Lucario, Variant (5e Race)
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Riolu and Lucario
Riolus and Lucarios are bipedal, canine-like Pokémon that harness arcane energy to strike their foes with ferocity and power unlike any other race has seen.
Riolus look familiarly to small pups that are predominantly blue and black, with a small white ring that encircles its neck. Similarly white bumps protrude from the backs of their forepaws. It has a small tail of the same blue color, and stands on its toes rather than on its entire foot. It bears two red eyes, two pointed ears and a snout, and on the sides of its head are two small black appendages, one on each side, that allow it to detect and manipulate aura.
On the other hand, their older counterpart Lucarios resemble a jackal with similar fur, but now bears cream-colored chest fur. Its bumps now become short, round spikes, and in addition a third becomes visible on its chest. Its tail increases length along with its body, and still stands on its toes rather than on its entire foot. The two small appendages that were on the sides of its head now move the back and increase to four, being two on each side.
These bipedal creatures have been known to possess reversed fur colors, with it's originally cream-colored fur being blue and it's usually blue fur colored gold, and the black lightens in pitch to a more ashen color. Though this fur pattern exists, it is extremely rare.
Lucarios, and their pups known as Riolu, were discovered in the mountains of Sinnoh. They are a race of creatures that love combat and refine their fighting skills and tend to fight unarmed, using their aura and other abilities to face their foes.
While Riolus and Lucarios live predominantly in the wild, they can be taken in by other humanoids Pokemon refer to as Trainers.This has become a trend among all Pokemon races (whether it be mentioned on the different Pokemon Wiki pages or not, and is meant to be an optional trait to add flavor into your character).
Lucarios and Riolus tend to live in packs deep in the mountains, although they will exhibit extreme loyalty to anyone who befriends them. They also possess a strong sense of justice, protecting law among their packs. The appendages that protrude from the back of its head allow it to detect and manipulate auras, as well as emanates its own aura to communicate how it feels to others of its kind. Some Lucario are said to be so good that they can sense the aura of creatures up to half a mile away through intense training and skill honing. They are society of combat oriented creatures, which they believe that training is a very important part of their daily orientation.
Being from the wild, it retains the same as their species. Trainers, however, can give them custom names, or leave them be their species name.
As a Riolu, you gain the following traits, and then some when you evolve.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increase by 1.
Age. Riolus reach adulthood depending on their level, just as they are in the games.
Alignment. Riolus tend to lean more towards Chaotic alignments due to their mischievous nature, but they also tend to be Good. However as most races, they can be much different.
Size. When a Riolu, you are more nimble and agile, that of a child. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Lesser Aura. As a Riolu, you gain magical abilities that bless your bloodline with arcane properties. You gain access to the spell Aura Sphere. You will see details of this and other spells later on in the section.
Languages. Riolus and Lucarios do not prominently speak common. They speak Poké, which consists on syllables and phrases that recites their species name. They can learn to speak, read, and write Common or any other language out there, but only through other means, such as in a background or by a Trainer.
Subrace. At level 8, your body undergoes a transformation known as Evolution, transforming you into a new species of Pokemon: Lucario.
Evolving to a Lucario
Growing older, Lucarios tend to mature just like humanoids in the sense that they grow to a taller height, experience a change in alignment, and gain new traits and properties, except instead, it happens in an instant.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength scores increases by 1.
Size. Your size increases to Medium.
Speed. As a Lucario, your speed increases to 35 due to your nimble traits carrying on through evolution.
Greater Aura. You gain access the racial spell Bone Rush (detailed below). You may complete a short rest before you are able to cast it again. If you have spell slots available you may cast it using those. This spell counts as a class spell if your class has the Spellcasting feature.
When a Lucario at high levels interact with a special rare stone known as Lucarionite, they are able to enter a form known as Mega Lucario. While this form is powerful, it is short lived to avoid damaging the user of (or possible trainer of a Pokemon with) Mega Evolution.
During a Lucario’s Mega Evolution, its appearance shifts greatly, growing taller and gaining new features. It gains new patterning on the fur with black lightning-life fur patterns, and the ends of two of the four appendages are tipped with red, as are their paws. It gains one extra spike on the back of its paws and feet, as well as the shoulder pads. Its tail is no longer its normal blue, but a ball of floof. Most of everything else looks mostly the same.
After using this ability, you must take two long rests before using it again.
The prerequisite for this feature is to achieve level 17 or higher and to obtain a Lucarionite.
Size. During the Mega Evolution phase, Lucario can grow to be over 4 feet tall and gain at least 20 more pounds.
Speed. Mega Lucario’s base speed increases to 45.
Hightened Aura. The spells that come with your race enact a special feature listed under that specific spell in the Spellcasting section below.
Arcanic Focus. When in your Mega form, you can sense creatures and their auras around you. You take an action to close your eyes and detect up to 3 creatures or allies within 120 feet around you, and are able to track their location for 10 minutes afterwards. This action can only be used once per Mega Evolution.
Lucario are an incredibly magical race, containing magical abilities known to them as 'moves'. Similarly to Tieflings, Lucario (and in turn, Riolu) gain racial spells.
Casting Time: 1 action Range: 90 feet Components: V, S Duration: Instantaneous
You hurl a single sphere of blue energy toward a creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 force damage. The spell increases in strength when you evolve into a Lucario, in which the damage dice increases to 2d8. During Mega Evolution, you may summon three Aura spheres at once, but you must roll an attack role for each. The damage dice is 2d8 per sphere.
2nd Level Conjuration Spell
Casting Time: 1 action Range: 5 feet Components: V, S Duration: 10 minutes
You summon a bone the size of a shortsword, using it as a melee weapon. As an action, you can make a melee attack with your bone. Your modifier to attack with this spell is your Strength modifier + your proficiency bonus; if you are a spellcaster, it is your spellcasting attack modifier. On a hit, roll 1d4. The result is the number of times you hit the enemy, and the damage die for each hit is 1d6. For the duration of the spell you may dismiss or re-summon the bone(s) to your hand(s) as a bonus action.
Once you use this spell and do not have spell slots remaining, you may not use it again until after you have had a short rest.
When you Mega Evolve, you instead summon two bones, causing what you roll on the d4 to double upon roll.
Random Height and Weight
|2′ 0″||+2d4||65 lb.||× 1 lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier
|3′ 6″||+2d8||90 lb.||× (2d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier