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Old May 31st, 2013 (11:33 PM).
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Same question like Rainbow Arcanine's but with Riolu instead.
On Iron Mountain in D/P/Pt you recieve an egg that contains Riolu. Did you bother using him, evolving into Lucario by any chance? If yes, was he a strong part of your team, that you could rely on him? If no, did you just put him on Box and didn't even bother using him in future?

Personally, when I bulit my dream team, I haven't used him, because there was no need to. I had already a strong team.
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Old May 31st, 2013 (11:41 PM). Edited June 1st, 2013 by curiousnathan.
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Nope! I've never trained a Riolu/Lucario. The main reason I didn't make use of him was because I already had a pretty solid team at that point in the game. Plus, I really cbad training a level 1 Pokemon up to my 34+ team. [/lazy]
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Old May 31st, 2013 (11:46 PM).
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I gave it a go, after two hours of training, I gave up completely. I'm just not the type of person who has the effort to raise a Pokemon from Level 1 to where my team was at that point, which was roughly in the low 40s. Although Lucario is a great Pokemon, I had a fairly decent team already and it wasn't worth the effort. Maybe one day I'll go back and train it up properly though. :o
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Old May 31st, 2013 (11:48 PM).
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I did use it once on my brother's Diamond version once, but I don't know if I'll ever use it in any future D/P/Pt playthroughs since it's hard training something all the way from Level 1.
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Old June 1st, 2013 (1:34 AM).
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    I did not use it in Pearl, I just did not want to re do my team when I received the egg.
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    Old June 1st, 2013 (1:45 AM).
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    As much as I wanted to use it, I just left it in my box forever. I didn't find much use in it, and even though Riolu/Lucario are pretty strong, I just didn't find a good spot for it in my team.
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    By the time that I got the Riolu egg from Riley, my team was already long planned out, so I didn't bother trying to train my Riolu at all. In fact, I think I put the egg in the PC not long after I got it, and it must've taking me a good month or so before I even bothered to hatch it.

    If we had been able to get it earlier in the game, I probably would've had a shot at making it a core part of my team (just like I did with a Riolu from Flocessy Ranch in W2), but at that point, I really didn't care.
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    Old June 1st, 2013 (2:00 AM).
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      He isn't worth training Tbh. There are much better pokemon out there worthy of being in a party. lucario isn't one of these worthy pokemon.
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      Old June 1st, 2013 (7:12 AM).
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      Yes, I'm one of those people who actually took the time and effort to train up the Riolu I got from Iron Island. So that Riolu/Lucario had a chance at the parts after Iron Island, I took some time off from the main storyline to train it up using the Vs. Seeker on trainers I previously battled.

      And when Riolu did evolve into Lucario, it basically wrecked things.

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      Old June 1st, 2013 (11:10 AM).
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        That Riolu egg comes too late, unfortunately. By that time, my team was about lv 40. I already had a great fighting Pokemon (Infernape). As much as I admire Lucario, there was no reason to train a Riolu from level one.
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        Old June 1st, 2013 (11:32 AM).
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          He cames too late in the game for me. I was already attached to my other pokemon.
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          Old June 1st, 2013 (1:13 PM).
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          I haven't gotten there yet (I just got my 8th badge in Pearl) I know I won't use it, I'm already attached to my team. I plan on buying Platinum, I'll probably transfer him to that game and use it in a team.
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          Old June 1st, 2013 (2:40 PM).
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            I don't think I used it. Diamond was my first pokemon game I don't even know what the heck I was doing. Lol.
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            Old June 1st, 2013 (2:59 PM).
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              I think I had such a solid team by the point that I got Riolu that I decided to just roll without it, even though Lucario is pretty sweet.
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              Old June 1st, 2013 (11:10 PM).
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              Yeah, I used it. I've been waiting for Riolu all along =D
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              Old June 1st, 2013 (11:52 PM).
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              I did one my first run of Diamond I didn't have set team at the time and I thought Lucario was the coolest Pokemon gen IV introduced and was overall my favorite Fighting type so to me training it from level one was worth it.
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              Old June 2nd, 2013 (2:13 AM).
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                At first, I never got around hatching the egg. I figured it cool later on, so on my training-for-elite-four run, I decided to give the egg a little piggyback. It took sooo long to hatch IMO.

                Then I was like, cool. A Riolu. Obviously evolving into that ever-so-awesome-god Lucario who everyone talks about. I thought, what the heck. I trained it to level 8, and it evolved into Lucario. Nice. End of story, you go to PC now. And I forgot about it.

                Later on I was like what the shizz Lucario is this awesome? Amazing stats! And so from then on I make it a point to consider using it.
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                  No I just boxed him.

                  I think at that point I was happy with my team though.
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                  Old June 2nd, 2013 (6:18 AM).
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                  Yes. Not the first time through Diamond (I didn't actually discover Iron Island until 2009 a couple of months before I got Platinum, somehow). But I then used Riolu on Diamond and a couple of my runthroughs of Platinum. I take the time to train it because Riolu and Lucario are up there among my favourites. I tend not to even use vs. seeker that much, preferring to battle wild pokémon with Riolu rather than exp. share. Although this means that his EVs are fairly imbalanced - a few Bidoof and Starly fall in the early levels, and about level 20+ he gets a lot of Defence from Geodude / Graveler / Onix in Iron Island.
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                  Old June 7th, 2013 (4:17 AM).
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                    i didnt use it during the main story but then i decided to train it as i had no better thing to do and ever since that day im a lucario fanboy. also its been a very important part of my team
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                    Old June 7th, 2013 (5:04 AM).
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                    I'm rather selective about my Pokemon, so my party was still only about three strong by the time I got the Riolu egg. Lucario has a great moveset, and decent base stats.
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                    Old June 7th, 2013 (10:28 AM).
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                      Old June 7th, 2013 (11:53 AM).
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                        I used it. and Lucario was probably my strongest or 2nd strongest on my team.
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                        Old June 7th, 2013 (12:17 PM).
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                          At first I raised a riolu from an egg, evolved it, and trained for a while. Then I took it off from my team since at that point I had no motives to raise it. I figured that having a Zaptos, Giratina, Latias, Gastrodon, Vaporeon, and Altria are okay for now : )
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                          Old June 7th, 2013 (2:34 PM).
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                          Nope. I ddn't use that one and i didnt use the other a million I got from the dream radar. Ya Lucario is good I guess but I never used one.
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