Lucario: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

Lucario: Type, Powers, Strengths, Weaknesses, Evolutions, Moves & More

Lucario is a dual Fighting- and Steel-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation IV of the core video games. It is the first and final evolution form of Riolu, a baby Pokémon introduced in Generation IV of the core games; Riolu evolved into Lucario with a high-enough Friendship level.

Lucario has a Mega Evolution, Mega Lucario, which is obtained by exposing Lucario to Lucarionite. It is weak to Fighting-, Ground-, and Fire-type moves, and is super effective against Normal-, Rock-, and Fairy-type Pokémon.

Best moveset

Ash_Lucario

In the PokémonGO videogame, the best moves for your Lucario are Counter and Aura Sphere if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Counter reveals the following: “A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken”; as for Aura Sphere, the attack is described as follows: “The user lets loose a blast of aura power from deep within its body at the target. This attack never misses.”

Weaknesses and Counters

As a dual Fighting- and Steel-type Pokémon, Lucario is weak to Fighting-, Ground-, and Fire-type moves, and is super effective against Normal-, Rock-, and Fairy-type Pokémon. It is immune to Poison-type moves. It receives normal damage from Flying-, Ghost-, Water-, Electric-, Psychic-, Fairy-type moves.

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Powers and Abilities

Lucario’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP78153 185 297 360 
Attack8494104136149183204267293
Defense788898130143172192255280
Special Attack109116129161177228254317348
Special Defense8594105137150185206269295
Speed100108120152167212236299328

In Pokémon GO, Lucario has a Base Stamina of 172, a Base Attack of 236, and a Base Defense of 144.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Steadfast: The Pokémon’s determination boosts the Speed stat each time the Pokémon flinches. (or)
  • Inner Focus: The Pokémon’s intensely focused, and that protects the Pokémon from flinching.
  • Justified: Being hit by a Dark-type move boosts the Attack stat of the Pokémon, for justice. (Hidden Ability)
  • Adaptability: Powers up moves of the same type as the Pokémon. (Mega Lucario)

Evolutions

Lucario was first introduced in Generation IV as the first and final evolution of the baby Pokémon Riolu, also introduced in Generation IV. Riolu evolved into Lucario with a high enough level of Friendship, but only during daytime. Lucario does not have any Regional Variant, but it does have a Mega Evolution – when exposed to the Lucarionite, it evolves into Mega Lucario.

Lucario: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

In Pokémon GO, Lucario is also obtained by first evolving Riolu, for which you need 50 Riolu Candy, and no other requirements. Mega Lucario is, as of the time of writing this article, not yet available in the game.

Moves

As of Generation VIII, the movies that Lucario can learn are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Lucario
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Lucario
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Moves by leveling up

Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Aura SphereFightingSpecial80—%20
1Life DewWaterStatus—%10
1Work UpNormalStatus—%30
1Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
1Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
1ScreechNormalStatus85%40
1Force PalmFightingPhysical60100%10
1Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
1CopycatNormalStatus—%20
1Final GambitFightingSpecial100%5
1ReversalFightingPhysical100%15
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical40100%30
1DetectFightingStatus—%5
1FeintNormalPhysical30100%10
1Metal ClawSteelPhysical5095%35
Evo.Aura SphereFightingSpecial80—%20
12CounterFightingPhysical100%20
16Laser FocusNormalStatus—%30
20Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical40100%20
24Calm MindPsychicStatus—%20
28Metal SoundSteelStatus85%40
32Quick GuardFightingStatus—%15
36Bone RushGroundPhysical2590%10
40Swords DanceNormalStatus—%20
44Heal PulsePsychicStatus—%10
48Meteor MashSteelPhysical9090%10
52Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
56Extreme SpeedNormalPhysical80100%5
60Close CombatFightingPhysical120100%5

Moves by TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM00Mega PunchNormalPhysical8085%20
TM01Mega KickNormalPhysical12075%5
TM04Ice PunchIcePhysical75100%15
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM15DigGroundPhysical80100%10
TM16ScreechNormalStatus85%40
TM21RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM24SnoreNormalSpecial50100%15
TM25ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM26Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
TM31AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM33Rain DanceWaterStatus—%5
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM39FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM40SwiftNormalSpecial60—%20
TM41Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
TM42RevengeFightingPhysical60100%10
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM57PaybackDarkPhysical50100%10
TM59FlingDarkPhysical100%10
TM63Drain PunchFightingPhysical75100%10
TM65Shadow ClawGhostPhysical70100%15
TM75Low SweepFightingPhysical65100%20
TM76RoundNormalSpecial60100%15
TM79RetaliateNormalPhysical70100%5
TM81BulldozeGroundPhysical60100%20
TR00Swords DanceNormalStatus—%20
TR07Low KickFightingPhysical100%20
TR10EarthquakeGroundPhysical100100%10
TR11PsychicPsychicSpecial90100%10
TR12AgilityPsychicStatus—%30
TR13Focus EnergyNormalStatus—%30
TR20SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TR21ReversalFightingPhysical100%15
TR26EndureNormalStatus—%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR31Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TR32CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
TR33Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
TR41Blaze KickFirePhysical8590%10
TR46Iron DefenseSteelStatus—%15
TR48Bulk UpFightingStatus—%20
TR49Calm MindPsychicStatus—%20
TR53Close CombatFightingPhysical120100%5
TR56Aura SphereFightingSpecial80—%20
TR57Poison JabPoisonPhysical80100%20
TR58Dark PulseDarkSpecial80100%15
TR62Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
TR64Focus BlastFightingSpecial12070%5
TR68Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
TR69Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical8090%15
TR70Flash CannonSteelSpecial80100%10
TR75Stone EdgeRockPhysical10080%5
TR85Work UpNormalStatus—%30

Moves by transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
ConfideNormalStatus—%20
Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
Dual ChopDragonPhysical4090%15
Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
Follow MeNormalStatus—%20
Foresight ×NormalStatus—%40
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
Fury CutterBugPhysical4095%20
HeadbuttNormalPhysical70100%15
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
Hone ClawsDarkStatus—%15
Magnet RiseElectricStatus—%10
Me First ×NormalStatus—%20
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial20100%10
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
RoarNormalStatus—%20
Role PlayPsychicStatus—%10
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Sky Uppercut ×FightingPhysical8590%15
StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
ToxicPoisonStatus90%10
Water PulseWaterSpecial60100%20

In Pokémon GO, Lucario can learn Counter, and Bullet Punch as Fast Attacks, and Flash Cannon, Shadow Ball, Close Combat, Power-Up Punch, and Aura Sphere as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Lucario, as they are event-only attacks.

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