Electrike

Static
30% chance to paralyze when struck by a contact move.
Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Minus
If allied with a Pokemon with Plus or Minus, the wielder's Special Attack increases by 50%.
Type Tier
Electric LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
65
11 13 16 17
SpD
40
9 10 13 14
Spe
65
11 13 16 17
  • Little Cup

Overview

Electrike is often overlooked in the Little Cup metagame. The thing that sets it apart from its Electric-type brothers is its ability: Lightningrod. Every time Electrike switches into an Electric-type attack, it gains a Special Attack boost. Apart from Elekid, Blitzle, and Voltorb, it is the fastest Electric-type, reaching 17 Speed. Additionally, it has the second highest Special Attack stat, beat out only by Magnemite. Electrike is also unique because it learns Switcheroo, allowing it to cripple opposing Pokemon with a potentially unwanted item. Thunderbolt and Flamethrower together have nearly unresisted coverage. Overall, Electrike has a neat niche in the metagame because it can do things that other Electric-types cannot.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Specs / Choice Scarf Lightningrod Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Switch
~ Flamethrower
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Grass / Switcheroo
240 SpA / 236 Spe

With decent Special Attack and Speed stats, Electrike is just asking for a Choice item. Electrike's solid 17 Speed allows it to act as an effective sweeper, outspeeding many threats. A Timid nature with 236 Speed EVs are necessary for hitting 17 Speed. Choice Specs are used for hitting hard and switching out afterwards. With 236 Special Attack EVs and Choice Specs, Electrike hits 24 Special Attack, allowing it to deal heavy damage to a slew of common Pokemon. Volt Switch gets STAB and allows Electrike to scout the opposing team. Thunderbolt is Electrike's most powerful STAB option. Flamethrower hits any Grass-types which resist Electrike's STAB moves. For the last slot, Switcheroo cripples an opposing Pokemon with the unwanted Choice Specs, while Hidden Power Grass hits Hippopotas and Wooper for super effective damage. Lightningrod is Electrike's best ability, and is what sets it apart from other Electric-types, as it can switch in on an Electric-type attack and catch a Special Attack boost. After this boost, Electrike reaches a massive 32 Special Attack (factoring in the Choice Specs boost).

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute + Charge Beam

Life Orb Lightningrod Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Charge Beam
~ Substitute
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Thunderbolt / Flamethrower
240 SpA / 236 Spe

Charge Beam is a fun move to spam in order to gain Special Attack boosts. Investing 236 Speed EVs and using a Timid nature, Electrike hits 17 Speed. The 236 Special Attack EVs bring it to 16 total, allowing it to hit quite hard. This combination of Speed and Special Attack, not to mention its fantastic ability, Lightningrod, allows Electrike to abuse Charge Beam better than any other Electric-type in the metagame. Substitute allows Electrike to take a hit while gaining a boost. Hidden Power Grass hits Wooper, one of Electrike's biggest counters due its ability to ignore boosts, for super effective damage. Thunderbolt is a reliable STAB attack to use in the last slot. Life Orb increases Electrike's damage output, giving its attacks an extra kick. Each Charge Beam boost raises Electrike's Special Attack by 8 points, so after a few boosts, it will be dishing out major damage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Electrike does not have a bad movepool, but it's not great either. It can use Signal Beam to hit Psychic-types for super effective damage, but they aren't particularly common aside from Slowpoke, which is hit harder by Thunderbolt. Hidden Power Ice hits Dratini, but loses out on coverage on Chinchou and Wooper. Discharge can be used for paralysis, but is less powerful than Thunderbolt. Electrike does have access to priority in Quick Attack, but it isn't very useful, as all of Electrike's sets are specially based.

Checks and Counters

Any Ground-type can switch into Thunderbolt and Volt Switch thanks to their immunity. Chinchou walls all of Electrike's attacks bar Hidden Power Grass. Lileep in a sandstorm can take super effective hits with impunity, heal any damage with Recover, and set up either Curse or Stockpile. Wooper is immune to Electric-type moves and resists Flamethrower; it can also set up Curses.