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How To Evolve Riolu Into Lucario In Pokemon Scarlet And Violet

Here's a simple guide on how to evolve Riolu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

In Scarlet and Violet, you will meet plenty of Pokemon across Paldea. These new titles feature the new ninth generation of Pokemon. However, some of the old fan favorites also make an appearance. The adorable Fighting-type dog Pokemon Riolu is featured as well and you can catch it easily. However, its evolved version, Lucario, is the reason why this Pokemon is sought after. The process of its evolution is different than others. To help you, this article will tell you how to evolve Riolu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.


How to Evolve Riolu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Bathe Riolu in Picnic to increase friendship

If you are a veteran player, then you will be glad to know that the process of evolving Riolu hasn’t changed. For all the new Pokemon trainers, you can evolve your Riolu into Lucario by building “friendship” and increasing its level during the daytime. The day and night cycle in Scarlet & Violet happens every 30 minutes. So, if you are playing during in-game night, you can wait for half an hour to start the leveling-up process. Then, you can give it Exp Candy to increase its level. To build a friendship with Riolu, you can use several methods.

  • The best way to increase friendship is by giving Riolu a Soothe Bell to hold. You can get this item at the Delibird Presents Shop in Mesagoza for 5,000 Poke Dollars.
  • These titles feature a mechanic called “Let’s Go”, through which, you can walk around with your Pokemon and engage them in Auto Battles. This too helps with building friendship levels.
  • You can also make use of the Picnic mechanic. This allows you to set up a picnic with all the Pokemon on your team. You can bathe them to increase friendship.
  • If you haven’t caught a Riolu yet, we recommend you catch it with a Luxury Ball or a Friend Ball to boost your friendship with it.

Note that if your Pokemon faints during a battle, your friendship with it will decrease. You can also use berries like Kelpsy, Pomeg, Hondew, Grepa, and more. But those will affect its stats so avoid using them. Once your Riolu reaches a certain friendship level, it will transform into Lucario.


That’s everything on how to evolve Riolu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. For more helpful guides like How to evolve Haunter, visit our SV section soon.