Secret Sword (move)

Secret Sword
しんぴのつるぎ Sword of Mystery
Secret Sword VIII.png
Secret Sword VIII 2.png
Type  Fighting
Category  Special
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  85
Accuracy  100%
Priority  0
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  0  
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
An appealing move that can be used repeatedly without boring the audience.

Secret Sword (Japanese: しんぴのつるぎ Sword of Mystery) is a damage-dealing Fighting-type move introduced in Generation V. It is the signature move of Keldeo.


Secret Sword inflicts damage. Despite being a special move, Secret Sword uses the target's Defense instead of its Special Defense to calculate damage.

Secret Sword is still a special move. It uses the user's Special Attack to calculate damage. It activates Mirror Coat (not Counter), has its damage reduced by Light Screen (not Reflect), activates the Maranga Berry (not the Kee Berry), etc.

Other effects

If Keldeo is taught Secret Sword between Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it will change into Resolute Form. If it forgets Secret Sword, it returns to Ordinary Form. Keldeo taught Secret Sword in Pokémon Black and White remain in Ordinary Form in other games. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Keldeo changes form when it learns Secret Sword. Keldeo in its Ordinary Form with Secret Sword will change to Resolute Form when it is in the party and either a battle ends or a move is taught to any Pokémon in the party.


Games Description
The user cuts with its long horn. The odd power contained in the horn does physical damage to the target.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
647   Keldeo
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By Move Tutor

Various Move Tutors will teach Secret Sword to a Keldeo. In some cases, Keldeo can learn the move when brought to certain locations under certain conditions. The Move Tutors are:

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
647   Keldeo
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
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
Special 4 160 192 100% An opponent Deals damage based on the target's Defense rather than Sp. Def.

Super Smash Bros. series

Keldeo using Secret Sword in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Resolute Form Keldeo appears as a Poké Ball summon in both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. It slashes opponents with Secret Sword.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Keldeo returns as a Pokémon summoned from the Poké Ball, retaining its behavior from the previous game.


Games Description
MDGtI This is a special move, but it does physical damage to a target.*
SMD This is a special move, but it does physical damage to an enemy.*
It damages an enemy. This move is a special attack, but the enemy's Defense stat determines damage instead of its Sp. Def stat.*

In the anime

Resolute Form Keldeo
The user attacks using its long horn.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Keldeo Resolute Form Keldeo's body glows yellow, and a giant yellow blade of energy forms from its horn. Resolute Form Keldeo then uses the blade to slice or stab the opponent.
Keldeo (M15) Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice Debut

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 神秘之劍 Sàhnbei-jī Gim
Mandarin 神秘之劍 / 神秘之剑 Shénmì-zhī Jiàn
  French Lame Ointe
  German Mystoschwert
  Italian Spadamistica
  Korean 신비의칼 Sinbi-yi Kal
  Polish Sekretny Miecz
Portuguese   Brazil Espada Secreta
  Portugal Espada Secreta
Spanish   Latin America Espada Secreta
  Spain Sable Místico*

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.