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Lucario Best Movesets & Builds

Lucario
Total Base Stats525
Type Fighting IconSteel Icon

Physical Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk. ↓)Focus Sash
Best Ability
Inner Focus
The Pokemon cannot be flinched.
Best Moveset
Close Combat / Meteor Mash / Bullet Punch / Thunder Punch
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Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Strong Physical Attacker

Lucario's high attack stat and typing make it a very appealing Pokemon. Having a second type in addition to Fighting allows it to get a STAB move off against Ghost types, which are somewhat common in the current meta. In order to give it as many chances to attack as possible, this build opts for a Focus Sash.

Many Possible Builds

Lucario is one of those mixed attackers that not only has the stats but also the move pool to be extremely versatile. It also has set up & priority moves for both physical and special builds, making it quite dangerous if allowed to stack up buffs.

Boost Attack With Max Knuckle

Lucario is an excellent candidate for Dynamaxing, especially if you're using a Choice Scarf build, since Dynamax frees you from your locked in move.

Special Attacker Build

NatureItem
Timid (Speed ↑ / Atk.↓)Focus Sash
Ability
Inner Focus
The Pokemon cannot be flinched.
Moveset
Aura Sphere / Steel Beam / Shadow Ball / Vacuum Wave
▼Check Move Info Here
EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

STAB Steel Beam

Lucario is able to use Steel Beam, which is a new move introduced in Sword and Shield that has a power of 140. In addition to that, Lucario has access to a STAB priority move as well. Unfortunately, the special variant doesn't benefit from Max Knuckle's attack increase, so make sure to target Pokemon with relatively weak Sp. Def.

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Lucario - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Physical Attacker Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Meteor Mash
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move. Has a chance of increasing the user's attack.
Bullet Punch
Steel Icon
Good STAB priority move. An egg move.
Close Combat
Fighting Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move.
Thunder Punch
Electric Icon
Good coverage move for Gyarados and other water types like Toxapex.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
High Jump Kick
Fighting Icon
An alternative to Close Combat, lower power but safer to use.
Extreme speed
Normal Icon
Priority move with surprisingly high damage.
Ice Punch
Ice Icon
Good coverage move vs. Dragon types.
Blaze Kick
fire Icon
Good coverage move for Ferrothorn and other grass types.
Swords Dance
status icon
Increases attack 2 stages. Excellent buff move, should be highly considered.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Excellent Ground-type move, deals well with Fire types.
Stone Edge
Rock Icon
Good Rock-type move, slightly low accuracy however.

Build #2 - Special Attacker Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Aura Sphere
Fighting Icon
Powerful STAB fighting move.
Vacuum Wave
Fighting Icon
Priority STAB move, excellent for finishing off opponents.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Good coverage move vs Galarian Corsola.
Steel Beam
Steel Icon
Incredibly powerful STAB move. Deals heavy recoil damage, however.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Flash Cannon
Steel Icon
A safer alternative to Steel Beam.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Good coverage move.
Nasty Plot
status icon
Increases Special Attack by 2 stages. Great for setting up.
Final Gambit
Fighting Icon
Deals damage equal to your HP, but you faint. Could be useful as a last resort.

Lucario - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Focus SashPrevents the user from fainting in 1 shot. Lets you stay in the game longer, as Lucario is somewhat frail (aside from its Steel type, its defenses are rather low).
Choice ScarfLets Lucario go first in all situations. Lets you get off your massively powerful STAB moves.
Metal CoatIncreases the power of Steel Moves. Useful for all-in Steel Beam or Meteor Mash builds.
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Lucario - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Lucario - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpeed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
For the physical build.
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
For the special build.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physical Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

The physical build gets 252 in Attack and Speed to ensure you go first & do as much damage as possible. Speed boosting natures are preferable.

Special Build

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

Same as the physical build but replace Attack with Special Attack.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Lucario Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Lucario

PokemonExplanation
Gyarados IconGyaradosPros
- Resists Steel and Fighting moves
- Can lower attack with Intimidate
Cons
- None
CharizardCharizard Pros
- Resists Fighting and Steel moves
- Can one shot in the sun
Cons
- Will lose to Choice Scarf + Stone Edge
Aegislash IconAegislashPros
- Resists Steel, immune to Fighting
- Can deal super effective damage with fighting moves
Cons
- Weak to Shadow Ball and Earthquake
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Resists Steel moves
- One shots with Overheat
Cons
- Weak to Stone Edge
Chandelure IconChandelure Pros
- Immune to Fighting moves, resists Steel
- Fire moves are super effective
Cons
- Weak to Stone Edge and Earthquake
Galarian Corsola IconGalarian CorsolaPros
- Can burn and Strength Sap physical builds
- Immune to fighting moves
Cons
- Weak to special attacker builds

How To Play Against Lucario

Hit It Before It Sets Up

Lucario is relatively weak before it sets up on you (for example, with Max Knuckle, Swords Dance, or Nasty Plot). Attack it before it has a chance to get buffed up to take it out.

Bring Out Someone Faster

Lucario's base speed is only 90, which is not particularly fast. Bring out a Pokemon that can outspeed it and hit a super effective move.

Careful Sending In Tanks

Be careful sending in a tank on Lucario, as it tends to have incredible move coverage and might be able to get a super effective hit off on you. Also, it can use that opportunity to buff up, so either have Haze ready or send in Galarian Corsola (if you're sure it's a physical build.)

Lucario - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a Riolu in the Giants Cap (during a Blizzard).
2Evolve it into Lucario by raising up friendship during the day.
3Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Riolu
4Level it up to a Lucario and breed until you get a Riolu with a Jolly Nature
5Put 252 EVs in Speed and Attack
6Feed it 10 Dynamax Candies to max out its Dynamax Level
7Evolve that Riolu as well.
8Teach it Close Combat, Meteor Mash, Bullet Punch, and Thunder Punch
9Equip a Focus Sash
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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