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From Bulbapedia.
Electrode's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Games SSB
Move Explosion
Rarity Uncommon
Article on Bulbapedia Electrode (Pokémon)
It causes a massive bang after a certain time. Occasionally it fails to detonate. You can test your nerve by holding onto it until the very last second and then throwing it right before it detonates.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Electrode (マルマイン, Marumine) is a creature in the Pokémon series.


Electrode's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Electrode is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #101 as the "Ball Pokémon". It evolves from Voltorb starting at level 30, and, like it, it sometimes disguises itself as a Poké Ball and attacks unwary trainers which try to pick it up.

Explosion is a Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. With 250 base power it is in normal conditions the most powerful attack in the series, but has the severe drawback of making its user faint. Electrode can learn it in every game.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

Electrode in Super Smash Bros.

Electrode made its debut to the Smash series in Super Smash Bros., appearing as one of five Pokémon hazards on the stage Saffron City. The Electrode in Saffron City will pop out from the door on the side of the building when a character approaches. 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 (KOing at 30%).

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Electrode in Melee.

Electrode returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, this time as a Poké Ball summon, using Explosion once again. When Electrode comes out of the Poké Ball, it remains still, but will start to get darker over a period of a few seconds: this serves as a warning 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, and can KO characters even at low percentages (35%). When Electrode is about to explode and starts to spark it can be picked up and thrown. The character holding Electrode must be fast when disposing it, as their throwing animation has more startup lag, making characters with larger throw delays (such as Marth and Bowser) have a smaller window of safety. Electrode also appears in the event match Bomb-fest as the only Poké Ball Pokémon.


Electrode features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches.

The Electrode trophy in Melee
Electrode, an electric ball Pokémon, is the evolved form of Voltorb. It has the tendency to explode with even the slightest provocation, which has earned it the nickname "Wrecking Ball." Electrode is the quickest Pokémon found to date, and its distinct white-over-red coloring is the opposite of Voltorb's.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Electrode in Brawl.
A failed Electrode explosion.

Electrode keeps its Melee function, but its Explosion now has OHKO power. This time, there is also a chance that it will fail to explode, disappearing shortly after without any effect. In this case, it can be picked up and thrown: when a thrown Electrode collides with the ground or another player it explodes, and when smash thrown it can OHKO nearly any character but the super-heavyweights (Bowser, Donkey Kong, Snake, and King Dedede). Occasionally it just appears to fail, only to explode a few seconds later.


The Electrode trophy in Brawl
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.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Electrode Pokémon series TypeIcon(Explosive).png Attack +7 RandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Electrode (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Electrode returns in Super Smash Bros. 4, reprising its role from Brawl, although its Explosion is now weaker (KOing at 35%). It is also the only Poké Ball Pokémon who is able to OHKO, when smash thrown after failing to explode.


Electrode's trophy can be randomly obtained in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Pokémon Trophy Box.

North America 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!
Europe 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?
Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
3DS: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (10/2013)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Electrode as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Electrode returns as a Poké Ball summon, with the same mechanic of the previous game, but with some significant changes. It is still the only Poké Ball Pokémon able to OHKO when smash thrown, but it will no longer fail, and instead can be grabbed just before it explodes. It can however still have fake-outs, where it appears to fail, only to explode anyway. In addition, the explosion now ignores weight, making the victims' falling speed the main determining factor in their survivability.

Unlike previous installments, Electrode now sports an angry expression instead of smiling.

Electrode cannot be summoned on Distant Planet.

As a stage element[edit]

Electrode reprises its role as a stage hazard on the returning Saffron City stage. While it uses a 3D model for its Poké Ball role, the Electrode on Saffron City uses a 2D sprite as in the original Super Smash Bros.


No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Electrode.png
★★ 1 Bomber Equipped Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese マルマイン, Marumine
UK English Electrode
France French Électrode
Germany German Lektrobal
Italy Italian Electrode
Spain Spanish Electrode
China Chinese (Simplified) 顽皮雷弹
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 頑皮雷彈
South Korea Korean 붐볼, Boomball
Netherlands Dutch Electrode
Russia Russian Электрод


  • Electrode is one of three Pokémon to be both a Poké Ball summon and a stage element in the same installment, as it is present as both in Ultimate. Chansey was the first with this distinction, appearing in Smash 64, while Palkia also returns as both in Ultimate.
    • To prevent two Electrode from appearing on the stage at the same time, Poké Balls will never spawn Electrode on Saffron City.
  • Electrode, Meowth, and Porygon2 are the only non-Legendary or Mythical Poké Ball Pokémon to have no spoken voice lines.