Pokémon

Electric-Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses

We’ve put together a guide to everything trainers need to know about Electric-type Pokemon.
We’ve put together a guide to everything trainers need to know about Electric-type Pokemon. / Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

We’ve put together a guide to everything trainers need to know about Electric-type Pokemon.

From the moment they become fans of the franchise, Pokemon trainers can immediately point to the most popular electric type of all time: Pikachu, the electric mouse, partner of series protagonist Ash Ketchum, and franchise mascot.

What is an Electric-type Pokemon?

Electric-types are Pokemon that harness he power of lightening and electricity to attack and defend themselves. Unsurprisingly — since the franchise mascot is an electric-type, itself — electric-types are among the original types that debuted with the first generation in the Kanto region.

Aside from Pikachu, examples of electric-type Pokemon include Yamper, Electivire, Blitzle, Manectric, Pachirisu, Lanturn, Joltik, and Pawmi.

Electric-type legendaries include Rotom, Zapdos, Raikou, Zekrom, and Zeraora.

Electric-type Weaknesses

Traditionally, Electric-types tend to be known for their speed — not so much that it effectively makes them glass cannons, but simply that they often get first priority in a battle round. This can be used to one’s advantage to set up a successful attack or read an opponent’s potential move and head them off.

Electric-types take super-effective damage from:

  • Ground-type moves

Meanwhile, they do half damage to:

  • Dragon-types
  • Grass-types
  • Electric-types

Ground-types are immune to electric-type damage.

Electric-type Strengths and Resistances

As of Generation IV, electric-types can no longer be paralyzed.

Electric-type moves deal super effective damage to:

Electric-type Pokemon take half damage from:

  • Electric-types
  • Flying-types
  • Steel-types

Best Counters for Electric-types

The best counter for electric-types are ground-types. Not only do ground-types do super-effective damage, they are also immune to electric moves.

Ground-types that work as effective counters include Hippowdon, Mudsdale, Rhyperior, Groudon, and Mamoswine.


Those interested in learning more about Pokemon types should check out our type guides: