The best steel type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

The best steel type Pokémon in Pokémon Go such as Klefki, Steelix, and Magnemite
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The best steel type Pokémon will make your squad virtually impenetrable in Pokémon Go, able to hold their own thanks to their high defense stats. In this guide, we’ll go over the strengths and weaknesses pertinent to steel-type creatures themselves, as well as which are the best to take into battle.

The wait for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is almost over, but there’s still lots to do in the mobile version of the popular video game franchise.

Steel types are some of the strongest creatures you can take into the field. Like all types, they have specific effectiveness and weaknesses which are important to learn, so study our Pokémon Go type chart closely for more details. 

Steel Pokémon’s tough bodies typically mean that they have few vulnerabilities, so they’re a great defensive option. They still have weaknesses that you’ll want to be aware of before running out to use them in every single fight, though. Be careful if you’re up against some of the best fire type Pokémon; there's little your steel can do in the face of flames!

Steel types come in all shapes and sizes, from the delicate jangling of Klefki to the corpulent bulk of Copperajah. Knowing which ones to dedicate your time to finding and training up is important - and so is bearing in mind their individual strengths and weaknesses. 

This guide will discuss the best steel Pokémon to focus on when you want to shut down your opponent’s heavy attacks, whether you’re trying to face a gym, a Team Rocket member, or to defeat your friends and strangers in Pokémon Go’s PvP mode. 

The best steel type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

The best steel type Pokémon: Strengths and weaknesses

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Steel type pokémon do not take much damage from the following damage types:

  • Normal
  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Flying
  • Psychic
  • Bug
  • Rock
  • Dragon
  • Steel
  • Fairy 
  • Poison

Steel type moves are also super effective against ice, rock, and fairy type Pokémon in general.

Steel type pokémon do take extra damage from these damage classes:

  • Fire
  • Fighting
  • Ground

Their moves also tend to fail against fire, water, electric, or other steel type Pokémon.

The best steel type Pokémon: Metagross

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Metagross is a hard-hitting steel type Pokémon.

 It also has a shadow form for even more attack power, although this slightly lowers its defense, so keep in mind what you might want for the specific battle you’re heading into.

Metagross can be evolved from Beldum via Metang using candies.

Metagross is one of the best steel and psychic type Pokémon. It is resistant to normal, flying, rock, steel, grass, ice, dragon, fairy, and especially poison and psychic type Pokémon, but is especially vulnerable to ground, ghost, fire, and dark type attacks.

The best steel type Pokémon: Dialga

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Dialga is a powerful legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go. It has quite the set of resistances, as well as especially impressive attack stats. 

Like all legendary Pokémon, it can be found sometimes during five-star raid battles. However, the available pokémon in these raids change often, so you’ll need to check whether Dialga is available when you want to find one.

Dialga is not only a steel-type, but happens to be one of the best dragon type Pokémon too. It is resistant to normal, flying, rock, bug, steel, water, electric, psychic, and especially poison and grass type attacks. However, it is still vulnerable to fighting and ground type attacks.

The best steel type Pokémon: Steelix

Steelix from Pokemon Go

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Steelix is another good option for when you want to add a steel Pokémon to your team in Pokémon Go thanks to its high defense and multiple resistances.

It is easier to obtain than a legendary Pokémon, however, you will need to get a metal coat along with the candies. Metal coats can sometimes be found at Pokéstops, but there’s a low chance, so spin as many as you can get your hands on.

Steelix is a steel and one of the best ground type Pokémon, so it is resistant to normal, flying, bug, steel, psychic, dragon, fairy, and especially rock, electric, and poison type attacks. However, it is vulnerable to fighting, ground, fire, and water type attacks.

The best steel type Pokémon: Melmetal

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Melmetal is the evolution of Meltan. Both of these Pokémon have well-rounded stats and Melmetal is often used in PvP battles. However, they are very hard to get a hold of.

You can get one Meltan by completing its associated research tasks. However, you’ll need 400 candy to evolve it into Melmetal. You can get more Meltan (and more candies) by using the Mystery Box, which is a reward for transferring a pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee or Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu. Opening the Mystery Box will cause Meltan to spawn for you for a short time. When you finally have 400 candies, you can obtain a Melmetal.

Melmetal and Meltan are both pure steel types. They are resistant to normal, grass, ice, flying, psychic, bug, rock, dragon, steel, fairy, and especially poison type attacks. However, they are weak to fighting types and are especially weak against the best ground type Pokémon out there!

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