How to Find Riolu in Pokemon Sword and Shield – Tips and Tricks


Bringing you a How to Guide on How to find Riolu and all the tips and tricks related to it in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield takes place in the Galar Region. Set in an open-world 3D-styled pokemon game, where you challenge trainers. The game has unique locations and beautiful wilderness to explore. There is a dynamic range for catching rare pokemon. Think of this as an additional challenge for collecting treasured pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

If you fancy Lucario as I do, this guide will help you catch Riolu in Pokemon Sword and Shield. You can also find out the easiest way to evolve him as it can be a major pain.

Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield

Riolu – Fighting Type Pokemon

Riolu’s first appearance was in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. A beautiful movie true to what pokemon means to all the millennials. It was an emotional rollercoaster, which had a wholesome ending. The movie kicked off with Ash being the predecessor of Wave Hero, Sir Aaron. He gets Sir Aaron’s staff which was an ancient type of Pokeball in the form of a staff. That staff released Lucario.

Where to find Riolu?

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Gaint’s Cap

Using the map above as a reference, go to point C. That is the Northern Wild Area, the Gaint’s Cap. You can find a Riolu ranging from level 28-32. It has a spawn rate of 5% which makes it a rare catch.

How to catch Riolu?

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Riolu – Fighting type Pokemon

Catching a Riolu in Pokemon Sword and Shield is a difficult task as its spawn rate is as low as 5% and only spawns during snowstorms. Use a Friend ball after fighting off hoards of wild pokemon and hitting that sweet RNG to spawn Riolu. Riolu in itself is not a great addition to the team but after becoming Lucario he will be amazing.

Evolving Riolu to Lucario

To evolve Riolu you need to increase its happiness level. There are multiple ways in which you can raise a pokemon’s friendship level or increase affection with them. Happiness or affection levels define a pokemon’s growth in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Keep in mind that Riolu will only evolve during the daytime. So all your efforts during the night would be pointless.

  • Catch them using luxury or Friend Ball
  • Regularly use that pokemon in battle
  • Make the Pokemon hold Soothe Bell
  • Keep them in your party during your journey
  • Feed them Curry in Pokemon Camp
  • Play with them in Pokemon Camp

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