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(リオル Riolu)
Emanation Pokémon Pokémon
Ability Gender
Inner Focus
Prankster (Dream World)
12.5% ♀/ 87.5% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Blue Unknown
Weight Height
44.5 lbs. ??? 2'04" ???
Body style Footprint
BodyUnknown.png F447.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
40 70 40
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
35 40 60

[[Category:Blue Pokémon]]

Riolu (Japanese: リオル Riolu) is a Fighting-type Pokémon. It is believed that Riolu came after Lucario, due to the fact that Lucario first premiered in the Hoenn series anime movie Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Riolu can be as loyal as an Arcanine and can be pretty hostile to strangers but warms up to people pretty fast.



Riolu is a black and blue, dog-like Pokémon nearing two and a half feet. Its appearance is similar to its evolved form Lucario, though there are some differences. Its legs and torso are colored black while its head, lower body and tail are blue. Riolu have large, rounded bumps on the backs of its forepaws, placed in a similar fashion to Lucario's spikes. Riolu also have a black "mask" with two black appendages on either side, and red eyes.

Special Abilities

Riolu are sensitive to a special type of energy called Aura as Lucario is. Riolu's evolved form, Lucario, can use these waves for attacks, tracking, or to predict future moves. However, Riolu does not have the full potential of these powers, using them as described in ripples rather than waves. Moves such as Aura Sphere or Detect can not be learned by Riolu due to its inability to fully use the power of aura.


In the Anime

Ash and Riolu

In the anime, Riolu has made an appearance during Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Parts One and Two, which aired as a one hour special commemorating the release of Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. This Riolu had been trained to use Aura Sphere and was unnaturally strong. It was taken away from its owner by a group that wanted to exploit it but Ash and co. returned it, with Kellyn's help. This Riolu developed a strong bond with Ash.

In the Manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Maylene has a Riolu. It is seen using Drain Punch against Pearl's Monferno, who Platinum borrowed in order to fight her. Then, when Diamond's is traveling alone, he is given an egg by Riley, which eventually hatched into a Riolu. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! Hareta gained a Riolu egg in Serious Training on Iron Island which hatched into a Riolu later on in that chapter.


Riolu evolves into Lucario when you level it up at day with high Happiness

Game Info

Game Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Diamond/ Pearl Egg on Iron Island One
Platinum Egg on Iron Island One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone Rare
Black/White Challenger's Cave Rare

Pokédex Entries

Generations I - III
Riolu did not appear during the Generation I - III games.
The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Its body is lithe yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.
They communicate with one another using their auras. They are able to run all through the night.
They communicate with one another using their auras. They are able to run all through the night.
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the forms of waves.
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the forms of waves.
Black 2
White 2
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Battle Sprites

I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation I
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation II
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation III
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Riolu(DP)Sprite.png Riolu(Plt)Sprite.png Riolu(Plt)Sprite.png RioluBack(DPP)Sprite.png
Riolu(DP)ShinySprite.png Riolu(Plt)ShinySprite.png Riolu(Plt)ShinySprite.png RioluBack(DPP)ShinySprite.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Riolu V.gif File:Riolu V Back.gif
File:Shiny Riolu V.gif File:Shiny Riolu V Back.gif
File:Riolu VI.gif File:Riolu VI Back.gif
File:Shiny Riolu VI.gif File:Shiny Riolu VI Back.gif


Riolu's name is simply based off of Lucario's name, switching "Rio" with "Lu" and leaving out "Ca".