Metagame SV OU Metagame Discussion v4 [Volcarona Banned]

Raging bolt on the other hand, I think is bs. Sure, thunderclap is useless against ground types, but bolt has enough bulk to like an e-quake and retaliate with draco meteor/dragon pulse to obliterate any ground not named clod, ting lu or excadrill. Even then, ting and exca can be overwhelmed by repeated dragon moves. I think it's just gambit 2.0, and it would be better if it wasn't in the tier.
Raging Bolt has enough Achilles Heels to keep it in the tier. Its Speed tier is crap, Thunderclap fails to affect Ground Types and its only boosting option is the slow Calm Mind. Even with Protosynthesis up, Thunderclap can't cheese past resists like Gambit's Sucker Punch can. I believe the number of Ground Types / general Electric resists we have in the tier is enough to Raging Bolt in line combined with its piss poor Speed tier, even with the likes of Tera Fairy and Flying variants.
 
Not a problem or anything…
Who casually makes an ambiguous statement about tera without elaborating? If you're gonna cherry pick what I'm saying to make a point at least own it lol.

Kingambit is not beating morning sun versions of Volcarona.
Kingambit smashes offensive Volcarona when it snowballs in the back for free the whole game. The bulky variations of Volcarona have mixed matchups into Kingambit because of tera, and items like Lum Berry aren't too uncommon for offense. You purposefully forget to factor in both defensive and offensive tera when making these statements.

So if I don’t want to run dogshit Clodsire, Dondozo, Skeleridge, or Clefable (magic guard is better) I have a problem?
First of all no, it's a you problem because you don't consider any of them to be answers when teambuilding. Clodsire, Dondozo, and Skeledirge are all perfectly good options to consider if you have a noticeable teambuilding hole that can't be patched elsewise. Clefable is understandable because unaware is niche to begin with and hazards run relatively unchecked, it was simply an example of how present unaware is. Second of all, there is a reason each of them are OU; en masse stats do not lie.

All of my other answers I listed, not just these four, are perfectly good ways of controlling a game with Volcarona present. You either write off every perfectly good way of managing Volcarona or you recognize all of them, there is no in between. The mental gymnastics it takes to believe that Volcarona somehow has no counterplay because of tera and not factoring in that it has defensive counterplay because of... tera is somehow more challenging than trying to find actual answers to it. Good job I guess?

You’ve basically outlined why Volcarona is problematic. It’s a quick L if your team comp does not check that particular Tera type. Every non-unaware Pokémon you listed loses to some form of Volcarona.
I've outlined nothing that doesn't reflect the general sentiment of the playerbase. You've outlined why a select number of examples I provided somehow lose to a specific Volcarona set without factoring all facets of tera, the 6v6, or even properly addressing them. The aches and groans of a new generational mechanic and power creep are understandably difficult to process at times but this genuinely felt thoughtless and disconnected.
 
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People have mentioned how this gen kinda mirrors BW in a lot of ways, so maybe someone can inexplicably make Rotom work here too
Rotom @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Tera Type: Electric
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hex
- Will-O-Wisp
- Pain Split
- Discharge
Yeah, I cooked this up in one minute. It absolutely walls great tusk that don't have knock off and can be annoying for ghold to threaten. Plus, it does well against gliscor, while making non lum gambit less threatening.
 
People have mentioned how this gen kinda mirrors BW in a lot of ways, so maybe someone can inexplicably make Rotom work here too
it's simultaneously immune to fighting, ground, and spikes without being weak to stealth rock—incredible traits to have in gen 9. it shares this distinction with mismagius, but rotom has an objectively better typing—with levitate, the only things added by electric are resistances and a paralysis immunity. if there's ever been any meta where regular rotom can shine, it's here

also, just calced it: 248 hp / 36 def always survives knock off from a fully invested jolly great tusk while still being able to run 224+ speed to outspeed it. we can definitely craft some sort of tuskbuster set out of this

double edit: 52 hp / 232 def lives the aforementioned knock off somewhat more comfortably. if you really want to optimize, 52 hp / 184 def lives it just barely and you can invest the other 48 evs into spa
 
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I can for sure see Scarf Rotom being annoying as fuck with Volt Switch, Trick, Wisp, and +1. By today's standards it hits like a wet noodle but I can easily see it being slotted in as an incredibly niche fast utility pivot. One of my favorite mons of all time but I haven't really used it much in gen 9. Knock off being fuckin everywhere holds it back a bunch

It should be a god tier answer to Tusk but for whatever reason old man Donphan's movepool makes Mew proud.

I mean, the motherfucker learns Psyshock
 
I can for sure see Scarf Rotom being annoying as fuck with Volt Switch, Trick, Wisp, and +1. By today's standards it hits like a wet noodle but I can easily see it being slotted in as an incredibly niche fast utility pivot. One of my favorite mons of all time but I haven't really used it much in gen 9. Knock off being fuckin everywhere holds it back a bunch

It should be a god tier answer to Tusk but for whatever reason old man Donphan's movepool makes Mew proud.

I mean, the motherfucker learns Psyshock
I was waiting for an opportunity to mention that about tusk. I thought that it was most likely a coding error as next to it in the pokedex is scream tail, which as you may know is shocker, a psychic type. They probably just put 377 instead of 376 when they were putting in the psyshock distribution. I then looked it up and scream tail can as well. So I don't fucking know, tusk just has that much brain power from carrying OU on its back.
 

KamenOH

formerly DynamaxBestMeta
I can for sure see Scarf Rotom being annoying as fuck with Volt Switch, Trick, Wisp, and +1. By today's standards it hits like a wet noodle but I can easily see it being slotted in as an incredibly niche fast utility pivot. One of my favorite mons of all time but I haven't really used it much in gen 9. Knock off being fuckin everywhere holds it back a bunch

It should be a god tier answer to Tusk but for whatever reason old man Donphan's movepool makes Mew proud.

I mean, the motherfucker learns Psyshock
Well, it is quite the sly shock seeing it pull that trick. At least it can't set up its own Protosynthesis with Sunny Day.
 
Well, it is quite the sly shock seeing it pull that trick. At least it can't set up its own Protosynthesis with Sunny Day.
are you sure about that?
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Also, question to all, what's the move you are most happy that :Donphan: has that they didn't give to :Great Tusk:? I'm happy they didn't give thief, I can see :booster energy: thief shenanigans happening.
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Also, question to all, what's the move you are most happy that :Donphan: has that they didn't give to :Great Tusk:? I'm happy they didn't give thief, I can see :booster energy: thief shenanigans happening.
I would have said ice shard because it would have made tusk a dangerous booster threat, but it could have been used to revenge kill things. Seed bomb and head smash would have been dangerous too.
Reminder that tusk has flash cannon, you can make a special set with earth power, psyshock, flash cannon and tera blast, to use your amazing 53 sp.A.
 

KamenOH

formerly DynamaxBestMeta
I would have said ice shard because it would have made tusk a dangerous booster threat, but it could have been used to revenge kill things. Seed bomb and head smash would have been dangerous too.
Reminder that tusk has flash cannon, you can make a special set with earth power, psyshock, flash cannon and tera blast, to use your amazing 53 sp.A.
Ice shard. Can you imagine they gave it priority, never mind ice priority?
The fuck do you mean Donphan learns Ice Shard? Does Treads learn that too?!
 
I would have said ice shard because it would have made tusk a dangerous booster threat, but it could have been used to revenge kill things. Seed bomb and head smash would have been dangerous too.
Reminder that tusk has flash cannon, you can make a special set with earth power, psyshock, flash cannon and tera blast, to use your amazing 53 sp.A.
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The fuck do you mean Donphan learns Ice Shard? Does Treads learn that too?!
Yes! I remember using FEAR :donphan: cause LV1 Sturdy Endeavor Ice Shard funne (and it makes people rage).
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Aron v.2 (Donphan) @ Shell Bell
Ability: Sturdy
Level: 1
Shiny: Yes
Tera Type: Ground
EVs: 1 HP
- Endeavor
- Ice Shard
I like it more 'cause my name is Aaron.
 

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Not as crazy as the six gimmick rotom sets I've been creating. Yes, one for every rotom form. I have so far come up with trick iron ball and rain dance life orb. I am struggling cause rotom's movepool is suprisingly shallow. They literally have 5 physical moves, not that I was going to create a physcial rotom, but that's just pathetic in this day and age. Tusk at least can have four different type special moves, rotom only has normal, ghost and dark.
 
Lucario
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Type:
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Tera Type:
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"Lucario can study auras to predict the movements of its opponents and track their quarry. With sufficient training, a Lucario can read auras to understand how living beings are feeling from more than half a mile (1 kilometer) away."
- Bulbapedia

"252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO"

- Morkal

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Base Stat Total
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:lucario: Lucario Opinion
Lucario's stat spread is markedly better than the Pokemon I usually work with, so that's not where the difficulties in using Lucario showed up. Both its Attack and Special Attack are great and, thanks to Fighting/Steel typing's slew of resistances, 70/70/70 bulk is workable with only slight adjustments. Its base speed can sometimes be a bit frustrating, but it hits some critically important benchmarks. Despite its flaws, Lucario is a great Pokemon in OU that is woefully underutilized and has been for several generations.
HP
70
250 - 344
Attack
110
202 - 350
Defense
70
130 - 262
Sp. Atk
115
211 - 361
Sp. Def
70
130 - 262
Speed
90
166 - 306

Introduction - Lucario's meteoric rise to fame as a fan-favorite Pokemon has not been felt for generations in OU, where its relevance has continued to dwindle. Thankfully SV OU is a metagame where Tera has allowed almost every Pokemon to have a potential OU niche (*cough*:minior:), and Lucario is no exception. Thanks to its great offensive and defensive typing, wide movepool, solid offensive stats, and the unique offensive role compression that only Lucario has. Special thanks to 1LDK for helping me with the Lucario set, his item change suggestion along with one of the movepool slash-ins helped bring the final set together in a great way.

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Lucario OU TL;DR
This section contains a quick "too long, didn't read" portion summarizing Lucario's positive traits in the tier. What is listed here is explained in full throughout the essay.

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Lucario is a strong anti-meta breaker with a potent offensive typing and movepool that allows it to handle a unique combination of threats that no other Pokemon can. Lucario's potent offensive role compression, unique tools, and newfound access to Tera allow it to threaten troublesome OU threats such as Archaludon, Darkrai, Excadrill, Gholdengo, Glimmora, Great Tusk, Hatterene, Heatran, Iron Boulder, Iron Crown, Iron Valiant, Kingambit, Kyurem, Meowscarada, Samurott-Hisui, Skarmory, Weavile, and Zamazenta.
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Lucario's got great mixed offensive stats, allowing it to perform a wide variety of roles and handle different combinations of threats. Additionally, Lucario's bulk and speed, while both underwhelming, still reach critical benchmarks - such as surviving Choice Specs Kyurem's Earth Power when tera'd, or outspeeding Pokemon like Great Tusk, Rillaboom, Samurott-H, Archaludon, Dragonite, Gholdengo, and Glimmora.
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Lucario's movepool is vast, with multiple boosting options in Agility, Bulk Up, Calm Mind, Nasty Plot, and Swords Dance. Lucario has fantastic physical and special STAB options in Aura Sphere, Bullet Punch, Close Combat, Drain Punch, Flash Cannon, Focus Blast, High Jump Kick, Low Kick, Meteor Mash, Steel Beam, and Vacuum Wave.
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Lucario's coverage movepool contains multiple powerful options such as Crunch, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Earthquake, Extreme Speed, Ice Punch, Poison Jab, Psychic, Rock Slide, Shadow Ball, Shadow Claw, Stone Edge, Tera Blast, Thunder Punch, and Zen Headbutt.
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Lucario can utilize multiple Tera-types for a variety of different purposes both offensive and defensive; with notable Tera-types being Fairy, Ground, Flying, Steel, and Ghost-type.
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Lucario has a surprising amount of utility options for the tier such as Circle Throw and Roar for phasing or more offensive utility such as Trailblaze for breaking sashes while boosting speed.
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Lucario has three great abilities - Inner Focus allows Lucario immunity to being flinched and Intimidated, Steadfast gives Lucario a situational +1 speed boost when flinched, and Justified gives Lucario +1 attack when hit by the tier's common Dark-type moves.


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Nasty Plot Wise Glasses Breaker
(Bolded options are my preferred option picks)
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Lucario @ Wise Glasses
Ability: Inner Focus
Tera Type: Fairy/Flying/Ghost/Ground/Steel
EVs: 252 SpA / 12 SpD / 244 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Aura Sphere/Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic/Steel Beam/Tera Blast

Lucario's purpose is to muscle past common threats with his unique set of tools, workable speed, and threatening power. First, we'll talk about the specific benchmarks that Lucario hits with its EVs + its item choice, then we're going to go over each of Lucario's main moveset choices. Afterward, we'll finish off the essay by taking a look at Lucario's surprising defensive utility.

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Nasty Plot + Speed Tier + Wise Glasses

Lucario's Speed with a Timid nature and 244 EVs gives Lucario 304 speed, allowing him to outspeed potent threats like 252 Jolly Excadrill (302), 252 Jolly Great Tusk (300), 252 Neutral Mew/Zapdos (299), 252 Timid Rotom-Wash/Glimmora (298), 252 Neutral Iron Crown & 252 +Nature Ceruledge/Kommo-o/Quaquaval/Hamurott (295), 252 Timid Gholdengo (293), and 252 Modest Kyurem (289) along with countless other slower threats. While base 90 speed isn't blazing any trails, it still is higher than a significant portion of the OU tier. Wise Glasses is an item that boosts up the Special Attack of its holder by 1.1x, which boosts up Lucario's ability to break through potent threats with its stupendous neutral coverage. Nasty Plot is the crux of this set, allowing Lucario to leverage its solid 115 base special attack to reach a whopping 658 - decimating anything that doesn't resist Lucario's powerful attacks, with resistances not being enough in many cases.

Moveset Analysis
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Aura Sphere

Lucario gets access to STAB Aura Sphere, a base 80 Power 32PP special Fighting-type move that cannot miss - this move allows Lucario to break through the slew of Dark, Ice, and Steel-type Pokemon permeating the OU meta (along with Normal and Rock-type Pokemon). Let's take a look at some calculations to see exactly what Aura Sphere can do both without and with a +2 Nasty Plot boost.

Aura Sphere
(Super Effective Calculations)
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 264-312 (68.9 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 524-618 (136.8 - 161.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 288-342 (102.4 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 372-440 (103 - 121.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 252-296 (78 - 91.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 188-224 (48.7 - 58%) -- 61.3% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 500-590 (154.7 - 182.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 374-444 (96.8 - 115%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 612-720 (153 - 180%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 288-342 (73.6 - 87.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 576-678 (147.3 - 173.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 354-416 (120.8 - 141.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 260-308 (74 - 87.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 522-614 (148.7 - 174.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 372-440 (115.8 - 137%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 330-390 (64.2 - 75.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 178-210 (51.8 - 61.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 354-417 (103.2 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Weavile: 604-712 (214.9 - 253.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Aura Sphere
(Neutral Calculations)
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 333-393 (110.6 - 130.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 334-394 (93.5 - 110.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 298-352 (74.6 - 88.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 313-370 (101.9 - 120.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 280-331 (79.7 - 94.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 438-516 (118 - 139%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 271-321 (90 - 106.6%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 291-343 (71.4 - 84.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 354-417 (103.8 - 122.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 276-325 (94.8 - 111.6%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 354-417 (105.9 - 124.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 307-363 (89.7 - 106.1%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (72 - 84.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (60.3 - 71.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Aura Sphere alone breaks through a huge portion of the OU tier with one boost or even neutrally in some cases, while synergizing especially well with Shadow Ball for near-perfect neutral coverage along with STAB Steel Beam to wreak unadulterated havoc on anything that isn't resisted (and sometimes even resisted hits). Speaking of which~

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Steel Beam

Lucario has access to the utterly terrifying STAB move Steel Beam, a base 140 power 95% accurate special Steel-type attack with the unfortunate side effect of Lucario losing 50% of its max HP. While this may seem costly, this move can become an effective wincon for you as it simply muscles past a huge portion of potential checks, including resisted hits. At +2, almost nothing in the meta can survive beyond Unaware mons and very specific resists. First, let's go over unboosted hits.

Steel Beam
(Super Effective Calculations)
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Clefable: 504-594 (127.9 - 150.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Enamorus: 554-654 (191.6 - 226.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Enamorus-Therian: 462-546 (131.6 - 155.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 548-648 (178.5 - 211%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 450-530 (141.5 - 166.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 432-510 (134.5 - 158.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 504-594 (128.9 - 151.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Iron Valiant: 696-822 (240 - 283.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Steel Beam
(Neutral + Resisted Calculations)
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Clodsire: 166-196 (35.8 - 42.3%) -- 92.6% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 252-297 (89.6 - 105.6%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 153-181 (50.3 - 59.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Speed: 252-297 (104.5 - 123.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Unaware Dondozo: 162-192 (32.1 - 38%) -- 96% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 292-345 (92.1 - 108.8%) -- 50% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 244 HP / 12 SpD Gliscor: 288-340 (81.8 - 96.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Poison Heal

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (102.9 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (88 - 103.9%) -- 25% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Landorus-Therian: 309-364 (96.8 - 114.1%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 279-328 (73 - 85.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 307-363 (104.7 - 123.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 153-180 (47.3 - 55.7%) -- 80.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Primarina: 204-240 (67.7 - 79.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 309-364 (90.6 - 106.7%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 229-270 (65.2 - 76.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 162-192 (50.4 - 59.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 241-285 (82.8 - 97.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 154-182 (46.1 - 54.4%) -- 57.4% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 156-184 (39.5 - 46.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 154-182 (44.8 - 53%) -- 29.7% chance to 2HKO

Now let's turn it up a notch and look at how common threats stack up against a +2 Steel Beam. Pokemon that could deal with a neutral Steel Beam crumble under the explosive offensive pressure that this boosted move exerts.

Steel Beam
(Literally most of OU vs +2 Calculations - Super Effective, Neutral, Resisted)
Resisted

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 228-269 (59.5 - 70.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 291-342 (96.6 - 113.6%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 292-344 (81.7 - 96.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 261-308 (65.4 - 77.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 325-383 (90 - 106%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 245-288 (69.8 - 82%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 248-292 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 249-294 (65.8 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 216-254 (65.6 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 264-311 (66 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 237-279 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 306-360 (94.7 - 111.4%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 254-299 (62.4 - 73.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 325-383 (101.2 - 119.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 309-363 (92.5 - 108.6%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 309-363 (90 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 64 SpD Toxapex: 162-191 (53.2 - 62.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Volcarona: 220-259 (70.7 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Volcarona: 221-261 (59 - 69.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 269-317 (78.6 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Neutral

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 501-591 (178.2 - 210.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 306-360 (100.6 - 118.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 585-688 (184.5 - 217%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Multiscale Dragonite: 230-271 (71.2 - 83.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 555-654 (145.2 - 171.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 618-727 (181.2 - 213.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 456-537 (129.9 - 152.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 481-567 (165.2 - 194.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 312-367 (79.1 - 93.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 288-339 (56 - 65.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 408-481 (105.1 - 123.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

To give you an idea of how ludicrous this move's power is at +2 - out of all the Pokemon in OU, only the following four Pokemon can avoid a 2HKO from +2 Steel Beam without resorting to gimmicky EV distribution, resisted or not - Unaware Clodsire, Unaware Dondozo, Heatran, and Toxapex's Assault Vest Set. This means that 40 out of 44 OU Pokemon can potentially be 2HKO'd by +2 Steel Beam.

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Shadow Ball + Final Move Tally

Shadow Ball rounds out this set's coverage and additionally allows Lucario to threaten Pokemon such as Gholdengo and Glowking, in addition to its Special Defense drop chance sometimes allowing it to muscle past threats it otherwise wouldn't be able to such as Dondozo. Aura Sphere and Shadow Ball have near perfect coverage together, with Steel Beam tying the two of them together quite nicely.
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 224-264 (70.6 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 446-526 (140.6 - 165.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (60.9 - 71.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 380-448 (120.6 - 142.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (50.7 - 59.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 382-450 (101 - 119%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 172-204 (54 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 342-404 (107.5 - 127%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 166-196 (51.7 - 61%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 328-388 (102.1 - 120.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 166-196 (50.4 - 59.5%) -- 82.4% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 330-390 (100.3 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Skeledirge: 154-182 (37.4 - 44.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 238-280 (60.4 - 71%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Final Tally Score
% of OU OHKO'd at +2
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32 of 44 OU Pokemon - Approximately 72% of OU

Lucario at +2 SpA has the potential to OHKO three-quarters of the entire OU metagame with Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, and Steel Beam, with the OHKO amount for +0 hits not being too far behind given the ubiquity of what Lucario hits super effectively. This is where Lucario's main niche comes in, it blows holes into your opponent's cores in a way that no other Pokemon can both with and without a Nasty Plot boost. It can also run an equivalent set physically, albeit without the insane instant melt button that is STAB Steel Beam.

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Defensive Utility
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Thanks to Lucario's newfound access to Tera alongside its naturally fantastic defensive Steel/Fighting-type, Lucario has plenty of opportunities to come in or to stay in despite its comparatively lacking 70/70/70 bulk. Lucario has a handy immunity to Poison, along with critical resistance to Dark, Dragon, Rock, Bug, Normal, Steel, Grass, and Ice-type attacks. It additionally is one of the few Fighting-type Pokemon with neutrality to both Fairy and Flying-type attacks. Lucario's Steel/Fighting type combination does give it three nasty weaknesses to Fighting/Fire/Ground-type attacks, but this is also remedied via Tera Fairy - which grants Lucario a new Dragon-type immunity, a new Fighting-type resistance, and two new neutralities in Fire and Ground-type attacks. Let's take a look at some surprising hits that Lucario can live through.

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Steel/Fighting
Super Effective Hits

0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 194-230 (69 - 81.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 236-278 (83.9 - 98.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-220 (66.1 - 78.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 256-302 (91.1 - 107.4%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

Neutral Hits

252+ SpA Archaludon Electro Shot vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Enamorus Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 211-249 (75 - 88.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 177-208 (62.9 - 74%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Iron Valiant Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 195-229 (69.3 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Iron Valiant Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 111-131 (39.5 - 46.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

0 SpA Pelipper Surf vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario in Rain: 184-217 (65.4 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Pelipper Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 150-177 (53.3 - 62.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderclap vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 172-204 (61.2 - 72.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Acrobatics (110 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 220-259 (78.2 - 92.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Razor Shell vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Hex (65 BP) vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 102-120 (36.2 - 42.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Slowking-Galar Future Sight vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-219 (66.1 - 77.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Resisted Hits

252+ SpA Archaludon Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 149-176 (53 - 62.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Archaludon Flash Cannon vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 92-108 (32.7 - 38.4%) -- 99.1% chance to 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 116-136 (41.2 - 48.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Extreme Speed vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 98-116 (34.8 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Make It Rain vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 131-155 (46.6 - 55.1%) -- 69.5% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Glimmora Power Gem vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 43-51 (15.3 - 18.1%) -- possible 6HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 49-58 (17.4 - 20.6%) -- possible 5HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 127-150 (45.1 - 53.3%) -- 35.5% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 99-117 (35.2 - 41.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 148-174 (52.6 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 156-185 (55.5 - 65.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 87-102 (30.9 - 36.2%) -- 62% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 129-153 (45.9 - 54.4%) -- 53.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Freeze-Dry vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 145-171 (51.6 - 60.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 210-247 (74.7 - 87.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Meowscarada Flower Trick vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario on a critical hit: 102-121 (36.2 - 43%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Meowscarada Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 94-111 (33.4 - 39.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO

252 Atk Wellspring Mask Ogerpon-Wellspring Horn Leech vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Dragon Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 105-123 (37.3 - 43.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Grassy Glide vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario in Grassy Terrain: 126-149 (44.8 - 53%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Ceaseless Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 97-114 (34.5 - 40.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Weavile Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 100-118 (35.5 - 41.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Weavile Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 126-147 (44.8 - 52.3%) -- approx. 18.4% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 45-53 (16 - 18.8%) -- possible 6HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO

252 Atk Zamazenta Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 34-40 (12 - 14.2%) -- possible 8HKO

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Newly Resisted Hits

0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 48-57 (17 - 20.2%) -- possible 5HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 114-135 (40.5 - 48%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Deoxys-Speed Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 93.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 59-69 (20.9 - 24.5%) -- guaranteed 5HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 83-98 (29.5 - 34.8%) -- 13.7% chance to 3HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 215-253 (76.5 - 90%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Iron Crown Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 96.4% chance to 3HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 66-78 (23.4 - 27.7%) -- 79.6% chance to 4HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 99-116 (35.2 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 78-92 (27.7 - 32.7%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 64-75 (22.7 - 26.6%) -- 31.2% chance to 4HKO

+1 88 Def Zamazenta Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO

Newly Neutral Hits

32 Atk Cinderace Pyro Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 204-240 (72.5 - 85.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 246-290 (87.5 - 103.2%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Fire Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 185-218 (65.8 - 77.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Enamorus Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 133-157 (47.3 - 55.8%) -- 79.3% chance to 2HKO
252 Atk Excadrill Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 226-267 (80.4 - 95%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Gliscor Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 96.1% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Gouging Fire Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 147-174 (52.3 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Gouging Fire Flare Blitz vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Glimmora Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Great Tusk Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 183-216 (65.1 - 76.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Great Tusk Headlong Rush vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO

0 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 107-127 (38 - 45.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 178-210 (63.3 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage
252 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage

252 Atk Iron Boulder Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 97.7% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Landorus-Therian Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Torch Song vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO
0 Atk Ting-Lu Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 157-186 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Torkoal Lava Plume vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario in Sun: 153-180 (54.4 - 64%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
244 SpA Choice Specs Walking Wake Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 187-221 (66.5 - 78.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Conclusion
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Lucario is an incredibly fun Pokemon to use that is the definition of high-risk/high-reward. It's a (reinforced) glass cannon with absolutely nuclear offenses, a solid speed tier, and incredible synergy with and against the meta. It's simple to use, and yet has a ton of dimension to it. It's one of the most fun Pokemon I've been able to use throughout this entire new stage of SV OU, and I can't wait to tackle my next OU essay -:furret:I hope you all enjoyed reading, SV OU DLC2 is in a really good place right now barring a few outliers, and I can't wait to see the metagame develop even further!
 
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"Lucario can study auras to predict the movements of its opponents and track their quarry. With sufficient training, a Lucario can read auras to understand how living beings are feeling from more than half a mile (1 kilometer) away."
- Bulbapedia

"252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
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- Morkal

Base Stat Total
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:lucario: Lucario Opinion
Lucario's stat spread is markedly better than the Pokemon I usually work with, so that's not where the difficulties in using Lucario showed up. Both its Attack and Special Attack are great and, thanks to Fighting/Steel typing's slew of resistances, 70/70/70 bulk is workable with only slight adjustments. Its base speed can sometimes be a bit frustrating, but it hits some critically important benchmarks. Despite its flaws, Lucario is a great Pokemon in OU that is woefully underutilized and has been for several generations.
BASE STATSSTATS AT LV. 100
HP
70
250 - 344
Attack
110
202 - 350
Defense
70
130 - 262
Sp. Atk
115
211 - 361
Sp. Def
70
130 - 262
Speed
90
166 - 306

Introduction - Lucario's meteoric rise to fame as a fan-favorite Pokemon has not been felt for generations in OU, where its relevance has continued to dwindle. Thankfully SV OU is a metagame where Tera has allowed almost every Pokemon to have a potential OU niche (*cough*:minior:), and Lucario is no exception. Thanks to its great offensive and defensive typing, wide movepool, solid offensive stats, and the unique offensive role compression that only Lucario has. Special thanks to 1LDK for helping me with the Lucario set, his item change suggestion along with one of the movepool slash-ins helped bring the final set together in a great way.

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Lucario OU TL;DR
This section contains a quick "too long, didn't read" portion summarizing Lucario's positive traits in the tier. What is listed here is explained in full throughout the essay.

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Lucario is a strong anti-meta breaker with a potent offensive typing and movepool that allows it to handle a unique combination of threats that no other Pokemon can. Lucario's potent offensive role compression, unique tools, and newfound access to Tera allow it to threaten troublesome OU threats such as Archaludon, Darkrai, Excadrill, Gholdengo, Glimmora, Great Tusk, Hatterene, Heatran, Iron Boulder, Iron Crown, Iron Valiant, Kingambit, Kyurem, Meowscarada, Samurott-Hisui, Skarmory, Weavile, and Zamazenta.
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Lucario's got great mixed offensive stats, allowing it to perform a wide variety of roles and handle different combinations of threats. Additionally, Lucario's bulk and speed, while both underwhelming, still reach critical benchmarks - such as surviving Choice Specs Kyurem's Earth Power when tera'd, or outspeeding Pokemon like Great Tusk, Rillaboom, Samurott-H, Archaludon, Dragonite, Gholdengo, and Glimmora.
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Lucario's movepool is vast, with multiple boosting options in Agility, Bulk Up, Calm Mind, Nasty Plot, and Swords Dance. Lucario has fantastic physical and special STAB options in Aura Sphere, Bullet Punch, Close Combat, Drain Punch, Flash Cannon, Focus Blast, High Jump Kick, Low Kick, Meteor Mash, Steel Beam, and Vacuum Wave.
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Lucario's coverage movepool contains multiple powerful options such as Crunch, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Earthquake, Extreme Speed, Ice Punch, Poison Jab, Psychic, Rock Slide, Shadow Ball, Shadow Claw, Stone Edge, Tera Blast, Thunder Punch, and Zen Headbutt.
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Lucario can utilize multiple Tera-types for a variety of different purposes both offensive and defensive; with notable Tera-types being Fairy, Ground, Flying, Steel, and Ghost-type.
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Lucario has a surprising amount of utility options for the tier such as Circle Throw and Roar for phasing or more offensive utility such as Trailblaze for breaking sashes while boosting speed.
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Lucario has three great abilities - Inner Focus allows Lucario immunity to being flinched and Intimidated, Steadfast gives Lucario a situational +1 speed boost when flinched, and Justified gives Lucario +1 attack when hit by the tier's common Dark-type moves.


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Nasty Plot Wise Glasses Breaker
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Lucario @ Wise Glasses
Ability: Inner Focus
Tera Type: Fairy/Flying/Ghost/Ground/Steel
EVs: 252 SpA / 12 SpD / 244 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Aura Sphere/Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic/Steel Beam/Tera Blast

Lucario's purpose is to muscle past common threats with his unique set of tools, workable speed, and threatening power. First, we'll talk about the specific benchmarks that Lucario hits with its EVs + its item choice, then we're going to go over each of Lucario's main moveset choices. Afterward, we'll finish off the essay by taking a look at Lucario's surprising defensive utility.

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Nasty Plot + Speed Tier + Wise Glasses

Lucario's Speed with a Timid nature and 244 EVs gives Lucario 304 speed, allowing him to outspeed potent threats like 252 Jolly Excadrill (302), 252 Jolly Great Tusk (300), 252 Neutral Mew/Zapdos (299), 252 Timid Rotom-Wash/Glimmora (298), 252 Neutral Iron Crown & 252 +Nature Ceruledge/Kommo-o/Quaquaval/Hamurott (295), 252 Timid Gholdengo (293), and 252 Modest Kyurem (289) along with countless other slower threats. While base 90 speed isn't blazing any trails, it still is higher than a significant portion of the OU tier. Wise Glasses is an item that boosts up the Special Attack of its holder by 1.1x, which boosts up Lucario's ability to break through potent threats with its stupendous neutral coverage. Nasty Plot is the crux of this set, allowing Lucario to leverage its solid 115 base special attack to reach a whopping 658 - decimating anything that doesn't resist Lucario's powerful attacks, with resistances not being enough in many cases.

Moveset Analysis
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Aura Sphere

Lucario gets access to STAB Aura Sphere, a base 80 Power 32PP special Fighting-type move that cannot miss - this move allows Lucario to break through the slew of Dark, Ice, and Steel-type Pokemon permeating the OU meta (along with Normal and Rock-type Pokemon). Let's take a look at some calculations to see exactly what Aura Sphere can do both without and with a +2 Nasty Plot boost.

Aura Sphere
(Super Effective Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 264-312 (68.9 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 524-618 (136.8 - 161.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 288-342 (102.4 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 372-440 (103 - 121.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 252-296 (78 - 91.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 188-224 (48.7 - 58%) -- 61.3% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 500-590 (154.7 - 182.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 374-444 (96.8 - 115%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 612-720 (153 - 180%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 288-342 (73.6 - 87.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 576-678 (147.3 - 173.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 354-416 (120.8 - 141.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 260-308 (74 - 87.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 522-614 (148.7 - 174.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 372-440 (115.8 - 137%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 330-390 (64.2 - 75.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 178-210 (51.8 - 61.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 354-417 (103.2 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Weavile: 604-712 (214.9 - 253.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Aura Sphere
(Neutral Calculations)

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 333-393 (110.6 - 130.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 334-394 (93.5 - 110.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 298-352 (74.6 - 88.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 313-370 (101.9 - 120.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 280-331 (79.7 - 94.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 438-516 (118 - 139%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 271-321 (90 - 106.6%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 291-343 (71.4 - 84.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 354-417 (103.8 - 122.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 276-325 (94.8 - 111.6%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 354-417 (105.9 - 124.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 307-363 (89.7 - 106.1%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (72 - 84.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (60.3 - 71.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Aura Sphere alone breaks through a huge portion of the OU tier with one boost or even neutrally in some cases, while synergizing especially well with Shadow Ball for near-perfect neutral coverage along with STAB Steel Beam to wreak unadulterated havoc on anything that isn't resisted (and sometimes even resisted hits). Speaking of which~

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Steel Beam

Lucario has access to the utterly terrifying STAB move Steel Beam, a base 140 power 95% accurate special Steel-type attack with the unfortunate side effect of Lucario losing 50% of its max HP. While this may seem costly, this move can become an effective wincon for you as it simply muscles past a huge portion of potential checks, including resisted hits. At +2, almost nothing in the meta can survive beyond Unaware mons and very specific resists. First, let's go over unboosted hits.

Steel Beam
(Super Effective Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Clefable: 504-594 (127.9 - 150.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Enamorus: 554-654 (191.6 - 226.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Enamorus-Therian: 462-546 (131.6 - 155.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 548-648 (178.5 - 211%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 450-530 (141.5 - 166.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 432-510 (134.5 - 158.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 504-594 (128.9 - 151.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Iron Valiant: 696-822 (240 - 283.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Steel Beam
(Neutral + Resisted Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Clodsire: 166-196 (35.8 - 42.3%) -- 92.6% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 252-297 (89.6 - 105.6%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 153-181 (50.3 - 59.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Speed: 252-297 (104.5 - 123.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Unaware Dondozo: 162-192 (32.1 - 38%) -- 96% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 292-345 (92.1 - 108.8%) -- 50% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 244 HP / 12 SpD Gliscor: 288-340 (81.8 - 96.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Poison Heal

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (102.9 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (88 - 103.9%) -- 25% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Landorus-Therian: 309-364 (96.8 - 114.1%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 279-328 (73 - 85.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 307-363 (104.7 - 123.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 153-180 (47.3 - 55.7%) -- 80.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Primarina: 204-240 (67.7 - 79.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 309-364 (90.6 - 106.7%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 229-270 (65.2 - 76.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 162-192 (50.4 - 59.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 241-285 (82.8 - 97.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 154-182 (46.1 - 54.4%) -- 57.4% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 156-184 (39.5 - 46.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 154-182 (44.8 - 53%) -- 29.7% chance to 2HKO

Now let's turn it up a notch and look at how common threats stack up against a +2 Steel Beam.

Steel Beam
(Literally most of OU vs +2 Calculations - Super Effective, Neutral, Resisted)

Resisted
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 228-269 (59.5 - 70.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 291-342 (96.6 - 113.6%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 292-344 (81.7 - 96.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 261-308 (65.4 - 77.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 325-383 (90 - 106%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 245-288 (69.8 - 82%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 248-292 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 249-294 (65.8 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 216-254 (65.6 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 264-311 (66 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 237-279 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 306-360 (94.7 - 111.4%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 254-299 (62.4 - 73.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 325-383 (101.2 - 119.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 309-363 (92.5 - 108.6%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 309-363 (90 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 64 SpD Toxapex: 162-191 (53.2 - 62.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Volcarona: 220-259 (70.7 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Volcarona: 221-261 (59 - 69.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 269-317 (78.6 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Neutral

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 501-591 (178.2 - 210.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 306-360 (100.6 - 118.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 585-688 (184.5 - 217%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Multiscale Dragonite: 230-271 (71.2 - 83.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 555-654 (145.2 - 171.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 618-727 (181.2 - 213.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 456-537 (129.9 - 152.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 481-567 (165.2 - 194.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 312-367 (79.1 - 93.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 288-339 (56 - 65.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 408-481 (105.1 - 123.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

To give you an idea of how ludicrous this move's power is at +2 - out of all the Pokemon in OU, only the following four Pokemon can avoid a 2HKO from +2 Steel Beam without resorting to gimmicky EV distribution, resisted or not - Unaware Clodsire, Unaware Dondozo, Heatran, and Toxapex's Assault Vest Set. This means that 40 out of 44 OU Pokemon can potentially be 2HKO'd by +2 Steel Beam.

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Shadow Ball + Final Move Tally

Shadow Ball rounds out this set's coverage and additionally allows Lucario to threaten Pokemon such as Gholdengo and Glowking, in addition to its Special Defense drop chance sometimes allowing it to muscle past threats it otherwise wouldn't be able to such as Dondozo.

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 224-264 (70.6 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 446-526 (140.6 - 165.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (60.9 - 71.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 380-448 (120.6 - 142.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (50.7 - 59.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 382-450 (101 - 119%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 172-204 (54 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 342-404 (107.5 - 127%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 166-196 (51.7 - 61%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 328-388 (102.1 - 120.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 166-196 (50.4 - 59.5%) -- 82.4% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 330-390 (100.3 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Skeledirge: 154-182 (37.4 - 44.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 238-280 (60.4 - 71%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Final Tally Score
% of OU OHKO'd at +2
:lucario: (Aura Sphere + Shadow Ball + Steel Beam)​
32 of 44 OU Pokemon - Approximately 72% of OU

Lucario at +2 SpA has the potential to OHKO three-quarters of the entire OU metagame with Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, and Steel Beam, with the OHKO amount for +0 hits not being too far behind given the ubiquity of what Lucario hits super effectively. This is where Lucario's niche comes in, it blows holes into your opponent's cores in a way that no other Pokemon can both with and without a Nasty Plot boost.

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Defensive Utility
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Thanks to Lucario's newfound access to Tera alongside its naturally fantastic defensive Steel/Fighting-type, Lucario has plenty of opportunities to come in or to stay in despite its comparatively lacking 70/70/70 bulk. Lucario has a handy immunity to Poison, along with critical resistances to Dark, Dragon, Rock, Bug, Normal, Steel, Grass, and Ice-type attacks. It additionally is one of the few Fighting-type Pokemon with neutrality to both Fairy and Flying-type attacks. Lucario's Steel/Fighting type combination does give it three nasty weaknesses to Fighting/Fire/Ground-type attacks, but this is also remedied via Tera Fairy - which grants Lucario a new Dragon-type immunity, a new Fighting-type resistance, and two new neutralities in Fire and Ground-type attacks. Let's take a look at some surprising hits that Lucario can live through.

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Steel/Fighting

Super Effective
0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 194-230 (69 - 81.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 236-278 (83.9 - 98.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-220 (66.1 - 78.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 256-302 (91.1 - 107.4%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

Neutral

252+ SpA Archaludon Electro Shot vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Enamorus Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 211-249 (75 - 88.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 177-208 (62.9 - 74%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Iron Valiant Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 195-229 (69.3 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Iron Valiant Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 111-131 (39.5 - 46.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

0 SpA Pelipper Surf vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario in Rain: 184-217 (65.4 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Pelipper Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 150-177 (53.3 - 62.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderclap vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 172-204 (61.2 - 72.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Acrobatics (110 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 220-259 (78.2 - 92.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Razor Shell vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Hex (65 BP) vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 102-120 (36.2 - 42.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Slowking-Galar Future Sight vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-219 (66.1 - 77.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Resisted

252+ SpA Archaludon Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 149-176 (53 - 62.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Archaludon Flash Cannon vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 92-108 (32.7 - 38.4%) -- 99.1% chance to 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 116-136 (41.2 - 48.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Extreme Speed vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 98-116 (34.8 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Make It Rain vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 131-155 (46.6 - 55.1%) -- 69.5% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Glimmora Power Gem vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 43-51 (15.3 - 18.1%) -- possible 6HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 49-58 (17.4 - 20.6%) -- possible 5HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 127-150 (45.1 - 53.3%) -- 35.5% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 99-117 (35.2 - 41.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 148-174 (52.6 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 156-185 (55.5 - 65.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 87-102 (30.9 - 36.2%) -- 62% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 129-153 (45.9 - 54.4%) -- 53.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Freeze-Dry vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 145-171 (51.6 - 60.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 210-247 (74.7 - 87.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Meowscarada Flower Trick vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario on a critical hit: 102-121 (36.2 - 43%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Meowscarada Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 94-111 (33.4 - 39.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO

252 Atk Wellspring Mask Ogerpon-Wellspring Horn Leech vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Dragon Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 105-123 (37.3 - 43.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Grassy Glide vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario in Grassy Terrain: 126-149 (44.8 - 53%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Ceaseless Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 97-114 (34.5 - 40.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Weavile Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 100-118 (35.5 - 41.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Weavile Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 126-147 (44.8 - 52.3%) -- approx. 18.4% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 45-53 (16 - 18.8%) -- possible 6HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO

252 Atk Zamazenta Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 34-40 (12 - 14.2%) -- possible 8HKO

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Terastallized

Newly Resisted
0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 48-57 (17 - 20.2%) -- possible 5HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 114-135 (40.5 - 48%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Deoxys-Speed Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 93.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 59-69 (20.9 - 24.5%) -- guaranteed 5HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 83-98 (29.5 - 34.8%) -- 13.7% chance to 3HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 215-253 (76.5 - 90%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Iron Crown Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 96.4% chance to 3HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 66-78 (23.4 - 27.7%) -- 79.6% chance to 4HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 99-116 (35.2 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 78-92 (27.7 - 32.7%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 64-75 (22.7 - 26.6%) -- 31.2% chance to 4HKO

+1 88 Def Zamazenta Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO

Newly Neutral

32 Atk Cinderace Pyro Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 204-240 (72.5 - 85.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 246-290 (87.5 - 103.2%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Fire Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 185-218 (65.8 - 77.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Enamorus Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 133-157 (47.3 - 55.8%) -- 79.3% chance to 2HKO
252 Atk Excadrill Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 226-267 (80.4 - 95%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Gliscor Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 96.1% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Gouging Fire Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 147-174 (52.3 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Gouging Fire Flare Blitz vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Glimmora Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Great Tusk Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 183-216 (65.1 - 76.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Great Tusk Headlong Rush vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO

0 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 107-127 (38 - 45.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 178-210 (63.3 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage
252 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage

252 Atk Iron Boulder Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 97.7% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Landorus-Therian Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Torch Song vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO
0 Atk Ting-Lu Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 157-186 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Torkoal Lava Plume vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario in Sun: 153-180 (54.4 - 64%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
244 SpA Choice Specs Walking Wake Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 187-221 (66.5 - 78.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Conclusion
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Lucario is an incredibly fun Pokemon to use that is the definition of high-risk/high-reward. It's a (reinforced) glass cannon with absolutely nuclear offenses, a solid speed tier, and incredible synergy with and against the meta. It's simple to use, and yet has a ton of dimension to it. It's one of the most fun Pokemon I've been able to use throughout this entire new DLC2 Meta, and I can't wait to tackle my next OU essay -:furret:I hope you all enjoyed reading, SV OU DLC2 is in a really good place right now barring a few outliers, and I can't wait to see the meta develop even further!
Dayum, that is extensive, like shit, it took me a few minutes to read. Still a great read. I'm glad there is another steel beam enjoyer out there, it's a criminally underrated move and if it had 1/3 hp recoil, then it would be a lot more prevelant.
 
Lucario
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Tera Type:
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"Lucario can study auras to predict the movements of its opponents and track their quarry. With sufficient training, a Lucario can read auras to understand how living beings are feeling from more than half a mile (1 kilometer) away."
- Bulbapedia

"252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO"

- Morkal

Base Stat Total
525
:lucario: Lucario Opinion
Lucario's stat spread is markedly better than the Pokemon I usually work with, so that's not where the difficulties in using Lucario showed up. Both its Attack and Special Attack are great and, thanks to Fighting/Steel typing's slew of resistances, 70/70/70 bulk is workable with only slight adjustments. Its base speed can sometimes be a bit frustrating, but it hits some critically important benchmarks. Despite its flaws, Lucario is a great Pokemon in OU that is woefully underutilized and has been for several generations.
BASE STATSSTATS AT LV. 100
HP
70
250 - 344
Attack
110
202 - 350
Defense
70
130 - 262
Sp. Atk
115
211 - 361
Sp. Def
70
130 - 262
Speed
90
166 - 306

Introduction - Lucario's meteoric rise to fame as a fan-favorite Pokemon has not been felt for generations in OU, where its relevance has continued to dwindle. Thankfully SV OU is a metagame where Tera has allowed almost every Pokemon to have a potential OU niche (*cough*:minior:), and Lucario is no exception. Thanks to its great offensive and defensive typing, wide movepool, solid offensive stats, and the unique offensive role compression that only Lucario has. Special thanks to 1LDK for helping me with the Lucario set, his item change suggestion along with one of the movepool slash-ins helped bring the final set together in a great way.

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Lucario OU TL;DR
This section contains a quick "too long, didn't read" portion summarizing Lucario's positive traits in the tier. What is listed here is explained in full throughout the essay.

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Lucario is a strong anti-meta breaker with a potent offensive typing and movepool that allows it to handle a unique combination of threats that no other Pokemon can. Lucario's potent offensive role compression, unique tools, and newfound access to Tera allow it to threaten troublesome OU threats such as Archaludon, Darkrai, Excadrill, Gholdengo, Glimmora, Great Tusk, Hatterene, Heatran, Iron Boulder, Iron Crown, Iron Valiant, Kingambit, Kyurem, Meowscarada, Samurott-Hisui, Skarmory, Weavile, and Zamazenta.
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Lucario's got great mixed offensive stats, allowing it to perform a wide variety of roles and handle different combinations of threats. Additionally, Lucario's bulk and speed, while both underwhelming, still reach critical benchmarks - such as surviving Choice Specs Kyurem's Earth Power when tera'd, or outspeeding Pokemon like Great Tusk, Rillaboom, Samurott-H, Archaludon, Dragonite, Gholdengo, and Glimmora.
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Lucario's movepool is vast, with multiple boosting options in Agility, Bulk Up, Calm Mind, Nasty Plot, and Swords Dance. Lucario has fantastic physical and special STAB options in Aura Sphere, Bullet Punch, Close Combat, Drain Punch, Flash Cannon, Focus Blast, High Jump Kick, Low Kick, Meteor Mash, Steel Beam, and Vacuum Wave.
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Lucario's coverage movepool contains multiple powerful options such as Crunch, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Earthquake, Extreme Speed, Ice Punch, Poison Jab, Psychic, Rock Slide, Shadow Ball, Shadow Claw, Stone Edge, Tera Blast, Thunder Punch, and Zen Headbutt.
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Lucario can utilize multiple Tera-types for a variety of different purposes both offensive and defensive; with notable Tera-types being Fairy, Ground, Flying, Steel, and Ghost-type.
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Lucario has a surprising amount of utility options for the tier such as Circle Throw and Roar for phasing or more offensive utility such as Trailblaze for breaking sashes while boosting speed.
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Lucario has three great abilities - Inner Focus allows Lucario immunity to being flinched and Intimidated, Steadfast gives Lucario a situational +1 speed boost when flinched, and Justified gives Lucario +1 attack when hit by the tier's common Dark-type moves.


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Nasty Plot Wise Glasses Breaker
(Bolded options are my preferred option picks)
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Lucario @ Wise Glasses
Ability: Inner Focus
Tera Type: Fairy/Flying/Ghost/Ground/Steel
EVs: 252 SpA / 12 SpD / 244 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Aura Sphere/Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic/Steel Beam/Tera Blast

Lucario's purpose is to muscle past common threats with his unique set of tools, workable speed, and threatening power. First, we'll talk about the specific benchmarks that Lucario hits with its EVs + its item choice, then we're going to go over each of Lucario's main moveset choices. Afterward, we'll finish off the essay by taking a look at Lucario's surprising defensive utility.

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Nasty Plot + Speed Tier + Wise Glasses

Lucario's Speed with a Timid nature and 244 EVs gives Lucario 304 speed, allowing him to outspeed potent threats like 252 Jolly Excadrill (302), 252 Jolly Great Tusk (300), 252 Neutral Mew/Zapdos (299), 252 Timid Rotom-Wash/Glimmora (298), 252 Neutral Iron Crown & 252 +Nature Ceruledge/Kommo-o/Quaquaval/Hamurott (295), 252 Timid Gholdengo (293), and 252 Modest Kyurem (289) along with countless other slower threats. While base 90 speed isn't blazing any trails, it still is higher than a significant portion of the OU tier. Wise Glasses is an item that boosts up the Special Attack of its holder by 1.1x, which boosts up Lucario's ability to break through potent threats with its stupendous neutral coverage. Nasty Plot is the crux of this set, allowing Lucario to leverage its solid 115 base special attack to reach a whopping 658 - decimating anything that doesn't resist Lucario's powerful attacks, with resistances not being enough in many cases.

Moveset Analysis
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Aura Sphere

Lucario gets access to STAB Aura Sphere, a base 80 Power 32PP special Fighting-type move that cannot miss - this move allows Lucario to break through the slew of Dark, Ice, and Steel-type Pokemon permeating the OU meta (along with Normal and Rock-type Pokemon). Let's take a look at some calculations to see exactly what Aura Sphere can do both without and with a +2 Nasty Plot boost.

Aura Sphere
(Super Effective Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 264-312 (68.9 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 524-618 (136.8 - 161.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 288-342 (102.4 - 121.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 372-440 (103 - 121.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 252-296 (78 - 91.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 188-224 (48.7 - 58%) -- 61.3% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Heatran: 500-590 (154.7 - 182.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 212+ SpD Heatran: 374-444 (96.8 - 115%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 612-720 (153 - 180%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 288-342 (73.6 - 87.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 576-678 (147.3 - 173.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 354-416 (120.8 - 141.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 260-308 (74 - 87.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 522-614 (148.7 - 174.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 372-440 (115.8 - 137%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 330-390 (64.2 - 75.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 178-210 (51.8 - 61.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 354-417 (103.2 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Weavile: 604-712 (214.9 - 253.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Aura Sphere
(Neutral Calculations)

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 333-393 (110.6 - 130.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 334-394 (93.5 - 110.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 298-352 (74.6 - 88.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 313-370 (101.9 - 120.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 280-331 (79.7 - 94.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 438-516 (118 - 139%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 271-321 (90 - 106.6%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 291-343 (71.4 - 84.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 354-417 (103.8 - 122.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 276-325 (94.8 - 111.6%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 354-417 (105.9 - 124.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 307-363 (89.7 - 106.1%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (72 - 84.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Aura Sphere vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 234-276 (60.3 - 71.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Aura Sphere alone breaks through a huge portion of the OU tier with one boost or even neutrally in some cases, while synergizing especially well with Shadow Ball for near-perfect neutral coverage along with STAB Steel Beam to wreak unadulterated havoc on anything that isn't resisted (and sometimes even resisted hits). Speaking of which~

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Steel Beam

Lucario has access to the utterly terrifying STAB move Steel Beam, a base 140 power 95% accurate special Steel-type attack with the unfortunate side effect of Lucario losing 50% of its max HP. While this may seem costly, this move can become an effective wincon for you as it simply muscles past a huge portion of potential checks, including resisted hits. At +2, almost nothing in the meta can survive beyond Unaware mons and very specific resists. First, let's go over unboosted hits.

Steel Beam
(Super Effective Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Clefable: 504-594 (127.9 - 150.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Enamorus: 554-654 (191.6 - 226.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Enamorus-Therian: 462-546 (131.6 - 155.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Glimmora: 548-648 (178.5 - 211%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 450-530 (141.5 - 166.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 432-510 (134.5 - 158.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kyurem: 504-594 (128.9 - 151.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Iron Valiant: 696-822 (240 - 283.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Steel Beam
(Neutral + Resisted Calculations)

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Clodsire: 166-196 (35.8 - 42.3%) -- 92.6% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 252-297 (89.6 - 105.6%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 153-181 (50.3 - 59.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Speed: 252-297 (104.5 - 123.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Unaware Dondozo: 162-192 (32.1 - 38%) -- 96% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 292-345 (92.1 - 108.8%) -- 50% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 244 HP / 12 SpD Gliscor: 288-340 (81.8 - 96.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Poison Heal

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (102.9 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Great Tusk: 382-451 (88 - 103.9%) -- 25% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Landorus-Therian: 309-364 (96.8 - 114.1%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 279-328 (73 - 85.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Meowscarada: 307-363 (104.7 - 123.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 153-180 (47.3 - 55.7%) -- 80.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Primarina: 204-240 (67.7 - 79.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 309-364 (90.6 - 106.7%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 229-270 (65.2 - 76.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 162-192 (50.4 - 59.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 241-285 (82.8 - 97.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 154-182 (46.1 - 54.4%) -- 57.4% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 156-184 (39.5 - 46.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 154-182 (44.8 - 53%) -- 29.7% chance to 2HKO

Now let's turn it up a notch and look at how common threats stack up against a +2 Steel Beam. Pokemon that could deal with a neutral Steel Beam crumble under the explosive offensive pressure that this boosted move exerts.

Steel Beam
(Literally most of OU vs +2 Calculations - Super Effective, Neutral, Resisted)

Resisted
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 204+ SpD Archaludon: 228-269 (59.5 - 70.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinderace: 291-342 (96.6 - 113.6%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 224 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 292-344 (81.7 - 96.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Corviknight: 261-308 (65.4 - 77.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Excadrill: 325-383 (90 - 106%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Gouging Fire: 245-288 (69.8 - 82%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 248-292 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 249-294 (65.8 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 216-254 (65.6 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Kingambit: 264-311 (66 - 77.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ogerpon-Wellspring: 237-279 (78.7 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 306-360 (94.7 - 111.4%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Raging Bolt: 254-299 (62.4 - 73.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Samurott-Hisui: 325-383 (101.2 - 119.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Skarmory: 309-363 (92.5 - 108.6%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Torkoal: 309-363 (90 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 64 SpD Toxapex: 162-191 (53.2 - 62.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Volcarona: 220-259 (70.7 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Volcarona: 221-261 (59 - 69.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Walking Wake: 269-317 (78.6 - 92.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Neutral

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 501-591 (178.2 - 210.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Deoxys-Defense: 306-360 (100.6 - 118.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 585-688 (184.5 - 217%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Multiscale Dragonite: 230-271 (71.2 - 83.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-Therian: 555-654 (145.2 - 171.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Rillaboom: 618-727 (181.2 - 213.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Roaring Moon: 456-537 (129.9 - 152.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 481-567 (165.2 - 194.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 312-367 (79.1 - 93.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 288-339 (56 - 65.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Steel Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Zamazenta: 408-481 (105.1 - 123.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

To give you an idea of how ludicrous this move's power is at +2 - out of all the Pokemon in OU, only the following four Pokemon can avoid a 2HKO from +2 Steel Beam without resorting to gimmicky EV distribution, resisted or not - Unaware Clodsire, Unaware Dondozo, Heatran, and Toxapex's Assault Vest Set. This means that 40 out of 44 OU Pokemon can potentially be 2HKO'd by +2 Steel Beam.

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Shadow Ball + Final Move Tally

Shadow Ball rounds out this set's coverage and additionally allows Lucario to threaten Pokemon such as Gholdengo and Glowking, in addition to its Special Defense drop chance sometimes allowing it to muscle past threats it otherwise wouldn't be able to such as Dondozo. Aura Sphere and Shadow Ball have near perfect coverage together, with Steel Beam tying the two of them together quite nicely.

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 224-264 (70.6 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 446-526 (140.6 - 165.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (60.9 - 71.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Gholdengo: 380-448 (120.6 - 142.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 192-226 (50.7 - 59.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gholdengo: 382-450 (101 - 119%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 172-204 (54 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Hatterene: 342-404 (107.5 - 127%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 166-196 (51.7 - 61%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Iron Boulder: 328-388 (102.1 - 120.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 166-196 (50.4 - 59.5%) -- 82.4% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 32 HP / 0 SpD Iron Crown: 330-390 (100.3 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Unaware Skeledirge: 154-182 (37.4 - 44.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+2 252 SpA Wise Glasses Lucario Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Slowking-Galar: 238-280 (60.4 - 71%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Final Tally Score
% of OU OHKO'd at +2
:lucario: (Aura Sphere + Shadow Ball + Steel Beam)​
32 of 44 OU Pokemon - Approximately 72% of OU

Lucario at +2 SpA has the potential to OHKO three-quarters of the entire OU metagame with Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, and Steel Beam, with the OHKO amount for +0 hits not being too far behind given the ubiquity of what Lucario hits super effectively. This is where Lucario's main niche comes in, it blows holes into your opponent's cores in a way that no other Pokemon can both with and without a Nasty Plot boost. It can also run an equivalent set physically, albeit without the insane instant melt button that is STAB Steel Beam.

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Defensive Utility
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Thanks to Lucario's newfound access to Tera alongside its naturally fantastic defensive Steel/Fighting-type, Lucario has plenty of opportunities to come in or to stay in despite its comparatively lacking 70/70/70 bulk. Lucario has a handy immunity to Poison, along with critical resistance to Dark, Dragon, Rock, Bug, Normal, Steel, Grass, and Ice-type attacks. It additionally is one of the few Fighting-type Pokemon with neutrality to both Fairy and Flying-type attacks. Lucario's Steel/Fighting type combination does give it three nasty weaknesses to Fighting/Fire/Ground-type attacks, but this is also remedied via Tera Fairy - which grants Lucario a new Dragon-type immunity, a new Fighting-type resistance, and two new neutralities in Fire and Ground-type attacks. Let's take a look at some surprising hits that Lucario can live through.

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Steel/Fighting

Super Effective
0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 194-230 (69 - 81.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 236-278 (83.9 - 98.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-220 (66.1 - 78.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 256-302 (91.1 - 107.4%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

Neutral

252+ SpA Archaludon Electro Shot vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Enamorus Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 211-249 (75 - 88.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Shadow Ball vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 177-208 (62.9 - 74%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Iron Valiant Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 195-229 (69.3 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Iron Valiant Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 111-131 (39.5 - 46.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

0 SpA Pelipper Surf vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario in Rain: 184-217 (65.4 - 77.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Pelipper Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 150-177 (53.3 - 62.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 222-262 (79 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Thunderclap vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 172-204 (61.2 - 72.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Acrobatics (110 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 220-259 (78.2 - 92.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Razor Shell vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Hex (65 BP) vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 102-120 (36.2 - 42.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Slowking-Galar Future Sight vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 186-219 (66.1 - 77.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Resisted

252+ SpA Archaludon Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 149-176 (53 - 62.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Archaludon Flash Cannon vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 92-108 (32.7 - 38.4%) -- 99.1% chance to 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 116-136 (41.2 - 48.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Extreme Speed vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 98-116 (34.8 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Gholdengo Make It Rain vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 131-155 (46.6 - 55.1%) -- 69.5% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Glimmora Power Gem vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 43-51 (15.3 - 18.1%) -- possible 6HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 49-58 (17.4 - 20.6%) -- possible 5HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Mighty Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 127-150 (45.1 - 53.3%) -- 35.5% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 99-117 (35.2 - 41.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 148-174 (52.6 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Kowtow Cleave vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 156-185 (55.5 - 65.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 87-102 (30.9 - 36.2%) -- 62% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 129-153 (45.9 - 54.4%) -- 53.1% chance to 2HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Freeze-Dry vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 145-171 (51.6 - 60.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 210-247 (74.7 - 87.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Meowscarada Flower Trick vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario on a critical hit: 102-121 (36.2 - 43%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Meowscarada Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 94-111 (33.4 - 39.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 117-138 (41.6 - 49.1%) -- approx. 3HKO

252 Atk Wellspring Mask Ogerpon-Wellspring Horn Leech vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Raging Bolt Dragon Pulse vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 105-123 (37.3 - 43.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Grassy Glide vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario in Grassy Terrain: 126-149 (44.8 - 53%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Rillaboom Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 113-133 (40.2 - 47.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

252 Atk Sharpness Samurott-Hisui Ceaseless Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Lucario: 97-114 (34.5 - 40.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Weavile Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 100-118 (35.5 - 41.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Weavile Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 126-147 (44.8 - 52.3%) -- approx. 18.4% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 45-53 (16 - 18.8%) -- possible 6HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Crunch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO

252 Atk Zamazenta Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Lucario: 34-40 (12 - 14.2%) -- possible 8HKO

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Terastallized

Newly Resisted
0 Def Archaludon Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 48-57 (17 - 20.2%) -- possible 5HKO
252+ Def Corviknight Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 55-65 (19.5 - 23.1%) -- possible 5HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Darkrai Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 114-135 (40.5 - 48%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Deoxys-Speed Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 93.9% chance to 3HKO
252+ Def Dondozo Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 59-69 (20.9 - 24.5%) -- guaranteed 5HKO

252 Atk Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 83-98 (29.5 - 34.8%) -- 13.7% chance to 3HKO
+2 252 Atk Quark Drive Iron Boulder Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 215-253 (76.5 - 90%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Iron Crown Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 90-107 (32 - 38%) -- 96.4% chance to 3HKO

252+ Atk Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 66-78 (23.4 - 27.7%) -- 79.6% chance to 4HKO
252+ Atk Supreme Overlord 5 allies fainted Kingambit Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 99-116 (35.2 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 Atk Protean Meowscarada Low Kick (80 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 78-92 (27.7 - 32.7%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
160+ Def Skarmory Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 64-75 (22.7 - 26.6%) -- 31.2% chance to 4HKO

+1 88 Def Zamazenta Body Press vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 105-124 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Zamazenta Close Combat vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO

Newly Neutral

32 Atk Cinderace Pyro Ball vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 204-240 (72.5 - 85.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 246-290 (87.5 - 103.2%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Dragonite Fire Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 185-218 (65.8 - 77.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Enamorus Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 133-157 (47.3 - 55.8%) -- 79.3% chance to 2HKO
252 Atk Excadrill Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 226-267 (80.4 - 95%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Gliscor Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 96.1% chance to 2HKO

252+ Atk Gouging Fire Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 147-174 (52.3 - 61.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Gouging Fire Flare Blitz vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Glimmora Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 Atk Great Tusk Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 183-216 (65.1 - 76.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Great Tusk Headlong Rush vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 264-312 (93.9 - 111%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO

0 SpA Hatterene Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 93-110 (33 - 39.1%) -- 99.9% chance to 3HKO

0 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 107-127 (38 - 45.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Heatran Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 130-153 (46.2 - 54.4%) -- 56.3% chance to 2HKO

0 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 178-210 (63.3 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage
252 SpA Heatran Magma Storm vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 216-255 (76.8 - 90.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after trapping damage

252 Atk Iron Boulder Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 138-163 (49.1 - 58%) -- 97.7% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Kyurem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 194-229 (69 - 81.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Landorus-Therian Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Protosynthesis Roaring Moon Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 199-235 (70.8 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Skeledirge Torch Song vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- 17.6% chance to 2HKO
0 Atk Ting-Lu Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Fairy Lucario: 157-186 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

8 SpA Torkoal Lava Plume vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario in Sun: 153-180 (54.4 - 64%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
244 SpA Choice Specs Walking Wake Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 12 SpD Tera Fairy Lucario: 187-221 (66.5 - 78.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Conclusion
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Lucario is an incredibly fun Pokemon to use that is the definition of high-risk/high-reward. It's a (reinforced) glass cannon with absolutely nuclear offenses, a solid speed tier, and incredible synergy with and against the meta. It's simple to use, and yet has a ton of dimension to it. It's one of the most fun Pokemon I've been able to use throughout this entire new DLC2 Meta, and I can't wait to tackle my next OU essay -:furret:I hope you all enjoyed reading, SV OU DLC2 is in a really good place right now barring a few outliers, and I can't wait to see the meta develop even further!
It was honestly an interesting read, and the calc suprised me a bit how much Lucario is packing. Though, even then I feel like Lucario's power is great but it is lacking a niche, as NP booster is dime a dozen in OU. Not sure how to express this, but it lacks the "fun" element like your Flygon or Morpeko set.
 

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