King's Shield (move)

King's Shield
キングシールド King Shield
King's Shield VIII.png
Type  Steel
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +4
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

King's Shield (Japanese: キングシールド King Shield) is a non-damaging Steel-type move introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature move of Aegislash.


Main article: Protection

King's Shield protects the user from all effects of physical and special moves that target it during the turn it is used. If King's Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Attack stat is lowered. King's Shield causes the Attack stat to drop even if the user of King's Shield was immune to that contact move. (Moves that are blocked do not activate other effects that require making contact, like Rocky Helmet or Rough Skin.)

Gen VI Gen VII Gen VIII Gen IX
Attacker stat drop 2 stages
1 stage

King's Shield also triggers Aegislash's form change. If Aegislash has Stance Change and uses King's Shield while in Blade Forme, it will change to Shield Forme before using King's Shield. If King's Shield is called by another move, such as Sleep Talk, Aegislash's form will not change.

If the user goes last in the turn, the move will fail. The chance that King's Shield will succeed also drops each time the user successfully and consecutively uses Endure, any protection move that only affects the user, Quick Guard, or Wide Guard. Each time, the chance of success is divided by 3.

Some moves will do damage through King's Shield. Most damaging Z-Moves and Max Moves will only do 25% of their original damage, except G-Max One Blow and G-Max Rapid Flow which do full damage. Moves that break protection, like Feint, will do their full damage and remove the effects of King's Shield. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass King's Shield.

King's Shield is an increased priority move that will go before most attacks in a turn.

Generation VI

In this generation only, if the user of King's Shield is immune to a move, that move will not be blocked by King's Shield (and cannot trigger its stat drop).

Also in this generation only, Aegislash will change form if King's Shield was selected but fails to execute. This may occur if it goes last or it is prevented by a status condition.

King's Shield can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if the move Encore, Taunt, or Torment was used in the prior turn.

Generation VII

If powered up by a Steelium Z into Z-King's Shield, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

King's Shield cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

King's Shield cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also harshly lowers the Attack stat of any attacker who makes direct contact.
SwShLA The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also lowers the Attack stat of any attacker that makes direct contact.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. This also lowers the Attack stat of any attacker that makes direct contact.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
681   Aegislash
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1, Evo.SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Status 2 2 —% Self The user takes up a defensive posture. Using this move again will make the user leave this defensive posture. No other actions can be taken when in this defensive posture. Nullifies an attack move that targets the user while it is in this defensive posture, then the user leaves the defensive posture. If the move was a physical attack move, lowers the Attack of the opponent that used it by to stat ranks. Wikstrom & Aegislash

Past description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0*: ... Nullifies moves that target the user while it is in this defensive posture. Sharply lowers the Attack of opponents that use physical moves to attack the user while it is in this defensive posture.


Games Description
SMD It blocks attack moves and lowers enemies' Attack. Chance of failing rises if used in a row.*
You'll get the King's Shield, which protects you from physical and special moves. It also lowers the enemies' Attack. But its chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.*

In the anime

Sawyer's Aegislash Wikstrom's Aegislash
The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also lowers the attack power of any attacker that makes direct contact.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Aegislash Aegislash swirls around while in Blade Forme and then turns into Shield Forme. Light blue hexagonal shapes then appear one by one in front of Aegislash until they form a shield, blocking itself from attacks. If the opponent makes direct contact with the shield, they glow blue, lowering their attack power; or, Aegislash switches from Blade Forme to Shield Forme. When the opponent tries to attack Aegislash, light purple hexagons appear in front of it, protecting it from attacks.
Sawyer's Aegislash Valuable Experience for All! Debut
A wild Aegislash Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel None
Wikstrom's Aegislash Searching for Chivalry! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 王者盾牌 Wòhngjé Téuhnpàaih
Mandarin 王者盾牌 Wángzhě Dùnpái
  Dutch Koningsschild
  French Bouclier Royal
  German Königsschild
  Italian Scudo Reale
  Korean 킹실드 Kingsildeu
  Polish Tarcza Króla
Portuguese   Brazil Escudo do Rei
  Portugal Escudo Real
  Spanish Escudo Real


Variations of the move Detect
  DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstructSilk Trap

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