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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to catch Riolu and evolve it into Lucario

Catch and Evolve Riolu to win battles

The Pokémon Company’s new set of games Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has introduced to the Pokémon fans an enthralling world full of new and old Pokémon. The first bunch from the ninth-generation video game series developed by Game Freak has set the Gym trainers on a new immersive journey to scour out and catch the best Pokémon out there to win their raids and battles. Players also have to evolve their Pokémon to bring out their true abilities and strength. One such Pokémon is the Riolu, which, when evolved, turns into a beast of a Pokémon called Lucario. So, in this article, we will discuss all the ways to catch Riolu and how to evolve it into Lucario in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

If you’re still new to the game, then make sure to check our list of best ghostflyingpoisongrasswaterbugfighting, icesteeldragonground, and fire type Pokémon if you want to get an in-depth grasp on them.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Riolu and Lucario


Riolu is a Fighting type Emanation Pokémon. Riolu has the highest stat in Attack (70) and the lowest in Special Attack (35). Abilities of Riolu are Steadfast, Inner Focus, and Prankster. It is better to have adamant nature with Riolu due to its high stat in Attack. They are weak to Flying, Psychic and Fairy type Pokémons.

pokemon scarlet violet riola
Image via The Pokemon Company
  • HP: 40
  • Attack: 70
  • Defense: 40
  • Special Attack: 35
  • Special Defense: 40
  • Speed: 60
  • Total: 285


Lucario is dual-type Pokémon having Fighting and Steel types. Lucario has the highest stat in Special Attack (115) and the lowest in Defence (70). The abilities of Lucario are Steadfast, Inner Focus, and Justified. It is better to have mild nature with Lucario due to its high stat in Special Attack. They are weak to Fighting, Ground, and Fire-type Pokémons.

pokemon scarlet violet lucario
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  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 110
  • Defense: 70
  • Special Attack: 115
  • Special Defense: 70
  • Speed: 90
  • Total: 525

How to catch Riolu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

It is easy to get your hands on a Riolu, and it only takes a few minutes to get one. While it is possible to catch a Lucario directly, their spawn rates are very low, making them extremely rare. Still, players can take their chances and search for one in the North Province (Area One) and North Province (Area Two) parts of the map.

pokemon scarlet violet map,south province area four
Image via The Pokemon Company

Now, To get a Riolu, players will have to go to South Province Area Four which is a long route, so using Miraidon or Koraidon to get there will be a good choice. Players should exit Mesagoza through the western gates, and by simply following the map, players will get there quickly.

On the route, players will face some strong Pokémons; it is better to avoid them. Riolus are rare Pokémons, and their spawn rates are pretty low, so players might have to search for a bit till they get one.

How to evolve Riolu into Lucario in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Evolving a Riolu into Lucario is a bit different from the normal as it doesn’t simply develop into Lucario by levelling up.

  • Players can use the let’s go feature to walk around with Riolus, which increases friendship.
  • Players can also do picnics with Riolus and eat sandwiches with them.
  • Buy the Soothe Bell(comforting chime for creating bond) item and use it on Riola and then battle, which will increase friendship levels.
pokemon scarlet violet gampeplay,Riolu
Image via The Pokemon Company

Riolus can be evolved by increasing friendship levels with them to the maximum. Creating bonds with them is done by battling and spending time with them.

We hope this article will help you catch Riolu and evolve it into Lucario in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

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