Iron Plate

The Iron Plate (Japanese: こうてつプレート Steel Plate) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It is a Key Item in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It is one of the Plates, which are associated with Arceus.

Iron Plate
Steel Plate
Bag Iron Plate Sprite.png
Iron Plate
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation IV
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Power 90

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $500
SMUSUM $10,000 $500


In battle

Boosts the power of the holder's Steel-type moves by 20%. If the holder uses Judgment, it becomes a Steel-type move.

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Steel-type form. From Generation V onward, item-manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot give Arceus a Plate or remove a Plate from Arceus. In Generation IV, item-manipulating effects cannot affect Pokémon with Multitype.

Outside of battle

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Steel-type form.

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the Iron Plate can used from the satchel on Arceus, changing it to the Steel type.

The Iron Plate can be read, and has the following engraving: "That which fills the other side of the world can shape the rage and mold it."


Games Description
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It is a stone tablet that boosts the power of Steel-type moves.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It's a stone tablet that boosts the power of Steel-type moves.
LA A stone tablet imbued with the essence of steel. When used on a certain Pokémon, it allows that Pokémon to gain the power of the Steel type.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. This stone tablet is imbued with the essence of steel and boosts the power of the holder’s Steel-type moves.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Iron Island, Underground
HGSS S.S. Aqua (from the captain after obtaining all 16 Gym Badges)
BWB2W2 Abyssal Ruins
XY Terminus Cave
ORAS Mossdeep City (held by Steven's gift Beldum)
SMUSUM Hau'oli City Mall (Antiquities of the Ages)
BDSP Iron Island Grand Underground
LA Lava Dome Sanctum (reward for catching Heatran during Mission 22: "The Plate of Firespit Island")
SV Porto Marinada auction (if the player owns an Arceus)


As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
XYORAS Dahara City Arceus Japanese, Taiwanese March 7 to August 31, 2015
November 20 to December 17, 2015



Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


Underground sprite from
Diamond, Pearl and Platinum
Grand Underground sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Bag sprite from
Legends: Arceus

In the anime

An Iron Plate in the anime

The Iron Plate, alongside the Draco Plate and Splash Plate, debuted in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Team Galactic Grunts placed them in a room located in the Solaceon Ruins, in order to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. The Plates were used to power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.

The Iron Plate, alongside the other 15 Plates at the time, appeared again in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where Arceus used them to change its type, and almost died when it lost all of the Plates after destroying a meteor that endangered the land that would become Michina Town. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates.

The Iron Plate, alongside the other 17 type-based Plates, appeared in The Arceus Chronicles (Part 4), under Arceus's possession.

In the manga

The Plates in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Petrel was collecting the Plates for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鋼鐵石板 Gongtit Sehkbáan *
鋼鐵令 Gongtit Lihng *
鋼鐵板塊 Gongtit Báanfaai *
Mandarin 鋼鐵石板 / 钢铁石板 Gāngtiě Shíbǎn *
鋼鐵令 Gāngtiě Lìng *
鋼鐵板塊 Gāngtiě Bǎnkuài *
  Finnish Rautalaatta
  French Plaque Fer
  German Eisentafel
  Italian Lastraferro
  Korean 강철플레이트 Steel Plate
  Polish Żelazna Płyta
  Spanish Tabla Acero
  Vietnamese Phiến thạch Gang thép

See also

External links

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