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Pokémon Review: Pidgeot and Raticate

In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

Pidgey, Pidgeotto, and Pidgeot

Pidgey, Pidgeotto, and Pidgeot

History (Pidgeot)

Fans of the anime's first season may remember Ash's Pidgeotto, which eventually evolved into the mighty Pidgeot. And anyone who has played through Kanto encountered many Pidgeys in the beginning areas of the game; many Trainers caught one and leveled it up to its final form.

So, is Pidgeot worth the effort, or was Ash right to ditch his feathered friend? We'll take a look at Pidgeot's abilities and potential, then do the same with fellow Kanto Pokémon Raticate!







Ground (Immune)


Ghost (Immune)

Type and Stats

Type: Normal/Flying
Base Stat Total: 469 (Raised to 479 in Gen 6)

There may be plenty of Normal/Flying Pokémon, but it's a pretty solid type. It only has three weakness, while having two resistances and two immunities. Not bad at all.

Stat-wise, Pidgeot is incredibly balanced, with Speed being the focus, and a slightly higher Attack than Special Attack. This grants it versatility but prevents it from excelling in any area.




1. Keen Eye: Accuracy cannot be lowered. In Gen 6, also ignore changes to opponent's evasion.

A decent, though situational, ability that helps Pidgeot's attacks connect.

2. Tangled Feet: Moves used against Pidgeot have halved accuracy if Pidgeot is confused.

Another interesting ability. Being confused can be really annoying, and you normally want to avoid it, but you get a huge dodge chance with it if you have this ability.

3. Big Pecks: Defense and Special Defense cannot be lowered by opponent.

Pidgeot's third ability usually serves it best, since Defense-lowering attacks are pretty common.

Some of Pidgeot's best attacks.

Move/ TypePower/ AccuracyEffect

Hurricane/ Flying

110/ 70

30% chance to confuse foe.

Mirror Move/ Normal

?/ ?

Copies last attack opponent used.

Aerial Ace/ Flying

60/ -

Always hits (except special circumstances, like Protect)


As much as nostalgia biases me to Pidgeot's favor, I have to admit: it learns very few good attacks. Through leveling, you'll eventually get Hurricane and Mirror Move (though not til past Level 50), and Aerial Ace can be learned by TM. Beyond that, Pidgeot has a surprisingly low set of attacks and has trouble developing a varied moveset to counter any type combination.

It'll get good Flying and Normal attacks, but when faced with something that resists those types (like a Steel type), there's surprisingly little Pidgeot can do. It'd really benefit from a good Fighting attack, like fellow Flying Pokémon Staraptor's Close Combat, but alas, there are none to be found.

Mega Pidgeot

Mega Pidgeot

Mega Pidgeot

Type: Normal/Flying
Base Stat Total: 579
Ability: No Guard: Both your and your opponent's attacks cannot miss.

Interestingly, though normal Pidgeot slightly favors Attack, Mega Pidgeot sees a huge increase in Special Attack. Speed and Defenses also increase a bit.

To be honest, I'm not a fan of this form. The Special Attack increase limits Pidgeot's offensive options even further—you either use one of the few Special Attacks Pidgeot learns (like Hurricane), or you have to use a much weaker physical attack. Plus, new ability No Guard ensures all attacks hit—including your opponent's. Except for Hurricane, Pidgeot's moves rarely miss the opponent, making No Guard a hindrance more than a help. Use your Mega slot on something more worthwhile.

Shiny Pidgeot

Shiny Pidgeot


Overall Score: 3/10

Pidgeot has decent stats but unfortunately doesn't excel anywhere. Combine that with a dreadful moveset and lackluster Mega form, and this birdbrain finds itself quickly outclassed.

Even worse, Shiny Pidgeot barely looks different from the original. Game Freak, you can be more creative than that.

Champion's Quiz: Pidgeot and Raticate

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In the anime, which Gym Leader's Pidgeot battled Ash's Charizard?
    • Falkner
    • Winona
    • Skyla
    • Iris
  2. What move can Pidgeot learn at Level 38?
    • Wing Attack
    • Sand Attack
    • Feather Dance
    • Roost
  3. What move can Pidgeot not learn through TM?
    • Sunny Day
    • Rain Dance
    • Twister
    • Hyper Beam
  4. Raticate's lowest stat is its..
    • Hit Points
    • Defense
    • Special Defense
    • Special Attack
  5. Which Ice move can Raticate learn through tutoring?
    • Ice Punch
    • Icy Wind
    • Ice Beam
    • Blizzard
  6. According to the Pokedex in Pokemon Red, what happens if a Raticate's whiskers are cut off?
    • It slows down.
    • It hides in shame.
    • It simply regrows them within a day.
    • It dies!

Answer Key

  1. Falkner
  2. Wing Attack
  3. Twister
  4. Special Attack
  5. Icy Wind
  6. It slows down.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Rank 1: Team Rocket Grunt. Keep trying!

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Rank 2: Rookie Trainer. Not bad.

If you got 4 correct answers: Rank 3: Gym Leader. Well done.

If you got 5 correct answers: Rank 4: Elite 4 Member. Great job!

If you got 6 correct answers: Rank 5: Champion. You really know your Pokemon!

Rattata and Raticate

Rattata and Raticate

History (Raticate)

Often belittled as a weak beginner's Pokémon, Rattata and evolution Raticate rarely maintain a spot in a Kanto Trainer's roster. Heck, even your rival ditched his after your battle on the S.S. Anne. But is it really as bad as people think, or does this rat have a few surprises in store? Read on to find out!



Ghost (Immune)

Type and Stats

Type: Normal
Base Stat Total: 413

As a simple Normal type, Raticate has one weakness and one immunity. Still, be careful when battling competitively, as Fighting is a common attack type.

413 isn't the best stat total, but it's higher than you might think, even surpassing some third stage Pokémon, like Butterfree and Beedrill. Raticate prioritizes Speed and Attack, it hits fast and hits hard. I really wish it had a third evolution—then it'd be an incredible glass cannon.

Rattata and Raticate

Rattata and Raticate


1. Run Away: Allows Raticate to escape any wild Pokémon.

Useless in competitive and Trainer battles, select one of the other abilities.

2. Guts: Boosts Attack by 50% when inflicted with a status condition.

Guts makes your opponents think twice before hampering Raticate. If they choose to do so, its physical attacks (which you should already be using) receive a great boost. Also, Guts prevents the Burn condition from lowering your attack, making this a great ability.

3. Hustle: Boosts physical attacks by 50% but lowers accuracy by 20%.:

If you want the Attack increase without having to wait for a condition, choose Hustle as your ability; it really strengthens Raticate. Just be aware you're gambling; its moves will miss more often.

Some of Raticate's best attacks.

Move/ TypePower/ AccuracyEffect

Super Fang/ Normal

?/ 90

Deals damage equal to half of target's current Hit Points.

Thief/ Dark

60/ 100

Steal the held item of target.

Wild Charge/ Electric

90/ 100

Receive 1/4 recoil damage.


Raticate learns only Normal and Dark moves by leveling. TMs give you access to another world of attacks, including elements such as Grass, Ice, Electric, Ground, and Ghost. Just be aware that you want to utilize Raticate's Attack rather than its low Special Attack, so I'd ignore special moves like Shadow Ball if I were you.

Overall, I'm surprised by the versatility available to Raticate. Almost makes me feel bad that I never used him on my team...

Shiny Raticate

Shiny Raticate


Overall Score: 4/10

Raticate has some cool abilities and a surprising amount of varied techniques to learn. If only its stats were a little higher (and he had a cooler shiny version—ergh!), this vermin would fit in almost any team. As is, he's still a prime contender for lower-tier tournaments and shouldn't be overlooked.

Personally, I'm still hoping for that third evolution. Raticate could become RatiHannah or RatiStacy or something. Yea, sounds about right.

Your Thoughts

Hopefully you've learned the capabilities of these two Normal types. Feel free to agree with me, er, I mean share your thoughts in the poll to the right, and I'll see you at the next review: Raichu and Arbok!


Ced Yong from Asia on August 23, 2016:

Haiz. I just came back from a walk where I captured, 12 Pidgeys.