Aaah, the Electric type! A rare but powerful Pokemon type that has been shocking trainers’ hearts ever since Gen I. Here are the best 10 Electric-type Pokemon that you should definitely use on your team.
The Best Electric Pokemon Listed
The main criteria for this list are how powerful said Pokemon are in games where they’re available, regarding both the main story and competitive viability. Visuals or lore-wise rankings are cool, but let’s leave those for another time.
Electric types are best known for having only a single weakness and good matchups against many opponents, as well as being really fast. There’s also a surprisingly huge amount of rare (as in “Legendary”) Electrics, so expect to see many of those here.
10 – Jolteon
Speed’s the game for Jolteon, who’s the best Eeveelution out there (speaking nothing but facts here, and you know it). Jolteon’s one of the fastest Pokemon in Kanto and makes your life easier against some late-game fights (especially if you picked Charmander), even if it doesn’t have the bulk or the sheer attack power that other members in this list.
It doesn’t mean that it cannot be a deadly threat if you accidentally let it set up for the next turn, which could be your last, as its Thunderbolt will usually hit first.
9 – Thundurus
Gen V was stacked with powerful mons, especially in the Legendary category. Thundurus has two different forms, and it’s pretty threatening in both of them. Its typing gave it immunity to Eletric’s only weakness but sadly gave it two more to worry about, so it still falls short compared to certain of its fellow legendaries at the time (looking at your Landorus).
8 – Ampharos
The go-to (if not THE) Electric option for Johto trainers is an old reliable Pokemon that got even better when it got its Mega form. While it’s hard to justify using its bigger, furrier version over bulkier Mega forms, Ampharos can often find a good supportive role in many teams with moves like Light Screen and Cotton Guard, or go as an extra sweeper if something goes wrong with your other strategies.
And even after you get the more powerful Pokemon hidden behind the post-game in Johto games, Ampharos is still a good choice for those last few battles as it doesn’t fall behind on its specific niche.
7 – Tapu Koko
Maybe the most iconic of the Tapus, Tapu Koko is also iconicly meta-defining by automatically setting its Electric Terrain as soon as it gets on the field. Combine it with some great overall stats and better-than-average (sometimes great) stats and you get one of the best options a player could have in Alola. If only Electric had some better physical moves at the time…
6 – Eelektross
Having no weaknesses automatically makes a Pokemon great, and that’s what it did to Eelektross. Its unique type always makes it an annoying thing to deal with, but its terrible speed hinders it back unless you’re using Trick Room strategies or something similar. Don’t let that angry eel get you, as it actually has a dreadful bite.
5 – Iron Hands
Some people love Paradox Pokemon, and others just hate their concept, but I think everyone agrees that some were very creative. Giving Hariyama an Electric-type redesign to go along with its original Fighting-type was one of the best choices they could’ve made, turning it into a staple against Tera Raids and pretty consistent in competition too.
4 – Zapdos
Zapdos is the OG posterbird for legendary Electric Pokemon. He’s one of the best candidates to sweep both the original and remake Kanto games, thanks to its devasting STAB hits and being available relatively early. Seeing it getting a new form in Galar wasn’t that big of a surprise for that reason, as the original persisted through time as one of the strongest Electric types somehow.
3 – Regieleki
Another SwSh era contender who turned out to be a huge threat for unlucky opponents. Our electric Regi-dude is the very definition of a glass cannon with its Transistor ability and huge Speed stats, and it’s no wonder it got banned from competition in Gen IX since it now has access to Terastalization.
It’s still an unstoppable beast on regular play, and you can easily sweep unaware trainers who just aren’t ready to compete with its swiftness. Tournaments might be safe from it, but your friends are still potential victims of its rapid lightning attacks.
2 – Zekrom
Zekrom’s one of the main reasons Pokemon White slapped as hard as it did. And once you start looking at it, it becomes quite clear why. Its signature ability only has some niche uses, but its huge 680 base stats aligned with various resistances and powerful Fusion Bolt hits make it for one of the biggest powerhouses we’ve ever seen in the games.
It also has access to powerful STAB Dragon moves, which are always welcome on the rare occasions when Electric won’t do the job. And you get it for free during the story too, which makes it even better!
1 – Miraidon
Our favorite sandwich-eating lizard boi from Paldea is a force to be reckoned with. After spending the whole game on its back heading from Gym to Gym, you finally get to use it in battle during the final moments, and the payoff is huge! Miraidon has some of the best base stats in the game (670 total), and a single Electro Drift is all it needs to shove your enemies all the way back into Area Zero.
It feels quite similar to Zekrom, but it edges out even with lower stats thanks to its more useful signature move and abilities, which can score some unexpected KOs even on the bulkiest of targets. Future rules, ain’t that right?