- For the regional variant of this Pokémon, see Raticate/Alolan
Raticate can use one of two Abilities: Run Away, which allows it to run from any non-trainer battle regardless of either Pokémon's Speed, but it won't be able to switch out if any moves/abilities prevent fleeing, or Guts which increases its Attack by 50% if it becomes afflicted with a major Status Condition. A third Ability is available to Raticate from the Dream World, the Hustle Ability. This Ability increases the power of its Physical Attacks by 50%, but its Accuracy falls to 80%.
Rattata can evolve into Raticate Level 20.
Raticate is in the Field Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 3,840 Steps to hatch. It takes Raticate One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Raticate, as its name suggests, takes on the appearance of a brown rat.
Male Raticate have longer whiskers than the female.
Raticate can be found at Routes 16, 17, and 18 in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, and Routes 9, 10, 16, 18, 21, and the Pokémon Mansion in Yellow. Gold and Silver have Raticate in the same locations: Routes 7, 9, 10, 26, 27, 38, 39, the Union Cave and the Burned Tower, and in addition to those locations, can also be found at Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 11, 21, 42, 43, Mt. Mortar, and Tohjo Falls in Crystal.
Raticate would be available at Routes 225 & 226 in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, and in the Generation IV remakes Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Raticate could be found at Routes 7, 9, 10, 26, 27, 38, 39, 47, Union Cave, Mt. Mortar, Burnt Tower, Tohjo Falls, and the Plains, Meadow, and Mountain areas of the Safari Zone.
Raticate can be found in Endless Levels 16 & 42, Forever Level 1 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Raticate can only be obtained by evolving Rattata in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Raticate can be found at Mystery Jungle B1-B29, Mystifying Forest B1-B13 and Midnight Forest B1-B21.
In Explorers of Sky, Mystifying Forest is known as Mystic Forest and Midnight Forest is known as Mystic Forest, but their respective floor ranges are the same. Additionally, Raticate can be found at Sky Summit PTC1-PTC4 1F-3F, PTC5-PTC8 1F-4F and PTC9 1F-5F, a Dungeon that is exclusive to Explorers of Sky. Raticate is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Chocolate Mountain 10F-19F.
Raticate can be found at Trailhead Field Meadow 1-1 after completing the game, and Everspring Valley Meadow 4-2 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Raticate appears in 12 sets and the Southern Islands mini-set. It is listed as a Common Card in the Team Rocket and Skyridge sets, and as an Uncommon card in the Base, Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge, EX Fire Red and Leaf Green, Secret Wonders, Supreme Victors, Undaunted and Boundaries Crossed sets. Raticate is listed as a Rare card in the EX Team Rocket Returns & Arceus sets.
Raticate has made multiple appearances throughout the series, most notably when Ash traded his Butterfree for another trainer's Raticate in the episode Battle Aboard the St. Anne, only to go back on the trade because he missed his Butterfree. Butch and Cassidy have also used a Raticate from time to time in their foiled schemes.
Another trainer used a Raticate in the first film, Mewtwo Strikes Back. Its other appearances were in the wild for the second Pikachu Short Pikachu's Rescue Adventure and its other two film appearances, The Power of One and Destiny Deoxys.
Yellow's Rattata would evolve into a Raticate in Chapter 53. At the time this startled Yellow, causing her to cry, but she would get over it. Nicknamed "Ratty" back when he was a Rattata, this Raticate appears in Chapters 55-57, 59, 60, 81, 82, 87, 89, 90, 141, 173, 290, 292, 293 & 295.
Petrel, one of the Four Generals of Team Rocket, would use his own Raticate to ambush both Silver and Eusine in Chapter 446, making a second appearance in Chapter 456.
Raticate finds itself in the Never-Utilized Tier of Competitive Battling. Its Defenses and Type won't do it any favors, but what sets it apart from other Normal-Type Pokémon is access to Sucker Punch. Combining that with its Speed make it a solid choice for getting a Revenge KO or two.
The biggest problem for Raticate is Steel-Type and Rock-Type Pokémon, along with faster Pokémon that can survive a Sucker Punch will work well. Hard-hitting Pokémon that survive Raticate's attacks have a good chance of defeating it as well.
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