Lucius, the Ancient Explorer, bears a strong family resemblance to Riko and her ancestors, suggesting that Riko is his direct descendant. The discovery of Lucius’ diary and pendant in Grandma Riko’s attic raises questions about what happened to him after finding Rakua, the paradise where he promised to reunite with his Pokémon . Riko’s connection with Lucius leads her on a journey to collect his Pokémon and fulfill his promise, leaving open the possibility that Lucius is still waiting in Rakua.
Warning: Spoilers for Pokémon Horizons Episode #32Pokémon Horizon finally revealed the full appearance of Ancient Adventurer Lucius, hailed as one of the strongest trainers in history, and he bears a remarkable resemblance to Riko and her family. In fact, the evidence seems to be pointing to the idea that Riko is a direct descendant of Lucius, which has some interesting implications for the story.
Riko only learned about the Ancient Explorer not long ago, found in a storybook written by her father based on a story he heard. However, this storybook adventure has become a reality and antique Poké Balls and Pendants are associated with this impressive historical figure. Riko’s mother directed her and the Rising Volt Tacklers towards her biological mother (Liko’s grandmother), who lived in a castle in Galar and was an adventurer herself.
Riko’s grandmother, Diana, has a lot of new information revealed about the Ancient Explorer, as she was the first to discover his diary and pendant.
Is Riko a descendant of the ancient explorer Lucius?
When Lucius appears in a memory shared by Terapagos, his hair is the same shade of blue that Riko, her mother, and her grandmother all have, as well as the speckling in their hair that all three of them also have. This family resemblance clearly shows that Riko is a descendant of Lucius towards her mother. Additionally, when Diana recounts finding the Ancient Explorer’s pendant and journal, she notes that it was in the attic of the house she grew up in. However, if Lucius is related to Riko’s family, that raises a lot of questions about what exactly happened. for him at the end of his journey.
In his memories, Lucius promised his Pokémon that he would meet them again in Rakua, the paradise he was said to have found in the legend of the Ancient Explorer. That suggests Lucius intended to stay there, so how did he end up having descendants in the outside world? Perhaps they discovered Rakua and had to leave it for some reason, with Lucius promising that one day they would reunite there. Alternatively, it is possible that Lucius had a child before setting out on his adventure and that the child was left in the care of its mother after he left. However, in that case, how would his diary and pendant be returned to the mother?
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Between the resemblance, the pendant, and the diary that Diana had, it all seemed to confirm that Riko had some sort of family connection to Lucius. In that sense, Collect Lucius’ Pokémon and lead them back to Rakua helped her fulfill her ancestors’ promise all these years later. However, that relationship raises many new questions about Lucius, which may be difficult to answer. It also brings a whole new aura of mystique to Riko, who may be the descendant of the strongest trainer in history. Only future episodes of Pokémon Horizon will know whether she meets these high expectations or not.