Abilities: Static, Lightningrod
Evolutionary Stage: 1 (Final)
Cost to Obtain: $22
Cost Effectiveness Ratio: 27.5
Not too shabby at all.¬† While the ratio is relatively on the higher side (which isn’t desirable), it certainly puts Manectric over a lot of pokemon.¬† It’s not the worst pokemon you could get for the price, although there are certainly some more powerful alternatives.¬† It is among the high ranks of the Electric types, equal in power to Raichu, but not as hardy as Ampharos.¬†¬† Overall, Manectric compares similarly to pokemon like Sealeo, Loudred, Chimecho, Staraptor and all the second evolutions of starter pokemon.
Not bad.¬† While it obviously outranks all basic Electric pokemon, Manectric is a good contender for anyone seeking a good Electric-type.¬† Only slower than Electrode, and just as fast as Electabuzz, Manectric is a very fast Electric-type pokemon which can perform on a powerful level as well.¬† It doesn’t cost much at all to obtain, making it very worthwhile for battlers seeking a good Electric-type pokemon.
It’s abilities, Static and Lightningrod, are both useful, though Lightningrod may not be as useful.¬† Lightningrod was primarily designed in use for a double battle, where your Manectric draws Electric attacks away from your Water-type or Flying-type partner.¬† The main problem with Lightningrod is that it doesn’t grant immunity to Electric-type moves.¬† While the effectiveness is 1/2x because of typing, damage is damage, which may slow things down, but it wouldn’t make much sense to use an Electric type to battle Manectric anyways.¬† Static finds more use, since it causes typeless paralysis (meaning that even Ground-type pokemon can be effected by Static).¬† Given that paralysis helps out in multiple ways, Static is probably the favored ability for Manectric.
ASB Stat Brackets:
Attack Bracket: 3
Special Attack Bracket: 1
Defense Bracket: 3
Special Defense Bracket: 3
The stats are average at best.¬† Because of the high special attack stat, Manectric could see decent use as long as trainers adhere to a mostly Special moveset.¬† Moves like Thunder, Thuderbolt, Shock Wave, and even non-STAB moves, like Overheat and Flamethrower, are probably the best choices out of Manectric’s moveset.¬† While it wouldn’t be terrible to use a physical attack like Fire Fang and Thunder Fang, it would be highly discouraged, as the favorable Special Attack stat makes better use of higher base power moves as well as several STAB moves.¬† However, it is important to realize that Manectric is not a pokemon which can tank through almost anything.¬† Taking place at Bracket 3 for both defensive brackets, Manectric is a pokemon that hits hard and gets hit hard.¬† Manectric is a pokemon which is probably most useful for taking pokemon out quickly assuming that there aren’t type modifiers on the field.
Overall, Manectric can be used well if given favorable conditions.¬† While a high Speed stat and a perfect Special Attack Bracket make it useful as an Electric type, some drawbacks include a limited Special movepool, moderate Defensive stats and a moderately high Cost Effectiveness Ratio.¬† This is probably a reason that the ASB hasn’t seen any use of Manectric in battles.¬† As an Electric-type, it obviously can take on high powered Water-type and Flying-type pokemon with ease, and it’s limited Fire-type moves would allow it to contend with Grass, Steel, Bug and Ice types with efficiency.¬† Manectric could see a little bit of playtime in such cases, but it ultimately stands as a pokemon which has limited use.
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