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Steel Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Steel Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

With its crazy high Defense, strong Attack power, and an insane number of resistances, it’s no wonder Steel type Pokemon are intimidating.

But worry not, they’re not totally invincible!

Scroll down below to find our quick guide on Steel Pokemon’s strengths, weaknesses, and resistances.

You’ll find what makes these Pokemon quite formidable, but also figure out how to counter them.


Steel Pokemon Weakness Strengths
Infographic showing Steel Pokemon’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Resistances and Vulnerabilities

What Are Steel Pokemon Weak Against?

Steel type Pokemon are weak against Fighting, Fire, and Ground type moves.

Given the massive number of resistances of Steel Pokemon, having these types of moves at your disposal is imperative in the event you do encounter a Steel type.

Examples of super-effective moves include Fire Blast, Aura Sphere, and Earth Power.

Its average stats also show that Steel Pokemon usually have a lower Special Defense than its Defense, so it’s best to target it with special moves from its type weaknesses mentioned above.

What Are Steel Pokemon Strong Against?

Steel type moves are strong against these types of Pokemon:

  • Fairy
  • Ice
  • Rock

Fairy, Ice, and Rock Pokemon should watch out for some of the best Steel moves, like Iron Head, Iron Tail, Meteor Mash, and Flash Canon.

In addition, Steel Pokemon have high Attack and very high Defense. It currently has the highest physical Defense on average among all the other types.

Ice and Fairy have lower Defense stats, so target them with physical Steel attacks. Rock has a higher Defense, so use special Steel moves instead to hit its lower Special Defense.

And for Pokemon that resist Steel moves, such as Electric, Fire, and other Steel Pokemon, add Ground moves to your repertoire.

Those types are weak to Ground attacks, making Steel and Ground a very good combo together.

Also, it cannot be poisoned or hurt by sandstorm weather.

What Are Steel Pokemon Resistant To?

Steel Pokemon can resist Bug, Grass, Flying, Normal, Rock, Steel, Ice, Psychic, Fairy, and Dragon type moves.

With a total of 10, Steel is currently the type that has the most resistances.

Steel type was introduced in Gen 2 to take Normal and Psychic Pokemon’s overpoweredness down a notch.

Steel used to resist Ghost and Dark type moves, but that was changed when the Fairy type was added.

Mega Steelix fighting in the anime
Source: Bulbapedia

Furthermore, if you pair Steel with other types, such as Normal/Steel, Electric/Steel, and Ghost/Steel, their resistances would increase. Each of those dual types get 12 resistances!

We’ve previously explored and listed which Pokemon have the most resistances, and among these three dual types only Normal/Steel remain unused.

Best Counters For Steel Pokemon

Infernape (Fire/Fighting), Camerupt (Fire/Ground), Swampert (Water/Ground), and Lucario (Fighting/Steel) can be used to combat Steel’s very high Defense and numerous resistances.

In Pokemon GO, some of the best Pokemon to use to counter Steel are Chandelure (Ghost/Fire), Darmanitan (Fire), Lucario (Fighting/Steel), and of course, one of the coolest and all-time favorite, Charizard (Fire/Flying).

Knowing Steel’s Fire, Fighting, and Ground weaknesses, these Pokemon definitely have the right typing.

While there are a lot of great Fire/Fighting Pokemon, Infernape stands out for having high Special Attack and Speed.

Meanwhile, Swampert’s Ground typing and its well-rounded stats (except Speed) can also be used in a pinch.

Camerupt and Lucario shine due to their very high Special Attack and Attack stats. They can be used to target Steel’s low Special Defense.

Reshiram with a Fire Fang and Fusion Flare combo can deal quite the damage on Steel Pokemon like Steelix and Metagross.

Chandelure and Darmanitan’s Standard Form can also dish out the heat with Fire Spin, Fire Fang, Incinerate, or Overheat.

Lucario’s Counter and Aura Sphere can hit their way through Steel, while either of Charizard’s Mega Evolutions are also viable counters.