Lucario (M08)

ルカリオ Lucario
Lucario M08.png
Debuts in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Caught at Kanto
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location Deceased
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Lucario Daisuke Namikawa Sean Schemmel

Lucario (Japanese: ルカリオ Lucario) is a major character in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. He is able to speak through telepathy.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

In the movies

Lucario and Sir Aaron with a time flower

Over 1,000 years ago, before the invention of Poké Balls, Lucario served Sir Aaron, who in turn served Queen Rin, the queen of Cameran Palace. Lucario and Aaron were sensitive to aura, invisible vibrations that all objects, especially living things, release. This enabled them to "see" objects and living creatures and predict the actions of others even with their eyes closed. Lucario could use aura as an offensive attack in the form of Aura Sphere, in which he would amass a sphere of energy and hurl it at an opponent. Aaron taught Lucario how to refine his sensitivity to aura.

When Cameran Palace was about to be caught in the middle of a war, Aaron was on his way to the Tree of Beginning to attempt to stop the battle when he came across Lucario, who had been temporarily blinded by a group of sand-kicking Houndoom. Aaron told him that he was never going back to the castle. Aaron intended to sacrifice himself to stop the war, but told Lucario that he was abandoning the kingdom. Not wanting Lucario to be present for his sacrifice, Aaron threw his staff, sealing Lucario within. The armies raged past the staff, and Aaron's Pidgeot later returned it to Rin. After sealing Lucario, Aaron sacrificed himself to the Tree of Beginning to stop the war, and he succeeded.

Lucario's final words to Ash

Years later, in the present time, Lucario was awoken from the staff when it was held by Ash Ketchum, who has a similar aura pattern to Aaron. Still blinded from the attack years ago, Lucario initially mistook Ash for Aaron, but he regained his sight, but was stubborn and distrustful of humans after being sealed in the staff. Unaware of Aaron's sacrifice, Lucario held a grudge toward Aaron, thinking that Aaron had abandoned the castle and him. He had considered himself Aaron's servant, and he could not understand the friendship between Ash and Pikachu. However, a time flower message left by Aaron shortly before his death told Lucario the truth; that Aaron considered Lucario a friend, not a servant.

Once again, the Tree of Beginning was disturbed, threatening to destroy the balance between Pokémon and nature. Ash and Lucario rushed to its core and began to use their aura to energize the tree's defense system. Using up their aura would have meant the same fate as Aaron—death. However, just as Ash was about to use up his aura and give his own life, Lucario pushed him away, instead sacrificing only himself to the tree.

After Lucario's death, the portrait of Aaron in Cameran Palace was altered to include Lucario by Aaron's side, cementing their relationship as best friends and partners in aura manipulation. Lucario was later seen with Aaron once again. He gave Aaron a bar of chocolate, which he enjoyed, leaving their true statuses unclear, as Lucario did not know what chocolate was until Max gave it to him in an effort to earn his trust for the sake of the group.

Lucario briefly reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.

Personality and characteristics

Lucario crying over Sir Aaron's death

Lucario was very respectful towards Sir Aaron, seeing himself as a student to his master in learning how to manipulate Aura. However, when Aaron trapped him in his staff just before leaving to sacrifice himself to the Tree of Beginning, Lucario was utterly shocked at his master's "betrayal" and lost all respect for him, as he did not know about the sacrifice.

Due to this experience, Lucario developed a high degree of animosity against all humans, saying that they couldn't be trusted. It wasn't until Lucario realized just how much Ash cared for his Pikachu that he began to trust humans again, developing a strong friendship with Ash in the process. As time went on, Lucario found out the truth behind Sir Aaron and his sacrifice, allowing him to forgive Sir Aaron for misunderstanding. Lucario's death allowed him to be forever at peace, and be with Sir Aaron in the after-life.

Moves used

Using Aura Sphere
Move First Used In
Aura Sphere Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Detect Lucario and the Mystery of Mew*
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 浪川大輔 Daisuke Namikawa
English Sean Schemmel
Dutch Fred Butter
European French Mathieu Moreau
German Gerhard Jilka
Italian Federico Danti
Korean 전광주 Jeon Gwangju
Brazilian Portuguese Affonso Amajones
Russian Андрей Гриневич Andrey Grinevich
Spanish Latin America Roberto Mendiola
Spain Iñaki Crespo

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Lucario in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Aura's Lucario         Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   012/020
      PCG-P Promotional cards   093/PCG-P
Aura's Lucario         PCG-P Promotional cards   075/PCG-P
Aura's Lucario         PCG-P Promotional cards   079/PCG-P
Aura's Lucario         PCG-P Promotional cards   090/PCG-P
Aura's Lucario         PCG-P Promotional cards   092/PCG-P
Aura's Lucario ex         Master Kit   006/012

Pokemon Coins

Lucario was released as a coin for the TCG.

  Release date July 16, 2005
Region Japan
Release Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario
Description: Regular-sized, Blue Non Holofoil, Black-backed Coin featuring Lucario released within the Japanese Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario July 16, 2005


Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario

The Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario (Japanese: 映画公開記念VSパック 波導のルカリオ) was made available first on July 16, 2005 in Pokémon Centers and celebrates the release of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew in cinemas. A more general release of the half deck followed on August 5, 2005. The half deck features primarily Pokémon belonging to characters portrayed in the movie, with a couple native to the movie's setting Rota. The half deck also comes with damage counters, status counters, and a coin.

Product images:

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  • Lucario is one of a few Pokémon in the anime who perished in the present day and were never brought back to life, and also the first non-Legendary or Mythical Pokémon to do so.

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