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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.