Munchlax < Riolu > Lucario
Emanation Pokémon
2′4″ (0.7m)
44.5 lbs. (20.2kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 87.5%
Female: 12.5%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield

Riolu (リオル) is the 115th Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex. It is a Fighting-Type, and it is known as the Emanation Pokémon.

Riolu can have one of two Abilities: Steadfast, which increases its Speed by one stage each time it Flinches; or Inner Focus, which prevents it from flinching unless it was trying to use Focus Punch. Its Hidden Ability is Prankster, which increases the priority of its Status Moves by 1.

Riolu gain the opportunity to evolve into Lucario when its Happiness reaches a high enough point, and it levels up during the daytime. This is known as a Friendship Evolution.

Riolu is in the Undiscovered Egg Group. While Riolu themselves cannot breed, an Egg bred from a Lucario will take approximately 6,400 Steps to hatch. It takes Riolu 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.




Riolu takes on the appearance of a bipedal fox. The majority of Riolu is blue, save for the legs, ears, and a pattern on its head that resembles a mask, which is black.

Gender Differences

Riolu doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

A Riolu can be obtained by hatching a Pokémon Egg that is given to the player by Riley at Iron Island in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Riolu can be obtained at the Safari Zone's Meadow zone by placing 10 Forest Objects and 14 Peak Objects, then waiting 70 Days, which is when Riolu start appearing in that area.

Riolu appears within the Challenger's Cave in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, Riolu appears at Floccesy Ranch.

In Pokémon X and Y, Riolu can be caught in the wild at Route 22 and in the Friend Safari. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, it can be caught at Poni Grove.

Spin-Off Games

Riolu appears at Crystal Cave B4-B8 in Explorers of Time and Explorers of Sky. Riolu doesn't appear in Explorers of Darkness. Riolu is exclusive to Stormy Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Storm Island 9F-14F.

Riolu appears within Almia Castle in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Riolu also appears in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, appearing within the Oblivia Ruins 1F in the Present, and in the Thunder Temple Mission "Are You for Riolu?" by finishing the mission with an A Rank.

Riolu appears at the Sunny Seashore Factory 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast. Riolu also appears within Pugilis in Pokémon Conquest.

Trading Card Game

Riolu is listed in the National Beginning Set, twice in the Black/White Promo set, Pokémon Organized Play Series 6 as an Uncommon Card and Pokémon Organized Play Series 8 as a Common Card. Riolu is listed as a Common Card in the Legends Awakened, Platinum, Unleashed, and Next Destinies sets, and as an Uncommon Card in the Diamond and Pearl & Call of Legends sets.

Anime/Manga Information


Riolu using Aura Sphere.

Riolu appears in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu as the main character in the one hour special. It was being hunted down by Pokémon Hunter J as this Riolu could use Aura before evolving, but Ash could sense its location, allowing for Ash and company to thwart Hunter J's plans.


Riolu has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.


Riolu's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Riolu is in the Not Fully Evolved Tier of Competitive Battling as it is an unevolved Pokémon.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Only One Iron Island (Hatch from Egg received from Riley)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Unknown% Safari Zone: Meadow (Place 10 Forest Objects & 14 Peak Objects; 70 Day Wait)
Black/White 5% Challenger's Cave: B1 & B2
Black 2/White 2 5% Floccesy Ranch
X/Y 5% Route 22
X/Y -- Friend Safari
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire None Transfer or Trade
Sun/Moon 10% Poni Grove

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
IV 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.
V Black It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.
White It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form 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.
VI X It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.
Y The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Omega Ruby It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.
Alpha Sapphire The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
VII Sun It can discern the physical and emotional states of people, Pokémon, and other natural things from the shape of their aura waves.
Moon It’s tough enough to run right through the night, and it’s also a hard worker, but it’s still just a youngster.
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu!
Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokéthlon Statistics



Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 190 284 .
130 145 239 262
76 85 179 196
Sp. Atk
67 75 169 185
Sp. Def
76 85 179 196
112 125 219 240


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Foresight Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Start Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Endure Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
6 Counter Fighting.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
11 Feint Normal.gif 30 100 Physical.png
15 Force Palm Fighting.gif 60 100 Physical.png
19 Copycat Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
24 Screech Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
29 Reversal Fighting.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
47 Nasty Plot Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
50 Final Gambit Fighting.gif ?? 100 Special.png


TM/HM - Gen 7
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM01 Work Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM05 Roar Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM08 Bulk Up Fighting.gif -- -- Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM47 Low Sweep Fighting.gif 65 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Agility Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Bite Dark.gif 60 100 Physical.png
Blaze Kick Fire.gif 85 90 Physical.png
Bullet Punch Steel.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Circle Throw Fighting.gif 60 90 Physical.png
Cross Chop Fighting.gif 100 80 Physical.png
Crunch Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Detect Fighting.gif -- -- Other.png
Follow Me Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
High Jump Kick Fighting.gif 130 90 Physical.png
Iron Defense Steel.gif -- -- Other.png
Low Kick Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Mind Reader Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Sky Uppercut Fighting.gif 85 90 Physical.png
Vacuum Wave Fighting.gif 40 100 Special.png


Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Breakneck Blitz Normal.gif 160*/120* -- Physical.png Special.png
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 195*/190* -- Physical.png Special.png
Acid Downpour Poison.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 180 -- Physical.png
Continental Crush Rock.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Never-Ending Nightmare Ghost.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 100 -- Physical.png
Inferno Overdrive Fire.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 160 -- Physical.png

Transfer Only Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 200 -- Physical.png
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 100 -- Special.png
Savage Spin-Out Bug.gif 100 -- Physical.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 180 -- Physical.png
Gigavolt Havoc Electric.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Shattered Psyche Psychic.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Subzero Slammer Ice.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Devastating Drake Dragon.gif 100 -- Physical.png

Past Moves

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Drain Punch Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Dual Chop Dragon.gif 40 90 Physical.png
Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Ice Punch Ice.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Iron Defense Steel.gif -- -- Other.png
Iron Tail Steel.gif 100 75 Physical.png
Low Kick Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Magnet Rise Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Role Play Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Zen Headbutt Psychic.gif 80 90 Physical.png

Generation IV Exclusive Moves


Via Move Tutor

Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fury Cutter Bug.gif 20 95 Physical.png
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Headbutt Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png

Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level up + High Happiness (day)

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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