Lucario

Steadfast
Speed is boosted one stage when flinched.
Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Justified
Raises Attack one stage when hit by a Dark-type move.
Type Tier
Fighting / Steel OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
70
158 176 239 262
SpA
115
239 266 329 361
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
90
194 216 279 306

Overview

Although Lucario's base 110 Attack might seem subpar in Ubers, it would be a grave mistake to underestimate the capability of this little jackal. Armed with a fantastic Fighting / Steel typing, which gives it a key resistance to Dragon-type attacks, as well as a 4x resistance to Stealth Rock and Dark-type attacks, Lucario can punch holes into unprepared teams with its STAB Close Combat after a Swords Dance. As Fighting-type moves have great neutral coverage in Ubers, it is extremely hard to switch into Lucario after a Swords Dance. ExtremeSpeed is the icing on the cake and allows Lucario to take down weakened faster Pokemon such as Darkrai and Palkia. However, Lucario comes with its fair share of problems. Its base 90 Speed falls just short of Rayquaza and forces it to tie with Dialga, Reshiram, and other base 90 Speed Ubers. Lucario is also incredibly frail and will not survive more than two hits, even resisted ones. To add to its woes, both Rayquaza and Normal Arceus give Lucario competition for a team slot with their superior offensive stats and Speed. However, this should not discourage you from using Lucario, because with proper team support, Lucario can smash teams with its powerful Close Combat.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Justified Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Close Combat
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Crunch
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Lucario might be one of the best sweepers in the OU tier, but it certainly has not failed to leave its paw print in Ubers. Boasting access to that incredible Fighting-type STAB Close Combat, Lucario strikes fear into the heart of commonly used Uber Pokemon with its Swords Dance set. After a boost, Lucario reaches an impressive 700 Attack if using an Adamant nature. Both Swords Dance Arceus and Rayquaza give Lucario competition for a teamslot, but the little jackal has quite a few advantages over the two of them. Firstly, its STAB Close Combat is near unresisted in the Uber tier. With Dragon-type moves being fired from every direction, Steel-types are extremely common, which significantly benefits Lucario. Lucario itself is also a Steel-type, boasting a key resistance to Dragon-type moves, and being immune to Toxic Spikes and 4x resistant to Stealth Rock, allowing it to flit in and out of battle. Also, common physical walls such as Skarmory and Groudon fail to wall Lucario as both stand a chance of being OHKOed with entry hazard support.

Lucario's Close Combat packs an obscene amount of power after a single Swords Dance. Anything daring to switch in without Ghost typing is in for some serious pain. Even support Groudon is easily 2HKOed by an Adamant +2 Close Combat and stands a chance of being OHKOed factoring in three layers of Spikes. ExtremeSpeed is a boon for a sweeper such as Lucario, who barely misses out on outspeeding certain key Pokemon. For example, a +2 Adamant ExtremeSpeed OHKOes Hasty Palkia, Mewtwo, Darkrai, offensive Kyogre, Rayquaza, and Shaymin-S factoring in Stealth Rock and a layer of Spikes. Crunch allows Lucario to deal with Giratina-O and can OHKO, assuming Giratina-O does not invest much in HP or Defense, and has taken Stealth Rock damage. Crunch also has a chance of OHKOing Lugia after factoring in Stealth Rock damage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Lucario gets a wonderful mixed movepool and does have quite a few additional options. A Nasty Plot set is always usable with Lucario's base 115 Special Attack stat, as well as STAB Aura Sphere and Dark Pulse for perfect coverage. However, most Pokemon in Ubers have high Special Defense and Lucario does not hit hard enough to break through them. An Agility set is also viable as it removes Lucario's speed woes, but Lucario sorely misses the sheer power of a Swords Dance boost. Stone Edge can be used to hit Ho-Oh and Lugia, but is otherwise an inferior option compared to Crunch. Blaze Kick can be used in conjunction with sun support from Groudon, but it is unreliable due to its poor accuracy, and also leaves Lucario at the mercy of Giratina-O.

Checks and Counters

Although Lucario is incredibly hard to wall, the premier physical walls of Ubers can still put a stop to it. Defensive Groudon can stomach a +2 Close Combat even after entry hazards, and can OHKO in return with Earthquake. Giratina can take a boosted Crunch easily and burn Lucario with Will-O-Wisp. Bold Lugia with 180 Defense EVs can survive a +2 Crunch factoring in Stealth Rock and can then phaze out Lucario with Whirlwind. Timid Lugia running enough Speed EVs can set up a Reflect before Lucario can Crunch, and then phaze it away with ease.

Rather than simply walling Lucario, it is also possible to revenge kill it with bulkier Ubers such as Garchomp. Choice Scarf Garchomp can switch in on Swords Dance, take a boosted ExtremeSpeed and OHKO back with Earthquake. Mewtwo has enough bulk to take an ExtremeSpeed even after Spikes and Stealth Rock while OHKOing back with Aura Sphere. Rayquaza can check Lucario, but will usually faint after a +2 ExtremeSpeed and Life Orb recoil. Ground Arceus and Fighting Arceus both outpace Lucario and can OHKO with Judgment while surviving +2 ExtremeSpeed. Ghost Arceus is immune to ExtremeSpeed and can OHKO Lucario with Focus Blast, provided it has taken some previous damage. Choice Scarf users packing a resistance to ExtremeSpeed, such as Dialga and Heatran, can also check Lucario.