# Changes: Riolu

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Riolu
(リオル Riolu)
Artwork General
National Dex: #447
Evolves From: None
Evolves Into: Lucario
Generation: Generation IV
Pronunciation: $ree-OH-loo$
Icon(s):
Base Stats Biological Details
HP: 40 Species: Emanation Pokémon
Attack: 70 Type(s): Fighting
Defense: 40 Height: 2'04"
Special Atk: 35 Weight: 44.5 lbs.
Inner Focus
Prankster (Dream World)
Speed: 60 Pokédex Color: Blue
Stat Total: 285 Gender: 12.5% ♀/ 87.5% ♂
Footprint:
Cry:
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.

## Biology

### Appearance

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.

## Appearances

### In the Anime

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.

## Evolution

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

## Game Info

### Game Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity Riolu Locations Diamond/ Pearl Egg on Iron Island One Platinum Egg on Iron Island One HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone Rare Black/White Challenger's Cave Rare Black 2/White 2 Floccesy Ranch Rare

#### Pokédex Entries

Pokédex Entries
Generation I
Riolu did not appear during the Generation I games.
Generation II
Riolu did not appear during the Generation II games.
Generation III
Riolu did not appear during the Generation III games.
Diamond
The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Pearl
Its body is lithe yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.
Platinum
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.
HeartGold
They communicate with one another using their auras. They are able to run all through the night.
SoulSilver
They communicate with one another using their auras. They are able to run all through the night.
Black
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the forms of waves.
White
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the forms of waves.
Black 2
It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.
White 2
It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.

#### Battle Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation I
Gold Silver Crystal Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation II
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Riolu did not appear in Generation III
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Black White Back

## Origins

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