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Electrode (マルマイン, Marumain, Marumine in Japanese language versions) is a fictional creature in the Pokémon media franchise.

Creature description

Electrode is moderately large, perfectly spherical entity resembling a massively enlarged, upside-down Poké Ball that has a face. In-game Pokédex entries together say that it stores enormous amounts of energy into very high pressure within its body by eating electricity in the atmosphere. It congregates mostly at electrical power plants to feed on electricity that has just been generated, making it problematical for the massive and chaotic blackouts in nearby cities it causes. It is feared with the nickname "The Bomb Ball" because it explodes to little or no provocation. The more energy it charges up, the faster it gets, but also the more likely it is to explode. On days when lightning strikes, Electrode explode all over the place from eating too much electricity. Even outside a storm, if it has too much electricity and has nothing to do, it amuses itself by exploding. If it is bloated to bursting with stored electricity, it can actually drift on winds in midair.

Electrode made its introduction in the first-generation of the Pokémon games. Electrode is a ball-shaped Pokémon and is the evolved form of Voltorb. In the anime, Electrode is portrayed as a dangerous Pokémon that trainers and people have to be cautious around. Sometimes Electrode will explode and causes a fire hazard. In the Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap, an Electrode will explode if a Pester Ball is thrown at it.

In Super Smash Bros.

File:Electrode2 copy.jpg

As a stage element

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.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

As a Poké Ball Pokémon

File:Electrode copy.jpg

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 the attack of Electrode's 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 may even KO characters at a low percentage. 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.

As a trophy

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

As a Poké Ball Pokémon

File:Electrode ssbb.jpg

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. If one uses an airborne dodge close to Electrode, they will actually pick it up like an item, allowing it to be thrown at enemies. If a thrown Electrode collides with another character, it will automatically explode, resulting to greater damage and knockback. This can be even more powerful if the Electrode was smash thrown.

Failed Electrode

A failed Electrode explosion

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