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Rattata (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Locked / Outdated Analyses' started by Brambane, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Brambane

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    • Rattata got some nice buffs in Black and White
    • Its most notable improvement is its Dream World ability, Hustle
    • New moves added to its movepool such as Wild Bolt and Vengeance improve it even more
    • Still has Guts and the ever loved Sucker Punch
    • And still unbelievably frail, which really holds it back
    • It is still unknown if a female Rattata has been released through Dream World, so it is very difficult to abuse Hustle
    • Overall, while Rattata was a forgettable Pokemon in Gen IV, its now a much more formidable opponent

    name: Gutsy Rodent
    move 1: Facade
    move 2: Sucker Punch
    move 3: Flame Wheel
    move 4: Protect / Wild Bolt / U-Turn
    item: Toxic Orb / Flame Orb
    ability: Guts
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 228 Atk / 180 Spe

    [Set Comments]

    • Think slower Taillow but with a much better movepool
    • Facade, being that its base power doubles when statused, is obviously going to be your main STAB move
    • Sucker Punch is Rattata's strongest priority
    • Flame Wheel is there solely as a way to hit Tesshiido
    • Protect can be used as a safety net so you are almost always guaranteed orb activation
    • Wild Bolt hits many of Rattata's best checks, including Kabuto, Purotooga and Omantye
    • U-Turn in general is a great move to have, but a spinner should be used if you are using it
    [Additional Comments]

    • Quick Attack is another option as priority
    • Having a user of Rapid Spin, such as Squirtle, is recommended
    • Stealth Rock support is always good. Bronzor, Ishizumai and Tesshiido are three of the best users of Stealth Rock
    • Priority really hurts this set, especially Fake Out and ExtremeSpeed. Because of this, Ghost-types are great teammates
    • Croagunk is a pain, so Wynaut and Diglett work well with Rattata

    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Vengeance
    move 2: U-Turn
    move 3: Flame Wheel / Wild Bolt
    move 4: Crunch / Sucker Punch
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Guts
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 36 HP / 228 Atk / 180 Spe

    [Set Comments]

    • Rattata can be an effective revenge killer with Choice Scarf
    • Vengeance not only gets STAB, but its base power doubles if Rattata is coming in after a teammate has been KOed, making an excellent move for revenge killing
    • U-Turn is useful for scouting and an overall good move on Scarfers
    • Flame Wheel busts through Tesshiido while Wild Bolt severely damages Purotooga, Mantyke, Kabuto, Aaken and Omanyte, as well as other checks
    • Crunch and Sucker Punch both serve as a way to hit Ghost-types super effectively
    [Additional Comments]

    • When Hustle is available, it is a much better choice over Guts
    • Stealth Rock support is appreciated, but not needed
    • Physically defensive Ground-types do very well against this set, so Water-types, especially Mantyke and Wingull, are excellent teammates
    [Team Options]

    • Stealth Rock providers such as Tesshiido, Bronzor and Ishizumai
    • Ghost-types who are immune to Fake Out and ExtremeSpeed. Pururiru and Misdreavus are two of the best Ghost-types in Little Cup
    • Rapid Spin users, such as Squirtle, are great teammates
    • Wynaut and Diglett
    • Wingull and Mantyke along with other Water-types who can easily take down bulky Ground-types
    [Optional Changes]

    • The classic FEAR set is a decent option and is effective in all tiers
    • Pursuit can be used to hit fleeing Pokemon
    • Cheer Up is an option to boost Rattata's offenses
    • Rattata has a massive special movepool, but the only moves worth noting are Grass Knot and Ice Beam

    • Bulky Ground-types work extremely well as counters
    • Omanyte, Purotooga and Kabuto can switch in on pretty much anything bar Wild Bolt, and the ladder two can hit Rattata hard with Aqua Jet
    • Aaken resists U-Turn, Flame Wheel and Vengeance, making it a decent check against the Choice Scarf set
    • Rattata is vulnerable to priority, although a Guts-boosted Sucker Punch will put a nice dent in just about anything
    [Dream World]

    Hustle is a fantastic ability on Rattata. It opens many doors that were originally closed to Rattata. Life Orb Quick Attack becomes a lot more threatening with Hustle backing it up, and the Choice Scarf set can be difficult to stop with a Hustle boost. Aerial Ace also becomes a primary option on Rattata thanks to the perfect accuracy. When it is released, expect to see much more out of the rodent.
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