Okay so I'm gonna post some thoughts with this new challenge.
Without Ludicolo and Kabutops, Rain teams are much harder to build and require even more creativity.
A decent replacement for Kabutops is Armaldo, which has a higher base Attack but a significantly lower Speed, meaning that it has to use Jolly if it wants to outspeed some key threats. Armaldo functions in the same way that Kabutops does, sans Aqua Jet. Both can Swords Dance, and have Rock STAB, but there are some key advantages to Armaldo. Its Bug STAB is awesome to have as then pure Grass-types (Tangrowth) are hit hard.
Ludicolo has no "replacement" like Kabutops. So, instead I wanted to mimic the versatility of Ludicolo. What I tried was a Grass-type in Rain so its Fire-type weakness is extinguished, but haven't had too much luck. I tried bulky QD Lilligant to set up like crazy but it can fully take advantage of rain because of its limited duration.
With these two gone, it really does show much they are a part of Rain Dance teams, but their roles can be mimicked, or even improved upon!
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