Pokemon GO Riolu is a pure Fighting type baby Pokémon added in Generation 4. It evolves into Lucario with a high enough friendship in the main series, but as this is not a mechanic in Pokémon Go as of yet, and other friendship-mons like Azurill simply evolve with candy, it is a high possibility Riolu will evolve with candy as well.

Riolu evolves into a potentially interesting and niche Fighting pick, Lucario, due to the Steel typing it gains through evolution, which leads to numerous resistances and might make Lucario a useful Glass Cannon. Full stats are available here.

Stat wise, it has a Max CP of 833, with an Attack of 127, a Defense of 78, and a Stamina of 80Clearly not meta-defining, nor the strongest baby around, but it is adorable and should be loved!

Egg Hatching

Like all other babies so far, the expectation would be that Riolu would hatch from either 2km or 5km eggs, with the 5km eggs being more likely considering its overall potential as well as rarity. At hatch it will have a maximum CP of 476.

Buddy Distance

As with Egg Hatching, babies have only ever fallen in the 1km or 3km range for buddy distance, so the same can be expected for Riolu.

Weather Effects

Riolu would not see much of a weather boost in Pokémon Go, as it would most likely be a egg exclusive Pokémon, and therefore not receive a weather boost as you cannot find it in the wild. Not to mention it clearly will not be storming a raid battle near you, so the usual Cloudy benefit to Fighting types would not benefit it much. In the case of it being placed in Gyms for themes or other reasons, it would see extra damage from Fairy, Flying, and Psychic types.

Shiny Riolu

It is unknown when or if Riolu would be available as a shiny, however if it were to we have the sprites available to show. Riolu shares the same changes as Lucario, where its primary blue is instead a yellow, its black accents become a dark blue, and its accenting yellow-ish parts become a light-blue.

Regular Riolu Shiny Riolu

Sprite Credits go to pokestadium, who in turns credits the Smogon community and Pkparaiso

Fun Facts

  • Riolu is the only baby Pokémon that is capable of a Mega Evolution later in its evolutionary-line.
  • While it cannot harness a mystical energy known as Aura like Lucario can, it can still sense it.
  • Pearl Pokedex Entry: Its body is little yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.