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

With a great movepool, awesome typing, and two fantastic abilities, Ludicolo can be a force to be reckoned with. The ability to run both physically- and specially-based offensive sets while also being able to act as a defensive pivot with the combination of Substitute + Leech Seed is not something the average Pokemon can claim. With Ludicolo's abilities offering either blistering Speed or the capacity for huge amounts of recovery in the rain, he is one of the best rain abusers in UU. Ludicolo is not perfect though; his Speed is mediocre outside of rain, and he must depend on Swords Dance if he wants to do much physical damage. Don't let that dissuade you from using him, though, as he is a solid Pokemon and a monster on rain teams.

Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance Sweeper

Life Orb Swift Swim Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Giga Drain
~ Ice Beam
~ Rain Dance
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Ludicolo has a great movepool that is backed by a decent base 90 Special Attack. In the rain, his Speed is doubled, thanks to Swift Swim, and Hydro Pump—or Surf, but the power drop is really noticeable—becomes incredibly powerful by effectively gaining another STAB boost, which makes Ludicolo a very fast and powerful sweeper. The other moves are self-explanatory: Giga Drain is used for a second STAB and pseudo-recovery move, and Ice Beam is used because of its fantastic coverage alongside Ludicolo's STABs. Rain Dance is used in the last slot in order to change the weather and renew Swift Swim, but Rain Dance support from Damp Rock Uxie or Azelf is still recommended.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Swift Swim Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Seed Bomb / Bullet Seed
~ Ice Punch / Rain Dance
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Despite coming off Ludicolo's lower attacking stat, a physical sweeper set can be potent as well. Taking advantage of the best Attack boosting move in the game (and the only boosting move he learns other than Hone Claws), and Ludicolo's great movepool, this set can be very dangerous. It does need Rain Dance support though, since Ludicolo has no way of setting it up himself without Rain Dance because he requires a moveslot for a Swords Dance. Waterfall is the only decent physical Water-type move Ludicolo learns, so it's a must have. The choice between Seed Bomb and Bullet Seed is up to personal preference. Seed Bomb is a reliable move, but Bullet Seed can break Substitutes that your opponents set up in order to stall out your rain turns. Ice Punch can deal with common Pokemon that resist Ludicolo's STAB moves, but Rain Dance can help continue Ludicolo's sweep.

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Other Options

Ludicolo can run an attacking combination of Ice Punch, ThunderPunch, and Drain Punch, which provides excellent super effective coverage, but loses out on Ludicolo's fantastic STABs. A few other offensive options include Zen Headbutt, Fake Out, Energy Ball, Grass Knot, and Focus Blast. On the support side, he can set up all the weathers bar Sandstorm—and can take advantage of all the weathers he sets up with Blizzard and SolarBeam, if it fits your fancy—and can use Haze as well.

Checks and Counters

Eviolite Dusclops is probably the best counter to Ludicolo. With massive defenses and Will-O-Wisp to deal with the Swords Dance set, it is worth carrying a counter to it (or at least something with Knock Off, Trick, or Switcheroo). Also, because Ludicolo depends on the rain, he doesn't like Abomasnow. Abomasnow can take most things Ludicolo has to offer, especially due to its neutrality to Ice Beam, and can hit back hard with moves such as Wood Hammer or Blizzard.