First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokemon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the fifth of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all of the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Lucario
- Health Pool: 600 HP
- Pokemon Type: Standard
- Play-Style: Chain Combo
- Speed: Average to Good
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Synergy Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Lucario is a complete fighter. He is incredibly well-rounded and is a good combination of evasive and aggressive which can make him slippery to track. Lucario has the ability to take control of a battle early, or make a late comeback out of nowhere. Just when you think you are out of the fight, you chain a few attacks opening with (BACK+X or UP+X) to force the opposing fighter airborne and follow that up with a lethal combo. In the field phase, you can range opponents by jumping and charging (A) to release 3 orbs that hone in on the enemy. Once in duel phase you can let the combos fly.
Once in duel phase, Lucario’s versatility really stands out. Executing simple combos such as: (UP+X) (FORWARD+Y, Y) will launch the opponent in the air and unleash a chain of punches that will give you an early leg up.
Lucario is a lot of fun because you can pair a simple chain of attacks and finish it off by unleashing a devastating combo. With Lucario, you are never really out of a fight. Even when things look bad, you can flip the script in a matter of seconds. The best part is that Lucario’s combos are not overly difficult to master. You can utilize the following combo to make the most of your offensive advances:
The great thing about this one is that it will leave your opponent reeling and open them up for another attack. If executed properly, you will pop the enemy up and unleash a relentless assault of punches that should give you time to start yet another wave of attacks.
Lucario is not overly effective in the air, but he does take advantage of opponents who are. When enemies are advancing from above try:
(UP+Y) (FORWARD+Y, Y)
This will negate the attack and put you on the offensive. You can follow that up with another combo once on the ground which will blast your opponent in melee with a critical hit and summon a spear of energy as you blitz forward:
(X+A) – (FORWARD+A, A)
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Lucario stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: The best part of the synergy phase for Lucario is the increased speed coupled with the ease of execution for his combos. This makes him incredibly effective and can turn the tide of the battle. We feel Luacrio’s synergy phase is freaking Redonkulous!
- Coolness Factor: Lucario is who introduced us to the concept of Mega-Evolution in the Pokemon franchise, but does that make him cool? In our opinion, not really. Compared to the other fighters in the game, his “evolution” is lackluster which gives him a score of 6 here.
- Finisher: Lucario’s finisher (ultimate) move is pretty strong alone. You want to maximize and use his finisher as much as possible, which is why we recommend the Synergy Focused cheer. When you couple that with the ability to execute seamless combos prior to unleashing his ultimate attack, the result is Redonkulous! Once you press (L+R) to enter synergy phase, try executing the following combo. You won’t be disappointed.
(X,X)-(UP+Y)-(FORWARD+X HOLD) –> (L+R)
In addition to to your playable Pokemon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokemon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokemon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Pachirisu: Pachirisu will disrupt longer ranged attacks and allow you to move in on the opposing fighter with chain attacks or combos.
- Magikarp: Deploy Magikarp when the enemy is comboing you. You will interrupt their combo and counter with you own.
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
Is Lucario a favorite of yours? Let us know in the comments sections below!
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