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10 best Electric-type Pokemon of all time: Zekrom, Ampharos & more

Published: 26/Jan/2021 13:28

by Isaac McIntyre


From Thunder to Paralyze, Electric-type Pokemon boast some of the most iconic moves and monster designs in the series. But which are the best Electric Pokemon you should be using? Here’s who makes the list.

There’s plenty of reasons to have a favorite type. Maybe you like strategy, and pick Flying and Poison. Maybe you enjoy total control, and pick Bug and Physic. Maybe you just want pure power, and lean towards Fire and Rock.

Or, maybe, you love the flashy stuff: then, Electric is perfect for you.

There aren’t many Pokemon types more iconic than Electric. Monsters like Pikachu, Zapdos, and Voltorb immediately spring to players’ minds when they’re thinking about early creatures, and Toxtricity, Thundurus, and Zekrom have dominated competitive play since their debuts.

But the question is, which of the lightning lovers are the best? Which ones are the strongest, funnest, and “most flashy?” Which fits Electric down to the wires and shocks?

Here’s the top 10 best-performing Pokemon from the game’s most ‘shocking’ type.

10. Electivire

Electivire brings every element to the battlefield: truly a versatile Electric battler.
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Electivire brings every element to the battlefield: truly a versatile Electric battler.

Electivire’s strengths come from its versatility. The Electabuzz evolution felt like it never really made the ripples its younger cousin did from Generation 1, and with how much it has in its back pocket, it’s a bit of a surprise.

The Electric ‘mon comes armed with Thunderbolt, of course, but can use “Flamethrower,” “Focus Blast,” “Earthquake,” and even “Ice Punch” as well. Talk about varied!

9. Tapu Koko

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This Electric/Fairy-type Pokemon benefits from a great pool of stats.

Though this Pokemon might not look imposing, it can still prove essential in turning the tide of battle. With a zippy speed of 130 coupled with an attack of 115, Tapu Koko’s resistances to Dark and Flying-types make it a fantastic addition to any team. Providing a middle-man of sorts, the Pokemon can quickly switch between others with the incredibly useful U-Turn.

While skills like Roost allow the chance to restore a maximum of half of it’s HP, reverting any Flying-type opponent to a Normal-type until the end of that turn.

8. Manectric

Manectric was a standout Electric Pokemon in Generation III.
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Manectric was a standout Electric Pokemon in Generation III.

Pokemon’s loyal lightning canine Manectric is one of the last “pure” Electric Pokemon since the earliest generations. The Manectric line stars as the third gym aces in Ruby and Sapphire, and comes packed with powerful moves: Shock Wave, Thunder Fang, Discharge, Wild Charge, and Thunder.

Manectric was also another early Pokemon to be given a mega evolution late on in the series. While it never had an impact in ranked or competitive, Manectric found its way to trainer’s hearts with its dog-styling and strong playstyle.

7. Zapdos

Zapdos has been one of the most powerful Electric picks since 1996.
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Zapdos has been one of the most powerful Electric picks since 1996.

The original ‘powerhouse’ Electric Pokemon. Zapdos first appeared in the dazzling Power Plant all the way back in Kanto in 1996, surrounded by Voltorbs, Pikachus, and Electabuzz. The lightning bird even debuted at level 50, and ran rampant with “Thunder.”

There are not many Electric Pokemon ⁠— outside of Pikachu ⁠— that have had the same long-lasting effect of Zapdos. Because the shocking bird could add “Fly” to its arsenal, many young trainers quickly added it to their party and fell in love.

The Legendary Bird also had a starring role in Pokémon The Movie 2000, showing off its thunderous power. Movie star, Elite Four veteran, ranked champion ⁠— what can’t Zapdos do?

6. Raikou

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While the bipedal tiger Pokemon has been around since Gen 2, it’s still one of the most powerful electric-types.

As non-evolving Pokemon, Raikou benefits from a relatively positive set of base stats, but where it really shines is with its lighting-fast Special Attack and Speed stats of 115.

While it benefits from these, its most major fallback is undoubtedly its low defense, which will put the Pokemon in a pinch when faced with attacks suck as Earthquake.

Despite its low survivability, the Pokemon is a fantastic addition to any team. It can often work well in a tanking position when utilizing skills such as Thunder, which provides a 30% paralysis chance, and also being able to fully restore itself over two turns by using Rest.

5. Thundurus

Thundurus is a real "force of nature" among Electric Pokemon.
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Thundurus is a real “force of nature” among Electric Pokemon.

Another Electric powerhouse. Thundurus rivals Zekrom for pure strength, especially once it transcends to its Therian Forme. It’s a real ‘force of nature’ to contend with.

Thundurus doesn’t have a huge move pool ⁠— Thunder, Discharge, and Volt Switch are the main moves in its arsenal, but its 580 base stats make sure they pack a punch. In the lore it’s powerful too; it “flies around Unova firing off bolts.”

4. Regieleki

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Generation 8’s Regieleki has a thunderous base speed of 200.

Swooping in with a truly phenomenal base speed of 200, Regieleki is now the fastest Pokemon in play, and is imperative for getting in those quick attacks to damage the opposition. Of course, this comes at the expense of all of the Pokemon’s other stats leaving something to be desired.

With a mere 80 HP and special defense of just 50, it’s lack of good coverage can often get in its way. However, its electric-type moves are still incredibly powerful, especially when looking at moves like Thunder Cage.

Regieleki can aid alongside a water-based team, but will often struggle when pitted against ground-type opponents.

3. Zeraora

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Generation 7’s Zeraora was introduced in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Pokemon #807, Zeraora is a fantastically powerful Electric-type that dominates by gathering and storing electricity from outside sources before utilizing it in battle.

With a speed of 143, this fighter will zip through battles dazzling its foes, but its lackluster defense comes at the cost of its quick-wittedness to act.

Because of this, the Pokemon will often have to resort to utilizing Life Orb often for its damage output, this tanking its ultimate survivability when it comes down to keeping it in play.

2. Ampharos

Ampharos packs a mean Electric punch throughout the generations.
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Ampharos packs a mean Electric punch throughout the generations.

There weren’t many Electric Pokemon added to the first Pokemon sequel, Gold and Silver, but the Ampharos line ⁠— starting with Mareep and going through Fluffy ⁠— was a great one.

As an aside, Ampharos is this writer’s all-time favorite Pokemon, and has been since their first playthrough in Pokemon Gold back in 1999, but that isn’t going to bias #181’s inclusion in the list; Ampharos is absolutely in here on its own merit.

At just 55 Speed, it is a bit of a lumbering fighter, but what it lacks in quickness it more than makes up for with the punch it delivers once it gets there.

Ampharos has an incredible 115 Special Attack, boosted to 165 when in “Mega” form, which can make its powerful Electric moves (Zap Cannon, Thunder Punch, Thunder) and its special moves like Dragon Pulse, all the more lethal.

1. Zekrom

Zekrom may well be the most powerful Electric Pokemon in the series.
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Zekrom may well be the most powerful Electric Pokemon in the series.

While Zekrom is technically Dragon first and Electric second, it’s worth considering the sheer-black fifth-generation game mascot is the only other Electric-type to appear on a title’s box art outside of Pikachu.

On top of that, which other ‘mon can “scorch the world with lightning”? Not many, that’s for sure. Zekrom is powerful, in the lore, and in-action as well. The cover star boasts a whopping 680 stats, 150 of which are slotted into his Attack. It also is one of the only Pokemon that can learn “Bolt Strike,” a 130-power Electric move.

Zekrom spent much of its life reigning over competitive too ⁠— when it wasn’t banned from play. Pokemon #644 is arguably the strongest Electric monster ever to appear in the franchise thus far.

There you have it, 10 of the best Electric-type Pokemon you should be using in play. Make sure to check out our Pokemon hub for all of the latest news and updates.


The creepiest Pokedex entries of all time

Published: 26/Dec/2020 1:00

by James Busby


The Pokemon series is home to some of the most instantly recognizable characters and creatures in gaming history. While many have cute and cool-looking designs, there a few that house more sinister secrets. 

While the world of Pokemon may look like a beautiful, idyllic place filled with color and charm, it is not completely devoid of horror. In fact, Game Freak is often all too keen to dabble in the macabre when creating new creatures for its ever-growing roster. Ever since the first generation of Pokemon games hit our screens back in 1998, the trusty Pokedex has provided fans some truly horrifying descriptions. 

From Psychic-type Pokemon that eat children’s dreams to sentient dolls that hunt down their previous owners, it seems that each generation brings a bunch of new terrors to the table. So, settle down and switch on the nearest light as we rank the most creepy Pokedex entries ever seen.

8. Drowzee

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Drowzee is literally nightmare fuel.

It’s probably best to avoid sleeping in areas where this Psychic-type Pokemon, especially if you don’t want your dreams to be devoured. This sleep-inducing beast is said to have descended from a Baku – a Japanese mythological being that devours nightmares. 

Drowzee uses its long nose to track down its target and it is said that “If your nose becomes itchy while you are sleeping, it’s a sure sign that one of these Pokémon is standing above your pillow and trying to eat your dream through your nostrils.” 

If that wasn’t bad enough, this tapir-like creature “rarely eats the dreams of adults because children’s are much tastier.” Who needs sleep anyway?

7. Spoink

Spoink in the anime
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Spoink isn’t just bouncing with excitement…

Who would have thought such a cute critter could have such a dark Pokedex entry? Well, this info will certainly take the spring out of your step. “Spoink bounces around on its tail. The shock of its bouncing makes its heart pump. As a result, this Pokémon cannot afford to stop bouncing — if it stops, its heart will stop.”

Next time you see a field of Spoink happily hopping around, just remember that they’re not doing it for fun, they’re doing it for their survival.

6. Mimikyu

Screenshot of Pokemon Mimikyu from Sun & Moon anime.
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Mimikyu may look adorable, but we’ll never know what horrors it hides.

Some things are best left unknown and this sentiment is especially true of the Ghost-type Pokemon, Mimikyu. While this cute critter may disguise itself as Pokemon’s loveable mascot, it hides a truly terrifying secret. Despite having arguably the worst cosplay in Pokemon history, its actual appearance is unknown. 

However, there was once an attempt to find out what creature hid beneath its cloak. “A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock.” It certainly seems Mimikyu’s true form will stay hidden from prying eyes.

5. Drifloon

Drifloon in the anime
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Sometimes the most creepy creatures are those that look the least threatening.

This balloon-like creature may look unimposing at first, but like most Pokemon, it hides a sinister secret. Drifloon is said to have been formed by the spirits of people and Pokémon, floating aimlessly around the earth in search of lost souls. 

Pokemon Sun famously startled many Pokemon fans when its Pokedex entry stated that it “grabs the hands of small children and drags them away to the afterlife. It dislikes heavy children.”

4. Lampent

Lampent in the anime
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You wouldn’t want to see Lampent floating outside a hospital window.

While the world of Pokemon may seem like an idyllic place for many, there are plenty of dangers to look out for. In fact, even the most common Pokemon can pose a real threat to your overall survival. After all, just look at how Ash and Pikachu turned out when a flock of angry Spearow chased them.

As a result, it’s incredibly common for trainers to encounter similar situations or much worse. This has led to ghostly apparitions appearing near local hospitals. One such creature that revels in death is that of Lampent – the dual-type Ghost/Fire Pokémon.

Lampent is Pokemon’s answer to the Grim Reaper as “it hangs around hospitals waiting for people to pass on.” If that wasn’t creepy enough,  it is said that “the spirits it absorbs fuel its baleful fire.” It seems even Pokemon trainers and ordinary citizens aren’t safe from this nightmarish Pokemon even in death.

3. Banette

Banette in the anime
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Banette gives us some major Chucky vibes.

If the world of Pokemon wasn’t scary enough, it seems you’re not even allowed to throw away your children’s’ toys without them coming back to haunt you. Yes, Banette is said to have such “strong feelings of hatred” for its previous owner that it will tirelessly walk the earth until it eventually finds them. 

“An abandoned plush doll became this Pokémon. They are said to live in garbage dumps and wander about in search of the children that threw them away.” Next time you consider throwing out your plush doll collection, consider giving them to charity or simply burning them.

2. Dusclops

Dusclops in the anime
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Many Pokemon trainers have let their curiosity get the better of them.

Ghost Pokemon are scary at the best of times, but Dusclops takes the dial and cranks it all the way up to 11. Not only can this Pokemon absorb anything into its body, it is also known to hypnotize its foes while staring at them with its single red eye. 

Once under Dusclops’ control, the “hypnotized foe is made to do Dusclops’s bidding,” while anyone who so much as dares to peer into its body “will have their spirit stolen away.” What happens to those unfortunate enough to be consumed remains a mystery. 

1. Yamask

Yamask in the anime
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Yamask has us questioning the morality of the Pokemon world.

The writers over at Game Freak clearly pulled out all the stops on creating this devilish description. “Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.” Not only does this Ghost-type Pokemon remember being human, it is forced to battle other creatures for eternity. 

This makes the whole “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” motto a lot more sinister. If 10-year-old kids catching literal gods wasn’t bad enough, the fact that they can catch Pokemon that had once been previously human raises questions of morality. 

So, there you have it, eight of the most terrifying Pokedex entries ever recorded. Do you agree with our list? If not, let us know via @PokemonSwordNS which Pokemon you think are worthy of making our list?