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This is a strategy guide for using Aegislash in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Aegislash, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Aegislash

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Steel Type Ghost Type
Stance Change Changes form depending on moves used.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 50 140 50 140 60

Best Nature for Aegislash

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Spd)
(+Atk, -Spd)

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Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash

Weakness Policy Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk. 70 / Def. 160 / Sp.Atk. 112 / Sp.Def. 161 / Spd. 72
Ability Stance Change
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Shadow Ball
Sacred Sword
Shadow Sneak
King's Shield

With its effective type combination of Steel and Ghost, and its Stance Change ability, Aegislash is versatile as an attacker or defender. In its Shield Form, it can survive even super effective hits, activating its Weakness Policy and giving it even greater firepower.

Other Viable Moves

Steel Beam A powerful move which Aegislash gets STAB for. Depending on your party, consider switching out Sacred Sword for Steel Beam.

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

Nature Brave
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk. 112 / Def.160 / Sp.Def. 161 / Spd. 72
Ability Stance Change
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Iron Head
Close Combat
Shadow Sneak
Head Smash

This set leans toward the offensive and gives Aegislash a Choice Band. As Aegislash is often used as a Special Attacker, this set can catch your opponents off guard.

For the first time, Aegislash can learn Close Combat in Sword and Shield, allowing it to counter Dark and Normal-types better than ever before.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Claw A strong move which Aegislash gets STAB for. If you're worried about Psychic or Ghost types, consider switching Close Combat out for Shadow Claw.

How to Use Aegislash Effectively

Keep its Speed low

Aegislash's ability Stance Change allows it to switch into its Shield Forme, with high Defense and Special Defense, to handle foes' attacks. However, Aegislash will switch into its Sword Forme immediately before attacking, and won't change back to Shield Forme until you use King's Shield, so make sure Aegislash hits second so that it can take the first hit in Shield Forme, not Sword Forme. This can be done by using the Speed-lowering Brave or Quiet Natures, and avoiding EVs and IVs in Speed.

A sweeper that can also take its share of hits

Aegislash is a great attacker rocking both high attacking power and defensive power, and a wide movepool. With its great typing, it's able to face threats like Sylveon and other Fairy-types, as well as Grass-types without fear.

Counters for Aegislash

Use Pokemon who can resist its attacks

As Aegislash boasts a number of powerful attacks, and often holds an item to boost its attacking power further, even Pokemon taking neutral damage will often be sent flying. Make sure to pit it against something which can bear the brunt of its attacks with 1/2x or less damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Resists damage from Ghost-type moves
・Can deal big damage with Dark Pulse
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Immune to damage from Ghost-type moves
・Can hold on for the long haul by boosting up with Curse

Deal heavy damage to its weak points

Aegislash has high defensive power, but an attacker with high Attack or Special Attack hitting with a Ground or Fire-type move has the potential to take it down in one hit.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking:★★★★★
・Can knock out Aegislash in one hit with Earthquake
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Chandelure ImageChandelure Ranking:★★★★☆
・Can knock out Aegislash in one hit with Overheat

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2 Anonymousabout 2 months

>>1 that's not true. stance change does only switch the base stat value, so the EV should be spent on SpA not SpD

1 KageNoAiabout 2 months

You need to EV Train 252 HP, 252 SpD, and 4 SpA due to the nature of the stance change. If you EV train 252 SpA not only will you be missing dmg but you will gain defense in the sword form which you should NEVER be hit in with a low speed aegislash

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