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Old December 17th, 2012 (5:52 PM).
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Originally Posted by Toujours View Post
As far as when electric-types are found, I had a Mareep before the second gym leader in W2. You can get a Shinx in the second route in D/P/Pt. In G/S/HG/SS, there's a Mareep on the route just after the first gym. There are more games where an Electric-type is available before the third gym than not.

In addition, in two regions (Kanto and Hoenn) one of the first 3 Gym Leader is Electric-type. If you go up to the first half of gym leaders, there are 3 regions. It does seem logical that they wouldn't want to start you with a Pokemon that is immune to a Gym Leader entirely.
I was referring more to the fact that you don't really encounter trainers with Electric types until later on in the game (around the 3rd badge), and by this point it is usually possibly to obtain a ground type.

For example, in Kanto, all you have to do is take a trip to Diglett's Cave, catch a Diglett/Dugtrio and you're set. Or you may already have a Nidoking/Nidoqueen in your arsenal. And in the case of Hoenn, if you chose Mudkip, it will surely have evolved before you get to Mauville Gym. And Marshtomp itself is part of a starter line.
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