With equal offensive stats,
decent defenses and only one weakness, a simple Life Orb set goes a bit
farther on Loudred than other Pokemon. Return is Loudred's most
reliable STAB attack bar Double-Edge, and 2HKOs a 252 HP / 0 Defense
Cubone over 90% of the time. Return also scores a 2HKO on max Defense
Spoink, and even max Defense Tentacool. The EVs on this set are
extremely specific, and are required to score many important OHKOs and
2HKOs. With 220 Attack, Loudred will always OHKO Shieldon and Flaaffy
with Earthquake, while always KOing Luxio and Scarf Quilava. Hidden
Power Grass is recommended over Hidden Power Water to allow Loudred to
OHKO Barboach and Wooper, feats that cannot be attained with Hidden
Power Water, as well as ensuring Croagunk doesn't get a free switch-in
because of Dry Skin. Hidden Power Grass with the given EV spread
ensures that max Sp Def Rhyhorn, Onix, Geodude and Larvitar for a clean
OHKO, while Fire Blast covers Grass-types, in particular max Sp Def
Ivysaur, who is always 2HKOed by Fire Blast.
With the given Speed EVs, Loudred can outpace 4 Speed Rhyhorn, which is
important in that Rhyhorn can cause a severe amount of damage to
Loudred with Earthquake, and Loudred itself has the potential to OHKO
it back before doing so. The Speed EVs also ensure Loudred outpaces
Grimer, Baltoy and the majority of Prinplup.
Ghost-types synergize best with Loudred. Gastly is notable because it
can take down Machop with ease, as well as Makuhita if it carries Psychic. Duskull works well in crippling these
foes with Will-O-Wisp, making Mankey much less threatening. Natu also works well in that it has a x4 resistance to
Fighting, and can switch back to Loudred when faced with a Ghost attack. It can also threaten Machop, Riolu and Mankey
With Loudred's poor Speed, it works fantastically if one can Baton Pass Agility to it. This makes
Combusken an extremely notable teammate. With 2 Speed boosts, Loudred hits a Speed of 272, allowing it to outpace anything
slower than a max Speed Stunky (including Stunky itself). Would-be checks such as Pidgeotto and Spearow are now threatened
with a OHKO with Hyper Voice, factoring in Stealth Rock damage. Venonat works in a similar fashion of Combusken, although
its typing and weakness to Stealth Rock may be an undesirable addition to a particular team.
With such amazing UU coverage and
above-average defenses, taking Loudred down requires careful prediction
if one is to switch into it. Fortunately, it is rather slow. Wartortle
with Brick Break works well as a counter, fearing at worst a 3HKO from
Return. Taillow, Pidgeotto and Doduo can all switch into Hidden Power
Grass or Earthquake, and cause massive damage with Brave Bird, OHKOing
Loudred if they hold a Life Orb or Choice Band or, in Taillow's case, a
Guts boost. Vibrava can also switch into Earthquake, and can OHKO
Loudred with Outrage factoring in Stealth Rock and Life Orb damage.
Mankey can outpace any Loudred, and immediately KO with Close Combat.
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