Force Palm (はっけい Hakkei?) is Lucario's Side Special Move. When used, Lucario thrusts its paw in front of itself, briefly charges up aura, then unleashes it in a large area in front of its palm, which is even larger after Lucario has taken damage. If Force Palm is used when standing within grabbing range of an opponent, Lucario grabs the opponent and unleashes a blast of aura through his/her chest.


Force Palm bears some similarities to Lucario's Forward Smash, except that it exhibits more range and less knockback. At later percentages it is a powerful vertical killer with an angled knockback. Force Palm's range also makes it a viable edge guarding move, but caution should be used if attempting to use Force Palm in the air, as Lucario cannot jump until it finishes attacking with it. Force Palm can also make a good Chain grab like his Up Throw. Initial damage for close-range is 9%, long range is 7% if hit with bulk of the blast, and 5% if hit with tip. At 182% (where it caps) long range if hit with bulk is 14%, tip is 12%, and grab at 182% is 18%. This gives Lucario the most damaging throw at high percentages.

Interestingly, Force Palm can be reflected and absorbed much like Thunder is, yet even at the closest out-of-grab range, it will never hurt the same Lucario that used it. Due to its range and connection with Lucario, it is more like a disjointed hitbox; however, it is in fact a projectile, as it doesn't move with Lucario when falling or slipping on the ice. Also it is possible for the opponent to break out of a close range Force Palm before the punch is administered. Strategically, Force Palm can also be a better alternative to Lucario's standard grab due to the Aura Flame that it produces. In instances where spot-dodgers can easily evade a grab and punish the grabber, the Aura Flame produced by Force Palm will hit the opponent after the spot dodge and protect Lucario if the initial grab misses.

Lucario's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Aura Sphere
Side Special Force Palm
Up Special Extreme Speed
Down Special Double Team
Final Smash Aura Storm Mega Evolution Aura Storm

Custom Variations

In SSB4 the move can be customized to Advancing Force Palm or Long-Distance Force Palm.

Advancing Force Palm

Advancing Force Palm dashes forward while using Force Palm. If it doesn't connect, Lucario is left open to attacks.


  • Faster
  • Goes farther


  • Does less damage

Long-Distance Force Palm

Long-Distance Force Palm is a Force Palm attack with more range but less damage.


  • Longer range


  • Does less damage

Lucario's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Snaring Aura Sphere Piercing Aura Sphere
Side Special Advancing Force Palm Long-Distance Force Palm
Up Special Ride the Wind Extreme Speed Attack
Down Special Glancing Counter Stunning Double Team


Lucario using Force Palm in Pokémon Platinum.

Force Palm is a Fighting-type move in the Pokémon games that Lucario can learn as well as several other Fighting-type Pokémon. In the Pokémon series, it has 10 Power Points, 60 Base Power, and has the additional 30% chance of causing Paralysis on the opponent.