Type Steel.gif

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.

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

List of Steel-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Anchor Shot Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation VII 85
Autotomize Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V -
Behemoth Bash Physical type.gif - Generation VIII 100
Behemoth Blade Physical type.gif - Generation VIII 100
Bullet Punch Physical type.gif Tough type.png[1] Generation IV 40
Double Iron Bash Physical type.gif Tough type.png[1] Generation VII 60
Doom Desire Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[2] Generation III 140[3]
Flash Cannon Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[1] Generation IV 80
Gear Grind Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation V 50 (x2)
Gyro Ball Physical type.gif Cool type.png[4] Generation IV 1-150
Heavy Slam Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation V 40-120
Iron Defense Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation III -
Iron Head Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation IV 80
Iron Tail Physical type.gif Tough type.png[2] Generation II 100
King's Shield Other type.gif Cool type.png Generation VI -
Magnet Bomb Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation IV 60
Metal Burst Physical type.gif Cool type.png[4] Generation IV -
Metal Claw Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation II 50
Metal Sound Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Meteor Mash Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation III 90[5]
Mirror Shot Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[6] Generation IV 65
Shift Gear Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Smart Strike Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation VII -
Steel Beam Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[1] Generation VIII 140
Steel Wing Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation II 70
Sunsteel Strike Physical type.gif - Generation VII 100

Effectiveness of Steel-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy.gif, Type Ice.gif and Type Rock.gif.

½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Electric.gif, Type Fire.gif, Type Steel.gif and Type Water.gif.

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.gif Dark type vertical.gif Dragon type vertical.gif Electric type vertical.gif Fairy type vertical.gif Fighting type vertical.gif Fire type vertical.gif Flying type vertical.gif Ghost type vertical.gif Grass type vertical.gif Ground type vertical.gif Ice type vertical.gif Normal type vertical.gif Poison type vertical.gif Psychic type vertical.gif Rock type vertical.gif Steel type vertical.gif Water type vertical.gif
Type Steel.gif
½
[7]
½
½
×2
×2
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[8]
½
×2
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×0
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Type Steel.gifType Bug.gif
½
[9]
½
½
×4
[10]
¼
½
½
×0
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Dark.gif
½
[11]
½
×4
×2
½
½
[12]
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif
½
[13]
½
×2
½
[14]
¼
×2
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Electric.gif
½
[15]
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
[16]
½
×4
½
½
×0
½
½
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Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif
¼
½
×0
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Fighting.gif
¼
½
[17]
½
×2
×2
[18]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
Type Steel.gifType Fire.gif
¼
[19]
½
¼
×2
½
[20]
¼
×4
¼
½
×0
½
¼
×2
Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif
¼
[21]
½
×2
½
×2
½
[22]
¼
×0
½
×0
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif
¼
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×0
½
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Grass.gif [23]
½
½
½
×2
×4
[24]
¼
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Ground.gif
½
[25]
½
×0
½
×2
×2
½
[26]
×2
½
×0
½
¼
½
×2
Type Steel.gifType Ice.gif
½
½
½
×4
×4
½
½
×2
¼
½
×0
½
Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif
×2
[27]
½
½
×2
½
×2
[28]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
½
Type Steel.gifType Rock.gif
½
[29]
½
½
×4
¼
[30]
×4
½
¼
×0
½
½
×2
Type Steel.gifType Water.gif
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.png
Jasmine
Olivine City, Johto Mineral Badge
Mineral Badge
VSByron.png
Byron
Canalave City, Sinnoh Mineral Badge
Mine Badge

Steel-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
ORAS VSSteven.png
Steven Stone[33]
Hoenn Champion
VSWikstrom.png
Wikstrom
Kalos Elite Four
VS Molayne SM.png
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

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

Meowth Registeel Klink Klang Klinklang Meltan

Meowth
#052
----

Type Steel.gif

Registeel
#379
----

Type Steel.gif

Klink
#599
----

Type Steel.gif

Klang
#600
----

Type Steel.gif

Klinklang
#601
----

Type Steel.gif

Meltan
#808
----

Type Steel.gif

Melmetal Perrserker Cufant Copperajah
Melmetal
#809
----

Type Steel.gif

Perrserker
#878
----

Type Steel.gif

Copperajah
#878
----

Type Steel.gif

Copperajah
#879
----

Type Steel.gif

Primary Steel-type Pokémon

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

Steelix Skarmory Mawile Aron Lairon

Aggron

Steelix
#208
----

Type Steel.gifType Ground.gif

Skarmory
#227
----

Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif

Mawile
#303
----

Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif[35]

Aron
#304
----

Type Steel.gifType Rock.gif

Lairon
#305
----

Type Steel.gifType Rock.gif

Aggron
#306
----

Type Steel.gifType Rock.gif

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

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Metang
#375
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Metagross
#376
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Jirachi
#385
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Bronzor
#436
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Bronzong
#437
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

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

Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif

Cobalion
#638
----

Type Steel.gifType Fighting.gif

Honedge
#679
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Doublade
#680
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Aegislash
#681
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif

Klefki
#707
----

Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif

Celesteela Magearna Duraludon
Celesteela
#797
----

Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif

Magearna
#801
----

Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif

Duraludon
#884
----

Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif

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

Alolan Sandshrew
#027
----

Type Ice.gifType Steel.gif

Alolan Sandslash
#028
----

Type Ice.gifType Steel.gif

Alolan Diglett
#050
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Alolan Dugtrio
#051
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Magnemite
#081
----

Type Electric.gifType Steel.gif[36]

Magneton
#082
----

Type Electric.gifType Steel.gif[36]

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

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

Scizor
#212
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

Empoleon
#395
----

Type Water.gifType Steel.gif

Shieldon
#410
----

Type Rock.gifType Steel.gif

Bastiodon
#411
----

Type Rock.gifType Steel.gif

Wormadam
#413
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif[37]

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

Type Fighting.gifType Steel.gif

Magnezone
#462
----

Type Electric.gifType Steel.gif

Probopass
#476
----

Type Rock.gifType Steel.gif

Heatran
#485
----

Type Fire.gifType Steel.gif

Excadrill
#530
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Escavalier
#589
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

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

Type Grass.gifType Steel.gif

Ferrothorn
#598
----

Type Grass.gifType Steel.gif

Pawniard
#624
----

Type Dark.gifType Steel.gif

Bisharp
#625
----

Type Dark.gifType Steel.gif

Durant
#632
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

Genesect
#649
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

Togedemaru Solgaleo Kartana Stakataka Corviknight Zacian (Crown Sword)
Togedemaru
#777
----

Type Electric.gifType Steel.gif

Solgaleo
#791
----

Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif

Kartana
#798
----

Type Grass.gifType Steel.gif

Stakataka
#805
----

Type Rock.gifType Steel.gif

Corviknight
#823
----

Type Flying.gifType Steel.gif

Zacian
#888
----

Type Fairy.gifType Steel.gif

Zamazenta (Crown Shield)
Zamazenta
#889
----

Type Fighting.gifType Steel.gif

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
Mega Steelix
#208
----

Type Steel.gifType Ground.gif

Mega Scizor
#212
----

Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif

Mega Mawile
#303
----

Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif

Mega Aggron
#306
----

Type Steel.gif

Mega Metagross
#376
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Mega Lucario
#448
----

Type Fighting.gifType Steel.gif

Arceus Aegislash Blade Mode Silvally Dusk Mane Necrozma Gigantamax Melmetal Gigantamax Corviknight
Arceus
#493
----

Type Steel.gif[38]

Aegislash
#681
----

Type Steel.gifType Ghost.gif[39]

Silvally
#773
----

Type Steel.gif[40]

Dusk Mane Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif[41]

809GMelmetal.png
#809
----

Type Steel.gif

Corviknight
#823
----

Type Flying.gifType Steel.gif

Gigantamax Copperajah Gigantamax Duraludon Crown Sword Zacian Crown Shield Zamazenta
Copperajah
#879
----

Type Steel.gif

884GDuraludon.png

#884
----

Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif

Zacian
#888
----

Type Fairy.gifType Steel.gif[42]

Zamazenta
#889
----

Type Fighting.gifType Steel.gif[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. 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.
  • 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, 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 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.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type.png-type move.
  2. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type.png-type move.
  3. ^ 120 before Generation V.
  4. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type.png-type move.
  5. ^ 100 until Generation V.
  6. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type.png-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.gif type.
  36. ^ a b In Generation I, Magnemite and Magneton were pure Type Electric.gif 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Steel" defined multiple times with different content


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