Rapidash

Rapidash, The Fire Horse Pokémon. It can gallop at a top speed of 150 miles per hour. It can race as fast as a bullet train while ablaze. Very competitive, it will chase anything that moves fast in the hopes of racing it. Unable to restrain itself from running after fast trains or cars. At full gallop, its four hooves barely touch the ground because it moves so incredibly fast. The faster it goes, the longer the swaying flames of its mane will become.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Rapidash would have to be this:

Attacks:

Sunny Day
Flamethrower
Solarbeam
Hidden Power Ice OR Hynposis

Items Attached:

Petaya Berry OR
Lum Berry

Preferred Nature:

Modest

Strategy Using Rapidash

Even though Rapidash may have a higher attack stat than its special attack, its movepool limits it potential has a physical sweeper. Even its ability, flash fire, works with the sunny beamer set, by boosting fire type attacks.
Hidden power ice can be replaced with hypnosis, as it could give you a free sunny day turn if it hits.
The use of Hidden power Ice is a useful counter to those pesky Earthquaking Salamence which could easily knock out Rapidash.
Other than that, its another fire type with mediocre defenses that can use the Sunny beamer set.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Special Attack & Speed for Rapidash with any remaining in HP

Strategy Against Rapidash

Rapidash, like most Pokémon, wasn't particularly 'blessed'. The most common way to go with Rapidash is to use the 'Sunny-beamer' set, neglecting the above average attack stat.
- Rapidash's weaknesses lie in Rock, Water and Ground attacks, all of which are hurt badly by Solarbeam when used with STAB, so a Pokémon with a Grass and Fire resistance who also carries an attack of one of those types *points to Earthquake Salamence* should be able to KO Rapidash, however you do run the risk of being knocked out by a potential Hidden Power, so tread carefully.
- Another way to go is to use the moves that always strike first, Quick Attack/Extreme Speed/Mach Punch, all of which will capitalise on the below average HP and Defence that Rapidash carries, although their ability to knock Rapidash out is questionable, so be prepared to take one or two this when using this tactic.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Rapidash would have to be this for the Beauty Contest best with Modest, Mild, Rash or Quiet Nature:

Attacks:

Sunny Day
Flamethrower
Stomp
Hyper Beam

Items Attached:

Blue Scarf

Strategy Using Rapidash

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

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Trade from FR/LG

Colosseum

Trade from FR/LG

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Kindle Road

Animé Appearences

Rapidash has had a few Animé Appearences. First the one Ash was riding in a Pokémon Race evolved from Ponyta to Rapidash to win the race. After that Santa had some to guide his sleigh. One was at New Island and ended up getting cloned and being in Johto with Mewtwo a couple of years later. The rest are cameos

Episode 033: The Flame Pokémon-Athon!
Episode 065: Holiday Hi-Jynx!
Movie 1: Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Movie 2: The Power Of One!
Special 2: Mewtwo Return!
Episode 274: Johto Photo Finish!

 
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