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.
|Aegislash - Related Guides|
|Evolution and Learnset||Build for Ranked Battle|
List of Contents
|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Stance Change||Changes form depending on moves used.|
|Takes 4x damage||
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage|
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|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|
|Held Item||Weakness Policy|
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.
|Steel Beam||A powerful move which Aegislash gets STAB for. Depending on your party, consider switching out Sacred Sword for Steel Beam.|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 167 / Atk. 112 / Def.160 / Sp.Def. 161 / Spd. 72|
|Held Item||Choice Band|
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.
|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.|
|Nature||Mild (+SpAtk, -Def)|
|EV Spread||Atk. 220 / Sp Atk. 252 / Spd. 36|
|Final Stat Values||HP 135 / Atk. 98 / Def. 144 / Sp. Atk. 112 / Sp. Def. 160 / Spd. 85|
|Held Item||Focus Sash|
Having it learn Close Combat will enable it to attack the sole weakness of Normal-type Pokemon instead of damaging them with moves that cause 1x damage.
It is safe to choose a Nature that negatively affects Aegislash's Defense and not allocate any EV points in the stat as it already boasts high Defense numbers. With that in mind, EVs are split between Attack and Special Attack as this set will make use of both type of attacks.
|Iron Head||Steel-type move that works great against Togekiss and similar Fairy-types.|
|Head Smash||Rock-type move to use against Flying and Fire-types. Be aware that this move has recoil damage.|
|Flash Cannon||Alternative Steel-type move for a STAB-boosted special attack.|
|Nature||Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 220 / Sp. Atk. 248 / Sp. Def. 4 / Spd. 36|
|Final Stat Values||HP 163 / Def. 160 / Sp. Atk. 111 / Sp. Def. 161 / Spd. 85|
|Shadow Sneak||Ghost-type move that will allow Aegislash to attack first.|
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.
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.
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.
|Urshifu Single-Strike Style||Ranking: ★★★★★
・G-Max One Blow can go through King's Shield's protection, making it a very devastating move.
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
・In addition to Cinderace having STAB moves that are super-effective against Aegislash, it can also learn Sucker Punch.
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
|Landorus (Therian Forme)||Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can knock out Aegislash in one hit with Earthquake.
・Can lower Attack stat with Intimidate.
・Can switch with U-Turn.
Moveset & Best Build for Landorus (Therian Forme)
・Can knock out Aegislash in one hit with Earthquake.
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
・Can knock out Aegislash in one hit with Overheat.
Moveset & Best Build for Chandelure
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.
・Being a Normal-type, it will not be affected by Ghost-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Diggersby
・Resists damage from Ghost-type moves
・Can deal big damage with Dark Pulse
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
・Immune to damage from Ghost-type moves
・Can hold on for the long haul by boosting up with Curse
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax
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