Ledyba

Early Bird
Reduces sleep time by 50%.
Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Bug / Flying LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
20
7 8 11 12
Def
30
8 9 12 13
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
80
12 14 17 18
Spe
55
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup

Overview

For such a little bug, Ledyba has a great movepool. Encore, dual screens, Baton Pass, and two boosting moves means Ledyba can be a great supporter. It also isn't too shabby on the offensive, even with its abysmal Attack and average Special Attack. Ledyba's Bug / Flying typing and average Speed are what really hurt it. However, if you can get by that, Ledyba is a fun choice in Little Cup and can certainly live up to the name of the Five Star Pokemon.

Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Liechi Berry / Petaya Berry / Salac Berry Early Bird Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Agility / Swords Dance
~ Encore
~ Baton Pass
~ Substitute / Bug Buzz
196 HP / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

This set is very similar to Baton Pass Gligar. The only main difference is Ledyba can use Encore, which is a huge benefit. Come in on someone like Bronzor or Omanyte, and Encore Stealth Rock and Spikes respectively. Ledyba is also a good choice to come in on Paras, since it resists both of its STABs and Early Bird lets it absorb sleep. From there, you can either set up a Substitute, or you can immediately start using Agility or Swords Dance. Bug Buzz can be used as a way to make Wynaut much more wary about coming in and using Encore, although Ledyba can Baton Pass right out of there.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Dual Screens

Oran Berry / Light Clay Early Bird Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ U-turn
~ Encore / Roost
196 HP / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

Ledyba is an excellent user of Light Screen and Reflect. Ledyba's main selling point as a dual screener is that it can use U-turn to escape from Wynaut's Shadow Tag. This alone gives Ledyba an edge over other dual screeners. Encore is useful against Pokemon like Bronzor and Omanyte using Stealth Rock, allowing Ledyba time to set up Light Screen and Reflect. Roost is helpful if you are running Light Clay, since it gives Ledyba a form of recovery. It is also great when you consider that Ledyba's 50% of its Hit Points upon each switch-in thanks to Stealth Rock.

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Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb / Oran Berry Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Bug Bite
~ Mach Punch
~ Aerial Ace / Ice Punch / ThunderPunch
36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Even with Ledyba's pathetic base 20 Attack, Ledyba can be a decent Swords Dance sweeper with a movepool that is slightly better than the average Bug-type’s. Bug Bite is going to be your main form of STAB. In Little Cup, Bug Bite is a fantastic move, since it allows you to heal using your opponents' Oran Berries. Mach Punch provides Ledyba with good coverage and a form of priority. The last moveslot is pretty much your preference. Aerial Ace gets STAB, and combined with Bug Bite and Mach Punch, hits everything in Little Cup for at least neutral damage. Ice Punch is useful against Flying- and Ground-types, especially Gligar. ThunderPunch hits Mantyke for an OHKO, and hits Water- and Flying-types hard. Baton Pass also gets small mention, since it allows Ledyba to get out of there when something like Phanpy comes in while passing the Swords Dance.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Agility

Petaya Berry Swarm Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Substitute
~ Bug Buzz
~ Hidden Power Flying / Hidden Power Ground / Baton Pass
36 HP / 36 Def / 196 SpA / 236 Spe

This is probably Ledyba's most famous set. It's a one-time use set, but Ledyba can rip holes through teams during that time. The magic of this set is Swarm, which raises Bug Buzz's Base Power to a fantastic 180 when Ledyba is at one-third of its HP.

The best thing to do is switch Ledyba in on a Choice-locked Ground- or Fighting-type move. Ledyba will take little damage, or no damage thanks to its immunity to Ground, from these moves. Use this as a chance to use Agility. From there, just keep using Substitute until you activate Petaya Berry. Then, proceed to sweep. Bug Buzz is going to be Ledyba's main form of doing damage. Hidden Power Flying hits Fighting-types for super effective damage and gains STAB. It also hits Levitating Ghost-types. Hidden Power Ground hits Fire-, Electric-, Steel-, and Poison-types super effectively. Baton Pass can be used as a last ditch effort to pass Ledyba's boosts when you think Ledyba's time is done.

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Other Options

Ledyba has a rather big movepool, so it has quite a few other options. Refresh can be used to remove status from Ledyba. Knock Off is useful if you want to remove an opponents item, but it's only mediocre in Little Cup. Protect can be used for scouting or if you are using Ledyba as a lead. Tailwind is like Agility for the whole team, but three turns is often too short to take full advantage of. Focus Punch can be used with Substitute and Swords Dance for a gimmicky SubPunch set. Brick Break can be used if you don't like Mach Punch's Base Power. Return and Double-Edge are always decent options. Drain Punch and Giga Drain are interesting choices, but usually not good enough to make it onto a set.

Checks and Counters

Countering Baton Pass Ledyba is very difficult if it has a Substitute up. If you have something faster with Encore, like Abra, you can try to Encore it, but if it has used Agility, it probably won't be staying in. Ledyba doesn't run any priority on the Baton Pass set, so hitting it with moves like Ice Shard and Aqua Jet is a safe bet. In fact, just attacking is probably your best option. The dual screens set is stopped by Brick Break, but Ledyba can easily Encore it. Taunt users, like Stunky, do very well against these sets. Also, anything initially faster with Ledyba that isn't using a Choice item can do a fair job of scaring Ledyba off.

Swords Dance Ledyba without Ice Punch is beaten by Phanpy easily. Chinchou also does well against it thanks to STAB Thunderbolt and its natural bulk. Slugma can threaten to burn Ledyba with Flame Body and hit it with a super effective Lava Plume. The Swarming Sweeper is very weak to priority, so anything with priority not named Mach Punch or Vacuum Wave can handle it. Munchlax and Mantyke can stop it thanks to their huge Special Defense.