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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, to balance the other types. It was added to the typing of two Pokémon, Magnemite and Magneton, which were only Electric-type.

Steel-type Pokémon stand out for having the best defense. They tend to be heavy and thus have low Speed. Steel-types are mainly inorganic in nature, some of them representing robots and machines.

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, uses Pokémon of this type as well.

Steel-type moves

  • There are 19 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
Autotomize Other type Beautiful type Generation V -
Bullet Punch Physical type Tough type[1] Generation IV 40
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 -
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
No damage
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 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

Steel-type Pokémon

42 Pokémon are Steel type. (5.83% of all Pokémon)

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

4 Pokémon are pure Steel type. (9.52% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Registeel Klink Klang Klinklang
379Registeel
#379

Type Steel

599Klink
#599

Type Steel

600Klang
#600

Type Steel

601Klinklang
#601

Type Steel

Primary Steel-type Pokémon

18 Pokémon are primary Steel type. (42.86% 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[34]

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

Secondary Steel-type Pokémon

20 Pokémon are secondary Steel type. (47.62% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Magnemite Magneton Forretress Scizor Empoleon Shieldon
081Magnemite
#081

Type ElectricType Steel[35]

082Magneton
#082

Type ElectricType Steel[35]

205Forretress
#205

Type BugType Steel

212Scizor
#212

Type BugType Steel

395Empoleon
#395

Type WaterType Steel

410Shieldon
#410

Type RockType Steel

Bastiodon Wormadam Lucario Magnezone Probopass Heatran
411Bastiodon
#411

Type RockType Steel

413CWormadam
#413

Type BugType Steel[36]

448Lucario
#448

Type FightingType Steel

462Magnezone
#462

Type ElectricType Steel

476Probopass
#476

Type RockType Steel

485Heatran
#485

Type FireType Steel

Excadrill Escavalier Ferroseed Ferrothorn Pawniard Bisharp
530Excadrill
#530

Type GroundType Steel

589Escavalier
#589

Type BugType Steel

597Ferroseed
#597

Type GrassType Steel

598Ferrothorn
#598

Type GrassType Steel

624Pawniard
#624

Type DarkType Steel

625Bisharp
#625

Type DarkType Steel

Durant Genesect
632Durant
#632

Type BugType Steel

649Genesect
#649

Type BugType 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
493Arceus Steel Dream
#493

Type Steel[37]

681BAegislash
#681

Type GhostType Steel[38]

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fairy type because in Europen 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 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 hard enough to resist those kind of attacks.
  • 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 Steel-type Pokémon are machines, also, all of them have feelings, they could have fear at one point.
  • 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 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. ^ Before Generation VI, Mawile was a pure Type Steel type.
  35. ^ a b In Generation I, Magnemite and Magneton were pure Type Electric types.
  36. ^ Only its Trash Cloak.
  37. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Iron Plate.
  38. ^ In its Blade Forme.

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