Lucario is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Lucario amiibo was released alongside Bowser, Ike, King Dedede, Mega Man, Meta Knight, Rosalina & Luma, Sheik, Shulk, Sonic, and Toon Link on February 19, 2015.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucario is ranked in the A+ tier in Super Smash Bros. 4, making it one of the strongest characters in the game. Central to Lucario’s play is its aura mechanic, which boosts the strength of its attacks as it takes more damage. Given the defensive nature of Smash 4’s amiibo AI, this mechanic serves Lucario well. If its defense is trained proficiently, Lucario can use its excellent recovery to survive past high percentages and attack with a nuclear-powered smash attack.
However, Lucario tends to run hot and cold in tournament matches. It struggles to rack up damage and KO opponents unless it has been gravely injured, meaning Lucario must take a large risk to maximize its attack power. Once it reaches its highest power, Lucario is vulnerable to one-hit KO counters from Marth and Lucina, the best fighters in the game.
Several top trainers have been able to reach Lucario’s full potential, training it to perfect shield and dodge incoming attacks with impunity. As a result of its high representation, Lucario has accrued fantastic tournament placements. Hamplition and MegaVGmaster, among others, have found great success with the character.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Though Lucario has received a handful of changes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, its role has not changed: its goal is still to live to a high percentage and then take advantage of its newfound power. Its mobility was also slightly improved, allowing it to more easily hold its own against faster opponents.
Unfortunately, the power of Lucario’s aura has been weakened, as its multiplier is now much lower. Its strongest finishers are still somewhat slow, enabling enemies to fit in a quick hit to interrupt them. Lucario also struggles against characters who can camp or gimp it, most notably Mii Gunner and Dr. Mario, respectively.
Overall, Lucario remains a high-potential contender, but has suffered from less tournament representation than in Smash 4. Leaf has the strongest Lucario amiibo in the metagame, though this is one of the only notable instances of the character thus far.
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