Electric Pokémon are one of the strongest types in Pokémon Go because they only have one true weakness (Pokémon Ground). Their attacks are boosted by rainy weather, so expect to see plenty of other trainers using them if the weather predicts! This guide will get you through the toughest battles against any type of Electric Pokemon, including some of the strongest combinations!
Electric Pokemon Weaknesses and Counters in Pokemon Go
One of the first things you need to know about choosing the right counters in Pokémon Go is that not all Pokémon are created equal. There is no universal solution against them. With each subtype, moveset, and specialty comes the suggestion of a different technique to counter it. That being said, we are going to cover a couple of things in this guide.
Weaknesses and strengths
The dynamics of electric Pokemon can be compared to real-life science. They are weak against grounded Pokémon (and cause essentially no effect on them), and resistant to steel, flying, and other electric attacks. Still, there are additional stats to know about Electric-type Pokemon and attacks. The list below provides the base damage effectiveness against their respective types. If something is not listed, it can be assumed to apply standard damage/defenses.
- Super Effective Against (160% Damage): Water, Flying
- Not very effective against (62,5% damage): electric, grass, dragon
- No Effect Against (<30% damage): Ground
- Weak against (160% damage): Ground
- Strong vs (62,5% damage): Electric, Flying, Steel
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Combination of weaknesses and strengths
Sometimes when Pokémon have secondary types, the weaknesses and strengths of that type can negate, magnify, or add to the weaknesses and strengths of the Pokémon's primary type. In this list, we'll specifically cover subtypes that change the original weaknesses and strengths.
- Amplifies Ground Weakness: Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel
- Nullifies Ground Weakness: Grass, Bug
- Nullifies Electricity Resistance: Water, Flying
- Nullifies Flying Resistance: Grass, Fighting, Insect
- Nullifies Steel Resistance: Ice, Rock, Fairy
The best way to counter a Pokémon is to know its weaknesses and strengths, which are listed in the previous two sections of the guide. However, as mentioned earlier, some of these weaknesses and resistances can be modded with subtypes. So the question is, what do you do if the Pokemon has multiple types? Well, find another counter, of course!
We will cover a few points with the lists below. First, we'll cover how to counter basic electric Pokemon. Next, we'll list the best counters for all electric Pokemon subtypes.
Best Electric Meters
For electric Pokemon without additional subtypes, you'll almost always want to use ground attacks and avoid electric, flying, and steel attacks. Note that these advantages do not mean that you must counter or avoid countering with these types of Pokémon, but with these types of attacks in particular.
Since Grounded Pokémon are the only type that is both effective against Electric Pokémon and immune to Electric attacks, Grounded Pokémon should be considered your standard roster against a trainer who specializes in Electric Pokémon.
Best Subtype Counters
Since Electric Pokémon have four weaknesses, trainers can use counters that negate them. While this can be an advanced technique to use against other unsuspecting trainers, we must remember that each type has its own weaknesses and strengths. This means that if certain subtypes can negate a weakness, it could amplify other weaknesses or add new ones. The list below explains all the best counters for each Electric Pokémon subtype. Remember, as noted above, the standard roster against Electric Pokemon is Fire and Steel.
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- Electric + Ice: Ice only adds to the list of Electrics weaknesses and does not add any significant strengths. You can try any of the new weaknesses like Rock, Fire, and Fighting, but we recommend sticking with Ground Pokémon in this situation.
- Electric + Dragon: Typically, Dragon Pokémon can fly, which can reduce the effectiveness of ground attacks. Still Ground Pokemon are immune to Electric attacks, so they're a great candidate. We recommend using Ground, Ice, or Fairy Pokemon against Electric + Dragon.
- Electric + Grass: Grass negates the Electric Pokémon weakness to Ground, but adds weaknesses to Bug, Poison, Ice, and Fire. However, none of these are immune to electrical attacks. If you want to be defensive, use grounded Pokemon. If you go on the attack, use one of the grass's new weaknesses.
- Electric + Fighting: Fighting Pokemon do not negate Electric's weakness to the ground, but fighting attacks have normal effectiveness against ground Pokemon. Still, using a ground Pokémon can do decent damage and limit the type of attacks Electric + Fighting Pokémon can use, so they're probably your best bet.
- Electric + Dark: Dark Pokemon add weaknesses against Bug and Fairy attacks, but we still recommend using Ground Pokemon due to their immunity. Only use Bug and Fairy Pokemon if you don't have access to a Ground Pokemon.
- Electric + Poison: Poison Pokémon are weak against Ground Pokémon, so the combination of these two types makes them particularly vulnerable to ground attacks. Use these if you're fighting an Electric + Poison Pokemon.
- Electric + Earth: You might think that combining Electric and Earth would create some kind of awesome Pokemon, but it's not! This actually adds several weaknesses. You can try using Ground Pokémon to limit attack options, but it would probably be better to use Grass Pokémon against Electric + Ground.
- Electric + Normal: Even though Ghost Pokémon are invulnerable to normal attacks, they are not resistant to Electric attacks. It's best to stick to the standard list when battling Electric + Normal Pokémon.
- Electric + Fire: Fire Pokémon are weak against Ground Pokémon, so the combination of these two types makes them particularly vulnerable to ground attacks. Use these if you're fighting an Electric + Fire Pokemon.
- Electric + Flying: Flying Pokemon are immune to Ground attacks, so this is one of the few times when the Grounded Pokemon might be the worst option to use against an Electric Pokemon. In this situation, you better use one of Flying's weaknesses like Ice or Rock.
- Electric + Psychic: Psychic Pokémon are weak against Bug, Ghost, and Dark attacks, but we recommend sticking to the standard list in this situation. Only use one of Psychic's weaknesses if a Ground Pokémon is unavailable.
- Electric + Bug: Grass negates the Electric Pokemon weakness to Ground, but adds weaknesses to Fire and Rock. However, none of them are immune to electrical attacks. If you want to be defensive, use grounded Pokémon. If you go on the attack, use one of the new bug weaknesses.
- Electric + Rock: Rock Pokémon are weak against Ground Pokémon, so the combination of these two types makes them particularly vulnerable to ground attacks. Use these if you're battling an Electric + Rock Pokemon.
- Electric + Ghost: Ghost Pokémon are vulnerable to their own type. This means that a Ghost Pokémon would do decent damage against Electric + Ghost, but would also be susceptible to extra damage from them. We recommend sticking to the standard list in this situation.
- Electric + Water: Water Pokémon effective against Ground. We recommend using a Grass Pokemon against Electric + Water as Grass is resistant to both types.
- Electric + Steel: Steel Pokémon are weak against Ground Pokémon, so the combination of these two types makes them particularly vulnerable to ground attacks. Use these if you're fighting an Electric + Steel Pokemon.
- Electric + Fairy: Fairy Pokémon doesn't change much about Electric's strengths and weaknesses. Use the standard roster against Electric + Fairy Pokemon.
With this guide, you should be ready to defeat any Electric-type opponent! In summary, you have probably realized that the best Pokémon and Attacks to use will probably be Ground-type. However, never bring a Ground Pokemon into a battle against an Electric + Flying Pokemon!
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