Steel Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Steel Type Pokémon?

Steel type Pokémon were first introduced with the launch of Generation II and are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Steel type Pokémon are generally associated with metal, industry and cities and man-made objects. The first Pure Steel Type Pokémon is 0379 Registeel. Some later forms of Generation I Pokémon, Alolan, Galarian etc, also have Steel as their type.

Steel type Pokémon - Registeel

To date there are 77 Steel type Pokémon including Pure Steel types that are only Steel type, and Half Steel types whose Primary or Secondary type is Steel.

Complete Steel Pokémon List


What are Steel Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. 

Steel Type Strengths:

When attacking – Steel type Pokémon moves are strong against Fairy, Ice and Rock type Pokémon. 

When being attacked – Steel type Pokémon have a resistance to attacks by Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock and Steel type Pokémon.

Steel Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Steel type Pokémon moves are weak against Electric and Water type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Steel type Pokémon are weak to Fire, Fighting and Ground type Pokémon.


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Steel type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Steel Pokémon. 

Steel Champions

Peony – Galar (Sword and Shield)

Steven – Hoenn – (Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)

Steel Elite Four

Amarys – Blueberry League (Scarlet and Violet expansion – Indigo Disk)

Molayne – Alola Pokémon League (Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)

Poppy – Paldea Pokémon League (Scarlet and Violet)

Wikstrom – Kalos Pokémon League (X and Y)

Steel Gym Leaders

Byron – Canalave City Gym (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl)

Jasmine – Olivine City Gym (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver)

Named Pokémon Trainers

Colress – Team Plasma (Black 2, White 2, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon)

Rose – President of Macro Cosmos / Chairman of Galar League (Sword and Shield)

Trainer Classes

Cabbie – (Sword, Shield, Scarlet, Violet)

Worker – (Various Games)


Steel Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

In the TCG, Steel Type Pokémon are referred to as Metal type and have been a standalone type from their introduction in the Neo Genesis expansion. The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the metal symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

138/182 Orthworm

To use the Punch and Draw move, one Metal Energy card is required, while one Metal Energy and two Colorless Energy are needed for the Crunch-Time Rush attack. When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities and requirements of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost. 


In the TCG, Metal type Pokémon have a weakness to Fire types. The Orthworm card shows this weakness to Fire type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.


Metal type Pokémon cards have a resistance to Grass type Pokémon and the Orthworm card shows that when being attacked by a Grass type Pokémon the damage score is reduced by 30.




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