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Why has Smogon banned Lucarionite from OU?

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I've been using the same team on Pokémon Showdown in the OU tier for weeks and today it says the Lucarionite has been banned from OU. Any news on this?

asked Feb 21 by Sir Dan
haha lucarionite was op as hell
Yeah the reason I'm asking though is because it let me use it a few days ago so I wanted to know first of all when the change happened and second why.

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It was one of the first bans that Smogon did, and happened at the same time as Genesect.

I think it was largely because Mega-Lucario is so unpredictable - nothing can safely switch into it. When you see a Lucario in the team preview, you have to immediately try to work out if it is a Special or Physical attacker.

If it is special, then it will use moves like Vacuum Wave, Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse, Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball, or Flash Cannon. It also has access to Nasty Plot.

If it is physical, then it might have moves like Close Combat, Bullet Punch, Extreme Speed, Crunch, Earthquake, or Stone Edge. It also has access to Swords Dance.

As can obviously be seen here, even once you work out whether it is Special or Physical, you still won't know exactly what moves it has, since it has access to so many good ones. Most teams would end up losing 1 or 2 Pokemon to it just to work out its move set, as nothing can safely switch into it.

Not only this, but because it can have both Nasty Plot and Swords Dance, then whenever it switches in, you will probably have to switch Pokemon, which allows Lucario to get a free boost to either its Special or Physical attack, depending on which set it is running.

All of this combined with Mega-Lucario's massive Attack stat (base 145) and boosted Speed (base 112) pretty much spelled the doom for Mega Lucario in OU. Not only did it get the stat boosts, but its new ability, Adaptability, means that with STAB Bullet Punch and Vacuum Wave are 80 base power, and Close Combat is 240 base power.

Because of all this Mega-Lucario was thought too powerful by Smogon, and so they banned it.

answered Feb 21 by MeloettaMelody
selected Apr 17 by Sir Dan
Thanks. When did they ban it because it allowed me to use it only a few days ago? Also is Genesect banned from OU too?
genesect was also banned and it happened on february 16th
I just checked on smogon's page and it said Feb 16. It is possible they didn't update the simulators until more recently, though.
Oh, okay thanks to both of you :)
The biggest reason for lucario's ban isn't because unpredictability it's because of the raw power of adaptibility along with the speed tier. Lil u gave a big speach about unpredicatability.
Plenty of things have stupid power and movesets. It's the way that Luke uses them that had it banned.