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Manectric
Name Manectric
Pokédex Number 310
Hoenn Number 79



Stage 1st
Signature Attack
Species Discharge Pokémon
Type Electric
Height 4′11″
Weight 88.6 lbs.
Gender distribution 50% ♀ / 50% ♂
Ability Static/Lightningrod
First Appearance Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire


Manectric (ライボルト, Raiboruto or Livolt in original Japanese versions) is a fictional character from the Pokémon series of anime, manga, and video games. It appears to be a canine Pokémon, (mixed with a lion) in the tradition of Arcanine and Houndoom.

Manectric's name is a portmanteau of mane, which is particularly developed in this Pokémon, and electric, which is the basis of its powers, and is also its type. Its Japanese name is a portmanteau of the English words lion and volt.

Biological characteristics

Manectric is canine in appearance, and carries physical traits of the wolf. Manectric is an ergovore- that is, it consumes energy directly in the form of static electricity by using its mane, rather than through food energy as most normal animals (compare with Electabuzz). This would suggest it should have Volt Absorb as its ability. Such is not the case.

Manectric's mane is constantly sparking, which has been known to accidentally start forest fires. Because of this, in the Pokémon setting, rumors have been started about Manectric; it is said that they are born from lightning bolts, and they create thunderstorms whenever they are angry or agitated.

Its design resembles traditional Thai costume.

In the video games

Manectric first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Manectric can be caught in the wild in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald; in all three of these games, they can be found on Route 118. A Manectric can also be evolved from an Electrike at level 26. In Pokémon XD one can be snagged from Cipher Admin Eldes at Citadark Isle. In Pokémon Trozei, the lead character Lucy Lightfoot's Pokémon consist of a Manectric and an Aipom. (Neither are actually used in the gameplay.)

Manectric may have either of two abilities: Static or Lightningrod. Static causes a 30% chance of paralysis whenever an opposing Pokémon attacks directly. Lightningrod draws electric attacks to Manectric in a two-on-two battle — useful, considering Electric attacks deal less damage to Electric-type Pokémon.

Manectric has tremendously high Speed and Special Attack but low Defense and Special Defense stats.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Manectric can now learn Flamethrower and Overheat through TM's, giving it unprecedented versatility, especially against Grass-types, which are normally resistant to Electric Pokémon's attacks..

In the anime

The most notable Manectric in the Pokémon anime is owned by Wattson, the Mauville City Gym Leader. It is used in the second Gym Battle with Ash Ketchum. It also makes a casual appearance in a Pokémon battle at the beginning of the Sixth Pokémon Movie. It also makes a slight appearance as a contest Pokémon in the episode "What I Did for Love" and appears again in the episode "Rakutai Practice Centre!" where it evolves from a Electrike.

In the card game

Manectric approaches the legacies of Raichu, Magneton, and Electrode as a widely used, repeatedly printed Stage-1 Lightning type. It has made all the following appearances:

  • EX Ruby and Sapphire (Holographic)
  • EX Ruby and Sapphire (Rare)
  • EX Team Magma vs. Team Aqua (as Team Aqua's Manectric)
  • EX Team Magma vs. Team Aqua (as Team Aqua's Manectric, as a Dark/Lightning dual-type)
  • EX Deoxys
  • EX Deoxys (as Manectric EX)
  • EX Emerald
  • EX Holon Phantoms
  • EX Crystal Guardians

The card Manectric ex, recently was the main counterpart of the Mewtric deck that successfully won the 15+ category of Pokémon TCG World Championships of 2006, making it quite a collectors and players item.

References

Publications
  • Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
  • Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
  • Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5

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