Steel (type)

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

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


The Steel-type was established in Generation II.

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, making them very tricky to inflict Toxic poison 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, 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 and both of which are rarely used defensively. Steel-types have average Attack and Special Attack, though there are some high-powered outliers in the Special field, such as Lucario 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 26 Pokémon with the Steel-type.


Pure Steel-type Pokémon

# Name
303 303 Mawile
379 379 Registeel

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

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


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.
Gyro Ball Physical Beauty Varies 100% 5 One foe Deals more damage the slower the user is compared to the target.
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
Iron Defense Status Tough 15 Raises user's Defense 2 levels.
Metal Sound Status Smart 85% 40 One foe Lowers target's Special Defense 2 levels.


  • Although the Steel-type was introduced in Generation II, the only currently known pure Steel-type Pokémon were introduced in Generation III.
  • There are only two pure Steel-type Pokémon. The only other type that has fewer is Flying which has no pure Flying-type.
  • 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. In Platinum, Weedle is able to learn Bug Bite via level-up, allowing it to do damage. However, Bug Bite isn't very effective against them.
  • Magnemite and Magneton are Generation I Pokémon that became a Steel-type Pokémon in Generation II.
  • 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.
  • Steel is the only type to have a type match up with every type in the game (Either defefensivly, offensively or both) including itself.
  • Steel is the only type that has not had an attack of its type introduced in every generation. Dark would have had the same problem but Bite (introduced in generation I) was changed to be a dark type attack in Generation II therefore having an attack introduced in Generation I unlike Steel.

In other languages

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Metal, Metálico, Aço PS: Although the correct translation to Steel in portuguese would be Aço it's most commonly known in Brazil as Metal or Metalico, which mean respectively: Metal and Metallic.
  • Dutch: Staal
  • French: Acier
  • German: Stahl
  • Italian: Acciaio
  • Japanese: はがね (鋼) hagane
  • Korean: 강철 gangcheol
  • Polish: Stalowy
  • Spanish: Acero