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2 votes

Mine has the ability Swarm. It knows:

Bug Buzz: STAB, good power, high accuracy, chance to lower Sp. Def.

Swift: Decent Power, doesn't miss, complements Ledian's higher Sp. Attack.

Ominous Wind: Decent power, high accuracy, chance to raise all stats.

Focus Blast: High power, used to deal with Ice and Rock types, chance to lower Sp. Def.

Ledian Learnset

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Ledian (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Early Bird
EVs: 248 HP / 8 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Baton Pass
- Agility
- Swords Dance
- Substitute
This thing gave me trouble with Silver Wind in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky. It always got the  all-stats boosts (like with Ancient Power) so it hit me 2-3 types in one turn and it did ridiculous damage each time (1/3 of my lvl. 52 Riolu's health).

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6 votes

Ledian was always a personal favorite of mine, despite its terrible stats. I can see the focus you've went for with this moveset: A ledian with good sweeping attacks that passively aid in its Special sweeping abilities, and has included good type coverage. I must say, it's a good moveset, but is not a very good choice on a Pokemon like Ledian. Ledian is not the kind of fighter who can just sweep and cut through opponents.

Ledian is a Pokemon that you have to be very patient with, and they are mainly used as supporters or dual-screeners.

Bug Buzz is the only attack you'll want on Ledian. Good power, like you said, and it's just really reliable. With base 55 Special Attack, I doubt you'll be doing much, but that's okay.

Swift and Ominous Wind? Great attacks, but you need support for this fragile ladybird. Slap the dual-screens on 'em. Reflect and Light Screen will help immensely for Ledian, along with supporting your whole team. Ledian already has acceptable Special Defense, so if you want to keep Ominous Wind or Swift over Lights creen, then that's fine. Get Reflect on it though, to help with its meager Base 50 Defense.

Lastly, you want that rare instant recovery that few Pokemon can learn: Roost. Roost heals half of your HP, and takes away the Flying-type from Ledian for the turn you use it, which can be a great Defensive maneuver! If you don't have access to Roost, then Baton Pass is a good alternative, so you can instantly switch in a stronger pokemon after you put your walls up, without the risk of being hit by pursuit.

This is just one opinion, but with this moveset, I ended up with a lv. 61 Ledian that could survive (even against the fated Salamence), and hit the opponent back fairly well with Bug Buzz (Of course, I'm not talking about that Salamence anymore, haha).

Remember: Ledian makes love, not war. =P

I'll take your defensive suggestion with both Light Screen and Reflect. I do have access to Roost, so I'll teach it that as well.
2 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Ledian (M) @ Light Clay
Trait: Early Bird
EVs: 252 Def / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Tailwind
- Reflect
- Light Screen
- Safeguard

Completely team support. Dual Screen, tailwind, Safeguard.

2 votes

Item: Focus-sash
Ability: Iron-fist
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Swords-dance is boosting that awful attack stat. Drain-punch is coverage and healing. Ice-punch+Thunder-punch for Bolt beam coverage.

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Gen V

Ledian (M) @ Light Clay

Trait: Early Bird

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Knock Off
  • Light Screen
  • Reflect
  • Tailwind

Yeah, Ledian! Set up dual screens, Tailwind, then Knock Off the foe's item, and you'll have done with Ledian the equivalent of sweeping an entire team with Gyarados. Since nobody is going to attack with Ledian, Early Bird is the ability, because maybe you'll switch in on Hypnosis or something. Don't know who'd try to put Ledian to sleep, but it is still the best ability. Speed EVs, plus some defense. Light Clay is to let Dual Screens stay up longer.

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Ledian (M) @ Sitrus Berry

Trait: Early Bird

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spd

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Swords Dance
  • Substitute
  • Baton Pass
  • Roost

As Trachy said, there's no sense in trying to attack with this guy.

Substitute will get you a slight bit of bulk going, atleast with a lucky resistance you won't go down too fast, Swords Dance is a nice boost to give away with baton Pass. Roost will keep you alive if you want to be that guy who passes +6 attack away.

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Ledian Underestimated Bug Type
Ability- Iron Fist (More punching move damage)
Item- Focus Sash (Ledian can get in at least one move before fainting from a powerful physical move)
Nature- Lax (+Defense -Sp.D)

Reflect/Baton Pass, for Physical protection (Reflect) or pass Silver Wind increase to a different Pokemon (Baton Pass)

Drain Punch, for defeating Rock and Ice types, for regaining health, and boost from Iron Fist

Bug Buzz/Silver Wind, for high damage, high accuracy, high PP, STAB, and chance to lower Sp.D, leading up to more damage (Bug Buzz) or lower PP, lower damage, but chance to increase every stat of the user and STAB

Mach Punch, for priority, high PP, and boost from Iron Fist, and defeats Rock and Ice types, but low damage

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ledian doesn't have much to offer offensively however,it's not that bad defensively
Ledian @ Leftovers
Ability: Early Bird
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Infestation
- Toxic
- Roost
- Substitute/tailwind/protect/u-turn/knock off/encore

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SoYaLikeJazz (Ledian) (M) @ Light Clay
Ability: Early Bird
Nature: Careful (+Sp.Def -Sp.Atk)
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp.Def, 4 Atk
- Reflect
- Light Screen
- Knock Off/U-Turn
- Roost/Tail Wind

(If you want a more bulky set, go for the italicized moves. If you want a more balls-to-the-walls set, go for the bolded moves.

Ledian is a mediocre mon at best. But what it can do, it does somewhat well.

With a very nice move pool, Ledian can absolutely wreck a team that wasn't prepared for it. Sporting Knock Off and Dual Screens, it can stop Sweepers in their tracks.
I personally wouldn't use it in high tiers (OU+) because it doesn't have the bulk to stand up to a physically based meta. But UU and below, it does decently well.

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Physical Ledian?!

Iron Fist
Choice Band
Jolly (-SPATT,+SPD)

Drain Punch (Powered up by Iron Fist/Coverage/Recovery)
U-Turn (STAB/Pivot)
Dig (Coverage/Immunity to EQ)
Ice Punch (Powered up by Iron Fist/Coverage)

Do note, that in this age of Sun and Moon, the only way I know of to get Iron Fist Ledian is via a Bug Friend Safari in X/Y. Also, Ice Punch and Drain Punch are tutor moves exclusive to ORAS, and Dig is no longer a TM in S/M. Therefore, the above set can only be obtained before transferring to S/M!!!