- Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
- Reduces sleep time.
- Raises Speed one stage when hit by a Bug-, Dark-, or Ghost-type move.
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
With overall terrible typing and stats, Ledyba is not always the best option for the standard team. However, Ledyba is not completely useless, as its decent Special Defense and a good support move in Encore help it to be viable. If paired with a spinner, Ledyba can even wall a few top threats, including Mienfoo and the ever-dangerous Scraggy.
Ledyba is adept at countering Fighting-types that lack a Rock-type move, such as Mienfoo, Croagunk, and most Scraggy (discounting rare Head Smash or Stone Edge variants). Roost is used for instant recovery, allowing Ledyba to regain its health from passive damage. Encore is used to prevent the opponent from using Ledyba as setup bait. Reflect allows Ledyba to patch up its weaker Defense stat, and after the boost, it will only take an average of 30% from a Scraggy's Crunch at +1. Bug Buzz, while weak with no investment, allows Ledyba to bypass Taunt and do mild damage to opponents. It also allows Ledyba to beat Scraggy one-on-one most of the time.
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Ledyba has a few other options, although its low stats prevent it from using many of them efficiently. A full Baton Pass set is a plausible choice, allowing Ledyba to pass Agility or Swords Dance boosts to offensive threats such as Timburr, which might need a Speed boost, or fast Choice Scarf users, such as Taillow, that might need a power boost. Alternatively, a full Swords Dance set is possible using Swords Dance, Drain Punch, Bug Bite, and Roost, although Ledyba has a pitiful Attack stat.
Other viable moves Ledyba has include Air Cutter, which allows it to hit Fighting-types harder than a resisted Bug Buzz. Supersonic could be used to confuse opponents, although the low accuracy is unappealing. Being a Bug-type gives Ledyba a STAB U-turn to scout the opponent; however, Ledyba has better moves to be using, such as Knock Off or Encore. Finally, Tailwind could be used as a last ditch effort to pull off a sweep.
Checks and Counters
The biggest issue for Ledyba is Stealth Rock, which instantly removes 50% of its health on the switch. Besides that, Pokemon that prey on Ledyba's multiple common weaknesses can defeat it with ease. Flying-types such as Doduo and Taillow can hit Ledyba hard with STAB Brave Birds, while Houndour and Ponyta can burn Ledyba to a crisp with their Fire-type attacks. Although Ferroseed cannot directly threaten Ledyba, it can use Ledyba as setup fodder, as Encore does not stop Ferroseed from laying down Spikes.