The Wererat, also known as the Were Rat, is a common enemy encountered in various locations in Final Fantasy II. It usually attacks in groups of two to five, and wields a physical attack that may inflict Poison. The only real danger in facing these rodents is the potential to be overwhelmed by their numbers.
[view·edit·purge]A wererat is a therianthropic creature in the shape of a rat. The term is a neologism coined in analogy to werewolf, used in the fantasy or horror genre since the 1970s. The concept has since become common in role playing games and fantasy fiction inspired by them. Were-rats are commonly portrayed as sewer-dwelling scavengers and opportunistic thieves.
[view·edit·purge]In folklore and fantasy fiction, were- is often used as a prefix applied to an animal name to indicate a type of lycanthropy and/or shapeshifter (e.g. "were-boar"). Hyphenation used to be mandatory but is now commonly dropped, as in werecat and wererat. This usage can be seen as a back-formation from werewolf (literally, "man-wolf"), as there is no equivalent wifewolf.