King's Shield (move)
キングシールド King Shield
- Main article: Protection
King's Shield protects the user from all effects of physical and special moves that target it during the turn it is used. If King's Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Attack stat is lowered. If a contact multi-strike move is blocked by King's Shield, the resulting Attack drop will only apply once. King's Shield causes the Attack stat to drop even if the user of King's Shield was immune to that contact move. Moves that are blocked do not activate other effects that require making contact, like Rocky Helmet or Rough Skin.
|Gen VI||Gen VII||Gen VIII||Gen IX|
|Attacker stat drop||2 stages||✔||✔|
King's Shield also triggers Aegislash's form change. If Aegislash has Stance Change and uses King's Shield while in Blade Forme, it will change to Shield Forme before using King's Shield. If King's Shield is called by another move, such as Sleep Talk, Aegislash's form will not change.
If the user goes last in the turn, the move will fail. The chance that King's Shield will succeed also drops each time the user successfully and consecutively uses Endure, any protection move that only affects the user, Quick Guard, or Wide Guard. Each time, the chance of success is divided by 3.
Some moves will do damage through King's Shield. Most damaging Z-Moves and Max Moves will only do 25% of their original damage, except G-Max One Blow and G-Max Rapid Flow which do full damage. Moves that break protection, like Feint, will do their full damage and remove the effects of King's Shield. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass King's Shield.
King's Shield is an increased priority move that will go before most attacks in a turn.
In this generation only, if the user of King's Shield is immune to a move, that move will not be blocked by King's Shield (and cannot trigger its stat drop).
Also in this generation only, Aegislash will change form if King's Shield was selected but fails to execute. This may occur if it goes last or it is prevented by a status condition.
If powered up by a Steelium Z into Z-King's Shield, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
King's Shield cannot be selected in a battle.
King's Shield cannot be selected in a battle.
By leveling up
|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
The user gains the King's Shield status for one turn. During this turn the Pokémon takes no damage from attacks or moves. When the Pokémon evades a contact move from an opponent, the opponent's Attack will decrease by one stage. Aegislash will also change into its Shield Forme if it was in its Blade Forme.
The chance of the move failing rises if the user's most recently used move was King's Shield or a move that evades enemies' attacks (such as Protect).
|Category||Move Gauge||MP||Base Power||Max Power||Accuracy||Target||Effect Tag||Description||Playable Users|
|Status||2||2||—||—||—%||Self||—||The user takes up a defensive posture. Using this move again will make the user leave this defensive posture. No other actions can be taken when in this defensive posture. Nullifies an attack move that targets the user while it is in this defensive posture, then the user leaves the defensive posture. If the move was a physical attack move, lowers the Attack of the opponent that used it by to stat ranks.||Wikstrom & Aegislash|
- Prior to Version 2.10.0*: ... Nullifies moves that target the user while it is in this defensive posture. Sharply lowers the Attack of opponents that use physical moves to attack the user while it is in this defensive posture.
In the anime
|The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage. It also lowers the attack power of any attacker that makes direct contact.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Aegislash swirls around while in Blade Forme and then turns into Shield Forme. 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 power; or, Aegislash switches from Blade Forme to Shield Forme. When the opponent tries to attack Aegislash, light purple hexagons appear in front of it, protecting it from attacks.|
|Sawyer's Aegislash||Valuable Experience for All!||Debut|
|A wild Aegislash||Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel||None|
|Wikstrom's Aegislash||Searching for Chivalry!||None|
In the manga
|The user takes a defensive stance while it protects itself from damage.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Aegislash switches to its Shield Forme, using its shield to protect itself from attacks.|
|Celosia's Aegislash||Lucky Lucario Was Here||Debut|
In other generations
Core series games
Spin-off series games
In other languages
|Variations of the move Detect|
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