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RBY 2U-L (Under1U) Raticate [GP Ready]

Discussion in 'Individual Analyses' started by Ortheore, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Ortheore

    Ortheore Host Emeritus

    May 16, 2013
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    Raticate [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Type: Normal
    Stats: 55 | 81 | 60 | 50 | 97


    When looking at Raticate's meagre base stats, one might easily wonder why you would use it over the other normal types available. There's an easy answer to that question- Super Fang. The ability to instantly chip off 50% of an opponent's HP makes it a powerful wallbreaker, while its decent speed and STAB normal attacks allow it to finish foes off, potentially functioning as a sweeper. Of course, it bears significant flaws as its bulk is abysmal and it's completely crippled by paralysis, ensuring it has difficulty finding an opening to enter play. Furthermore, the other normal type attackers of the tier outclass it as a sweeper, making it harder to justify running Raticate. Raticate is a difficult pokemon to make effective use of and is consequently seldom seen, but when given the opportunity it can certainly pack a punch.



    - Super Fang
    - Body Slam
    - Hyper Beam
    - Blizzard / Bubblebeam

    Set Details

    The goal of this set is to cripple opposing walls by dealing massive chunks of damage, while also threatening to sweep. Super Fang is the crux of the set and gives Raticate its wallbreaking capabilities. Body Slam is used to chip opponents who already have a relatively low HP (and hence wouldn't take a huge amount of damage from Super Fang), as well as spreading paralysis. Hyper Beam finishes off weakened foes. Blizzard provides essential coverage, as it has a good chance to 2HKO Rhydon, while also providing a nice freeze chance. Bubblebeam's secondary effect isn't as good as Blizzard's, but it has a much higher chance of 2HKOing Rhydon than Blizzard, and is therefore a viable option.

    Other Options

    Raticate doesn't have any other good options available, and should generally stick to the above set. Raticate does learn Quick Attack but is too weak to deal significant damage. Thunderbolt hits Gyarados, but isn't guaranteed to 2HKO. Double-Edge could be used if you want a little more damage than Body Slam, but the recoil and lack of paralysis chance aren't worth it. Substitute could be used to exploit an opponent foddering a pokemon, but since it doesn't block paralysis, it isn't too appealing.

    Checks and Counters

    Handling Raticate isn't too hard, as once it's paralysed it should go down easily. Haunter is by far the best response to Raticate, as outside of Super Fang Raticate cannot deal significant damage to the ghost. Anything with Counter will also readily handle Raticate. Hypno has reasonable bulk and access to Thunder Wave, making it an adequate check to Raticate. There are actually quite a few pokemon faster than Raticate that are capable of revenge killing it- Persian, Dodrio and Tentacruel fit the bill here. Raichu and Kadabra go one step further as they both have access to paralysis. Lastly, physically bulky pokemon can help by sponging a hit and retaliating, but many of them lose if they have to switch in.

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