Stance Change (Ability)

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Stance Change バトルスイッチ
Battle Switch
Flavor text
Generation VI
The Pokémon changes form depending on how it battles.
Generation VII
The Pokémon changes its form to Blade Forme when it uses an attack move, and changes to Shield Forme when it uses King's Shield.

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

Generation VI

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.

If Shield Forme Aegislash uses a damaging move, it changes to Blade Forme immediately before using the move. If Blade Forme Aegislash uses King's Shield, it changes to Shield Forme immediately before using the move. Status moves other than King's Shield will not change its Forme. Moves that call other moves, such as Sleep Talk, will not change its 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 Aegislash's move, such as sleep or confusion.

Role Play, Gastro Acid, Worry Seed, Simple Beam, and Entrainment fail if the target has the Ability Stance Change. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Stance Change. Stance Change cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Stance Change cannot be replaced by Mummy or suppressed by Core Enforcer. If a Pokémon other than Aegislash obtains Stance Change with Imposter or Transform, the Pokémon will not change Formes.

Generation VII

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Sleep and confusion now prevent Aegislash from changing Formes.

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
Blade Forme
Steel Ghost Stance Change None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the anime

None.png Sawyer Aegislash Stance Change.png None.png None.png
Aegislash
The Pokémon changes form depending on how it battles.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
681 Aegislash Aegislash changes its form depending on the battle situation.
Sawyer's Aegislash Valuable Experience for All! Debut
681B Aegislash Aegislash changes its form depending on the battle situation.
Sawyer's Aegislash Valuable Experience for All! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 戰鬥切換 Jindau Chitwuhn
Mandarin 戰鬥切換 / 战斗切换 Zhàndòu Qiēhuàn *
戰鬥轉換 Zhàndòu Zhuǎnhuàn *
France Flag.png French Déclic Tactique
Germany Flag.png German Taktikwechsel
Italy Flag.png Italian Accendilotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀스위치 Battle Switch
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Mudança em Posição
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cambio Táctico


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