Lovely-Milk recently redesigned Lucario, explaining that “a Lucario will inevitably destroy half of our Elite Four challenge, I thought, “man, I’d be okay with that if Lucario were, you know, cool”.”
I’m involved in this Elite Four challenge thing myself and have similar sentiments. Although my favourite teams are partially designed to destroy Lucario, Lucario is historically my least-favourite Pokémon. So I decided to try my hand at redesigning Lucario, too!
I think the number one thing that comes across in this redesign is how little of Lucario’s official design I consider salvageable. I really don’t like much about the original at all. Basically what this is is my alternate universe Lucario. In order to come up with something I liked, I had to discard almost everything about Lucario, strip Lucario down to its most base concepts, and start over. If someone came to me and said, “design a fighting/steel Pokémon based on Anubis with aura manipulation powers”, and I had nothing else to go on, this is what I would come up with.
The spiky metal rings are stylized ankhs, through which Lucario focuses its aura in order to generate its aura spheres.
I still don’t think this design would be one of my favourite Pokémon. I think it would rise to 5/10, though, out of Lucario’s 0/10. If any of my followers are Lucario haters, your opinion would interest me. Better yet, redesign Lucario yourself; Milk did, I did, Bogleech kind of did—can we make it a meme? That would comfort my soul.