Japanese Name: ライボルト (Raibolt)
Classification: Discharge Pokémon
Weight: 88.6 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 70 / Atk 75 / Def 60 / SpAtk 105 / SpDef 60 / Spd 105
Manectric is a woefully underappreciated Pokémon in the competitive battling world. With below-average defenses but workable speed and special attack, Manectric can be a wonderful addition to any team. At first glance through his moves learned via leveling up, a problem can be seen. Manectric doesn’t get very many attacks that make use of his higher special attack stat. But, if you want to make Manectric a part of your team, it’s entirely doable through TMs.
Leveling up, your best option for Manectric is Thunder at lvl 66, which is a long way to push for the move. With an accuracy of 70, I would really opt for TM 24 – Thunderbolt. You’ll lose a little power, but will be guaranteed to hit, and with low HP and defenses, that’s vital for Manectric.
To be completely honest, TMs are going to be your bread and butter with this Electric Dog. Manectric has access to a load of great TMs. You can easily work wonders with Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Overheat, Flamethrower, and Hidden Power all make great use of Manectric’s strong Special Attack stat. Manectric has access to the Toxic/Protect combo, but I wouldn’t advise attempting to make use of it. Manectric isn’t beefy enough to stall an opponent well. But Manectric has a good Speed, and has access to TM 05 – Roar, which sets him up to be a wonderful scout.
Being of the Electric typing, Manectric’s only real weakness is to Ground Pokémon. Because of that, I would highly recommend making good use of Hidden Power. It adds some extra time to the breeding process, but will be well worth it if you ever find yourself in a tight spot with a Ground Pokémon. Manectric should be able to outspeed most Ground Pokémon, so with a proper Hidden Power, you should be able to knock them out of the competition! Hidden Power Water, Grass, and Ice will all do the trick, but I would opt for Water or Ice over Grass. Water will give you a strong hand against Ground and Fire, where Ice will give you a strong hand against Ground and Dragon.
As far as abilities are concerned, Manectric either ends up with Static, Lightningrod, or (through the Dream World) Minus. While Static would be awesome for the Paralysis to slow down an opponent who might outspeed Manectric, in my experience, the 30% chance of Paralysis just isn’t enough. Whereas with Lightningrod, you have the option to use a smart switch-in and absorb an Electric type attack for a boost in Special Attack, which, if you’ve planned your moveset properly, will be a great boon. Even if you lead with Manectric, not having to worry about an opponent using a Thunderwave on you is a nice thing.
When you start EV training your Manectric, my advice would be to not try and mix things. You want to max out Manectric’s Special Attack and Speed to make him the powerful sweeper he can be. His defenses just aren’t up to snuff. Manectric ends up being like a piece of tissue paper, but if he’s moving fast enough and hitting hard enough, no one will be able to get a move off to find out!
As far as Hold Items are concerned for Manectric, there’s a few options you can try for. I wouldn’t recommend an Air Balloon unless you’re anticipating going up against a Ground lead. If you’ve opted for a nice wide spread of move types, an Expert Belt might give you a nice boost. If you’re taking him into an OU battle, a Focus Sash could be helpful in case you find yourself against a Pokémon who’s a bit faster than him. The Life Orb is great if you’re hitting hard enough to 1HKO your opponents like a good sweeper. A Magnet will up Manectric’s STAB.
With this information at your disposal, you too can put together a wonderful Manectric. It’s a GREAT Pokemon, and I’m absolutely loving mine (whom I’ve affectionately named Tesla).