Aegislash’s unique typing providing it with useful resistances and immunities coupled with its great blend of offensive and defensive capabilities make it one of the most influential Pokemon in the tier. Aegislash can run many different effective sets that allow it to pick and choose its counters. A King's Shield+Toxic set is one of the hardest foes to switch around and take down, as it capitalizes on its great bulk to whittle down its common checks with Toxic damage and powerful Shadow Balls. Aegislash can also run a Swords Dance set with Shadow Sneak making it an incredibly threatening sweeper that can pick off many teams just after some chip damage. Mixed sets make for a strong wallbreaker capable of 2HKO'ing Amoonguss and heavily damaging Zarude which would otherwise be safe switch-ins. It can also effectively run an Autotomize set with Weakness Policy that takes advantage of the many weak super effective moves thrown at it, like Tentacruel's or Nihilego's Knock Off, while fixing one of its greatest flaws in its low Speed. Its great bulk in Shield forme and stealth rock resistance give it points of entry into Pokemon without strong super effective attacks like Nihilego and Jirachi. With all of this said Aegislash suffers from a very low Speed and typing vulnerable to many of UU’s staples, including Krookodile, Moltres, and Zarude which can easily revenge kill it. Aegislash is also overly reliant on King's Shield to tank most neutral hits, which can make it very predictable meaning that some setup sweepers like Dragon Dance Salamence or Swords Dance Lycanroc-D can take advantage of it. The lack of reliable recovery is also a huge hindrance as this leaves Aegislash very prone to being worn down in the course of a game especially if it takes a Knock Off from Pokemon it wants to check like Nihilego. Some mixed walls like Assault Vest Tangrowth and Celesteela can easily scout and threaten out Aegislash in the early game which greatly hinders its unpredictability factor and the opponent can adjust accordingly to deal with Aegislash.
name: King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Substitute / Flash Cannon
ability: Stance Change
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
King’s Shield allows Aegislash to switch into its Shield forme and help it to scout choiced-locked foes like Krookodile and Keldeo so that Aegislash can switch into the right teammate if threatened out. Shadow Ball is a strong STAB move and hits toxic immune targets such as Jirachi and Amoonguss. Toxic cripples common Shadow Ball switch-ins like Bulletproof Kommo-o and Assault Vest Tangrowth and helps build up chip damage for Aegislash's teammates to abuse. Substitute allows Aegislash to get even more Toxic damage while also reducing the prediction factor from the part of the Aegislash user, it can also stop status effects like Amonguss's Spore. Flash Cannon can be used instead of Substitute to give Aegislash a better offensive presence as it has a stronger damage output on foes like Krookodile and Nihilego. Close Combat is also an option on the last slot as this lets Aegislash punish Chansey while also having super effective coverage for Dark-types like Zarude and Crawdaunt. Heavy investment in HP and Special Defense lets Aegislash switch into Pokemon like Salamence and Galarian Slowbro without fearing a 3HKO in Shield forme and crippling them with a Toxic or damaging them with Shadow Ball, this investment also lets Aegislash’s Substitutes not be broken by Foul Play from Amoonguss. 136 Speed Evs are an option to let Aegislash outpace Conkeldurr and everything slower.
This set is a solid fit on semi-stalls, balance, and bulky offenses thanks to its ability to heavily wear down Aegislash's typical checks and opening up holes for its teammates while also being a solid defensive presence. Specially Defensive foes that don’t care about Toxic, like Celesteela and Chansey, are incredibly hard for this set to deal with, as Aegislash won’t be able to make any progress if they are still standing, that’s why powerful breakers like Buzzwole and Mienshao pair really well with it, as they prey on those Specially Defensive Pokemon and Aegislash can help to soften up some checks to them like Salamence with Toxic damage. Other offensive Pokemon like Jungle Healing Zarude and Obstagoon don’t care what Aegislash can do to them so more sturdy defensive walls like Tangrowth and Kommo-o pair really well with this set. Fairy-types like Primarina and Togekiss are great partners to Aegislash as they give it more security against Fighting-types and cover Aegislash's Dark-type weakness, Sylveon is a notable partner as it gives Aegislash Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery. Umbreon is another useful partner, as not only does it provide Wish support but it can also easily spread Toxic and check some nuisances for Aegislash like Moltres and Nidoking. Regenerator and Poison-typing let Amoonguss be one of the most obnoxious foes against this set, meaning that offensive checks to it like Moltres and Mamoswine are natural partners to Aegislash. Aegislash teams need a secondary check for Tangrowth and Nihilego as they commonly run Knock Off and this can leave Aegislash horribly crippled, Pokemon like Amoonguss can achieve this exact job.
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Swords Dance lets Aegislash boost up and break down some of its usual checks in Umbreon and Primarina. Shadow Claw is the preferred STAB move as it offers strong neutral coverage against most of the tier. Iron Head is an option over Shadow Claw giving a bit more power allowing it to OHKO specific foes like Togekiss and Diancie but it prevents Aegislash from heavily damaging foes like Moltres and opposing Aegislash. Shadow Sneak prevents Aegislash from being easily revenge killed as it threatens faster foes like Starmie and Azelf. Close Combat gives Aegislash unresisted coverage and hits Dark-types like Krookodile and Crawdaunt super effectively. Weakness Policy takes advantage of Aegislash’s great bulk in Shield forme that lets it take one super effective hit, like Lycanroc-D's Crunch and Kommo-o's Flamethrower, to boost its Attack even further. Air Balloon is a very good alternative making Aegislash even harder to revenge kill as Pokemon like Diggersby and Rhyperior rely on their Ground-type moves to KO Aegislash.
This set is an incredible fit on bulky offenses and hyper offenses looking for a strong priority using sweeper. Aegislash appreciates pivots like Thundurus and Rotom-W that can bring it into the field safely, the latter can also trick the opponent a Choice Scarf giving Aegislash even more setup opportunities. Other setup sweepers like Galarian Moltres and Thundurus-T pair really well with Aegislash as they can overwhelm the opponent and open up holes for it to clean up. Quagsire and Buzzwole are incredibly hard for this set to get past thanks to their high physical bulk, super effective moves and Unaware in the former’s case, all of this makes Gyarados an incredible partner KOing both with Power Whip and Bounce respectively. Strong special attackers like Primarina that are able to handle both Quagsire and Buzzwole are also really good teammates. Hazard setters greatly benefit Aegislash, Ribombee and Shuckle can provide Sticky Web letting Aegislash overcome its low speed while Krookodile and Rhyperior can provide Stealth Rock to soften up the opponent.
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flash Cannon
move 3: Close Combat
move 4: Shadow Sneak / King's Shield
item: Choice Specs / Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe
Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, allowing it to break through Pokemon like Assault Vest Tangrowth that otherwise would wall it, having a big chance to 2HKO it with rocks up. Shadow Ball is the main move in the set by virtue of being very spammable. Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o. Close Combat is used to not be completely walled by Chansey. The EV spread and nature giving Aegislash a chance to 2HKO it with rocks up, however, the Aegislash user has to be careful when using it thanks to its low PP and Soft-Boiled outhealing it. Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers like Polteageist and Nasty Plot Azelf. If using Leftovers as the item King's Shield is a good option to let Aegislash take advantage of its defensive typing while maintaining a solid offensive presence
This set can be used in balances and bulky offenses and should be used early-game to wallbreak. However, due to Aegislash's mediocre Speed tier, it's very susceptible to being KO'd so it appreciates pivots that can bring it in safely which makes Rotom-H and Moltres great partners as they bring Aegislash safely into the field and they are also good at pressuring Assault Vest Tangrowth. This set can't reliably break past some specially defensive walls like Umbreon and Milotic, making strong physical wallbreakers like Azumarill and Conkeldurr for some good teammates, these Pokemon also appreciate Aegislash threatening answers to them like Buzzwole and physically defensive Tangrowth. Late-game cleaners like Lycanroc-D and Choice Scarf Krookodile greatly appreciate Aegislash's ability to weaken defensive Pokemon like Kommo-o and Amoonguss for them. Stealth Rock support from the likes of Kommo-o and Nihilego is very valuable as it allows Aegislash's Shadow Ball to 2HKO Assault Vest Tangrowth and RestTalk Primarina with rocks up if Choice-locked
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Autotomize lets Aegislash bypass its low speed and possibly clean up after the opposing team has been weakened. With a +2 boost, Aegislash outspeeds almost all the entire unboosted metagame and other notable targets like Choice Scarf Krookodile. Shadow Ball and Flash Cannon are reliable STAB moves that give Aegislash ample coverage for almost the whole tier. Close Combat is needed to get past specially defensive walls like Chansey and Umbreon that would otherwise wall Aegislash, it also hits Dark-types like Krookodile and Zarude super effectively. Weakness Policy takes advantage of the many super effective hits that aren’t enough to KO Aegislash, like Thundurus Knock Off or Salamence’s Flamethrower, to let it sweep more effectively
This set is a good fit on bulky offenses and other offensively oriented teams by virtue of being an effective cleaner. If the weakness policy isn't triggered Aegislash is fairly weak and a larger variety of Pokemon isn't threatened by its attacks, which is why Aegislash greatly appreciates strong wallbreakers like Nidoking and Primarina as teammates opening up the path for Aegislash to clean up. Having other setup sweepers like Dragon Dance Gyarados and Belly Drum Azumarill as teammates can help overwhelm the opponent or finish up Aegislash’s job after it has weakened the opposing team. Even after the +2 boost of Autotomize Pokemon like Choice Scarf Zarude and Regieleki will still outspeed Aegislash and can revenge kill it in its vulnerable Blade forme, which makes Sticky Web support from Shuckle or Araquanid incredibly valuable as Aegislash won’t be outsped with it. Other forms of hazards like Klefki's Spikes or Krookdile's Stealth Rock are very helpful as they can weaken the opponent to let Aegislash sweep more effectively, achieving a KO on Choice Specs Primarina and Kommo-o with 3 layers of Spikes and guaranteeing an OHKO on Azumarill and Rhyperior with rocks up while being boosted.
Shadow Sneak is an option as the 4th move in the King's Shield + Toxic set, letting Aegislash pick off weakened foes most notably setup sweepers like Necrozma and Polteageist, however, it isn't as consistently useful as other options. Steel Beam can give Aegislash an incredibly powerful nuke in its Choice Specs set having the power to OHKO Amoonguss, it is not preferred due to Aegislash already effectively threatening Amoonguss with its other moves and the fact it whittles Aegislash down rather quickly. Aegislash coupled with a Choice Band makes it a terrifying wallbreaker from the physical side and makes its priority even stronger, though this set can struggle with Rocky Helmet users like Buzzwole and doesn't appreciate being locked into moves. Metal Sound can be a strong option as it exploits defensive switch-ins by reducing their Special Defense, with this move Aegislash has a great chance to KO Amoonguss after Stealth Rock damage. However, this isn't the most consistent move as it is very prediction reliant and unable to punish faster Pokemon on the switch, even with the -2 drop sturdier Pokemon like Assault Vest Tangrowth can still deal with Aegislash.
Checks and Counters
**Dark-types **: Aegislash notably struggles with many Dark-types like Obstagoon, Zarude, and Krookodile, while Aegislash does have Close Combat to punish them if they get too careless they still threaten them with their super effective moves and they can easily switch in Aegislash's best move in Shadow Ball. Galarian Moltres and Umbreon are especially troublesome as they have the special bulk to tank Aegislash's hits and they can shave off status with Rest and Heal Bell respectively.
**Mixed Walls **: Mixed walls like Assault Vest Tangrowth, Amoonguss, and Celesteela are very annoying for Aegislash in the early-game, as they aren't immediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegislash in its Blade forme thanks to their lower speed and super effective coverage. Chansey completely walls sets lacking Close Combat and can regain momentum with Teleport. However, it struggles more against Aegislash's other sets than the three previously mentioned.
**Burn and Knock Off**: Getting its passive recovery removed due to a Knock Off or a burn greatly limits the effectiveness of the King's Shield+Toxic set, making it incredibly susceptible to chip damage from weak attacks and Stealth Rock. Other sets also hate the previously mentioned, as special sets are very dependant on their boosting item and physical sets are significantly weaker when burned.
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