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Electric-Type Weaknesses In Pokémon (And The Best Ways To Counter)

One of the first things a newcomer to "Pokémon" games learns is the basics of battling with the adorable pocket monsters. The key to success, players quickly discover, is mastering the rock-paper-scissors mechanics at play, with Grass types beating Water, Water beating Fire, and Fire beating Grass. Of course, "Pokémon" is much more complicated than this, with 18 types all interacting with each other in various ways. Add in the possibility of dual types and, with the release of "Pokémon Scarlet and Violet," the introduction of Tera types, and it can become overwhelming for some.


Despite this challenge, it's vital for a player to grasp the interactions of all the types if they want to become a true Pokémon master, and learning the weaknesses and counters of Electric types should be an early priority. Whether they're looking to master the PvP meta of "Pokémon Go" where Electric types are well-represented, or playing through "Pokémon Scarlet and Violet" and need to take on the Electric gym in Levincia, knowing the ins and outs of this type will be an important step on the path to victory.

Ground is the Electric-type's great weakness

Electric-type Pokémon are among the harder ones to counter in the games as they have only a single true weakness. They resist attacks from Flying, Steel, and their fellow Electric types and take normal damage from the rest with one exception. As might be expected, Electric types are weak against Ground-type attacks.


This makes Ground-type Pokémon, by far, the best counters to Electric types as they will do double damage and, in addition, completely resist Electric-type attacks. For those who don't have any good Ground-type Pokémon to bring into battle, however, there are some other solid options.

Grass, Electric, and Dragon types, while not doing extra damage, do resist Electric-type attacks, making them decent counters as well. A Pokémon of one of these types that knows some Ground attacks will be even better. From the most recent generation, Toedscool and Toedscruel are worth considering and the Gen 5 Pokémon Stunfisk is always a great counter to Electric types.

Ultimately, trainers should focus on making sure they have a good Ground-type Pokémon and, failing that, a few other types that can at least deal some Ground-based damage. That will be sufficient to set them up for victory.