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Type Steel

The Steel-type (はがねタイプ Hagane taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

It was introduced in Generation II, along with the Dark-type. It was introduced to balance the Psychic-type and Normal-type, as both types were great offensively, but 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. They tend to be heavy and thus have low Speed. Steel-types usually consist of mechanical constructs (the Magnemite, Beldum, and Klink evolutionary lines) while others are biological organisms outfitted with metallic armor.

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; and Wikstrom, a member of the Kalos Pokémon League. Also, Colress, who is part of the new Team Plasma, and Molayne, a former Trial Captain of Alola's Ula'ula Island, use Pokémon of this type as well.

Steel-type moves

  • There are 22 Steel-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical moves stand out.
    • 11 moves are of the Physical type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Cool moves stand out.
    • 8 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 4 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 4 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • There are no moves of the Cute type type.

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
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
Gear Grind Physical type Clever type Generation V 50 (x2)
Gyro Ball Physical type Cool type[4] Generation IV 1-150
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
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
Shift Gear Other type Clever type Generation V -
Smart Strike Physical type Cool type Generation VII -
Steel Beam Special type Beautiful type[1] Generation VIII 140
Steel Wing Physical type Cool type Generation II 70

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 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 Mineralbadge
Mineral Badge
VSByron
Byron
Canalave City, Sinnoh Minebadge
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

Steel type records

Steel-type Pokémon

53 Pokémon are Steel type. (6.36% of all Pokémon)

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

6 Pokémon are pure Steel type. (7.84% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Registeel Klink Klang Klinklang Meltan Melmetal
379Registeel
#379
----

Type Steel

599Klink
#599
----

Type Steel

600Klang
#600
----

Type Steel

601Klinklang
#601
----

Type Steel

Meltan
#808
----

Type Steel

Melmetal809
#809
----

Type Steel

Cufant Copperajah
878Cufant
#878
----

Type Steel

879Copperajah
#879
----

Type Steel

Primary Steel-type Pokémon

20 Pokémon are primary Steel type. (39.22% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Steelix Skarmory Mawile Aron Lairon Aggron
208Steelix
#208
----

Type SteelType Ground

227Skarmory
#227
----

Type SteelType Flying

303Mawile
#303
----

Type SteelType Fairy[35]

304Aron
#304
----

Type SteelType Rock

305Lairon
#305
----

Type SteelType Rock

306Aggron
#306
----

Type SteelType Rock

Beldum Metang Metagross Jirachi Bronzor Bronzong
374Beldum
#374
----

Type SteelType Psychic

375Metang
#375
----

Type SteelType Psychic

376Metagross
#376
----

Type SteelType Psychic

385Jirachi
#385
----

Type SteelType Psychic

436Bronzor
#436
----

Type SteelType Psychic

437Bronzong
#437
----

Type SteelType Psychic

Dialga Cobalion Honedge Doublade Aegislash Klefki
483Dialga
#483
----

Type SteelType Dragon

638Cobalion
#638
----

Type SteelType Fighting

679Honedge
#679
----

Type SteelType Ghost

680Doublade
#680
----

Type SteelType Ghost

681AAegislash
#681
----

Type SteelType Ghost

707Klefki
#707
----

Type SteelType Fairy

Celesteela Magearna Duraludon
797Celesteela
#797
----

Type SteelType Flying

801Magearna
#801
----

Type SteelType Fairy

884Duraludon
#???
----

Type SteelType Dragon

Secondary Steel-type Pokémon

28 Pokémon are secondary Steel type. (52.94% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Alolan Sandshrew Alolan Sandslash Alolan Diglett Alolan Dugtrio Magnemite Magneton
027ASandshrew
#027
----

Type IceType Steel

028ASandslash
#028
----

Type IceType Steel

050ADiglett
#050
----

Type GroundType Steel

051ADugtrio
#051
----

Type GroundType Steel

081Magnemite
#081
----

Type ElectricType Steel[36]

082Magneton
#082
----

Type ElectricType Steel[36]

Forretress Scizor Empoleon Shieldon Bastiodon Wormadam
205Forretress
#205
----

Type BugType Steel

212Scizor
#212
----

Type BugType Steel

395Empoleon
#395
----

Type WaterType Steel

410Shieldon
#410
----

Type RockType Steel

411Bastiodon
#411
----

Type RockType Steel

413CWormadam
#413
----

Type BugType Steel[37]

Lucario Magnezone Probopass Heatran Excadrill Escavalier
448Lucario
#448
----

Type FightingType Steel

462Magnezone
#462
----

Type ElectricType Steel

476Probopass
#476
----

Type RockType Steel

485Heatran
#485
----

Type FireType Steel

530Excadrill
#530
----

Type GroundType Steel

589Escavalier
#589
----

Type BugType Steel

Ferroseed Ferrothorn Pawniard Bisharp Durant Genesect
597Ferroseed
#597
----

Type GrassType Steel

598Ferrothorn
#598
----

Type GrassType Steel

624Pawniard
#624
----

Type DarkType Steel

625Bisharp
#625
----

Type DarkType Steel

632Durant
#632
----

Type BugType Steel

649Genesect
#649
----

Type BugType Steel

Togedemaru Solgaleo Kartana Stakataka Corviknight
777Togedemaru
#777
----

Type ElectricType Steel

791Solgaleo
#791
----

Type PsychicType Steel

798Kartana
#798
----

Type GrassType Steel

805Stakataka
#805
----

Type RockType Steel

823Corviknight
#823
----

Type FlyingType Steel

Pokémon with Steel-type alternate formes

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

Mega Steelix Mega Scizor Mega Mawile Mega Aggron Mega Metagross Mega Lucario
208MSteelix
#208
----

Type SteelType Ground

212MScizor
#212
----

Type BugType Steel

303MMawile
#303
----

Type SteelType Fairy

306MAggron
#306
----

Type Steel

376MMetagross
#376
----

Type SteelType Psychic

448MLucario
#448
----

Type FightingType Steel

Arceus Aegislash Silvally Dusk Mane Necrozma Gigantamax Corviknight Gigantamax Copperajah
493Arceus Steel Dream
#493
----

Type Steel[38]

681BAegislash
#681
----

Type SteelType Ghost[39]

773Silvally Steel Dream
#773
----

Type Steel[40]

DuskManeNecrozma
#800
----

Type PsychicType Steel[41]

823GCorviknight
#823
----

Type FlyingType Steel

879GCopperajah
#879
----

Type Steel

Zacian Zamazenta
888Zacian
#888
----

Type FairyType Steel[42]

889Zamazenta
#889
----

Type FightingType Steel[42]

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.
  • They're strong against the Ice and Rock types because steel with its hardness can break them easily.
  • They're weak against the Fighting type because if given hard blows, the steel can bend or break due to its low elasticity.
  • 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.
  • 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 kind of attacks.
  • They resist the Grass type because plants can't degrade metals.
  • They resist the Flying type because because birds can't cause any damage to steel, hence why bird cages are made of metal.
  • 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 mind.
  • Until Generation V, they resisted the Dark and Ghost types because machines don't feel fear, since they don't have emotions or feelings, but, from Generation VI onward, they don't resist these types anymore, probably because not all Steel-type Pokémon are machines, also, all of them have feelings, they could have fear at one point. However, they still resist the 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 electricity conductor and their magnetism can repel their attacks.
  • The Water type resists them because water oxidizes most metals.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d 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 Alpha Sapphire.
  34. ^ Only in Pokémon Ultra Sun and 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. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Iron Plate.
  39. ^ In its Blade Forme.
  40. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Steel Memory.
  41. ^ In its Dusk Mane Forme when fused with Solgaleo.
  42. ^ a b Only in its Crowned Sword.

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