In "Darkly Dawns the Duck," it is shown to be very large (to the point where it is almost taller than Darkwing) with a small sidecar positioned near the back. However, as the series progressed, it was shown with a smaller body and a slightly larger sidecar. It is very fast.
Its front fender is shaped like Darkwing's head, similar to the Thunderquack. It also has a pair of large exhaust pipes coming up past the back fender. It has two small headlights, as well as one big headlight on the sidecar.
The Ratcatcher also, like most cartoon vehicles, appears to be nearly indestructable. In fact, it has only been extremely damaged on two occasions, once when it fell off of Bushroot's giant plant and once when Darkwing drove it into Stegmutt's tail.
In the alternate opening for "Darkly Dawns the Duck," Darkwing is shown riding the Ratcatcher off a makeshift ramp, into the back of a criminal's pickup truck, catapulting the drivers out the truck's windows into a trash can.
There is also a version of the Ratcatcher for on the water, aptly named the River-Ratcatcher. Negaduck owns an alternate version of the Ratcatcher. Like Darkwing and Negaduck, the alternate Ratcatcher looks exactly like the original Ratcatcher, but with a different color scheme.