The ever-popular Riolu and Lucario return in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. These powerful Pokemon are a great addition to your team. With Lucario’s high Attack, Speed, Steel + Fighting typing, and iconic Aura Sphere move, it’s going to make Pokemon Legends: Arceus much easier to beat.
Unlike most Pokemon that evolve at specific levels, evolving Riolu into Lucario requires a high friendship stat (similar to Togepi evolving into Togetic). Here’s how you can hit max friendship with Riolu so it’s ready to evolve into Lucario.
Where to find Riolu in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Unfortunately, Riolu is only located in the final area of the game called the Alabaster Icelands. Riolu spawns in one specific area called Icebound Falls. This is to the bottom left corner of the map, right in front of Avalanche Slopes.
Berries are a great way to get Riolu’s attention. Once you’ve distracted Riolu with berries, a Great Ball or Ultra Ball should be enough to capture it.
How to evolve Riolu into Lucario
To get Riolu to evolve into Lucario, you’ll need to max out its friendship stat. You can improve Riolu’s friendship stat by:
- Making sure it doesn’t faint in battles
- Helping it gather materials
- Giving it Exp. Candies.
- Giving it NO Remedies. Remedies are like medicinal herbs in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, but they will hurt Friendship.
Riolu will let you when it’s ready to evolve, and the Pokéball next to it will blink. Press the X button to start the evolution. Riolu can evolve at any level. We recommend evolving it by level 19, so Lucario starts off with the powerful Mach Punch move.
In contrast to other Pokemon games, once Riolu’s Friendship is at 225, it does not need to level up again to evolve. If players just want to feed it Experience Candies instead of having it in their party, raising its level by 15–20 should be enough to get it to the Friendship Level Riolu needs to be in order to evolve.
How to check your friendship level with Riolu
Trainers can talk to Belamy in Jubilife Village to find out how friendly they are with Riolu. But you have to finish Request 28: Measuring Your Compatibility.
Request 28 is available after you finish Mission 7: The Frenzy of the Lord of the Woods.
Where to find Lucario in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
If you want to skip the entire Riolu leveling process and really to capture a Lucario directly, you can find them in Icebound Falls (the same location as Riolu).