Steelix

steelix pokemon go

Steelix is an interesting Pokémon in this game. Its base defense stat (333) is TOP-Tier, just behind Shuckle and Regice/Regirock, and even higher than Lugia’s, a legendary Pokémon. Unfortunately, its base attack and stamina stats are not as high, but that is acceptable for a defensive-oriented Pokémon.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Steelix Steel Ground 148 333 150 2439

Steelix overview

Steelix is one of the best defensive-oriented Pokémon in the game. Even though there are better gym defenders such as Blissey, Chansey and Snorlax, Steelix can be quite difficult to take down too.

Its main strengths are:

  • It has one of the highest base defense stats in the game
  • Steelix dual typing allows it to resist up to 7 different types of moves, double resist 2 more and even TRIPLE resist 1. It is an absolute beast when it comes to taking reduced damage
  • It has access to some multi-bar charge moves, which can be quite annoying to deal with when facing it in a gym if you don’t dodge properly
  • It is one of the few Pokémon able to resist Dragon type moves. With the abundance of great Dragon type generalists used to take gyms down, Steelix can be used as a great wall for gyms. If you use it with Dragon Tail as a fast move (despite not benefiting from STAB), you will probably force them to switch

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Unfortunately, it is weak to Fighting type moves. Machamp is the most common Pokémon to use when taking down a gym and Steelix will take super effective damage from its fighting type attacks
  • Its attack stat is too low to use for offensive purposes
  • It is also weak to Fire, Water and Ground. There are plenty of meta-relevant attackers that can take advantage of these weaknesses
  • Despite having a great base defense stat, it is outclassed as a gym defender by Blissey, Chansey and Snorlax
Best Steelix movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Iron Tail steel Heavy Slam steel
Gym defense Iron Tail steel or Dragon Tail Dragon Crunch Dark or Heavy Slam steel
PvP (speculative) Iron Tail steel Heavy Slam steel

Best Steelix moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Steelix is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others. Keep in mind that some movesets might not top the DPS charts but could be good to use in certain scenarios. As an example, Crunch is a good choice for gym defending purposes.

Steelix moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 21.35
Iron Tail Steel Earthquake Ground 20.77
Dragon Tail Dragon Heavy Slam Steel 20.38
Dragon Tail Dragon Earthquake Ground 19.63
Iron Tail Steel Crunch Dark 18.47
Dragon Tail Dragon Crunch Dark 17.28

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Iron Tail and Heavy Slam is its best moveset for offensive purposes. Keep in mind, though, that Steelix is not an offensive-oriented Pokémon and there are plenty of better Ground and Steel type attackers in the current metagame
  • Crunch is a good alternative to use for defensive purposes, mostly due to the fact that it is a bit difficult to dodge and it fires off pretty fast
  • Dragon Tail can be used as a fast move alternative to Iron Tail in order to wall Dragon type attackers in gyms while dealing super effective damage too (despite not benefiting from the STAB bonus)

Steelix counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Kyogre Water Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Moltres Fire Flying Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Gyarados Water Flying Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Machamp Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Groudon Ground Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground

* Legacy move

Steelix is an easy Pokémon to counter. It is weak to Water, Fire, Fighting and Ground type attacks, and there are plenty of meta-relevant options ready to take it down.

Kyogre is the best Water type Pokémon in the game as of now. It has a massive attack stat of 270 and a great moveset to use against Steelix. It is the best option to counter it, but Gyarados can do the job too (and double resist potential Earthquakes) if you don’t have a Kyogre in your team. Keep in mind, though, that a level 27 Kyogre will deal the same DPS of a level 40 Gyarados, just to show how powerful Kyogre is.

Moltres is the best Fire type attacker in the game. It has a great attack stat paired up with a great Fire type moveset. Furthermore, since it’s a Fire and Flying type, it will be able to resist Steel and Ground type attacks that Steelix might have.

Machamp is the #1 choice as a Fighting type, followed by Hariyama. The main difference between these two Pokémon is that Machamp will finish the job faster than Hariyama (since it has a higher attack stat) but Hariyama will probably have higher HP due to its greater bulk. From a time to win perspective, Machamp wins, but Hariyama is a very good alternative that costs less candies to evolve.

Groudon is its best Ground type counter. Even though Earthquake is not the best charge move in the game, Groudon can take advantage of it due to its massive attack stat.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Flareon Fire Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Entei Fire Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire

The Pokémon listed above are quite risky to use, as all of them depend on what moveset Steelix has to counter effectively.

Flareon and Entei are great Steelix counters only if it does not have Earthquake as a charge move. Moltres, on the other hand, was listed as a top counter not only due to is superior attack stat but also due to the fact that it resists Earthquake.

Rhydon and Golem with Ground type moves could also be considered in the list but they are extremely risky to use. They are weak to Ground and Steel type moves. Try not to use them if Steelix has any move from these types. Given the fact that most of its moves are either Steel or Ground type moves, we would strongly advise you to use other options.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Ground type moves Boosts super-effective Fire and Ground type moves
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fighting type moves
Rainy Boosts super-effective Water type moves
Fog Boosts its Dark type moves
Windy Boosts its Dragon type moves
Snow Boosts its Steel type moves

Viability in raids

Steelix is not the best Steel or Ground type Pokémon to use in raids. The most important metric in raids is normally time to win, and thus there are other options that perform better than Steelix. Keeping that in mind, here is a compilation of the raids in which it is a decent counter (or filler for your team), despite existing better options:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Snorunt Ice Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel
Sneasel Dark Ice Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel
Golem Rock Ground* Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel or Earthquake Ground
Rhydon Ground Rock* Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel or Earthquake Ground
Tyranitar Rock Dark Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel or Earthquake Ground
Jynx Ice Psychic Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel
Regirock Rock** Iron Tail Steel Earthquake Ground
Regice Ice** Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel

*Legacy raid boss **Potential future raid boss

Pokedex

Steelix, the Iron Snake Pokémon. Steelix is the evolved form of Onix. It has been compressed underground, making its body harder than diamonds.

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Steelix Steel Ground 2/5 3.5/5 1.5/5 3/5 III

Steelix has one of the highest base defense stats in the game and its typing allows it to resist up to 7 different types of moves, double resist 2 more and even TRIPLE resist 1 (but unfortunately, it’s weak to fighting type moves, and Machamp is the king of gym wrecking as of now). It has access to some multi-bar charge moves, which can be quite annoying to deal with when facing it in a gym if you don’t dodge properly, and it is one of the few Pokémon able to resist dragon type moves. With the abundance of great dragon type generalists used to take gyms down, Steelix can be used as a great wall for gyms. If you use it with Dragon Tail as a fast move (despite not benefiting from STAB), you will probably force them to switch. Offensivewise, there are plenty of better options.