How to evolve Riolu to Lucario in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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Riolu and Lucario were introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but were also given a lead role in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, increasing its popularity. Fans of Fighting and Steel-type Pokemon can catch and evolve Riolu into Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, but you might be wondering how to evolve Riolu into Lucario into Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

How to get Lucario in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In order for Riolu to evolve into Lucario into Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you need to increase Riolu’s friendship. Riolu does not level up by increasing his level, but rather by having high friendship during the day. Once you’ve raised Riolu’s friendship level high enough, either increase his experience or use a rare candy to level him up during the day to activate the evolution to Lucario.

Alternatively, you can find a wild Lucario in the northeast corner of Paldea. We found ours at Northern Province Area One, but most of the Northern Provinces have Lucario. Get ready, as his level can be high. We also recommend using status conditions to increase your chances of capturing it.

Related: How to evolve Eevee to Sylveon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

How to quickly become friends in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Riolu’s friendship will increase as you use it, but there are ways to speed this up. The best method to quickly increase friendship is to have picnics. She feeds Riolu sandwiches, bathes him, and plays with him repeatedly to increase his friendship and become Lucario. Also, some berries it can increase friendship, but this will decrease certain stats, so this may not be the best route.

Finally, you can give Riolu the calming bell to sustain, as this item held will increase Riolu’s friendship. If you are wondering if Riolu’s friendship is high enough, head to Cascarrafa and find the friendship checker. You can find this NPC next to a Marill in the main square of Cascarrafa.

For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, see How to Evolve Igglybuff to Jigglypuff in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and How to Evolve Pichu to Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in Pro Game Guides.

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