Lucario STATUS: Getting there. Agility set needs doing, considering Band and Specs sets. [Overview] Very solid 110 Attack and 115 Special Attack, along side dual STAB, Physical and Special priority, and access to Nasty Plot, Swords Dance and Agility make Lucario a potent offensive threat. Resistance to Toxic Spikes and Stealth Rocks lets Lucario switch in and out easily. Nine resistances and one immunity make up for poor defences and bulk, but weakness to three common offensive types can cause trouble. Mediocre speed is troublesome, particularly when priority attacks are resisted. [SET] name: Swords Dance move 1: Swords Dance move 2: Close Combat / Hi Jump Kick move 3: ExtremeSpeed move 4: Crunch / Stone Edge item: Life Orb ability: Inner Focus nature: Adamant / Jolly evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Little has changed since DPPt other than Hi Jump Kick's base power being boosted to 130, making it a viable substitute for Close Combat if you're willing to risk the 50% HP loss from a miss. EVs maximise Lucario's Attack and Speed to give him the best sweeping opportunities. Adamant nature Lucario reaches 701 Attack after a Swords Dance, enough to OHKO physically defensive Skarmory (97.6%-115.1% after Stealth Rock), while Jolly provides some valuable extra speed. Crunch allows perfect coverage, and hits Ghosts walling your other moves for super effective damage, while Stone Edge is only resisted by Goruugu and hits Flying types hard. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] With the prevalence of Burungeru running Crunch is recommended as always OHKOs after Stealth Rock damage (98.5%-116.3% to 252 HP / 252 Def). ExtremeSpeed now has +2 priority, allowing Lucario to shut down Mischievous Heart users such as Erufuun, as well as a guaranteed out speed on Mach Punchers or Vacuum Wavers aiming to capitalise on Lucario's fragility and Fighting type weakness. Hazards, particular Stealth Rocks, are a great help allowing Lucario to net useful OHKOs. [SET] name: Nasty Plot move 1: Nasty Plot move 2: Aura Sphere move 3: Shadow Ball / Dark Pulse move 4: Vacuum Wave / HP Ice item: Life Orb ability: Inner Focus nature: Modest / Timid evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] A new toy, Nasty Plot boosts Modest Lucario's already impressive Special Attack to reach 723, enough to bring 252HP / 0 SpD Blissey (83.2%-97.8) into Vacuum Wave KO range with Aura Sphere, and OHKO 252 HP / 240 SpD Skarmory. EVs max Special Attack and Speed to give Lucario the best chance of pulling off a sweep. Modest nature allows Lucario to hit harder, but sacrifices the ability to outspeed neutral base 100s. Fighting / Ghost provide completely unresisted coverage, but Dark Pulse means Normal types cannot switch in free on Ghost attacks, but allows Heracross and Toxicroak to resist. HP Ice can hit Gliscor, who outspeeds and OHKOs on the switch for an OHKO, and also hits other fliers hard, but sacrifices priority [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] This set has no problems with the Burungeru / Nattorei combo, OHKOing them both with boosted super effective Special attacks. Lucario's weakness to Fighting priority makes it bait for powerful Mach Punchers like Roobushin who easily survive a Vacuum Wave and OHKO in return. Focus Blast provides a great deal of extra power, but sacrifices perfect accuracy. Not recommended unless the extra power is completely necessary. Doryuuzu survives an unboosted Vacuum Wave (68.1% - 80.3%) and OHKOs back with Earthquake.