As a wild Pokémon
In its debut appearance, as a wild Scorbunny
In the past, as a Scorbunny, Raboot joined a trio of Nickit living in the alleys of Wyndon and teamed up with them to steal food for living. In order to blend in with them better, it covered itself in dirt.
Scorbunny first appeared in Settling the Scorbunny!, where it and its Nickit friends stole Ash's Bag, which contained scones he and Goh had bought. Goh later lied to protect Scorbunny from the scone seller, claiming that Scorbunny was his Pokémon, although the scone seller immediately saw through his lies. After learning about Scorbunny's history, Goh told it that it should try to explore the world beyond Wyndon. When Ash and Goh rushed to catch their train to the Wild Area, the Nickit carried Scorbunny to the train station and tossed it into the train. At first, Scorbunny was hesitant, but when the Nickit assured it that they could take care of themselves now, it happily bid them farewell, before rubbing the dirt off of its body.
In Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, Scorbunny tried to catch Goh's attention aboard the train, but failed. When Goh and Ash left the train at their stop, Scorbunny accidentally stayed on board before realizing what had happened, and was forced to jump from the moving train later on and try to catch up to Goh by foot. After many hardships, it finally reached Goh and Ash and managed to catch their attention while they were examining a Snorlax. Scorbunny expressed its willingness to become Goh's Pokémon, but Goh said that he had already decided to make Mew his first Pokémon. Suddenly, the Snorlax they had been examining Gigantamaxed and blocked a nearby train track in the process. With Scorbunny's help, Goh and Ash were able to make Snorlax move and prevent an incoming train from hitting it. Impressed by Scorbunny's abilities, Goh decided to make it his first Pokémon instead of Mew. Although Goh's Poké Ball throw missed, Scorbunny hit it on its own and was successfully caught. When Goh and Ash returned to the Cerise Laboratory, Professor Cerise was surprised to see Goh having caught a Pokémon.
In JN007, Goh used Scorbunny in the Battle Frontier Flute Cup, where it went up against Houji, who had just defeated Goh's Scyther with his Mightyena. Like Scyther before it, Scorbunny was quickly defeated, eliminating Goh from the tournament.
In JN017, after being taunted by Goh's Darmanitan, Scorbunny tried to use Ember, only to fail. While Goh thought Scorbunny's current moveset was enough, Scorbunny was determined to master the Fire-type move. During a battle against Team Rocket, Scorbunny disobeyed Goh's order to use Double Kick and instead tried to use Ember, but failed once again, leading to its defeat at the hands of Team Rocket's Chewtle. When Goh later criticized Scorbunny for trying too hard, it ran off to train on its own. When Goh and Ash found it, it ran away again but accidentally bumped into Team Rocket. During the ensuing battle, Goh, having finally understood Scorbunny's passion to learn Ember, taught it how to use the move by kicking a pebble with heated-up feet. This worked, and in celebrating its newly mastered move, Scorbunny evolved into Raboot and proceeded to send Team Rocket blasting off again. However, instead of celebrating the victory with Goh, Raboot simply walked away from him.
In JN022, while in Littleroot Town, Raboot stopped a pair of Zigzagoon from stealing Ash's backpack. During their stay, Goh noticed that Raboot had been sneaking out at night, prompting him and Ash to follow it. They discovered that Raboot befriended the Zigzagoon as well as a Lombre and had been spending the nights giving them dance lessons. When Raboot struggled against a Loudred trio in a dance battle for territory, Goh, Ash, and Pikachu stepped in to provide a beat for Raboot and its friends to dance to, enabling them to win the battle. The next day, Goh decided to leave Raboot in Hoenn, believing that it would be happier with its new friends than with him. When Ash asked if Goh told Raboot first, Goh quickly regretted his decision. To his relief, Raboot had followed them onto the train. Afterward, Goh and Raboot settled their differences and reconciled.
Personality and characteristics
As a Scorbunny, giving Goh a hi-five
Raboot is a caring Pokémon that, prior to its capture, would steal food from food stalls to give to a group of Nickit living with it in the alleys of Wyndon. It even went as far as to cover itself with dirt to fit in with them. However, as a Scorbunny, it appeared to crave attention, as shown in the end of Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, where it got angry that Chloe's Yamper and Ash's Pikachu wouldn't pay attention to it, before going to its Trainer with a tear in its eye. Raboot is an expert kicker who hates losing because it cares about its friends so much, especially its best friend and Trainer, Goh. As a Scorbunny, it was shown to be an an energetic Pokémon that has difficulty sitting still, and could be seen kicking the air when needed to stay in one place. Raboot is very loyal to Goh, though after evolving, it often has trouble being open with its feelings. As a Scorbunny, it would often sit on his shoulders and give Goh hi-fives with one of its feet.
In JN006, Scorbunny was revealed to have good hearing, being able to sense a Pidgeotto perching itself on a treetop from far away. It was also revealed to be hasty and quick to act, chasing after the same Pidgeotto and causing it to fly away. Even while it was later told to control itself, it soon got in the way of Goh's attempts to catch a Diglett, making it burrow underground whenever it got close. While Goh and Scorbunny's approaches to catching Pokémon clashed in the beginning, they were able to work around them as they kept capturing more Pokémon.
After evolving, Raboot became more aloof, and it seems to have grown emotionally distant to Goh, as seen when it did not celebrate their victory over Team Rocket with him. It also appears to have developed a greater interest in Pokémon battles. In JN018, Raboot was quick to put up a disinterested front while Goh watched Ash's battle with Visquez. However, by the middle of the match, Raboot was watching the battle closely, and after Ash won, it seemed pleased. Despite this, by the time Pikachu came to greet it, it had composed itself again. Raboot has grown to prefer keeping its emotions hidden; in JN022, when it reconciled with Goh, it became embarrassed when Goh noticed it was smiling under its face covering. Raboot is shown to be a good dancer, using agile movments with its hands, feet, and ears to breakdance, even accenting its movements with fire.
Raboot tends to stick up for other Pokémon, including ones it doesn't know. This was seen in JN015, where it attacked a group of Mankey that were picking on a Cubone without any prompting from its Trainer. In JN021, Raboot helped two Zigzagoon and a Lombre defend their home from three Loudred in a dance battle.
| Using Ember as a Scorbunny
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.