Focus On: Steel-Type

Hey loyal Pokejunglers!

I’m probably going to end up apologzing a million times in this post, but I’m so sorry how short this ‘Focus On’ is! It’s just another one of those types that didn’t get to many primary’s. So without further ado, here’s all the Steel-type Pokemon in Gen V!


Starting the short lived Steel-type article, all having the classification of the Gear Pokemon, is #599 Gear, #600 Gigear and #601 Gigigear! Just want to start out by saying how disappointing Gear’s evolution line is. Game Freak had so much potential to make this evolution line look really awesome, but alas, they utterly failed. To be honest, I never really took a liking to Gear ever since I first saw it in those early Corocoro leaks, but now that I can compare it to its really disappointing evolutions, well, those evolutions don’t even deserve to be compared to the original, they just plain suck. Since this guy, in a sense, (Well at least in my opinion anyways) is the Magnemite of this generation, I wasn’t anticipating all that much, maybe just another gear or two, but at the same time I was expecting a more bad ass evolution. Some of you might be going “Well ozy, they did add another gear! “Yes, they technically did, but the way they did it was just kinda “bleh”. They should’ve kept the two faces, and made the smaller one bigger. Not put a random big gear behind it and then add some other spikey contraption later on. Ugh. Pure disappointment. At the end it doesn’t even look like a Pokemon anymore, it just looks like a-well I don’t even know what to say. That put aside, Gear’s evolution line’s animation is probably one of my favourites! Just the way everything spins in a fluid motion makes it seem so realistic and not to mention that it doesn’t get to boring to watch for a while. For those of you who don’t know, the animations loop periodically, so you’ll see than same animation every 15 seconds or so, but with gear, being that it’s just going around in circles, it seems like it never ends! Anyways, on to its stats! Despite my hatred for this evolution line, I will admit that it does have pretty good stats. And, it’s not just in one department; all of its stats are either decent or awesome! Its highlights are definitely its Attack and Defense. Gears starts out with an awesome 55 and 70 respectively, whereas once evolving into Gigear, it’s gets a boost and its base stats go to 80 (Attack) and 95 (Defense). Then to top it all off, Gigigear gets the whooping boost up to 100 (Attack) and 115 (Defense). Not to be outdone, it also has base stats of 90 (Speed), 85 (Special Defense), and 70 (Special Attack). As you can probably tell, it’s more of a defensive orientated Pokemon, as evidenced not only by its stats but also by how majority of its moves are status “uppers”. So if you can bare the design and want one of these you’ll only have to go to one place, the Electric Rock Cave. But that’s only for Gear, there’s no way to find Gigear or Gigigear in the wild. So, you’ll have to train Gear to lvl. 38 for it to evolve into Gigear and then train that to lvl. 49 to get to its final evolution, Gigigear. Gears stats are kind of average for the time period at which you get it at (After the 5th Gym Leader?) So if you don’t train it or give it an Exp. Share, you might see yourself cutting from your team.

To end this very, very short article, we have the Iron Heart Pokemon, #638 Kobaruon! This guy is part of the legendary fighting trio in this generation, so naturally, it’s Steel/Fighting. To obtain Kobaruon, you’ll need Surf and Strength. Once you get both of those HMs, you’ll gain access to a new cave called Fukiyuse Cave just off Route 6. Upon entering and exploring the cave, you’ll come face-to-face with a man. This man will tell you about the legendary trio and how there is one at the end of the cave. Keep going until you reach the end of the cave, and sure enough, Kubaruon is right there ready for capture. Pretty easy if you ask me. Now, let’s get all the negativity outta the way, and talk about its design. To put it very simply, “WHAT. THE. EFFF.” Kobaruon, and the other two in the trio, are just plain stupid. Everything about its body just doesn’t seem right; it looks as if an amateur just stuck a bunch of details from different Pokemon together. What bothers me the most, for some reason, is its slightly bent leg! It should make me want to scream! Some of you might think I’m overreacting, but just look at it! It doesn’t look natural at all! Also, I’m not really seeing the ‘Steel’ aspect of the Pokemon. I get more of a Water, Flying and Electric feel when looking at this thing. Only plus side to its design is it’s animation. Because there’s this split second where he stits up all proudly and his leg is not bent. Looks much, much, much better that way. I’m not sure what the heck Game Freak was thinking when they designed the sprite for this guy. Unless Sugimori made it looks hella awesome in his artwork, I think this may possibly the worst Legendary ever. Like worse than Heatran. For those Heatran fans out there: Sorry, that thing just didn’t cut it for me. Now let’s move on to its stats! As it is a legendary, it has crazy awesome stats, but only in one (I guess two) departments. They rest are decent, but average by the time you’ll meet this guy. So it’s highlights are its Defense and Speed, clocking in at 129 and 108. As for both its attack stats, it has a solid 90. So this Pokemon could definitely take some hits, and then return some hits all while doing it first. Well, that is unless you are facing a faster Pokemon. Between the other two in the trio I think that this one is the second worse in design and it’s even with the others stats wise. I find Birijion the best in design and all of the legendries have the same base numbers just with the 129 being switched around to a different department. Overall, it’s a pretty good Pokemon to use in battle, although ugly. Either way I won’t be putting it on my team.

Pokemon with secondary Steel-type:


Wow, that was quick. We’ve already reached the end. Sorry this one is so short! I want to get all of the one’s with only a few Pokemon out of the way because, well, I actually don’t know. 😛 I guess I’m a bit lazy and don’t want to do the ones with hella Pokemon in it just yet. Anyways, remember we categorize by primary typing, so you won’t see Pokemon such as Kirikizan in this article. Actually, they’re quite alot of Pokemon with a secondary steel typing. So with that, what do you think? Do you disagree with my opinions? Maybe agree? Think I was to harsh or nice to a Pokemon? Voice your opinion and comment down below!

peace and love– ozymandis

P.S. I have my PSAT tomorrow. :l Wish me luck! (Oh and thanks for all the birthday wishes!) 🙂

  1. Happy birthday you smexy peanut! Have a great day man, my penis purrs for you.

    Loved the article, I definitely agree with the whole gigigear thing. Nice job. Would right more, but it’s 1:46am and I have school tomorrow lol…

    Goodluck in the test!

    1. Ahaha sleep is more important then telling me how amaizng I am. 😛
      Mostly ’cause I already know it. xD;;;

      Thanks! 🙂
      Hopefully i won’t fail. :S

  2. Most accurate article ever!!!!! only two things i didnt agree with were the part about Heatran, and the thing that Birjion is the best desgned musketeer. IMO, he’s like a Celebi+Shaymin(Sky), and Terakion seems to just cut the looks department better for me.
    Gear’s family doestnt deserve to exist. I feel like ripping them apart, pixel by pixel. At most, I would take pity on Gear and boost its stats a bit, then kill off the other two. Seriously, those dont classify as Pokemon. Its just a bunch of gears!!!

        1. i don’t agree with the hate on gear
          i feel like all new pokemon have the same kind of face, and most are like smiling, and the formula of evolution is just always the same

          when i saw gear first, i hated it, but now i feel like its evolution line is actually really special because it’s not something usual
          agree with the terakion thing
          right now i feel like all new legendaries don’t have the mystic feel to them at all, as did 2nd Gen’s and 1st Gens. I feel like instead of making legendary pokemon more memorable with their uniqueness, they keep adding details onto it so in the end its just overload. Also, I hate the fact that there are so many. If they need them for the events, then i would be fine just catching a single one in normal gameplay and get the rest (which would be like 5 more maximum) from events as long as the ”event” is decently made

          1. I would like Gear’s line even if they had just added more faces, and kept the gears at wackier angles. But come on, its just 2 gears with faces, becoming one gear with a face which has empty gear weight added to it.

  3. I totally agree with you about the Gear line, but I love Cobalon and its partners. I think they’re more “Pokemon-ish” then several other 5th Geners. And I love Heatran….

      1. I agree and I guess that the steel aspect of this guy is its “Steel Heart” of course, you wouldnt see that because you cant take a pokemon’s heart out o.o well, you can, but….u know what I mean ><;;

        Also I read this article that the three musketeers represent something else…… along with the pony legendary (forgot his name) they form the four horseman that God sends in the apocalypse.

        and all four of them have the "justice Heart" ability,as they are serving God's justice.

        Anyways, I read that somewhere else, it seems to fit somehow, but anyways, Great Article and Happy Birthday.

  4. I LOVE the Gear line. The evolutions might not be all that creative, but it’s nice to have another pure-steel type to work with, and one with good stats! (My poor Mawile tries so hard. But he never lives up to expectations.) And in a generation where many people seem to complain about too MANY changes between evolutions (i.e. Water starter line) I don’t really mind some subtle evolutions (like Gear and Chillarmy).

    Not the greatest, but Gigigear will become a staple of my long-running team, joining my Swampert and Flygon, among others.

  5. Hai dere’z. While I like your “Focus ON” articles, and I think they have been progressively getting better since your first one, I have one minor gripe: if you knock on something/bash it then don’t sorry, it’s just one of those odd pet peeves of mine. I believe if you going to state your opinion on anything, don’t say “sorry insert object to bash” etc. its just feel like a cop out to me. I don’t know, I just feel like you should go all the way, hold nothing back. With that being said, I personally love Gear’s Line and the Steel Musketeer is badasss ( BADASS PICTURE OF HIM) but then again, I like all Pokemon so many my opinion doesn’t hold much merit. /end-mini-rant

    Oh yeah, Happy B-Dayz and Good Luckz on urz PSATZ

  6. I’m surprised how you never mention the pokémon’s signature move(s)…
    The Gear line has Gear Saucer that attacks twice with a 50 base power move (basically meaning it’s a 100 base power move) and Gear Change, that increases its Attack one stage and its Speed two stages (basically a better Dragon Dance)
    It also gets Plus and Minus as abilities, which I think is a good thing to mention.

    I’m also a bit sad with Gear’s evos, it could’ve turned into a badass grandpa clock!

    As for Kobaruon, it’s true that it feels… wrong. Maybe it’s only the sprite… But I wouldn’t say the other two are bad. And it’s not a trio, it’s a quartet.

    1. To be compltley honest, I totally forget about th move sets/signature moves when wtiting these. >< I'll be sure to include them next time though! 😀

    2. I don’t think the water pony is considered to be part of the other type/fighting legndries. :S
      But idk, that’s just me.

      1. it actually is. They;re called the Musketeer trio because they resemble the Three Musketeers, and the pony resembles the fourth of Three Musketeers, who is also younger and has a feather on his hat simialar to the ponys tail.. Yes, there are FOUR Three Musketeers xD

        1. Really? O.o
          I was totaly under the impression that the 3 muskateers were people and who like trained te little pony. :S
          ahah Shows how much I know. 😛

  7. I´m reading all of your focus/ons btw and they´re good 😉 I’m looking forward to them every day.. not sure why ;P

    But you’re right… Gear is strange.. I don’t know why they evolved it like that… there must be a really GOOD reason for him to look like that or else… it really sucks -.-

    Kobaruon is indeed the least favorite of those three.. I like Grass Basher the most then the Rock one… But my problem is that they don’t look as majestic as the legendary johto dogs did… Not that they should look like them… not at all… But they just don’t seem so… legendary o.O

    Great Job and Happy B’day ;P!

    1. Ya seriosuly. -__-;
      I totally get you on that, besides the Reshiram and Zekrom, I don’t really feel that any of the Pokemon have he same legendry feek to it like they others have had in the past, :l

      And thanks! 😀

      1. I respectively disagree. Personally, I feel like these Legendary (Whom are called Phantom Pokemon in Japanese, just in case you didn’t know) Pokemon are a throwback to Generation. The original trio weren’t grand or anything of the sort; they were strong, rare pokes that humans attached concepts to them (Articuno = Winter, Zapdos = Summer, Moltres = Spring). Just my opinion’z.

        1. Well he was more talking about Gen II but ya, I agree with you on the bird’s. I never found them to have the total legendry feel compared to others in Gen I, like i could image little pre-evos of a fire,ice and electric bird. 😛
          Actually thinking about it…I WANT THEIR NON EXISTANT PRE-EVOS!! 😀

          1. The legendary birds are not based on seasons, it’s ridiculous to think they are because there are three birds and four seasons, which doesn’t add up.
            They’re a phoenix, or simmilar Japanese legend, a thunderbird or simmilar thing, and an Arabic myth crossed with a Quetzal.

  8. Ehhh… I beg to differ on Kobaruon’s ‘uglyness’. It’s a sprite. Sugi art, anime, and cards will make it much more badass. No doubt.

    And the “It doesn’t look Steel” point is invalid. Mawile, Lucario, and Jirachi look nothing like Steel to me.

    1. Ya, like I said, once I see the sugimori art, my opinion will probably change. 🙂

      True, but still. 😛

    2. Lucario at least has the little hand-spike thingies. :/ But yeah, the other two + our newbie totally don’t look steel at all.

    3. Well, until some Sugi Art of these Legendary Pokemon are revealed, we can still look forward to fan arts!!
      Take a look at these~!! \(☼w☼)/
      I think they give these Legendary Musketeers some Justice with a capital J~☆

      ‘Legendary Warriors’ ~

      ‘Hearts of Justice’ ~

  9. Good luck on your PSAT! Knock it out =)

    You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you once you start reviewing the bug types. Soooo many >_<

  10. I think the pokemon with the secondary typing should be listed (not covered) at the bottom of the post so we know where to look to find out about them. Just a thought.

    1. That’s actually a really good idea! 😀
      I’ll definetly include that in the next Focus On! 😀

  11. I like the gear line’s concept. It shows that more gears are added, the stronger it gets .Which in a way, shows how real gears work (more efficient.etc)
    It also shows the improvement and growth of a machine and how it will always have the parts that started it off.

    As for Kobaruon, I don’t like the legs. It seems unnatural, I love the animation when it shows a majestic stance thought. It seems to be based of a markhor and a Eland antelope.

    1. That better be in Europe too!
      I kinda have a Mew already though… But I got that ages ago, and its stats are rubbish.

  12. I don’t really dislike the gear evolutions, but it would have been nice if basic Gear evolved into it’s final form gigigear and then into something else. I heard a rumour a while back about a jack in the box pokemon….would have been interesting if that had happened with gear, it definitely has the face of something you’d think would be on a jack in a box. The gear pokemon gives them impression that it’ll all come together to make something solid but it doesn’t at all…

    My least favourite fighting legendary is probably the steel one, It does look strange….I’m learning to tolerate it though. My favourite is the bulldog rock/fighting one. The grass one seems too much like a larger sky shaymin mixed with a bit of arceus. I kinda like it though…just not it’s similarities.

  13. I would have ripped out the middle evolution in the Gear line. It is an insult.

    I liked a lot the first Gear T_T

  14. I actually agreed with pretty much everything you said in this one, right down to liking the musketeer’s animation and hating the leg thing. Both of them have good stats and movepool, but look terrible.
    And yeah, the musketeers are what I think are the worst designed Pokemon ever.
    Fighting/Steel: Its leg hurts my eyes! And the rest of it isn’t that great.
    Fighting/Rock: Best designed of the musketeers in my eyes, but still not very good.
    Fighting/Grass: Shaymin and Arceus had babies, and then those babies had babies with each other. Eventually you get this.
    Fighting/Water: My Little Pony!

    Oh and Good Luck ozy! (I hate having tests on/near my birthday, so extra good luck!)

    1. “Fighting/Grass: Shaymin and Arceus had babies, and then those babies had babies with each other. Eventually you get this.”


  15. Happy Birthday!

    I actually like the legendary (at first I hated it mainly b/c of the net leg which you pointed out, but I got over it), and yes it looks like it would be a water type b/c of the light blue body. However I see that more as it being those “linings” that knights would wear under their armor that was made of tiny metal rings joined together that made it move like clothing, but protected the nicks and crannies where the armor didn’t protect the knights from injuries when sword fighting. Once I thought about it like that, I really loved it, also the legs to me look somewhat human-like which I got around to like.

  16. Wow man, this is gettin worse and worse. I won’t bother reading any following of these till the end. It’s just to full of your personal bullshit.

    I mean you say you expect something like more gears added, which even freakin happened but complain in what kind of way it was done? Cmon.
    Whatever, dunno what good reading this is for.

  17. The Mew event has a US date, its from October 15th to 30th over wifi for pkm HG and SS. Check for more details.

  18. gears: hmmmm, this poke would be liked by people who do engineering and vehicles, but much more mechanical than magnet line and for once it evolves to the 2nd stage in 1GEN, not like magnets, which take 2 GENS TO EVOLVE, anyone who likes this poke is linked engineering and it is fine by me
    steel musketeer: trio master that goes before the other 3: little uni, samurai deer and bulldozer ox, looks like a herbivorus version of lucario, i see this poke leading raids against poachers, habitat destruction and abuse, so that means this poke is the 1st anti team rocket poke EVER, blade attacks, it upped the dudeness of this trio, i like this trio

  19. Gigigear’s evolutions are perhaps the WORST pokemon in this generation. And with so many awesome ORIGINAL pokemon in this generation, it really does say a lot. I agree, the design for Gear’s evolutions are absolutely lazy. It’s copy and paste all over the place! Even if Magneton is three Magnemite magnetically connected together, at least its sprite is different in all of its game appearances from its counterpart. Why get rid of the second gear’s face even? It doesn’t even look like a pokemon. It’s the spitting image of that Digimon gear thing… I don’t know what the hell it is called.

    1. It’s not lazy, it’s clever.
      Well, partially lazy, but very clever.
      You see, as Gear evolves, it becomes a more complex mechanism, going from a single set of gears, to a full mechanism.
      And you see, it makes sense to add to the previous sprite because of the animations. It’s not just one image they have to do, it’s multiple frames, and with Gear spinning around constantly, they’ve done a great job on it. But it’s a little lazy.
      But come on, you would probably do the same thing. I would.

  20. Ozzy you dont like anything! lol I do like the Gear line and Heatran is pretty awesome. I do want to see the art on these guys, but they don’t bother me that much.

  21. I’m a take the PSAT tomorrow too! I’m probably gonna fail the math part but oh well!
    Anyways to more important things……HAPPY BIRTHDAY OZZY!!
    P.S. Gear = Fail of the 5th Generation sorry to all Gear fans but i just despised it since it was first shown

  22. Gigear was a ok start for Gear but Gigigear could’ve been a lot different from the rest. At least they added new parts to it’s evos…and the steel/fight-type legendary looks ok but the way it has some sort of armor around its neck and feet makes it look strange :S.

    Anyway I liked reading the article and Happy birthday :D!!

  23. why does everyone think giarus evolutions lost the second face? the big gear in back has a face. The little plus sign is one eye and a smaller circle is the other eye. The big circle is the mouth

  24. I would say somethin nice… but you dissed Heatran!
    I have a legit shiny of him, so no one disses him!
    Unless they feel like it. Then I can’t do much over the web

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