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Some notable trainers that specialize in the Electric type include the Gym Leaders Lt. Surge of Vermilion City, Wattson of Mauville City and Volkner of Sunyshore City.
In battle, Electric-types can prove useful as both offensive and defensive players. Electric types make for very good offensive Pokémon, as they have decent Speed and high Special Attack stats. Plus, Electric attacks come in handy against two very prominent types: Water and Flying. Although Grass is also super-effective against Water, many Water Pokémon eventually learn Ice moves and make using Grass a gamble, which makes Electric the safer choice. The greatest disadvantage of all of this is that they do not do anything to Ground-types.
From a defensive point of view, Electric-type Pokémon have their cons and pros. A handful of Electric-types have many resistances and few weaknesses. Even as a single type, Electric has more resistances than weaknesses. However, Earthquake is a very common move carried by physical attackers.
Despite this, some electric Pokémon have a good amount of HP and fairly high Defense/Special Defense. Zapdos and Magnezone are prime examples of Electric's defensive capabilities. Zapdos is able to avoid Electric's one weakness, Ground, via its secondary type, Flying. Magnezone makes a splendid defensive player, as it has a whopping 12 resistances, one immunity and can get rid of its double weakness through the use of the move Magnet Rise.
In contests, Electric-type moves are usually Cool, but no Electric move is considered Tough.
In total, there are 28 Electric-type Pokémon.
Pure Electric-type Pokémon
Half Electric-type Pokémon
Primary Electric-type Pokémon
Secondary Electric-type Pokémon
- In the anime, the Electric type has had some degree of exclusivity with Ash, as his Pikachu was the only Electric-type Pokémon owned by a main character up until Dawn captured Pachirisu in Twice Smitten, Once Shy.
- Each Electric-type Gym Leader is seen wearing a military-style outfit; Lt. Surge wears a uniform reminiscent of that of Vietnam soldiers, Wattson wears what appears to be an aviator's jacket, and Volkner wears what appears to be a military uniform similar to that of the dress uniform of Turkish troops.
- In addition, all Electric-type Gym Leaders have been male so far.
- Every generation has introduced at least one Electric-type Pokémon whose names begin with the letters E, M, and P. Coincidentally, these letters, when put together, form the abbreviation for an electricity-related phenomenon.
- In Generation III, all Electric moves were Cool moves except for Charge.
- Out of all types, the Electric type is the most unpaired, with only eight dual-typed Electric-type Pokémon. Five among these belong to the only three-stage dual-typed Electric family (Magnemite's) and the only two-stage dual-typed Electric family (Chinchou's). The other three (Zapdos, Rotom, and Zekrom) are only available in the wild once per game.
- Generation I introduced the most amount of Electric-type Pokémon, a total of 9. Generation II introduced 8, Generation IV introduced 7 and Generation III introduced the least, only 4.
- Zekrom is the only known Pokémon with a double resistance to Electric-type moves, due to being a Dragon-type type as well as an Electric-type.
In other languages
- Chinese: 電 diàn
- Dutch: Elektrisch
- Finnish: Sähkö
- French: Electrik
- German: Elektro
- Hebrew: חשמל hashmal
- Italian: Elettro
- Japanese: でんき (電気) denki
- Korean: 전기 jeon'gi
- Polish: Elektryczny
- Portuguese (Brazilian): Elétrico
- Russian: Электрический elektricheskii
- Spanish: Eléctrico