Competitive Information for Riolu [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Riolu riolu
Base Stats for Riolu

Fighting

Abilities:
Inner FocusInner Focus: This Pokemon cannot be made to flinch. Immune to Intimidate.
,
SteadfastSteadfast: If this Pokemon flinches, its Speed is raised by 1 stage.
,
PranksterPrankster: This Pokemon's Status moves have priority raised by 1, but Dark types are immune.


Evolutions / Family:
Riolu
Lucario

Weakness Chart for Fighting-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
2x
  
  
2x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
  
  
  
2x
0.5x
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Riolu? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Riolu in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

TogekissGrimmsnarlQuagsireDrampaExcadrillHattereneIndeedee-FConkeldurrTorkoalRhyperior


Riolu is a wonderful Fighting-typed Pokemon. Riolu is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Riolu is weak to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Riolu
Item: Focus Sash / Lagging Tail
Ability: Prankster
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Moveset:
- Bullet Punch
- Copycat / Substitute
- Helping Hand
- Protect

Physical Tank Riolu (Analytic)

Riolu is a marvelous Physical Tank. It tries to take a hefty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Focus Sash helps protect Riolu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Prankster, Riolu's status moves have priority raised by 1 but dark types are immune.

Bullet Punch is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Steel-type move (usually goes first).
Copycat is a status move (uses the last move used in the battle).
Substitute is a status move (Riolu takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).
Helping Hand is a status move (one adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Riolu this turn).




Species: Riolu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Steadfast
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- High Jump Kick / Brick Break
- Earthquake
- Crunch
- Poison Jab

Physical Sweeper Riolu (Steadfast)

Riolu is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Riolu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Riolu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Steadfast, if Riolu flinches its speed is raised by 1 stage.

High Jump Kick is a physical STAB-boosted 130-base power Fighting-type move (Riolu is hurt by 50% of its max hp if it misses).
Brick Break is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Crunch is a physical 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Riolu? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Riolu in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

TogekissGrimmsnarlQuagsireDrampaExcadrillHattereneIndeedee-FConkeldurrTorkoalRhyperior


Species: Riolu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Steadfast
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- High Jump Kick / Drain Punch
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Rock Slide
- Poison Jab

Doubles Physical Sweeper Riolu (Steadfast)

Riolu is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Riolu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Riolu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Steadfast, if Riolu flinches its speed is raised by 1 stage.

High Jump Kick is a physical STAB-boosted 130-base power Fighting-type move (Riolu is hurt by 50% of its max hp if it misses).
Drain Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Fighting-type move (Riolu recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Riolu learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Final Gambit
--
100%
5
Does damage equal to the user's HP. User faints.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Vacuum Wave
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Blaze Kick
85
90%
10
High critical hit ratio. 10% chance to burn.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Bullet Punch
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Circle Throw
60
90%
10
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Cross Chop
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Drain Punch
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Feint
30
100%
10
Nullifies Detect, Protect, and Quick/Wide Guard.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Force Palm
60
100%
10
30% chance to paralyze the target.
High Jump Kick
130
90%
10
User is hurt by 50% of its max HP if it misses.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Low Sweep
65
100%
20
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
Revenge
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Copycat
--
--
20
Uses the last move used in the battle.
Detect
--
--
5
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Howl
--
--
40
Raises the user's and ally's Attack by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Mind Reader
--
--
5
User's next move will not miss the target.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Quick Guard
--
--
15
Protects allies from priority attacks this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Riolu can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Riolu

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