Magnemite is a pseudo-robotic life form consisting of a round metal body, two horseshoe magnets, and some phillips head screws. It floats through the air using magnetism which it also consumes for energy. Magnemite are generally found around power plants or mountainous regions with substantial metal content. They are generally docile and keep to themselves and only attack when provoked, but they may react differently if a large magnetized object is nearby.
Magnemite is a genderless species.
Male is blue and female is pink. Males have a facial covering resembling a moustache, while females have one resembling a fluffy collar. Males have diamonds on their inner tentacles and females have frills. Males lack a mouth, while females have one shaped like a heart. Females have two eyelashes and larger eyes while males have small eyes and one small upper eyelash. Males have more frills on their outer tentacles.
Magnemite floats in the air by emitting electromagnetic waves from the units at its sides. These waves block gravity. This Pokémon becomes incapable of flight if its internal electrical supply is depleted.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: A group of Magnemite are the clients of the game's second mission, sending the player to save their friend who is trapped in Thunderwave Cave. One of the Magnemite decides to join the rescue team a couple of days later.
Magnemite first appeared in Sparks Fly for Magnemite. Ash and his friends were in Gringey City while the power went out. When they were looking around for the cause of the power outage, a lone Magnemite showed up and was feeling attracted to Ash's Pikachu, who had a cold. When a group of Grimer and its Muk leader were chasing Ash and his friends, a group of Magnemite and Magneton helped to fight them off.
In Get Along, Little Pokémon, Ash, Misty and Tracey met a man named Ethan who used Magnemite to harness electrical energy from bolts of lightning during thunderstorms and then the electrical energy would be given to towns that were without power. Magnemite #6 evolved into a Magneton to save Ash and Pikachu from Team Rocket.
A group of Magnemite and a Magneton appeared as security guards in Current Events as they first attacked Team Rocket who sneaked into a power station guarded entirely by Pokémon. Ash saw the door had been opened by someone, and upon investigatation, was also attacked by the Magnemite.
An army of Magnemite and Magneton, led by a Magnezone, appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior under the ownership of the main villain, Zero. They were used by Zero as a swarm to trap or capture, as well as being able to contain people and Pokémon by linking together around them, preventing them from moving.
Magnemite first appeared in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as apart of the Base Set. It has since appeared in 33 sets with 26 variations. It is usually a common card and normally of the Lightning-type or Metal-types. It is always a basic Pokémon.
Despite most of Magnemite's Pokédex entries saying they are able to float through the air by employing powerful electromagnetic waves or even anti-gravity, Magnemite does not have the Ability Levitate, and so they are still affected by Earthquake or other Ground-type moves. However, as of Generation IV, Magnemite can learn Magnet Rise, which simulates Levitate for five turns.
Magnemite and its evolutionary line have twelve resistances and one immunity, making them the most resistant Pokémon to date. With the addition of Magnet Rise, which makes them immune to Ground-type attacks for five turns, their only double weakness is negated.
Due to their inclusion in Platinum's extended Sinnoh Pokédex and the Unova Pokédex in Black 2 and White 2, Magnemite and Magneton have appeared in every regional Pokédex.
Magnemite and its evolution Magneton are two of the few Pokémon that had their cry changed slightly in Generation III. This was due to Generation III utilizing a better sound effects game engine and newer game system.
Magnemite and its evolutions are the only dual-type Electric Pokémon that are part of a three-stage evolutionary line.
Magnemite is currently the most traded Pokémon on the GTS. This is probably due to what is known as the Magnemite chain/coil: a scheme by which players can increase the number of visitors to their Join Avenue in Black 2 and White 2 by trading Magnemite on the GTS. The scheme originated with Japanese players and has spread around the globe.
Generation II type change
Magnemite, along with its evolution Magneton, were pure Electric-type in Generation I, but became dual-type Electric/Steel in Generation II. This makes them the first Pokémon to gain an extra type, the others being Rotom'sother forms in Gen V. One could argue that this was purely because the Steel type had not been officially recognized by Pokémon researchers in Generation I; however, in FireRed and LeafGreen, they are Electric/Steel-type. The general consensus among fans is that the type change is simply a retcon, owing to the Magnemite evolution family clearly being metallic in origin, and the Steel type not existing until after they had debuted. Due to this type change, Magnemite is the first Steel-type Pokémon in National Pokédex order. However, it was unable to learn any Steel-type moves until Generation III.