Be steel, my beating heart. It’s time to learn what the steel Pokémon weakness is. Some of the best ‘mon out there fall under the steel-type. Just look at Dialga, Steelix, Aggron, Goodra (Hisuian), and Aegislash. They’re all badass and can cause some serious damage to their opponents. So, whether you come up against them or want them on your team, it’s a good idea to know the steel-type weakness to defeat them, lest you be stuck in a never-ending conundrum of steel or no steel.
If you do want a steel-type on your team, our steel Pokémon (including Scyther’s evolution) guide can help you decide which one. We also have fire Pokémon, grass Pokémon, electric Pokémon, water Pokémon, dark Pokémon, and ghost Pokémon guides if you want to see what other ‘mon from the Pokédex make a great addition to any team.
Anywho, onto what the steel Pokémon weakness is.
While Steel Pokémon are effective against a few types, they do have their share of weaknesses too. Steel Pokémon mon are weak against fire, fighting, and ground-types. Unsurprisingly, fire ‘mon can turn up the heat to melt their opponent away, while ground- and fighting-types are ready to knock steel Pokémon into the middle of next week.
It goes without saying that the best counters for steel Pokémon are creatures such as Blaziken, Talonflame, and Machamp – any fire-type, really. Here are some other great counters to steel-types:
- Gen 1 Pokémon Rapidash
- Gen 2 Pokémon Typhlosion
- Gen 3 Pokémon Torkoal
- Gen 4 Pokémon Lucario (our how to evolve Riolu guide can help you get one)
- Gen 5 Pokémon Chandelure (our Lampent evolution guide can help you get one)
- Gen 6 Pokémon Pyroar
- Gen 7 Pokémon Salazzle (our Salandit evolution guide can help you get one)
- Gen 8 Pokémon Grapploct
- Gen 9 Pokémon Annihilape (our how to evolve Primeape guide can help you get one)
Each of them falls under either the fire, ground, or fighting-types (or two of them, in the case of Blaziken), meaning they can not only cause some serious damage but take considerably less damage, too. As ever, do be wary of potential secondary-types when choosing who to send into battle.
Is steel weak to electric?
It’s a fair question, but electric-types are not super effective against steel Pokémon.
- Bug Pokémon
- Dragon Pokémon
- Fairy Pokémon
- Flying Pokémon
- Grass Pokémon
- Steel Pokémon
- Ice Pokémon
- Rock Pokémon
- Normal Pokémon
- Psychic Pokémon
- Poison Pokémon
Sure, steel Pokémon have three weaknesses, but they’re resistant to 11 types, including normal, rock, steel, ice, grass, flying, fairy, psychic, poison, grass, and dragon. Still wondering whether or not one should be on your team? A buddy like Steelix can stop many opponents in their tracks, leaving them dumbfounded as to what they should do next. Even Ralts’ evolution, Gallade or Gardevoir, struggles against steel-types.
Boy, that’s a lot of resistances, huh? Well, if you want to not only be resistant but strong against these ‘mon, you should check out our bug Pokémon weakness, grass Pokémon weakness, poison Pokémon weakness, rock Pokémon weakness, and fairy Pokémon weakness guides a read.
Why is steel immune to poison?
Given how effective poison-types are due to their toxic attacks and abilities, it can be frustrating when you come across a Pokémon that’s completely immune to them. Steel types have immunity against poisonous creatures for one very simple reason: poison is a substance that attacks organic matter; it doesn’t impact metal.
- Ice Pokemon
- Rock Pokémon
- Fairy Pokémon
Steel Pokémon are strong against ice, rock, and fairy Pokémon, meaning that creatures like Sylveon, Articuno, Golem, Onix, Dewgong, Clefable, Baxcalibur, and Rhydon are no match against your pokéballs of steel.
Well, there you have it. You now know what the steel Pokémon weakness is. Should you be in need of an antidote, it’s our normal Pokémon weakness guide that you should read. We also have dark Pokémon weakness and ghost Pokémon weakness articles to help you against those that lurk in the shadows. We also have electric Pokémon weakness and water Pokémon weakness guides if you want to cause a spark.
As with most other types, you can usually tell if a creature is at least part steel through its appearance, as it may be robotic, have a metal coat, or be a silver/ grey color. If you take Scyther and Scizor, for example, you can clearly see that Scizor is a steel-type, whereas Scyther isn’t, and the gen 2 Pokémon’s metallic appearance gives this away.
For the most part, Steel Pokémon are hybrids, boasting more than one type. Such creatures include Steelix, Aggron, Metagross, Empoleon, and Bisharp. However, there are a couple of pure steel-types out there, namely Galarian Meowth, Perrserker, Registeel, Meltan, Klinklang, and Copperajah.