Electrode (マルマイン, Marumain, Marumine in Japan) is a fictional creature in the Pokémon media franchise. This is a Poké Ball Pokémon that appears in all five Super Smash Bros. games, which is a rarity, because the only other known such Pokémon are Mew, Goldeen, Snorlax, and Charizard*.
*Although Charizard is not a Poke Ball, but a playable character after his debut in Brawl.
In Super Smash Bros.
Electrode made its debut to the Super Smash Bros. series in the game Super Smash Bros. Electrodes do not appear out of Poké Balls in the game; however, they do appear in the stage Saffron City. The Electrodes in Saffron City will pop out from the door on the side of the building when a character approaches the door. Electrode then will use Explosion as its attack after a few seconds of its appearance. Any character that is caught in the blast radius of Electrode will take damage and massive knockback.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
Electrode makes an appearance once again in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Electrode is both used as an item and appears out of a Poké Ball. The attack Electrode uses in this game is identical to the its attack in SSB. When Electrode comes out of the Poké Ball, it will just sit on the stage. Electrode will then start to get darker. This means that Electrode is about to explode. When Electrode explodes, everyone in the blast radius (including the character who summoned Electrode) will take heavy damage that is almost equal to a Bob-omb. The explosion from Electrode KOs characters at even low percentages. Electrode can be used as an item also. When Electrode is about to explode and starts to static, any character can pick it up. The character that is holding Electrode must be fast when they dispose of Electrode. Electrode also appears in the event match Bomb-fest. Electrode is the only Pokémon that comes out of the Poké Ball in this event match. Electrode can also be used at any time through the Debug menu with the use of an Action Replay. Electrode features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches. It reads as follows:
- A Ball Pokemon. The more electricity it stores in its body, the quicker it moves. One danger of storing that much electricity is that the slightest stimulus may cause it to explode. Moves it specializes in include Selfdestruct and Explosion. Its love of electricity often causes it to gather in groups near power plants.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Electrode returns to reprise its Melee role. This time, however, there is a chance that it will fail to explode, as pictured. If it fails to explode, it can be picked up. Occasionally it will seem to be "dud", only to explode a few seconds later. Electrode can be picked up only when it begins flashing red, but much like in Melee, the player must be quick when throwing it. When a thrown Electrode collides with the ground or another player, it explodes. When Smash Thrown, it OHKOs everyone but the super-heavyweights.
- A Ball Pokémon. The more electricity it stores in its body, the quicker it moves. One danger of storing that much electricity is that the slightest stimulus may cause it to explode. Moves it specializes in include Selfdestruct and Explosion. Its love of electricity often causes it to gather in groups near power plants.
In Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS
NA: An Electric-type Pokémon that stores energy inside its body. Nicknamed "the Bomb Ball" by some, the slightest shock risks setting this Pokémon off. If you're feeling brave, you can throw Electrode at your foes before it detonates. Handle with care, or it'll go off in your hands instead!
PAL: This Electric-type Pokémon stores huge amounts of electricity in its body. It is also known as the Bomb Ball due to the fact that even the lightest touch can make it blow up. Sometimes it takes a little while for Electrode to use its Explosion attack, so you might have enough time to throw it in someone else's direction! Feeling brave?
- Despite being over 100 pounds, an Electrode can be picked up and thrown like a normal item if it is about to explode.