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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Raticate - Fire Red/Leaf Green


Date Reviewed: 8.27.04

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Jermy101 Raticate has a very cool attack but his HP kinda makes him useless.

Unlimited - Remember Fossil set Slowpoke?  This definitely takes his place.  You could keep using ER and SER, then recovering them back and repeat to make sure your opponent NEVER has an energy in play.  Not a bad deck it seems. 3/5

Modified - It could combo with Primeape to recover lost tools.  Otherwise it is good for recovering pokemon that have been knocked out, or if you need a quick draw card it's good for that too.  It's only problem is the HP, and the fact that it wastes deck space. 2/5

Limited - Yes! Get back dead Pokemon, and maybe do 50 damage! Great! 4/5

 

Otaku

Name: Raticate

Set: Fire Red/Leaf Green

Card#: 48/112

Type: Colorless

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Rattata)

HP: 70

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: None

Poké-Body: Thick Skin

Raticate can’t be affected by Special Conditions.

Attack#1: (C) Pickup

Search your discard pile for a Basic Pokémon (or Evolution card), a Trainer, and an Energy card.  Show them to your opponent and put them into your hand.

Attack#2: (C) Quick-Attack [10+]

Flip a coin.  If heads, this attack does 10 damage plus 40 more damage.

Name: Rattata

Set: Fire Red/Leaf Green

Card#: 77/112

Type: Colorless

Stage: Basic

HP: 40

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Collect

Draw a card.

Attack#2: (C) Scratch [10]

 

Attributes: The Raticates have never been thrilling, so let us examine this one and hope it breaks the cycle of disappointment.  It is a Stage 1 Pokémon, so it must evolve from Rattata.  The Rattata for this set has 40 HP, which isn’t too bad for a Rattata, and an attack to draw a card.  At least that would be good for Limited.  If you like a different Rattata, use it, but none have every really been great.  That hurts this card (as opposed to if it evolved from something solid, like Sandstorm Dunsparce :-P).  This dependency on another card to come into play definitely hurts it, but not too bad in Modified (Unlimited, of course, only sees the most broken Evolutions).  70 HP is passable.  This should just survive one hit from all but a decks main attacker (outside of Weakness).  On the bottom, we have the oh-so-common Fighting Weakness (not that anything else made much sense), and no Resistance.  They should bring back Psychic Resistance, I think.  Most Psychics are once again powerful enough not to be ruined by it.  The final attribute is the retreat.  It is a perfect zero-a free retreat.  Excellent.

 

AbilitiesThis Raticate has been blessed with three abilities.  While no longer the most, it is still not the standard, and is a bonus-if no ability is a draw back or barely a permutation of another.  Thick Skin is the least impressive and the first listed.  It’s still pretty nice though-Raticate can’t be affected by Special Conditions.  This helps offset its low HP.  It then has two attacks, each with only a single, Colorless Energy requirement.  That, coupled with the Poké-Body means that Raticate can almost always get off an attack before being Knocked Out.

 

The first of the attacks, Pickup, amazes me.  It also means that many decks will have a use for Raticate.  While getting back a Pokémon isn’t too big a deal, or getting back a Basic Energy, I can think of no Trainer to reclaim another Trainer in Modified, and only a few cards that can get back Special Energies (and those either re-attach or send to deck).  Simply remarkable.  Well worth the investment.  If you must, think of it as a delayed, variable attack-you could constantly recycle  a POR if needed.  This makes Raticate suitable to many decks right here, which makes the second attack even sweeter.  This is the most potent Quick Attack I have seen in the TCG.  For a single energy, you get a flip for a 10/40 split.  The discount is equivalent to a single colored Energy.

For a Stage 1, this is indeed a rather remarkable set of abilities.

 

Uses/Combinations: The super supporter, in a sense.  Many decks will enjoy getting Trainers and Special Energy cards back from the discard, and returned to the hand no less.  Metal Decks (outside of Metagross), Darkness Decks, and any Trainer intensive decks should really give this thing a look.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1.75/5-It’s just the HP/Weakness combination that dooms it from being a good supporting Pokémon.

 

Modified: 3.5/5-Here, you really need to think about running it, especially after Delcatty loses Oracle (should the most likely set rotation occur).

 

Limited: 5/5-The only reasons not to run it?  You pulled a ridiculous amount of other fantastic cards!  Like multiples of the Legendary Birds from this set and a fantastic Evolution line, and simple don’t have room for it.  Oh, or not getting both it and a Rattata.

 

Summary

This is the best Raticate, and now saying that means something!  The only way to guarantee it would be played would have been if Thick Skin was dropped and Pickup made a once a turn Poke-Power (that didn’t end your turn).  Wow.

 

 


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