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 five 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 either the Physical field, such as Metagross and Doryuuzu, and 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, making it the fourteenth most common type.

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

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

Half Steel-type Pokémon

Primary Steel-type Pokémon

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

Secondary Steel-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
081 Magnemite Magnemite Electric Steel
082 Magneton Magneton Electric Steel
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel
212 Scizor Scizor Bug Steel
395 Empoleon Empoleon Water Steel
410 Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel
411 Bastiodon Bastiodon Rock Steel
413 Wormadam Wormadam* Bug Steel
448 Lucario Lucario Fighting Steel
462 Magnezone Magnezone Electric Steel
476 Probopass Probopass Rock Steel
485 Heatran Heatran Fire Steel
530 Doryuzu Doryuzu Ground Steel
589 Shubarugo Shubarugo Bug Steel
597 Tesshido Tesshido Grass Steel
598 Nattorei Nattorei Grass Steel
624 Komatana Komatana Dark Steel
625 Kirikizan Kirikizan Dark Steel
632 Aianto Aianto Bug Steel
649 Genesect Genesect 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 140* 100%* 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 on most Steel-type Pokémon).
  • 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 target one foe.
  • Steel is the only type that has a non-neutral type matchup with all seventeen types, considering both offense and defense.
  • Each of the 3 starter types have a different effectiveness when attacking a Steel type Pokémon. Grass does 1/2× damage, Water does 1× damage, and Fire does 2× damage.
  • Generation V introduced the most Steel-types of any generation, with 12.
  • Every Gym Leader who specializes in Steel-type has used Steelix as part of their teams.
    • Also, when Platinum added the Magnemite family to the Sinnoh Dex, it or its evolved forms were present in every Steel-type Gym Leader's team.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese はがね (鋼) hagane
Mandarin Chinese gāng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Staal
Finland Flag.png Finnish Teräs
French Canada Flag.png Canada Acier
France Flag.png Europe Acier
Germany Flag.png German Stahl
Greece Flag.png Greek Μέταλλο - Metallo / Ατσάλι - Atsali
Israel Flag.png Hebrew ברזל barzel
Italy Flag.png Italian Acciaio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 강철 gangcheol
Poland Flag.png Polish Stalowy
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Aço Steel / Metal Metal / Metálico Metallic
Russia Flag.png Russian Стальной stal'noy
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Acero
Spain Flag.png Spain Acero