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Rats are a hobo's best friend!

Okay maybe not, but they are the only "animal" you can find, capture, own, and raise in HoboWars. One of the biggest perks about owning a rat is that it can directly damage your opponent during hobo fights. You can also sign up your rats for duels in order to win some extra money.

Rats must be found and captured before they can be raised to become that formidable sidekick in hobo fights or powerful combatant in rat fights you want. Rats can be found all over the HoboWorld and be trained to become a powerful attacker or formidable wall just like any hobo can. You can even save their memory if you desire. However, rats are pets and you must have a place for them in your hobo life.



Rat Cages
Name Cost
One-Slot Cage $50,000
Two-Slot Cage $250,000
Three-Slot Cage* $500,000

*Only donators can purchase this rat cage.

Rats can be found all across HoboWorld. However, before you can run around catching rats you must first purchase a Rat Cage to put them all in. Fortunately, the Pet Shop in the City sells rat cages, from one-slot cages that can only hold one rat to three-slot cages that hold up to three! You can only own one type of rat cage at a time; when you purchase a different one, the one you currently have gets thrown out with no refund and replaced by the new cage. So, no, you can't have five three-slot cages or one three-slot cage, one two-slot cage, and one one-slot cage. Therefore, it is highly recommended to buy a two-slot cage if you a non-donator or a three-slot cage if you are a donator. (If you lose your donator status, you still get to keep and use the three-slot cage; it does not disappear or get downgraded to a two-slot cage.)

Once you have purchased your rat cage, you can now go out and start catching rats! As previously mentioned, rats can be found all over the place. If you have a rat cage with an empty slot, you will automatically attempt to catch the rat when you find one. You can release any captured rat you don't want by going to the rat page and selecting Abandon.

All of the locations to find rats can be found in the listing of rats below

Rat Stats

Rats are just like hobos in that they have stats that determine their worth. Their stats can be trained and upgraded, and they have skills that can be increased to give additional benefits.

Basic Rat Stats

Rats have 4 stats that can be both trained and upgraded and 3 stats that can only be upgraded. These stats are what defines your rat's worth in the activities it performs. There is also a calculated stat (Index) whose value is based on the total amount of stats your rat currently has.

Lifespan / Age Hunger
Lifespan is the total number of days your rat has left before it dies, and Age is the total number of days your rat has lived so far. Every major (AM) reset, your rat's Age increases by one day and its Lifespan decreases by one day. Rats die once their Lifespan reaches zero. Additional Lifespan can be gained through upgrade purchases and the Vegetarianism skill. Hunger determines how much Energy your rat can gain through consuming food. It is reset every day during the major (AM) reset. Although rats can consume any food item in the game, they won't gain any secondary benefits that that food item would normally bestow upon hobos. Additional Max Hunger can be gained through upgrade purchases and the Buddhism skill.
Energy Agility
Energy is similar to Awake as it's required to preform rat activities. It takes 30 Energy per hour for a rat to train, 10 Energy to fight another rat, and 30 Energy to sign up a rat for a duel. Rats regain 5 Energy every 20 minutes, taking 6 hours and 40 minutes to recover 100 Energy. A rat can also gain Energy by being fed food items. Additionally, Max Energy can be increased by upgrade purchases. Agility is similar to your hobo's speed stat in that it provides your rat with more chances to attack. Agility can be gained through training and upgrade purchases. Agility can be further boosted by the Speed Mastery skill; however, the skill only affects rat fights and rat duels.
Strength Concentration
Strength is similar to your hobo's power stat in that it provides your rat with offensive power. Strength can be gained through training and upgrade purchases. Strength can be further boosted by the Damage Mastery skill; however, the skill only affects rat fights and rat duels. Concentration is similar to your hobo's strength stat in that it provides your rat with defense. Concentration can be gained through training and upgrades. Concentration can be further boosted by the Defense Mastery skill; however, the skill only affects rat fights and rat duels.
Vitality Index
Vitality is similar to your hobo's life stat. Vitality can be gained through training and upgrade purchases. Vitality only matters in rat fights and rat duels. Index determines what other rats you can fight and increases as a rat's stats or level increases.

Rat Index Formula:
Index = 1 + ( Int{ 0.02 [ ( Level * 5 ) + Agility + Concentration + Strength + ( Vitality / 4 ) ] } )

There is also an unused rat stat called Weight. This was introduced when Governor Malord was still coding for the game, but was never finalized before Malord left.

Training Stats

You can train your rat's battle stats on HoboWars, HoboWars2, and Facebook Hobowars. Rats can gain [0.40 + (0.01 * Training Mastery Level ) ] Agility / Strength / Concentration or [2 + (0.05 * Training Mastery Level) ] Vitality per train. It costs 30 Energy per training session and rats gain their stats on the hour. Rats cannot train their Lifespan, Hunger, or Energy stats. Although there is no limit to how long a rat can be trained for (as long as it has the Energy required for that training session's duration), once a rat's training session is set up, it must be completed in full before another one can be set up.

On HoboArena, you cannot train your rats stats. Rat Stats are based on a rat's level.

Upgrading Stats

Upgrading your rat's stats will cost you a bit of money. You can purchase up to 10 upgrades for each rat stat. To purchase an upgrade, have the money on hand and then click the [+] in the column of the stat you want to upgrade.

Stat Upgrade Amounts

Upgrade Lifespan Max Hunger Max Energy Vitality Speed Strength Concentration
Gain per Level +2 +5 +10 +20 +4 +4 +4

Upgrade Cost per Level

Level Lifespan
All Others*
All Others*
1 $15,000 $10,000 $3,000 $2,000
2 $25,000 $15,000 $5,000 $3,000
3 $35,000 $20,000 $7,000 $4,000
4 $45,000 $25,000 $9,000 $5,000
5 $55,000 $30,000 $11,000 $6,000
6 $65,000 $35,000 $13,000 $7,000
7 $75,000 $40,000 $15,000 $8,000
8 $85,000 $45,000 $17,000 $9,000
9 $95,000 $50,000 $19,000 $10,000
10 $105,000 $55,000 $21,000 $11,000
Total $600,000 $325,000
(Per stat)
$120,000 $65,000
(Per stat)

*All Others includes Hunger, Energy, Vitality, Agility, Strength, and Concentration.

Rat Levels

You can have your rat fight to gain experience. Rats can only attack other rats that have either the same Index or ±1 Index that they currently have. Rats gain 3 experience for defeating a rat of a lower Index, 4 experience for defeating a rat of the same Index, and 5 experience for defeating a rat of a higher Index. For every attack on the same rat, you will gain one less experience. Once you attack a rat three times in one day, you will be unable to attack it until the next major (AM) reset occurs.

Every level your rat gains grants it 3 free stat upgrades and 1 free Skill point.

As your rat gain levels, you can level up its Skills.

Rat Skills

Rats gain skills through leveling, and those skills offer a wide range of enhancements, from boosts to battle stats during fights, to increasing your non-battle stats.

Training Mastery Speed Mastery
+(0.01 * Mastery Level) gain to Agility / Strength / Concentration trains per level.
+(0.05 * Mastery Level) gain to Vitality trains per level.
+2% Agility in rat fights per level.
+1.5% chance per level to sprint in rat fights.
Damage Mastery Defense Mastery
+2% Strength in rat fights per level.
+1% chance per level to overpower your opponent (critical hit) in rat fights.
+2% Concentration in rat fights per level.
+1% chance per level to dodge an incoming attack in rat fights.
Buddhism Vegetarianism
+5 Max Hunger per level. +2 Lifespan per level.

Rats in Hobo Fights

Rats can be very helpful in your quest to conquer other hobos in your fights. Rat attacks happen every 5 rounds in fights. The rat that does attacks that round in the fight is based on the rats agility stat. If you have more then one rat, you can choose which rat will fight by choosing the Hobo Fights link on the toolbar and clicking the image of the rat you want fighting.

Battle Grounds for Rats

Rats are tied into most hobo fights but not all. The different areas that rats help in hobo fights are:

Rat Damage during Fights

Generally speaking, the higher your hobo's level, the more damage your rat will do if it gets the hits in hobo fights. Damage is also influenced by the Strength and Index of the attacking rat and the Concentration of the defending rat. The rat's Speed determines which rat is the one that attacks.

Your rat's Vitality does not play a role in determining how much damage it does in hobo fights.


You can duel your rats against the rats of other hobos. The purpose of dueling was to determine which hobo could create the ultimate rat setup, as well as gain a little monetary bonus. To duel your rat, it must have a minimum index of 5, a minimum level of 5, and have a lifespan of at least 2. It costs $15,000 and 30 rat energy to sign up for a duel. Once you have the money in hand, go to the "Sign up" link to enter your rat into the dueling world, and then use the "Manage arena" page to chose your dueling partner. Your rats cannot duel each other, only rats from another hobo.

Rat duels do not happen immediately after the pair is set. This is because hobos can wager bets on the duels. Any hobo can make a bet, but be warned that once you make a bet of any type, the bet cannot be unmade.

For winning a duel, you receive $40,000 + 2% of the total amount bet on your duel as well as a small amount of exp. You receive nothing for losing a duel.

Rat Duel Payout Formula:
Payout = ( Your Bet / Total of Winning Bets ) * Total Amount of All Bets

List of Rats

Rats have been around for such a long time that some are obsolete and no longer obtainable. The following is a breakdown of all of the rats that you can and can not get in the game.

List of Current Rats

There are currently 22 obtainable rats in the game.

The following is a list of all them, as well as information pertaining to their base stats (amount of stats it has when you catch it), common location(s) to find that specific rat, and other important information for catching it.

Image Name Lifespan Hunger Energy Vitality Agility Strength Concent. Location(s)* Notes
alcoholic-120.jpg Alcoholic Rat 64 100 90 60.00 8.00 12.00 8.00 City
(Pet Shop)

ballerina-120.jpg Ballerina Rat 65 100 100 65.00 18.00 10.00 13.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)
Second City
(City Hall)

Rat Poison required for capture at City Hall.
boxer-120.jpg Boxing Rat 60 100 100 60.00 12.00 60.00 13.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)

breakdance-120.jpg Breakdancing Rat 70 100 150 75.00 25.00 16.00 16.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)

cave-120.jpg Cave Rat 62 100 110 60.00 10.00 12.00 11.00 City
(Pet Shop)

country-120.jpg Country Rat 65 100 100 70.00 25.00 24.00 45.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)

disco-120.jpg Disco Rat 68 100 110 80.00 17.00 14.00 13.00 Second City
(Night Club)

golden-120.jpg Golden Rat 100 100 175 100.00 25.00 25.00 25.00 Hoburbia
(Loompa Land)
Only obtainable once per player through wishing.
Can only be purchased once per month.
detective-120.jpg Gumshoe Rat 75 100 110 75.00 13.00 11.00 20.00 Second City
(Red Light District)

Lab-rat.jpg Lab Rat 30 100 200 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 City
Haunted House
Rat Poison required for capture.
blob-120.jpg Obese Rat 62 100 100 60.00 8.00 14.00 10.00 City
(Pet Shop)

octo-120.jpg Octo Rat 75 100 130 80.00 16.00 35.00 21.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)

old-120.jpg Old Rat 65 100 90 70.00 12.00 10.00 8.00 City
(Pet Shop)

pincher-120.jpg Pincher Rat 65 100 110 50.00 15.00 30.00 15.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)
(Fizzy Falling Soda Pit)

Flashlight and Fizzy Falling Soda required for capture.
pirate-120.jpg Pirate Rat 79 100 160 70.00 16.00 16.00 18.00 Hoburbia
(Fizzy Falling Soda Pit)
(Canbodian River)
Flashlight and Fizzy Falling Soda required for capture in Hoburbia.
Rat Poison and King's Cup, (or the King's Kiddie Cup), required for capture in Canbodia.
bandit-120.jpg Rat Bandit 70 100 110 70.00 14.00 14.00 13.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)
Second City
(Red Light District)

glow-120.jpg Raver Rat 69 100 120 70.00 14.00 16.00 8.00 City
(Pet Shop)

rollerderby-120.jpg Rollerderby Rat 73 100 110 70.00 21.00 12.00 14.00 Second City
(City Hall)
Rat Poison required for capture.
shadow-120.jpg Shadow Rat 75 100 120 80.00 60.00 15.00 5.00 City
(Bernard's Basement)

space-120.jpg Space Rat 80 100 140 80.00 16.00 16.00 16.00 Second City
(Sewer #4)
Mirror Shard required for capture.
twoheaded-120.jpg Two-Headed Rat 65 100 100 70.00 13.00 18.00 13.00 City
(Pet Shop)

winged-120.jpg Winged Rat 68 100 200 80.00 15.00 8.00 9.00 Second City
Piece of Bread required for capture.

*The location listed is the primary location the rat is found in. Some rats can be found to a lesser extent in other game locations.

List of Extinct Rats

The following is a list of rats that were gradually phased out of the game and thus are no longer obtainable.

These rats were present during a time when the game didn't have much artwork in it, so, these rats didn't have images associated with them.

Name Lifespan Hunger Energy Vitality Agility Strength Concentration
Cotton Rat 60 100 110 60.00 12.00 8.00 8.00
Kangaroo Rat 67 100 100 70.00 8.00 14.00 14.00
Lab Rat 70 100 100 70.00 14.00 8.00 14.00
Norway Rat 66 100 100 70.00 14.00 8.00 14.00
Sewer Rat 64 100 90 60.00 8.00 14.00 8.00

General FAQ

How do I keep rats I find?

In order to own a rat, you must buy a rat cage from the Pet Shop. If you have an open slot in your cage, you will automatically obtain the rat.

What is the best type of rat?

The best starting type is the Golden Rat. But as they are almost impossible to get every time, the second best is a toss-up depending on your game-play amount, style, and demand, and how much T you are willing to spend to obtain it. You might want something with a high starting energy, something with great beginning stats, or maybe just the greatest lifespan out there. Re-visit the table above to pick which fits your needs.

Is there a limit to the number of rounds a rat fight can go?

The limit is 999 moves, after that it simply says "**** and **** made draw."

There is a rat on the "Rat Fights" page with the "[Fight]" link crossed out, what does this mean?

You can only attack one rat 3 times per day. You must wait until the next day to attack it again.

My rat has negative lifespan. How did this happen?

Your rat will be listed with negative lifespan if you have applied any one of the bonus skill points you received from leveling towards Vegetarianism. This does not always happen though.
Your rats lifespan will still be listed as a positive number on the page you see of your rats stats, however, it may show as negative on the "Rat Fights" page once you are into the days that Vegetarianism give you.

What is the purpose of the Cemetery?

You can reserve a spot for your rat in the cemetery. This will save some of your rats information for you or others to look up after it dies, including your rats name, your name, its age, level, and index, as well as the time that it died.
If you pay for a spot then abandon your rat, you will forfeit your cemetery space.

If I have a 1 slot cage and purchase a 2 or 3 slot cage, will my rat be lost?

No, your rat will still be there, you'll just receive extra slots.

Can I change the order of the rats in my cage?

No, you cannot.

My rat lost some of its energy I gave it from feeding!

This is NOT a glitch. If your rat has more "current" energy then its "max" energy when the 20-minute mark hits, it will reset back down to the "max" energy amount and you lose all the energy above that. Long-story short, don't feed your rats near the 20-minute marks.
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