The Best Electric Type Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet


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The Best Electric Type Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

The Electric-typing is one of the strongest types in the entire series. It offers trainers powerful offensive options, consistent utility moves, and the ability to out-speed most other Pokémon in the game. In general, most Electric-types will serve two roles, utility through speed control or offensive pressure. They tend to do both really well with the only downside generally being their frail nature. Glass cannon is the name of the game, and we have put together a list of six of the best Electric-type Pokémon available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This list will not contain any legendary Pokémon as they are basically in a class all their own.

Electric Non-Legendary Pokémon Ranked Good to Best

We have ranked these from least (still relatively strong) at #6 to most potential at #1.

#6 Pawmot

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Overview

Pawmot is a pretty unique case when it comes to Pokémon in general. It is an Electric/Fighting-type Pokémon with a base stat total of 490. Its highest stat is its attack stat at 115, followed closely behind by its speed stat which sits at 105. 

Type Matchups

Its Fighting-typing grants it resistances to Bug, Dark, and Rock-Type moves. Unfortunately, it also gains a weakness to Psychic and Fairy-type moves as a result.

Abilities

All of Pawmot’s abilities can be really useful. Volt Absorb heals the user by ¼ of their total HP when hit by an Electric-type move. It also grants the user immunity to all Electric-type moves as well. Natural Cure simply heals the user of all status effects whenever they switch out of battle. This can be useful when trying to get rid of status effects like Burn or Sleep. Finally, we have the last ability, Iron Fist, which increases the damage of fist-related moves by 50%. Generally speaking, this is the ability you’ll want to take when adding a Powmot to your team.

Battle Strengths

Powmot actually learns a lot of really good fist-related moves like the elemental punches, Arm Thrust, and Mach Punch. It also has access to some other great Fighting and Electric-type moves like Close Combat, Nuzzle, Volt Switch, and Wild Charge.

All of these things make Powmot are really solid Pokémon, but the thing that really makes it broken is access to the move Revival Blessing. This move revives one fainted ally Pokémon with half its HP. This move isn’t that crazy in single-player where you have access to items, but in PvP this is an absolute game-changer. Pair this move with Annihilape’s Rage Fist move and watch the absolute devastation you reap on your opponents.

#5 Alolan Raichu

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Overview

Alolan Raichu is an Electric/Psychic-type Pokémon with a base stat total of 485. Its Highest stat is its speed stat at 110 and its lowest stat is its defense stat at 50. It has a decent attack and special defense stat, both of which sit comfortably at 85.

Type Matchups

Alolan Raichu’s Electric/Psychic typing makes it a super effective choice against Water, Flying, Poison, and Fighting Pokémon. However, will struggle when going against Dark, Bug, Ghost, and Ground-type Pokémon. Its additional Psychic typing doesn’t really do much to help against its Electric-type weaknesses instead providing extra coverage across a few more types.

Abilities

Alolan Raichu’s only ability is Surge Surfer. This ability doubles Raichu’s speed in Electric Terrain, providing a unique speed advantage against almost any foe. When this ability is active, Raichu’s speed stat will go from a base of 110 to 220. All Electric-type moves will also receive a 50% power increase while Electric Terrain is active, making Raichu a serious offensive threat.

Battle Strengths

Alolan Raichu’s flexibility lets it fit on a variety of different teams as either the dedicated Electric-type, Psychic-type, or both. When coupled with a Pokémon that sets Electric Terrain, it becomes a speed demon, potentially sweeping teams with boosted moves like Thunderbolt or Psychic. You can push this boost even further if you can get a Nasty plot or two off before beginning the sweep. 

#4 Rotom

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Overview

Rotom is an Electric/Ghost-type Pokémon with a few unique tricks up its nonexistent sleeves. Its base form has a base stat total of 440 but all of its alternate forms have a base stat total of 520. Rotom has the unique ability to change its form based on the different appliances it inhabits. Its stat spread changes depending on whether or not it is in an appliance form or not. All appliance forms have a lower base speed stat but a higher base defense, special attack, and special defense stat.

Type Matchups

Rotom’s base form has the Electric/Ghost typing which makes it a super effective choice against Water, Flying, Psychic, and Ghost Pokémon. However, it should avoid fights with Dark and Ghost-type Pokémon due to its 2x weakness to both. Its Levitate ability negates the traditional Electric type’s weakness to Ground moves, so no need to worry there! 

You can change Rotom’s secondary type based on the appliance you have it inhabit. You can turn Rotom into a Fire, Water, Ice, Grass, or Flying duel type by switching its appliance outside of battle. This makes Rotom a really flexible pick for almost any team.

Battle Strengths

Rotom’s appeal is in its strategic gameplay. Its Levitate ability paired with disruptive moves like Thunder Wave and Will-O-Wisp makes it a formidable pivot, allowing the user to maintain momentum and control while in battles.

#3 Jolteon

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Overview

Jolteon is a pure Electric-type Pokémon with a base stat total of 525. Its highest stat is its speed stat at a massive 130 followed close behind by its special attack stat of 110. Its lowest stat is its defense stat of 60. Jolteon is generally considered a glass cannon, but its special defense stat is actually quite high, so it may survive a special attack or two here and there.

Type Matchups

Being an Electric-type, Jolteon has an advantage against Water, Flying, and Steel Pokémon. However, it’s weak to Ground-type moves and doesn’t do much damage against Dragon, Electric, and Grass-type Pokémon.

Abilities

Jolteon has two abilities Volt Absorb and Quick Feet. Volt Absorb allows Jolteon to recover up to 1/4 of its max HP when hit by Electric-type moves. It also reduces all damage taken when hit by an Electric-type move to zero, making it an effective counter to other Electric-types. Its second ability Quick Feet raises the user’s speed stat by 50% while they are affected by a major status ailment like Burn, Sleep, or Poison.

Battle Strengths

With its impressive speed, Jolteon usually strikes first. It’s a perfect fit for dishing out early damage with moves like Thunderbolt and Shadow Ball, or crippling the opponent’s Pokémon using moves like Thunder Wave. Because of its glass cannon status, don’t expect Jolteon to remain on the field for more than a few turns.

#2 Kilowattrel

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Overview

Kilowattrel is an Electric/Flying-type Pokémon with a base stat total of 490. Its highest stat is its speed stat and it falls just below Jolteon at 125. Its second-highest stat is its special attack stat at 105. Its lowest stats are its defense stats, both of which are sitting at a base value of 60.

Type Matchups

Kilowattrel has a very powerful duel typing when it comes to defense. It only has two weaknesses those being the Rock and Ice typings. It resists Grass, Fighting, Flying, Bug, and Steel-type moves. It also has an immunity to Ground-type moves thanks to its secondary Flying typing.

Abilities

No need to beat around the bush, all of Kilowattrel’s abilities are really good. First up is Wind Power which doubles the power of the user’s next Electric-type move whenever the user is hit with a Flying-type attack. Its second ability is  Volt Absorb and it functions just like it does on Jolteon. Its final ability is competitive and it’s probably the best of the three. Competitive raises the user’s special attack stat by two stages whenever they are hit with a stat-lowering move, this includes abilities like Intimidate.

Battle Strengths

Kilowattrel is the perfect example of what you want from a special attacking Electric-type. It’s fast, hits hard, and has plenty of status moves to keep your opponent on edge. It also has access to Tail Wind which doubles the speed stat of every Pokémon on the user’s team for three turns. It can safely switch into a lot of really powerful moves and types as well. In truth, it’s probably the best Electric-type released in years.

#1 Iron Hands

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Overview

Iron Hands is pretty much the exact opposite of Kilowattrel but still manages to be crazy good. This Electric/Fighting-type Pokémon has a base stat total of 570. Its highest stat is its HP stat at 154, followed closely behind by its attack stat of 140 and defense stat of 108. Its two lowest stat are its speed and special attack stat, both of which sit at 50. 

Type Matchups

Iron Hands is only weak to three types, Fairy, Ground, and Psychic. It resists Electric, Bug, Rock, Dark, and Steel-type moves. It very clearly makes great use of those high HP and defense stats since many Pokémon will struggle to do significant damage to it.

Abilities

Iron Hands only has one ability and it’s probably the only ability it needs. Quark Drive boosts the user’s highest stat while in electric terrain or while holding the Booster Energy held-item.

Battle Strengths

Iron Hands hits really hard and can take plenty of physical punishment. To make matters worse for your opponent, Iron Hands can also use moves like Belly Drum and Swords Dance to increase its attack to even crazier heights. It may be slow, but when it’s Iron Hand’s turn to attack your opponent is really going to feel it. 

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