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Type Steel
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The Steel type (Japanese: はがねタイプ, HepburnHagane taipu) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

It was introduced in Generation II along with the Dark type to balance the Psychic type and Normal type, as both types were great offensively, but the Steel type was made for Pokémon defensively. It was also made for its many resistances as pure Steel types had 10 resistances and Electric/Steel types had 11 resistances along with a Poison-type immunity for both matchups.

Steel-type Pokémon stand out for having great defense against both physical and special attacks, and a large number of resistances. However, some Steel types are capable of going on the offensive on either the physical or special spectrum. Nonetheless, Steel type Pokémon are heavy and thus have low Speed.

While most Steel types resembles everyday objects made out of metal (such as the Magnemite, Beldum, and Honedge evolutionary line, as well as Ferroseed, Ferrothorn, and Klefki), there are a few Steel types that are biological organisms outfitted with metallic armor (such as Bisharp, Lucario, and Steelix).

Steel-type Pokémon draw their powers from light based attacks (mostly Special attacks) due to the glistening properties of metal.

Along with the Rock and Ground types, Steel represents part of the Earth's minerals as types.

Famous Steel-type Pokémon Trainers include Jasmine, the sixth Johto Gym Leader; Steven Stone, the Hoenn Champion; Byron, the sixth Gym Leader of Sinnoh; Colress, who is part of the new Team Plasma; Wikstrom, a member of the Kalos Pokémon League; Molayne, a former Trial Captain of Alola's Ula'ula Island, use Pokémon of this type as well; Poppy, a member of Paldea Elite Four; and Amarys, a member of BB League Elite Four. Chairman Rose could also be a Steel-type Pokémon trainer, because in his battle with Ash he battled with two Steel-type Pokémon.

Steel-type moves[]

  • There are 39 Steel-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical moves stand out.
    • 22 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 6 moves are of the Special type.
    • 7 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Cool moves stand out.
    • 9 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 6 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • There are no moves of the Cute type type.
    • 3 moves have no typing in contest.

List of Steel-type moves[]

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Anchor Shot Physical type Cool type Generation VII 85
Autotomize Other type Beautiful type Generation V -
Behemoth Bash Physical type - Generation VIII 100
Behemoth Blade Physical type - Generation VIII 100
Bullet Punch Physical type Tough type[1] Generation IV 40
Corkscrew Crash - - Generation VII -
Double Iron Bash Physical type Tough type[1] Generation VII 60
Doom Desire Special type Beautiful type[2] Generation III 140[3]
Flash Cannon Special type Beautiful type[1] Generation IV 80
G-Max Meltdown - - Generation VIII -
G-Max Steelsurge - - Generation VIII -
Gear Grind Physical type Clever type Generation V 50 (x2)
Gear Up Other type - Generation VII -
Gigaton Hammer Physical type - Generation IX 160
Gyro Ball Physical type Cool type[4] Generation IV 1-150
Hard Press Physical type - Generation IX -
Heavy Slam Physical type Tough type Generation V 40-120
Iron Defense Other type Tough type Generation III -
Iron Head Physical type Tough type Generation IV 80
Iron Tail Physical type Tough type[2] Generation II 100
King's Shield Other type Cool type Generation VI -
Magnet Bomb Physical type Cool type Generation IV 60
Make It Rain Special type - Generation IX 120
Max Steelspike - - Generation VIII -
Metal Burst Physical type Cool type[4] Generation IV -
Metal Claw Physical type Cool type Generation II 50
Metal Sound Other type Clever type Generation III -
Meteor Mash Physical type Cool type Generation III 90[5]
Mirror Shot Special type Beautiful type[6] Generation IV 65
Searing Sunraze Smash Physical type - Generation VII 200
Shelter Other type - Generation VIII -
Shift Gear Other type Clever type Generation V -
Smart Strike Physical type Cool type Generation VII -
Spin Out Physical type - Generation IX 100
Steel Beam Special type - Generation VIII 140
Steel Roller Physical type - Generation VIII 130
Steel Wing Physical type Cool type Generation II 70
Sunsteel Strike Physical type - Generation VII 100
Tachyon Cutter Special type - Generation IX 50

Effectiveness of Steel-type moves[]

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy, Type Ice and Type Rock.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Electric, Type Fire, Type Steel and Type Water.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Steel type[]

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Steel
½
[7]
½
½
×2
×2
½
[8]
½
×2
½
½
×0
½
½
½
Type SteelType Bug
½
[9]
½
½
×4
[10]
¼
½
½
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Dark
½
[11]
½
×4
×2
½
½
[12]
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Dragon
½
[13]
½
×2
½
[14]
¼
×2
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type SteelType Electric
½
[15]
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
[16]
½
×4
½
½
×0
½
½
¼
Type SteelType Fairy
¼
½
×0
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Fighting
¼
½
[17]
½
×2
×2
[18]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
Type SteelType Fire
¼
[19]
½
¼
×2
½
[20]
¼
×4
¼
½
×0
½
¼
×2
Type SteelType Flying
¼
[21]
½
×2
½
×2
½
[22]
¼
×0
½
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Ghost
¼
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×0
½
½
½
Type SteelType Grass [23]
½
½
½
×2
×4
[24]
¼
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type SteelType Ground
½
[25]
½
×0
½
×2
×2
½
[26]
×2
½
×0
½
¼
½
×2
Type SteelType Ice
½
½
½
×4
×4
½
½
×2
¼
½
×0
½
Type SteelType Poison
¼
½
¼
×2
½
¼
×4
½
½
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Psychic
×2
[27]
½
½
×2
½
×2
[28]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
½
Type SteelType Rock
½
[29]
½
½
×4
¼
[30]
×4
½
¼
×0
½
½
×2
Type SteelType Water
½
[31]
½
×2
½
×2
½
[32]
×2
¼
½
×0
½
½
¼
½

Steel-type-Pokémon Trainers[]

Steel-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders[]

Leader Location Badge
VSJasmine
Jasmine
Olivine City, Johto Mineral Badge
Mineral Badge
VSByron
Byron
Canalave City, Sinnoh Mineral Badge
Mine Badge

Steel-type-Pokémon Elite Four members[]

Competence Category
ORAS VSSteven
Steven Stone[33]
Hoenn Champion
VSWikstrom
Wikstrom
Kalos Elite Four
VS Molayne SM
Molayne[34]
Alola Elite Four
Poppy
Poppy
Paldea Elite Four
Amarys
Amarys
BB League Elite Four

Steel-type-Pokémon Special Trainers[]

Competence Category
Colress
Colress
Team Plasma Boss

Steel type records[]

Steel-type Pokémon[]

74 Pokémon are Steel type.

Pure Steel-type Pokémon[]

Primary Steel-type Pokémon[]

Secondary Steel-type Pokémon[]

Pokémon with Steel-type alternate forms[]

The following alternate forms of some Pokémon are also of the Steel type.

Relations with other types[]

  • They're strong against the Fairy type because, in European mythology, fairies lose their power with metals, also, they are burnt when touching them. Alternatively, it could be due to Clarke's Law, "any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
  • They're strong against the Ice and Rock types because metal tools are often used to break ice and rocks.
  • They're weak against the Fighting type because if given hard blows, the steel can bend or break due to its low elasticity hence the phrase "man over machine".
  • They're weak against the Fire type because steel is a conductor of heat and it can be melted with high temperatures.
  • They're weak against the Ground type because machines don't work properly when filled with sand, dirt, or mud, and earthquakes destroy metal buildings.
  • They resist the Bug type because bugs and insects don't have enough force to make any physical change to metals.
  • They resist the Dragon type because, in medieval legends, knights used steel armors to take on dragons to resist their attacks and be able to kill them. Curiously, the Dragon type isn't weak to them.
  • They resist the Normal type because most Normal-type moves are Physical, and not so powerful as those of the Fighting type, and steel is hard enough to resist those kinds of attacks.
  • They resist the Grass type because plants can't degrade metals.
  • They resist the Flying type because birds can't cause any damage to steel, hence why bird cages are made of metal. Also, a strong steel structure (tall skyscraper) can withstand a powerful gust of wind.
  • They resist the Psychic type because, since steel lacks life and it's an inorganic material, mind-controlled powers can't hurt them much. Something curious is that Kadabra and Alakazam bend metal spoons with their minds.
  • Until Generation V, they resisted the Dark and Ghost types because machines don't feel fear since they don't have emotions or feelings, also machines just have artificial mind since they're inorganic and inanimated objects. However since Generation VI, they don't resist these types anymore because not all Steel-type Pokémon are machines. Thus, all of them have feelings and also natural mind, they could have fear at one point. However, they still resist Psychic type.
  • They're immune to the Poison type because poison doesn't affect things that are not organic.
  • The Electric type resists them because it is an electrical conductor and their magnetism can repel their attacks. Curiously, they're not weak to the Electric type.
  • The Water type resists them because water oxidizes most metals. Interestingly, they're not weak to the Water type.
  • They resist themselves because when you hit something made of metal with another piece of metal, the attacking metal may dent.

Trivia[]

  • The Steel type has the most resistances out of any Pokémon type, with 10.
    • Prior to Generation VI, the Steel type used to resist Ghost and Dark, which was a total of 11 resistances. However, when the Fairy type was introduced, the number of resistances went back to 10.
  • The Steel type is the only type that has lost resistances.
  • Until the introduction of Poppy in Generation IX, Jasmine is the only female Steel-type trainer.
  • As of Generation IX, the only type that hasn't been paired with the Steel-type is the Normal type, although F-00 from Pokéstar Studios who isn't technically a Pokémon is a Steel/Normal type.

Notes[]

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  2. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  3. ^ 120 before Generation V.
  4. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  5. ^ 100 until Generation V.
  6. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-type move.
  7. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  8. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  9. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Bug-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  10. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Bug-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  11. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Dark-type Pokémon were very resistant to Dark-type moves.
  12. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Dark-type Pokémon were very resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  13. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Dragon-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  14. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Dragon-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  15. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Electric-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  16. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Electric-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  17. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Fighting-type Pokémon were very resistant to Dark-type moves.
  18. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Fighting-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  19. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Fire-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  20. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Fire-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  21. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Flying-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  22. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Flying-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  23. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Grass-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  24. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Grass-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  25. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Ground-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  26. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Ground-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  27. ^ Before Generation VI, Dark-type moves did normal damage on Steel/Psychic-type Pokémon.
  28. ^ Before Generation VI, Ghost-type moves did normal damage on Steel/Psychic-type Pokémon.
  29. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Rock-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  30. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Rock-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  31. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Water-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  32. ^ Before Generation VI, Steel/Water-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  33. ^ Only in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
  34. ^ Only in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
  35. ^ Before Generation VI, Mawile was a pure Type Steel type.
  36. ^ a b In Generation I, Magnemite and Magneton were pure Type Electric types.
  37. ^ Only its Trash Cloak.
  38. ^ Due to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Iron Plate.
  39. ^ In its Blade Forme.
  40. ^ Due to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Steel Memory.
  41. ^ In its Dusk Mane Forme when fused with Solgaleo.
  42. ^ Only in its Crowned Sword.
  43. ^ Only in its Crowned Shield.
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