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What is a good moveset for Steelix?

2 votes

Mine has the ability Rock Head. It knows:

Double-Edge: High power, high accuracy, no recoil.

Earthquake: High power, high accuracy, double damage against Pokemon using Dig, used to deal with Fire types, STAB.

Crunch: Good power, high accuracy, decent chance to lower Def.

Iron Tail: STAB, high power, good chance to lower defense.

Steelix Learnset

asked Jul 20, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Onix (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 160 Atk / 252 SDef / 96 Spd
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Dragon Tail
- Rock Polish
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
Steelix (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 40 HP / 216 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Dragon Tail
- Body Purge
- Sleep Talk
- Rest
U should replace chrunch with thunder fang so that you can deal with water types
I'm not very good at EV spreads, so... Which is a better spread for a physical offensive Steelix with Sheer Force/Life Orb?
252 Sp.Def/128 Atk/128 HP
252 Sp.Def/252 Atk/4 HP
It's supposed to hit hard, but HP would also be very nice. Opinions?

21 Answers

8 votes

Perfect set for one of my favorite pokemon. I would change iron tail for gyro ball because of steelix's abysmal speed, it has much higher accuracy, and most opponents are much faster than steelix.

Note: This was based on the original way of doing movesets which was changing the one posted in the question. That said, I posted the set for it here:

  • Double Edge
  • Earthquake
  • Crunch
  • Gyro Ball
answered Jul 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
I was just wondering. Do you play the new X and Y and would you make any changes to this moveset according to the new game?
6 votes

Gen V

Steelix@ Life Orb

Ability: Sheer Force

Adamant nature(-Sp Attack +Attack)

EVs:252 Attack 252 Speed 4 HP

  • Automize
  • Bulldoze/Earthquake
  • Ice Fang
  • Iron Tail/Rock Slide/Rock Polish
answered Jul 20, 2010 by &Shining Yin
edited Jun 19, 2011 by &Shining Yin
4 votes

Gyro ball(STAB)


Stealth rock(hehehehhehehe)

Stone edge(Coverage)

Put stealth rock up at first and if the opponent is packing Zard they are in trouble and if they switch in too it stone edge will do the rest.

answered Feb 22, 2011 by Speed freak
4 votes

Gen V: SR set.

Stealth Rock-I personally don't like this move, but it's still pretty good.


Dragon Tail-Works with SR.

Ice Fang / Stone Edge / Toxic-Coverage moves. Ice fang for dragons and flying types, Stone edge for flying types, or toxic for added damage.

answered Jun 6, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
4 votes

Steelix @ Life Orb

Trait: Sheer Force

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)

  • Iron Tail
  • Earthquake
  • Rock Slide
  • Crunch

Iron Tail Has 254 (253,5 base) power, Sheer Force, Life Orb and STAB included.
Earthquake Does take Life Orb recoil unfortunately, but is a good STAB option.
Rock Slide Has 127 base power which is good and it gives some additional coverage. Rock Slide is chosen over Stone Edge because Stone Edge doesn't get the Sheer Force boost and therefore gets Life Orb Recoil.
Crunch Gives a reliable way of hitting Psychic types and Ghost types, and doesn't take Life Orb recoil.

answered Aug 9, 2011 by Hex
edited Feb 12, 2012 by Hex
Iron Head gets Sheer force doesn't it? It loses the flinch chance.
What i meant was Steelix is only capable of learning Iron Head via Gen 4 Move tutor, but yes it would get the boost, if steelix could have both sheer force and iron head.
I see, never mind then :D
It gets Iron head now. Bulldoze can substitute for Earthquake.
I'm pretty sure EQ is more powerful.
I know EQ is, but you get no recoil, that's all.
2 votes

New Gen 5 set:

Nature: Relaxed/Impish or Sassy/Careful
Ability: Sturdy
-Stealth Rock
-Dragon Tail
-Stone Edge

answered Apr 27, 2011 by BanetteFan
2 votes

Gen V

Steelix (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Sturdy

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Gyro Ball
  • Curse
  • Rest
answered Jun 18, 2011 by trachy
Sorry for questioning so much of your stuff recently....

Now, Rest? Without Chesto berry too!

Do you really expect this thing to live through a rest?
I don't care how high its defense is, its sp defense lacks to the point, that if this thing goes to sleep, its dead.
It works for me. I can always switch out, and if I'm using this guy, I'll likely have Aromatherapy or Heal Bell support on my team as well.
Will this set work effectively with stealth rock instead of rest?
1 vote

-Iron Defense
-Stealth rock

answered Mar 29, 2012 by HellDoom
1 vote

Epic lead in RU

Steelix @ Leftovers

Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature (+Spa, -SpA)

  • Stealth Rock
  • Toxic
  • Earthquake
  • Gyro Ball

Stealth Rock is what makes this guy a lead, go put some rocks on the battlefield. Toxic is to stall. Earthquake is STAB, covers fire and gets rid of electrics. Gyro is also STAB, and paired up with low speed it's great.

answered Aug 22, 2012 by Dr.Flame
1 vote

This is my "I'm not sure of what type of Steelix it is" Steelix
Gen V
Item:Quick claw Smooth rock
**Impish nature
(+Def -SpAtk) Personality (I observe that this is often overlooked but it is a vital part of stat gain) Sturdy body capable of taking hits ect:
252 ev's Def 200 Atk 56 SpDef

Sandstorm: Ongoing damage (beware of rock steel and ground types as well as any Pokemon with "sand" ability's which dont take damage.)
Stealth rock:set up some more continuousness damage on Pokemon that switch in( paired with dragon tail is pretty epic!)
Dragon tail: (as promised) forces switch ins also creating damage in the process.
Toxic: powerful ongoing damage (you can probably see the reason by now)

The idea here is to poison and generally weaken your opponents as much possible so your follow up Pokemon (normally straight forward powerhouses) to mop up whats left.Start off with sandstorm (much better with smooth rock,the quick claw is just so it doesn't always miss out on being first which can be useful) then setting up S-rock. Toxic obviously to follow and finally Dragon tail .Continue to use toxic then Drg Tail to poison the whole opposition occasionally topping off sandstorm as you go. Thanks to steelix's defensive skills this could be repeated a fair few times before he gets KO'd. This Steelix can be used harmony with its corresponding Audino in double battles which I will post shortly.

answered Jan 1, 2013 by ReadyAimFire
edited Jan 1, 2013 by ReadyAimFire
1 vote

Steelix @ Leftovers
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Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 116 Def / 136 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic
- Dragon Tail
- Gyro Ball

Set up rocks, spread Toxics and SR damage on the opposing team with Dragon Tail, then Gyro Ball for damage. If you want, you can fully invest into Defense for the EV spread.

answered Jul 10 by Tysonyoshi
0 votes

Gen V set for Onix

Onix (M) @ Eviolite

Trait: Sturdy

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Tail
  • Rest
  • Sleep Talk
  • Toxic
answered Jun 27, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

Gen V

Onix (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spd / 4 SDef
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Dragon Tail
- Roar
- Rest
- Sleep Talk

Phazing moves (roar, dragon tail etc) always have negative priority, apart from in one case: when they have been used via Sleep Talk. This set takes advantage of that and Onix's decent base 70 speed to shuffle the opponent's team around before they can even get a hit on you. This strategy works very well in conjunction with entry hazards.

answered Jul 27, 2012 by Spoink
0 votes

*nature: jolly
***role**: sweeper
held item : leftovers(sturdy),life orb(sheer force)
abilety : sturdy\sheer force
ev spread: 252 speed , 252 attack , 4 HP


automize\rock polish-boost speed

iron head-STAB and if fast enough good chance of flinching or if steelixes abilety is sheer force then the move will get a boost

dragon tail\earthquake\rock slide\crunch\thunder fang- decent damage and switches opponet out(dragon tail), deadly STAB and coverge(earthquake), coverege and good chance of flinching or if using sheer force the move is getting a boost(rock slide),good strong move has a good chance of lowering defence or if using sheer force abilety getts a demege boost(crunch), coverge a chance to make opponet flinch or paralyzed and if using sheer force abilety the move gets a demege boost(thunder fang)

dragon tail\earthquake\rock slide\crunch\thunder fang-same explenations as the above :)

answered Aug 9, 2012 by charizard
0 votes

Nature: Brave
EVs: Attack and Defense
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Moves: Earthquake (STAB quake, oh yes!)
Gyroball (STAB, good for abysmal speed)
Curse (Further boost it's physicals and boosting Gyroball)
4th move has some choices:
Sandstorm (Increase sp. def and deal passive damage)
Ice Fang/Thunder Fang (coverage + status infliction)
Aqua Tail (Best Coverage)

answered Oct 8, 2012 by TheSinful
0 votes

Physical Tank
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Steelix @Leftovers
EV's: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Atk
Nature: Impish (+Def -SpA)
Trait: Sturdy
- Gyro Ball
- Dragon Tail
- Curse
- Earthquake

This is a pure Defensively powerful Steelix with some great combos such as Gyro Ball and Curse. Dragon tail is to kick away Stat boosters. And Earthquake is the STAB and converge.

answered Dec 15, 2012 by Flare
0 votes

ability: rock head
ev spread: 252 defense 252 attack
earthquake: high 100 base power and deals with: fire weakness
stone edge: moderate accuracy, high base power and has a higher chance of landing a critical hit
thunder fang: moderate accuracy and power and deals with water weakness
ice fang: just like thunder fang but deals with ground weakness

note: I am not the REAL Pokemon expert. and this moveset is used to make steelix deal with 3 out of 4 of its weaknesses. if you think this oveset sucks, pleae suggest on changes. And hey, i'm just ten.

answered Feb 9, 2013 by aidanbunachita673
edited Feb 9, 2013 by aidanbunachita673
0 votes

Steelix @ Quick Claw

Ability: Rock Head

Nature: Hasty (+Speed, -Defense)

-Earthquake (S.T.A.B., deal with Fire Pokemon)

-Thunder Fang (To deal with Water Pokemon)

-Ice Fang (To deal with Ground Pokemon)

-Gyro Ball (S.T.A.B., good accuraccy and works well on Steelix)

answered Mar 6, 2013 by VladyAndSamurott
edited Mar 12, 2013 by |SentByRavens|
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Thanks. I read it, and it was useful. P.S.: I was just saying that it really doesn't get rejected. Just that, I wasn't commanding Mewderator.
Why would you max his speed and then have Gyro Ball O.o
Or just Lower his Speed and make more Defense.
0 votes

Mine's basically a staller.
Evs: 252 attack/252 spdef
Item: chesto berry
Gyro ball
Curse(to maximise attack and slowness to make gyro ball destroy your foes)
Rest(to annoy and to heal)
Sleep talk/snore

answered Jun 9, 2013 by FrogGwee
edited Jun 9, 2013 by FrogGwee
0 votes

Here's my set
Stealth rock
Gyro ball

I've been doing very well with this guy in my UU team as a lead

Thought I should share it

answered Oct 14, 2013 by Phantomshark
I can see how this will work :). What EV's/item/nature do you use with this? You could also replace curse with stone edge for coverage.