Paul had it as an Elekid during his first appearance in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!. He used it in a battle against Ash and his Pikachu. After a fierce battle, both Pokémon fainted and the battle ended up in a draw. In Paul's Glory Blaze! flashback, it was seen with Paul capturing his Ninjask, shortly before he caught Chimchar.
Paul used it in his battle against Roark in Shapes of Things to Come!, first using it against his Geodude. Paul had Elekid start with a super effective Brick Break, which ends up being powerful enough to defeat Geodude in one hit. Elekid next went up against his Onix. Onix proved to be a tougher fight for Elekid, dodging its attacks and breaking through Elekid's Protect. Paul decided to recall Elekid to conserve its strength, but not before its Static Ability activated, paralyzing Onix. Paul later sends Elekid out against Rorak's last Pokémon Cranidos, with Elekid being damaged by the Stealth Rock laid down by Onix before. Roark tells Cranidos to use Flamethrower, which Elekid dodges before smashing its fist right into Cranidos' knee and causing it to reel back in pain as Static activates. Cranidos shakes off the static however with its own Ability Mold Breaker. However, just as Cranidos is about to attack, the knee injury that Elekid just gave it kicks in, making it an easy target for Elekid's Thunder Punch attack which smashes right into Cranidos' head. Cranidos uses Zen Headbutt and Elekid uses Brick Break, causing an explosion to happen. After the smoke clears Elekid is the one standing, winning the battle for Paul.
In Smells Like Team Spirit!, Elekid evolved into Electabuzz during a Tag Battle where it was fighting alongside Ash's Chimchar against Dawn's Buizel and Conway's Heracross.
It was revealed in Lost Leader Strategy! that Paul had left Electabuzz with his brother, Reggie, for training. It was here, three episodes later that both Electabuzz and Ash's Pikachu settled their differences and became friendlier towards one another.
Electabuzz rejoined Paul after the events of Enter Galactic!, to have the upper hand in the battle against the Pastoria Gym Leader. In Chim - Charred! it was seen helping Paul battle a wild Drapion. It still seemed to have friendly feelings towards Pikachu.
It appeared again in A Pyramiding Rage!, where it took part in Paul's battle against Pyramid King Brandon. It was defeated by Brandon's Regirock.
It re-appeared during the Full Battle that Paul had with Ash in Pedal to the Mettle! and Evolving Strategies!. It mainly used Light Screen in the battle which provided Special Defense increase for his other Pokémon; mainly Paul's Honchkrow and Torterra against Ash's Grotle and Chimchar, respectively. It usually was recalled after doing so. Its only true opponent was Ash's Monferno. It was a close battle, but after a final clash of Mach Punch and Thunder Punch, Monferno fell and Electabuzz won the match for Paul.
It also made an appearance in Fighting Ire with Fire!, where Paul unsuccessfully used it to try to save Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup and Barry's Empoleon from one of Team Rocket's machines.
In Casting a Paul on Barry!, during Paul's battle against Barry in the Lily of the Valley Conference, Electabuzz was revealed having evolved into Electivire and also learning Giga Impact. It fought against Barry's Empoleon, and quite easily defeated it.
Paul used it as his last Pokémon in his quarter-final battle against Ash in Battling a Thaw in Relations! where it defeated Ash's Gliscor and Pikachu helped by its Motor Drive Ability and extensible tails. After a heated battle, it was finally defeated by Infernape once its Blaze Ability was activated.
Personality and characteristics
Natural of its species, Electivire was aggressive, brutish and nasty from its debut as an Elekid, reflecting Paul’s own attitude. In Tag! We're It...!; when Pikachu approached and greeted it, Elekid, falsely appeared to greet him back, only to hit Pikachu once he turned away, an example of Elekid being nasty for the sake of being nasty. Like Paul, it hates to appear weak and if ever helped, it’d clean the slate but still be annoyed that it was helped, a stubborn trait. Despite the harsh training it undergoes with Paul, Electivire always seems to be happy battling and unlike some of his comrades; Torterra who’d help others out of kindness and Honchkrow who takes Paul’s harsh words to heart, never shows any resentment to Paul.
Electivire facing Ash's Infernape
From the point they met, Electivire had a rivalry with Pikachu and was always keen to wind him up. Similarly, when Chimchar joined Ash’s team, it developed the same kind of rivalry, happily belittling his new found confidence. As an Electabuzz, as shown in Evolving Stratagies! it was amused to see Chimchar had evolved into Monferno and glad to be battling him, it also smirked whenever it activated Light Screen. Towards the end of its time on the show, Electivire gained respect for Infernape as a rival, just as Paul did for Ash, enjoying their battle at the Sinnoh League because Electivire believed Infernape to be a worthy opponent, rather than someone it could just push around.
During Electivire's debut as an Elekid, it had the ability to absorb Electric-type moves without suffering any damage and use the electricity for power. This was shown during Ash's first battle with Paul when Paul wanted Ash to go first.
| Using Thunder Punch
| Using Thunder Punch|
as an Elekid
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
- For Pika and Goliath!, Professor Oak's lecture is about Paul's Electabuzz.
- It is the only one of Paul's Pokémon to evolve onscreen, when it evolved into Electabuzz in Smells Like Team Spirit!
- Electivire seems to be the principal rival for Ash's Infernape. They were both introduced together and used in Paul's first Gym battle; Electabuzz evolved from Elekid in a Double Battle partnered with Chimchar, who had only just joined Ash's team. Later, Electabuzz defeated the newly-evolved Monferno in the final round of Ash and Paul's Full Battle in Evolving Strategies!, and was present for Monferno's final evolution in Fighting Ire with Fire!. This is further proven in Battling a Thaw in Relations! where it battled Infernape in the final round of Ash and Paul's Full Battle at the Sinnoh League.
- Electivire is the only Pokémon Paul used in his battle against Ash in the Lily of the Valley Conference that only has one Type.
- It is also the only one used by Paul against Ash in both the full battle at Lake Acuity and the full battle at the Lily of the Valley Conference.
- Paul's Electivire is the first Pokémon in the anime to demonstrate two separate Abilities in different evolutionary stages.