Lucario (PM)

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Lucario
in Project M
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Universe Pokémon
Base game appearance Brawl
Moveset inspiration Lucario (SSBB)
Alternate costume Gi Lucario
Lucario's Gi Costume in Project M 3.5

Lucario is a playable character in the Brawl mod Project M. Its mechanics between Brawl and Project M have been nearly entirely reimagined.

Attributes[edit]

Lucario is effectively a different character in PM than in Brawl. Its signature aura system, rather than increasing its damage output at high percentages and low stocks, now allows players to fill a "super meter" that they can drain to unleash more powerful attacks and abilities, similarly to traditional fighting games. In addition, it now possesses a combo system, and many of its attacks, such as its forward tilt and up smash, have been redesigned to resemble attacks from more traditional fighting games.

Lucario has command of a type of interruptibility in the form of two "magic series": "neutral attack/dash → tilt → smash → special" and "aerial → special". If Lucario lands an attack on a foe or a shield, it can immediately cancel any endlag into any move farther forward on the respective list, allowing Lucario to string together up to 4 attacks extremely quickly.

Every attack landed by Lucario gives it "aura points", equal to 1.0x the damage dealt. Upon accumulating 50 aura points in one stock, Lucario earns an "aura charge" that it can spend to amplify the power of a special move by pressing the special attack and neutral attack buttons simultaneously. Lucario can hold 2 charges or 100 aura points and retains them between stocks. With these two mechanics mind, Lucario's strategy is to string together long combos to rack up damage and finish the opponent with an aura-powered special move. Lucario can also gain aura points by hitting objects such as balloons on Smashville or Shy Guys on Yoshi's Island equal to 1.0x the damage of the attack.

Changes from Brawl to PM[edit]

Lucario has a revamped aura mechanic that allows it to strengthen its special moves rather than increasing its power the more it is hurt. In addition, Lucario's fighting style is more combo oriented.

Attributes[edit]

  • Change Aura mechanics revamped. Lucario no longer gains strength the more it is hurt, but instead its attacks allow it to store up "aura charges" to empower its special moves, as described above.
    • Buff Aura enhanced Aura Sphere drastically increases its size to where it is even bigger than Lucario, along with increased damage and knockback. It also travels slower, giving it edge-guarding use.
    • Buff Aura enhanced Force Palm increases its damage and knockback.
    • Buff Aura enhanced ExtremeSpeed and Double Team allows Lucario to cancel its respective moves and string combos.
    • Change Up taunt gives Lucario 5 aura points but also deals 5% damage to Lucario until it gains an aura charge. Up taunt can also be held to continue generating aura points.
    • Buff Lucario starts off every match with one aura charge.
  • Buff Lucario can now cancel the endlag of its moves by stringing attacks in the order of "neutral attack/dash → tilt → smash → special" or "aerial → special", allowing it to create fast and highly damaging true combos that may even outright KO.
  • Buff Running speed is significantly higher.
  • Buff Jump squat shortened (5 → 3 frames), granting Lucario more ease in heckling with aerials, in addition to a fast (albeit short) wavedash.

Ground Attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Lucario has a new side tilt: a backhanded punch. It consists of one hitbox that deals 1%/3% less total damage than the previous forward tilt.
  • Buff Up tilt deals 1% more damage.
  • Change Down tilt deals 1% less damage, but now has a sweetspot that deals 1% more than Brawl's down tilt.
  • Buff Lucario now has a crawl attack: a low sweeping kick that deals 9%/10% damage.
  • Buff Lucario has a new up smash: a leaping uppercut with repeating hitboxes leading to a strong final hit. It deals 4% more total damage and can be turned around during start-up and jump-canceled on hit, making it overall much more useful than its old incarnation.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff Lucario has a new neutral aerial: a spinning hurricane kick with longer range, deals 4% more damage on the clean hitbox and 2% more on the late, and lingers after a strong initial hit.
  • Buff Forward aerial deals 6%/7% more damage on its clean hitbox and 2% more on its late.
  • Buff Back aerial deals 2% more damage and now has a sweetspot that deals 3% more. It also no longer has a late hitbox.
  • Buff Up aerial deals 1% more damage and now has a sweetspot that deals 2% more.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Down throw deals 3% less damage.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Nerf Aura Sphere is slower when charged and has fewer charge levels.
  • Buff Force Palm meteor smashes aerially grabbed opponents.
  • Buff ExtremeSpeed now deals damage and knockback with repeating hitboxes for a total of 13% damage.
  • Nerf If ExtremeSpeed is cancelled, Lucario becomes vulnerable to the grab release glitch.
  • Buff Double Team is no longer a Counterattack; it is now a short dash which grants invincibility. While in the air, Lucario will dash diagonally downwards. This makes Double Team more versatile, allowing Lucario to slip behind its opponents and attack an unguarded part of the enemy, with its aerial version allowing Lucario to return to the ground more quickly.

Revisions[edit]

v2.5b[edit]

  • Buff Is now able to on-hit cancel during hitlag, which also effectively reduces the startup of the move by 1, and is able to OHC using the C-Stick during hitlag.
  • Buff Jab 2 hits and can transition into jab 3 slightly faster to match the animation.
  • Buff Jab 3 hits and ends earlier in the animation, reaches crouching and landing opponents better, and base knockback and angle lowered slightly.
  • Buff Dash attack weak hitbox ends sooner when it lowers its leg and the graphic ends, angle lowered a bit, and has less base knockback and more growth.
  • Buff Forward tilt hitbox comes out sooner, its arm during the swing is intangible, and IASA is much earlier.
  • Buff Down tilt foot aura hitbox does more damage and meteors against grounded foes.
  • Buff Neutral air has new graphical and sound effects, and damage and knockback are increased.
  • Buff Forward air autocancels sooner, strong hit has slightly reduced base knockback, increased growth, and lasts slightly longer.
  • Buff Back air hand aura hitbox on strong hit does more damage, base knockback, and has a more horizontal trajectory.
  • Buff Up air foot aura hitbox does slightly more damage, base knockback, growth, and sends more vertically.
  • Buff Dash grab and turn grab have a third grab box added.
  • Buff Up throw release point adjusted to be more in front and look less awkward, and knockback growth increased significantly.
  • Buff Double Team is reversible and preserves horizontal momentum on startup.
  • Buff Double Team movement during dash increased and smoothed out to provide more momentum when canceled at any length, goes a slightly longer distance overall, and in the air transitions into fall better.
  • Nerf Back air weak late hit removed.
  • Nerf Aerial super Force Palms throw knockback growth reduced a bit.
  • Change Lucario's glowing hands for the first charge towards a super are fainter and blue, second charge is white when it has two.
  • Change All of Lucario's hitbox placements, sizes, and durations cleaned up. Graphical effects adjusted to, in most cases, represent the outermost hitboxes.
  • Change Jabs, dash ttack, forward/up/down tilt are now SDIable like normal.
  • Change Jab 2 and forward smash are slightly more advantaged on block.
  • Change Jab 3, forward tilt, and up tilt are more advantaged on block.
  • Change dash Attack, down tilt, and down smash are slightly less advantaged on block.
  • Change Many of Lucario's sound effect timings corrected.
  • Change Spot dodge invincibility duration adjusted to be more appropriate for its total duration compared to the next best dodge tier.
  • Change Jab 1 & 2 inner hits link better into the next jab.
  • Change Dash attack no longer buffers into special moves on hit by holding down the special button, and works like any other OHC input that requires pressing the button.
  • Change Dash attack has new graphical effects, uses aura element, travels a shorter distance, and IASA is a bit later.
  • Change Dash attack strong hit duration shortened to be able to space for the weak hit better, sends much more horizontally except for at the foot aura hitbox, and knockback adjusted slightly.
  • Change Forward tilt has a lower angle, more base knockback, and less growth.
  • Change Down tilt startup greatly reduced, damage decreased slightly, and IASA is earlier.
  • Change Forward smash hitbox ends sooner, slightly less base knockback on weak hit, and momentum is preserved on startup to be able to slide during it.
  • Change Up smash charges up properly, scaling damage and knockback accordingly when charged.
  • Change Up smash animation cleaned up, has an aura trail added to the fist, and it steps into the move instead of back giving it much more range.
  • Change Up smash links better, is able to cancel into landing while moving downwards, and knockback growth on the final hit decreased slightly.
  • Change Down smash startup greatly reduced, knockback growth decreased slightly, and inside hitbox on his front side is clankable like the other three hitboxes.
  • Change Forward air foot aura hitbox on strong hit does increased damage, base knockback, and has a more vertical trajectory.
  • Change Forward air weak hit damage decreased slightly, knockback growth increased, and the hit duration is reduced.
  • Change Back air strong hit does slightly more damage, has less base knockback and growth, and lasts slightly longer.
  • Change Up air autocancels sooner, IASA is much earlier, and knockback growth and hit duration are decreased.
  • Change Down air second hit has less base knockback and more growth.
  • Change Forward throw startup speed adjusted to look more like a throw than a spasm.
  • Change Down throw speed is weight dependent and has significantly less startup to be harder to DI.
  • Change Down throw damage and angle decreased slightly, has less base knockback, and more growth.
  • Change Quick get up attack does not whiff when they are standing very close to the edge.
  • Change Aura Sphere charge cancel now has its own animation which allows canceling into wait instead of into Shield, and the charge hits' hitlag is increased.
  • Change Super Force Palm and ExtremeSpeed are no longer activated with the C-Stick.
  • Change Force Palms grab has more startup, but grab duration is slightly longer.
  • Change Force Palms attack hitboxes adjusted in damage and knockback, with the closest being the strongest.
  • Change Grounded Force Palms near instant interrupt removed, animation shortened, and the Normal version has less base knockback and more growth.
  • Change ExtremeSpeed hitboxes adjusted so that the final hit will actually come out before the animation ends, and has a hitbox when grabbing the edge.
  • Change ExtremeSpeed uses weight dependent set knockback on multihits and super cancel instead of base knockback and no growth, and the multihits are not as SDIable.
  • Change ExtremeSpeed and Double Team have priority over Force Palm for OHCs when inputting diagonally.
  • Change Double Team startup increased significantly, but is intangible when it begins to move instead of partially into the dash.

v2.6b[edit]

  • Buff Aerial Force Palm grab collisions adjusted to cover slightly more vertical area.
  • Buff Double Team can be interrupted sooner on the ground.
  • Change Forward tilt animation improvements, and provides more forward momentum when canceled early.
  • Change Aura Sphere charge ball startup begins hitting slightly later and is held closer in at the start to not interfere with knockback as easily when canceled into during hitlag.
  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch with aerial Force Palm used directly out of hitstun where Lucario would fall after grabbing an enemy.
  • Change ExtremeSpeed cancel end animation transitions better into fall.

v3.0[edit]

  • Buff Lucario starts each stock with an Aura charge.
  • Buff Neutral air is now a multi-hit aerial with similar power.
  • Buff Up throw has slightly less endlag.
  • Buff Down throw has slightly less total duration.
  • Buff Double Team has less startup and is invincible slightly longer. Same total duration.
  • Nerf Wallcling can no longer be activated out of ExtremeSpeed ending.
  • Change Fully charge Aura Sphere travels slightly slower.
  • Change Aura Sphere charging scales travel speed slightly more quickly.
  • Buff Final Smash beam is larger, turns faster and further, and is more powerful.

v3.5[edit]

  • Buff Shield size was increased from 6.5 to 8.6
  • Change Lucario has gained a crawling tilt
  • Nerf He once again has Aura charges carried over between stocks
  • Nerf Powered and non-powered aerial Force Palm's angles were decreased
  • Nerf Double Team's invincibility frames end 3 frames earlier (28 to 25), and does not refresh on hit

v3.6[edit]

  • Change Lucario has a new running animation.
  • Buff A new feature was implemented in Lucario's up taunt, enabling players to gain 5 aura points every 40 frames if said taunt is held for a certain duration.
    • Nerf As a drawback, Lucario will gain 5% damage in the same instance. This feature is omitted if it is at maximum power.
  • Change Lucario has more aura visuals as an indication to its increase in power.

Moveset[edit]

Up to date as of version 3.6.

Name Damage Description
Neutral attack 3% Lucario thrusts one hand forward, does a palm thrust, and then kicks high. Each hit has whitish blue aura accompanying it and moves Lucario a fair bit forward. The first hit can combine with other attacks well, especially grabs, and is part of the Magic Series. By using the first strike, Lucario can initiate a Force Palm grab, standard grab or tilt to start a combo.
2%
5%
Forward tilt 10% Lucario spins around and performs a backhanded punch. This move can be part of a Magic Series, as all tilts are. Lucario's right arm is intangible when performing this attack.
Up tilt 7% Lucario kicks in an arc over its head. The move come out quick and can juggle.
Down tilt 6% (body), 8% (aura) Lucario thrusts one leg forward while crouching. The sweetspot is the burst of aura, which meteor smashes grounded opponents.
Crawl attack 9% (body), 10% (aura) Lucario preforms a low sweeping kick attack towards nearby opponents. Lucario's leg flares up while performing the attack.
Dash attack 10% (clean) 7% (late) Lucario does a kick attack, with the animation used from its previous version of Double Team. This attack is based off the medium and heavy kicks from the Street Fighter series.
Forward smash 14% (body), 16% (aura) Lucario thrusts both its arms out and releases a small blast of aura forward. This move has great range and a good amount of active frames. The sweetspot is blast of aura, which can KO heavyweights at around 115% if hit near the edge.
Up smash 8% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-4), 6% (hit 5) Inspired by the Shoryuken uppercut attack from Capcom's Street Fighter series, Lucario performs a multi-hitting leaping uppercut, ending with a strong final hit. It deals up to 17% damage, and can be jump-canceled on hit and turned around during the start-up. It has overall much more utility than its original up smash from Brawl.
Down smash 14% Lucario crouches and then fires two bursts of aura to either side. It has rather slow start-up and noticeable ending lag for a down smash if the move misses.
Neutral aerial 15% (clean), 12% (mid), 9% (late) Lucario performs a one-legged spinning kick in midair. Based on the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku from the Street Fighter series. It's possible to hit the same opponent twice with this move, but requires good positioning.
Forward aerial 11% (clean leg), 12% (clean foot), 8% (late) Lucario kicks one leg forward with a slight upwards tilt. Hitbox extends everywhere except above Lucario. The sweetspot is at the tip of the foot, which deals more damage, and is Lucario's fastest aerial at start-up.
Back aerial 14% (body), 15% (aura) Lucario thrusts one arm backwards, radiating a small burst of bluish white aura. It has good horizontal reach and the sweetspot is the burst of aura, which deals slightly more damage and stronger horizontal knockback. This move turns Lucario around in the air.
Up aerial 11% (body), 12% (aura) Lucario thrusts one leg upward, similar to its forward aerial but kicks higher, hitting in front of its head. This move has a sweetspot located at the aura burst near Lucario's foot, which deals more damage and knockback. Overall, this move has good defensive capabilities due to the hitbox covering Lucario's entire body.
Down aerial 8% (hits 1-2) Lucario pauses in the air and thrusts both feet downwards, letting out a fairly large burst of aura energy. When Lucario starts the move, all of its momentum is immediately canceled. It can be used to perform a "pseudo-SHFFL", and if used immediately after jumping, Lucario will cease to jump and immediately use the attack, making it one of the lowest possible attacking aerial moves. There is also no landing lag when performing this move, since Lucario's momentum is stopped, which preventing it from landing before the move is complete. Excellent knockback on second hit, which allows Lucario to stage spike with it. Often considered one of its best attacks due to having almost no start-up lag and being a great combo finisher.
Grab Grabs the enemy with both of its hands.
Pummel 2% Sends an instant pulse of aura into the opponent.
Forward throw 10% Lucario uses aura to blast the opponent forward. Lucario's fastest throw.
Back throw 10% Lucario turns and slams the opponent onto the ground. Has relatively fast speed.
Up throw 1% (hit 1), 5% (throw) Lucario performs an uppercut, throwing the opponent upwards. Low knockback allows this to set up follow-up attacks and can chain throw heavyweights and fast fallers at very low percentages.
Down throw 7% Lucario holds the foe over its head, then slam them to the ground. It can set up combos at low percentages quite effectively, but becomes less useful for at higher percentages. This move somewhat depends on the opponent's DI, but leaves them in a vulnerable position regardless of where they are sent flying.
Floor attack (front) 6% Lucario spins around while getting up, kicking on one side, and punching on the other.
Floor attack (back) 6% Lucario spins around while getting up, kicking on both sides.
Floor attack (trip) 5% Lucario gets up and kicks forwards, then backwards.
Edge attack (fast) 7% (body), 8% (aura) Lucario quickly climbs back on the stage, attacking with a burst of aura. Excellent range makes this a very good ledge attack.
Edge attack (slow) 10% Lucario slowly climbs onto the stage while bringing its feet over its head, and then kicks downward. Rather slow and not recommended unless as surprise attack.
Neutral special Aura Sphere ≈0.75% (charge hits), 6-15% (Aura Sphere), 25% (Aura Bomb) Lucario charges a spherical aura blast. Pressing the special button again will cause Lucario to fire it. This move now has only five levels of charge, the final one being available for only two frames before full charge. The super version of this attack is an extremely large Aura Bomb that moves even slower than the normal fully charged version and does much greater damage and knockback. The sphere also has hitboxes around Lucario's hands on startup, making it a viable close range option. Its monstrous size and low speed makes it a useful edgeguarding tool.
Side special Force Palm 10%/8%/6% (aura close/mid/far), 13% (throw), 6% (escape) Fires a burst of aura in front of itself. If the opponent is close to Lucario, the move acts like a grab, with Lucario blasting the foe with aura at point-blank range. When grabbing an opponent in the air, Lucario will throw them downwards, acting as a meteor smash. The super version of the move increases the damage and knockback of the throw.
Up special ExtremeSpeed 1% (hits 1-9), 5% (hit 10), 2% (pelvic thrust) Lucario launches itself in a predetermined direction. The super version cancels the move with a pelvic thrust (the move's animation taken directly from Lucario's neutral aerial from Brawl) that deals slight knockback, which then can be canceled into any other attack except another ExtremeSpeed.
Down special Double Team Lucario dashes a short distance forward, gaining invincibility frames during the dash. When used in the air, Lucario will instead dash diagonally downwards. This move can be canceled into any normal attack at the cost of one aura charge.
Final Smash Aura Storm 6%/15% (start up), 2% (hits 1-31), 10% (hit 32) Lucario flies to the top of the screen in the center of the stage and then shoots a powerful beam attack. The beam can be angled left and right with the control stick.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

Lucario has more variety with its palettes, which stand out more in team battles.

3.5 included a costume with a Gi that has the Fighting and Steel type emblems from the TCG on the back, an Expert Belt, and a Focus Band. This costume also has a black variation with a Choice Band and the Cobble Badge replacing the type emblems on the back.

Lucario's alternate costumes in PM
LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadRedSSBB.png LucarioHeadBlackPM.png LucarioHeadWhiteSSBB.png LucarioHeadGreenSSBB.png LucarioHeadYellowPM.png
LucarioHeadGiPM.png LucarioHeadGiBlackPM.png

Trivia[edit]

  • Lucario's yellow palette swap resembles its Shiny coloration. A minor cosmetic error, however, gives Lucario blue eyes instead of red, like its appearance from the main Pokémon series, in Project M.
  • Lucario gains a black palette swap in Super Smash Bros. 4. It's the first palette swap to be for a mod first and then in a main series game next. However, this is likely coincidental.
  • Lucario appears to have taken inspiration from Ryu, the main protagonist of Capcom's Street Fighter series.
    • Its alternate costume loosely resembles the character's attire, despite it being meant to reference the Black Belt class from the Pokémon series.
    • Additionally, Lucario also has animations in its moveset for Project M that match the 3 staple moves of the "shoto" characters from Street Fighter; its neutral special Aura Sphere resembles the Hadouken, its up-smash is an uppercut reminiscent of the Shoryuken, and its neutral aerial is a spinning kick which looks like the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku.
      • Lucario's other attacks reference moves in the Pokémon games as well. Aura Sphere works similar to the move Focus Blast and up smash also resembles the move Sky Uppercut.
    • Coincidentally, Ryu makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4, using all of the aforementioned Street Fighter moves.