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Aegislash Best Moveset & Build

Aegislash
Total Base Stats520
Type Steel IconGhost Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

#1 - Weakness Policy Build

Best NatureBest Item
Quiet (Sp.Atk ↑ / Speed ↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Stance Change
The Pokemon changes between defensive and offensive forms when it uses certain moves.
Best Moveset
Flash Cannon / Shadow Ball / Shadow Sneak / King's Shield
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Hp 252, Defense 4

Go For The Lowest Possible Speed

If Aegislash strikes first, it will change into its rather brittle Sword Forme, causing it to take massive damage. In order to avoid this, try to keep its speed as low as possible! A 0 Speed IV is necessary here. In the mirror matchup, the slower Aegislash will almost always win.

High Defenses and Weakness Policy Go Well Together

Aegislash's Shield Forme provides it with an incredible 150 in both defensive stats, allowing it to survive super effective hits. This makes it a perfect match for Weakness Policy, allowing it to boost its power dramatically. Thanks to King's Shield and Shadow Sneak, Aegislash can be a frustrating and difficult target to deal with.

Limit Your Opponent's Options

Many people are aware of the dangers of Aegislash, as it was quite popular in previous generations. This can cause your opponents to overthink their actions in an effort to avoid triggering the Weakness Policy. Use this to engage in mind games to your advantage.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Good STAB physical coverage move.
Flash Cannon
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move.
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
Priority move, useful for finishing off targets. Low power (40)
King's Shield
status icon
Functions like Protect, but also lowers the target's attack. Also triggers Shield Forme.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Sacred Sword
Fighting Icon
An alternative to Close Combat, lower power but safer to use.
Steel Beam
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move.
Substitute
status icon
Good alternative for weathering a Pokemon's Dynamax. King's Shield -> Substitute -> King's Shield is a good way to buy time.

#2 - Special Attacker Build

NatureItem
Quiet (Sp.Atk ↑ / Speed↓)Life Orb
Ability
Stance Change
The Pokemon changes between defensive and offensive forms when it uses certain moves.
Moveset
Shadow Ball / Shadow Sneak / Flash Cannon / King's Shield
▼Check Move Info Here
EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, HP 252, Defense 4

No Need To Take A Super-Effective Hit

Although this build is similar to the Weakness Policy in terms of moves, this build allows you to reap the benefits of an item without getting hit. This build is easier to use and is recommended for people who aren't familiar with the meta enough to bait out a super effective hit.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Good STAB physical coverage move.
Flash Cannon
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move.
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
Priority move, useful for finishing off targets. Low power (40)
King's Shield
status icon
Functions like Protect, but also lowers the target's attack. Also triggers Shield Forme.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Sacred Sword
Fighting Icon
An alternative to Close Combat, lower power but safer to use.
Steel Beam
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move.
Substitute
status icon
Good alternative for weathering a Pokemon's Dynamax. King's Shield -> Substitute -> King's Shield is a good way to buy time.

#3 - Physical Attacker Build

NatureItem
Brave (Atk ↑ / Speed↓)Life Orb
Ability
Stance Change
The Pokemon changes between defensive and offensive forms when it uses certain moves.
Moveset
Shadow Sneak / Sacred Sword / Iron Head / Swords Dance
▼Check Move Info Here
EV Spread
Attack 252, HP 252, Defense 4

Stronger Shadow Sneak

Unlike the Special variant, this will give you a stronger Shadow Sneak. If you can get a Swords Dance off, you'll be able to one shot a Dragapult or Mimikyu (with no defensive EVs).

Bring The Element Of Surprise

In the current online meta, Special Attacker Aegislashes are far more common, so bringing this variant could be a surprise to your opponent. If you want to emphasize this even further and go all-in, try a Choice Band.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good STAB steel move.
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
Priority move, useful for finishing off targets. Low power (40).
Sacred Sword
Fighting Icon
Ignores changes to the targets stats, useful strong Fighting move.
Swords Dance
status icon
Boosts attack by 2 stages. Getting this off will dramatically improve your Shadow Sneak.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Shadow Claw
Ghost Icon
Good STAB physical coverage move.
King's Shield
status icon
Functions like Protect, but also lowers the target's attack. Also triggers Shield Forme.
Close Combat
Fighting Icon
An extremely powerful fighting move for coverage. Super effective hits will usually one shot.
Head Smash
Rock Icon
Strong Rock-type move, but deals 50% recoil damage.

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Aegislash - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Weakness PolicyGives a strong boost to offenses when hit with a super effective move. Taking a hit in Shield Forme allows you to survive.
Life Orb Deal 30% more damage but take damage after attacks. Useful for the raw power out the gate.
Air BalloonMakes you immune to ground moves, until it is popped with an attack. Useful for switching in to Earthquake.
Lum BerryCures a status condition. Great when facing Pokemon that burn you.
Choice BandDeal 150% more physical damage, but you can only use one move. Can be a surprise to those not expecting it.
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Aegislash Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Aegislash

PokemonExplanation
CharizardCharizard Pros
- Can one shot in the sun
Cons
- None in particular
HydreigonHydreigon Pros
- Can two shot with Dark Pulse
- Dark Pulse could cause it to flinch, so you might take no damage
Cons
- Will be one shot by fighting moves
- Could proc Weakness Policy
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Can one (or two) shot with Overheat depending on build
Cons
- Will take 30% or so switching in
ArcanineArcanine Pros
- Can one shot with Flare Blitz
Cons
- Heavy recoil from Flare Blitz (+ possible switch in damage)

How To Play Against Aegislash

Aegislash

Predict Its Build

The key to playing against Aegislash is reading its build and knowing what moves it has. For example, if you see Swords Dance and Shadow Claw, you can be almost certain that the 3rd move is Shadow Sneak. Meaning, the chances that it doesn't know King's Shield are high (because then it would only know Ghost type moves, which is not ideal.)

Predict Its Actions

King's Shield has a high chance of failing if used successively, so use those opportunities to set up with your own buff move.

Aegislash - Best Natures And EVs

Aegislash - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
QuietSp.Atk↑ / Speed↓
The lower speed is necessary to avoid going first and eating an attack in Sword Forme.
BraveAtk↑ / Speed↓
Same as above, but for a physical build.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Weakness Policy Variant

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This will focus on improving Sp. Attack while also increasing HP to survive after being hit with a super effective move.

Special Attacker Variant

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This is a build that doesn't rely on Weakness Policy.

Physical Attacker Variant

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Def4 points

This is an offensive variant of the above build.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Aegislash - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a Honedge in Hammerlocke Hills during Fog or Hail.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Honedge
3Breed that Honedge until you get one with a Quiet Nature
5Put 252 EVs in HP and Special Attack.
6Feed it 10 Dynamax Candies to max out its Dynamax Level
7Get to level 35 to evolve into Doublade, then use a Dusk Stone to evolve into Aegislash.
8Teach it King's Shield, Shadow Ball, Shadow Sneak, and Flash Cannon
9Equip Weakness Policy
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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