Steel (type)

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This article is about the in-game type. For the TCG type, see Metal (TCG).

Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Some notable trainers that specialize in the Steel type include Jasmine of Olivine City, Steven Stone, former champion of the Elite Four of Hoenn, and Byron, Gym Leader of Canalave City.

The Steel type was introduced in Generation II. As well as introducing new Pokémon with the Steel type, Magnemite and Magneton were retconned to be dual Electric/Steel Pokémon.

Statistical averages


HP: 63
Attack: 85
Defense: 121
Sp.Atk: 66
Sp.Def: 72
Speed: 53
Total: 0

Fully evolved

HP: 73.72
Attack: 90.61
Defense: 124.89
Sp.Atk: 83.39
Sp.Def: 94.22
Speed: 57.83
Total: 0

Battle properties

Offensive Steel Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Bug
½× Electric
None Poison


Defensively, Steel-types are considered to be the best type of Pokémon to use. They have resistances to 11 of the 17 types, which can make for a good physical and special tank in battle. They are immune to Template:Type2 attacks and are very tricky to inflict the Poison condition on. They can hold up to many attacks, because of their high Defense, but all 3 of the type's weaknesses are to the very common Fire, Fighting and Ground types. Those defensive flaws are made up by the fact that only a small number of Steel-types are without another type. Their Special Defense is lower than their physical Defense, but is still reasonably high.

Offensively, it is not recommended to use Steel-type moves, because there are only two types weak to Steel: Ice and Rock, both of which are rarely used defensively. There are only two pure Steel-type Pokémon and thus most have a second type able to provide more effective moves that could offset this disadvantage. Steel-type Pokémon have average Attack and Special Attack, though there are some high-powered outliers in the Special field, such as Lucario, Empoleon and Magnezone. When used in contests, Steel-type moves typically become Cool moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types.


In total, there are 38 Pokémon with the Steel type.

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

# Name
303 303 Mawile
379 379 Registeel
599 599 Giaru
600 600 Gigiaru
601 601 Gigigiaru

Half Steel-type Pokémon

Primary Steel-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
208 208 Steelix Steel Ground
227 227 Skarmory Steel Flying
304 304 Aron Steel Rock
305 305 Lairon Steel Rock
306 306 Aggron Steel Rock
374 374 Beldum Steel Psychic
375 375 Metang Steel Psychic
376 376 Metagross Steel Psychic
385 385 Jirachi Steel Psychic
436 436 Bronzor Steel Psychic
437 437 Bronzong Steel Psychic
483 483 Dialga Steel Dragon
638 638 Kobaruon Steel Fighting

Secondary Steel-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
081 081 Magnemite Electric Steel
082 082 Magneton Electric Steel
205 205 Forretress Bug Steel
212 212 Scizor Bug Steel
395 395 Empoleon Water Steel
410 410 Shieldon Rock Steel
411 411 Bastiodon Rock Steel
413 413S Wormadam* Bug Steel
448 448 Lucario Fighting Steel
462 462 Magnezone Electric Steel
476 476 Probopass Rock Steel
485 485 Heatran Fire Steel
530 530 Doryuzu Ground Steel
589 589 Shubarugo Bug Steel
597 597 Tesshido Grass Steel
598 598 Nattoorei Grass Steel
624 624 Komatana Dark Steel
625 625 Kirikizan Dark Steel
632 632 Aianto Bug Steel
649 649 Genosect Bug Steel


Damage-dealing moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Bullet Punch Physical Smart 40 100% 30 One foe Always attacks first.
Doom Desire Special Cool 120 85% 5 One foe Hits two turns after this move is used.
Flash Cannon Special Smart 80 100% 10 One foe Has a 10% chance of lowering the target's Special Defense.
Gear Saucer Physical ??? 50 85% 15 One Foe Hits twice.
Gyro Ball Physical Beauty Varies 100% 5 One foe Deals more damage the slower the user is compared to the target.
Heavy Bomber Physical ??? Varies 100% 10 One foe Deals more damage the heavier the user is.
Iron Head Physical Tough 80 100% 15 One foe Has a 30% chance of making target flinch
Iron Tail Physical Cool 100 75% 15 One foe Has a 30% chance of lowering target's Defense.
Magnet Bomb Physical Cool 60 —% 20 One foe Never misses.
Metal Burst Physical Beauty 100% 10 One foe Returns 150% the damage dealt by the foe's last attack.
Metal Claw Physical Cool 50 95% 35 One foe Has a 10% chance of raising user's Attack.
Meteor Mash Physical Cool 100 85% 10 One foe Has a 10% chance of raising user's Attack.
Mirror Shot Special Cute 65 85% 10 One foe Has a 30% chance of lowering target's accuracy.
Steel Wing Physical Cool 70 90% 25 One foe Has a 10% chance of raising user's Defense.

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Accuracy PP Target Notes
Body Purge Status ??? 15 Raises user's Speed two levels.
Gear Change Status ??? 10 Raises user's Attack one level, and the user's Speed two levels.
Iron Defense Status Tough 15 Raises user's Defense two levels.
Metal Sound Status Smart 85% 40 One foe Lowers target's Special Defense two levels.


  • Although the Steel type was introduced in Generation II, pure Steel-type Pokémon were not introduced until Generation III.
  • Out of all the types, Steel has the most resistances and the highest average Defense.
  • There were no 100% accurate Steel-type attacks until Generation IV.
  • Up until Pokémon Platinum, Weedle was completely unable to damage Steel-type Pokémon because the only damaging move it could learn was Poison Sting, and Steel-types are immune to Template:Type2 moves. From Platinum onwards, Weedle is able to learn Bug Bite via level-up, allowing it to do at least some damage (though Bug is still not very effective).
  • Because of Magnemite and Magneton's addition of their secondary Steel type in Generation II, there has been at least one Steel-type Pokémon introduced in each generation.
    • Despite this, there are not Steel-type moves from each generation; Steel is the only type not assigned to a move introduced in Generation I.
  • Though Steel-type moves deal super-effective damage against both Ice- and Template:Type2 Pokémon, there has not yet been a Pokémon of that type combination, and therefore, Steel-type moves cannot currently deal 4× damage.
  • All Steel-type moves consist of two words.
    • All offensive Steel-type moves also target one foe.
  • Steel is the only type that has a non-neutral type matchup with all seventeen types, considering both offense and defense.

In other languages

  • Chinese: gāng
  • Dutch: Staal
  • Finnish: Teräs
  • French: Acier
  • German: Stahl
  • Hebrew: ברזל barzel
  • Italian: Acciaio
  • Japanese: はがね (鋼) hagane
  • Korean: 강철 gangcheol
  • Polish: Stalowy
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Aço Steel / Metal Metal / Metálico Metallic
  • Russian: Стальной stal'noy
  • Spanish: Acero