Pokemon for most of us is the epitome of childhood. It’s a game that represents freedom. A time where we could waste our days away glued to a screen and disappearing into the tall grass as we bounded off on another adventure.
A simpler time, when there were fewer Pokemon, Pokemon types, moves, abilities, and other game mechanics to deal with. While being a Pokemon fan back then was as easy as just showing up. Now, you need to have an encyclopedia on hand and a photographic memory.
The game has close to 1,000 Pokemon on the roster, thousands of moves, new typing’s that didn’t exist a decade ago, and over eight generations of storylines to understand and absorb. It’s a lot for anyone to get their head around and it can make jumping back in after some time away, an alienating experience.
Well, that’s why we want to help. We have created a series of helpful guides, breaking down each and every Pokemon and giving you all you need to know about them.
In this guide, we take a look at the shiny version of the Pokemon Lucario. This fighting and steel Pokemon has a lot to offer any potential trainer but what does the shiny version of this Pokemon have in its locker? We find out in our essential Shiny Lucario guide.
What is Lucario?
Let’s begin by breaking down everything there is to know about the vanilla version of this Pokemon. Lucario first popped up in the Pokemon series during generation IV. It’s a fighting and steel type Pokemon and this Pokemon also had a very prominent role in the Diamond and Pearl anime series.
In terms of appearance, this Pokemon takes on the form of an anthropomorphic canine. The head of this creature is a mix of navy blue and black. The black markings run across the eyes of the Pokemon, creating a feeling that t Lucario is wearing a mask of sorts. The ears and mouth area are blue and the creature has red, piercing eyes.
Then moving down, the Pokemon has a creamy, yellow-colored torso with a silver spike protruding out of the center of the chest. The shoulders each have a black, rounded collar and then the arms are a mix of black and blue, also with a spike protruding from each hand.
The Pokemon also looks like it is wearing blue, baggy boxing shorts with a black waistband. Alongside two long, black legs which stick out the bottom. Then lastly, the Pokemon has a blue tail with a kink pointing downwards at the tip.
In terms of behavior, Lucario is a perceptive and swift Pokemon. It lifts the four black appendages on its head when it senses danger, allowing the creature to read the enemy’s aura and track their movements. The Pokemon is also able to use this aura to create spheres of energy to attack foes and it has even been reported that this Pokemon can use this power to communicate with humans via telepathy, as this creature is able to understand human speech.
This Pokemon is a proud and loyal creature that will stick by its trainer through thick and thin. They have a natural sense of justice and will always urge their trainer to do the right thing in any scenario. They are naturally found deep in the mountains as they like to hone their skills away from the watchful eyes of trainers and other Pokemon.
So for that reason, it is very unlikely that you will find a Lucario in the wild. This Pokemon is also considered an omnivore as while it will primarily eat meat, berries and plants are also part of its natural diet. This Pokemon is number 448 in the Pokedex, is about 1.2 meters tall, weighs about 54 kilograms, has a medium/slow leveling rate, and has a catch rate of 11.9%.
Here is a video of Lucario in action so you can see just how this Pokemon channels aura and fights with precision in battle:
What is a Shiny Pokemon?
Now that we have an understanding of what Lucario is all about, we need to explain what a shiny Pokemon is. A shiny Pokemon is for all intents and purposes, the same as the original model in all but one way. The Pokemon still has the same move pool, the same attributes, the same abilities, the same core design, and the same base stats.
The only real difference between a shiny model and a vanilla model is that the shiny one has a slightly different color palette that sets it apart from the original, most of the time. These are Pokemon that act as an in-game novelty item. However, despite the rather arbitrary nature of these models, they often look great, making them very much in demand. Plus, they are often very rare, making them well worth chasing down.
These Pokemon show up via a random encounter or via hatching an egg about one in every 4096 attempts. This used to be one in every 8192 attempts back in the earlier, GBA generations, but this was thankfully changed by the guys over at Game Freak. These stats can be adjusted through the use of certain techniques and with the use of certain items. However, we will get onto that in due time.
What is a Shiny Lucario?
On to the main event, what is so special about a Shiny Lucario. Well, in terms of visual splendor, this Pokemon is really only a negative color swap. However, despite the rather simple change to the vanilla design, it works a treat.
This Pokemon swaps its blue parts for vibrant yellow color, its black markings are changed to that exact blue color and then the cream-colored torso is swapped for baby blue. It’s a subtle change but one that makes this Pokemon pop on screen and makes this model well worth tracking down.
Also, because this Pokemon has a mega evolution, you don’t just get one shiny variant. The mega evolution is very similar in design to the standard shiny, with that same yellow, navy, and baby blue color scheme.
However, the addition of the red accents that are present on the standard mega evolution, only adds to the quality of the design. Although on the shiny design, the red accents are slightly more pale which isn’t ideal, it’s a small price to pay for a design this slick.
How to Catch a Shiny Lucario?
So now that we have enticed you by showing you the excellent Shiny Lucario design. You’ll likely be wondering how you can get your hands on one of your own. Well, up until very recently, you would have had to go searching for a Riolu and then have trained it up to become a Lucario.
As we mentioned, this Pokemon is generally very rare in the wild. However, in the most recent Pokemon games, Sword and Shield. This Pokemon finally became available for regular random encounters, meaning that you could use alternate techniques to get your hands on a shiny.
You could also get your hands on one via an SOS battle Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon but this is a much less reliable option. So with this taken into account, we would still say that a Shiny Lucario is one of the rarer shiny Pokemon out there. However, thanks to recent releases, it’s a much more obtainable Pokemon than it was.
So with that in mind, there are several ways that you can lower the odds when shiny hunting and make getting your hands on a Shiny Lucario much less of a chore. Here are a few great tips that will help you get the shiny you seek:
First, we have the Masuda method. This is a method that involves breeding Pokemon in a very specific way. While breeding will normally yield the same results as a standard encounter. If you breed particular Pokemon, you can lower your odds significantly.
If the two Pokemon that you use for breeding are from two different real-world locations, such as North America and Europe for example, then you have a 600/1 chance of hatching a shiny Pokemon. So if you want to make this happen, be sure to grab a Riolu or Lucario from another region and get breeding.
Another Option is the catch and battle chain method. This is a method that only works within modern releases such as Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, plus Pokemon Sword and Shield. Now, Lucario or Riolu may not be available in the former but the latter is the only Pokemon game where you can reliably chain battle this Pokemon, so this works a treat.
All you have to do is consistently battle or catch the same Pokemon on repeat. For every successful chain battle, you will lower the odds of your next encounter being shiny. The odds can reach figures as low as 270/1, so it is absolutely your best option when trying to get a shiny Lucario.
Then if you want to get the odds down by a third more, you can use the shiny charm. This is an item that the player receives after completing the main story in recent Pokemon adventures. This lowers the odds of encountering and hatching a shiny by one-third and can be chained with any of the methods listed above. So be sure to use this to your advantage.
Does Lucario Evolve?
Well, if you count the aforementioned mega evolution, then yes, Lucario does evolve into a more battle-ready and rugged version of themselves. However, in traditional terms, this Pokemon is the final stop on its evolutionary chain.
This Pokemon begins life as a Riolu and then with adequate training, it will evolve into a Lucario. To get your Riolu to evolve, you will need to max out this Pokemon’s friendship level through training, battling, and treating this Pokemon. Then, when you max this stat out, the Pokemon will evolve during the daytime.
Should I Evolve My Pokemon Into Shiny Lucario
We always approach this question with two different schools of thought in mind. Which Pokemon is the most aesthetically pleasing and which Pokemon is the best competitive battler. In terms of the former, we know that Lucario’s shiny design is superb and offers a secondary design in the form of the mega evolution.
However, does Riolu’s design trump that? Well, the simple answer is no. In terms of design, both of these Pokemon are identical with the changes to the vanilla design being the exact same. This is rather predictable considering Riolu is a baby version of Lucario and therefore, has a very similar design.
However, seeing as Lucario has that extra design available provided you have them hold some Lucarionite, we have to give the win to the parent Pokemon on this occasion. However, when it comes to competitive battling, there is only one winner and that, once again, is Lucario.
Lucario is an excellent attacking presence within the competitive meta, with the ability to make use of Swords Dance, STAB moves like Meteor Mash and has a decent speed stat so it can hit hard and usually, move first as well.
Although, even when you are outmatched for speed, the move’s at extreme speed allows you to cover your back. In short, Lucario is an excellent offensive Pokemon. Riolu does have some use in the LC as it is a good basic Pokemon with a decent move pool, but overall, it’s a mismatch and Lucario will always come out on top.
A Must-Have Shiny For Your Collection
As you can see from the information above, Lucario is a must-have shiny Pokemon. This creature has two different shiny forms thanks to its mega evolution, it is one of the best offensive fighters within the entire Pokemon roster. The Pokemon has an excellent shiny design and it’s a great fighting type Pokemon if you prefer that sort of thing. So be sure to get your hands on a Shiny Lucario the first chance you get.
Question: Does Lucario Appear in the Anime
Answer: As we mentioned, Lucario plays a vital role within its debut series Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, plus, this Pokemon features in several other series of the anime too. This Pokemon debuted in the movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew where we met Sir Aaron’s Lucario. This Pokemon had been encased within a magical staff for 1,000 years and in the end, sacrificed himself to save the Tree of Beginning.
However, Lucario made their series debut in the episode, Lost Leader Strategy! In this episode, Maylene the Veilstone City Gym Leader uses Lucario as their main Pokemon.
This Pokemon also made a key appearance in the episode, Cameron’s Secret Weapon! In this episode, Cameron’s Riolu evolves into a Lucario during the Vertress Conference when battling Ash’s Snivy. This is a battle that Cameron would win, eventually beating Ash’s Pikachu.
We were also treated to the first sighting of a Mega Lucario in the episode Mega Revelations! In this episode, we were introduced to Korrina’s Lucario for the first time which was often seen walking around outside their ball throughout the series. They obtained Lucarionite throughout the episode and this allowed Lucario to mega evolve.
Ash also had his own Lucario in the recent Pokemon series, Sword and Shield. In the episode, Sword and Shield… The Legends Awaken! Ash’s Riolu evolves into a Lucario while battling against Chairman Rose.
Then we also got to meet Professor Kukuhi’s Lucario in the episode Z-Move Showdown! This Pokemon battled a shiny Guzzlord at the Manalo conference but sadly was defeated.
We would also see this Lucario in the episodes A Full Battle Bounty! And Fiery Surprises! In the battle between Professor Kukuhi and Ash.
These are the main appearances that Lucario made within the Pokemon series. However, this Pokemon did make several smaller appearances throughout the anime’s run. So here is a quick list of every anime appearance that Lucario makes that we haven’t mentioned already:
• The Rise of Darkrai
• Unlocking the Red Chain of Events!
• Mega Evolution Special I
• Origins of Mega Evolution!
• A Festival Reunion!
• Steeling Peace of Mind!
Question: What is The Best Moveset for Lucario
Answer: As we mentioned in the main guide, Lucario is one of the most competent competitive fighting Pokemon on the roster. This Pokemon has the potential to win any battle if used effectively.
However, you may be scratching your head and asking yourself, how do you use this Pokemon in an effective manner. Well, the simple answer is to give this Pokemon the moves to dominate proceedings. So here is an optional moveset that will allow you to use Lucario to its fullest:
• Swords dance
• Meteor mash
• Close combat
• Bullet punch
Question: What Pokemon Games has Lucario Featured in?
Answer: As you probably know, Lucario debuted in the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl series and since then, this Pokemon has been available in every other iteration of the Pokemon series ever since. However, what you probably aren’t too sure about, is if this Pokemon was featured in the various spin-offs within the Pokemon series. Well, we want to give you all the info we can. So in that spirit, here is a list of every single Pokemon game that Lucario has featured into date:
• Pokemon Diamond
• Pokemon Pearl
• Pokemon Soulsilver
• Pokemon Black
• Pokemon White
• Pokemon White II
• Pokemon Black II
• Pokemon X
• Pokemon Y
• Pokemon Omega Ruby
• Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
• Pokemon Sun
• Pokemon Moon
• Pokemon Ultra Sun
• Pokemon Ultra Moon
• Pokemon Sword
• Pokemon Shield
• Pokemon Rumble Blast
• Pokemon Rumble U
• Pokemon Battle Trozei
• Pokemon Shuffle
• Pokemon Rumble World
• Pokemon Rumble Rush
• PokePark 2
• Pokemon Conquest
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon GTI
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Sky
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Time
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Light
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon blazing
• Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Stormy
• okepark Wii
• Pokemon Ranger GS
• Pokemon Ranger SoA
• Pokemon Shuffle
• Pokemon Cafe Mix