Electric Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Electric Type Pokémon?

Electric type Pokémon are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Electric type Pokémon are generally associated with electricity, power and lightning. Many of them have the ability to produce and / or store electricity. They are most often found in areas where there is electricity such as power plants, generators or during thunderstorms. The first Electric Type Pokémon in the Pokédex, and the Pokémon mascot is 0025 Pikachu. 

Electric Type Pokémon - Pikachu 0025

To date there are 73 Electric type Pokémon including Pure Electric types that are only Electric type, and Half Electric types whose Primary or Secondary type is Electric.

Complete Electric Pokémon List


What are Electric Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. Their strengths and weaknesses can be reflected in the real world.

Electric Type Strengths:

When attacking – Electric type Pokémon moves are strong against Water and Flying type Pokémon. Just as in the real world electricity and water are a deadly mix and birds die when struck by lightning.  

When being attacked – Electric type Pokémon have a resistance to attacks by Electric, Flying and Steel type Pokémon. In the real world, none of these elements would be able to destroy electricity.

Electric Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Electric type Pokémon moves are weak against Dragon, Electric, Grass and Ground type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Electric type Pokémon are weak to Ground type Pokémon. This can be likened to real world situations – where sand or soil can neutralise electricity.


Starter Pokémon – Electric Type

Starter Pokémon are generally selected from Grass, Fire or Water type Pokémon. However in the games Pokémon Yellow and Let’s Go Pikachu, the starter Pokémon is Pikachu. 


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Electric type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Electric type Pokémon. 

Electric Elite Four

To date there are no members of the Elite Four that specialise in Electric type Pokémon.

Electric Gym Leaders

Clemont – Lumiose City Gym (X & Y)

Elesa – Nimbasa City Gym (Black & White, Black & White 2)

Iono – Levincia Gym (Scarlet & Violet)

Lt. Surge – Vermilion City Gym (Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee)

Volkner – Sunyshore City Gym (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl)

Wattson – Mauville City Gym (Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)

Trial Captain

Sophocles – Trial Captain of Hokulani Observatory (Sun & Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)

Trainer Classes

Beauty – (Black 2, White 2)

Engineer – (Various games)

Guitarist – (Various games)

Poké Kid – (Various games)

Rocker – (Various games)


Electric Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

Electric Type Pokémon in the TCG are a stand-alone category and only include Electric type Pokémon. Although they are commonly referred to as Electric types they are also known as Lightning types in the TCG. The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the Lightning symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

068/182 Tapu Koko ex

To use the Vengeful Shock attack associated with this card, the player must attach one Basic Lightning Energy card as well as a Colorless Energy card. The Extreme Current move requires two Basic Lightning Energy and one Colorless Energy. When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities and requirements of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost.


In the TCG, Electric / Lightning type Pokémon generally have a weakness to Fighting types . The Tapu Koko ex card shows this weakness to Fighting type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.  


Electric / Lightning type Pokémon cards are resistant to attacks by Metal Pokémon (known as Steel Type Pokémon in the games. 




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