Lucario (ルカリオ, Rukario) is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, who, like Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard, originates from the Pokémon universe. Confirmation of Lucario's inclusion in Brawl was leaked before the game's release, through a promotional video on the Japanese website about sticker power-ups. The evolution of Riolu, Lucario is a dual Fighting/Steel type Pokémon, and is the first Pokémon to possess either of these types in a Super Smash Bros. game.
As a fighter, Lucario is unique in that the damage and knockback of its "Aura" attacks are affected by its own damage percentage, as well as its stock count in relation to its opponents'. They are weaker when Lucario is at a lower percentage or ahead in stocks, and stronger when it is at a high percentage or behind in stocks. Lucario's damage reaches its maximum potential to increase attack power when it passes 167%.
Brawl's Lucario and Super Smash Bros. Melee's Mewtwo share some properties. They both have bipedal bodies with small arms and a tail, and the ability to speak human language in a deep voice through the use of telepathy. Lucario's Aura is similar in appearance to Mewtwo's shadow energy. Both characters also possess floaty air movement, non-damaging Up Special Moves, fast and long distanced rolls, and similar Neutral Special Moves - Lucario's Aura Sphere grows in size as it is charged and damages opponents who contact it during its charging phase, in the same way as Mewtwo's Shadow Ball.
Lucario is ranked 11th on the current tier list, for its great air game (which is equipped with an amazing aerial set) and great edgeguarding game, along with many favorable match-ups. However, its floatiness (it is one of the floatiest characters in the game) and easy-to-juggle nature keeps it out of the high tiers.
How to Unlock
Complete one of the following:
- Play 100 matches in Brawl, then defeat Lucario.
- Complete the Target Test on all difficulty levels with one character (this can be done on Single or Co-op Player Mode), then defeat Lucario.
- Get Lucario to join the party in The Subspace Emissary, in The Glacial Peak stage.
- Aura gimmick makes Lucario more powerful both in damage output and knockback growth, allowing it to make comebacks or maintain leads very easily
- Kill moves are all very reliable, especially with Aura
- Aura Sphere is a powerful projectile capable of effectively spacing and zoning opponents while dealing heavy damage output
- Force Palm can punish dodge attempts easily, has a great range especially with Aura, and is a command grab when used close to an opponent, which can punish shields
- Extreme Speed can be cancelled directly into a wall cling
- Double Team is a counter
- Smash attacks have hitboxes with transcendent priority
- Good ground and air combo game
- Aura only powers up Lucario's attacks when Lucario is at higher damage percentages or lower in stock numbers, making it a high-risk, high-reward gimmick that requires players to play carefully with Lucario
- Dash attack is a poor approach option
- Extreme Speed covers low distance for recovery and has no hitboxes
- Floaty, being easy to combo and chain-grab
Lucario in general is well balanced in both power and speed. However, due to its "high risk, high return" property, it is very difficult to pull off a good KO. Lucario is too reliant on Directional Influence and KOs near the Blast lines. This is because most of Lucario's Aura-based attacks will do low knockback and damage when Lucario has taken low percent damage, and the higher its percentage is, the more powerful these will be. Also, it has no attack with the ability to Meteor Smash opponents (except the beginning of its Final Smash which is a spike with set, but high knockback). However, all of its aerials are quick and have decent damage, knockback, favorable hitboxes, and reach.
Lucario is very useful when it comes to stringing together attacks in order to rack up damage. In fact, most of Lucario's offensive power involves juggling and follow-up attacks. In terms of defensive power, Lucario is a floaty middleweight. This makes it easier to KO vertically, but difficult to chain throw. Lucario has the 11th best maximum horizontal endurance, and the 16th best maximum vertical endurance, which still makes it difficult to be KO'd. Since the majority of Lucario's attacks use Aura, it fights with disjointed hitboxes that have long durations, meaning that Lucario is good at spacing and fighting defensively. Lucario's Aura-based attacks grow in power in proportion to the amount of damage Lucario has taken, and at stock advantage/disadvantage.
One of the most popular string of attacks is the use of its Neutral Attack combo or Dash Attack, followed up with Up Tilt, which has good juggling capacities and can be spammed easily. Lucario's Down Special Move, Double Team, is the strongest counter-attack in the game. It can also protect Lucario from all attacks, including grabs and Final Smashes, due to it having true invincibility frames instead of just counter frames, unlike other counters. Two of its aerials, the Forward Aerial and Up Aerial, can combine with other attacks and juggle the opponent by themselves respectively. In addition, the Forward Aerial can used as a pseudo-Wall of Pain.
Its trademark ability and Neutral Special Move, the Aura Sphere, is a very powerful projectile with strong knockback and damage when fully charged, but is hard to KO with unless Lucario is at higher percentages. It can also damage opponents while it is charging, but the opponents have to be very close to Lucario for this. It also has a small Wavebounce when used in the air. Lucario's Side Special Move, Force Palm, can serve as an excellent chain throw against heavy/fast fallers at low percentages, and can also be utilized as a distance type attack, being one of the few attacks that can go through walls. Lucario has the highest Wall Jump in the game, being so high that Lucario can wall jump between the two pillars in the Shadow Moses Island stage once without ever having to touch the ground, nor having to use its Up Special Move, ExtremeSpeed, to wall cling (and it is the only character capable of doing so). It also has one of the longest Wall Clings (Lucario, Squirtle, and Sheik can hang on for five seconds) and a very low crawl. Lucario also has one of the longest and fastest rolls in the game.
ExtremeSpeed serves as a very useful recovery move, as it can be "bent", and it can also even cling into walls. Although it deals no damage, unlike Pikachu's Quick Attack, it leaves Lucario somewhat vulnerable to edgehogging, but the move is long enough to often return to the stage, even without using the midair jump. Almost all of Lucario's attacks can combo one into another, making Lucario one of the few characters who actually have "true combos", and one of the best damage rackers in the game. Lucario also has amazing edgeguarding abilities with its aerials to force opponents off the stage and immense range with smashes, projectiles, and the risky Double Team.
Lucario is also one of the best characters when it comes to fighting multiple opponents, because its large disjointed hitboxes, combined with their reach, serve as a good defense. Since Lucario has the fastest backwards dodge in the game, its ground speed can be significantly increased by combining dodges without prat falling, whereas its dash speed is moderately slow (22nd fastest, tied with Falco).
Lucario's Down Aerial can serve as a good KOing move, catching jugglers by surprise with its almost instantaneously start-up lag. Its Down Smash can serve as a good horizontal KO move when Lucario has taken medium to high damage, as it covers both sides simultaneously. Its Up Smash has great vertical reach with a hitbox that has long duration, and its Forward Smash has great horizontal reach, along with a hitbox with long duration.
Simply put, Lucario is a character that relies on building and maintaining momentum throughout the match until it can safely KO the opponent. It has all the right tools and tricks for the job, but falling behind can prove problematic for a Lucario player. This can also be helpful with the added power to its Aura-based moves to turn the tide of the match against its opponents.
Brawl introduced a new mechanic used only by Lucario called Aura. This effect increases the damage and knockback in all of Lucario's attacks depending on how much damage Lucario has taken.
Note: Lucario's Aura-powered attacks gain power and knockback at higher damages.
- Neutral Attack - Lucario waves its hand forward, does a palm thrust, and then kicks high. Each hit has blue aura accompanying it and moves Lucario a fair bit forward. The first hit can combine with other attacks well, especially grabs. By using the first strike, Lucario can initiate a Force Palm grab, standard grab or tilt to start a combo. Initial damage: 1st hit is 2%, second is 1%, third hit is 4%. Total damage is 7% damage. At 167% it caps and total combo does 14% damage with moderate to high knockback. Somewhat slow for a jab, starting on frame 6.
- Dash Attack - Lucario slides one leg forward on the ground, hitting low. Aura is not involved in this attack. 10% damage at outset, with useful pop-up behind it should the move land towards its end. Like most dash attacks, very vulnerable to shieldgrabs. Sourspotted does 7% damage.
- Forward Tilt - Puts its paws together in front of itself with two small blasts of blue aura. Quicker and shorter ranged than its Forward smash. Can be aimed up or down a bit. Small amount of IASA frames allow it to cancel into itself effectively. Starts off with 9% if both blasts hit. At 167%, it does 18% damage. Hits on frame 12.
- Up Tilt - Swings its leg in an arc over its head. Quick and can juggle. Hitting with only the Aura-powered foot gives the move a sweetspot for higher damage/knockback. Does 4% at outset and increases to 8% at 167% where it caps. Very fast, hits on frame 5.
- Down Tilt - Sweeps one leg out along the ground. Paws flare with aura when it does this. Hits in front and in back. Has a small amount of IASA frames. Does 5% standard, at 167% it caps and does 9% damage. Startup on frame 9.
- Forward Smash - Lucario places its paws together in front of itself and shoots a blast of blue aura energy, with great range and a good amount of active frames. Attack is strongest when only Aura blast connects. When sourspotted, damage is equal to a Down Smash. Move has IASA frames very quickly after active frames finish, making it unusually difficult to punish for such a strong move, though the start-up is still very punishable (frame 21). When Lucario is at high percentages, it is one of the strongest Forward Smashes in the game, otherwise below average knockback. Does 10% damage with little knockback, or 12% damage with a good amount of knockback when sweetspotted. Charged does 14% damage if sourspotted, 16% damage if sweetspotted. At 167% it caps and it does 24% damage if sweetspotted and uncharged and does 31% damage if sweetspotted and charged. Slow start-up time is significantly decreased if the attack is charged at beginning. This move has the fourth largest knockback of side smashes when at 167%, only losing to Snake, Ike, and King Dedede. This move has transcendent priority with the sweetspot and the sourspot and has incredibly high priority capable of clashing with other moves. If the sourspot is outprioritized the move is canceled, but the aura residual can still harm opponents.
- Down Smash - Lucario brings its paws down to either side of it in a downwards slapping motion, releasing aura from both paws. It has rather slow start-up (frame 17) and noticeable ending lag for a down smash, but it is one of the strongest Down Smashes in the game, along with having the fastest start-up among its Smash Attacks. Does 10% damage at outset and 14% damage if charged. It caps at 167% and it does 20% damage uncharged and 27% damage charged.
- Up Smash - Lucario thrusts its paw straight above its head, with a large burst of blue aura from it, and spins in place. Damages enemies in front and behind of Lucario, with the attack having an exceptional amount of active frames, lasting until nearly the end of the move (hits on frames 12-35). It is a great anti-air attack. Hitbox to the sides is greater when opponent is behind Lucario than in front of it. Does 8% damage at outset and 12% damage charged. At 167% it caps and it does 18% damage uncharged and 25% damage fully charged.
- Ledge Attack - Lucario quickly gets back on the stage, attacking with a burst of Aura. Excellent range and a disjointed hitbox make this a very good ledge attack. 5% outset, 99% does 8% damage.
- 100% Ledge Attack - Lucario slowly brings its feet over its head in a semi-flip and kicks, releasing aura. Rather slow and not recommended unless as surprise attack. Stronger than most 100% ledge attacks. 11% outset, 167% does 14%.
- Floor attack - Spins around while getting up, kicking on one side, and punching on the other. Very good floor attack, insanely fast, and unexpected with decent knockback. 6% damage.
- Trip attack - Lucario kicks forwards, then backwards. Slow start, each kick does 5% damage.
- Neutral Aerial - Lucario extends both of its hands with blue energy, and spins. It has long ending lag in the air, but minimal landing lag along with almost no start-up (frame 6). Does 8% damage when Lucario has no damage, while at 167%, it caps and does 15% damage with strong horizontal knockback.
- Forward Aerial - Lucario kicks forward with a slight upwards angle. The end has a small burst of blue aura energy, like nearly all of Lucario's moves. It can also hit twice in one short hop and can always hit another time if an enemy is hit with the first one. This can combine with other attacks well. Initial damage is 4% damage, and does 7% damage at 167%, but becomes harder to combo with. Hitbox extends everywhere except above Lucario. Startup on frame 7.
- Back Aerial - Lucario slams one paw backwards, similar in appearance to Ganondorf's, accompanied by standard little burst of blue aura. Significant start-up time (frame 15) and landing lag, making it a poor choice near the ground, but a lasting hitbox makes it powerful for edgeguarding. It has great horizontal knockback, along with a large hitbox with good horizontal reach. This move also is a good defense and approach option. A good strategy for defense is to get the hitbox inside the character model for Lucario to serve as a multi-opponent surprise attack option. This is performed by jumping backwards or moving backwards in the air. The range then makes it only good for close range combat only. Does 8% damage at minimum power and 16% damage at max power.
- Up Aerial - Lucario kicks similarly to its Forward Aerial, but higher, hitting in front of its head. The hitbox covers its entire body, but the sweetspot is the Aura burst near the foot. This aerial has good defensive capabilities due to the hitbox covering its body. Does 7% damage at minimum power and it does 14% damage while Lucario is at 167%, where it caps. Hits on frame 10.
- Down Aerial - Lucario pauses in the air, stomps its feet together downwards, and lets out a fairly large burst of aura energy. Fairly long duration, and has unique properties that make it an incredibly useful attack. When it starts the move, all of its momentum is immediately canceled. It can be used to perform a "pseudo-SHFFL": if used immediately after jumping, Lucario will cease to jump and immediately use the attack, making it one of the lowest possible attacking aerial moves. There is also no landing lag when doing this, as the entirety of the move is performed stationary in midair. Initial damage of first hit is 5%, second hit is 6%, all together being 11% damage. Excellent knockback on second hit. Often considered his best attack and is a great combo finisher. Does 22% damage with both hits at 167% where it caps. Very fast startup, first hit on frame 4.
Grabs and Throws
- Pummel - Sends an instant pulse of Aura into its opponent with little lag, if any. Very low damage at low damages makes up for speed, being one of two pummels in the game capable of doing no damage on a hit (Samus). 1% alternately, but gaining power as Aura increases, to a maximum of 3% each pummel. Only the first hit counts towards Stale-Move Negation. Caps at 167%.
- Forward Throw - Uses Aura to blast opponent forward. Good horizontal knockback at higher damages. Lucario's fastest throw. Can be an effective KO move at high percentages on the edge. Excellent to put room between Lucario and its opponent to provide breathing space. When at max power, this is the strongest Forward Throw in the game. Initial damage is 7% damage and does 14% damage at 167%, where it caps.
- Back Throw - Turns and slams the opponent behind itself. Aura is not used in this attack. Has strong horizontal knockback for a throw along with relatively fast speed, can KO on the edge at high percentages. Does 10% damage.
- Down Throw - Slams opponent straight into the ground in front of Lucario. Aura is not used in this attack. Can set up an aerial combo at low to mid percentages quite effectively. Does 10% damage.
- Up Throw - Uses aura to hit the opponent upwards with its paw. Initial damage is 4% damage. Extremely low knockback and damage increase (even with Aura) make this able to be combined with other attacks at practically any realistic combat percent. Does 8% damage with increased knockback at 167% where it caps. Lucario's best throw to set up a follow up attack, Up Tilt and Up Smash particularly. Can chain throw heavyweights and fast fallers. This is actually a two-hit attack with the first doing absolutely no damage and can be seen on Training Mode, which helps against Stale Move Negation.
|Lucario's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Aura Sphere|
|Side Special||Force Palm|
|Up Special||Extreme Speed|
|Down Special||Double Team|
|Final Smash||Aura Storm||Mega Evolution||Aura Storm|
All of Lucario's taunts release a small aura burst, increasing in size as damage increases, capping in intensity at 300%.
- Up: Rises into the air and roars, spreading its arms and legs out, and blue aura is emitted from its body.
- Side: Moves its paws and puts one forward, and blue aura is emitted from that paw.
- Down: Takes a martial arts stance similar to Link's taunt from the original.
Use In Training Mode
Since charging Aura Sphere causes enemies that touch the charging sphere to be hit, it is possible to create a stage that bounces a large character, in Training Mode, back to the sphere, creating the ability to get extortionate combos which unlock the required trophies.
In competitive play
Role in The Subspace Emissary
Meta Knight is making his way up a snowy mountain with the Ice Climbers in pursuit. Meta Knight is trying to catch the Halberd which has flown overhead. At the top, he encounters Lucario in a meditative stance on the peak of the mountain. Lucario challenges Meta Knight and the two fight, as the Ice Climbers nervously watch on. After the battle, the victor revives the other from his trophy state. The pair deem each other worthy and shake hands, making an alliance. Suddenly the Halberd slams the Great Fox into the mountain, and Lucario and Meta Knight board it whilst Ice climbers are knocked off the mountain into the valley below. After managing to get onto the Halberd, the two pass by Snake, who is hidden in his box. Lucario, being the only one who notices something suspicious about the box, uses its aura to peer into it. Seeing Snake huddled inside, Lucario removes it, and Snake realizes that his cover is blown. Meta Knight draws his sword, but just as he and Snake prepare to fight, Lucario steps in, having sensed a mass of Primids approaching, and the three team up to fight through.
Not long after, the trio meets up with Zelda and Peach as their trophies are cloned by the Shadow Bugs. Once the clones are taken care of, Snake, Lucario and Meta Knight discover that the Halberd bridge is being piloted by a group of Mr. Game & Watches. They knock all of the Mr. Game & Watches out of the window, and they all land near Peach, Zelda (in her Sheik disguise), and Fox, who have gathered on the deck of the ship. The Mr. Game & Watches then revert into Shadow Bugs, which fuse into Duon. Lucario and Snake leap from the bridge to the aid of the trio already there, and they are joined by Falco, skydiving from his Arwing. They battle and defeat the monster, who collapses into wrecked metal, Shadow Bugs and Mr. Game & Watch's trophy. Peach revives him, and he join the party. Meta Knight, with the Halberd once again in his control, steers his vessel into brighter skies.
Lucario is later selectable in the Entrance to Subspace level, and is present when Tabuu turns all characters back into trophies. Its trophy must be found in the second part of the Subspace levels, then it may be chosen as part of the team for the Great Maze and for the fight against Tabuu himself.
The following stickers can either only be used by Lucario, or can only be used by a select few, including Lucario:
- Charizard: [Arm, Leg] Attack +10
- Deoxys: [Slash] Attack +10
- Entei: [Flame] Attack +20
- Goldeen: [Leg] Attack + 4
- Gulpin:[Electric] Attack +16
- Jigglypuff: [Body, Spin] Attack +31
- Jirachi: [Arm, Leg] Attack + 7
- Meowth: [Slash] Attack + 5
- Metagross: Launch Resistance +23
- Mew: [Body, Spin] Attack + 4
- Moltres: [Flame] Attack +20
- Pokémon Trainer: [Arm, Leg] Attack +13
- Staryu: [Specials: Direct] Attack + 3
- Togepi: [Body, Spin] Attack +11
- Torchic: [Flame] Attack + 8
- Box Boxer: [Aura] Attack +26
- Chikorita: [Aura] Attack +13
- Chozo Statue: [Aura] Attack +25
- Dry Bones: [Aura] Attack +17
- Lakitu: [Aura] Attack + 6
- Lucario: [Aura] Attack +41
- Munchlax : [Aura] Attack +13
- Rachel: [Aura] Attack +11
- Rayquaza: [Aura] Attack +24
- Starman: [Aura] Attack + 6
An Aura Pokémon. It can track energy called Aura, which is given off by all living creatures. It's a unique combination of both Fighting and Steel-type Pokémon. Lucario evolves from Riolu during the day if its happiness has reached its maximum point. It specializes in attacks that use Aura energy, like Dark Pulse and a can't-miss technique, Aura Sphere.
Since Brawl's Lucario shares some properties with Melee's Mewtwo, it was originally believed that Lucario indeed replaced Mewtwo, much like it was thought that Ike had replaced Roy. However, there is no evidence that Lucario was intended to "replace" or exist as a clone of Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Instead, by intensive hacking, it was confirmed that Mewtwo was intended to return, but was scrapped for unknown reasons.
- As a hidden character, Lucario's presence in the game was intended to remain a secret until the game's release, however, he, along with Ness and Jigglypuff, was accidentally leaked approximately two weeks prior to the game's Japanese release via a How to Play video.
- Lucario was the only newcomer revealed in this leak; Ness and Jigglypuff were longtime veterans.
- Lucario is one of only three characters in Brawl able to perform three aerials (in Lucario's case, rising Forward Aerial, two Down Aerials, or three Down Aerials as well) in one short hop, the others being Meta Knight (three Up Aerials) and Luigi (rising Forward Aerial, Forward Aerial, then Neutral Aerial or Up Aerial).
- Lucario and the Pokémon Trainer are the only characters in Brawl that have a different dubber in every language.
- Lucario and Sonic are the only characters to wear their default costumes in team battles when they are on the blue team.
- In the Pokémon games, ExtremeSpeed does damage to enemies, but Double Team does not. However, in this game is viceversa, ExtremeSpeed doesn't do damage but Double Team does.
- Lucario is the only Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl to say more than just its name.
- Lucario is the only Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl whose entrance animation is not coming out of a Poké Ball.
- There are some references made between the Lucario in Brawl and the one featured in the eighth Pokémon movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. This has led to a belief that the Lucario featured in Brawl is in fact the very same Lucario which appeared in the movie. However, considering that Lucario died, this theory is easily debunked.
- Lucario is one of two Pokémon characters to not have changed name in Japanese. The other being Pikachu.
- Lucario's page at Smash Bros. DOJO!!.
- Gameplay footage and Final Smash
- Brawl Central's Lucario Character FAQ
- Lucario Character Guide at SWF
- Lucario's hitbox size of each of its moves