Riolu

Riolu is a Fighting type Pokémon introduced in Generation 4. It is known as the Emanation Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 447
Type Fighting
Species Emanation Pokémon
Height 0.7 m (2′04″)
Weight 20.2 kg (44.5 lbs)
Abilities 1. Steadfast
2. Inner Focus
Prankster (hidden ability)
Local № 115 (Diamond/Pearl)
115 (Platinum)
033 (Black 2/White 2)
062 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
279 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
377 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
298 (Sword/Shield)
115 (Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl)
223 (Legends: Arceus)
134 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 75 (9.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 57
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Undiscovered
Gender 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Egg cycles 25 (6,169–6,425 steps)

Base stats

HP 40
190 284
Attack 70
130 262
Defense 40
76 196
Sp. Atk 35
67 185
Sp. Def 40
76 196
Speed 60
112 240
Total 285 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Riolu.

Evolution chart

(high Friendship, Daytime)

Riolu changes

Pokédex entries

Diamond The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Pearl Its body is lithe yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.
Platinum It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.
HeartGold
SoulSilver
They communicate with one another using their auras. They are able to run all through the night.
Black
White
It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves.
Black 2
White 2
It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.
X
Omega Ruby
It uses the shapes of auras, which change according to emotion, to communicate with others.
Y
Alpha Sapphire
The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Sun It can discern the physical and emotional states of people, Pokémon, and other natural things from the shape of their aura waves.
Moon It’s tough enough to run right through the night, and it’s also a hard worker, but it’s still just a youngster.
Ultra Sun It knows how people and Pokémon feel by looking at their auras. It doesn’t approach dangerous opponents.
Ultra Moon It uses waves called auras to communicate with others of its kind. It doesn’t make any noise during this time, so its enemies can’t detect it.
Sword It’s exceedingly energetic, with enough stamina to keep running all through the night. Taking it for walks can be a challenging experience.
Shield It can use waves called auras to gauge how others are feeling. These same waves can also tell this Pokémon about the state of the environment.
Brilliant Diamond The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad.
Shining Pearl Its body is lithe yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.
Legends: Arceus Though infantile in appearance, it has the mysterious ability to read the minds of humans. The pure of heart are met with Riolu’s approval, while those of ill nature earn only its loathing.

Moves learned by Riolu

Moves learnt by level up

Riolu learns the following moves in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1EndureNormalStatus
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
4FeintNormalPhysical 30 100
8Metal ClawSteelPhysical 50 95
12CounterFightingPhysical 100
16Work UpNormalStatus
20Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100
24Nasty PlotDarkStatus
28ScreechNormalStatus 85
32Quick GuardFightingStatus
36Force PalmFightingPhysical 60 100
40Swords DanceNormalStatus
44Helping HandNormalStatus
48CopycatNormalStatus
52Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
56ReversalFightingPhysical 100

Egg moves

Riolu learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Riolu egg moves page.

Moves learnt by TM

Riolu is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl:

Moves learnt by level up

Riolu learns the following moves in Pokémon Legends: Arceus at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100
5Bullet PunchSteelPhysical 40 100
9BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
15Iron DefenseSteelStatus
21Aura SphereFightingSpecial 80
29CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
37Bulk UpFightingStatus
47Close CombatFightingPhysical 120 100

Move Tutor moves

Riolu can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus from move tutors:

Riolu sprites

Type Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Riolu  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Riolu  sprite from Black & White Riolu  sprite from X & Y Riolu  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Riolu  sprite from Sword & Shield
Shiny Riolu Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Riolu Shiny sprite from Black & White Riolu Shiny sprite from X & Y Riolu Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Riolu

Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Iron Island
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Trade/migrate from another game
Black
White
Challenger's Cave
Black 2
White 2
Floccesy Ranch
X
Y
Route 22
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Poni Grove
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Giant's Cap, Roaring-Sea Caves
Brilliant Diamond
Shining Pearl
Trade/migrate from another game
Legends: Arceus Icebound Falls, Snowfall Hot Spring

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Riolu
Japanese リオル (Riolu)
German Riolu
French Riolu

Name origin

orichalcum
an ancient, mythical metal (‘Riolu’ is the Japanese syllables switched around)