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The best guide on how to play Lucario in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Lucario Latest Nerfs & Buffs (10/20)

Halloween Update (10/20)

Lucario Move Changes (October 20)
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
• Attack damage decreased from 440 to 429 (-3%).
Steadfast Image
• Activation frequency decreased from 30s to 60s.
Aura Cannon Image
Aura Cannon
• Fixed a bug where the damage is increased after using Power-Up Punch.

Lucario Previous Move Patches

Power-Up Punch Damage reduced from 1489 to 1324 (-11.71%). Fixed a bug where the attack increased by the effect of Power-Up Punch was also reflected in the normal attack after using the move.

Bone Rush Fixed a bug where Bone Rush did not damage surrounding opponents when using the move again.

Close Combat Damage increased from 1528 to 2553 (+50.2%).

Extreme Speed Fixed a bug where Extreme Speed attack may deal more damage than intended in certain circumstances.

Aura Cannon Fixed a bug where the damage is increased after using Power-Up Punch.

Setadfast Activation frequency decreased.

Standard Attack Attack damage reduce from 440 to 429 (-3%).

Lucario Basic Info

Tier Rating: SS Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Expert
"Lucario is a well-balanced Pokémon that combines speed and attack power."

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Lucario Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High damage
✔︎ Great mobility
✔︎ Great in any lane
✖︎ Struggles versus crowd control

Best Builds for Lucario


Tactical Offense Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build basically prevents Lucario from getting hit too much while dealing as much damage as it can with successive uses of its moves. Lucario is a good duelist Pokemon and this build fully utilizes that. This build requires a good aim with Bone Rush as it is crucial to execute Extreme Speed's secondary effect. Use Bone Rush to stun an enemy and then close in. Use Extreme Speed when close enough and when successful, hitting a close enemy will reset Extreme Speed's cooldown, allowing you to use it once more.

With Razor Claw's addition to the game, this build is now better than ever! Extreme Speed synergizes greatly with the auto attack boost of Razor Claw which improves your DPS massively while applying slow to your targets!

Dash Offense Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a build that utilizes Lucario's mobility thanks to its multitude of dashing moves. Opponents will find it difficult to track you down and with Bone Rush's stun, your opponent will most likely fall before it even has a chance to react. The downside is that to fully utilize this build you would have to upgrade Bone Rush which will only occur when you hit Level 13 which will be pretty late in the game.

Power-Up Punch will be your main move here as it powers up your Standard Attack and Bone Rush will stun your opponents. Once you fully upgraded Bone Rush, you can use Power-Up Punch again after hitting an opponent. Follow up on this combo with a barrage of your Standard Attacks. Repeat the process when your abilities are ready again.

Burst Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a build that's focused on bursting specific targets. Weakness Policy and Muscle Band grant Lucario raw Attack Stat and more damage which synergizes with our auto attack stacking and burst from Power-Up Punch via Weakness Policy's effect. Securing objectives and assassinating fragile enemies are this build's specialties!

Muscle Band Vs. Buddy Barrier

Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier

Muscle Band is a good DPS item to complement the build. It also improves your attack speed, making it essential on Lucario as it allows you to charge up your boosted attack faster for repeated AoE knock ups. Buddy Barrier on the other hand provides a strong 2nd life bar that allows you to just dive enemies after using your UNITE move. Choose Muscle Band for increased laning phase power or opt for Buddy Barrier for stronger team fighting potential.

Lucario Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw After the Pokemon uses a move, its next basic attack deals a minimum of (10/15/20) damage. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more this damage increases. When this item is held by a melee Pokemon, this basic attack also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Increases the Pokemon's Attack for a short time by a minimum of (2/2.5/3)% when the Pokemon receives damage. This increase grows larger the more times damage is received

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Lucario's reliance on weaving standard attacks between combos make Muscle Band the ideal choice of item to increase damage output. The Focus Band is also a powerful choice for increasing bulk as well as having a lifeline for when your HP drops too low. Finally Buddy Barrier is a great choice of item as well since you'll usually be using Aura Cannon before jumping into a fight.

Overall, the best items for Lucario are those that provide defensive stats, raw attack stats, or attack speed. Razor Claw is also a great addition to Lucario's kit if playing Extreme Speed due to their interaction with each other. Weakness Policy is another option to choose if you opt for a defensive setup as its effect forces you to take damage to maximize its gains.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Full Heal.pngFull Heal Removes any status effects and prevents them for a period of time.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

Full Heal compensates for Lucario's weakness to crowd control by granting it immunity to debuffs for a short amount of time. This will allow Lucario to unleash the full power of its combos without worrying about getting interrupted for a brief moment.

Eject Button gives Lucario a vast amount of utility. In addition to using it to escape tight spots, you can use it in conjuction with your dashes and combos to surprise unaware opponents with a hefty amount of burst damage. For Lucario, it's the ideal tool for initiating, chasing, or fleeing.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Bone Rush ImageBone Rush Unleashes a flurry of blows with a bone, damaging enemies, then throws it at the target location, damaging and knocking back enemy Pokemon hit. Activating the Move again will make Lucario dash towards the bone, dealing damage in an area around Lucario after reaching the bone.
Upgrade: Resets all cooldowns on second activation.
Extreme Speed ImageExtreme Speed Lucario dashes forward. Damage enemies caught in the path and restores some HP. Hitting an enemy with the enemy close to Lucario will reset the Move's cooldown (once per enemy).
Upgrade: Increases attack damage of Lucario for a short duration.

Bone Rush allows Lucario to cover more ground while having a strong entrance. Pair that with Extreme Speed and the hits will just keep on coming. Whoever gets caught within the flurry of punches will certainly have a bad day.

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How to Play Lucario

Lucario is an All-Rounder Pokemon that has high offensive capabilities while still being able to survive in the middle of a fight. Lucario has a great mix of movement and immunity type Moves which makes them a big threat during team fights.

Hunt Wild Pokemon in the Mid-Lane

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Attacking Ludicolo

Lucario's first powerspike occurs at level 5, where you gain your first skill upgrade. You'll want to avoid enemy fights and focus on going to the jungle and levelling up by battling Wild Pokemon.

Use Power-Up Punch to Initiate Fights

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Using Power-Up Punch

Lucario learns Power-Up Punch at level 5, which is a powerful upgrade and can be used to start fights. Alternate the use of this move with your normal attacks, which will be enhanced thanks to Power-Up Punch. Use this technique to chase down opponents and defeat them. You can also lower Power-Up Punch's cooldown by hitting enemy Pokemon with your other moves.

Use Bone Rush Effectively

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Using Bone Rush

While Bone Rush's stun is good, Bone Rush's secondary effect of allowing Lucario to dash to the bone's location can be used to cover more ground. You can use this move to escape out of particularly tight situations or simply close the gap between you and an opponent.

Abuse Extreme Speed's Cooldown Reset

After using Extreme Speed on a target, follow it up with an attack to instantly reset the move's cooldown. You can also use Bone Rush to get maximum value out of the cooldown reset. Note that Extreme Speed recovers a bit of HP per hit, so do not hesitate to initiate fights with it!

Defeat Opponents Late-Game Via Massive Combos

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Doing a Combo

Towards the end of the match, Lucario should aim for attackers with low defenses such as Pikachu. You can burst them quickly by landing massive combos. If you cannot chase them down, have a teammate assist you in locking them down so you can reach them.

All Lucario Combos

Fire Lucario's Unite Move Into a Crowd

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Using Aura Cannon

Before initiating a battle, it is recommended to throw Lucario's Unite Move in a crowd as channeling it in the middle of a teamfight can leave you exposed. You can aim it from afar or while hiding in grass and increase the chances of it hitting. Upon using this move, your next Power-Up Punch will be extra powerful so use that to your advantage.

Lucario Combos

Blitz Combo

Blitz Combo
Extreme Speed IconStandard Attack IconExtreme Speed IconStandard Attack IconBone Rush Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Blitz Combo
A combo that allows you to close in on targets and finish them off with Lucario's trademark speed. Make sure the first Extreme Speed connects on the target to instantly refresh its cooldown. Take your time and land basic attacks between Extreme Speed dashes. Finish it off with Bone Rush and make sure the bone lands near your target to perform another damage burst with its second activation. Bone Rush can also refresh Extreme Speed's cooldown once upgraded, allowing you to spam the latter again.

Heavy Burst Combo

Heavy Burst Combo
Aura Cannon IconEject Button IconPower-Up Punch IconBone Rush Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Heavy Burst Combo
This is a heavy-hitting combo that's performed best when striking from the bush or out of your target's view. Start off by using Aura Cannon on your target then immediately use Eject Button to close the distance. Follow-up with Power-Up Punch and Bone Rush as soon as you're in range. Always remember to aim the bone near your target to deal another burst of damage once you blink towards it. You can use Power-Up Punch again afterward once Bone Rush is fully upgraded.

Power-Up Punch Combo

Power-Up Punch Combo
Power-Up Punch IconStandard Attack IconClose Combat IconPower-Up Punch IconStandard Attack IconAura Cannon IconPower-Up Punch IconStandard Attack Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Lucario Power-Up Punch Combo
Because Power-Up Punch's cooldown lowers every hit with any of Lucario's other moves, you can make a long combo with multiple Power-Up Punches. You start with Power-Up Punch then standard attack combo, then you follow up with Close Combat, hitting all the hits will guarantee that you can then once again use another Power-Up Punch to Standard Attack combo.Finally, you throw your Aura Cannon. If you can hit enough enemy Pokemon, you can once again follow up with Power-Up Punch to Standard Attack combo right away.

Matchups & Counters for Lucario

Lucario Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
AbsolAlolan NinetalesCrustleGengarMr. MimePikachuSnorlaxZeraora
Good Matchup

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Lucario.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
Can instantly remove Lucario from a fight with Telekinesis and Slowbeam, making Lucario a sitting duck for enemy attacks.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Rating: ★★★★★
Interrupts Lucario's combos with Sing and Dazzling Gleam.
Starlight Recital essentially negates Lucario's burst damage.
Machamp ImageMachamp Rating: ★★★★
A powerful All-Rounder that can take the fight to Lucario. Submission is an amazing move to close the distance and pin Lucario down which leaves him open to follow-up attacks. Cross Chop, on the other hand, lets Machamp chase Lucario down whenever it dashes away.

Even Matchups

Speedy Burst Type Pokemon
Gengar Image Absol Image Zeraora Image

These matchups are a showdown of who can unload and successfully connect with their combos first. These Pokemon have low health but high burst damage while Lucario has great damage but not as much bulk as a Defender. If you succeed by landing the first strike or a stun in the duel, then you've got a pretty good chance of winning.

Pikachu Image Alolan Ninetales Image Mr. Mime Image

These matchups are completely reliant on whether you can successfully evade their immobilizing moves and close the distance. If you succeed, you can shred their HP down easily. If not, then you'll make an easy target for their follow-up attacks.

Snorlax Image Crustle Image

Matchups against Pokemon in this table generally end in a stalemate where neither side is able to deal sufficient damage to take each other out. To break the deadlock, gang up on these opponents with your teammates.

Best Matchups for Lucario

Best Counters

Pokemon with Poor Mobility
Venusaur Image Blastoise Image Charizard Image Garchomp Image Eldegoss Image

Lucario shines in matchups where he can stick close to opponents and beat them down with its impressive burst and/or sustained damage. Pokemon with poor mobility will fall quickly to Lucario if they stay within Lucario's striking range.

Pokemon with Fragile Defenses
Greninja Image Cinderace Image Talonflame Image Cramorant Image

Lucario's access to a variety of high damage burst combos means that opponents with low defenses at the receiving end of Lucario's combos will get wiped out in seconds. These Pokemon should play close to or behind their teammates because if Lucario reaches them, it would mean certain death.

Best Teammates for Lucario

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro's Telekinesis can help Lucario position himself for more critical hits.
Slowbro's Telekinesis can momentarily freeze an opponent in place giving time for Lucario to get a better position. Once there, he can safely execute his combos while Slowbro assists in the fight with Surf.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Pikachu's stun attacks can help Lucario dish out the most amount of damage.
Lucario's targets can escape his reach at times and with Pikachu's stun moves, they are immobilized completely allowing Lucario to deal out some insane combos.

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Lucario Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Quick Attack ImageQuick Attack
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 673 (Lv. 3)
Luario lunges forward, damaging enemy Pokemon caught in the path.
Power-Up Punch ImagePower-Up Punch
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1274 (Lv. 5) / 2464 (Lv. 15)
Lucario charges up, increasing its Defense while doing so. Upon releasing, Lucario will launch forward with a devastating punch, dealing damage and knocking back enemy Pokemon. Will deal extra damage based on target's missing health. Lucario's next basic attack will also be boosted. Hitting enemy Pokemon with your other Moves will also decrease the cooldown of this Move.
Upgrade: Lucario becomes unstoppable when charging.
Extreme Speed ImageExtreme Speed
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 778 (Lv. 5) / 1502 (Lv. 15)
Lucario dashes forward. Damage enemies caught in the path and restores some HP. Hitting an enemy with the enemy close to Lucario will reset the Move's cooldown (once per enemy).
Upgrade: Increases attack damage of Lucario for a short duration.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Meteor Mash ImageMeteor Mash
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 602 (Lv. 3)
Throw a powerful punch forward, damage enemy Pokemon and knocking them back.
Close Combat ImageClose Combat
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 2530 (Lv. 7) / 4180 (Lv. 15)
Lucario throws a flurry of punches in front of him, dealing damage to enemies with multiple hits.
Upgrade: Grants a shield and immunity to hindrances.
Bone Rush ImageBone Rush
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Melee and Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 616 (Lv. 7) / 976 (Lv. 15)
Unleashes a flurry of blows with a bone, damaging enemies, then throws it at the target location, damaging and knocking back enemy Pokemon hit. Activating the Move again will make Lucario dash towards the bone, dealing damage in an area around Lucario after reaching the bone.
Upgrade: Resets all cooldowns on second activation.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Aura Cannon ImageAura Cannon
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 3654 (Lv. 9) / 6000 (Lv. 15)
Summons a massive energy ball that blasts opponents who are caught in its path. When the Unite Move hits, the damage dealt by the next "Power-Up Punch" increases.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, performing a combo attack with a bone. Deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throws them airborne.

Ability (Passive)

Steadfast ImageSteadfast Lucario gains increased Movement Speed and a shield at half HP.

Lucario Stats & Evolutions

Lucario Evolutions

This Pokémon does not evolve.

Lucario Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3250 78 60 160
2 3392 89 69 170
3 3549 101 78 180
4 3721 114 88 192
5 3910 129 99 205
6 4118 145 112 219
7 4347 163 126 234
8 4599 183 141 251
9 4877 205 158 270
10 5184 229 176 291
11 5522 255 196 314
12 5894 284 218 339
13 6303 316 243 366
14 6753 351 270 396
15 7249 390 300 429

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Lucario In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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