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Stance Change (Ability)

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Stance Change バトルスイッチ
Battle Switch
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Generation VI
The Pokémon changes form depending on how it battles.

Stance Change (Japanese: バトルスイッチ Battle Switch) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature Ability of Aegislash.

Effect

In battle

Stance Change allows Aegislash to switch between Shield Forme (high defensive stats, low offensive stats) and Blade Forme (high offensive stats, low defensive stats). Aegislash is always in Shield Forme if it is not battling, and as such, switching out reverts it to Shield Forme. It changes to Blade Forme when using a damaging move, and reverts to Shield Forme when using King's Shield. Status moves other than King's Shield will not change its form. Moves that call other moves, such as Sleep Talk, will not change Aegislash's Forme, even if they call a damaging move or King's Shield.

The Ability activates prior to and independently of any checks for status conditions that may stop the execution of the user's attack, such as sleep or confusion.

Stance Change cannot be Traced, copied with Role Play, suppressed with Gastro Acid, or replaced with Simple Beam, Worry Seed, Entrainment, or Skill Swap. If a Pokémon other than Aegislash obtains Stance Change with Imposter or Transform, the Pokémon will not change Formes. In addition, Stance Change is unaffected by Mummy.

Outside of battle

It is unknown if Stance Change has an effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Stance Change

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Aegislash Aegislash
Shield Forme
Steel Ghost Stance Change None None
Aegislash Aegislash
Sword Forme
Steel Ghost Stance Change None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Déclic Tactique
Germany Flag.png German Taktikwechsel
Italy Flag.png Italian Accendilotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀스위치 Battle Switch
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cambio Táctico


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