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Why does steel Beam give recoil even if you have rock head which doesn't allow recoil?

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If this move is successful, the user loses 1/2 of its maximum HP, rounded up, unless the user has the Magic Guard Ability.

This works the same way as Mind Blown. Its self damage is not classified as recoil. :P

Magic Guard does protect against it because it ignores all non-direct damage except stuff like Destiny Bond, Perish Song, and Pain Split. :P

Source, EXP

Hope I helped!

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Another way to look at it -- it's a cost, not an effect
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Steel Beam consumes half your max HP after the use, its not exatly a recoil.

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