Ludicolo, The Carefree Pokémon. If it hears festive music, all its muscles fill with energy. It can't help breaking out into a dance. f it hears festive music, it begins moving in rhythm in order to amplify its power. The rhythm of bright, festive music activates LUDICOLO's cells, making it more powerful.
Ludicolo is awesome. Good typing, alright stats, a good enough movepool (which is basically two lesser movepools combined) and a few acceptable options. Look at that grin, you know it means business. Ludicolo will always be used either in rain or against rain. Its typing and abilities make it one of the best rain checks in the game. Go offensive or defensive, either works. Ludicolo is a really cool Pokémon who has gotten better this generation, unlike many others. Well, it hasn't gotten better itself, but things around it that changed have benefited it greatly, especially drizzle and how popular drizzle teams are.
Swift Swim: you get double Speed in rain. It's an amazing ability.
- Hydro Pump / Surf
Uses Ludicolo's nice base 90 Special Attack really well. Rain+STAB+120 base power or even 95 base power makes Hydro Pump and Surf really lay the hurt. Ice Beam is a great move that combos perfectly with your Water move, and it helps with Dragons and Grass Pokémon. Giga Drain breaks down Water Pokémon and gets you HP back from Life Orb recoil. Substitute protects you from status, and Focus Blast is mostly just for Ferrothorn.
Whichever ability you pick, you make a great SubSeeder. Substitute blocks status and damage, allowing Leech Seed and possibly Rain Dish to keep filling your HP up each turn, meaning more Substitutes. Protect gives you another round of free healing, whereas Toxic can easily wear stuff down. Scald has the ability to burn, which is awesome. Ice Beam ruins Grass Pokémon who will switch into you to try and take the Leech Seed, and Giga Drain gives you even more recovery.
- Swords Dance
Physical Ludicolo? Yep! Base 70 Attack isn't too good, but with a boost or two from Swords Dance you will be doing some major damage. Waterfall is strong and reliable, and is crazy strong in rain. Seed Bomb ruins Waters. Drain Punch heals you and beats Ferrothorn, where as Ice Punch beats Dragons and Grass Pokémon. Make sure to only use this in rain, or if you want a killer check to drizzle teams.
EVs & Natures
Ludicolo in general
Choice Specs, Fake Out, Focus Punch, Rain Dance, Return, Synthesis, ThunderPunch
Double & Triple Battle Options
Resists Earthquake, Surf, neutral to Rock Slide, Blizzard, and Heat Wave, has Swift Swim, STAB Surf and other good moves... Yeah, Ludicolo works quite well in multi Pokémon battles. Teeter Dance can be used for mass confusion, I guess. You can do the same thing in doubles as you do in singles; abuse rain all you can. Fake Out has more use here.
Politoed and Kyogre, if you're using Ludicolo in ubers... for some reason. Depending on the set, you want stuff removed. The special set has difficulty with Chansey and Blissey, and obviously Ferrothorn unless you run Focus Blast, so running a Fighting Pokémon is pretty important. Terrakion or something is fine. With the physical set, you have to be careful around Skarmory and bulky Grass Pokémon like Celebi and Virizion. Removing Grass Pokémon is a priority if you are using the SubSeed set. Skarmory, Flying Pokémon, that kind of jazz works fine.Scizor is a good choice as it has good synergy with rain and has U-turn to ruin Grass Pokémon.
Ferrothorn can be a major thorn in Ludicolo's side as it resists near about every move and strategy that Ludicolo can bring. Another thing you need to focus upon is changing the weather as Ludicolo can be beastly in the rain. Pokémon with Drought like Ninetales & Groudon will damage its strengths and speed while ones with Snow Warning and Sandstorm can inflict damage while harming Ludicolo's speed. Incidentally, Thunder Wave on various Pokémon can be switched in and used to cut its speed should you lack any weather based Pokémon
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