Hello as usual, my dear PUCLonians! How have you all been doing? I somehow sense a deep joy all around me, but for some reason I can’t seem to participate in it, nor can I understand where it is coming from. It is a bit like that peculiar weight in the air that precedes a summer storm… and yet I’m sure it’s not some form of static build-up, because my most recent research would have identified that: this week’s Topical Type is Electric!
Section 1 – Introduction
Electric types can produce and store surprising amounts of electricity; while some of them have specific organs to perform this function (such as a Pikachu’s cheek sacs), others use their whole body as a sort of living battery, making them quite unsafe to touch… unless, of course, you’re a Ground-type Pokémon. The mild current always running through at least part of their bodies is probably the reason why Electric types cannot be Paralyzed (although I’m sure I remember my Stun Spore used to work on them… and also on my fellow Grass types… I don’t know why, but since last year the world has been awfully confusing in regard to certain things), and why some of them can induce Paralysis in other Pokémon with the barest touch. Electric-type Pokémon can sense electrical fields, and tend to be attracted to them: try taking a Pokémon with the Static Ability out for a stroll, and find out what a flock of Mareep really looks like!
Section 2 – Battling Behavior
Electric types tend to be very fast, but not very sturdy; as Ground-type moves are used a lot in battles, you’ll want to always keep a careful eye on your Electric Pokémon.
The first Electric Pokémon I’d like to take a look at is Magnezone. Magnezone, as its name suggests, has a… magnetic personality, so to speak: its Ability Magnet Pull means that a Steel-type cannot leave a battle when facing Magnezone. This can be very useful if your team needs someone who can take care of opposing Steel types for them, but you’ll need to be very, very patient and find a Magnemite whose Hidden Power turns into a Fire-type move.
Another great Electric-type teammate is Rotom: you can change Rotom’s form to suit the needs of your other Pokémon, but right now the most sought-out domestic appliance seems to be the good, bulky washing machine. Hydro Pump can join Volt Switch to form a great attack combo, and with Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split available, Rotom-Wash can be harder to take out than a coffe stain on Professor Juniper’s lab coat. Another good option for Rotom is learning Rest and carrying a Chesto Berry; if you don’t choose to go this way, Leftovers are great (just don’t think too hard about putting old food into a washing machine, for the sake of your stomach).
The most electric of Electric-type evolutions is probably Mega Manectric (he looks like a lightning bolt and he’s as fast as one), but I think the most interesting one is Mega Ampharos: his Defenses increase pretty solidly, and his Special Attack reaches crazy levels. Of course, you might say that he’s even slower than before… but Mareep can learn Agility if he has the right parents, and Mega Ampharos is almost guaranteed to last long enough to set up, with his nice bulk. Add the Dragon type and the Ability Mold Breaker, and I think you have a really interesting battling buddy. Plus, he looks absolutely fabulous.
Moves! My favorite Electric-type move is Nuzzle… although it makes me go through my Cheri Berry stash way too fast! A couple of other useful ones are Thunder Wave, of course, and Magnet Rise: the Electric type only has one weakness, so eliminating that for a few turns is a pretty sweet deal. Just don’t leave small metal objects lying around the Pokémon who uses it, ok? It gets… messy.
Section 3 – Classification
Being a Grass-type, I’m relatively well-insulated from the.. charged presence that Electric types can have. It will therefore be my pleasure to be your guide to the best of them, in The Fluffiest Whimsicott’s Top 5 Electric types!
Number 5: Joltik
I’ve spoken at length about how utterly darling Joltik is when I wrote about Bug types; I guess all I should add is that I’ve found out that, being the smallest Pokémon, Joltik are perfect Hide-and-Seek buddies. By which of course I mean that I help Joltik hide somewhere, like in a pile of fresh laundry or under a pillow, and seek the perfect spot from where to watch humans jump three feet in the air when the find my little friend. Teeheehee!
Number 4: Pachirisu
Ah, Pachirisu is such a cute cuddly little thing, isn’t she? With her curly, plump tail and her cheeky smile? Well, that is certainly true, but that is not where Pachirisu’s true essence lies. Tales are told, epic tales, of a mighty Pachirisu warrior from a faraway land who could lay waste to a battlefield with no more than a deceptively cute Nuzzle; a fighter so hardy, she could take on the likes of Garchomp and Mega Kangaskhan without breaking a sweat. Parades are to this day thrown in her honor in her native land, and her memory shall forever be engraved in every Pokémon and human heart.
Number 3: Jolteon
Yes, my love for Eevee’s evolutions knows no bounds. Jolteon may look like a prickly fellow, and he may get a little impatient with those who do not match his Speed (read: pretty much everyone), but he’ll be at your side in a flash if you need him, and he truly has a jolly disposition (even without a Jolly Nature). Plus, those crazy tufts of fur on his rear make him look really funny.
Number 2: Heliolisk
Heliolisk is a pretty odd fellow, but in a cool way: dude has got moves. When his neck frill comes up, you know you’re in trouble… you may be immune to Electric, but do you resist Normal? (Geodude and Onix, please refrain from answering.) Anyway, Heliolisk is truly a Jack-of-all-weathers: his various abilities give him a chance to shine in Sun, Rain and Sandstorms! But perhaps the coolest thing about Heliolisk is how he uses the move Surf: have you ever seen a three-foot-tall yellow creature running across water? Well, go meet a Heliolisk, bring him a HM03 disk, and enjoy the show.
Number 1: Mareep, Flaaffy and Ampharos
Perhaps it is our shared membership in the Fellowship of the Fluff; perhaps it is their laid-back, friendly attitude; perhaps it’s just that these Pokémon are both cute and cool. Whatever the reason, I love this evolutionary family, and I’ll gladly risk Paralysis to land on a flock of Mareep and join them for the fluffiest nap ever. I always thought is was kind of a pity that Mareep lose their fluff as they evolve, but now that Ampharosite has been discovered, Ampharos all over the world can get a chance to be fluffy again… and with amazing style, too!
Section 4 – Interview
For some reason, the most popular Pokémon amongst humans seems to be Pikachu. Not that there’s anything wrong with Pikachu: they’re nice folks and they are very cute, but I’ve never seen trainers so stubbornly refuse to evolve any other species of Pokémon. It’s not like Thunder Stones are that expensive or hard to find. So I thought it might be interesting to hear from the other side of the most unwanted Evolution out there: I flew to Cerulean Cave in Kanto, snuck past a guy who wouldn’t let me through (seriously, do I look like an inexperienced trainer? Or a trainer at all, for that matter?), and managed to find one of the last few wild Raichu who live there. As usual our interview is described below.
The Fluffiest Whimsicott: Mr. Raichu, thank you for agreeing to meet with me!
Raichu: You’re very welcome. It’s nice to be wanted, for once.
TFW: So you have experienced this human preference for your unevolved form?
R: You bet. And ever since Pichu came into the picture, it’s been even worse.
TFW: What do you think is the reason for this unequal appreciation of the members of your evolutionary line?
R: To be honest, I’m not sure. I mean, Pichu and Pikachu may be a little cuter than us Raichu, but many unevolved Pokémon are, and they still get to evolve when trainers raise them. I have a theory, but it’s not very solid.
TFW: Would you like to share it with us anyway?
R: Why not? You see, here in Kanto, one of the least liked Gym Leaders has a Raichu. For some weird reason, he forces trainers to sift through his trash before they can challenge the Gym, and by the time they face him, trainers are in such a Rage, you’d swear they were a Primape. Of course, this makes them associate Raichu with the whole thing… but I can’t see how that would influence people outside of Kanto.
TFW: Well, that’s a very interesting hypothesis, I must say. May I get a little more personal?
R: Sure, go ahead.
TFW: Did you ever have a trainer?
R: Ah, no. I knew from the start I wanted to be a Raichu, and I knew it wouldn’t be easy for that to happen if I got caught. I knew there was a vein of Thunder Stones here… it’s dried up now, but I was lucky enough to find one, and here I am!
TFW: That’s pretty admirable. I mean, this place isn’t exactly the safest for a little Pikachu.
R: Thanks. I guess knowing what you want gives you a lot of strength.
TFW: That is certainly true.
R: I do know a couple of Raichu who had a falling out with their trainers about evolving, and ended up coming here. They’re happy now, which I guess is all that matters, but it’s kind of sad that this kind of stuff can happen, you know?
TFW: Yes, humans can be pretty awful sometimes. By the way, would you like a H.AC.K.S. pin?
R: A what?
TFW: You see, there’s this Pokémon in Unova that- OH MY ARCEUS!
TFW: Don’t you feel this? This… really strong, weird vibe that just started in the air?
R: Oh, that! That’s just Mewtwo.
R: Yeah, today he must have his Kanto shift. For some reason he’s been Teleporting back and forth from Kalos lately… it’s made him a bit cranky, I don’t get why he keeps doing it.
TFW: Mewtwo’s here? Now?
R: You didn’t know? This is one of his favorite places to hang out.
TFW: I don’t really study Legendary Pokémon… is that why that human at the entrance wouldn’t let me in? Is this dangerous?
R: Nahh, not really. Just don’t be scared, he can feel it and he’s kind of fed up with that.
TFW: … maybe we should finish this conversation outside? I’m not scared, of course, but I wouldn’t want to be a bother, you know.
R: Ha! Sure thing, don’t worry. Hey, what’s that little red light?
TFW: Oh, no! My recorder’s battery is running out! I had another question…
R: Here, let me.
[Raichu used Charge!]
TFW: Oh, wow! The battery’s full again! That’s awesome, thank you!
R: Ah, it’s nothing. So, what was your last question?
TFW: … could you take care of my iMetapod, too?
Section 5 – Facts and conclusions
Well, that was one useful discovery! Let’s see how many more I can bring you in my facts section! (Five. It’s always five.)
- The region with the most native Electric types is Unova! (Thankfully… keeping Castelia City lit without a little Pokémon help would be a mess.)
- The Pokémon with the most resistances are Electric types: Magnemite and its evolutionary family resist eleven types and are immune to another!
- Every region except for Johto has an Electric-type Gym.
- The smallest Electric type is obviously Joltik (10 cm!), but the lightest is Rotom, who weighs 0.3 kg. The largest Electric type is Zekrom, who’s 2.9 m tall… unless you count the Therian Forme of Thundurus, whose spiky tail brings him to an even 3 m. The heaviest Electrice type is Magnezone, at a whopping 180 kg (and he can float in the air! Pretty neat).
- Electric types have a really cool spark to them.
Well, my batteries might be fully charged now, but it is still time to wrap this up. As usual, I hope you found this pleasantly informative, and that you’ll be interested in coming back next week to read another installment of my research!
Until next type,
The Fluffiest Whimsicott
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