[OVERVIEW] Pros • Strong in rain, can fire off powerful Water-type attacks • Immune to powder moves such as Rage Powder and Spore • Has access to Fake Out, which can disrupt opposing strategies, also fastest Fake Out user • Has Grass STAB and can deal with traditional rain checks such as Rotom-W Cons • Isn't the most bulky pokemon, and a strong hit can knock it out easily • Not very useful outside of rain other than for Fake Out support [SET] name: Special Attacker move 1: Fake Out move 2: Hydro Pump move 3: Giga Drain move 4: Ice Beam item: Life Orb ability: Swift Swim nature: Modest evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== • Fake Out is able to prevent an opposing pokemon from doing anything for a turn, allowing a partner to KO them or use a set up move • Hydro Pump is a very strong STAB move with great neutral coverage and is also boosted by 50% under rain • Giga Drain is additional STAB that can hit pokemon that resist Water-type moves such as Rotom-W and Tapu Fini • Ice Beam can be used to hit common pokemon that resist Ludicolo's STABs such as Amoongus and Latias Set Details ======== • Life Orb boosts Ludicolo's mediocre damage output, making it a fearsome special attacker under rain • A waterium z crystal can be held to nuke an opposing pokemon • Modest Nature is used to boost Special Attack even further. • Special Attack stat maximized to allow it to hit as hard as possible. • Speed stat also maximized so it can out speed as many pokemon as possible in rain and outside of rain • Swift Swim is used to double speed under rain. Usage Tips ======== • Ludicolo works best under rain thanks to Swift Swim, so avoid sending it out when rain isn't up • Hydro Pump is Ludicolo's most powerful attack, especially under rain, so use it as often as possible to deal maximum damage. Team Options ======== • Ludicolo obviously needs a partner to set up rain, so either Pelipper or Politoed is necessary • Ludicolo also benefits from another rain abuser that can help wear down its checks such as Kingdra or Mega Swampert • Pokemon that break through flying types are useful such as Tapu Koko and Landorus-T [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= • An Assault Vest set can be run to give Ludicolo more bulk and help it tank more special hits. • Energy Ball can be used over Giga Drain as it has more power • Scald can be used over Hydro Pump, but it loses out on a lot of power • Focus Blast can be used to hit Kyurem-B, Tyranitar, and Ferrothorn • A set with Leech Seed and Rain Dish can be used, but is very passive and lacks offensive presence Checks and Counters =================== **Opposing Weather**: Abomasnow can counter Ludicolo and set up hail which removes the advantages of rain. Mega Charizard Y can do this as well by setting up sun, and also weakens Ludicolo's main STAB moves. **Bulky threats**: Pokemon such as Ferrothorn, Snorlax, and Kyurem-B can all easily tank a hit from Ludicolo and either set up or deal a lot of damage to it.