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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 made change its typing to two Pokémon, Magnemite and Magneton, which were only Electric typed.

Steel-type Pokémon stand out for having the best defense. Steel-type Pokémon also tend to be heavy, thus making them slow. Steel-type Pokémon are mainly inorganic in nature, some of them even represent robots and machines.

It, along the Rock and Ground types, 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
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
½
½
½
Type SteelType Bug
½
½
½
×4
¼
½
½
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Dark
½
½
×4
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
×0
½
½
Type SteelType Dragon
½
½
×2
½
¼
×2
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type SteelType Electric
½
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
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
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
Type SteelType Fire
¼
½
¼
×2
½
¼
×4
¼
½
×0
½
¼
×2
Type SteelType Flying
¼
½
×2
½
×2
½
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
½
½
½
×2
×4
¼
½
×0
½
½
½
½
Type SteelType Ground
½
½
×0
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
×0
½
¼
½
×2
Type SteelType Psychic
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
½
Type SteelType Rock
½
½
½
×4
¼
×4
½
¼
×0
½
½
×2
Type SteelType Water
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
×2
¼
½
×0
½
½
¼
½

Known Steel-type Pokémon Trainers

HGSS Jasmine Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Steven Byron Wikstrom Ieyasu Tadakatsu
Johto Gym Leader Jasmine Hoenn Champion Steven Sinnoh Gym Leader Byron Kalos Elite Four Wikstrom Valora Warlord Ieyasu Warlord Servant Tadakatsu

Steel-type Pokémon

42 Pokémon are Steel type. (5.85% of all Pokémon)

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

4 Pokémon are pure Steel type. (11.90% of the Steel-type Pokémon)

Registeel379 Klink599 Klang600 Klinklang601

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)

Steelix208 Skarmory227 Mawile303 Aron304 Lairon305 Aggron306

208Steelix
#208


Type SteelType Ground

227Skarmory
#227


Type SteelType Flying

303Mawile
#303


Type SteelType Fairy[7]

304Aron
#304


Type SteelType Rock

305Lairon
#305


Type SteelType Rock

306Aggron
#306


Type SteelType Rock

Beldum374 Metang375 Metagross376 Jirachi385 Bronzor436 Bronzong437

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

Dialga483 Cobalion638 Honedge679 Doublade680 Aegislash681 Klefki707

483Dialga
#483


Type SteelType Dragon

638Cobalion
#638


Type SteelType Fighting

679Honedge
#679


Type SteelType Ghost

680Doublade
#680


Type SteelType Ghost

Aegislash
#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)

Magnemite081 Magneton082 Forretress205 Scizor212 Empoleon395 Shieldon410

081Magnemite
#081


Type ElectricType Steel[8]

082Magneton
#082


Type ElectricType Steel[8]

205Forretress
#205


Type BugType Steel

212Scizor
#212


Type BugType Steel

395Empoleon
#395


Type WaterType Steel

410Shieldon
#410


Type RockType Steel

Bastiodon411 Wormadam413C Lucario448 Magnezone462 Probopass476 Heatran485

411Bastiodon
#411


Type RockType Steel

413CWormadam
#413


Type BugType Steel[9]

448Lucario
#448


Type FightingType Steel

462Magnezone
#462


Type ElectricType Steel

476Probopass
#476


Type RockType Steel

485Heatran
#485


Type FireType Steel

Excadrill530 Escavalier589 Ferroseed597 Ferrothorn598 Pawniard624 Bisharp625

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
#65


Type DarkType Steel

Durant632 Genesect649

632Durant
#632


Type BugType Steel

649Genesect
#649


Type BugType Steel

Mega Evolved Steel-type Pokémon

Mega Steelix208M Mega Scizor212M Mega Mawile303M Mega Aggron306M Mega Metagross376M Mega Lucario448M

208MSteelix
#208


Type SteelType Ground

212MScizor
#208


Type BugType Steel

303MMawile
#303


Type SteelType Fairy

306MAggron
#306


Type Steel

376MMetagross
#376


Type SteelType Psychic

448MLucario
#448


Type FightingType Steel

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 onwards, 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, Mawile was a pure Type Steel type.
  8. ^ a b In Generation I, Magnemite and Magneton were pure Type Electric types.
  9. ^ Only its Trash Cloak.

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