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This is a strategy guide for using Ludicolo in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items, as well as Ludicolo's strengths and weaknesses in Ranked Battles.

Basic Information for Ludicolo

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Grass Type
Abilities
Rain Dish The Pokemon gradually regains HP in rain.
Swift Swim Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in rain.
Own Tempo (Hidden) Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.

Ludicolo Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Water Image
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
64 88 50 88 50 106

Best Nature for Ludicolo

Best Nature
Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)

Singles Moveset for Ludicolo

Rain Special Attacking Sweeper

Nature Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp. Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 156 / Def 90 / Sp. Atk 156 / Sp. Def 120 / Spd 122
Ability Swift Swim
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Hydro Pump
Giga Drain
Ice Beam
Fake Out

This Special Attacking build for Ludicolo is designed to be a deadly sweeper or backup revenge killer. When used correctly, Ludicolo should have no issues dealing with 3-4 consecutive threats.

About Ludicolo's Moves

Hydro Pump is Ludicolo's main attacking option. Thanks to the Rain and STAB, Hydro Pump becomes even deadlier when used by Ludicolo. This is of course on top of its already high base attack.

Giga Drain is your secondary STAB-move, as well as your utility as it provides healing. This move is especially useful when you are stuck in a battle of attrition against stall teams.

Ice Beam is your coverage against popular Flying-type threats. Landorus-T and Dragonite are 4x weak to Ice Beam which allows you to deal with them before they start setting up.

Fake Out allows you to hinder your opponent's turn one play on top of dealing chip damage.

About Ludicolo's EV Spread

252 EVs on both Special Attack and Speed makes it so that Ludicolo hits hard and fast. Due to its lacklaster defenses, it's important that Ludicolo can easily deal with threats.

About Ludicolo's Ability

Swift Swim is one of the reasons this build works well. This ability gives Ludicolo immense speed and unlocks its potential as a sweeper.

About Ludicolo's Held Item

Life Orb gives Ludicolo an extra boost in terms of fire power. This helps it deal with a handful of threats it normally can't stand up to.

Other Viable Moves

Weather Ball Weather Ball is a great situational move as weather teams are rampant on ladder.
Energy Ball Similar to Hydro Pump, Energy Ball has a higher base damage compared to Giga Drain. Choose this if you don't prioritize the healing Giga Drain provides.

Ludicolo SubSeed Stall

Nature Calm (+Sp. Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 218 / Sp. Def 40
Final Stat Values HP 187 / Def 117 / Sp. Atk 156 / Sp. Def 132 / Spd 90
Ability Rain Dish
Held Item LeftoversLeftovers Effect and How to Get It
Moveset Substitute
Leech Seed
Scald
Protect

This build capitalizes on the fact that Ludicolo has access to both Rain Dish and Leech Seed. Like a traditional Stall build, you want to make sure Ludicolo can set-up Leech Seed before playing it as safe as you can.

About Ludicolo's Moves

Substitute allows you to set-up Ludicolo's Leech Seed. More often than not, this is the first move you want Ludicolo using. Though you need to be wary of moves like Dual Wingbeat from a boosted Dragonite as it can bust through Substitute whilst dealing supereffective damage.

Leech Seed is your main stall option. This moves gives Ludicolo passive healing on top chipping away at your target's health.

Scald will be your only direct damage move. This provides you damage as well as utility as it has a chance to burn your foe.

Lastly, Protect is a valuable move as it prevents damage from non-Max moves. This also gives you an additional turn to heal up.

About Ludicolo's EV Spread

We will allocate the EVs to Ludicolo's defensive stats. This gives it the bulk it needs to survive otherwise lethal damage.

About Ludicolo's Ability

Rain Dish provides healing under the rain. This gives Ludicolo a third healing option on top of Leech Seed and Leftovers.

About Ludicolo's Held Item

Leftovers works well with this Ludicolo build as it can help heal the damage taken from Substitute. This is of course on top of the healing Rain Dish and Leech Seed generates.

Other Viable Moves

Focus Punch Focus Punch gives this build a different offensive layer. SubPunch has been a staple in competitive play and can still work against certain teams.
Grass Knot Grass Knot allows you to deal with prevalent threats such as Kyogre, Coalossal, and Groudon.
Hydro Pump Hydro Pump is a solid option as it benefits from both the Rain and STAB. Use this over Ice Beam or Protect if you want an additional offensive option

Doubles Moveset for Ludicolo

Rain Team Ace

Nature Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp. Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 156 / Def 90 / Sp. Atk 156 / Sp. Def 120 / Spd 122
Ability Swift Swim
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Fake Out
Icy Wind
Muddy Water
Energy Ball

This Ludicolo build revolves around the versatility it offers especially under the rain. It's role in-battle depends on the situation presented as well as your opponent's team composition. This can either be a fast physical sweeper or a support Pokemon capable of providing offense.

About Ludicolo's Moves

Fake Out is a staple in Doubles as it provides utility and support. This move allows you to delay your opponent's opening tactic as it causes the target to flinch.

Icy Wind gives Ludicolo some form of speed control. Speed control is a must especially in a meta with numerous Pokemon that can potentially OHKO yours.

Muddy Water is one of Ludicolo's STAB move. This move is perfect in Doubles as it has a high base power, hits both opponents, and has 30% chance to lower your opponent's accuracy. Do note that Muddy Water, similar to other multi-target moves, has its base power lowered in Doubles.

Energy Ball is your other STAB move as well as your strongest one in terms of base power. This move boasts an incredible base 90 power and provides utility with its 10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def.

About Ludicolo's EV Spread

252 EVs on both Special Attack and Speed makes it so that Ludicolo hits hard and fast. Due to its lacklaster defenses, it's important that Ludicolo can easily deal with threats.

About Ludicolo's Ability

Swift Swim is one of the reasons this build works well. This ability gives Ludicolo immense speed and unlocks its potential as a sweeper.

About Ludicolo's Held Item

Life Orb gives Ludicolo an extra boost in terms of fire power. This helps it deal with a handful of threats it normally can't stand up to.

Other Viable Moves

Hydro Pump Hydro Pump is a better option than Weather Ball if you're looking for more base damage.
Giga Drain Giga Drain is an option for when you want to regain help lost via Life Orb.

How to Use Ludicolo Effectively

Ludicolo is one of the most versatile Pokemon in the game as you can build it a handful of ways. However, at its core, Ludicolo is an offensive threat especially under the rain. Ludicolo's type combination gives you leeway as far as defense goes, but you should still pick your spots carefully as still has fragile defense stats. When piloted correctly, Ludicolo is capable of sweeping and revenge killing any team it matches up against.

How to Build a Team with Ludicolo

Rain Team Sweeper

Weather Setter Special Attacking Sweeper Defensive Support
Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre Pokemon SWSH - Ludicolo ImageLudicolo Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl

Due to its Abilities, Ludicolo has always found a home in Rain teams as a Special Attacking Sweeper, Revenge Killer, or even as a Support Pokemon. Ludicolo appreciates weather setters such as Kyogre or Politoed as it saves him the trouble of running Rain Dance. Additionally, its aforementioned defenses enjoy the boost provided by screen setters such as Grimmsnarl. Do note that the way a Rain team is constructed vastly differs depending on how you plan to build and use Ludicolo.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for Ludicolo

Ludicolo
Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image

Wall Ludicolo with a Flying-type

Generally, Ludicolo deals little to no damage against certain Flying-types. Certain Dragonite builds for example can tank Ludicolo's Ice Beam and can potentially OHKO the Carefree Pokemon with Dual Wingbeat.

List of Flying-type Pokemon

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Dragonite ImageDragonite Ranking: ★★★★★
・Dual Wingbeat can OHKO Ludicolo.
・Resists Ludicolo's Grass-type moves on top of Multiscale allowing it to tank an Ice Beam at full HP.
Dragonite - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Scizor ImageScizor Ranking: ★★★★★
・Outspeeds and deals super effective damage to Ludicolo.
Scizor - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists most of Ludicolo's moves.
・A Toxapex built with little offense can easily deal with Ludicolo.
Toxapex - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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