The Steel type Pokemon weren’t around until Gen 2, when they were first put into the Pokemon main series games with Gold and Silver. Now there are a total of 50 (including Gen VII) in the Pokemon Universe.
Naturally, Steel types are very defense based. Yet, with a pool of good moves, they can still pack a punch. Up until Gen 7, Steel was only super effective against Ice and Rock types. Now with the addition of the very powerful Fairy typing, Steel Pokemon have found another vital role in the Pokemon meta.
There are only 27 current Steel moves available. With such a minimal pool to choose from, it doesn’t make Steel Pokemon that diverse offensively. That is unless they have a dual typing, but that’s for another article. Let’s strictly talk about Steel types and their effectiveness from Gen 1 to Gen 6 (Gen 7 database on the Hub isn’t quite finished yet).
Thankfully, we already have access to some of the strongest Steel Pokemon in the game! Yet, below are some upcoming Pokemon you can be excited for. Including some Legendary and Mythical meta game changers. Time to dive in and see what’s in store!
|Genesect (Normal)||Bug Steel||252||199||142||3056||5|
We can’t forget a few Pokemon on this list do indeed mega evolve. Steelix, Aggron, Scizor and Metagross all mega evolve making them have even MORE of an impact on the meta game. Currently, we have no idea how mega evolutions are going to work in Pokemon GO, nor do we know how the stat increases will be implemented. Because of this, it is safe to say that saving candies for these four Pokemon would be a great idea going forward.
There are quite a few Pokemon past Gen 3 that are listed above whom we don’t know moves they will have. More notably, the upcoming Legendary and Mythical Pokemon. Perhaps we will see the implementation of signature moves as seen in the code for Jirachi (Doom Desire). By the way, if you’ve forgot some of the moves from Steelix, Scizor, Aggron, Metagross or Jirachi, simply click on their name and you’ll be sent to their page for a full breakdown. Now, let’s take a look at the best possible potential move sets from Gen 4 to Gen 6.
|Pokemon||Potential Quick move||Potential Charge Move|
* Signature move of that Pokemon.
Notice some Pokemon above have no possible Steel quick move potential. Although disappointing, the moves they can still learn are powerful and deal STAB. Definitely looking forward to Dialga!
Steel Types in the Meta
With the addition of some strong Steel types from Gen 3 in Pokemon GO, the meta has been shaken up a bit. Just as stated above, Steel types bring a tanky-ness aspect to the game.
Pure Steel types are weak against Fighting, Fire and Ground. Which doesn’t bode well with the addition of Groudon for example. These three common types makes it easy to counter Steel Pokemon.