Paul's Electivire (Japanese: シンジのエレキブル Shinji's Elekible) is Paul's first revealed Pokémon.
Electivire first appeared as an Elekid during Paul's 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 flashback in Glory Blaze!, it was seen with Paul catching 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 ended 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 sent Elekid out against Roark's last Pokémon Cranidos, with Elekid being damaged by the Stealth Rock laid down by Onix before. Roark told Cranidos to use Flamethrower, which Elekid dodged before smashing its fist right into Cranidos' knee and causing it to reel back in pain as Static activates. Cranidos shook off the static however with its own Ability Mold Breaker. However, just as Cranidos was about to attack, the knee injury that Elekid had gave it kicked in, making it an easy target for Elekid's Thunder Punch attack which smashed right into Cranidos' head. Cranidos used Zen Headbutt and Elekid used Brick Break, causing an explosion to happen. After the smoke cleared Elekid was the one standing, winning the battle for Paul.
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 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.
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 quarterfinal battle against Ash in Battling a Thaw in Relations!. Whilst battling Ash's Gliscor, Electivire was shown to have adapted Ash's unpredictability under the hands of Paul to quickly defeat Gliscor. It was then up against Pikachu, which both Pokemon seemed evenly matched until Ash purposefully activated its Motor Drive ability. However, this was a mistake as Electivire was able to defeat Pikachu. Finally, it battled Infernape for the victor. After a heated battle, Electivire used Thunder against Infernape, which after being scolded by Paul for the final time, Infernape activated its Blaze Ability and after a close match, Electivire fell and lost Paul the battle.
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 would clean the slate but still be annoyed that it was helped. Despite the harsh training it undergoes with Paul, Electivire always seems to be happy battling, and unlike some of his comrades, it never shows any resentment to Paul; Torterra would help others out of kindness and Honchkrow would takes Paul's harsh words to heart.
From the moment they met, Electivire and Infernape had an intense rivalry, even from their Chimchar-Elekid days, and when both were under Paul's command, it, along with Paul, always looked down on Infernape, thinking of it as inferior than itself and always felt pleasure whenever it belittled the Chimp Pokémon. Over time, however, Electivire grew to respect Infernape's increasing power, and was glad and amused to see that it had evolved into Monferno during their battle at Lake Acuity, with Infernape also returning the respect towards Electivire. Infernape and Electivire's respect and admiration towards one another reached its peak during their final battle at the Lily of the Valley Conference, when the referee was about to declare Infernape unable to continue, Electivire angrily stopped the referee from ending the battle, knowing that Infernape could still continue, despite the fact that it would mean Paul winning the battle. It seemed extremely delighted to see Infernape getting back to its feet, wanting to battle him for as long as possible. After Infernape bested Electivire, it was visibly smirking at seeing Infernape on top, and finally viewed Infernape as its equal.
Ironically, despite Electivire's harsh training and atmosphere around Paul, and despite its Trainer's constant scoldings and harsh treatment, Electivire never really showcased any signs of fear around Paul, and Electivire seemed quite comfortable around him. Instead, Electivire appeared to be slightly afraid of Reggie, seen as when Electabuzz pulled a prank on Pikachu during the latter's visit to Veilstone City, Electabuzz attempted to sneak away upon Reggie's arrival, only to be caught and reprimanded, with Electabuzz laughing sheepishly to excuse his actions.
During Electivire's debut as an Elekid, it had the ability to absorb Electric-type moves without suffering any damage and then use the electricity for power. This was shown during Ash's first battle with Paul, when Paul wanted Ash to go first.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Enter Galactic!||Thunder and Volt Tackle||Ash's Pikachu|
|Description: This is a move combination Pikachu used with Electabuzz. Pikachu starts by using Volt Tackle towards Paul's Electabuzz, who grabs him and uses Thunder on him to supercharge the Volt Tackle. This was used to sever the cables with which Team Galactic's helicopters were carrying Veilstone City's meteorites.|
|Battling a Thaw in Relations!||Thunder||None|
|Description: A strategy used in Battling a Thaw in Relations!. Electivire hits both of its tails into the ground and uses Thunder, sending large pieces of rock flying at the opponent.|
|Battling a Thaw in Relations!||Thunder||None|
|Description: Paul's version of Counter Shield. Paul's Electivire used Thunder sporadically on the battlefield to protect itself. It used this on Ash's Infernape in their Full Battle at the Lily of the Valley Conference.|
- For DP074, Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia is about Paul's Electabuzz. He writes this senryū about it: 「エレブーが シンジとしんじる ゆうしょうを」 "Eleboo trusts that Shinji will bring victory."
- It is the only one of Paul's Pokémon to evolve onscreen, when it evolved into Electabuzz in Smells Like Team Spirit!
- 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 that Ash had previously battled; all of Paul's other Pokémon were never before faced by Ash.
- Electivire is the first Pokémon in the anime to demonstrate two separate Abilities in different evolutionary stages.