This week’s PokeMonday is none other than the Fighting and Steel-type Aura Pokemon, Lucario!

Lucario stands a little shorter than you think it would, at about 3’11” and 119 pounds of pure muscle! He first appeared in the Pokemon: Advanced Battle opening for the Pokemon anime – which actually takes place in Hoenn. Other Pokemon that appeared in Advanced Battle were Mime Jr. and Weavile. Surprisingly, we didn’t learn about Lucario’s English name until the movie Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, which was announced about a year later. (They really only changed two letters though, as Lucario’s Japanese name is “Rukario”)

Lucario have the special power to see the “aura” of other living things, to sense their movements and thoughts. Lucario can even understand human speech! It is said that a well-trained Lucario can see the Aura of living things even up to a half a mile away.

It’s not hard to tell that Lucario’s design was based on Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead. This explains why Lucario can see the auras of living things.
Lucario are very strong Pokemon – they have the highed special attack stat of all Fighting-type Pokemon, not including legendaries. But they also have a very high Physical attack stat as well! This means that trainers who raise Lucario can easily have a physical based attacker, a special-based attacker, or even a mixture of both! This way special moves like Aura Sphere and physical moves like Bullet Punch can both hit for tons of damage!

Lucario’s Mega evolution, Mega Lucario, actually makes it a smidgeon taller – 4’03”. Instead of Lucario’s Steadfast, Inner Focus, or Justified, Mega Lucario’s ability is Adaptability, which allows moves of its same type to hit for even more damage. Makes Mega Lucario even more of a force to be reckoned with!

That’s all for this week’s PokeMonday! Do you have a Pokemon you’d like us to write about next week? Let us know in the comments!