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Ash's Raticate

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Ash's Raticate
サトシのラッタ Satoshi's Ratta
Poké Ball
Ash Raticate.png
Ash's Raticate
Debuts in Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Traded in Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Original Trainer Gentleman
Traded for Ash's Butterfree
Current location With Gentleman
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Raticate Ikue Ohtani Jimmy Zoppi

Ash's Raticate (Japanese サトシのラッタ Satoshi's Ratta) was a Pokémon temporarily owned by Ash Ketchum in the episode Battle Aboard the St. Anne.


Butterfree being traded for Raticate

Raticate first appeared under the ownership of a Gentleman aboard the St. Anne, easily defeating a Trainer's Starmie in a battle. Seeing how strong Raticate was, Ash challenged the Gentleman to a battle, using his Butterfree against Raticate. Butterfree easily endured and dodged all of Raticate's attacks, and then paralyzed it with Stun Spore. Before Ash could order the finishing move, however, the Gentleman called off the battle, saying that it was a draw, although Ash was close to winning.

Afterwards, the Gentleman came to tell Ash that he was so impressed with Butterfree that he wanted to him to trade it for his Raticate. Ash, although being impressed of Raticate's strength too, was uncertain of what to do, and asked Brock for advice. Brock told Ash to agree to trade, although given the fact that he was infatuated by the Gentleman's beautiful woman companion at the moment, he likely wasn't even fully paying attention to what they were talking about. Thus the trade was made, making Raticate Ash's newest Pokémon. Later Ash told Misty about how he was still uncertain if the Gentleman would take care of Butterfree the way he did, and was thinking if he even did the right thing by trading it away.

Ash only used Raticate once, mistakenly calling it out when he wanted to use his Butterfree to help fighting against the group of Team Rocket Grunts on board, having momentarily forgotten the trade had happened. Finally fully understanding how much he missed his Butterfree and how worried about its well-being he was, Ash came to realize that the trade had been a bad idea and he would rather have his first caught Pokémon back. The Gentleman agreed to trade Butterfree back, and the original trade was reversed while the St. Anne was sinking. Due to this delay, Ash and his friends got trapped inside as the ship sank into the depths. Neither Raticate or its Trainer have been seen since.

Personality and characteristics

Since Ash only owned it for less than an entire episode, little can be said about Raticate itself. There is not enough known about it to even distinguish it from other Raticate, apart from the fact that it can use Jump Kick, a move that cannot be learned by other Raticate, and that it is, in general, a strong Pokémon.

Moves used

Ash Raticate Hyper Fang.png
Using Hyper Fang
Move First Used In
Jump Kick × Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Super Fang Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Hyper Fang Battle Aboard the St. Anne
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Raticate was the first Pokémon of Ash's that he owned for less than one episode, the other being Beedrill.
  • Raticate is the first Pokémon Ash obtained in its fully evolved form. However, the first fully evolved Pokémon he caught himself was Primeape.
  • Raticate is the first out of two Pokémon Ash obtained in a trade, the second one is Buizel.
  • Every move Raticate used was a signature move at the time.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Raticate.

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