June 9, 2023

Obviously we weren’t going to put together a list of Pokémon’s best Steel-types without including this bad boy. Scizor debuted alongside Steelix back in Gen 2, providing fan-favourite Scyther with an all-new evolution in the same way Steelix did for Onix. Like many other Steel Pokémon, it still hasn’t really fallen out of favour today, and can make use of its excellent Technician ability to convert low-power moves like Bullet Punch and Pursuit into bona fide team-wreckers.

The only problem with Scizor – and the reason it’s only in fifth place on this list – is that Scyther is better. Sorry, folks. It’s our sworn duty to report the truth.

“Melmetal above Scizor?!” we hear you shout, furious with our conviction to be correct at all times. Yes, obviously, because Melmetal is brilliant. Have you ever used Double Iron Bash in a competitive Pokémon match? No? Okay, go do that and get back to us.

Aside from being a massive metal powerhouse, Melmetal was also introduced to Pokémon in a legitimately innovative way thanks to Meltan’s integration into Pokémon Go and Let’s Go. Sure, it might look a bit silly, but Melmetal is one of the most novel Pokémon designs in years because design extends beyond just plain aesthetic value. Also Melmetal has been great on any team we’ve ever used it on, so we love it dearly. Ash Ketchum’s one isn’t bad, either.
While the Wish Pokémon only came in eighth place on our list of the best Psychic Pokémon of all time, it’s much more in tune with its Steel origins – that is its primary type, after all. Jirachi is an incredible Pokémon, both in terms of its design and its capabilities, and it’s a damn shame people don’t talk about it as much as they used to. Aside from Marshadow – one of the best Ghost Pokémon of all time – it’s probably the last Mythical Pokémon that was legitimately good.

Jirachi can be annoying for some people thanks to its Serene Grace ability, which doubles the secondary effects of every move it uses. Basically, that means a trick Jirachi is going to make you flinch until you faint. It’s horrible to play against, but extremely, sadistically fun to play with. We’ll let you choose which side of that fence you’d rather stand at.

Bet a lot of you thought this guy was going to be number one, eh? Lucario is irrefutably brilliant, having appeared in the vast majority of Pokémon media ever since its introduction back in Diamond & Pearl. It’s one of those precious few ‘mons that is a nightmare to meaningfully critique.

There are multiple different elements that make Lucario so great. Steel/Fighting is a fantastic offensive type, particularly given Lucario’s stats and potential abilities, and its aesthetic perfectly represents not just both of those types individually, but how the two of them might naturally intertwine with one another. There’s a reason Lucario has almost reached that Charizard, Pikachu, and Greninja level of fame and recognition – it’s probably in the top five Pokémon your nan might be able to guess half the name of. Well, maybe not your nan. But definitely your auntie or something.

Arguably the most iconic Steel-type of all time, Metagross manages to outshine the likes of Lucario, Scizor, and Steelix thanks to how unspoiled its luster is almost two entire decades after its inception. Originally appearing in Ruby & Sapphire, Metagross is Pokémon’s only Steel-type pseudo-Legendary Pokémon, meaning it’s the Steel equivalent of enormously powerful ‘mons like Tyranitar, Dragonite, Salamence, and so on.

Metagross only made it to sixth place in our list of the best Psychic Pokémon, but just like Jirachi, that’s mostly because we think of it more as a Steel-type – it is made of metal, after all. While its signature move, Meteor Mash, isn’t all that signature anymore on account of the fact other Pokémon can learn it, it was still the coolest thing ever back in 2002, and nobody will ever do it like the ‘Gross Boss. From its stylish shiny sprite to its phenomenal stats, to its impressively unique design and fiendishly good movepool, Metagross is and always will be Pokémon’s best ever Steel-type.

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Disagree with us? Its eyebrows and beard are a single piece of metal shaped like a massive X, which, obviously, is ludicrously badass. Checkmate.

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