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Top 10 Non-Legendary Steel Pokémon

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Steel Pokémon

Steel Pokémon

Steel Pokémon Advantages

Ever since its debut in generation 2, Steel has been one of the best defensive Pokémon types, so much so that it was nerfed in gen 6 to no longer resist Ghost and Dark. Even so, it offers 14 resistances/immunities and negates sandstorm weather damage (along Rock and Ground).

Steel-types generally are slow but have great defenses, and while it doesn't excel on offense, other elemental attacks help compensate. But which metal monsters most deserve your attention? These are the ten best non-legendary Steel Pokémon!

Bronzong

Bronzong

10. Bronzong

Type: Steel/Psychic
BST (Base Stat Total):
500

Steel-Psychic is still a decent pairing (reducing Steel's usual weakness to Fighting), but it was amazing back when Steel minimized Psychic's Ghost and Dark weakness. Even now, Bronzong's Levitate ability negates Steel's Ground vulnerability, giving Bronzong only three weaknesses and far more resistances.

His attack and special attack are both about average, letting him switch as needed, and both defenses are good. The only failing is abysmal speed, but once you accept you'll attack second, you've got a sturdy and versatile companion.

Steelix

Steelix

9. Steelix

Type: Steel/Ground
BST:
510

Steelix is a high-risk high-reward option, as his special defense is nothing well, special, but his physical defense is phenomenal, so send him in against brute attackers. Steelix moves sluggishly, but hits with decent attack.

Ground as a dual element is a mixed bag, increasing the number of weaknesses but also giving a useful secondary element to use STAB (same-type attack bonus) with, since Steel isn't great on aggro. And if you mega evolve into Mega Steelix, you get even better defense and the Sand Force ability, increasing Rock, Ground, and Steel moves by 30% during a sandstorm.

Empoleon

Empoleon

8. Empoleon

Type: Water/Steel
BST:
530

Empoleon has a unique typing, blending two of the best defensive elements in the game. With three weaknesses compared to eleven resistances/immunities, it's hard to type-trump Empoleon, whose stats are pretty well-balanced but favor special attack and special defense.

One of Empoleon's few weaknesses is the shared starter problem of not having a great ability spread; even so, I definitely consider Piplup the best of the Sinnoh trio.

Corviknight

Corviknight

7. Corviknight

Type: Flying/Steel
BST:
495

Corviknight's stat distribution resembles Empoleon's except reversed, well-balanced but slightly favoring normal attack and defense, and he's got a unique gigantamax form. But what really earns his slot is an excellent typing, as Flying negates the Ground attacks Steel usually suffers from, leaving only Fire and Electric as weaknesses, neither of which are super common.

Skarmory offered the type pairing way back in Johto but had lower stats, and Ultra Beast Celesteela utilizes it, but since she's normally tournament-banned, Corviknight's often your best bet. Try his hidden Mirror Armor ability, which reflects stat-lowering moves back at their origin.

Duraludon

Duraludon

6. Duraludon

Type: Steel/Dragon
BST:
535

Here's another strong type pairing, as Steel covers for Dragon's weaknesses to Dragon and Ice, while Dragon shields Steel from Fire. This only leaves Fighting and Ground, and while they're admittedly common aggro types, they mostly hit physical defense, which Duraludon excels at.

His special defense is lower but harder to type-trump, and Duraludon offers great defense and special attack. Only his terrible ability spread restricts him from higher ranking, but minus that, he's a formidable ally.

Ferrothorn

Ferrothorn

5. Ferrothorn

Type: Grass/Steel
BST:
489

First, the bad: Ferrothorn has a quad weakness to Fire and is painstakingly slow. But beyond that, he's great, only otherwise weak to Fighting. He's also a tank when kept away from flames, wielding stellar defenses and good attack to boot, so when HP starts to dwindle, it might be time for a last-resort Explosion .

Plus, Ferrothorn punishes contact moves with his Iron Barns ability, inflicting 1/8 max HP as damage, and can gradually restore his own health with the Ingrain technique.

Durant

Durant

4. Durant

Type: Bug/Steel
BST:
484

Like Ferrothorn, Durant suffers a double weakness to Fire, but otherwise his typing is amazing, with no other weaknesses. I also like Durant's stat spread, which neglects both special attributes to provide strong attack, defense, and speed.

Plus, Durant's attack goes from good to deadly with the Hustle ability, decreasing accuracy for physical moves by 20 but increasing power by 50%.

Aegislash Shield and Blade Forme

Aegislash Shield and Blade Forme

3. Aegislash

Type: Steel/Ghost
BST:
500

Aegislash suffered nerfs in gen 8, reducing his BST from 520 and weakening his King's Shield technique. Even so, he's an amazing warrior who shifts his stats using the Stance Change ability; when he attacks, he's in aggressive Blade Forme, but reverts to defensive Shield Forme when performing King's Shield.

And even with its nerf, King Shield is useful, not only letting Aegislash alter his stance but blocking all non-status moves that turn and dropping the opponent's physical attack by one stage if they make contact.

He does have more weaknesses than some Steel-types at four, but none are quads and he compensates with three immunities.

Scizor

Scizor

Escavalier

Escavalier

2. Scizor/Escavalier

Type: Bug/Steel
BST:
495/500

These guys share their typing and similar stat spread. Scizor is one of the weirdest evolutions in the game, not gaining stats but changing their distribution, typing, and ability. Scizor's spread impresses though, neglecting special attack to wield great attack, good defense, and solid special defense. He's also got a mega form and the Technician ability, which heavily boosts moves of base power 60 or less.

Escavalier's stats are eerily similar, the main difference being he's much slower but has better special defense. His abilities aren't amazing, but Shell Armor at leats blocks critical hits. Either way, both are excellent warriors—if they can avoid heat.

Metagross

Metagross

1. Metagross

Type: Steel/Psychic
BST:
600

With his awesome base stat total, Metagross has plenty of points to utilize, especially favoring physical attack and defense. His typing is good, with four weaknesses (only two when he debuted) but far more resistances, and defense is further increased by the Clear Body ability, which prevents stat reduction.

And if you utilize Mega Metagross, all his stats increase and he wields the brutal Tough Claws ability, increasing his physical moves by an extra 30%.

Steel Pokémon Teams

With their numerous resistances and sandstorm synergy, Steel Pokémon work well in extended battles. You 'll also excel against Poison foes, as Steel not only negates Poison attacks, but can't be inflicted with the poison status.

Since Steel only type-trumps Rock and Ice offensively, you might want to just forgo Steel moves in favor of other attacks. But for now, vote for your favorite Steel companion and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!

© 2021 Jeremy Gill

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