Lucario - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Lucario in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Lucario, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Lucario

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fighting Type Steel Type
Abilities
Inner Focus The Pokemon is protected from flinching.
Steadfast Raises Speed each time the Pokemon Flinches.
Justified (Hidden) Raises Attack when hit by a Dark-type move.

Type Defenses

Type
Deals 4x damage
-
Deals 2x damage
Fire Image Fighting Image Ground Image
Deals 0.5x damage
Normal Image Grass Image Ice Image Dragon Image Dark Image Steel Image
Deals 1/4x damage
Bug Image Rock Image
Deals 0x damage
Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 110 70 115 70 90

Best Nature for Lucario

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)
Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
Naive
(+Spd, -SpDef)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Lucario's Egg Moves

Bullet Punch Inherit from Hitmonchan (learns at Lv. 1) or Pangoro (learns at Lv. 1)
Vacuum Wave Inherit from Hitmonchan (learns at Lv. 1)

Moveset & Best Moves for Lucario

Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Spd 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values Atk. 162 / Spd. 156 / HP 146 / Def. 90 / Sp.Def. 90
Ability Inner Focus
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Close Combat
Meteor Mash
Bullet Punch
Thunder Punch

This moveset focuses on Lucario's high Attack and Speed to maximize its potential as a Physical attacker. It can learn moves from a variety of types, so you can configure his moveset to handle the types you want to counter and match him easily with other Pokemon in your party.

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 167 / Spd. 156 / HP 146 / Def. 90 / Sp.Def. 90
Ability Inner Focus
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Aura Sphere
Flash Cannon
Vacuum Wave
Dark Pulse

As its Special Attack is slightly higher than its Attack, Lucario is also highly capable as a Special Attacker. Although it only learns moves from a few types, it can learn moves with high power in its own types, allowing to deal heavy STAB damage.

Counters for Lucario

Use Pokemon with effective type matchups

Lucario's HP and defensive stats are rather middling, which gives an opening for a powerful super effective move to faint it in one hit. As long as you have a Pokemon who can weather Lucario's hits, you won't have too much trouble taking Lucario out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Ghost typing makes it immune to Lucario's Fighting-type moves
・Can use Fighting-type moves to hit Lucario's weak spot
Aegislash Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Chandelure ImageChandelure Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ghost typing makes it immune to Lucario's Fighting-type moves
・Can use Fire-type moves to hit Lucario's weak spot
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can use Will-o-Wisp to cripple Attack-focused Lucarios
・Can use Overheat to hit Lucario's weak spot
Heat Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Use a defensive Pokemon to wall it

When attempting to wall Lucario, be sure to use a Pokemon which is both Physically and Specially defensive, as Lucario is capable of either style of attack. However, as Lucario is typically seen as a Physical attacker, having a Pokemon who can handle Physical attacks well will be most important for dealing with Lucario.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Galarian Corsola ImageGalarian Corsola Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Ghost typing makes it immune to Lucario's Fighting-type moves
・Can use Will-o-Wisp to cripple Attack-focused Lucarios
Galarian Corsola Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★☆
・It can take most of Lucario's attacks with reduced damage
・Can use Scald to inflict heavy damage with the chance of a Burn
Toxapex Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can wall with high defensive stats
・Can use Scald to inflict heavy damage with the chance of a Burn

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1 Anonymous4 days

There is not an ev spread on the special attack build

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