Raticate

Raticate, The Mouse Pokémon. It's sturdy fangs grow steadily. To keep them ground down, it gnaws on rocks and logs. It may even chew on the walls of houses. Its rear feet have three toes each. They are webbed, enabling it to swim across rivers. It uses its whiskers to maintain its balance. It apparently slows down if they are cut off.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Raticate would have to be this:

Attacks:

Super Fang
Return / Double-Edge
Thunder Wave
Quick Attack / Shadow Ball

Items Attached:

Leftovers

Preferred Nature:

Jolly

Strategy Using Raticate

Raticate is pretty much an NU Pokémon, it has very little going for it and despite it's somewhat versatile move pool this set is really the only usable one it has. It's signature move, Super Fang, is one of it's shining points and one of the reasons to use Raticate: it slices off 50% of your opponent's current health. Obviously the true power of this attack depends on who you use it on, against a Max Health Blissey it'll do devastating damage while against a barely alive Weedle it won't do much. Thunder Wave is probably the second best attack in it's move pool, paralysis is always useful so it may as well spread as much as it can before it drops. Aside from that you're pretty much left with two filler moves. A normal attack is obvious for the STAB boost: some like Double-Edge since it won't take too many hits anyway, may as well waste it's HP on something, even recoil, others prefer Return for reliability. Quick Attack is handy for picking off barely alive Pokémon as well as granting the user an Endure-Reversal counter, a strategy commonly used in NU/UU play, Shadow Ball quite simply hits Ghosts hard.

EV Corner:

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

Pretty straight forward, there's no point in creating a well thought out spread, go for Max Speed and Max Attack and try to get as much mileage out of Raticate as possible.

Other Optional Sets

Raticate @ Liechi Berry
Trait: Guts
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Return
- Reversal
- Shadow Ball
- Substitute / Endure

Sub-Rev set. Liechi Berry is worth taking over Salac since it needs the attack boost. One thing worthy of note is that it should always have a HP stat that ISN'T divisible by 4 if using Substitute.

Raticate @ Salac Berry
Trait: Guts
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Return
- Endeavor
- Quick Attack / Pursuit
- Substitute

A bit like the Reversal set but a lot more of a novelty. Sub down 'til one HP… hopefully keeping your Sub alive as you hit the 1 HP, hit an Endeavour and go ahead with Quick Attack for a quick finish. Chances are they'll switch so you're best off repeating Endeavour to get another Pokémon brought down to 1HP. Will take a lot of skill to pull this off and probably won't work at all but if you feel like being different this could work. For even more novelty factor you could try Pursuit over Quick Attack, since they're likely to switch out you can catch them as they leave, Pursuit will do pitiful damage but when they're left with 1 HP (well a little more if they have Lefties recovery) it'll still get the job done.

Other Optional Moves

Counter, Taunt, Screech, Roar. Taunt and Counter are the cream of the crop here. Taunt is a good move, especially with it's speed, however there isn't much practical use for it since most Pokémon would rather attack Raticate then try to stat-up on it, it still ahs it's uses. Even though Raticate's HP and Defence stat are pathetic it can make use of Counter when it's well placed, at full health it can probably survive an attack. This could also be combined with reversal or Endeavour to take advantage of the fact it's health stat will be low. Screech is a decent move but isn't particularly worthwhile on Raticate. Roar is in the same boat as Screech, useful on other Pokémon but not Raticate.

Strategy Against Raticate

It's fragile, strong attacks should leave it fainted. The main things to watch out for is it's potential to Endure or Counter and take advantage of the situation. It has Guts so avoid using Will-o-Wisp on it, Thunder Wave will pretty much render it useless, it's speed is it's most useful stat. Raticate has lots of tricks under it's sleeve and chances are anyone using Raticate seriously knows what they're doing so be intelligent about how you handle it, with Super Fang it can take off half your HP in one move and with Thunder Wave it can bring a sweeper to a halt.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Raticate would have to be this for the Tough Contest best with Impish, Lax, Relaxed or Bold Nature:

Attacks:

Tackle
Super Fang
Hyper fang
Hyper beam

Items Attached:

Yellow Scarf

Strategy Using Raticate

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Tackle, 2nd - Super fang, 3rd - Tackle, 4th - Super fang/Hyper fang, 5th - Hyper beam

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Trade from FRLGXD

Colosseum & XD

Trade from FRLGXD (Col.) Snagged from Chaser Ankura in Nickledark Island (XD)

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Routes 17, 18 & Pokémon Mansion

Animé Appearences

Raticate has had several Animé Appearences. First Ash breifly traded his Butterfree for one before trading back. After that, Team Rocket members Butch & Cassidy had one which was their Team Mascot. Other appearences were simple battle cameos

Episode 015: Battle Aboard the St. Anne!
Episode 047: A Chansey Operation!
Episode 057: The Breeding Centre Secret!
Episode 085: Pokéball Peril!
Episode 138: Chikorita's Big Upset!
Episode 159: Fortune Hunters!
Chronicles 13: Training Daze!
Episode 444: What I Did For Love
Episode 452: Team Rocket's Disbandment! Respective Roads!

 
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