Ludicolo

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Rain Dish
Heals 1/16 maximum HP in rain.
Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Type Tier
Water / Grass NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 24 27 -
Atk
70
11 13 16 17
Def
70
11 13 16 17
SpA
90
13 15 18 19
SpD
100
14 16 19 20
Spe
70
11 13 16 17

Overview

Ludicolo might initially seem like a terrible choice due to its poor movepool and subpar stats. However, Ludicolo gets Swift Swim, which doubles its Speed in rain, something easy to make use of as it is really common in Ubers due to the prevalence of Kyogre. Ludicolo might have a shallow movepool, but it attains great coverage from STAB Hydro Pump, Grass Knot, Ice Beam, and Focus Blast. Even Ferrothorn, the most popular Water-type resist in the tier, loses to Ludicolo as it is 2HKOed by Focus Blast. However, Ludicolo is no slouch defensively either. With its decent base 100 Special Defense and fantastic defensive typing, (which gives it weaknesses to Bug-, Flying-, and Poison-type attacks, all of which are rarely used in the Uber tier), Ludicolo can efficiently run a Leech Seed set. However, what really sets Ludicolo apart from its fellow Leech Seed users, such as Ferrothorn, is its access to Rain Dish, which heals Ludicolo's health by 6.25% per turn when it is raining. Ludicolo can potentially heal 25% of its health every turn factoring in Leech Seed, Leftovers, and Rain Dish. Ludicolo is also one of few Pokemon who can boast being able to check Choice Specs Kyogre. All in all, Ludicolo is probably the greatest example of the fact that appearances can be deceiving and every team ought to prepare for this pineapple or risk getting swept in its furious rampage.

Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Sweeper

Life Orb Swift Swim Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump
~ Grass Knot
~ Ice Beam
~ Focus Blast
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This is Ludicolo's standard offensive set. A Life Orb and rain-boosted STAB Hydro Pump will dent any Pokemon not named Blissey or Chansey. Surf can be used over Hydro Pump if the 80% accuracy gives you the jitters, but Ludicolo will usually want as much power as it can get. Grass Knot is an excellent choice in Ubers thanks to the heavyweights that infest the tier, and will usually be inflicting maximum damage. Ice Beam has great coverage in Ubers and will easily OHKO Rayquaza and Shaymin-S on the switch. Focus Blast is Ludicolo's only option against Ferrothorn, Dialga, and, to a lesser extent, Tyranitar, who all laugh at Ludicolo's other moves. Indeed, Ludicolo's greatest niche over other rain sweepers is its ability to beat Ferrothorn one-on-one. Focus Blast will 2HKO Ferrothorn, and Ludicolo is immune to Leech Seed and resistant to Gyro Ball. This set attains great coverage, resisted only by Shedinja, who is easily taken care of via Stealth Rock. As Ludicolo is not blessed with offensive stats similar to those of Dialga or Palkia, this set is best used as a mid-game revenge killer or a late-game sweeper, who can plow through teams once the walls have been weakened a bit.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubSeed

Leftovers Rain Dish Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Leech Seed
~ Ice Beam / Substitute
~ Grass Knot
~ Protect
252 HP / 40 Def / 216 SpD

One might wonder why Ludicolo would make a better Leech Seed user over Ferrothorn, who has better defensive stats and typing, stronger offenses, and better support options. However, Ludicolo does have a few tricks up its sleeve that Ferrothorn would die for. Firstly, Rain Dish is an excellent ability in Ubers where rain is everywhere thanks to the abundance of Kyogre. With Leech Seed, Rain Dish, and Leftovers, Ludicolo can heal 25% of its HP in a single turn, allowing it to outstall numerous Pokemon such as Choice Kyogre and Palkia. Ludicolo is also never 2HKOed by a full-powered Water Spout from Modest Choice Specs Kyogre, something not even Chansey can boast of. Secondly, Ludicolo's defenses are nothing to laugh at and Grass / Water is an excellent defensive typing, providing an important 2x resist to Ground-type attacks and a crucial 4x resist to Water-type attacks. As this set causes numerous switches, Substitute is very useful for providing Ludicolo with status immunity, as well as the ability to beat Chansey and Blissey. On the other hand, Ice Beam allows Ludicolo to OHKO Rayquaza, Garchomp, and Salamence. Grass Knot helps Ludicolo deal with Groudon and offensive Kyogre, both of whom are 2HKOed, and is usually a reliable offensive option against the likes of Palkia and Mewtwo. Protect allows Ludicolo to get some free HP while inflicting some damage if the opponent has been seeded.

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Other Options

Ludicolo does get access to Swords Dance, but with its frail defenses, it will not be able to set up and can still be walled even at +2. Scald can be used over Ice Beam on the SubSeed set to burn sweepers, but Ice Beam wards off Rayquaza, Garchomp, and Shaymin-S. Lastly, Giga Drain could be used over Grass Knot, but does significantly less damage than Grass Knot on average, as most Pokemon in Ubers are heavy.

Checks and Counters

Groudon can change the weather and use Thunder Wave to cripple Ludicolo for the rest of the match, but it is 2HKOed by Grass Knot. Dialga makes a fantastic check to Ludicolo as it is rarely OHKOed by Focus Blast, while Ludicolo's other moves barely gash the Steel Dragon. Draco Meteor coming off Dialga's mammoth Special Attack stat will OHKO offensive Ludicolo variants factoring in Life Orb recoil, while the SubSeed variant takes a meaty 56.9% - 67%, assuming Dialga runs a Modest nature and 252 SpA EVs. Choice Scarf Shaymin-S outspeeds Ludicolo even when it is raining and can OHKO with a STAB Air Slash. Giratina can stomach two Ice Beams and either burn Ludicolo with Will-O-Wisp or phaze it out with Dragon Tail. Rayquaza resists every one of Ludicolo's moves except Ice Beam, cancels the weather, and KOes with STAB Outrage. Grass Arceus can beat Ludicolo by bagging Calm Minds and Recovering off the damage. However, it does stand a chance of being beaten by offensive variants if it switches into Ice Beam and Ludicolo gets high damage rolls on the consecutive turns. Bug Arceus can take a rain-boosted Hydro Pump from Ludicolo and OHKO back with Judgment. Ferrothorn can 2HKO the SubSeed set with Power Whip, but loses to the offensive set. If it is not raining, most Uber sweepers will outspeed offensive variants of Ludicolo and can OHKO it with a powerful attack such as Draco Meteor or Outrage.