Magnemite is a seemingly robotic life form that has a gray, circular metal body with a horseshoe magnet on its left and right sides}}, and a single big eye. It has three Phillips head screws on its body; two are near the bottom of its body, and the other is on top of its head and looks similar to an antenna. The two bottom screws serve no noticeable purpose, although they may be its feet as the Pokédex identifies a footprint similar to that of the screw's "head". Even though Magnemite and its evolved forms are mechanical creatures, they still have emotions, the need to eat, and a way of reproducing.
Magnemite is a genderless species.
The magnetic units on Magnemite's body create electromagnetic waves that allow it to defy gravity and can potentially disrupt various electrical equipment. The faster the units at its sides rotate, the greater the magnetic force they generate. However, it becomes incapable of flight if its internal electrical supply is depleted. Magnemite usually attack by using electrical attacks such as Thunder Wave and Zap Cannon. Magnemite can also focus magnetic energy into a homing-attack known as Magnet Bomb.
Magnemite generally keep to themselves. They are quiet and do not bother people. However, if anyone gets near them with magnets or something that emits large amounts of electricity, they can be attracted to such an object. Magnemite are very neutral, but they are very eager to please their Trainers and will fight hard. If a wild Magnemite is approached, they will usually go away as they don't care for interaction, however, if attacked, they will retaliate with non-damaging moves such as Thunder Wave or Supersonic. If the attacker persists, they will start to use damaging attacks such as ThunderShock or Magnet Bomb, and in extreme cases, Zap Cannon.
Magnemite can usually be found around power plants or any rough terrain where there may be large amounts of metal nearby. As a result, they can be found in Kanto and Johto. Despite their modern, artificial appearance, carvings depicting Magnemite and Magneton have been discovered at the Ruins of Alph, indicating they have existed for at least 1,500 years.
Magnemite feed off electrical currents, which is why they are frequently found around power plants.
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.