Copyediting Aegislash (QC 3/3) (GP 0/2)

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[OVERVIEW]

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.

[SET]
name: King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Substitute / Flash Cannon
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

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.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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.

[SET]
name: Mixed
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
nature: Rash
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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

[SET]
name: Autotomize
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
nature: Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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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
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**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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[OVERVIEW]

-Aegislash’s great attacking stats, bulk and movepool make it a strong presence in the metagame with various sets that allow it to pick it’s checks and counters
-Thanks to the unpredictability factor it carries Aegislash can run a substitute+toxic set that capitalizes on the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with toxic damage and strong shadow balls mention how it matches up great against slow paced bulked teams
-Choice Specs sets make for strong wallbreakers that need to be accounted in the teambuilder. Extra fluff while
-Aegislash can also effectively run a mixed set with Close Combat to heavily damage foes like chansey and krookdile that don’t take much damage from its stab shadow ball.
-Its great bulk in shield form and stealth rock resistance give it points of entry into pokemon without strong super effective attacks like what? name pokemon aegislash comes in on and forces out
-However, Aegislash suffers from a very low speed and typing vulnerable to many of UU’s staples, including Scizor, Chandelure and Krookodile which can easily revenge kill it.
-also bring up Pokemon like Celesteela and AV tang who blanket check all of aegislash's sets and once figured out aegi becomes significantly less threatening
[SET]
name: SubToxic
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Toxic
move 3: King’s Shield
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Shadow Ball allows Aegislash to have a strong move to spam when behind a substitute accelerating the process of taking out foes as well as damaging toxic immune targets
-Toxic is the main way to deal damage in this set, crippling the most common shadow ball switch-ins in Bulletproof Kommo-o and Krookodile, it is in general a solid move to chip the opposition and put them in range of one of Aegislash’s teammates
-King’s Shield allows Aegislash to rack up more toxic damage and gain extra leftovers recovery, It can also help to scout choiced-locked foes so that Aegislash can switch into the right teammate
-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 from the part of Amoongus trying to soak up a toxic
-Setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as the opponent most of the times is forced to switch into another pokemon if they dont want to lose something to a potential Specs or Mixed set
-With max HP investment Aegislash can avoid getting its substitutes getting broken by an Amoonguss Foul Play when in Shield form, it also gives it enough bulk to stomach a hit from Krookodile and opposing Aegislash which may allow Aegislash to trade with them and possibly remove them from the match.
-The rest of the Evs are put into Special Attack to maximise the power of the Shadow Balls.


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-This set is a solid fit on Semi-Stalls and Bulky Offense’s thanks to its ability to heavily damage non-toxic immune targets and opening up holes as well as Aegislash appreciating a solid defensive backbone, which this kinds of teamstyles always have.
-Specially Defensive foes that don’t care about toxic, like Celesteela and Teleport Pretty sure nearly all chansey do run teleport, so cut it. Chansey, are incredibly hard for this set to deal with, as Aegi won’t be able to make any progress if they are still standing
-That’s why powerful knock off users like Krookodile and Obstagoon pair really well with it, as they prey on those Specially Defensive pokemon and Aegislash can soften up some Physically defensive walls like Tangrowth to make the job of said knock users easier.
-Other offensive Pokemon like Jungle Healing Zarude and Obstagoon don’t care what SubTox Aegi can do to them so more sturdy defensive walls like Tangrowth and Kommo-o pair really well with this set.


[SET]
name: Mixed
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Shadow Sneak / Flash Cannon
move 4: King’s Shield / Flash Cannon
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Mild / Rash
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

Paragraph 1
-Shadow Ball is Aegislash’s main STAB and most spammable attack, thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists and Aegislash’s massive Special Attack stat
-Close Combat is needed to get past specially defensive walls like chansey and umbreon that would otherwise wall Aegislash, Close Comabt also heavily damages other dark types like Incineroar, Obstagoon and Krookodile
-Shadow Sneak allows Aegislash to not be completely useless against faster Pokemon while also being able to pick off weakened threats after they have been chunked by its own Shadow Ball or by another teammate.
-King’s Shield gives Aegislash the ability to scout what Choiced Pokemon like Keldeo and Krookodile might want to do, it is also useful to get more leftovers recovery and to be able to change forms so that weak attacks like Crawdaunt’s Aqua Jet or Amoonguss Foul Play won’t be able to KO Aegislash.
-Flash Cannon can be used as a secondary STAB move doing more damage to foes like Bulletproof Kommo-o and Sylveon, it also eases the prediction when facing a team with a strong ghost and fighting type resist as Flash Cannon is a good middle ground move.
-Items like Life Orb and Spell Tag can be used instead of Leftovers to maximize Aegislash’s breaking potential for the trade off of not being able to recover health.


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-This set fits perfectly on Bulky Offense’s as they appreciate the inmese breaking potential that Aegislash offers while also being a very effective scouter that makes the prediction of said teams easier to make correct switches
-Since this set doesn’t have a move that will permanently cripple the foe some bulky pokemon like Rotom-H and Primarina act as very effective checks and one-time counters which makes Aegislash’s job way harder, Pokemon like Sylveon and Kommo-o make for great partners for this exact reason, being able to handle either physical or special threats so that Aegislash can just focus on breaking this section sorta sounds weird, do some rewording to say how aegislash appreciates defensive pivots like kommo-o and sylveon to help check Pokémon aegislash cannot KO in a hit like ...
-Late game cleaners like Choice Scarf Krookodile and CM Primarina greatly appreciate Aegislash’s great damage output to weaken or remove some troublesome threats like the bulky Grass-types
-Mixed Aegislash can also pair up with strong special attackers as a secondary breaker thanks to its ability to lure and heavily chunk Chansey like what? Name some of them

[SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Steel Beam
move 3: Shadow Sneak switch these 2, flash cannon is move 3 and sneak is 4
move 4: Flash Cannon
item: Choice Specs
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

Paragraph 1
-Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, with rocks up it has a very big chance to 2HKO AV Tangrowth with its powerful shadow ball, which is considered as one of the best Aegislash answers
-Steel Beam gives Aegislash an incredibly powerful STAB move which can nuke many defensive switch ins like?, and its health dropping effect can give free switches to late game cleaners like Nihilego which can clean up after Aegislash has weakened the opposing team
-Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the ghost resists, however most of the time Aegislash should prioritizing Shadow Ball over Flash Cannon and the latter should only be used when facing teams with specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o a bit unnecessary, just say it hits ghost resistant Pokemon and Kommo-o
-Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers such as Polteageist and Scizor, bit more complexity to it's gameplay, being able to stop sweep attempts from the likes of Polteageist and a weak Scizor, while not having to invest in physical attack thanks to Aegislash's naturally high attack.
-Close Combat could be used instead of Shadow Sneak to not be completely walled by Chansey but since Aegislash is choiced locked this can be easily exploited by the Chansey user by PP stalling with softboiled or double switches.


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-This set can be used in Balance's and Bulky Offense's that need a strong wallbreaker with some defensive utility
-Specs Aegislash faces heavy competition as a wallbreaker from fellow Ghost-type in Specs Chandelure, which a lot of teams prefer thanks to its better STAB in fire, slighty higher special attack and speed
-Aegislash differentiates itself from Chandelure thanks to it's stealth rock resistance as opposed to weakness meaning that Aegislash is preffered in teams without a lot of hazard control
-Aegislash's great bulk in shield form means that it isnt as weak to priority as Chandelure, scaring out Azumarill and Crawdaunt instead of being forced out by them
all of this stuff sounds like it would be in the overview where you can compare chandelure and aegislash there. This has nothing to do with what teammates should be used with aegislash. Move it to the intro

-Pivots like Rotom-H and Moltres can lure some Rock-type Pokemon so that Aegislash can enter the field safely and have opportunities break them
-This set can't break past some specially defensive walls like Chansey and Milotic, making strong physical wallbreakers like Obstagoon and Conkeldurr for some good teammates. these Pokemon also appreciate aegislash threatening answers to them like buzzwole and amoonguss
-bring up defensive partners like buzzwole and tangrowth that can pivot in to take a hit due to aegislash's vulnerability in blade mode
-bring up entry hazard support from Pokemon like Nihilego and kommo-o to help aegislash break easier. Nihilego also can deal with fire types for aegi while kommo-o can deal with dark types like obstagoon and zarude.


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Aegislash can also use a physical set with Swords Dance and Shadow Sneak that fits in more offensive teams, however it is still vulnerable to almost everything the other sets are weak to but with a lower breaking power as UU has more physical walls and general phyiscal bulkiness, as a late game sweeper with priority Scizor is almost always the better option thanks to Roost and a strong Bullet Punch.

Checks and Counters
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**Faster Attackers**: Aegislash has a really poor speed tier, meaning that basically everything faster with super effective attacks or incredible wallbreaking potential can check Aegislash and OHKO it, this problem is especially notable in variants without King’s Shield, this includes UU staples like Chandelure, Nidoqueen, Rotom-H, Moltres, Keldeo and Scizor. if you implement the below changes adjust accordingly to mention the faster threats that aren't mentioned below (take out fires and sciz since they are below, keep stuff like nido and keldeo and add some other examples)

maybe make a point dedicated to fire types and fire type coverage since lots of them threaten it, you can bring up moltres, rotom-h, chandy, mence, etc.

**Knock Off Users **: Knock Off is basically a death sentence for every defensive Aegislash set as removing it’s leftovers means that it can no longer stall effectively even if it comes from a fairly weak user like Tangrowth, more offensive sets are also incredibly crippled by removing its healing/boosting item.
I am also thinking about this section being changed to "Dark types and Dark type coverage" since lots of dark type Pokemon like goltres, goon, zarude, krook, and incin can threaten it. You can then bring up knock off on Pokemon like Tangrowth and Scizor that cripple it by losing its item

**Celesteela **: Celesteela is one of the most effective checks against every single Aegislash set by virtue of its great bulk in both sides of the spectrum, toxic immunity and typing that lets it not be inmediately threatened against any of Aegislash’s attacks, the fact that Celesteela normally runs a -Spe nature means that if Aegislash tries to overpower it, Celesteela attacks last and can get a flamethrower on Aegislash’s Blade Form. While the lack of reliable recovery of Celesteela means that Aegislash can win the long game, Celesteela still removes one of the greatest weapons of Aegislash in the early game, its unpredictability.
In this section I sorta suggest to change it to mixed walls, as stuff like AV tang and amoonguss have a good matchup against all of its sets to a degree. Keep the stuff about steela but also add how amoonguss and tang can 1v1 aegi due to their mixed bulk and KO it back in its blade form

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Heya Totomon, gonna give you an AM check on this analysis. Note that none of this is mandatory and you can choose to implement this or not. This is just some big things I noticed and an official QC checker will likely go into even more depth. Hope you enjoy the feedback! Add remove comment
 
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:ss/aegislash: :ss/aegislash-blade:
[OVERVIEW]

-Aegislash’s great attacking stats, bulk, and movepool make it a strong presence in the metagame with various sets that allow it to pick it’s its checks and counters
-Thanks to the unpredictability factor it carries Aegislash can run a substitute+toxic set that capitalizes on the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with toxic damage and strong shadow balls Give examples of foes it can wear down/beat with this combination. Also, have a small line saying that this combination can be difficult to stop once Aegislash starts cycling turns behind a Substitute.
-Choice Specs sets make for strong wallbreakers that need to be accounted in the teambuilder. Go into a bit more detail on specific OHKOs or 2HKOs the added power nets that make it more deadly.
-Aegislash can also effectively run a mixed set with Close Combat to heavily damage foes like chansey and krookdile that don’t take much damage from its stab shadow ball. Remove the Krookodile mention, you hit it harder with Flash Cannon. Use Zarude here instead. Also, Chansey takes no damage from Shadow Ball, not 'don't take much damage'
-This leads to Aegislash great talent's at dismantling and pressuring stall and other slower paced teams thanks to its great power, versatility and general inability for this kinds of teamstyles to offensively pressure Aegislash. You should just tie this into your very first line.
-Its great bulk in shield form and stealth rock resistance give it points of entry into pokemon without strong super effective attacks like Earthquake-less Buzzwole and Nihilego
-Even with all of this said Aegislash faces heavy competition as a Ghost-type wallbreaker from Chandelure which is preffered in a lot of teams thanks to its better STAB in fire, slightly higher special attack and speed.
-Aegislash is still a great force in the metagame due its ability to efffectively use multiple sets, stealth rock resistance and great bulk in shield form which differentiates it enough from Chandelure.
-However, Aegislash suffers from a very low speed and typing vulnerable to many of UU’s staples, including Scizor, Chandelure and Krookodile which can easily revenge kill it.
-Some mixed walls like AV 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 Aegi.

[SET]
name: SubToxic
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Toxic
move 3: King’s Shield
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD 172 HP / 252 SpA / 84 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

Paragraph 1
-Shadow Ball allows Aegislash to have a strong move to spam when behind a substitute accelerating the process of taking out foes as well as damaging toxic immune targets such as?
-Toxic is the main way to deal damage in this set, crippling the most common shadow ball switch-ins in Bulletproof Kommo-o and Krookodile, it is in general a solid move to chip the opposition and put them in range of one of Aegislash’s teammates
-King’s Shield allows Aegislash to rack up more toxic damage and extra leftovers recovery, It can also help to scout choiced-locked foes so that Aegislash can switch into the right teammate
-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 from the part of Amoongus trying to soak up a toxic
-Setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as the opponent most of the times is forced to switch into another pokemon if they dont want to lose something to a potential Specs or Mixed set While this is fine I would rather you gave mentions of specific Pokemon it can sub on rather than solely it being based off bluffing a set.
-With max HP investment Aegislash can avoid getting its substitutes getting broken by an Amoonguss Foul Play when in Shield form, it also gives it enough bulk to stomach a hit from Krookodile and opposing Aegislash which may allow Aegislash to trade with them and possibly remove them from the match. Use some better examples here like avoiding the 2HKO from Salamence Flamethrower to put it on a timer
-The rest of the Evs are put into Special Attack to maximise the power of the Shadow Balls.

Mention that the Speed stat lets it creep Mantine as well as SubCM Primarina so that you can Toxic them and wear them down through its normal cycle of sub+kings shield.

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-This set is a solid fit on Semi-Stalls, balance, and Bulky Offense’s thanks to its ability to heavily damage non-toxic immune targets and opening up holes as well as Aegislash appreciating a solid defensive backbone, which this kinds of teamstyles always have.
-Specially Defensive foes that don’t care about toxic, like Celesteela and Teleport Chansey, are incredibly hard for this set to deal with, as Aegi won’t be able to make any progress if they are still standing
-That’s why powerful knock off users like Krookodile and Obstagoon pair really well with it, as they prey on those Specially Defensive pokemon and Aegislash can soften up some Physically defensive walls like Tangrowth to make the job of said knock users easier. Combine this point with the one before because you're just following up. Either way, a Knock user only applies to Celesteela here because regardless Chansey losing its item doesn't matter to Aegi. Also a Phys Def Tangrowth is never going to pivot into Aegislash. The idea of this point is good but you just need to reword it a bit better. Instead of just focusing on Knock users just mention wallbreakers that break them.
-Other offensive Pokemon like Jungle Healing Zarude and Obstagoon don’t care what SubTox Aegi can do to them so more sturdy defensive walls like Tangrowth and Kommo-o pair really well with this set.

Mention Sylveon because it can provide Wish support and help Aegislash actually try to take advantage of its defensive typing a bit better. Sylveon also gives a more secure pivot into Fighting-types than Aegislash can tbh. Sylveon also handles Noivern, which has Infiltrator to bypass its Substitute.

Mention some hazard removers like Rotom-H and mence as hazards like Spikes limit how many Subs it can get off. They also provide checks to Scizor as bulkier variants give Aegislash issues.


Mention some checks to Amoonguss because it's quite obnoxious for SubToxic Aegislash to beat reliably

[SET]
name: Mixed
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Shadow Sneak / Flash Cannon
move 4: King’s Shield / Flash Cannon
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Mild / Rash
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Shadow Ball is Aegislash’s main STAB and most spammable attack, thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists and Aegislash’s massive Special Attack stat
-Close Combat is needed to get past specially defensive walls like chansey and umbreon that would otherwise wall Aegislash, Close Comabt also heavily damages other dark types like Incineroar, Obstagoon and Krookodile you OHKO goon and replace Krook with Zarude
-Shadow Sneak allows Aegislash to not be completely useless against faster Pokemon while also being able to pick off weakened threats after they have been chunked by its own Shadow Ball or by another teammate.

-King’s Shield gives Aegislash the ability to scout what Choiced Pokemon like Keldeo and Krookodile might want to do, it is also useful to get more leftovers recovery. and to be able to change forms so that weak attacks like Crawdaunt’s Aqua Jet or Amoonguss Foul Play won’t be able to KO Aegislash. Reword this last bit here to say King's Shield lets Aegislash transform back into its Shield form. The added bulk in its shield form + the potential Attack drop on a target can help it survive a hit against faster threats and retaliate with a strong attack.
-Flash Cannon can be used as a secondary STAB move doing more damage to foes like Bulletproof Kommo-o and Sylveon, it also eases the prediction when facing a team with a strong ghost and fighting type resist as Flash Cannon is a good middle ground move.
-Items like Life Orb and Spell Tag can be used instead of Leftovers to maximize Aegislash’s breaking potential for the trade off of not being able to recover health. Remove the LO mention

Restructure your points to match the slash order


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-This set fits perfectly on Bulky Offense’s as they appreciate the inmese breaking potential that Aegislash offers while also being a very effective scouter that makes the prediction of said teams easier to make correct switches honestly it's breaking power isn't that high because it struggles to fit an offensive item.
-Since this set doesn’t have a move that will permanently cripple the foe some bulky pokemon like Rotom-H and Primarina act as very effective checks and one-time counters which makes Aegislash’s job way harder, Pokemon like Sylveon and Kommo-o make for great partners for this exact reason, being able to handle either physical or special threats so that Aegislash can just focus on breaking You shouldn't be referencing its other sets which you are doing by this Toxic comment. Just say that Aegislash struggles to power through defensive Pokemon like... without trading a lot of its health in the process. For this reason... I would talk about some wallbreakers here that pressure its checks.

-Late game cleaners like Choice Scarf Krookodile and CM Primarina greatly appreciate Aegislash’s great damage output to weaken or remove some troublesome threats like the bulky Grass-types
You do not beat the bulky Grass-types reliably, it needs help beating them
-Mixed Aegislash can also pair up with strong special attackers like Thundurus as a secondary breaker thanks to its ability to lure and heavily chunk Chansey Mention that Thundurus can also run Knock Off to remove Chansey's Eviolite and AV from Tang helping Aegi break them easier.

Mention some pivots that can bring it in safely

If your wallbreakers you mentioned before don't beat amoong/tang then mention some mons that do

Give web setters a mention as they make up for its low speed tier


[SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Steel Beam
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Shadow Sneak
item: Choice Specs
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, with rocks up it has a very big chance to 2HKO AV Tangrowth with its powerful shadow ball, which is considered as one of the best Aegislash answers
-Steel Beam gives Aegislash an incredibly powerful STAB move which can nuke many defensive switch ins, and its health dropping effect can give free switches to late game cleaners like Nihilego which can clean up after Aegislash has weakened the opposing team Main reason you click it is to OHKO defensive mons. For instance you OHKO Amoonguss so mention that
-Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o
-Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers like Polteageist and Scizor while not having to invest in physical attack thanks to Aegislash's naturally high stats.
-Close Combat could be used instead of Shadow Sneak to not be completely walled by Chansey but since Aegislash is choiced locked this can be easily exploited by the Chansey user by PP stalling with softboiled or double switches.


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-This set can be used in Balance's and Bulky Offense's that need a strong wallbreaker with some defensive utility and should be used early-game to wallbreak. However, due to Aegislash's mediocre Speed tier, it's very susceptible to being revenge killed once in Blade forme so it appreciates pivots that can bring it in safely. Follow this up with your examples below
-Pivots like Rotom-H and Moltres can lure some Rock-type Pokemon so that Aegislash can enter the field safely and have opportunities break them If you don't give examples this doesn't mean much. Mention they can pressure AV Tangrowth for Aegi too.
-This set can't break past some specially defensive walls like Chansey and Milotic, making strong physical wallbreakers like Obstagoon and Conkeldurr for some good teammates, these Pokemon also appreciate Aegislash threatening answers to them like Buzzwole and physically defensive Tangrowth.
-Defensive support when using this set is incredibly important as Aegislash is left very vulnerable in blade form, typical defensive Pokemon like Buzzwole and Amoonguss pivot in effectively on attempts to revenge kill Aegislash while other less sturdy Pokemon like Kommo-o and Nihilego are still incredible partners thanks to them providing Stealth Rock support which help Aegislash break more effectively.

Mention late-game sweepers that appreciate its wallbreaking power

Give a mention of hazard setters that bring foes into OHKO range. Run some calcs


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Mention Toxic as an option on its mixed set to cripple SpD Prima, Galarian Moltres, etc.

Aegislash can also use a physical set with Swords Dance and Shadow Sneak that fits in more offensive teams, however it is still vulnerable to almost everything the other sets are weak to but with a lower breaking power as UU has more physical walls and general phyiscal bulkiness, as a late game sweeper with priority Scizor is almost always the better option thanks to Roost and a strong Bullet Punch. Reword this and instead of rambling about physical walls give examples of foes it can't break. Comparing it to Scizor is good so keep that part.

Mention Autotomize as a means to improve its Speed and prevent it from being revenge killed as easily. State the downsides.

Give Metal Sound a mention


Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Attackers**: Aegislash has a really poor speed tier, meaning that basically everything faster with super effective attacks or incredible wallbreaking potential can check Aegislash and OHKO it, this problem is especially notable in variants without King’s Shield, this includes UU staples like Chandelure, Nidoqueen, Rotom-H, Moltres, Keldeo and Scizor. cut the list of examples down

**Dark-types **: Aegislash notably struggles with many Dark-types like Obstagoon, Zarude, Krookodile, Incineroar and Moltres-G, again cut the examples down 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. Dark-type coverage and the omnipresent Knock Off are very annoying for aegislash to deal with, as even a non STAB Knock Off from the likes of Tangrowth or Scizor will leave it permantly crippled as Aegislash is very dependant in its healing/boosting item

**Mixed Walls **: Mixed walls like AV Tangrowth, Amoonguss and Celesteela are very annoying for Aegi in the early game, as they aren't inmediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegi in its blade form thanks to their low speed and coverage. While Aegislash can overpower them in the long game, it still has to be very careful around them and they are very effective at scouting it's set and removing one of its greatest strengths, its unpredictability.

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I recommend you look through this about GP standards https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FGp2xRUMyuVH0uIPN2vSzX48oF1kHkHSC9snc5ecfaw/edit?usp=sharing

You've got a lot of mistakes like not capitalizing Pokemon names, moves, and the word Pokemon itself.
You also need to spell out the name of a Pokemon fully, you can't say Aegi. This also applies to items, Assault Vest not AV

This is me only pointing out a few but make sure you read through that and fix any that you made. For a first analysis, this is decent. You just need to flush out the team options more. I want you to tag me when you have implemented this so I can give it a look over before giving 1/3. Also, can you change the set order as followed: Specs, SubToxic, Mixed. You need to shuffle the ordering in the overview to account for this.

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Monky25 good am check with pointing out stuff that needs to be expanded on a bit more, mainly giving examples. Cutting fluff from the specs set was also good. I think you should work on bulking up team options when they look pretty barren.
 

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[OVERVIEW]

-Aegislash’s great attacking stats, bulk and movepool make it a strong presence in the metagame with various sets that allow it to pick its checks and counters, this leads to Aegislash's great talents at dismantling and pressuring stall and other slower paced teams thanks to its great power, versatility and general inability for this kinds of teamstyles to offensively pressure Aegislash.
-Choice Specs sets make for a strong wallbreaker capable of 2HKO'ing the likes of Tentacruel, Calm Mind Primarina and Amoonguss which would otherwise be safe switch-ins.
-Aegislash can run a Substitute+Toxic set that capitalizes on the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with Toxic damage and powerful Shadow Balls, it heavily abuses Pokemon like Defensive Jirachi and Milotic that don't have a super effective move and are generally weak to set up a substitute and start a cycle of King's Shield, Toxic and Substitute. Once Aegislash is behind a Substitute it is very difficult to stop without having at least one Pokemon being heavily damaged by its Toxic stall or strong Shadow Balls
-It can also effectively run a mixed set with Close Combat to heavily damage foes like Chansey and Zarude that don't care switching in to it's Shadow Balls
-Its great bulk in Shield forme and stealth rock resistance give it points of entry into pokemon without strong super effective attacks like Earthquake-less Buzzwole and Nihilego
-Even with all of this said Aegislash faces competition as a Ghost-type wallbreaker from Chandelure which is preffered in a lot of teams thanks to its better STAB move in fire, slightly higher Special Attack and Speed.
-Aegislash suffers from a very low Speed and typing vulnerable to many of UU’s staples, including Scizor, Chandelure and Krookodile which can easily revenge kill it.
-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.

[SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Steel Beam
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Shadow Sneak
item: Choice Specs
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, with rocks up it has a very big chance to 2HKO Assault Vest Tangrowth with its powerful shadow ball, which is considered as one of the best Aegislash answers
-Steel Beam gives Aegislash an incredibly powerful STAB move which can nuke many defensive switch ins like Amoonguss and surprise KO them
-Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o
-Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers like Polteageist and Nasty Plot Azelf
-Close Combat could be used instead of Shadow Sneak to not be completely walled by Chansey but since Aegislash is choiced locked this can be easily exploited by the Chansey user by PP stalling with Softboiled or double switches.


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-This set can be used in Balance's and Bulky Offense's and should be used early-game to wallbreak. However, due to Aegislash's mediocre Speed tier, it's very susceptible to being revenge killed once in Blade forme so it appreciates pivots that can bring it in safely.
-Rotom-H and Moltres are great partners as they bring Aegislash safely into the field to start breaking, they also pressure and force out Assault Vest Tangrowth
-This set can't break past some specially defensive walls like Chansey and Milotic, making strong physical wallbreakers like Obstagoon 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 the defensive Pokemon of the opponent and they also compensate for Aegislash's inability to sweep Name some specific checks that they want weakened/removed like Amoonguss and defensive Kommo-o
-Hazard support from the likes of Kommo-o and Spikes Mew is very valuable as it allows Aegislash's Shadow Ball to OHKO bulky Swords Dance Scizor with rocks up and have more than an 80% chance to KO Nidoqueen with 2 layers of Spikes, Slightly unrealistic example tbh, I'd just use Tangrowth here because you have a chance to 2HKO

[SET]
name: SubToxic
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Toxic
move 3: King’s Shield
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 172 HP / 252 SpA / 84 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Shadow Ball allows Aegislash to have a strong move to spam when behind a substitute accelerating the process of taking out foes as well as damaging toxic immune targets such as Nihilego and Jirachi Jirachi isn't going to pivot into Aegi anyways so change that to Amoong
-Toxic is the main way to deal damage in this set, crippling the most common Shadow Ball switch-ins in Bulletproof Kommo-o and Krookodile, it is in general a solid move to chip the opposition and put them in range of one of Aegislash’s teammates
-King’s Shield allows Aegislash to rack up more Toxic damage and extra Leftovers recovery, It can also help to scout choiced-locked foes so that Aegislash can switch into the right teammate
-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 from the part of Amoongus trying to soak up a Toxic
-Setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as it can force switches and set up on the opponent most of the times is forced to switch into another pokemon if they dont want to lose something to a potential Specs or Mixed set, Aegislash can also set up Substitutes in front of generally weaker Pokemon without lacking strong super effective attacks like Defensive Jirachi and Milotic
-With this HP investment Aegislash can avoid the 2HKO from Salamence's Flamethrower and Rotom-W Hydro Pump when in Shield forme which gives Aegislash the opportunity to poison them and leaving them unable to do their defensive duties properly
-84 Speed Evs lets Aegislash outspeed Mantine and SubCM Primarina, meaning that they can be easily worn down by Toxic and a cycle of King's Shield + Substitute
-The rest of the Evs are put into Special Attack to maximise the power of the Shadow Balls.


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-This set is a solid fit on Semi-Stalls, Balance and Bulky Offense’s thanks to its ability to heavily wear down non-toxic immune targets and opening up holes for its teammates
-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 Choice Band Buzzwole and Obstagoon 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 SubTox Aegislash can do to them so more sturdy defensive walls like Tangrowth and Kommo-o pair really well with this set.
-Sylveon specifically is an incredible partner to SubTox Aegislash, giving it Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery, Sylveon also gives it more security against Fighting-types and it handles Noivern which completely ignores Aegislash's Substitutes thanks to Infiltrator
-Hazard control from Rotom-H or Salamence is very valuable since it gets worn down pretty quickly by Spikes and they limit the amount of Substitutes Aegislash can get up, the previously mentioned Defoggers also take care of Scizor which can be extremely annoying for SubTox Aegislash thanks to its Toxic immunity and Roost
-Regenerator and Poison-typing lets Amoonguss to be one of the most obnoxious foes against SubTox Aegislash, meaning that offensive checks to it like Moltres and Mamoswine are natural partners to Aegislash

If writing about a set you don't have to keep repeating the title of it in these paragraphs because the reader already knows what set you're describing. You only need to mention titles like SubToxic or Specs Aegi when it comes to the other sections like checks & counters.


[SET]
name: Mixed
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Close Combat
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: King’s Shield
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Mild
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Shadow Ball is Aegislash’s main STAB and most spammable attack, thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists and Aegislash’s massive Special Attack stat
-Close Combat is needed to get past specially defensive walls like chansey and umbreon that would otherwise wall Aegislash, Close Combat also punishes Dark-types switch-ins like Incineroar, Obstagoon and Zarude with heavy damage or even a KO
-Flash Cannon is its secondary STAB move doing more damage to foes like Bulletproof Kommo-o and Sylveon, it also eases the prediction when facing a team with a strong ghost and fighting type resist as Flash Cannon is a good middle ground move
-King’s Shield gives Aegislash the ability to scout what Choiced Pokemon like Keldeo and Krookodile might want to do, it is also useful to get more leftovers recovery and for Aegislash to change into it's Shield forme, the added bulk that this forme gives it and the attack drop that it leaves on contact can help Aegislash survive attempts to revenge kill it for Aegislash to retaliate with its own attack
-Another item like Spell Tag can be used instead of Leftovers to better Aegislash’s breaking potential for the trade off of not being able to recover health.


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-This set fits perfectly on Bulky Offense’s as they appreciate the bulk and breaking potential that Aegislash offers
-Getting past some defensive Pokemon with this set is notably hard as it can be fairly easy to wall, which is why it works best in conjunction with other strong breakers like Mamoswine and Choice Band Buzzwole as they are able to deal with the bulky Grass-types, Aegislash helps to overwhelm some common checks in Rotom-H and Moltres
-Mixed Aegislash can also pair up with strong special attackers like Thundurus as a secondary breaker thanks to its ability to lure and heavily chunk Chansey, Thundurus can also provide Knock Off support to cripple Chansey and Assault Vest Tangrowth by removing their item and therefore being easier to break for Aegislash
-Pivot support from Rotom-H or Chansey is very valuable to let Aegislash hit the field safely, they also lure some Pokemon for Aegislash to take advantage of, mainly Nihilego and Conkeldurr
-Araquanid or Ribombee can provide Sticky Web support which lets Aegislash overcome its low speed and be harder to revenge kill as with it common Pokemon like Chandelure and Choice Band Buzzwole can no longer check Aegislash


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Toxic can be used in mixed sets to cripple would be switch ins in specially defensive Primarina and Moltres-G, however this can result counterproductive in every other match-up as the EV's and rest of the moveset aren't tailored for toxic stalling, also a missed Toxic can result in a great loss of momentum for the Aegislash user as Mixed Aegislash gets a limited amount of turns in the field which can't be wasted. The EV spread doesn't matter. Many offensive Pokemon can choose to run Toxic to put a check on a timer then proceed to switch out. Focus on the downsides being that it struggles to fit it because giving up coverage limits its breaking power while dropping King's Shield makes it easy to revenge

Autotomize lets Aegislash overcome its low speed and be generally harder to revenge kill, coupled with a boosting move like Swords Dance or a Weakness Policy can let Aegislash sweep entire teams, however this is an unreliable strategy as Aegislash can't fit all of the moves it wants which means it will always be walled by either physically defensive walls like Kommo-o, Dark-types or generally bulky breakers like Primarina, some other Pokemon like Celesteela and Amoonguss can still reliably wall it regardless of its moveset. This set is usually mixed 3 atks + Autotomize with weakness policy. If you were to run SD + Auto you would def run Shadow Claw + Close Combat but for now only focus on 3 Atks Weakness Policy. The main issue is you need to either be hit with a super effective move to really do dmg. Without the Weakness Policy activation, you'll be fairly easy to revenge the next turn.

Aegislash can also use a physical set with Swords Dance and Shadow Sneak that fits in more offensive teams, but it is still prone to being revenge killed by almost all of the same Pokemon that check its other sets and now it struggles to break physically defensive Kommo-o and Buzzwole, as a late game sweeper with priority Scizor is almost always the better option thanks to Roost and a stronger priority in Bullet Punch.

Metal Sound can be a strong option as it exploits defensive switch-ins by reducing their Special Defense, with this move Aegislash has more than a 50% chance to KO Amoonguss after Stealth Rock damage, You use a lot of commas. Just put a full stop here and make this the start of a new sentence. Metal Sound is especially useful against teams that only have defensive answers to Aegislash,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
===================

**Faster Attackers**: Aegislash has a really poor speed tier, meaning that basically everything faster with super effective attacks or incredible wallbreaking potential can check Aegislash and OHKO it, this problem is especially notable in variants without King’s Shield, this includes UU staples like Chandelure, Nidoqueen and Keldeo.

**Dark-types **: Aegislash notably struggles with many Dark-types like Obstagoon, Zarude and Incineroar , 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. Dark-type coverage and the omnipresent Knock Off are very annoying for Aegislash to deal with, as even a non STAB Knock Off from the likes of Tangrowth or Scizor will leave it permantly crippled as Aegislash is very dependant in its healing/boosting item

**Mixed Walls **: Mixed walls like Assault Vest Tangrowth, Amoonguss and Celesteela are very annoying for Aegislash in the early-game, as they aren't inmediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegislash in its Blade forme thanks to their low speed and super effective coverage. While Aegislash can overpower them in the long game, it still has to be very careful around them and they are very effective at scouting it's set and removing one of its greatest strengths, its unpredictability.

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1/3 colour coding is the same as before.
 

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hey TotomonGang sorry to do this after all the work you've put into this but the meta has changed quite a bit lately and what aegi runs has evolved. we're going to ask you to put this back to qc 0/3 and use the following sets / orders instead:

KS + Tox /Sub (Aegislash) @ Leftovers
Ability: Stance Change
EVs: 252 HP / 212 SpD / 44 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- King's Shield
- Shadow Ball
- Flash Cannon / Substitute
- Toxic

SD (Aegislash) @ Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
Ability: Stance Change
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Shadow Claw / Iron Head
- Shadow Sneak
- Close Combat

Specs (Aegislash) @ Choice Specs
Ability: Stance Change
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Shadow Ball
- Flash Cannon
- Shadow Sneak
- Close Combat / Toxic

Auto (Aegislash) @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Stance Change
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive / Hasty Nature
- Autotomize
- Shadow Ball
- Flash Cannon
- Close Combat

we'd also like an OO mention of CB, mixed w/ kings shield + anything else you feel like adding. apologies about this, if you wanna drop the analysis bc of this then that's fine just let us know. good luck regardless!!
 
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[OVERVIEW]

-Aegislash’s great attacking stats, bulk and movepool make it a strong presence in the metagame with various sets that allow it to pick its checks and counters, this leads to Aegislash's great talents at dismantling and pressuring stall and other slower paced teams thanks to its great power, versatility and general inability for this kinds of teamstyles to offensively pressure Aegislash. Seems like there's a few thoughts going on in this bullet point -- split it into two or more. Maybe a first sentence that's the phrase before the comma, and then a second starting with "Aegislash is especially good at dismantling...."
-Aegislash can run a Substitute+Toxic King's Shield + Toxic set that capitalizes on the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with Toxic damage and powerful Shadow Balls, it heavily abuses Pokemon like Defensive Jirachi and Milotic that don't have a super effective move and are generally weak to set up a substitute and start a cycle of King's Shield, Toxic and Substitute. Once Aegislash is behind a Substitute it is very difficult to stop without having at least one Pokemon being heavily damaged by its Toxic stall or strong Shadow Balls This level of detail on specific sets is not necessary in the overview. This bullet point should be similarly snappy as your Swords Dance one. Also, keep your set descriptions consistent -- if you're calling it King's Shield and Toxic in the analysis it shouldn't be called Sub + toxic here.
-A Swords Dance set with Shadow Sneak is an incredibly threatening sweeper being able to pick off many teams just after some chip damage.
-Choice Specs sets make for a strong wallbreaker capable of 2HKO'ing the likes of Tentacruel, Calm Mind Primarina and Amoonguss which would otherwise be safe switch-ins. Not sure if these are the best examples. CM Prim doesn't want to switch into a toxic from KS+Toxic, and Tentacruel is pretty limited in its switch-ins as well. RestTalk Primarina or other sets that can freely switch into SubTox are better as examples.
-It can also effectively run a Autotomize set with Weakness Policy that capitalizes on the many weak super effective moves thrown at it 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 Earthquake-less Buzzwole and Nihilego
-Even with all of this said Aegislash faces competition as a Ghost-type wallbreaker from Chandelure and as a priority using sweeper from Scizor I think it's important here to clarify that the King's Shield + Toxic set really doesn't face competition from anything else in a similar slot, but the others do. In a more general sense, it might be better to talk about the competition it faces as a Steel-type and the direction it normally takes teams because of its typing.
-Aegislash suffers from a very low Speed and typing vulnerable to many of UU’s staples, including Chandelure, Moltres and Zarude which can easily revenge kill it. Wouldn't call Chandelure a staple -- maybe something like Krookodile is more apt here.
-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.

[SET]
name: KS + Tox King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Substitute / Flash Cannon
move 4: Toxic
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 212 SpD / 44 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-King’s Shield allows Aegislash to switch into its Shield forme giving it an incredible bulk, it can also help to scout choiced-locked foes so that Aegislash can switch into the right teammate if threatened out, while also being a generally good tool for racking up Toxic damage and extra Leftovers recovery Shorten this a little bit -- especially the first part. It's better to describe what it specifically does in the metagame (like you do with the choice-locked foes part) than it is to just describe the move's effect. Also, give a few examples of choice-locked foes it's helpful against if you're going to mention it.
-Shadow Ball gives Aegislash a strong move to spam accelerating the process of taking out foes as well as damaging hits toxic immune targets such as Jirachi and Amoonguss
-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 from the part of Amoongus trying to soak up a Toxic I understand what you're trying to say with the Amoonguss clause, but it's not clear to the reader. Mention Spore specifically.
-Setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as it can force switches and set up on weaker Pokemon lacking strong super effective attacks like Defensive Jirachi and Milotic
-Flash Cannon can be used instead of Substitute as some team compositions dont let Aegislash set Substitutes easily, It also gives to give Aegislash a better offensive presence and stronger damage output on foes like Krookodile and Nihilego Focus on what flash cannon does, not how substitute might be bad.
-Toxic is the main way to deal damage in this set, crippling common Shadow Ball switch-ins like Bulletproof Kommo-o and Assault Vest Tangrowth, it is in general a solid move to chip the opposition and put them in range of one of Aegislash’s teammates Unnecessarily wordy and describes what toxic does as a move, which isn't necessary. something like "Toxic cripples common Shadow Ball switch-ins like .... and helps build up chip for Aegislash's teammates" is enough.
-Heavy investment in HP and Special Defense lets Aegislash function as a pseudo Special wall being able to switch into Pokemon like (better examples) Rotom-W and Sylveon without fearing a 3HKO and crippling them with a Toxic, this investment also lets Aegislash’s Substitutes not be broken by Foul Play from the likes of Amoonguss and Umbreon Umbreon only fails to break 252 HP Aegi sub 1/4 of the time -- this is slightly misleading. For the examples, it's important to give things that A. Aegislash wants to switch in to and B. more offensive Aegislash variants can't. Sylveon is an alright example, but even fully offensive Aegislash isn't taking more than 35-40 from Mystical Fire -- and Rotom-Wash can't do much damage but you don't want to take a Will-o-Wisp. Something like Salamence that offensive variants don't want to switch into is likely a better example, but there are plenty more.
-44 Speed Evs are just enough to creep an uninvested Scizor, giving Aegislash the upper edge when it is in Shadow Ball range.

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-This set is a solid fit on Semi-Stalls, Balance and Bulky Offense’s thanks to its ability to heavily wear down non-toxic immune targets 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 Choice Band Buzzwole and Obstagoon 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.
-Sylveon specifically is an incredible partner to Aegislash, giving it Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery, Sylveon also gives it more security against Fighting-types and it handles Noivern which completely ignores Aegislash's Substitutes thanks to Infiltrator and can’t be easily worn down thanks to Roost I don't think either of these Pokemon (sylveon or noivern) are relevant enough to warrant an entire bullet point. Consider generalizing this to a bullet point about fairy-types as partners -- Sylveon and Togekiss provide wish support, bulu provides terrain support, Primarina checks dark and fighting types.
-Hazard control from Rotom-H or Salamence is very valuable since it gets worn down pretty quickly by Spikes and they limit Aegislash’s longevity heavily, the previously mentioned Defoggers also take care of Scizor which can be extremely annoying for Aegislash thanks to its Toxic immunity and Roost
-Regenerator and Poison-typing lets Amoonguss to 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


[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw / Iron Head
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Swords Dance is the key of this set, letting Aegislash boost its already high Attack into nuclear levels of power, letting it OHKO Specs Primarina with a boost.
-Shadow Claw is the preffered STAB move thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists, it is a safe move to throw out when Aegislash isn’t in fear of being KO’d This last part doesn't really add anything, and it's not something true about shadow claw that isn't true about the others.
-Iron Head is an option over Shadow Claw giving a bit more power and stronger hits on specific foes like Tapu Bulu and Nihilego at the cost of being way less spammable and losing the possibility to heavily damage Moltres and opposing Aegislash Bulu and Nihi are both dying to +2 whether it's shadow claw or iron head, so these are not great examples. Choose an example where the break point is relevant -- you can also instead choose an example where getting to avoid the CC defense drop is relevant!
-Shadow Sneak prevents Aegislash from being easily Revenge Killed and it also gives Aegislash the capabilities of sweeping the opposing team after it has been weakened by its teammates.
-Weakness Policy takes advantage of Aegislash’s great bulk in Shield forme that lets it take one super effective hit and boost its Attack even further, especially under screens. Screens probably isn't good enough to suggest anymore.
-Air Balloon is a very good alternative making Aegislash even harder to Revenge Kill as Pokemon like Mamoswine and Rhyperior are able to take one boosted hit and retaliate with their Ground-type moves Mamoswine can not take a +2 boosted hit from Aegislash, unless you're specifically talking about Shadow Ball.


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-This set is an incredible fit on Bulky Offense’s and Hyper Offense’s looking for a strong priority using sweeper
-Screens support from Grimmsnarl and Alolan Ninetales combined with Aegislash’s great bulk lets it setup multiple Swords Dance’s which is why they make for strong partners Wouldn't recommend screens post-nerf. Probably better to turn this into a more general bullet point on things that can let Aegislash set up -- this can be things like Trick scarf users, things that lure choiced moves that Aegislash can set up on, things like parting shot... whatever you feel fits best! Screens can be a mention within but shouldn't be a full bullet point.
-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 Aegislash 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 being able to pressure them both with super effective moves even before it sets up. Strong special attackers like Primarina that are able to handle both Quagsire and Buzzwole are also really good teammates


SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flash Cannon
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat / Toxic
item: Choice Specs
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, with rocks up it has a very big chance to 2HKO Assault Vest Tangrowth with its powerful shadow ball, which is considered as one of the best Aegislash answers This is a little hard to follow. the point you're trying to get across is that choice specs allows aegislash to break through answers it otherwise wouldn't be able to -- make sure it's clear.
-Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o
-Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers like Polteageist and Nasty Plot Azelf
-Close Combat is used to not be completely walled by Chansey but since Aegislash is choiced locked this can be easily exploited by the Chansey user by PP stalling with Softboiled or double switches. Not quite sure how doubles come into play here -- you're probably better off just saying it helps you 2HKO chansey after rocks.
-Toxic is also an option for the 4th move, giving Aegislash the capabilities to cripple and wear down switch-ins like Galarian Moltres and Primarina that normally are able to take one hit


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-This set can be used in Balance's and Bulky Offense's and should be used early-game to wallbreak. However, due to Aegislash's mediocre Speed tier, it's very susceptible to being revenge killed once in Blade forme so it appreciates pivots that can bring it in safely.
-Rotom-H and Moltres are great partners as they bring Aegislash safely into the field to start breaking, they are also good at pressuring Assault Vest Tangrowth
-This set can't break past some specially defensive walls like Chansey and Milotic, making strong physical wallbreakers like Obstagoon 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
-Hazard support from the likes of Kommo-o and Mew is very valuable as it allows Aegislash's Shadow Ball to OHKO bulky Scizor and 2HKO Assault Vest Tangrowth with rocks up. It OHKOs the 120 HP SD scizor, but i don't know if i'm comfortably calling that "bulky scizor" -- it definitely doesn't OHKO more specially defensive variants.


[SET]
name: Autotomize
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]
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-Autotomize lets Aegislash bypass its low speed and possibly clean up after the opposing team has been weakened Be specific on what speed break points it hits at +2! Best examples are ones that other sets have a harder time with -- maybe Zarude?
-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 guarantees an OHKO on Obstagoon.
-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


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-This set is a good fit on Bulky Offense’s and other offensively oriented teams by virtue of being an effective cleaner
-Aegislash greatly appreciates strong wallbreakers like Nidoqueen and Primarina as teammates opening up the path for Aegislash to clean up
-If the weakness policy isnt triggered Aegislash is fairly weak and a larger variety of Pokemon isnt threatened by its attacks, which is why having other backup sweepers like Dragon Dance Gyarados can help overwhelm the opponent or finish up Aegislash’s job.
-Even after the +2 boost of Autotomize some scarfers like Krookodile and Zarude still outspeed Aegislash and can revenge kill it in its vulnerable Blade forme, which makes Sticky Web support from Ribombee or Araquanid incredibly valuable as Aegislash won’t be outsped with it
-Screens support also pairs nicely with Aegislash giving it more setup opportunities and letting it trigger its Weakness Policy from attacks that would KO it otherwise like Nidoqueen’s Earth Power.


[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Aegislash coupled with a Choice Band makes it a terrifying wallbreaker from the physical side and makes its priority even stronger, this set isnt very popular thanks to the tiers tendency to heavily punish contact moves with many Rocky Helmet users like Buzzwole and Amoonguss and abilities that can heavily limit Aegislash's wallbreaking potential like Moltres Flame Body and Salamence's/Krookodile's Intimidate Split into two sentences.

A mixed set that swaps out Autotomize for King's Shield lets Aegislash better play around the tiers Dark-types and choice locked Pokemon thanks to its ability to scout movesets and switch moves, it is also a great Chansey lure pairing well with other Special Attackers, all of this at the cost of losing its cleaning capabilities and being less threatening overall.

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. Metal Sound is especially useful against teams that only have defensive answers to Aegislash, 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.

Add a bullet point about CC over Flash Cannon / Sub on the KS + Tox set along with a -Spe nature -- gives better matchup against Zarude and Teleport Chansey but drawback is the defense drops. Also, it might be good to lead this section with a statement saying that you can vary up the moves between the sets (e.g. King's Shield set with shadow sneak over flash cannon, or cc) to fit the specific needs of your team.

Checks and Counters
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**Dark-types **: Aegislash notably struggles with many Dark-types like Obstagoon, Zarude and Incineroar, 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. Dark-type coverage and the omnipresent Knock Off are very annoying for Aegislash to deal with, as even a non STAB Knock Off from the likes of Tangrowth or Scizor will leave it permantly crippled as Aegislash is very dependant in its healing/boosting item move to separate bullet point as seen below

**Mixed Walls **: Mixed walls like Assault Vest Tangrowth, Amoonguss and Celesteela are very annoying for Aegislash in the early-game, as they aren't inmediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegislash in its Blade forme thanks to their lower speed and super effective coverage. While Aegislash can overpower them in the long game, it still has to be very careful around them and they are very effective at scouting it's set and removing one of its greatest strengths, its unpredictability. I'd consider splitting this into two separate points -- one about Celesteela / Scizor (immunity to Toxic and doesn't care about Shadow Ball) and the other about regen grasses.

**Teleport Chansey**: checks the toxic + ks set and specs, especially with a partner that can offensively take advantage

**Burn and Knock Off*: getting lefties knocked or being burned by wow / scald severely limits the effectiveness of the king's shield set.








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[OVERVIEW]

-Aegislash’s great attacking stats, bulk, and movepool make it a strong and unique presence in the metagame with various sets that allow it to pick its checks and counters I would like you to reword this opening statement. Focus on how its typing providing so many useful immunities and resistances + great offensive and defensive stats make it one of the best and most influential Pokemon in the tier.
-Aegislash is especially good at dismantling and pressuring stall and other slower paced teams thanks to its great power, versatility, and general inability for this kinds of teamstyles to offensively pressure Aegislash. Make this point about its set variance and how this can make it difficult to wall, especially for slower-paced teams that rely on defensively checking it.
-Aegislash can run a King's Shield+Toxic set that capitalizes on its great bulk and the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with Toxic damage and powerful Shadow Balls.
-A Swords Dance set with Shadow Sneak is an incredibly threatening sweeper being able to pick off many teams just after some chip damage.
-Choice Specs 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 a Autotomize set with Weakness Policy that capitalizes on the many weak super effective moves thrown at it 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 Earthquake-less Buzzwole
-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.
-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.

Mention how it is over-reliant on King's Shield in order to stomach most neutral hits, this can make it predictable and give the opponent opportunities to take advantage of it by setting up with something for example.

Mention the lack of reliable recovery can make it get easily worn down and how this leaves it prone to Knock Off from Pokemon like Nihilego and Tangrowth.


[SET]
name: King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Substitute / Flash Cannon swap move 3 and 4 around
move 4: Toxic
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

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-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
-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
-Setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as it can force switches and set up on weaker Pokemon lacking strong super effective attacks like Defensive Jirachi and Milotic
-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
-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 This Toxic statement should come first then the stuff on Substitute because you are basically immediately following up on it with the whole stalling for Toxic damage.

Give a mention of CC in the last slot to punish Chansey and still retaining coverage for Dark-types like Zarude and Obstagoon

-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

Add a mention of 136 Spe to outpace Conkaldurr to potentially pick off a weakened one.

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-This set is a solid fit on Semi-Stalls, Balance, and Bulky Offense’s Don't capitalize the playstyles, it's semi-stall, balance, etc. thanks to its ability to heavily wear down non-tToxic immune targets 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 Obstagoon 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 Tapu Bulu are great partners to Aegislash as they give it more security against Fighting-types and cover Aegislash's Dark-type weakness, Togekiss and Sylveon are also notable partners as they give Aegislash Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery. Togekiss does not run Wish
-Regenerator and Poison-typing lets Amoonguss to 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

Give some secondary checks to Tangrowth and Nihilego as both commonly run Knock Off detering Aegislash wanting too hard into either one.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw / Iron Head
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Swords Dance is the key of this set, letting Aegislash boost its already high Attack into nuclear levels of power, letting it OHKO Specs Primarina with a boost.
-Shadow Claw is the preffered STAB move thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists
-Iron Head is an option over Shadow Claw giving a bit more power allowing it to OHKO specific foes like Togekiss and Diancie at the cost of being way less spammable and losing the possibility to heavily damage Moltres and opposing Aegislash
-Shadow Sneak prevents Aegislash from being easily Revenge Killed revenge killed and it also gives Aegislash the capabilities of sweeping the opposing team after it has been weakened by its teammates.

Add a line on Close Combat

-Weakness Policy takes advantage of Aegislash’s great bulk in Shield forme that lets it take one super effective hit and boost its Attack even further
-Air Balloon is a very good alternative making Aegislash even harder to Revenge Kill revenge kill as Pokemon like Diggersby and Rhyperior rely on their Ground-type moves to KO Aegislash.


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-This set is an incredible fit on Bulky Offense’s and Hyper Offense’s looking for a strong priority using sweeper
-Pokemon that can create setup opportunities for Aegislash make for strong partners, it being screens support from Grimmsnarl and Alolan Ninetales, Parting Shot users like Incineroar or Trick Choice Scarf users like Rotom-W that can lock the opponent into an undesirable move. Screens are just not worth it and Incineroar is hardly relevant. Rework this point to be about pivots bringing it in safely, make Washtom one of the examples. Then go into more detail about Scarf variants can do this also for it.
-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 Aegislash 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. being able to pressure them both with super effective moves even before it sets up. Strong special attackers like Primarina that are able to handle both Quagsire and Buzzwole are also really good teammates

Add a mention of Web setters to make up for its low Speed tier
Mention other hazard setters like Krookodile, Kommo-o, etc.



[
SET]
name: Choice Specs Mixed
move 1: Shadow Ball
move 2: Flash Cannon
move 3: Shadow Sneak Close Combat
move 4: Close Combat / Toxic Shadow Sneak / King's Shield
item: Choice Specs / Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Modest Rash
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

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-Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, allowing it break through Pokemon like Assault Vest Tangrowth that otherwise would wall it, having a big chance to 2HKO it with rocks up.
-Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o
-Shadow Sneak gives Aegislash a way to pick off weakened sweepers like Polteageist and Nasty Plot Azelf
-Close Combat is used to not be completely walled by Chansey, the EV spread and nature giving Aegislash having 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. swap CC and Sneak mentions around
-Toxic is also an option for the 4th move, giving Aegislash the capabilities to cripple and wear down switch-ins like Galarian Moltres and Primarina that normally are able to take one hit

Mention that King's Shield is an option if running Leftovers to let you take advantage of Aegislash's defensive typing more while still having an offensive precense.



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-This set can be used in Balance's and Bulky Offense's and should be used early-game to wallbreak. However, due to Aegislash's mediocre Speed tier, it's very susceptible to being KO'd revenge killed once in Blade forme so it appreciates pivots that can bring it in safely.
-Rotom-H and Moltres are great partners as they bring Aegislash safely into the field to start breaking, 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 Obstagoon and Conkeldurr for some good teammates, these Pokemon also appreciate Aegislash threatening answers to them like Buzzwole and physically defensive Tangrowth. Not sure why Obstagoon is getting so many mentions with how common it is. Swap it up for another breaker like Azumarill.
-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.


[SET]
name: Autotomize
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
nature: Naive / Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]
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-Autotomize lets Aegislash bypass its low speed and possibly clean up after the opposing team has been weakened
-With a +2 boost Aegislash outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame, barring Regieleki, 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 guarantees an OHKO on Obstagoon.
-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


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-This set is a good fit on Bulky Offense’s and other offensively oriented teams by virtue of being an effective cleaner
-Aegislash greatly appreciates strong wallbreakers like Nidoking and Primarina as teammates opening up the path for Aegislash to clean up
-If the weakness policy isnt triggered Aegislash is fairly weak and a larger variety of Pokemon isnt threatened by its attacks, which is why having other backup sweepers like Dragon Dance Gyarados can help overwhelm the opponent or finish up Aegislash’s job. The first part of this sentence should just tie into why you want wallbreakers. Have the other sweepers as a separate point that can appreciate Aegi weakening walls for them instead.
-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
-Screens support also pairs nicely with Aegislash giving it more setup opportunities and letting it trigger its Weakness Policy from attacks that would KO it otherwise like Mamoswine's Earthquake.

Add a point on hazards, rocks and spikes. Find some calcs that a +2 attack can pick up after a spike or rocks



[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Various moves can be used over Flash Cannon/Substitute in the King's Shield+Toxic set, Close Combat heavily damages Zarude and Teleport Chansey while giving Aegislash unresisted coverage however the defense drops limit its staying power and basically force it out, Shadow Sneak is useful for picking off weakened Pokemon but it is useless most of the time. The move used in this slot can vary to fit the needs of the team. Lastly a nature that reduces Speed can be used so that Aegislash moves after Celesteela and opposing Aegislash and tank their hits with its Shield forme. Just have this being about Sneak being an option on that set. Remove everything else.

A mixed set that swaps out Autotomize for King's Shield lets Aegislash better play around the tiers Dark-types and choice locked Pokemon thanks to its ability to scout movesets and switch moves, it is also a great Chansey lure pairing well with other Special Attackers, all of this at the cost of losing its cleaning capabilities and being less threatening overall.


Aegislash coupled with a Choice Band makes it a terrifying wallbreaker from the physical side and makes its priority even stronger, this set isnt very popular thanks to the tiers tendency to heavily punish contact moves with many Rocky Helmet users like Buzzwole and Amoonguss. Certain abilities like Moltres's Flame Body and Salamence's Intimidate also heavily limit this sets wallbreaking potential.

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. Metal Sound is especially useful against teams that only have defensive answers to Aegislash, 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.

Add a point on Steel Beam on Specs sets, notably OHKOs Amoong

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types **: Aegislash notably struggles with many Dark-types like Obstagoon, Zarude and Incineroar, 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.

**Mixed Walls **: Mixed walls like Assault Vest Tangrowth, Amoonguss and Celesteela are very annoying for Aegislash in the early-game, as they aren't inmediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegislash in its Blade forme thanks to their lower speed and super effective coverage. While Aegislash can overpower them in the long game, it still has to be very careful around them and they are very effective at scouting it's set and removing one of its greatest strengths, its unpredictability.

**Teleport Chansey**: Chansey is a hard foe to break, as it is able to check both its specs and King's Shield+Toxic set and it completely walls them if not carrying Close Combat. While Chansey isn't able to damage Aegislash directly it can safely bring a partner that offensively checks Aegislash or even PP stall it. However Chansey still has to be careful of a potential Swords Dance set.

**Burn and Knock Off**: Getting it's 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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[OVERVIEW]

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 influencial Pokemon in the tier. Aegislash is able to run many different effective sets that allow it to pick and choose its counters which slower-paced teams struggle against. A King's Shield+Toxic set that capitalizes on its great bulk and the many switches it forces to wear down the opposition with Toxic damage and powerful Shadow Balls is one of the most difficult Pokemon to switch around and take down this sentence needs some polishing. Try fixing up the grammar a bit. Aegislash can also run a Swords Dance set with Shadow Sneak which is an incredibly threatening sweeper being able to 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 a Autotomize set with Weakness Policy that capitalizes on the many weak super effective moves thrown give some examples here, like Knock Off from Nihilego at it 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 Earthquake-less Buzzwole considering that most Buzzwoles have EQ, I'd switch this example to Jirachi, with all of this said this should be the beginning of a new sentence. Replace the comma before 'with' with a period. 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 hinderance 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.

[SET]
name: King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Substitute / Flash Cannon
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
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[SET COMMENTS]
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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, setting up Substitutes with Aegislash is fairly easy as it can force switches and set up on weaker Pokemon lacking strong super effective attacks like Jirachi and Milotic this isn't necessary information, as in this section you're outlining what the move is used for and not why Aegislash is a good substitute user . 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 coverage for the tiers Dark-types give some examples here (Zarude should absolutely be one of them). 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 pick it off when it is in range of one of Aegislash's attacks everything slower.
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This set is a solid fit on semi-stalls, balance and bulky offense’s thanks to its ability to heavily wear down non-Toxic immune targets say 'Aegislash's typical checks' here instead 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 Obstagoon Obstagoon is not very relevant at all, so I'd replace it with something like Mienshao or Keldeo 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 Tapu Bulu use Togekiss as an example here instead of Tapu Bulu are great partners to Aegislash as they give it more security against Fighting-types and cover Aegislash's Dark-type weakness, Sylveon is also a notable partner as it gives Aegislash Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery. Regenerator and Poison-typing lets Amoonguss to 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.
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[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw / Iron Head this move is suboptimal at this rate given barely it covers barely anything that is as important as shadow claw's coverage, so it can be de-slashed.
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
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[SET COMMENTS]
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Swords Dance is the key of this set, letting Aegislash boost its already high Attack into nuclear levels of power, letting it OHKO Specs Primarina with a boost.
This is information you could already gather and can thus be removed. Shadow Claw is the preffered STAB move thanks to the tier’s lack of ghost resists, instead of your reasoning for Shadow Claw being a strong option, say that 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 at the cost of being way less spammable and losing the possibility to heavily damage Moltres and opposing Aegislash this sentence is too run-on, so replace what I crossed out here with something along the lines of "but it prevents Aegislash from heavily damaging foes like Moltres and opposing Aegislash." Using a more proactive voice in your writing helps the flow of a sentence and prevents it from becoming a mouthful.. Shadow Sneak prevents Aegislash from being easily revenge killed and it also gives Aegislash the capabilities of sweeping the opposing team after it has been weakened by its teammates instead of this say that it allows Aegislash to threaten faster foes like Azelf and Starmie. Close Combat hits super effectively almost all of the tiers Dark-types just say "Dark-types" and give examples and does more damage than Shadow Claw when targeting neutral foes unnecessary info that can be cut, considering this section is already quite wordy. Weakness Policy takes advantage of Aegislash’s great bulk in Shield forme that lets it take one super effective hit give examples of super effective hits, like Lycanroc-D's Crunch and Nihilego's Knock Off and 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.
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This set is an incredible fit on bulky offense’s and hyper offense’s 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 and lock them into an undesirable move fluff and can be cut 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 Araquanid replace Araquanid with Shuckle can provide Sticky Web letting Aegislash overcome its low speed while Krookodile and Rhyperior can provide Stealth Rock to soften up the opponent.
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[SET]
name: Mixed
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
nature: Rash
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe
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[SET COMMENTS]
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Aegislash when paired with Choice Specs makes one of the strongest and most terrifying wallbreakers in the entire tier, allowing it 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 while add a period after 'spammable' here, as this can be condensed into two sentences Flash Cannon damages a great majority of the tier's ghost resists give examples here and other specific targets like Bulletproof Kommo-o. Close Combat is used to not be completely walled by Chansey, turn this comma into a period and capitalize "the" 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. you need to add in the Close Combat sentence somewhere that it can also hit Dark-types 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
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This set can be used in balance's and bulky offense's 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
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[SET]
name: Autotomize
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
nature: Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
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[SET COMMENTS]

Autotomize lets Aegislash bypass its low speed and possibly clean up after the opposing team has been weakened. With a +2 boost Aegislash outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame, barring Regieleki, and other notable Regieleki is borderline unviable and doesn't need to be an example 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 guarantees an OHKO on Obstagoon Obstagoon isn't important enough to mention here so just say it can hit Dark-types like Zarude and Krookodile 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
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This set is a good fit on bulky offense’s and other offensively oriented teams by virtue of being an effective cleaner. If the weakness policy isnt triggered Aegislash is fairly weak and a larger variety of Pokemon isnt 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.
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[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

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 can be useless in every other situationsaying that it's useless in any other situation isn't accurate, so instead I'd just say that it isn't as consistently useful as other options thanks to its low power. Steel Beam can give Aegislash an incredibly powerful nuke in its Choice Specs set having the power to OHKO Amoonguss, it is not prefered due to Aegislash already effectively threatening Amoonguss with it's other moves and the fact it removes 50% of its health say something like 'whittles Aegislash down rather quickly' instead. Aegislash coupled with a Choice Band makes it a terrifying wallbreaker from the physical side and makes its priority even stronger, this set isnt very popular thanks to the tiers tendency to heavily punish contact moves with many Rocky Helmet users like Buzzwole and Amoonguss the language you use here isn't appropriate under our writing standards. Replace what I've had you cross out with something along the lines of "though this set can struggle with Rocky Helmet users like Buzzwole and doesn't appreciate being locked into moves.". Certain abilities like Moltres's Flame Body and Salamence's Intimidate also heavily limit this sets wallbreaking potential. remove this 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. Metal Sound is especially useful against teams that only have defensive answers to Aegislash, this isn't necessary info 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 Incineroar replace Incineroar with Krookodile here, 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 need to be mentioned here. State that both have special bulk that allows them to tank Aegislash's hits and can potentially evade 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 inmediately threatened by any of its moves and they can KO Aegislash in its Blade forme thanks to their lower speed and super effective coverage. While Aegislash can overpower them in the long game, it still has to be very careful around them and they are very effective at scouting it's set and removing one of its greatest strengths, its unpredictability. this part offers unnecessary info that ends up being fluff, and should thus be removed

**Teleport Chansey**: Chansey is a hard foe to break, as it is able to check both its specs and King's Shield+Toxic set and it completely walls them if not carrying Close Combat. While Chansey isn't able to damage Aegislash directly it can safely bring a partner that offensively checks Aegislash or even PP stall it. However Chansey still has to be careful of a potential Swords Dance set. honestly just put Chansey in the mixed walls section but don't write as much as you did here. Chansey's really only a convincing check to the SubToxic set anyway.


**Burn and Knock Off**: Getting it's 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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[OVERVIEW]

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 which slower-paced teams struggle against this part of the sentence doesn't really feel like it fits well with the rest of the information so I'd remove it. 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 which is an incredibly threatening sweeper being able to 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.

[SET]
name: King's Shield + Toxic
move 1: King’s Shield
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Substitute / Flash Cannon
item: Leftovers
ability: Stance Change
nature: Calm
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]

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 also a notable partner as it gives Aegislash Wish support so that it doesn't rely solely on Leftovers for its recovery. I think right here you could fit in an Umbreon mention, as it's another wish passer that can offer a secondary status spread with Toxic. Also checks some nuisances for Aegislash like Moltres. 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.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Claw
move 3: Shadow Sneak
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy / Air Balloon
nature: Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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.

[SET]
name: Mixed
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
nature: Rash
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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

[SET]
name: Autotomize
move 1: Autotomize
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Flash Cannon
move 4: Close Combat
item: Weakness Policy
ability: Stance Change
nature: Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

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.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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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
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**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.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[TotomonGang, 534656]]
- Quality checked by: [[KM, 180416], [Twilight, 344575], [username3, userid3]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]

Looks good, I just sprinkled in some last minute fixes in the overview and first set. 3/3 when you implement them
 

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