Lucario, The Aura Pokémon. A well-trained one can sense auras to identify and take in the feelings of creatures over half a mile away. It's said that no foe can remain invisible to LUCARIO, since it can detect auras. Even foes it could not otherwise see. By catching the aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements. It has the ability to sense the auras of all things. It understands human speech.
Lucario is one of those weird Pokemon that manages to get good because it has just the right stats and moves in just the right places to be used well. Its defenses are bad, speed slightly above average and attack and special attack great, but not "amazing" (compare it to Latios or Terrakion). It gets by through its incredible, unpredictable movepool that lets it hurt almost everything. It also can cover its average speed with Extremespeed while sort of working around the bad defenses with a good Steel / Fighting typing that leaves it with many resistances. Lucario has the ability to smash nearly every Pokemon in the game in two hits and can gain enough power in one single turn to decimate a team on its own. Do not take the steel jackal lightly or it will turn your team to dust in the blink of an eye.
Steadfast: Boosts Speed one stage when flinched. A great ability but not as good as Inner Focus. Why? Well Lucario is very frail. When you get smashed in the face by Waterfall or Air Slash you need to retaliate immediately. Lucario also needs all the HP it can to sweep under pressure from Extremespeed and Bullet Punches. The speed boost is nice though and you can set up on Jirachi's Iron Head a little easier so its not a bad ability, its just a little less useful than Inner Focus.
"Luke, I am your father."
- Swords Dance
That's right. Time for Star Wars quotes. Why? Luke... Lucario... Come on you think of something better. Anyhow this is the set you will see on almost all Lucario. The reason? It's so incredibly powerful. Swords Dance up on something like a Forretress or Choice Band Tyranitar locked into Crunch, then sweep. After a Swords Dance Close Combat has incredible power, blowing through Skarmory in one shot. What makes Lucario so deadly isn't his Close Combat it's the inability of faster frail things like Latios and Landorus to safely revenge kill him due to Extremespeed. The final slot is to help take out the FEW things that can switch in on Lucario. Ice Punch demolishes Gliscor, bulky Latias, and Dragonite while Crunch helps take down Jellicent and Deoxys D who otherwise could be a problem. The final option is Bullet Punch. Bullet Punch takes down Terrakion, Scarf Tyranitar and Gengar but it also is the only move that can be used with Justified. The potential of getting a +3 Extremespeed is pretty awesome. Bullet Punch leaves you a sitting duck against Jellicent and Gliscor but it you can take them out very little will stand in your way. Life Orb is the best item option due to the sheer destruction +2 Close Combats can wreck but Air Ballon can give Lucario a setup opportunity against Landorus and even Gliscor. Nature depends on what you want to outrun. Adamant gives Close Combat unrivaled killing power but Jolly outpaces Mamoswine, most Gliscor, Rotom and virtually all Haxorus.
"I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you."
- Aura Sphere
Nasty Plot is a new move for Lucario that for some reason it decided to learn in Black and White. Why? Who knows. This set plays pretty much like the Swords Dancer. Nasty Plot on something that fears you, then devastate. The difference is that Lucario tends to lure in Physical walls who have no chance of surviving any of Lucario's +2 hits. Even Special walls are annihilated by boosted moves. Blissey, the titan of Special Defense, is often OHKoed by +2 Aura Sphere. Eat you heart out Porygon Z. The main problem with Nasty Plot Lucario is that it can't cover it's relatively slow speed with Extremespeed like the Swords Dancer can. You can try with Vacuum Wave but its somewhat weak and requires you to give up on Hidden Power Ice.
"This is Red 5, I’m going in."
You've never heard of Agility Lucario? … It’s the set that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs... Yeah that was lame. Sorry. Many teams rely on beating Lucario by using faster hard hitters that can survive its boosted Extremespeed, Vacuum Wave, or Bullet Punch. Agility Lucario can throw a wrench into these plans and sweep. As with the previous two sets, find a chance to setup. At +2 Speed Lucario is so fast that with the given EVs you outrun Choice Scarf Latios, which is by far the fastest thing you will ever see in standard play. Close Combat has extreme power that allows it to easily OHKO anything weak to it and many frail things that don't resist. Crunch beats through Jellicent, Gengar, Latios and so on. Hidden Power Ice is being used over Ice Punch as it OHKOs Gliscor (Gliscor survives Ice Punch) and still OHKOs things like Dragonite and Landorus after Stealth Rocks. Dark Pulse is an option over Crunch for the flinch chance which can be a lifesaver against Reuniclus and Celebi. Agility Lucario will not break open holes in your opponent like the Swords Dancer will but it can late game sweep extremely well.
"You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s blow this thing and go home!"
- Close Combat
If setup sweepers aren't your thing you can always try Choice Band Lucario. Choice Band lets Lucario 1-2HKO almost every single Pokemon in the game with the right move. While other Pokemon such as Terrakion can also boast this what sets Lucario apart is Extremespeed. Choice Band Extremespeed is a wonderful tool to take out a rampaging Latios or Quiver Danced Volcarona. Lucario is also faster than Dragonite and doesn't have to lock itself into Outrage to use its most powerful attack. Choice Band Lucario has a lot of competition from other Choice Banders like Scizor, Dragonite, and Terrakion so it's best used alongside other Choice Banders to try and "team up" on single walls like Skarmory or Gliscor.
"Use the Force, Luke."
- Aura Sphere
Choice Specs Lucario was a favorite back in 4th gen due to its ability to 2HKO Blissey with Aura Sphere. It still has the same problems from before unfortunately. It's slow, frail and doesn't really hit THAT hard (think of harder hitters like Politoed and Heatran). It has surprise value though. Laugh as your opponent switches in their Hippowdon and gets blasted by Aura Sphere, or Gliscor takes an HP Ice and never flies again. It's too slow to ever sweep so you should try and use Lucario as a battering ram. Bust through physical walls that think they can take you so your real physical sweepers can tear through your opponent's team.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
- Close Combat
In 4th generation Lucario made a great lead due to its sheer power, coverage and priority. It works now as very few Pokemon can take a hit from Close Combat + Coverage move. This makes a very good lead, capable of breaking down offensive teams and doing some damage to balanced teams as well. Focus Sash is the primary item as the makes an amazing lead. Life Orb is another worthy item that lets Lucario hit extremely hard from the start, KOing even Skarmory in two hits.
EVs & Natures
So many. Counter, Hone Claws/ Cross Chop, Calm Mind, Bulk Up / Drain Punch, Hidden Power Electric, Stone Edge, Work Up, Flash Cannon, Choice Scarf and Final Gambit.
Double & Triple Battle Options
Not MANY. It has an immunity to Fake Out and a bunch of useful moves like Rock Slide, Extremespeed and Earthquake but sadly its too slow and frail to last long enough to use them. Might as well just use Terrakion who has better speed, bulk and power as well as getting STAB on Rock Slide.
Other fighting types do well with Lucario. Lucario is great at breaking down fighting resists due to its crazy coverage. Terrakion can make short work of the opposing team if the enemy's Gliscor takes an Ice Punch. Infernape also works well with Lucario as they can one-two punch fighting counters like Reuniclus and Tentacruel. Lucario is so good because it just punishes anything it hits. Use it to bust holes in your opponent so the rest of your Pokemon can sweep. Just pair Lucario with other hard hitters and you should do fine.
Hahahaha. If you're looking for a Lucario counter... it doesn't exist. No Pokemon in the game can even come close to switching in on Lucario safely. Luckily most Lucario sets are just the Swords Dancer which isn't particularly hard to handle provider your team is healthy. Gliscor is the #1 Lucario counter. It has great defense, more speed than Lucario and STAB Earthquake to eliminate it. It can even survive a Specs Aura Sphere well enough. Its only issue is that it does not take Ice moves well. Faster Normal resisting Pokemon like Scarf Tyranitar, Terrakion, Scarf Heatran, Gengar, and Jirachi all give Lucario trouble by hitting the jackal before its terrifying coverage moves can land. Gyarados and Salamence can both survive a Nasty Plotted or Swords Danced hit and OHKO back. What makes Lucario scary isn't his outright inability to be safely countered, it's the way it can cut open gaping holes in defensive cores and sweep late game while having mind boggling numbers of usable sets. The good news is Lucario is pretty frail so if you're willing to take a risk you can avoid letting it set up much of the time.
A Riolu in OU? Sounds crazy but it works... sort of. The idea is this. Set up Spikes / Stealth Rocks and get Riolu in safely. Use Roar as they switch out or attack. Bulky EVs and Eviolite makes this possible as most things can not OHKO Riolu without sickeningly high attack. Ok so you use Roar and they switch out. That's not very useful right? Well now use Copycat. You will go first due to Prankster and copy your own Roar. You may now freely spam Copycat which will repeatedly pick your Roar until you run out of PP. So your opponent tries to take you out with Scizor Bullet Punch? Oh that's fine, Riolu is faster and will Copycat Scizor off the field long before you are hit. As Riolu Roars your opponent's team around Stealth Rocks an Spikes will devastate their team. Best of all Riolu isn't totally useless even if it can't get this combo off. You may use Priority Copycat to surprise Terrakion, Dragonite, Salamence, Haxorus and so on with their own mighty STAB moves right to the face. Substitute can be used to scout and help get a free turn to Roar while Toxic can take down Extremespeed Dragonite. The biggest problem is that this set is currently impossible to use without online simulators or hacking. Lucario's Dream World ability is possible to get but due to gender restrictions Riolu can not use its ability yet.
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