King's Shield (move)

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King's Shield
キングシールド King Shield
King's Shield VII.png
Type  Steel
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +4
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

King's Shield (Japanese: キングシールド King Shield) is a non-damaging Steel-type move introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature move of Aegislash.


Generation VI

King's Shield protects the user from any moves except status moves for that turn. Additionally, if King's Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Attack stat drops by 2 stages. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used King's Shield, the move fails and the Pokémon's Attack does not drop.

If selected by an Aegislash with Stance Change while in Blade Forme, it will change to Shield Forme immediately before it would use King's Shield, even if the move fails or is not executed due to an effect such as a status condition or confusion. Stance Change does not change the user's Forme if King's Shield is called by another move, such as Sleep Talk.

Using Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Wide Guard, or Quick Guard consecutively divides the chance of success of Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, and King's Shield by 3 for each consecutive use, with a minimum (1/3)^6 (1/729 or ~0.1%) chance.[1]

King's Shield can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Encore, Taunt or Torment was used in the prior turn.

Generation VII

King's Shield causes the Attack stat to drop even if the user of King's Shield was immune to that contact move.

If Aegislash attempts to use King's Shield but cannot execute it due to an effect such as a status condition or confusion, Stance Change does not activate.

If powered up by a Steelium Z into Z-King's Shield, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Generation VIII

King's Shield now causes the attacker's Attack stat to drop by one stage instead of two.

Moves that bypass King's Shield

If a damaging Z-Move targets a Pokémon protected by King's Shield, the Z-Move will bypass King's Shield but only do 25% of the original damage (King's Shield remains in effect).

Additionally, King's Shield is unable to defend against status moves or any of the following moves:

Move Type Cat.
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Fury  Dark  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Hole  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Phantom Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

The users of these moves do not get an Attack drop. Additionally, Feint, Phantom Force, Shadow Force, Hyperspace Fury, and Hyperspace Hole lift King's Shield's protection for the rest of the turn.


Games Description
The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also harshly lowers the Attack stat of any attacker who makes direct contact.
SwSh The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also lowers the Attack stat of any attacker that makes direct contact.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
681 Aegislash Aegislash
SteelIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1, Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games


Games Description
SMD It blocks attack moves and lowers enemies' Attack. Chance of failing rises if used in a row.*
You'll get the King's Shield, which protects you from physical and special moves. It also lowers the enemies' Attack. But its chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.*

In the anime

None.png Sawyer Aegislash Kings Shield.png None.png None.png
The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. If an attacker makes direct contact with the user, the attacker's Attack is lowered.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
681 Aegislash Aegislash swirls around while in Blade Form and then turns into Shield Form. Light blue hexagonal shapes then appear one by one in front of Aegislash until they form a shield, blocking itself from attacks. If the opponent makes direct contact with the shield, they glow blue, lowering their Attack.
Sawyer's Aegislash Valuable Experience for All! Debut
A wild Aegislash Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

King's Shield VI.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 王者盾牌 Wòhngjé Téuhnpàaih
Mandarin 王者盾牌 Wángzhě Dùnpái
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Koningsschild
France Flag.png French Bouclier Royal
Germany Flag.png German Königsschild
Italy Flag.png Italian Scudo Reale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 킹실드 King Shield
Poland Flag.png Polish Tarcza Króla
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Escudo do Rei
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Escudo Real
Spain Flag.png Spanish Escudo Real


Variations of the move Detect
Status DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstruct

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