Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ll be revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! We’re now more than halfway through our series of lists, and the next one we’re gearing up to knock out is the Steel-Types. We’ve all made our choices and figured out who the staff’s overall favorites are, so let’s get going with our Top Ten Steel-Type Pokémon!
“It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it.”
— Pokémon White Version
A member, and perhaps the leader, of the “Swords of Justice” group of Gen V Legendaries, Cobalion is known as the Iron Will Pokémon and is said to have battled against humans in the past, seeking to protect its fellow Pokémon from those men who would do them harm. As one of the Legendary Swords, Cobalion has access to the powerful Sacred Sword attack, and it can also learn other solid Fighting- and Steel-Type attacks as it grows.
“Registeel was imprisoned by people in ancient times. The metal composing its body is thought to be a curious substance that is not of this earth.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version
One of the Legendary Titans of the third generation of titles, Registeel is said to be made of a metal that both is not of this world and was further strengthened by pressure underground for thousands of years. Despite its body’s resilience to damage, the metallic substance it is composed of can stretch or shrink flexibly; another oddity is that the inside of its body is apparently hollow. However it is that Registeel works is sure to be fascinating, and we’d love to see the
Pokémon games delve into that mystery in a future entry.
“Apparently, it can detect the innate qualities of leadership. According to legend, whoever it recognizes is destined to become king.”
— Pokémon Y
Aegislash is the final evolution of Honedge, a Steel/Ghost-Type Pokémon introduced in the Kalos region—and that pair of Typings is a powerful one, lending it resistances/immunities to twelve of the eighteen Types, albeit at the cost of four Types it is weak against (which, really, isn’t too terrible). Aegislash also has two different Formes it can take: a Blade Forme for dealing heavy damage and a Shield Forme for turning into a defensive wall. It’s a versatile Pokémon with a wide range of options, and the idea of it being a possessed sword and shield with the power to select a leader—and, perhaps, use its Ghostly abilities to force people to follow them—is some pretty sweet lore.
“It uses its docile-looking face to lull foes into complacency, then bites with its huge, relentless jaws.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions
Known as the Deceiver Pokémon, Mawile is a creature with a huge set of horns that have grown over the years to become a second set of steel jaws; it is said to lure foes in with its sweet and nonthreatening appearance before turning on and striking them with these massive teeth. These jaws are powerful, too, able to chew straight through iron beams, and their strength gets ramped up even further when Mawile undergoes Mega Evolution. Mega Mawile even has a second set of horn jaws that sprout from its head, and compared to the original Mawile’s jaws, these look positively ferocious and ready to rip their victims to shreds.
“You can tell its age by the length of its iron horns. It claims an entire mountain as its territory.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version
Aggron is the final form of Aron, and its description as the “Iron Armor Pokémon” certainly fits well with the metal plating that covers its body. This creature is highly territorial, claiming an entire mountain for itself and mercilessly defending it from anyone or anything it deems an intruder—but it is also responsible for its home, with
Sapphire noting that it will bring fresh soil to and plant trees in regions harmed by natural disasters like wildfires or landslides. It too received a Mega Evolution in Gen VI, making its armor even more pronounced. We can only imagine the level of terror we’d feel encountering this beast on its home turf, and we’d certainly never set foot on said mountain again.
“Its sturdy wings look heavy, but they are actually hollow and light, allowing it to fly freely in the sky.”
— Pokémon Gold Version
One of the first Steel-Type Pokémon even introduced into the
Pokémon games, Skarmory is a bird completely forged from metal—metallic wings, metallic head, metallic body and talons… And yet its body is somehow surprisingly light, allowing it to soar through the skies at speeds exceeding 180 MPH. Its entire body can be turned into a weapon, with feathers it loses having been used as swords and knives by people in the past, and any damage done to its wings is completely restored within a year. It’s a strong Gen II Pokémon, and several of us have had one on our teams over the years.
“Jirachi will awaken from its sleep of a thousand years if you sing to it in a voice of purity. It is said to make true any wish that people desire.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version
The third generation’s Legendary “Wish Pokémon,” Jirachi is said to sleep for a thousand years at a time, only awakening for one week so that it can grant any wishes requested of it. During this slumber it becomes encased in a tough, crystalline shell, but if that isn’t enough to protect it, Jirachi can also fight back against attackers while in the midst of its dreams. This includes using its mighty signature move Doom Desire, an amped up, Steel-Type version of Future Sight that can deal some serious damage to foes. Also, if all that wasn’t enough, Jirachi’s a pretty cute creature; how could we not adore it?
“A legendary Pokémon of Sinnoh. It is said that time flows when Dialga’s heart beats.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version
The extra-dimensional Legendary created by Arceus to be lord of all time, Dialga has the power to move between the past, present, and future at will, as well as to warp time so that it slows down or stops entirely. Sinnoh lore even states that time only began moving when this Temporal Pokémon was first born. Its enormous, armored frame has always caught our attention, and giving it a body reminiscent of a dinosaur is a fitting choice given the aspect of reality in commands. The role it serves in the games also drew us to Dialga, as it could very well have halted the main Pokémon universe before giving rise to another if Team Galactic had gotten their way, which shows just how mighty it can truly be.
On the battling side of things, Dialga’s Steel- and Dragon-Typings are both powerful choices, providing it was an advantage over a number of Types, and its signature Roar of Time move has the most powerful base attack of any Dragon-Type move in the series. There are plenty of other strong moves it can learn as well, like Iron Tail or Dragon Claw, to turn it into a truly terrifying opponent. All-in-all, Dialga is definitely worth of its legendary status, and it has quite a number of fans among our staff.
“Metagross has four brains that are joined by a complex neural network. As a result of integration, this Pokémon is smarter than a supercomputer.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version
Serving as the Iron Leg Pokémon, the final evolution of Beldum, and the signature partner of Hoenn champion Steven Stone, Metagross is a pseudo-Legendary creature formed when two Metang fuse together, thereby obtaining the power of the four Beldum the Metang were comprised of. This gives it incredible computational powers, which it uses to analyze enemies and determine how best to attack them. Despite its large weight, whether due to some mechanical prowess or its secondary Psychic-Typing, Metagross is even capable of flight. And lest you think this some simple computer, it also hunts its own food, which it traps beneath its heavy form as it devours them.
Being both Steel and Psychic, Metagross has a ton of strengths and moves to draw on in battle, with a variety of powerful attacks that it can learn as it levels up. And of course, if that’s still not enough for you, you can always turn to Mega Metagross, a Mega Evolution that floats in the air constantly so that it can turn all four of its mighty claws to bear on its opponent. It also holds even better computational abilities than its standard form. Metagross just has an awesome design, awesome Typing, and awesome lore that definitely make it a solid contender for the best Steel-Type.
But with all of Metagross’ strengths, there was still one more creature that we felt was superior. One that stands tall above all other metallic Pokémon:
“It is said that if an Onix lives for 100 years, its composition becomes diamondlike as it evolves into a Steelix.”
— Pokémon Gold Version
Introduced in Generation II as a brand new evolution for the classic Rock-Type Onix, Steelix is an even taller serpent whose body has been transformed by the heat and high pressure of the earth into a form harder than diamonds. This Pokémon lives deep underground, going as far down as six-tenths of a mile, a habitat afforded it by its ability to chew up boulders with its jaw and see in the dark. It’s design is a tad more complex than its pre-evolution, though not by much, consisting mainly of a much wider, hornless head and jaw, a spear-like tail, and several body segments with their own pillars of metal extending from the sides.
If you want a true transformation, however, Steelix can obtain that as well via Mega Evolution. With added armor to its jaw, its pillar segments turning into crystal spikes, and a series of crystal discs revolving around its head, Mega Steelix has a truly fearsome appearance, with its height increased even further and its weight nearly doubled from its original form. Its attack and defenses are boosted to make up for its low speed, and it is said to be able to withstand any temperatures or attack without flinching. Those last points may not play out so much in the games, but it’s certainly some impressive lore that makes its Mega form seem truly powerful.
Whichever version of Steelix you prefer, its appeal as one of the very first Steel-Types as well as the evolution of a beloved first generation Pokémon is very strong. We’ve had a long time to come to love this creature, and despite all the competition in recent years, its age has not harmed our opinion of it at all. Steelix is an awesome Steel-Type Pokémon, and we are pleased to see it named our favorite of the bunch.
That ends our look at the Steel-Types we think most highly of! Which ones would you have chosen for your own Top Ten list? Are they similar to ours or wildly different? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and come back tomorrow for yet another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!
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