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Pokémon Unite Lucario Guide: Best Build, Held items, Movesets, and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play Lucario in the all-new MOBA!

Lucario, the Aura Pokémon of a dual Fighting and Steel-type, is a melee-type allrounder in the Pokémon Unite MOBA. Though it has a pre-evolutionary form (Riolu) in the anime and manga, in the game, it is only the Lucario form that remains all throughout the game. The Pokémon is an SS-tier all over and has the capacity to do things all by itself. However, unless becoming an expert in handling, it is advisable to work as a team, which would be wise anyway. Controlling Lucario requires practice. In this guide, we will let you know all about Lucario in Pokémon Unite, his abilities, best items, and team comps.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémons like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, Blissey, Charizard, Snorlax, Tsareena, Decidueye, Dragonite, Talonflame, Cinderace, Greninja, Gardevoir, Venusaur, Wigglytuff, Trevenant, and Gengar. Therefore, one must make sure to check those guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Lucario.

Lucario: In-game cost

Lucario is available in the Pokemon Unite Committee for either 10,000 Aeos coins or 575 Aeos gems. It also has several skins available in the shop, of varying prices.

Pokemon Unite Lucario, Pokémon Unite Lucario Guide
Pokemon Unite Lucario (Image via The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon Unite Lucario movesets

As already stated earlier, Lucario is one of the best all-rounders available in the game. It has a range of speed, damage, and hindrance-based attacks. Lucario’s physical attacks, passive ability steadfastly altogether make it a force to reckon with.

Basic Attack

Every 3rd of Lucario’s basic attacks deals increased damage and displaces the opponent. The third attack is a combo-hit with a bone (signature of Lucario), which deals that additional damage.

Passive – Steadfast

When Lucario’s HP becomes half, the passive ability Steadfast grants it a shield, and increases its movement speed.

Ability 1 – Quick Attack

CD: 6 seconds

This dash-type attack makes Lucario lunge forward at high speed, dealing damage to opponents who made contact. This move also makes Lucario almost invisible.

Ability choices at level

At Level 5, Quick Attack upgrades to either of these two moves, based upon the users’ choice.

Extreme SpeedPower-up Punch
This too would be a dash-type move but of more utilities. This lightning-fast move deals more damage than a quick attack. Also, when hitting an enemy from point-blank range with this move, the move’s cooldown resets, and the user’s HP is restored. However, this function only happens once for every opponent.
This dash-type move makes Lucario charge power before unleashing a powerful attack. While the user is charging power, its movement speed is decreased but its attack slowly increases and the damage it receives is reduced. The user then charges in the designated direction and releases this move, dealing more damage the lower the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is and making its own next basic attack a boosted attack if the move hits. The move’s cooldown is reduced every time one of the user’s moves hits.
Upgrade: Increases the attack stat after this move is used.
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Upgrade: The user becomes immune to hindrances while charging power.
Cooldown: 7 seconds

Ability 2 – Meteor Mash

CD: 7 seconds

This melee-type move sees Lucario hit the opponents close to itself with a blast of a comet-like punch. The comet-punch deals besides dealing damage to the enemy also shove the opponent a bit.

Ability choices at Level 7

Ability 2 Meteor Mash evolves into one of these two abilities at level 7.

Bone RushClose Combat
Performs a combo attack with a bone, dealing multiple damaging blows to opposing Pokémon and shoving them. The final attack sends the bone flying. If this move is used again while the bone is traveling, the user rushes to the location of the bone, dealing damage to nearby opposing Pokémon.
This melee-type move unleashes a combo attack, dealing multiple blows to opposing Pokémon and shoving them.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Upgrade: Using this move again will reset the cooldown for Extreme Speed or Power-Up Punch.
Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by this move.

Unite Move – Aura Canon

Deals damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. Also increases the damage dealt by the user’s next Power-Up Punch after using this Unite Move.

Best items for Lucario in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Lucario in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best held items for Lucario

ItemWhy it’s useful
Razor ClawThis item increases the damage dealt by a basic move, which is just followed by any other move of Lucario. Since Lucario is a melee-type Pokemon, the Razor Claw would also decrease the movement speed of the opponent Pokemon in such a case.
Muscle BandWhen a basic attack hits, the damage dealt is increased by 1% of the opposition Pokemon’s remaining HP.
Scope LensIncreases the damage of basic attack Critical Hits. The higher the Pokemon’s attack, the more the damage increases.

Besides the above-suggested combinations, gamers may also try the following item combinations for Lucario:

  • Muscle Band, Razor Claw, Buddy Barrier
  • Muscle Band, Focus Band, Buddy Barrier
  • Muscle Band, Razor Claw, Score Shield
  • Muscle Band, Scope Lens, Score Shield

Best Battle Items for Lucario

  • Eject Button: Lucario might need this item for quick retreats. However, if Extreme Speed is chosen as Lucario’s move, then this item may not be the priority.
  • X-speed: This item would increase Lucario’s movement speed for a short time.

Pokémon Unite Lucario Gameplay Tips

Lucario has all its stats very decent or average. However, none of its stats except Support are low too. Hence, it might be said that this melee-type allrounder would be a bit hard to handle, and difficult to play with. Most of Lucario’s late-game moves are so high damaging, therefore, a single move can easily k.o. wild Pokémon. Our Pokémon Unite Lucario guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during Unite battles.

Early Game

There is no evolution available yet for Lucario. Hence, the game starts with Lucario at Lv. 1. Choosing Meteor Mash as the first move would deal more damage and help clear the bottom lane. If damage-dealing isn’t an issue, Quick Attack is also a decent move, because of its comparatively lower cooldown time.

Pokémon Unite Lucario Guide
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Since Lucario doesn’t get involved in any kind of evolution, rising up the levels should be a priority. Players must try moving into the Audino area and ask supporter allies like Jigglypuff and Mr. Mime to leave the final hits on wild Pokémon for you.

At level 5, Extreme Speed or Power-up Punch becomes available. The former one is great for retreats or closing in on opponents. But the latter one has a lower cooldown time. If the plan is to get into battles with opposition, choose Extreme Speed. However, if the priority is to hunt down the boss Pokémon Drednaw or Rotom, use Power-up Punch.

Late Game

At level 7, the choice between Bone Rush and Close Combat is quite vital. Close combat is an excellent choice for farming, has lesser cooldown time, and deals more damage. However, Bone Rush can be used as a peed boost distance at times. Lastly, the Unite Move Aura Cannon might be regarded as a high damaging move, and it might be used on clustered enemies during the Zapdos fight.

Pokémon Unite Lucario Guide
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Players must try to keep the Aura Cannon stored for the ultimate boss fight. Bone Rush would be a good choice to chase down retreating enemies. A combination of Extreme Speed and Bone Rush would be a bit one-dimensional hence.

Positioning of Lucario

The best lane choice would be the bottom lane, accompanied by a supporter or another all-rounder. Also, the middle lane might be a wise choice, for farming and quickly increasing its level as soon as possible. However, it is advisable that the middle lane is left for low-performing ally Pokemon, and choose either of top or bottom lane.

Lucario with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Lucario

Our Pokémon Unite Lucario guide would also focus upon the relations between Lucario and other Pokémon.

Pokémon Benefits
SnorlaxBeing the arguably best defender in the game, Snorlax’ high endurance can perfectly synergise with Lucario’s melee moves.
SlowbroSlowbro again has a high endurance, which is why a partnership with Lucario would be beneficial.
WigglytuffWigglytuff’s several supportive moves would provide extra protection and also help Lucario deal more damage.

Pokemon which are strong and weak against Lucario

Strong againstWeak against
 Mr. Mime Pikachu
 Garchomp Alolan Ninetales
 Eldegoss Zeraora
 Decidueye Absol
 Charizard Talonflame

Pokémon Unite Lucario: Tips, tricks and strategies

This guide would now be focusing on several tips and tricks to remember while playing with Lucario in Pokemon Unite.

  1. First and foremost, Lucario isn’t a good Pokemon for beginners. Gamers who are new to the game shouldn’t choose Lucario, just because they like it from the anime.
  2. In case one chooses Lucario, remember to close in on opponents. Move near them with moves like quick attack or extreme speed. In the initial stages, focus on farming, try to take the last hits. Make sure the supporters (if any) help Lucario in this case.
  3. Enemies might want to trap Lucario and since it doesn’t have any disabling moves, take not of it and act accordingly.
  4. As said earlier, use quick attack and extreme speed to retreat from serious troubles.
  5. Lucario’s moves Power-up punch and Aura Cannon are great last hit stealers if mastered.
  6. Here’s a move combination which needs practice: use Bone-rush at the opposite side of the enemy, then activate power-up Punch and hit the enemy. After that, re-activate Bone Rush, and retreat automatically with this tricky move.

Final Thoughts

As already said in this article, Lucario is one of the best all-rounders available in the MOBA. However, controlling it requires practice. Make sure to read this article and keep the tips in mind the next time you play with Lucario.

That’s all for today’s Pokémon Unite Lucario Guide. Do you prefer to use Lucario in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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