Iron Plate

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Iron Plate
Steel Plate
Iron Plate
Iron Plate
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Introduced in Generation IV
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Power 90

The Iron Plate (Japanese: こうてつプレート Steel Plate) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It is one of the Plates, which are associated with Arceus.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png500
SMUSUM PokémonDollar.png10,000 PokémonDollar.png500


In battle

Boosts the power of the holder's Steel-type moves by 20%. If the holder uses Judgment, it becomes a Steel-type move.

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Steel-type form. From Generation V onward, item-manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot give Arceus a Plate or remove a Plate from Arceus. (In Generation IV, item-manipulating effects cannot affect Pokémon with Multitype.)

Outside of battle

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Steel-type form.


Games Description
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It is a stone tablet that boosts the power of Steel-type moves.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It's a stone tablet that boosts the power of Steel-type moves.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Iron Island, The Underground
HGSS S.S. Aqua (from the captain after obtaining all 16 Gym Badges)
BW Abyssal Ruins
B2W2 Abyssal Ruins
XY Terminus Cave
ORAS Mossdeep City (held by Steven's gift Beldum)
SMUSUM Hau'oli City Mall (Antiquities of the Ages)


This is the appearance of the Iron Plate in the Sinnoh Underground.

Mine Iron Plate.png
Iron Plate

In the anime

An Iron Plate in the anime

The Iron Plate, alongside the Draco Plate and Splash Plate, debuted in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Galactic Grunts placed them in a room located in the Solaceon Ruins, in order to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. The Plates were used to power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.

The Iron Plate, alongside the other 15 Plates at the time, appeared again in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where Arceus used them to change its type, and almost died when it lost all of the Plates after destroying a meteor that endangered the land that would become Michina Town. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates.

In the manga

The Plates in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Plates first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, in which Petrel was collecting them for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鋼鐵石板 Gongtit Sehkbáan *
鋼鐵令 Gongtit Lihng *
鋼鐵板塊 Gongtit Báanfaai *
Mandarin 鋼鐵石板 / 钢铁石板 Gāngtiě Shíbǎn *
鋼鐵令 Gāngtiě Lìng *
鋼鐵板塊 Gāngtiě Bǎnkuài *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rautalaatta
France Flag.png French Plaque Fer
Germany Flag.png German Eisentafel
Italy Flag.png Italian Lastraferro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 강철플레이트 Steel Plate
Poland Flag.png Polish Żelazna Płyta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tabla Acero
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phiến thạch Gang thép

External links

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