Rarity or length of time to catch a mon isn't considered.
Also,its just, Jolteons 3rd gen is kinda crap.
Relying on TB/Shock Wave+Bite is just average. MAnectric does the same, but Hoenn has 25% ocean and 2 gyms that are weak to electric.
Jolteons just another electric type, sure, its a contender for the best, but before we get access to the power plant, we only have 3!
Pikachu comes earlier and has better type coverage. Voltorb comes around rock tunnel, and is able to outrun much of the e4 despite only having TB as an offensive option.
Jolteon gets electric stab+bite, not bad, but it can rise to upper-mid/bottom of high.
When we get tp power plant, we have 3 more options, Magnemite, Electabuzz and Zapdos.
All of which can be trained at sea.
Also, Jolteon has low def too, so its moot. at best its moveset is Twave/TB/ bite/filler.
I can rise it a little, but its really not performing as well as Raichu. Raichu gets BB/Iron Tail/Dig/QA for coverage, comes earlier, and don't even think of saying stones have competition, because we can buy them en masse.
Both abilities are situational, and Raichu has leads all over the place. Against Surge, it can TWAVE those fast mons, againt Brock, only 4 Mons you cn get have a chance
Squirtle/Bulba/Mankey/Charmader with metal claw.
Edited by The Insane One, 29 February 2012 - 07:53 AM.