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Aegislash (the Royal Sword Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Steel/Ghost-type Pokémon found in fields, caverns and spiritual centers/buildings within the Kalos region. Readily armed and willing to enter battle at all times, Aegislash are devastating ghosts that can both shred their targets to pieces and withstand the harshest of blows. It may take some time getting used to their unique powers in battle, but few trainers will be able to put up much of a fight when faced with both blade and King's Shield in battle with nowhere to run!

The members of the Honedge family represent a very unique form of spiritual possession in that they consist of lost spirits that have tethered themselves to this world by permanently possessing old swords. In this form, these creatures are literally living weapons in and of themselves, as they have the capacity to alter the physical state of their occupied body just as any sword smith would, sharpening dull blades and tempering them with heat in order to strengthen them. For reasons that are still not well understood, these creatures are master swordsmen and have proven to be capable of outfighting even the best human swordsmen in the world; the problem with this is that these creatures seem to have inherited this ability through possession alone and do not require much in the way of private training to perfect their craft. It has been hypothesized by some that this might be because the spirits possessing these old swords are actually those of soldiers that died on the battlefield; whether or not this is true, however, has yet to be seen. Nonetheless, this grants these creatures a unique mix of attacks and techniques perfectly suited for their abnormal anatomical form, including the rare Sacred Sword Attack, which is otherwise only seen among the Swords of Justice of Unovan legend. Moreover, although they are technically better suited for defense than offense for the most part, these creatures have proven to be more than resourceful in acquiring more power and skill over time and can gradually become some of the most powerful Ghost and Steel-type Pokémon out there, especially when taking into account the fact that Honedge and Doublade both possess the rare No Guard Ability, while Aegislash are an entirely different force to be reckoned with in battle. As such, trainers should be very careful about how they interact with these creatures in battle and plan their strategy cautiously, because these monsters have already come back from death and they will gladly take anyone else trying to send them back down with them.

While Doublade are generally considered to be the naturally fully-evolved form of the Honedge family, when exposed the radiant energy of a Dusk Stone, their spiritual energies are heavily amplified to the point where the two alone cannot contain the sheer amount of power; in response, they join together and fuse once again into a single body, creating the devastating weapon known as Aegislash. Although they may only have one body, Aegislash end up with two brains in this evolution, making them literally twice as smart as they ever were before. In terms of combat abilities, this shift causes additionally dramatic effects in regards to both the creature's offensive and defensive abilities. Due to the fact that Doublade consisted of two separate blades, Aegislash have all that mass and more confined to a single blade in addition to twice the swordsmen skill, not only making them that much sturdier but capable of withstanding blows from extremely harsh attacks; this enables them to learn both powerful and skillful moves beyond its pre-evolutions, namely the Aerial Ace and Head Smash attacks (though they in turn lose the ability use the Tackle and Metal Sound moves). Moreover, evolution does these beasts a favor defensively by converting the sword sheaths they used to carry around into a single, massive shield that can cover the majority of their main body (the blade). This shield is the source of not only Aegislash's signature technique, King's Shield, but also its signature Ability, Stance Change. In battle, these creatures can choose to take either an offensive or defensive position in battle. In their Shield Forme, their offensive stats are extremely low but their defensive stats are extremely high, enabling them to withstand otherwise crushing blows as if they were nothing. The moment they wish to attack, however, these beasts will remove the shield covering them, reveal their main body and convert to their Blade Forme, switching their offensive and defensive stats to make every attack that they deliver, physical and special, a devastating blow capable of crippling just about any opponent. Aegislash will remain in their Blade Form indefinitely after the initial attack, but they can revert back to their Shield Forme by using their signature technique, the King's Shield technique, or any other move that raises its defensive stats. This move works exactly like Protect but has the added twist of greatly lowering the Attack stat of a Pokémon that tries to strike with a physical attack while the move is active, mainly as a result of their shield being coated in an intense field of spiritual energy before impact. This makes Aegislash both difficult to attack and difficult to work with in terms of strategizing, but trainers that are able to use their abilities efficiently will likely have a hard time finding a sturdier Ghost-type to work with. It is noted, though, that these beasts are not just prominent in battle but the history of the Kalos region in general, as these regal ghosts were once used to determine whether or not someone had the courage, leadership qualities and intelligence needed to rule as king of the region. As such, they were an important aspect to royal life and often served their duty outside of battle just as efficiently inside, using their spectral powers to control the minds of others to sway the opinion of enemies and subjects in the king's favor. Sadly, these creatures are now fairly rare in the wild, but those that do encounter them will have to be very careful, as these ghosts have hundreds of years of experience under their belt and are more than willing to demonstrate that to anyone foolish enough to get in their way.

Though they might be beyond rare and hard to find, Aegislash are devastating creatures that can more than decimate the opposition in battle when called for. With the highest base Attack and Special Attack (tied with Dialga for Steel-types and Hoopa Confined for Ghost-types) stats out of all Ghost-type, Steel-type and non-legendary Pokémon in Blade Forme and the highest base Defense (tied with Doublade for Ghost-types) and Special Defense (tied with Registeel and Probopass for Steel-types) stats out of all Ghost and Steel-type Pokémon in Shield Forme, it goes without saying that these bladed fiends are perhaps the worst nightmare a trainer can face when stuck with a limited strategy. If you are forced to fight these creatures in battle, you had better say some prayers and hope for a little luck, because only the greatest of trainers will be able to easily best these regal nightmares without suffering pain and agony intense enough to be fatal by itself!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Royal Sword Pokemon, Aegislash. Enjoy.
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IgelFullmetal Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My sister has one. The Aegislash is literally the most adorable thing ever. She can hardly bear to not be around her trainer.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...how cute.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Writer
This ghostly sword...I have one on my team. It is quite a nightmare for most opponents to deal with, since it has Shadow Claw, Sacred Sword, Head Smash, and King's Shield. That combination of moves covers all but its weakness to ground types. Wikstrom's in particular was a hard battle in and of itself...Her name is Masamune.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...sounds like quite the partner. :)
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Writer
When used properly, there are very few Pokémon in the world that can defend themselves or even land a blow against Masamune. I wish that, outside of pickup, that is it possible to get a Dusk Stone before facing Team Flare's master plan though.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed...well, at least Doublade have really high physical defenses to help them survive for a while in battle.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Writer
Doublade are pretty badass, and it's fun to screw with opponents that are unfamiliar with it's typing, especially since they have 3 immunities. Four weaknesses...it might not be average, but considering they have Sacred Sword for Dark Types and have Night Slash for Ghost types...and have access to Head Smash for Fire types...their is really nothing that can stop them. Of course, the hero of my team when facing Team Flare is Gardevoir.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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CerisBeech Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Writer
Aegislash is one of the better Kalos Pokémon...and the re-typing has really helped the name of Gardevoir, especially now that it can learn Moonblast earlier then before, and can learn Disarming Voice and Draining Kiss in the Hoenn remake.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Cool
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It is a cool look on a amezing pokemon.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you very much. :)
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janthekiller Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
your welkom! :)
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
my friend jacob once had one of these pokemon, it was nicknamed HEXCALIBUR and was quite powerfull, i wonder what happend to it...
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Writer
Interesting...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
indeed
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Truly a devastating force, especially with Sacred Sword. That, combined with its Ghost-type move of choice, means Aegislash is nearly unstoppable. No existing Pokemon can resist Ghost-type and Fighting-type moves.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Writer
True, though you really have to know your way around its Ability to make full use of it on the battlefield.
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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Indeed. For first-time users of Aegislash, that is no easy task.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Nor is it that easy for experts; it takes extremely precise timing and good knowledge of the kind of damage each form is capable of dealing and taking on an individual basis.  It takes a lot of work to perfect their use, but once you do, they are generally quite difficult to eliminate completely from battle without paying a heavy casualty price.
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These beings are really powerful. I've calculated, that they would be as strong as Arceus, if they were able to harness the abilities of their two forms at the same time. Technically speaking a correctly fighting Aegislash could strike just as much fear into its enemy as Arceus, when its not using its god powers and thus fighting fair. According to Chrysaor this is one of the reasons why our great savior took the resistances to Dark-types and Ghost-types from those who are made of steel or at least use it as armor. Of course the truth is completely different from this assumption but I won't argue with an Aegislash over something like that. ^^;
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gangsterlampy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aegislash: haha so.......were u talking abought me..............
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:iconsoleviatis:
Soleviatis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only your species. feel free to share your thoughts.
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gangsterlampy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aegislash: hmm well i did overhear you so are ya gonna fess up or do i have to take controll of your mind to tell me?
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:iconsoleviatis:
Soleviatis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that won't be necessary. i see no reason to hide information from you.
just tell me what you want to know.
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gangsterlampy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aegislash: all i heard was something abought me and arceus
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, i said that your species could be about as strong as arceus.
that is, if you were able to use the strong points of both your forms
at the same time. the difference in stats would be, that you'd have more power
and bulk but less speed and health.
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gangsterlampy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aegislash: yah i know
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Writer
They have a habit of overstating their own power, but they are nonetheless extremely adept fighters regardless.
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Soleviatis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So that's just a habit among the species themselves? Good thing, that Chrysaor isn't the only one. :) They really are adept, but it all comes and falls with the trainer's decisions, when not in the wild. Either it goes very well and many fights are won, or it doesn't and they end up letting their guard down in the worst moments. It certainly takes practice to master their unique Ability in battle.
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IrishKlinklang Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
My sp attacking aegislash... Tee hee, nobody expects to get shadow balled or flash cannoned online....
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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Yami-Hydreigon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I was extremely happy the day I got a dusk stone to evolve my Aegislash Say'ri. She is now one of my team's main offensive forces. She certainly doesn't mind it, she appears to get a thrill out of battles. I've managed to master the stance change ability so it's very hard for my opponents to take her down. 
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Sounds like quite the partner. :)
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a Honedge, soon to become an Agislash.

Victory, is my destiny. Meta Knight emote 
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Excellent reports on Honedge and its evolutions.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you; I'm glad that you enjoyed them.
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Anytime, good sir. :)
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CloneCaptainCacnea12 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
A most powerful and deadly foe of the Ages. :iconknightplz:
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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narcissus-31st Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And yet another Pokemon I look forward to catching! :3
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:iconmutitus:
Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
:iconmarthplz: A worthy opponent.
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gangsterlampy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
aegislash:challenge acepted *puts on cool sunglasses and battle music starts
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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