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I think so, as all of Steelix's stat points are loaded up into defense. 200/510 of them to be exact. That's around 40% of his stat points in defense. It is also really hard to attack with it. I played with it in sword and shield and all it does is take hits. And not even from special attacks. Only physical. Its amazing how Onix is worse. What's your thought?

you mean in comp or story? otherwise hard to answer

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It's sometimes outclassed by other Pokémon

If you are looking for info about it in-game, I'd say it's not that good, you can choose Hippowdon as a physically defensive Pokémon as it got access to reliable recovery in Slack Off, but seeing that in-game is almost always about hyper offence, you can go for some other Offensive Ground Type Pokémon, like Garchomp.

If you are looking at it through a competitive perspective, then the situation changes.
It's currently in the RU tier, and also it's A Rank in the Viability Rankings, which is not bad, infact, it's good.
It can function as a Specially-Defensive Pokémon who can also tank Physical hits, courtesy to its godly base 200 Defense, and can also set Stealth Rock, which is another point that makes it good.
It's analysis state:

Steelix's natural bulk, defensive typing, and multiple utility options make it an excellent Stealth Rock setter for balanced or bulky offensive teams. Its solid typing blocks Volt Switch from common Electric-types while also packing a Toxic immunity, something no other Stealth Rock user can offer. Additionally, it serves as a check to common threats like Sylveon, Xurkitree, Toxtricity, Registeel, and Metagross.

However, some Electric- and Fairy-types, such as Raikou, Gardevoir, and Togekiss, commonly carry coverage moves that Steelix is vulnerable to. Steelix also struggles with common Water-types like Seismitoad, Milotic, and Volcanion, and its Grass neutrality makes it a Steel-type that cannot reliably check threats like Zarude and Roserade.

From the above, one can infer that Steelix sports a very good typing, which grants it immunity to both Toxic and Thunder Wave, which is extremely helpful through the course of the match, and it also has a very great natural bulk, which enables it to survive a lot of hits.
But, on the other hand, it has a weakness to a very common type in Water, and sometimes a few Pokémon carry coverage moves that Steelix is weak to, which is a big oof.
But actually, in RU, it's a Pokémon which is not overlooked while team building, and every player should prepare against it, as it can really pose a problem sometimes!!

All in all, in-game its outclassed, while in competitive, it's actually a nice choice in its tier.

Source(es): Steelix's analysis, and I also used it sometimes.

Hope it helped!

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Steelix is a fine Pokemon, in my opinion. It does well for me.

Steelix's Pros
-It takes hits like a truck from physical attackers.
252+ Atk Guts Conkeldurr Close Combat vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Steelix: 294-348 (83 - 98.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 Atk Medicham High Jump Kick vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Steelix: 114-134 (32.2 - 37.8%) -- 0.5% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
-Has access to amazing STAB. Earthquake, Heavy Slam, and decent coverage.
252 Atk Steelix Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 128 Def Sylveon: 350-414 (88.8 - 105%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO
-It has a Mega (in my opinion, it looks nice.)
-Doesn't have a Stealth Rock weakness. (still takes some damage though but not too much which is nice too.

Steelix's Cons
-It doesn't survive most special attacks from its weaknesses.
252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Focus Blast vs. 252 HP / 252 SpD Steelix: 361-426 (101.9 - 120.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO (note: I used the defensive set)
252+ SpA Choice Specs Kyogre Origin Pulse vs. 252 HP / 252 SpD Steelix in Rain: 1020-1200 (288.1 - 338.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
-Grass Knot obliterates it.

Overall, Steelix is a good Pokemon if you have the right nature, EV, moves, and items. Hope this helped somehow. (I used the defensive set of Steelix.

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I agree that Steelix isn't the greatest, though I've had better luck in battle with ones that have an adamant, brave, careful, or sassy nature.

Adamant ups attack, lowers special attack
Brave ups attack, lowers speed
Careful ups special defense, lowers special attack
Sassy ups special defense, lowers speed

I find these natures the best because Steelix's special attack and speed are already awful anyway.