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This is a guide on how to play Lucario in Pokemon UNITE. Learn about all of Lucario's moves and skins, and how to use Lucario with our builds complete with best movesets, items, and combos, as well as matchups, and what counters to use against them.

Lucario Tier Rating and Stats

Lucario Basic Information

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

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Lucario Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
3 Stars.png 2.5 Stars.png 3.5 Stars.png 3 Stars.png 0.5 Stars.png

HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3250 78 60
2 3392 89 69
3 3549 101 78
4 3721 114 88
5 3910 129 99
6 4118 145 112
7 4347 163 126
8 4599 183 141
9 4877 205 158
10 5184 229 176
11 5522 255 196
12 5894 284 218
13 6303 316 243
14 6753 351 270
15 7249 390 300

Lucario Evolutions

Lucario.pngLucario
This Pokémon does not evolve.

Lucario Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Powerful basic attacks
✔︎ Incredibly mobile
✔︎ Strong in any lane
✖︎ Struggles against disabling moves

Powerful Basic Attacks

Lucario's basic attacks are some of the best in the game. Not only do they deal solid damage against any Pokemon, but the third attack can also cleave to nearby enemies and knock them up in the air.

Vulnerable to Disabling Moves

Lucario is major threat in the battlefield whenever its free to spam basic attacks and dance around enemies with its signature mobility. This can be difficult against teams with Pokemon that can lock targets down with crowd control like Slowbro and Alolan Ninetales.

Best Lane for Lucario

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Jungle 5 Stars.png
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Can Succeed in Any Lane

Lucario excels in any lane on the map because of its amazing damage and mobility. Top and Bottom aren't issues for this melee All-Rounder due to how easy it is for Lucario to close the distance on targets. Lucario can also clear the jungle quickly, allowing it to set ganks at either top or bottom extremely early.

Lucario Builds

Attack Build

Moves and Upgrades

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 5 (R) Lv. 7 (ZR)
Quick Attack ImageQuick Attack Meteor Mash ImageMeteor Mash Extreme Speed ImageExtreme Speed Bone Rush ImageBone Rush
This build has a very high skill cap since it involves a lot of movement and proper timing. Extreme Speed and Bone Rush can be used to keep yourself mobile and confuse opponents while dealing a lot of damage.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives you the ability to teleport short distances. This is an extremely useful Battle Item which can be used in a multitude of scenarios. You can use this to make a quick escape or shorten the distance to deal a final blow to your enemies.

Held Items

Items Tips
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone The Float Stone is one of the core Held Items for any Pokemon. The Float Stone gives you a significant boost in your movement speed especially when you are out of combat.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band increases your Basic Attack Damage and Basic Attack Speed. Since Lucario is mainly deals Physical Damage, this is a great Held Item to pick up in further increase your damage output.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens increases your critical hit rate and your critical hit damage. Since Lucario's damage mainly comes from their Basic Attacks, this is a very good item to significantly increase your damage.

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

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In order to give Lucario a quick boost in strength, level him up to Level 5 to gain your first upgrade in your moveset. To do this quickly, avoid enemy fights and focus on going to the jungle and strengthen up by battling Wild Pokemon.

Use Power-Up Punch to Initiate Fights

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At Level 5, you can learn Power-Up Punch which is a powerful upgrade and can be used to start fights. Use it alternately with normal attacks which will be upgraded thanks to Power-Up Punch. Use this technique to chase down opponents and defeat them.

Use Bone Rush Effectively

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While Bone Rush's stun is good, Bone Rush's secondary effect of allowing you teleport to the bone's location can be easily as effective. You can use this move to escape out of particularly tight situations or quickly score a goal.

Defeat opponents late-game via massive combos

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Towards the end of the match, Lucario should aim for attackers with low defenses such as Pikachu. You can defeat them landing massive combos. If you cannot chase them down, have a teammate assist you to turn the tide of the battle towards your team's favor.

Example of Lucario's Combo

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Standard Attack Image Standard Attack
Standard Attack Image Standard Attack

All Lucario Combos

Use Lucario's Unite Move into a crowd

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Before initiating a battle, it is recommended to throw in your Unite Move in a crowd. 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

Step # Move
1
2
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack x3
3
4
Standard Attack ImageStandard Attack x3
5
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

Step # Move
1
2
3
4
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.

Lucario Matchups and Best Counters

Hard Counters
Snorlax Image Slowbro Image Machamp Image Wigglytuff Image
Fair
Alolan Ninetales Image Gengar Image Pikachu Image Zeraora Image Absol Image Crustle Image
Easy
Garchomp Image Mr. Mime Image Eldegoss Image Cinderace Image Greninja Image Venusaur Image Cramorant Image Charizard Image Talonflame Image

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Lucario

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro is a hard counter because of how much stalling power it has. Telekensis and Surf can easily lock Lucario down and make him vulnerable for Slowbro's allies.
Machamp ImageMachamp Machamp is another great counter because this particular Pokemon can simply 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.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax is a hard counter against Lucario because of how well it can survive through Lucario's damage. The control it provides via Yawn and Heavy Slam is not to be understated as well. These moves can turn the tables around on an overly aggressive Lucario.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Wigglytuff's biggest strength against Lucario is how well it can disrupt the latter's attack combinations. Sing and Dazzling Gleam are incredibly effective at breaking Lucario's rhythm in fights and forcing it to dash away instead. Wigglytuff's Passive Ability also makes Lucario think twice about attack them because the Charm effect they receive from striking Wigglytuff leaves them vulnerable to counters and disabling moves for a split second.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Alolan Ninetales' ability to Slow and Freeze enemies makes it a tricky target for Lucario. This matchup ultimately boils down to player skill. Good Alolan Ninetales players can lock Lucario down and burst them down.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Pikachu is a fair counter to Lucario because of its incredibly far attack range and disabling moves. Moves such as Electroweb and Thunderbolt are often troublesome for Lucario because of its reliance on its signature mobility to deal high damage.
Zeraora ImageZeraora This is another skill-based matchup. Most of Zeraora's damage comes from its deadly dash attacks, which Lucario can navigate safely with its signature mobility. Ultimately, both Pokemon can manage each other's attacks through careful timing and positioning and may come down to split second decisions.
Absol ImageAbsol Absol is a solid matchup against Lucario. While Lucario is certainly more agile, experienced Absol players can bide their time and strike at the perfect opportunity — dealing incredible damage bursts that eliminate Lucario insanely fast.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle's moves makes it a decent threat against Lucario. With enough skill, Rock Tomb can be used to trap Lucario. Rouble Rouser is also incredibly useful against Lucario because this Unite Move uses Lucario's initial damage burst against it. This ultimately boils down to proper skill usage and timing.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime An experienced Mr. Mime can present problems for Lucario. Guard Swap and Confusion can burst and lock Lucario down, leaving him open to potential follow-up damage. Mr. Mime's standard attack also provides an extra layer of control because the third attack can knock Lucario up in the air and make him vulnerable to attacks as well. Like most Pokemon in this list, this matchup boils down to how skilled the players are.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Gengar ImageGengar Gengar heavily relies on using Sludge Bomb or Shadow Ball on its intended target first before bursting them down with Hex spam. Dodging these moves is incredibly easy for Lucario due to how mobile it is.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss is an easy target for Lucario most of the time. Lucario can simply chase and burst Eldegoss down with its signature mobility.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Lucario can easily take Cinderace down because of its superior mobility. While Cinderace does have an edge in terms of overall damage, it also needs to keep distance from its target because of its low HP.
Greninja ImageGreninja Lucario can chase Greninja down and dodge most of its moves with ease, making it an easy matchup overall.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Venusaur tends to fall against Lucario because of how easy it is for Lucario to weave past the former's moves.
Cramorant ImageCramorant Most of Cramorant's moves require proper positioning to be effective. This is great for Lucario because its superior mobility allows it to dodge most of Cramorant's damage and close the distance for an easy kill.
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard can only be considered a threat to Lucario once it unlocks its Unite Move. Lucario can simply take advantage of Charizard's weak early game and build a lead that the latter can't recover from.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Talonflame needs to hit its devastating moves in order to be effective in fights. Lucario can easily take advantage of this by dodging out of the way and countering with his own damage.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Lucario's superior mobility is the reason why Garchomp doesn't pose a threat in any stage of the game. Lucario can simply dodge Garchomp's attacks and wait for Living Outrage to expire before finishing it off.

How to Counter Lucario

Use Disabling Moves

Disabling moves are the key to handling Lucario. This Pokemon needs to be able to dash around the fight in order to be effective so use effects such as Slow, Stun, and Freeze as much as possible.

Take Note of Bone Rush's Location

Always remember that Lucario can blink towards Bone Rush's landing area. Knowing where it is at all times and planning accordingly are instrumental in catching this elusive All-Rounder.

Anticipate Lucario's Dash Attacks

Power-Up Punch and Extreme Speed are deadly dash moves that make up the bulk of Lucario's damage. Try to anticipate when Lucario will strike and plan your counters accordingly.

Lucario Moves and Ability

Lucario Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Quick Attack Icon
Meteor Mash Icon
5
Power-Up Punch Icon Extreme Speed Icon
7
Close Combat Icon Bone Rush Icon
9
Aura Cannon Icon

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)
Quickly lunges forward, damaging enemy Pokemon along the path.
Power-Up Punch ImagePower-Up Punch
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 1489 (Lv. 5) / 2874 (Lv. 15)
After charging for a powerful attack, damages enemy Pokemon and knocks them back. Lucario's next basic attack becomes a strong attack.
When upgraded, Lucario becomes unstoppable while charging up.
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)
Dashes forward. Hitting an enemy in close-range resets the cooldown of this move.
When upgraded, 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)
Throws a comet-like punch forward, damaging 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: 1528 (Lv. 7) / 2416 (Lv. 15)
Unleashes a flurry of attacks, damaging enemy Pokemon and knocking them back.
When upgraded, grants a shield, and immunity from 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)
Attacks opponents continuously with a bone, and stuns them. On the final blow, the bone files away and lands nearby. Activating the skill again rushes Lucario towards the bone.
When upgraded, resets all cooldowns on second activation.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Aura Cannon ImageAura Cannon
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: Percent Based
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 AttackStandard 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.

Ability (Passive)

SteadfastSteadfast When its HP is low, its speed increases, and it gains a shield.

Lucario Skins (Holowear)

This Pokemon has no Holowear available.

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