Lucario #448 Type: Fighting/Steel Abilities: Inner Focus / Steadfast / Justified / Adaptability (Mega Evo)Base Stats: 70 HP / 110 Atk / 70 Def / 115 SpA / 70 SpDef / 90 Spd Base Stats (Mega Evo): 70 HP / 145 Atk / 88 Def / 140 SpA / 70 SpDef / 112 Spd Notable Moves: Close Combat Ice Punch Extreme Speed Swords Dance Agility Nasty Plot Bullet Punch Dragon Pulse Aura Sphere Focus Blast Vacuum Wave Stone Edge Shadow Ball Earthquake Crunch Dark Pulse General Analysis Ever since Generation IV, Lucario has been a present force in the metagame. With a very diverse movepool, three different boosting moves and good stats to make use of it all it quickly became a popular pokemon and one of the most threatening sweeper in the game. Generation V added to that with Extreme Speed become a +2 priority move allowing it to get past its former checks such as Infernape who could OHKO it with Mach Punch. On top that it also gain a new ability in Justified. With this ability Lucario could would gain an attack boost when hit with a dark type attack, which it could easily switch in on due to its 4x resistance. These new tools made Lucario a very dangerous pokemon to face in Generation V. Now, in Generation VI, Lucario has received even more tools to add to its already large arsenal. With this new generation introducing Mega Evolution Lucario was one of the several Pokemon to receive a Mega Evolution. Though its mediocre defense are largely unchanged it can now boast monstrous 145 Attack, 140 Special Attack and 112 Speed stats. Lucario was also blessed with new ability in Adaptability that makes STAB moves x2 rather than the normal x1.5. With new tools, Lucario is ready, again, be one of the most threatening Pokemon in the game. Potential Sets: Name: Swords Dance Lucario @ Life Orb Ability: Justified EVs: 252 Atk / 4 HP / 252 Spd Adamant Nature - Close Combat - ExtremeSpeed - Crunch / Bullet Punch / Ice Punch - Swords Dance This was easily Lucario's best set last generation and will likely continue to be its staple set. With this set Lucario excelled at sweeping team following a Swords Dance. Extreme Speed gave it great priority to take out anything that was faster and didn't resist it. Close Combat was its main STAB that crushed Steel types, Blissey, Chansey and many other Pokemon. The last slot largely depended on what your team was weak to. Crunch dealt with Ghost types such as Jellicent, Ice Punch for Gliscor and Landorus-T, and Bullet Punch for beating Terrakion. Name: Mega Physical Sweeper Lucario @ Lucarionite Ability: Adaptability EVs: 252 Atk / 4 HP / 252 Spd Adamant / Jolly Nature - Close Combat - Bullet Punch - Ice Punch / Crunch / ExtremeSpeed - Swords Dance Lucario's newly acquired ability gets its time to shine by turning Close Combat into a 240 BP move backed by a huge 145 base Attack stat. At +2 the number of Pokemon that are able to within the brute force of this attack are few. Adaptability gives you the option of dropping ExtremeSpeed for Bullet Punch, who now is just as strong as ExtremeSpeed. However, without ExtremeSpeed Lucario Scarfed Keldeo can comfortably take a +2 Bullet Punch and OHKO with Secret Sword. The option of Ice Punch or Crunch depends on either Ghost types pose an issue to Lucario's sweep or Landorus-T and Gliscor are the problematic ones. Using an Adamant nature will maximize its damage output at the cost of being out sped by Infernape and Keldeo who are guaranteed to OHKO you. Mega Special Sweeper Lucario @ Lucarionite Ability: Steadfast EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Aura Sphere - Dark Pulse / Vacuum Wave - Flash Cannon - Nasty Plot With generation six arriving Lucario was one of the blessed few to get a Mega Evolution, this makes him one of if not the most dangerous Pokemon in the game. With a newly acquired 140 Special Attack Lucario and Adaptability can abuse a Nasty Plot better then it ever hoped in the past. With its 112 Speed everything it feared in the past that outsped it is no longer an issue as you are faster and can OHKO with a boosted attack. Aura Sphere and Flash Cannon are your STAB moves hitting having great coverage and the last choice of Dark Pulse or Vacuum Wave comes to user choice. If you choose Dark Pulse Aegislash and Ghost types can't hope to safely switch into Mega Lucario while Vacuum Wave gives you priority to be able to take you Sand Rush Excadrill under the sand. Last Comments: Lucario has all the tools to be the most threatening Pokemon in the game with a new ability and more powerful stats to abuse its large movepool. You are limited to a Physical set with the number of good special moves it gets you could run a solid Nasty Plot sweeping set, Agility set, or mixed wallbreaker. The major downside of Lucario is it possess one of the worst cases of four moveslot syndrome. It just can't beat enough with just four moves there will be always be something that will pose to be an issue and because of this is why it has been and always will be one of the most difficult Pokemon to fully counter.