Lucario (Pokémon)

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ルカリオ Lucario
Artwork from Diamond/Pearl
Fighting Steel
Aura Pokémon
Steadfast or Inner Focus
Exp. at Lv. 100
Regional Pokédex numbers
Regional Browser numbers
1.2 m
119.0 lbs.
54.0 kg
Dex color
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
BodyUnknown.png BodyUnknown.png
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Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Ground and
Humanshape groups
1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
Base Exp.: 204 Battle Exp.: 2041*

Lucario (Japanese: ルカリオ Lucario) is a Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon.

Lucario evolves from Riolu by leveling up during the day if its Happiness has reached a certain point.



Lucario is a bipedal, jackal-like Pokémon that's around four feet in height. Lucario's forepaws are now black and the rounded bumps on the back are now pointed spikes. In addition, there's a third spike on Lucario's chest. Lucario's snout and ears have also grown longer since its evolution from Riolu. Lucario also now has a yellow torso.

Gender differences


Special abilities

Lucario are sensitive to a special type of energy called aura. Lucario can study these waves to predict the movements of their opponents, and use them to track anyone. They can also guide the waves offensively to create explosive balls of aura energy (such as Aura Sphere, one of only two non-legendaries to learn that move). Lucario are also able understand human speech; some people say that Lucario can also speak it, though only one has reportedly done so.



Lucario usually live deep in mountains far from people to improve their skills.


Main article: Pokémon food

The Lucario in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew was shown eating berries and was introduced to chocolate by Max.

In the anime

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Lucario in the anime

In the Pokémon movie Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Lucario is considered a legend from olden times to the town where it appears in front of Ash Ketchum and his friends.

Lucario also makes a cameo in the theme songs Battle Frontier and Together.

Lucario's first appearance in an actual episode was in DP066, under the ownership of Maylene.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Special manga, like in games, it appears under the ownership of Riley

In the TCG

Main article: Lucario (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Lucario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Lucario is a playable character. It is unlocked by encountering it in The Subspace Emissary either from choosing it to battle and claim victory over Meta Knight or vice-versa. It can also be unlocked by playing 100 brawls or beating Target Smash!! on all difficulty levels (in either 1 or 2-player modes). Lucario also appears to be able to talk, while using his Final Smash he says "Watch the power of Aura." Lucario's fighting style revolves around aura manipulation and the concept of "high risk, high return"; the more damage Lucario has taken, the more it can deal. Its power is at its peak when it has taken 200% damage, and is in last place during a fight.

Standard Special Move Side Special Move Up Special Move Down Special Move Final Smash

Aura Sphere

Force Palm


Double Team

Aura Storm

Codec information (on Shadow Moses Island)

  • Mei Ling: "You're fighting Lucario, aren't you, Snake?"
  • Solid Snake: "Mei Ling, what's that purple fire coming out of his hands??"
  • Mei Ling: "That's his 'Aura.'"
  • Solid Snake: "Aura?"
  • Mei Ling: "I guess you could call it his life force. Lucario can use his own Aura and turn it into power. Every time Lucario's damage increases, his Aura gains strength, making his attacks more powerful. So don't think you've got him beat just because his health is down."
  • Solid Snake: "The cornered rat will bite the cat... Sounds like trouble."
  • Mei Ling: "Hey! When did you become so good with proverbs?!"
  • Solid Snake: "You must have rubbed off on me."
  • Mei Ling: "Well, come back in one piece, and I'll teach you all the Chinese proverbs you can handle."

Trophy information

Classic Mode: 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-types. Lucario evolves from Riolu during the day if its happiness has reached a certain point. It specializes in attacks that use Aura energy, like Dark Pulse and a can't-miss technique, Aura Sphere.

All-Star Mode: Aura Storm

Lucario's Final Smash. After flying off the screen, Lucario reappears in its center. It then launches a powerful Aura attack against all foes within a certain distance. The key to this attack is the ability to change its angle--it's a must to sweep slowly left and right to his selected enemies multiple times. The last blow will send the victim flying away.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Lucario is seen as the greatest rescue leader of all time, and his adventures have become legendary. While the player never meets Lucario, Alakazam tells the player that his goal is to become closer to Lucario's greatness. Earning 15,000 Rescue Points will put the player in the top rank - the Lucario rank - at which point the Lucario statue will be displayed outside the rescue base.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond It has the ability to sense the auras of all things. It understands human speech.
Pearl By catching the aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
None Trade
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Riolu
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
Generation VI
None Trade

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Ranger Batonnage Almia Castle (during mission)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
130 - 177 250 - 344
103 - 178 202 - 350
67 - 134 130 - 262
108 - 183 211 - 361
67 - 134 130 - 262
85 - 156 166 - 306
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

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By leveling up

Generation IV
Lv. Move Type Cat.
Start Quick Attack    
Metal Claw    
Dark Pulse    
6 Counter    
11 Force Palm    
15 Feint    
19 Bone Rush    
24 Metal Sound    
29 Me First    
33 Swords Dance    
37 Aura Sphere    
42 Close Combat    
47 Dragon Pulse    
51 ExtremeSpeed    


# Generation IV
TM01 Focus Punch
TM03 Water Pulse
TM04 Calm Mind
TM05 Roar
TM06 Toxic
TM08 Bulk Up
TM10 Hidden Power
TM11 Sunny Day
TM15 Hyper Beam
TM17 Protect
TM18 Rain Dance
TM21 Frustration
TM23 Iron Tail
TM26 Earthquake
TM27 Return
TM28 Dig
TM29 Psychic
TM30 Shadow Ball
TM31 Brick Break
TM32 Double Team
TM39 Rock Tomb
TM42 Facade
TM43 Secret Power
TM44 Rest
TM45 Attract
TM52 Focus Blast
TM56 Fling
TM58 Endure
TM59 Dragon Pulse
TM60 Drain Punch
TM65 Shadow Claw
TM66 Payback
TM68 Giga Impact
TM71 Stone Edge
TM75 Swords Dance
TM78 Captivate
TM79 Dark Pulse
TM80 Rock Slide
TM82 Sleep Talk
TM83 Natural Gift
TM84 Poison Jab
TM87 Swagger
TM90 Substitute
TM91 Flash Cannon
HM04 Strength
HM06 Rock Smash
HM08 Rock Climb

By breeding

By tutoring

Side game data

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Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
  For other sprites and images, please see Lucario images on Bulbagarden Archives.



Lucario appears to be based on the Egyptian god Anubis, who has the head of a jackal. It also seems to be based on an Egyptian boxer. Boxing is a sport that is believed to have origins in Egypt. The black appendages on the back of its head are used to detect the auras of creatures and objects around it. While Lucario reads aura, it closes its eyes, and thus the appendages and the way they look "tied" around its face appear to be based on someone being blindfolded.

Name origin

Lucario's name may be orikaru said syllabicly-backwards, which is Japanese for oracle. It may also be a reference to Cairo, Egypt. The "lu" may come from "lupine," meaning "wolf," in reference to its canine-like appearance.

In other languages

Related articles

External links

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