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. 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 Smash 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 been nerfed and buffed in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. The most notable one 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 less powerful at higher percentages, while its reduced weight makes it even easier to KO. Furthermore, some of Lucario's most reliable moves, such as down aerial, have been made less effective. 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. Finally, the throws have increased knockback yet don't function as KO options; this, in addition to 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 received 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 more reliable and less of hindrance, while its special moves have also been improved: Aura Sphere can now be cancelled into 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 he received and is considered to be worse than his iteration in Smash 4. 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.
Lucario has received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but has been notably buffed overall so far.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
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
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