Electivire is a large, humanoid Pokémon covered in yellow fur with black stripes. It appears to lack a neck and has red eyes, a black spot on its forehead, and a pair of antennae with bulbous tips. A pattern on Electivire's back resembles an electric outlet. The fur on its cheeks and shoulders is spiky and ruffled. It has two black tails with red rounded ends, resembling open electrical wires. Electivire has black feet with three, clawed toes, and five black fingers on each of its hands.
Electivire is said to have the best electrical-energy output of all Electric-type Pokémon and has very impressive physical strength. Electivire is known to be recklessly careless regarding enemy attacks. The tips of its tails, which generate electricity, shock opponents on contact with over 20,000 volts. It can also electrify its punches by gripping onto its tails. Blue sparks fly between its antennae as its electric charge amplifies. It thumps its chest when excited, causing thunder and sparks to fly around it. The voltage it makes can increase when it is battling. The amount of electric energy it can produce depends on the Electivire's pulse. Electivire usually feeds off electric currents. In the anime, Electivire has been seen eating fruits from trees. A single Electivire is capable of powering a large city for an entire year.
Mars of Team Galactic is shown in possession of an Electivire in Belligerent Bronzor. However, it is only present in the graphic novel releases, replacing the Luxray that occupied the role of transferring electric power needed for the completion of the Galactic Bomb.
Electivire appears on the Electric terrain of Pokémon Stadium 2.
"A Thunderbolt Pokémon that attacks by pressing its two tails against a foe and delivering a shock of over 20,000 volts. When hit with an Electric-type attack, it takes no damage, and its Speed increases. Electabuzz evolves into Electivire if you trade it while it's holding an Electirizer. Electivire is famed for having the strongest physical attacks of Electric-type Pokémon."
Electivire shares its category with Zebstrika. They are both known as the Thunderbolt Pokémon.
Coincidentally, both can also have Motor Drive as their Ability.
Electivire's evolutionary family may be considered a counterpart of Magmortar's. Both evolve starting at Level 30 and whose evolved forms evolve via trading with an item containing the suffix "-izer" . Both have the same gender ratio (75% male, 25% female), and both are typically exclusive to one version of a pair of games. They both have similar status-inducing Abilities in Flame Body and Static, as well as the same Hidden Ability, Vital Spirit. Their evolutionary relatives were also released in the same generation (Generation I and II).
Electivire may be based on an oni, a horned ogre that sometimes has powers of thunder and lightning and often wore tiger skin loincloths which are usually yellow with black stripes. Due to its shaggy appearance, Electivire may also be based on a Namahage, demons portrayed by men wearing oni masks, which tend to have long hair, and wore straw capes. It may also be based on a Yeti, an ape-like cryptid that was said to inhabit the Himalayas. Its design and Motor DriveAbility are similar to an electric motor, while the mark on its back resembles a socket. Its horns may be based on Tesla coils and the tails look like cables.
Electivire may be a combination of electric or electricity and wire (referring to its cord-like tails) or live wire.
Elekible may be a combination of electric, エレキ eleki (electric), or electricity and cable.