Ludicolo (5e Race)

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"Amigo! Let us dance merrily!"
—Ludicolo, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team

Physical Description[edit]

A Ludicolo. Source

Ludicolo is a bipedal Pokémon that appears to be a mixture of a pineapple and a duck. There is a green, sombrero-like growth on its head that is similar to a lily pad. Growing out of the top of its head is a short brown stem with a yellow spiky upper portion. It has black eyes surrounded by a patch of green and an orange bill. Its body is covered with shaggy yellow fur and has several zigzagging brown stripes. The female has thinner stripes than the male. It has large, green hands with two black lines on its palms. It has thick green legs with a black circle on the underside of its feet.

Some Ludicolo are known to have darker yellow fur with teal skin instead of green.


Ludicolo were first discovered in the wetlands of the Hoenn region, along with their lotad and lombre young. Despite being first discovered found in a tropical island, they are not found naturally in Alola, but are also, strangely enough, found in the much colder Sinnoh region under certain conditions.

A Ludicolo first starts out as a lotad. These small blue creatures sport a large lily pad growing from their head and has six stubby feet. Lotad's lily pad is too heavy to allow it to live on land, so they typically live in ponds and lakes. However, despite the lilypad's weight, it way wander on land in search of clean water if necessary, as the lilypad will wilt if the lotad becomes dehydrated. Because of the size of the lily pad and how it allows the lotad to float on water, they will sometimes ferry smaller creatures across its habitat.

When about a decade passes, the lotad develops a humanoid body whose torso and face is a light teal while its legs and markings on its body are a similar green color to its lily pad, which it retains from its previous lotad form. This form is known as a lombre, and upon reaching this stage it develops a penchant for mischievousness. Its pranks are meant to be playful (like pulling on a fisherman's line to make the angler think he's caught a bite only to pop out and frighten the angler, for example). It is believed that this creature may have been the inspiration for the kappa, although the kappa is much more nefarious. Lombre are often mistaken for a human child, and its touch is said to be horribly unpleasant.

Upon being exposed to a water stone, the lombre grows taller and its body becomes covered in a yellowish fur. Its mouth extends and develops into a duck beak, and the lily pad on its head grows as well, developing spikes along its edge. The once small lotad has at last become a ludicolo. Unlike its previous form, ludicolo do not pull pranks or are mischievous, but instead, are carefree and full of joy. When they hear festive music or children laughing, they often break into dance or play with the children. It is said that its strength grows when this happens.

Though it is unknown when ludicolo were first sighted or how it originated, an often circulated story is that a wizard with bardic talent created ludicolo by fusing a platypus, a pineapple and a sombrero together, though sometimes the details are altered. Some versions claim the wizard worked with a bard, while others say the materials used were a duck, a desert gourd, and a giant lily pad. This story, however, does not explain how lotad and lombre are associated with ludicolo and is simply regarded as mere fiction.


Lotad and lombre usually live together in swamps and ponds, though lombre may go off on their own to pull pranks. Ludicolo, however, usually seek out wherever there is music or laughter, meaning they're more commonly seen in human society. Aside from finding work as dancers or bards, they sometimes find work with florists and gardeners.

Ludicolo Names[edit]

Ludicolo names are usually Aquan, but they will often take Common names if they choose to live among humans.

Ludicolo Traits[edit]

A strange, dance-loving creature that looks like a sombrero-wearing pineapple that some may call "ludicrous".
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Ludicolo live on average for 32 years.
Alignment. Ludicolo usually lean towards good alignments. Evil ludicolo are practically unheard of.
Size. Ludicolo stand just shy of 5 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You have a swim speed of 20 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Plant. Your creature type is considered to be both plant and humanoid.
Rain Dish. If you complete a short rest in a body of water, in the rain or similar water-based environments you gain temporary hit points equal to your level, while you have at least 1 hit point. These temporary hit points last until you complete a long rest.
Own Tempo. You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
Happy Dance. You have proficiency in the Performance skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Primordial (Aquan).

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 11″ +2d4 121 lb. × (2d4) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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