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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Raticate  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 31, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 3.25

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

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Raticate

Transfer Junk is a unique attack, but a 40 HP basic evolving into a 70 HP Stage 1 is an extremely fragile evolution line. Bite is simply terrible, and the bottom line is Transfer Junk is not worth running a Stage 1 Pokémon that will instantly be KO'd.

In limited, it can recover an EX Pokémon, which is useful. 

Modified: 1/5

Limited: 4/5 

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Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing a Pokemon from Generation I that likely won't see much play outside of Limited. Today's Card of the Day is Raticate from Plasma Freeze.
 
Raticate is a Stage 1 Colorless Team Plasma Pokemon. Colorless Pokemon are valuable because they can fit easily into any deck due to their relaxed Energy requirements, making them excellent secondary attackers and support Pokemon. As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Raticate gets Team Plasma support like Team Plasma Ball and Shadow Triad, as well as being blocked by Silver Mirror.  70 HP isn't very good for a Stage 1, and will severely limit what Raticate will be able to do in Modified, and in Limited to an extent as well. Fighting Weakness isn't so bad, as there aren't many Fighting-types seeing play right now; no Resistance is unfortunate; but no Retreat Cost is excellent, and is easily one of the high points of the card.
 
Raticate has two attacks. Transfer Junk allows you to put a Team Plasma Pokemon, a Team Plasma Trainer, and a Team Plasma Energy card all from your discard pile into your hand for a Colorless Energy. This attack would be totally awesome as a Supporter, but as it stands, since you'll likely be trading a Prize for using this attack due to Raticate's low HP, it's not worth it most of the time, especially in Modified. That being said, this attack's Limited effectiveness can't be understated, as it provides an excellent way to recycle rare Trainers as well as Plasma Energy, which is never a bad thing. Raticate's second attack is Bite, dealing a vanilla 30 damage for two Colorless Energy. This attack is just bad, and won't see use outside of Limited, especially since you can do so much better in Modified.
 
Modified: 1.5/5 Transfer Junk would have potential if it weren't on a 70 HP Stage 1, but as it stands, Raticate just isn't quite good enough to see play as a support Pokemon in Team Plasma decks. In order to get these kinds of effects, look for Shadow Triad (a Supporter), or even Thundurus-EX (can get Plasma Energy back).
 
Limited: 2.5/5 Raticate is decent, but not great, in Limited. Transfer Junk is an excellent situational support attack, since recursion is rare in Limited. Bite is lackluster, but can be used as an offensive option if you're trying to buy time setting something else up. Overall, Raticate fits into Plasma Limited decks due to its ability to bring back key cards from the discard pile, but it's definitely not winning any offensive awards for its attacking power.


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