King's Shield (move)
キングシールド King Shield
King's Shield protects the user from any moves except status moves for that turn. Additionally, if King's Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Attack stat drops by 2 stages. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used King's Shield, the move fails and the Pokémon's Attack does not drop.
If selected by an Aegislash with Stance Change while in Blade Forme, it will change to Shield Forme immediately before it would use King's Shield, even if the move fails or is not executed due to an effect such as a status condition or confusion. Stance Change does not change the user's Forme if King's Shield is called by another move, such as Sleep Talk.
Using King's Shield, Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, Baneful Bunker, Obstruct, Wide Guard, Quick Guard, or Max Guard consecutively divides the chance of success of Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Obstruct, and Max Guard by 3 for each consecutive use, with a minimum (1/3)^6 (1/729 or ~0.1%) chance.
King's Shield can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Encore, Taunt or Torment was used in the prior turn.
King's Shield causes the Attack stat to drop even if the user of King's Shield was immune to that contact move.
If powered up by a Steelium Z into Z-King's Shield, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.
King's Shield now causes the attacker's Attack stat to drop by one stage instead of two.
Moves that bypass King's Shield
If a damaging Z-Move targets a Pokémon protected by King's Shield, the Z-Move will bypass King's Shield but only do 25% of the original damage (King's Shield remains in effect).
Additionally, King's Shield is unable to defend against status moves or any of the following moves:
The users of these moves do not get an Attack drop. Additionally, Feint, Phantom Force, Shadow Force, Hyperspace Fury, and Hyperspace Hole lift King's Shield's protection for the rest of the turn.
By leveling up
|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
|Category||Move Gauge||MP||Base Power||Max Power||Accuracy||Target||Effect Tag||Description|
|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.|
- Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): ... 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.
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.|
|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
|The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Aegislash||Aegislash switches to its Shield Forme, using its shield to protect itself from attacks.|
|Celosia's Aegislash||Lucky Lucario Was Here||Debut|
In other generations
Core series games
Spin-off series games
In other languages
|Variations of the move Detect|
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