Lucario (ルカリオ, Lucario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. Unlike in Smash 4, it is once again an unlockable character like in Brawl instead of a starter. Lucario is classified as fighter #41.
Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Namikawa, Jean-Marc Delhausse, Carlos Lobo, Gerhard Jilka and Luigi Fantino's portrayals of Lucario from Super Smash Bros. 4 were repurposed for the English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, and Italian versions of Ultimate respectively.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Lucario must then be defeated on Spear Pillar.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucario has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate, receiving noticeable buffs in game updates but being nerfed overall. The most notable nerf is to its Aura mechanic, as Lucario's Aura multiplier is worse than it was in Smash 4 despite 1v1 multipliers now giving a slight advantage. This, when combined with the universal weakening of the rage mechanic, makes Lucario noticeably less powerful at higher percentages, while its reduced weight makes it even easier to KO and makes harder for it to rely on rage and Aura combined. Furthermore, some of Lucario's most reliable moves have been made less effective, with down aerial halting its momentum less if overused, back aerial being weaker, Double Team having a drastically shorter duration and intangibility and Aura Sphere can no longer be grab-canceled. While Lucario still has a strong recovery, Extreme Speed's controls have been modified to the point where holding down the control stick can accidentally lead to self-destruction, it covers less distance overall and stops its momentum at the end, worsening its recovery, especially at lower percentages. Finally, the changes in DI and air dodging, has the overall effect of limiting or even outright removing some of Lucario's previously guaranteed combos from throw, which were some of the only reliable ways for it to add damage.
However, it did receive some buffs. Lucario's overall mobility has been greatly improved due to faster horizontal movement, while the universal 3-frame jumpsquat further improves Lucario's ability to traverse the stage. Many of its attacks in general, notably its dash attack, forward smash, neutral aerial and forward aerial, are faster, more reliable and less of hindrance, while its special moves have also been improved: Aura Sphere can now be cancelled into a jump or any ground attack during a charge, allowing for mixup options, Force Palm has more range, Double Team can now home in on opponents and is much faster overall, and Extreme Speed is overall safer due to its ending and previously notorious landing lag both being lowered.
Despite its many buffs, Lucario's nerfs generally outweigh the buffs it received and is considered to be worse than its iteration in Smash 4 at launch. To make matters worse, Lucario was nerfed again in patch 2.0.0 which led to ANTi dropping the character as well as Lucario not having a significant impact in America. However, Tsu continues to use Lucario and has done very well at many Japanese tournaments. The multitude of buffs in patch 3.1.0 also grant Lucario much more favorable hitboxes and consistency, making its overall placement uncertain.
Throws and other attacks
Lucario has received a mix of buffs and nerfs from game updates, but has been buffed overall.
For a gallery of Lucario's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
When Ultimate got released, many players noticed that Lucario had a lot of potential and that it was better than its already strong Smash 4 incarnation. This was due to many of its options either becoming faster and more reliable along with the character greatly befitting from the game's mechanics. On top of this, Donkey Kong, who was previously considered to be a hard counter to Lucario in Smash 4, was now an easier matchup. Because of this, many players considered Lucario as a solid high-tier character with some saying it had the potential to rise into the top tier.
Unfortunately, as the meta advanced, players recognized that the character's nerfs overshadowed the many buffs it received. This was because of aura's overall weaker damage multiplier, down air not being as safe for disadvantage, Aura Sphere having less versatility, its recovery being worse, the removal of some of its kill confirms, and some characters such as Bowser, Wario, and Ness proving to be very troublesome for Lucario. As a result, players' opinions on Lucario dropped and it obtained a below-average playerbase through Ultimate's metagame, with many players such as ESAM claiming that it is a mid-tier character at best. Despite this, players such as Tsu and Jeda have still placed fairly well at tournaments: Tsu placed 5th at Umebura Japan Major 2019, while Jeda placed 13th at Syndicate 2019 and 17th at Albion 4. As of now, Lucario's current state of viability is uncertain.
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.
Classic Mode: Counter Encounters
Lucario fights characters with counterattacks.
Role in World of Light
Lucario was among the fighters summoned to the cliffside to fight against the army of Master Hands.
Lucario was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Lucario dodged a beam of light using Double Team, but was hit by a beam Greninja avoided a moment later, vaporizing it and placing it under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters, excluding Kirby.
In the mode proper, Lucario can be found on the corner of a stone wall.
Lucario's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Lucario in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, Lucario's Mega Evolved form appears as a Primary Spirit.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video