Raticate, The Mouse Pokémon. Its hind feet are webbed. They act as flippers, so it can swim in rivers and hunt for prey. Its disposition is far more violent than its looks would suggest. Don’t let your hand get too close to its face, as it could bite your hand clean off. Its whiskers are essential for maintaining its balance. No matter how friendly you are, it will get angry and bite you if you touch its whiskers.
The original in the chain of early game rodents which often get a powerful normal STAB early, Raticate may have some fame with people who played GSC thanks to everyone's favorite Youngster Joey constantly calling and talking about his Rattata, and eventually Raticate. Raticate was interesting in the original generations being the only Pokemon to learn Hyper Fang until Bidoof, making it one of the longer lasting exclusive moves in the game history. Unfortunately that's one of the more notable things about Raticate, as it's never going to stand out enough to have any impact competitively even if you train a top percentage Rattata like Youngster Joey.
Guts - Raises Attack by 1.5x when inflicted with status, ignores Attack reduction from burns - Always a solid ability and with STAB on Facade, Raticate can be quite threatening with this. This does make it very easy to wear down since it's so frail as well, but the power boost is worth it.
Acting as a wallbreaker, Raticate tries to blow holes with its high power Facades. This set got a minor buff with the burn damage changes in SM, giving more longevity. U-Turn abuses Raticate's good Speed to scout threats and this is one of its main traits separating it from Kangaskhan and Stoutland. Sucker Punch adds a nice priority option while Stomping Tantrum gives Raticate a way to beat Rock- and Steel-types.
- Quick Attack
Assault Vest Raticate is a fun idea to allow Raticate to pivot more easily into special attackers. Stone Edge and Earthquake make the Quake Edge combo and both get STAB boost, there's really no reason not to run both moves. Sucker Punch is nice again to pick up those 2HKOes as well as revenge kill faster threats and get a last-second chip hit in. Last slot is open to Fire Punch to surprise some Grass threats more reliably than Stone Edge and also snipe Ferroseed or Ferrothorn. However, Explosion is also a viable option to blow something up when in a pinch. It's not as good as it used to be but it's still as strong of an option when you need it.
Other Options & Partners
Special Coverage - 50 Special Attack makes them hit like wet paper, but Water-type moves like Bubble Beam can really hurt Golem and Rhydon which wall Raticate quite well, but that means giving up Stomping Tantrum which does well enough against them anyway.
Alolan Raticate, The Mouse Pokémon. This gourmet Pokémon is particular about the taste and freshness of its food. Restaurants where Raticate live have a good reputation. It has an incredibly greedy personality. Its nest is filled with so much food gathered by Rattata at its direction, it can’t possibly eat it all. It commands a nest of Rattata. Different nests don’t get along, whipping up severe fights over feeding grounds. It makes its Rattata underlings gather food for it, dining solely on the most nutritious and delicious fare.
Like most Gen 1 Pokemon that missed out on a mega last generation, Raticate got a new form in the chunky Alolan Raticate. Alolan Raticate does the same thing as Raticate but better in some areas and worse in others, and with a new Dark typing it gains more utility and a slightly more unique niche. Overall it's still a subpar choice compared to something like Alolan Persian, but Alolan Raticate does ultimately end up being roughly the same thing as Kantonian Raticate but better. That doesn't amount to much when Raticate wasn't great to begin with but sometimes that's okay, not every Pokemon needs to be a powerhouse or defensive juggernaut.
Hustle - Raises power by 1.5x but lowers accuracy by 20% - Probably the best ability for Alolan Raticate because it doesn't have access to Guts, and its other abilities are too defensively inclined for something with mediocre defenses.
- Swords Dance
Swords Dance is the main move that sets Alolan Raticate apart from the plethora of Normal-types in lower tiers. In combination with Hustle and the STAB bonus on Sucker Punch, this makes Raticate a hard Pokemon to revenge kill unless you have a faster priority user. Knock Off is just a great move to spam on the switch as almost no Pokemon likes having a held item removed, and the damage of Alolan Raticate chunks most lower tier threats. Finally Double-Edge is for slower Pokemon or a more powerful STAB to Knock Off at the cost of health in the recoil. This allows Alolan Raticate to pressure Stall teams exceptionally well which is something other Normal types struggle to do.
Other Options & Partners
Choice Band - Like its Kantonian counterpart, a Choice Band is a solid option for Alolan Raticate. However, losing Swords Dance hurts as it's Alolan Raticate's main niche that sets it apart from other Normal-type attackers.
Checks & Counters
Hitmonchan - One of the best Fighting-types in lower tiers and with access to Mach Punch, Hitmonchan is a solid check to both Raticate and Alolan Raticate. If Alolan Raticate runs Adamant nature then Hitmonchan will outpace it, though Mach Punch will OHKO it anyway.
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