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10 best Steel-type Pokemon ranked: Metagross, Solgaleo & more

The best Steel-type Pokemon can take your team from zero to hero, so we've rounded up the top dogs from Scizor to Dialga.

  • Posted on 20th Jun, 2022 10:34 AM
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Looking for the best Steel-type Pokemon to add to your team? From classics like Scizor to powerful Legendaries including Dialga, we’ve got you covered with the strongest choices.

Throw in 115 Defense and 115 Special Defense stats, and it becomes a very tricky Pokemon to defeat. It also has a huge 130 Special Attack, while the stat-boosting ability Soul-Heart means it can be devastating on the battlefield with a range of coverage moves like Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and Focus Blast.

4. Metagross

The Steel-type Metagross in the Pokemon anime

For many trainers, the pseudo-Legendary Metagross is the definitive Steel-type Pokemon, thanks to its imposing design and huge power. It has an impressive 10 resistances on its side and an intimidating 135 Attack stat that’s backed up by moves like Meteor Mash and Zen Headbutt.

That’s not to mention its Mega Evolution, which gives it an extra 100 stats to play with. This fixes its biggest weakness – slow Speed – by increasing it from 70 to 110, while also increasing every other stat except HP. It also gets a nice boost to contact move damage with the ability Tough Claws.

3. Solgaleo


It may not be the most instantly recognizable Steel-type Pokemon, but Solgaleo has worked its way into the big leagues with a huge 680 total base stats that are distributed excellently: 137 HP and 107 Defense for high bulk combined with 137 Attack and 113 Special Attack for some hard-hitting potential.

These stats are also pretty much impenetrable thanks to the ability Full Metal Body, which prevents stat reduction from other Pokemon’s moves and abilities. Similar to Metagross, a brilliant Psychic/Steel-typing gives Solgaleo a huge amount of type resistances. All of this makes it a nightmare to take down.

2. Zacian (Crowned Sword)

Crowned Sword Zacian

Both Zacian and Zamazenta have the ability to become top-tier Steel-types when given a special item to hold, but in an effort to keep our list as varied as possible we’ve only chosen one: and that’s the attack-focused Zacian!

The box art Legendary for Pokemon Sword has a huge 670 total base stats, with an impressive 138 Speed that almost always lets it attack first, a powerful 130 Attack, and a solid 115 Defense. But it really shines when given a Rusted Sword to hold, where it becomes the Fairy/Steel-type Crowned Sword Zacian.

In this form, it gets a ridiculous 720 base stat – the same as the Mythical Arceus – with a devastating 170 Attack stat that’s boosted further when switched into battle thanks to the ability Intrepid Sword. With moves like Behemoth Blade and Close Combat, Zacian is almost unstoppable.

1. Dialga

The best Steel-type Pokemon Dialga

Dialga reached number two on our best Dragon-type list, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see it top our Steel-type list. The fan-favorite Legendary from the Sinnoh region has constantly proven itself to be a winner across multiple games, from Legends Arceus to Pokemon Go.

Being a dual Steel/Dragon-type means the two big weaknesses Dragons usually have – Fairies and other Dragons – are negated, which really helps it stand out among all the powerful Dragon-types. It also has one of the coolest Legendary designs of all time, which may have swayed us slightly.

When it comes to stats, Dialga stands out with a huge 150 Special Attack, 120 Attack, and 120 Defense, which means it can dish out some huge damage with attacks like Roar Of Time and Iron Tail while also being able to tank hits from opponents.

While there’s plenty of competition, we think it’s safe to say that Dialga is the best Steel-type Pokemon of all time.

So, there you have it, the best Steel-type Pokemon of all time. For more lists and guides like this one, check out some of our other content below:

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