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Rat-a-tat Rap

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The Rat-a-tat Rap is an attack used by Banjo and Kazooie. In the first two games, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, the duo can use the move if the player presses B Button while they are in midair. The move also appears in Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, where the player can also use the move by pressing B Button.

When the duo use the move, Banjo lowers his head, allowing for Kazooie to peck enemies. Because it can be executed quickly and deals high damage, this attack is ideal for defeating most enemies, provided that they are tall enough for it to reach.

The Rat-a-tat Rap can sometimes be used as an alternative to the Feathery Flap when jumping across long spans. Although it does not provide the same upward boost, it can cover a greater distance without descending, especially when given a running start.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Rat-a-tat Rap appears as a flurry attack. The air-based version appears as their back-facing jump attack, and hits three times, like the original.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キツツキアタック
Kitsutsuki Atakku
Woodpecker Attack


  • Many players commonly misspell and/or mispronounce the name of this move, often calling it "Rat-a-tat Tap", "Rat-a-tap Rap", "Rat-a-tat Rat", or some other variation.
  • The Rat-a-tap Rap is the answer to one of the questions asked in the Grunty's Furnace Fun game near the end.
  • This move can also be used during Talon Trot in Banjo-Kazooie.