Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Lucario Mod Pays Tribute to Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan pays tribute to the late Akira Toriyama with a special mod that combines Dragon Ball and the Pokemon Lucario.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Lucario Mod Pays Tribute to Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama


  • A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate modder created a tribute to Akira Toriyama by dressing Lucario in Goku's iconic outfit.
  • The mod captures the spirit of both characters, as Lucario and Goku are both martial artists who use energy attacks.
  • Fans across various games and platforms paid tribute to Toriyama, showcasing the widespread influence of his work.

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate modder has paid tribute to Akira Toriyama with an impressive mod that combines Dragon Ball and the Pokemon fighter Lucario. On March 1, Akira Toriyama passed away at age 68 due to an acute subdural hematoma. Besides being the creator of Dragon Ball, his works would influence a number of popular multimedia franchises and anime for years. With him being such an influential figure in the anime and manga landscape, many creators have paid tribute to the late manga creator in various ways.

Some of these tributes include holding vigils or paying their respects in various ways. For example, Sonic the Hedgehog character designer Yasushi Yamaguchi sketched a piece of art that had Sonic and Tails dressed as Dragon Ball characters. It's evident that Toriyama's creations helped shape a lot of fans' interests in many ways. One fan of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also paid tribute to Toriyama in a small but meaningful mod of Lucario, the Aura Pokemon fighter.

This mod was created by Regen07 on GameBanana, who dressed Lucario up in Goku's Kame-Sennin-Ryu martial arts gi, one of Goku's iconic outfits. This mod was created in response to a request by fellow GameBanana user DShipps in commemoration and tribute to Akira Toriyama's legacy. Lucario wearing Goku's gi is incredibly fitting, seeing as both Lucario and Goku are experienced martial artists who use energy to attack. Lucario's Aura Sphere is similar to Dragon Ball's iconic Kamehameha technique in both posing and utilization. In the English dub of Ultimate, Lucario even shares the voice actor as Dragon Ball's Goku, Sean Schemmel.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Lucario Goku Mod by Regen07

Fellow modders of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate praised the effort that went into the mod, not only for making Goku's gi fit on Lucario but for the costume to look fitting within Ultimate's art style and presentation. Many also called the mod a lovely tribute to Akira Toriyama, where it captured the spirit of the character and combined it with a character inspired by the late mangaka's work. Other users posted their heartfelt thanks to Toriyama and how his works were influential to them.

Players in games like Final Fantasy 14, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Dragon Quest 10 gathered together online to hold tributes and vigils in the late mangaka's name. Even Xbox paid tribute to Toriyama with a special dynamic background based on a classic JRPG that had characters designed by him, Blue Dragon. It's evident that Akira Toriyama's influence is widespread, and his legacy will endure even after his death.

Franchise Super Smash Bros. Platform(s) Switch Released December 7, 2018 Developer(s) Bandai Namco Entertainment Publisher(s) Nintendo See at Nintendo eShopSee at AmazonSee at Walmart

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