Steel (type)

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

Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy

The Steel type (Japanese: はがねタイプ Steel type) is one of the seventeen types. Notable Trainers that specialize in the Steel type include Jasmine of Olivine City, Steven Stone, former Champion of Hoenn, and Byron of Canalave City. Prior to Generation IV, where moves are designated physical or special based on the move itself rather than its type, all Steel-type moves were physical.

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 a dual-type Electric/Steel Pokémon.

Statistical averages


HP: 65.45
Attack: 85.79
Defense: 110.79
Sp.Atk: 70.87
Sp.Def: 82.95
Speed: 55.61
Total: 471.45

Fully evolved

HP: 74.08
Attack: 97.65
Defense: 119.04
Sp.Atk: 78.96
Sp.Def: 90.46
Speed: 63.27
Total: 523.46

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. Pure steel Pokémon have resistances to 11 of the 17 types, which can make for a good physical and special tank in battle. Steel-types also have an immunity to Poison-type attacks, and are very tricky to inflict the Poison condition on. They can hold up to many attacks, because of their typically high Defense. They are also notably the only type capable of resisting the Dragon type that could otherwise take advantage of its STAB.

However, all three of the Steel-type's weakness's, Fighting, Ground and Fire, are very common and popular types. This makes it weak to common moves of those types, including the extremely common Earthquake. Fortunately, most Steel-types are dual-types, which defends usually against one of these types; however, it is possible for dual-type Steel Pokémon to develop double weaknesses to some of these moves.

Pokémon purely of the Steel type have the 2nd greatest amount of resistances in the game. Magnemite, Magneton, and Magnezone, being Steel and Electric, are the most resistant Pokémon in the game, having 12 resistances plus an immunity to Poison. The added Electric type means these Pokémon are also resistant to Electric moves, and have a double resistance to Flying and Steel moves. However, they also have a double weakness to Ground-type moves.


Offensively, it is only recommended to use Steel-type moves for STAB. There are only two types weak to Steel: Ice and Rock. both of which are rarely used defensively. Furthermore, the types that do resist Steel are very common (Including itself). 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 typically have good Attack and below-average Special Attack, though there are some high-powered outliers in either the Physical field, such as Scizor, Metagross and Excadrill, and the Special field, such as Lucario, Empoleon and Magnezone. Said outliers are used often, so STAB on Steel-type moves can prove valuable. All in all, Steel can be a useful type offensively if combined with STAB, paired with another type for support and boosted by a high base total of at least one of the attacking stats.

Contest Properties

When used in Contests, Steel-type moves typically become Cool moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types.


As of Generation V, there are 38 Steel-type Pokémon or 5.86% of all Pokémon, making it the third least common type, just behind Dragon (the second) and Ghost (the first).

Pure Steel-type Pokémon

# Name
303 Mawile Mawile
379 Registeel Registeel
599 Klink Klink
600 Klang Klang
601 Klinklang Klinklang

Pokéstar Studios Pokémon

# Name
N/A Transport Transport

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 Cobalion Cobalion Steel Fighting

Pokéstar Studios Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
N/A F-00 F-00 Steel Normal
N/A M.B. 2 M.B. 2 Steel Electric

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 Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel
589 Escavalier Escavalier Bug Steel
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel
632 Durant Durant Bug Steel
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel


Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
V Autotomize Status % 15 (max 24)
The user sheds part of its body to make itself lighter and sharply raise its Speed stat.
IV Bullet Punch Physical Smart 40 100% 30 (max 48)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user strikes the target with tough punches as fast as bullets. This move always goes first.
III Doom Desire Special Cool 140 100% 5 (max 8)
Any adjacent Pokémon
Two turns after this move is used, the user blasts the target with a concentrated bundle of light.
IV Flash Cannon Special Smart 80 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user gathers all its light energy and releases it at once. It may also lower the target's Sp. Def stat.
V Gear Grind Physical 50 85% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks by throwing two steel gears at its target.
IV Gyro Ball Physical Beauty Varies 100% 5 (max 8)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user tackles the target with a high-speed spin. The slower the user, the greater the damage.
V Heavy Slam Physical Varies 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user slams into the target with its heavy body. The more the user outweighs the target, the greater its damage.
III Iron Defense Status Tough % 15 (max 24)
The user hardens its body's surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
IV Iron Head Physical Tough 80 100% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The foe slams the target with its steel-hard head. It may also make the target flinch.
II Iron Tail Physical Cool 100 75% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. It may also lower the target's Defense stat.
IV Magnet Bomb Physical Cool 60 % 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user launches steel bombs that stick to the target. This attack will not miss.
IV Metal Burst Physical Beauty Varies 100% 10 (max 16)
The user retaliates with much greater power against the target that last inflicted damage on it.
II Metal Claw Physical Cool 50 95% 35 (max 56)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is raked with steel claws. It may also raise the user's Attack stat.
III Metal Sound Status Smart 85% 40 (max 64)
Any adjacent Pokémon
A horrible sound like scraping metal harshly reduces the target's Sp. Def stat.
III Meteor Mash Physical Cool 100 85% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is hit with a hard punch fired like a meteor. It may also raise the user's Attack.
IV Mirror Shot Special Cute 65 85% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user looses a flash of energy at the target from its polished body. It may also lower the target's accuracy.
V Shift Gear Status % 10 (max 16)
The user rotates its gears, raising its Attack and sharply raising its Speed.
II Steel Wing Physical Cool 70 90% 25 (max 40)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is hit with wings of steel. It may also raise the user's Defense stat.
All details are accurate to Generation VII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.


  • Out of all the types, Steel has the most resistances and the highest average Defense.
  • 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 is not a Steel-type move from each generation; Steel is the only type not assigned to a move introduced in Generation I. This is the opposite situation to the other type introduced in Generation II, Dark, as this generation saw Bite change from a Normal- to a Dark-type move but featured no retroactive Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Though Steel-type moves deal super-effective damage against both Ice- and Rock-type Pokémon, there has not yet been a Pokémon of that type combination, and therefore, Steel-type moves currently cannot deal 4× damage.
  • All Steel-type moves affect only one Pokémon at a time.
  • The Steel type is the only type to lack a move that functions differently in Double Battles.
  • Steel is the only type that has a non-neutral type matchup with all seventeen types, considering both offense and defense.
  • Each of the three starter types have a different effectiveness when attacking a pure Steel-type Pokémon. Grass does ½× damage, Water does 1× damage, and Fire does 2× damage.
  • Generation V introduced the most Steel-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 12 and Generation II introduced the least Steel-type Pokémon, with four.
  • Every Steel-type specialist has used Skarmory in their final team in the last game that he or she appears in.
  • All Steel-type moves except for Autotomize have a name that consists of two words.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Steel-type moves of any Generation, with seven and Generation II introduced the least Steel-type moves, with three.
  • A pure Steel-type Pokémon has more resistances than any dual type Pokémon that is not part Steel.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese はがね (鋼) Hagane
Mandarin Chinese 鋼 / 钢 Gāng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Stål
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Staal
Finland Flag.png Finnish Teräs
France Flag.png French Acier
Germany Flag.png German Stahl
Greece Flag.png Greek Μετάλλου Metallou
Israel Flag.png Hebrew פלדה Plada
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Baja
Italy Flag.png Italian Acciaio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 강철 Gangcheol
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Stål
Poland Flag.png Polish Stalowy
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Aço Steel
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Metal
Romania Flag.png Romanian Oțel
Russia Flag.png Russian Стальной Stal'noy
Spain Flag.png Spanish Acero
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Stål
Thailand Flag.png Thai เหล็ก