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Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all
PvE Attacker Rating 5 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 2.5 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 5 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 4 / 5

Pokemon Stats

54.00 kg Weight
1.20 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
2703
ATK 236
DEF 144
STA 172

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Counter is generally better than Bullet Punch.

  • Aura Sphere is Lucario's best charge move by far. 

  • Close Combat and Flash Cannon are underwhelming moves that make Lucario an underwhelming Fighting or Steel attacker.

  • Shadow Ball is Lucario’s optimal charged move in neutral scenarios, but this isn't the best use of Lucario. 

  • Power-Up Punch holds no PvE utility.

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Counter offers more damage and wider coverage.

  • Aura Sphere is hard to dodge and more likely to be used, but doesn't offer any additional coverage. 

  • Shadow Ball as a 2-bar move is more likely to be fired before Lucario faints.

  • Close Combat and Flash Cannon, on the other hand, are harder to dodge.

PVE Overview

Lucario is Sinnoh’s mascot and a huge fan favorite, but despite its promising Attack stat, its performance in GO leaves a lot to be desired. The addition of Aura Sphere to its movepool on Dec 11, 2019 is a significant upgrade for Lucario, and pushes it to the top of Fighting-type attackers in raids and gyms. The anticipation of Conkeldurr surpassing Machamp is no longer a concern, for Lucario can beat both of them in performance! 

PVP Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PvP Moveset Explanation

Counter + Power-Up Punch and Shadow Ball or Close Combat

Counter and Bullet Punch are both good moves stat-wise, but the former offers more relevant coverage and also sports better damage output. 

Power-Up Punch is still recommended despite its nerf, due to Lucario's lack of a low cost charge move without it. At the very least, it can be used to bait shields and apply an ATK buff. Shadow Ball is preferred for its mostly neutral coverage and high damage, but it's also valuable against most Pokemon that would resist Fighting-type damage. Close Combat is somewhat risky to use due to its DEF debuff against the user, but its relatively low energy costs for its damage (2.2 DPE) makes it very appealing for finishing off an opponent or using hit-and-run tactics. A successful bait can often be followed-up upon with a threat from Close Combat that would pressure the opponent to shield twice or possibly get KO'd, though this is risky.

What about Aura Sphere? 

Recently added with the Dec 11, 2019 move rebalance, Aura Sphere features identical stats as Shadow Ball, but instead is a Fighting-type move which has STAB. While this may seem quite powerful (and it is), the redundancy and lack of coverage isn't usually worth its use in competitive PvP, unless for surprise mind games. It is however quite good for Rocket battles if Lucario lives long enough to use it. 

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 2.5 / 5

Lucario is a Fighting/Steel type with poor bulk but plenty of resistances. A major weakness against other Fighting-types often makes Lucario a risky pick to use due to the likelihood of it losing, but its powerful moveset, good shield pressure, and valuable coverage makes it very appealing to use wherever it's eligible. The nerf to Power-Up Punch has hurt Lucario's overall performance, but not significantly enough to knock Lucario out of relevancy. The update to Close Combat enables Lucario to possibly threaten KOs with its high offensive stat and STAB, though its low survivability prevents it from staying on the field too long. 

Ultra League: 5 / 5

As a Fighting-type, Lucario's access to Shadow Ball is incredibly valuable in a meta that's dominated by Ghosts, Darks, and Steel-types. Being able to threaten Giratina while also serving as a strong escort for the king of Ultra League makes Lucario irreplaceable by any other Pokemon. Due to its Steel-typing however, Lucario will often lose to just about every other Fighting-type, which can make it riskier to use. The lack of sufficient bulk is also a major concern for Lucario. 

Master League: 4 / 5

With a max CP of 2703, Lucario lacks sufficient stats to perform well in Master League. While Shadow Ball is still valuable for threatening Giratina, the latter has enough stats and bulk to survive a direct hit and still beat Lucario. As a Fighting-type, Lucario has confidence in beating most Pokemon when it has a typing advantage, but will go down quite quickly against anything its weak to. 

Fast Moves

12
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Fighting

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.90
0.20
8.89
13.33
16.67
9
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Steel

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.90
0.60
11.11
10.00
12.50

Charge Moves

100
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Steel

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.70
0.90
0.00
1.00
37.04
46.30
37.04
100
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Ghost

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.00
0.40
0.00
2.00
33.33
41.67
66.67
100
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Fighting

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.30
1.30
0.00
1.00
43.48
54.35
43.48
50
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Fighting

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.00
0.20
0.00
1.52
25.00
31.25
37.88
90
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Fighting

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
1.80
0.60
0.00
1.80
50.00
62.50
90.00

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 75
Stardust 75,000

Other

Female Ratio 12.5 %
Male Ratio 87.5 %
Buddy Distance 5 km

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
160% damage

Resistant

39.1% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20013238
2001.56779
2002102119
2002.5137160
4003172201
4003.5207242
4004242283
4004.5277323
6005312364
6005.5347405
6006382446
6006.5417487
8007452527
8007.5487568
8008522609
8008.5557650
10009592690
10009.5627731
100010662772
100010.5696811
130011729849
130011.5762888
130012795926
130012.5828965
1600138611004
160013.58941042
1600149281081
160014.59611120
1900159941158
190015.510271197
19001610601235
190016.510931274
22001711261313
220017.511591351
22001811931390
220018.512261428
25001912591467
250019.512921506
25002013251544
250020.513581583
30002113911621
300021.514241660
30002214581699
300022.514911737
35002315241776
350023.515571815
35002415901853
350024.516231892
40002516571930
400025.516901969
40002617232008
400026.517562046
45002717892085
450027.518222124
45002818552162
450028.518892201
50002919222239
500029.519552278
50003019882317
500030.520052336
60003120212355
600031.520382375
60003220542394
600032.520712413
70003320872432
700033.521042452
70003421212471
700034.521372490
80003521542510
800035.521702529
80003621872548
800036.522032568
90003722202587
900037.522362606
90003822532625
900038.522702645
100003922862664
1000039.523032683
100004023192703
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