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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
Currently unknown
Generation VIII
Currently unknown

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.


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.

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.

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

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 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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