Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Alolan Raticate -- Sun and Moon Pokemon Card Review

Alolan Raticate Sun and Moon Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alolan Raticate from the Sun and Moon Pokemon Card Set.  Alolan Raticate is a Stage 1, Darkness type Pokemon card, with a HP of 120. It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Psychic type Pokemon, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Alolan Raticate does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Evil Orders, for two Colorless Energy cards this move allows you to search your deck for a number of cards up to the number of your Benched Pokemon and put them into your hand.  Alolan Raticate's second move is called Endeavor, for three Energy cards, one Darkness and two Colorless, this move does 60 damage plus 30 more damage for each heads you get when you flip two coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Alolan Raticate is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Alolan Rattata into play (I reviewed Alolan Rattata from this set yesterday) and then evolve Alolan Rattata into Alolan Raticate.  If you read yesterday's review of Alolan Rattata you'll know that I thought that card was average overall.  Despite having a very low HP, 40, it could do 20 damage a turn with no Energy cards attached to it and it had a free retreat cost, I recommended using that card as a starter type Pokemon in any type deck.  So knowing this about Alolan Rattata and looking at Alolan Raticate, you could certainly start with Alolan Rattata in the Active Pokemon spot, then evolve it into Alolan Raticate and start using Endeavor, potentially doing 120 damage a turn for only three Energy cards.  Another strategy would be to utilize Alolan Raticate's Evil Orders move by putting one Double Colorless Energy card on this card and finding all of the Energy, Pokemon, or Trainer cards you need in your deck very quickly.  Overall, this line has some potential and should definitely be considered when deck building, especially if you have some Darkness type Energy in your deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average, yet solid Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Sun and Moon set.  Although this card is very slow to do damage when attacking, when it does attack it can do major damage, plus, this card's first move can take the place of several Trainer cards at once.  Together with Alolan Rattata, which I gave a 3 rating, both cards get a 3 out of 5 rating from me.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Alolan Raticate from the Sun and Moon set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Alolan Meowth, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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Today's Quiz for a Pokemon TCG Online Code Card --
True or False?  This is the only Raticate card in the English TCG to not be a Colorless type card.
Please respond with the correct answer and a link to your YouTube channel. 24 hours from now I will be randomly selecting a correct response to my question and sending a private message to this person with a free code on YouTube.


Joao Vasco Alvares said...

False! You have also the Dark Raticate from EX Team Rocket Returns Expansion


Kris Uniwolf said...


Kris Uniwolf


Christopher Kato said...



ThePokemonMaster A.K.A StevenCurry30 said...

False you have dark raticate from Ex team rocket returns expansio