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Why is electric not super effective against steel types?

#1BottledPoePosted 5/15/2013 4:39:17 AM
A lot of type matchups don't really make sense in Pokemon, but this one least of all to me. Steel is a metal, metals conduct electricity, just like water. Technically electric types should do 2x damage against steel types. Unless I'm missing something?
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#2Xavier_On_HighPosted 5/15/2013 4:50:13 AM
Electricity passes through metal with little resistance. If anything, Steel types should be immune to it.

You can use contrived logic to create an explanation for any type match-up.
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#3Chaos_MissilePosted 5/15/2013 4:58:52 AM
The same reason why steel and water are immune to corrosion and resistant to pollution AKA POISON respectively?
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#4The Mystical OnePosted 5/15/2013 6:14:28 AM
Yes, materially speaking, I would expect the steel to safely conduct the electricity and leave the pokemon [relatively] unharmed.
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#5Octaivian_RexPosted 5/15/2013 6:21:01 AM
From: Xavier_On_High | #002
You can use contrived logic to create an explanation for any type match-up.


This.
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#6Shadow_StarWolfPosted 5/15/2013 7:17:44 AM
From: Chaos_Missile | Posted: 5/15/2013 8:58:52 PM | #003
The same reason why steel and water are immune to corrosion and resistant to pollution AKA POISON respectively?


Poison =/= pollution here. People just associate pollution to poison because you can get poisoned through them... but that's because you're organic. Corrosion doesn't really mean poison - Acid itself doesn't mean the melting acid type.

Water is the cleaning agent. If anything water types should be resistant to poison because they can wash the poison away.
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#7The_Undying_84Posted 5/15/2013 7:21:54 AM
Xavier_On_High posted...
Electricity passes through metal with little resistance. If anything, Steel types should be immune to it.

You can use contrived logic to create an explanation for any type match-up.


Nothing bad happens to water itself when it gets electrified, but Water is still weak to Electric. Which is because the Pokemon itself isn't made entirely of Water, the same is true of Steel type Pokemon.
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#8SlimeStackPosted 5/15/2013 7:32:43 AM
Wouldn't a metal start to heat up/melt if there was enough electricity passing through it though?

I guess with that logic you could just say water will eventually drown anything it touches if there's enough of it. <.<
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#9jnetheryPosted 5/15/2013 7:36:02 AM
Shadow_StarWolf posted...
From: Chaos_Missile | Posted: 5/15/2013 8:58:52 PM | #003
The same reason why steel and water are immune to corrosion and resistant to pollution AKA POISON respectively?


Poison =/= pollution here. People just associate pollution to poison because you can get poisoned through them... but that's because you're organic. Corrosion doesn't really mean poison - Acid itself doesn't mean the melting acid type.

Water is the cleaning agent. If anything water types should be resistant to poison because they can wash the poison away.


Also, Water (esp. salt water) is what corrodes steel (hence it being one of the few types that does at least neutral damage).
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#10Fuddles806Posted 5/15/2013 7:37:11 AM
Ground should be super effective to flying.

If a bird landed on the ground it could get hit by a truck.