieved a high enough point, and only during morning, daytime, and afternoon hours. Lucario is able to detect and wield an energy named Aura, a sort of force that surrounds every living thing.

According to the Pokédex, by picking up on the Aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements, and a well-trained individual can sense and read the feelings of creatures over half a mile away. Lucario also understands human speech, and can even communicate telepathically in human languages.

Lucario's rare typing, useful moveset, and impressive offensive and speed statistics have allowed it to maintain its status as an esteemed Pokémon in the competitive Pokémon scene ever since its debut. Although Lucario, and Riolu by extension, are extremely rare Pokémon in Sinnoh, the setting of Diamond and Pearl Versions, they have no relevance in the region whatsoever.

However, Lucario is notable within Kalos, the setting of Pokémon X and Y, the first games within the series' sixth generation. In Kalos, Lucario is renowned as the first Pokémon to have achieved Mega Evolution in the region. This is reflected by its significance to the plot of X and Y: it is the first Pokémon the player initiates Mega Evolution with, and a very large statue of its Mega Evolution, Mega Lucario, is a centerpiece within the Tower of Mastery. In-game, a Lucario holding a Lucarionite can undergo Mega Evolution to become Mega Lucario. As Mega Lucario, its already impressive offensive and speed statistics are boosted considerably, and it gains Adaptability as its ability, which further supplements its offenses.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Lucario (SSBB)
Lucario as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Lucario is unique in that the more damage it takes, the more damage, range, and knockback its own attacks have (based on the actual ability of most Lucario in the Pokémon series). This only applies to its Aura-based attacks, which are noted by bluish, flame-like wisps. A few of Lucario's attacks do not use Aura, such as its dash attack and back throw, among others. This trait makes it not particularly useful at the beginning of a stock, but by surviving to a high level of damage, it becomes considerably lethal. It possesses the ability to both wall jump and wall cling; its wall jump in particular is by far the highest in the game, and the height gained by this scales with Aura.

Aura Sphere, its neutral special, is a chargeable ranged blast comparable to Samus' Charge Shot. Force Palm, its side special is a short-ranged blast, or at point-blank range, a throw. ExtremeSpeed, its up special, is a non-damaging recovery move and will propel Lucario in any direction aimed. Double Team, its down special, is a counterattack that is Aura-based and has a damage output that caps at about 15%. Lucario also has a fighting style similar to Mewtwo's fighting style in Melee, resulting in rumors that it "replaced" Mewtwo.

Lucario is currently ranked 11th on the tier list, placing it in the C+ tier.

Trophy description[edit]

The Lucario trophy in Brawl
Lucario

An Aura Pokémon. It can track energy called Aura, which is given off by all living creatures. It's a unique combination of both Fighting and Steel-type Pokémon. Lucario evolves from Riolu during the day if its happiness has reached its maximum point. It specializes in attacks that use Aura energy, like Dark Pulse and a can't-miss technique, Aura Sphere.

DSTitle.png: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
Wii: Pokémon Battle Revolution


Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Lucario Pokémon series EffectIcon(Aura).png Attack +41 LucarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Lucario (Pokemon series).png
Lucario
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Lucario's appearance in SSB4.
Main article: Lucario (SSB4)

Lucario returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Physically, it has been updated to have its proportions more akin to its appearances in Pokémon X and Y. Lucario also has a new Final Smash, Mega Lucario, which replaces Aura Storm. Sean Schemmel, the voice actor of Sir Aaron's Lucario from the film Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Lucario in the game.

Lucario is currently ranked 19th out of 58, placing it in the B tier. Lucario's Aura mechanic has been strengthened in the transition from Brawl to SSB4, and it now affects Lucario's entire moveset. When coupled with the new rage mechanic, Lucario has the potential to KO any opponent at early percentages when its own damage percentage is high. The changes to hitstun canceling have also granted its up and down throws impressive combo potential. However, Lucario also received some nerfs. Its smash attacks in particular are slower, while Force Palm and its neutral, forward and down aerials have worsened combo potentials. Extreme Speed also saw a large increase in ending lag if it ends in the air, leaving Lucario highly open to punishment upon landing on the ground. Regardless of the nerfs, Lucario is still viewed as a viable choice for competitive play, thanks to it achieving decent results.

Trophies[edit]

Lucario
North America A Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon that excels in combat through the reading and manipulation of Aura. As Lucario takes more damage, its attacks grow in strength. At maximum power, Lucario deals triple damage and its Aura Sphere is particularly devastating! Foes won't even know what hit them!
Europe This Fighting- and Steel-type Pokémon can sense the movements of its enemies using its Aura abilities, and is even said to be able to see enemies when they're invisible. As it takes damage, its attacks grow in strength. At maximum power, its deals triple damage, which can make its Aura Sphere attack a real force to be reckoned with!
Lucario (Alt.)
North America Lucario's up special Extreme Speed will send this Pokémon soaring on the path you choose. Lucario flies farther the more damage it's taken. Lucario makes use of its Aura for the side special Force Palm. At extremely close range, Lucario will grab an enemy first, dealing additional damage.
Europe The Extreme Speed up special sends Lucario rushing in your chosen direction, and you can adjust the flight path mid-air. Also, the more damage Lucario takes, the further it will go. For the Force Palm side special, Lucario attacks with its Aura. Using it while close to an enemy adds a grab to the move and deals extra damage.

Trivia[edit]

  • Like Charizard in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Mewtwo, Lucario draws inspiration from a particular member of its species depicted in the Pokémon anime. In Lucario's case, it is largely based on Sir Aaron's Lucario from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Like Sir Aaron's, it can speak the human language telepathically and, as of SSB4, it is voiced by Sean Schemmel and Daisuke Namikawa in English and Japanese, respectively; Schemmel and Namikawa portrayed that specific Lucario as well.
  • Lucario possesses the best wall jump and wall cling durability in the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • It is also the only character who can activate wall clinging through its up special.
  • Lucario has special moves that are super effective against its typing: Aura Sphere and Force Palm. It shares this trait with Mewtwo, who has Shadow Ball.
  • Carlos Lobo, the Spanish voice actor for Lucario, also voices the announcer, Master Hand and Crazy Hand in the Spanish versions of Brawl and SSB4. Jean-Marc Delhausse, its French voice actor, voiced the announcer in the French version of Super Smash Bros., in which Lucario was not present, as well as several Poké Ball Pokémon throughout the series.
  • Lucario is the only playable Pokémon that speaks human language in all international versions.


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