http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-bw/310.shtml [Overview] - Wide movepool among Electric-types. - With some of the main threats, most importantly Claydol, gone, Manectric has a better shot at sweeping. - Great Special Attack and Speed can make it a dangerous threat. - Gets Switcheroo, which allows it to be one of the best Choice users in RU; this allows Manectric to cripple walls and other Pokémon. - Lightningrod now raises Sp. Attack and gives Manectric an immunity to Electric-type moves, making it even more threatening. - Faces competition from Galvantula, who has Compoundeyes Thunder and secondary Bug-type STAB. - Quite frail with only 70/60/60 defenses. - Don't use it like Galvantula or it'll be mediocre. - Manectric is freaking badass; scram, Luxray. [SET] name: Choice move 1: Volt Switch move 2: Overheat move 3: Hidden Power Grass / Thunderbolt move 4: Switcheroo item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs ability: Lightningrod nature: Timid evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Either very powerful or blindingly fast. - Volt Switch allows you to scout and switch out if you're in trouble while still hurting the opponent. - Fire-type move is a choice between Overheat and Flamethrower, important choice with the way of playing Switcheroo. - Overheat is ridiculously strong and hits like a truck, especially with Specs; two Overheats > two Flamethrowers, no matter the stat drop. - Flamethrower can prove more effective with Lightningrod abuse, though, and still burns the butts of Grass-types and Steelix. - HP Grass gives Lanturn a lot of pain and makes Quagsire cower in fear. - If the aforementioned Pokémon are no problem, then run Thunderbolt for more powerful coverage. - Switcheroo cripples walls like Munchlax and Quagsire when they switch into Manectric. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - Both items work very differently. - Scarf makes Manectric a powerful revenge killer that outspeeds most of RU. - Specs, on the other hand, makes Manectric hit like a truck and put a huge dent in its foes. - Manectric switches a lot, so Rapid Spin support is greatly appreciated. - Water-types have excellent synergy with Manectric, as Manectric can benefit from all Electric-type moves aimed at the Water-types. Good examples are Omastar, Feraligatr and Poliwrath. - Levitators and Flying-types, such as Uxie and Mesprit, are great partners, as they can take any Ground-type move aimed at Manectric. - The Water-types help deal with walls such as Rhydon and Sandslash. - Modest nature is optional for more power, but Manectric cannot outrun positive Base 95s if Modest. - Uxie, Rotom, Scyther, Primeape and other users of U-turn can make a VoltTurn core with Manectric for momentum. - Flamethrower is another option if you need to fire off more than 2 Fire-type moves, but as this rarely happens, Overheat is superior. Flamethrower can still be used to take advantage of Lightningrod buffs. [SET] name: Special Attacker move 1: Thunderbolt move 2: Flamethrower move 3: Hidden Power Grass move 4: Volt Switch item: Life Orb / Expert Belt ability: Lightningrod nature: Timid evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - LO gives Manectric freedom to switch attacks. - Expert Belt bluffs a Scarf and is a good option since Manectric's coverage already hits over half of RU supereffectively. - Thunderbolt is reliable and strong STAB. - Flamethrower is the prefered Fire-type move to benefit from the ability to switch moves. - HP Grass is necessary if Manectric doesn't want to be deathwalled by Lanturn and Quagsire. - Volt Switch allows Manectric to switch out and still land a decent hit. [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - Rapid Spin support is a must for this Manectric, as the accumulating Life Orb damage can really take Manectric's toll if entry hazards are still up. - Unable to use Manectric's distinguishing trait, utilizing Switcheroo to cripple walls. - However, this Manectric can defeat Pokémon that would usually wall it, such as Quagsire, Sandslash, Lanturn and Rhydon, because it's never locked in one move. - Again, Water-type partners are great partners; Manectric can take the Electric-type moves launched at the Water-types, while in return, they can take down the Ground-types that plague Manectric. - Flying-types and Levitators, such as Uxie and Mesprit, can absorb Ground-type hits for Manectric as well. [Other Options] - Discharge and Charge Beam are alternative Electric-type moves, but usually tend to be less effective than Thunderbolt in lost situations. - Manectric has a decent physical movepool with Hone Claws, Wild Charge, Ice Fang and Crunch, but its Attack is too low to use those and it's easily outclassed by Pokémon such as Electivire. - Manectric has some support moves, like Light Screen, Thunder Wave and Roar, although there are other Pokémon that make better use of those moves. [Checks and Counters] - Ground-types, such as Sandslash, Quagsire and Rhydon, can get rid of Manectric with ease. The aforementioned Pokémon, alongside Lanturn, must be wary of Hidden Power Grass, though. - Be careful with your own Manectric's STAB, as an enemy Manectric can switch into it and nab a free Sp. Attack boost. - Bulky Pokémon, like Hariyama and Bouffalant, can handle it quite well due to their bulk, regardless of Switcheroo. - Special walls such as Clefable, Munchlax and Roselia, can wall Manectric, but hate Switcheroo; Roselia and Munchlax especially, since they'll lose their Eviolite. [Unreleased] Manectric's Hidden ability is Minus, which is utterly useless in Single Battles.