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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 as well as the Alola region on rare occasions. 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 non-UB base Attack and normal Special Attack (tied with Dialga for Steel-types and Hoopa Confined for Ghost-types) stats out of all Ghost-types, Steel-type and non-legendary Pokémon in Blade Forme and the highest base Defense (tied with Doublade for Ghost-types, normally exceeded only by Steelix for Steel-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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yuseizinski Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
The only fully evolved Steel type Pokémon that the Magnet Pull ability CAN'T trap.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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raptor92921 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
So, where does one find the dusk stone in Kalos?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Professional Writer
Well, if you are looking for another one, Super Training is probably your best bet.
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raptor92921 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Which regimen do I go through to obtain it though?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Professional Writer
The special Aegislash one may potentially reward you with a Dusk Stone for completing it.
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DrGoo282 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
How are these species able to breed? A friend and I left Jack and Fi(our Aegislash) at the daycare together while we were busy traveling. When we came back, the two of them had this collection of sword/egg like things and a few Honedge that had hatched. We have no idea how they got there and neither do any of the other professors. For some reason this hasn't happened before and nobody seems to know why. I know that they can eat by slowly consuming the essence of the food, but this just doesn't line up.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional Writer
It's pretty confusing, I admit, but it's sort of a reincarnation-deal, as far as we know. The infant is merely the controlled rebirth of some lost soul in a new form, as are many Ghost-type Pokemon.
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DrGoo282 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
While that is fascinating, there is one problem that I have with the idea of reincarnation. One theory I would like to propose is that the Honedge line are not the literal reincarnations of lost souls, but have been infused with the spiritual energy of a passing soul. The soul is infused into the blade while the spirit or consciousness passes on to whatever afterlife there is. The soul itself has memories and skills from the person/creature, but it isn't able to learn on its own. What happens is that the soul infused in the blade attaches an unborn spirit to itself, since it has a soul to reside in. The result is a creature that has the memories of a well trained swordsman, but has its own spirit to live its own life in, since a spirit isn't able to live more than one continuous life and the infusion of a soul into an inanimate object separates the spirit from itself. 

We don't know for sure if they are literal reincarnations of people that have passed, since they don't communicate in any fashion that would allow us to know for sure. There is little evidence to support that they are possessed objects or left behind spirits, since the ones that do exhibit human traits(Like Phantump) are most likely doing so as a means to get sustenance(since they take people that wander in the forest). 

Yamask is unusual however, since it does show something akin to remorse when it looks at its own mask. This is likely due to the fact that Yamask were created in an attempt to achieve immortality in historic times. They separated the souls of people and infused them into the golden masks that they crafted in their image. The result was often close enough to real reincarnation that they assumed they really did cheat death, so they kept doing it to try and avoid dying. The problem was that while they responded to old stimuli like the person that they were made from, they acted differently from their previous human form. The projects were abandoned after seeing that they didn't actually cheat death, only accelerate it.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Writer
Hmmm......well, with the Honedge family, your idea has some merit, but I will still point out that in reincarnation, souls do not always get to retain their memories; sometimes they are simply wiped clean. And secondly, I have to disagree with you on Yamask; though they might not be able to readily communicate with others as we might like, there is more than enough evidence out there to strongly suggest that they were once in fact human and remember being so, not just because they think so, but because they are so. You should read the September 2014 issue of Hex Journal; they devoted a large part of the journal to the issue.
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DrGoo282 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Could you explain what Hex Journal is? I couldn't find it in Google and I've never heard of it before. 
Part of my idea is that the spiritual part of a human is composed of three separate parts. The part that is getting reincarnated is called the soul and it is the part of the spirit that allows it to control the physical body. It has memories, but it isn't the structure that forms them, only the part that relays memories to the body. So if the soul has its memories wiped clean, the body won't remember anything but the Core(the part that is the definite self) of the spirit will. So when the soul part of the whole spirit is taken, it will have the memories of the last individual, but the actually Core of the reincarnated individual is a whole new person. If you want me to explain it more, I would like you to ask me. I'm trying to work on other projects right now and I don't want to have to juggle more than I already have.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Professional Writer
(OOC: It's a fictional magazine; I was trying to stay in character on the situation)

Well, if you are so busy, I do not want to keep you from your work, but I would definitely would like to see more research on the subject in the future.
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ComicSpectrum Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Attack in Blade Forme - King's Shield to switch into Shield Forme. Repeat this to defeat any opponent.
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VL32 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Sounds like fun. Might want to try one when I do yet another re-run through Kalos.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Writer
For the most part.
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ComicSpectrum Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Yes. If Blade Forme fails to defeat the opponent - your Aegislash will lose a lot of health even from resisted attacks.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, but such is the way of a balanced fighter.
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chianticat10 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student Writer
My Aegislash overreacts when he sees one of my neighbors, going so far, as to getting me to go to his house, and tell him that he will end up being a leader some day. My neighbor just gave me a weird look.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Writer
Yeah, that sounds about right... :)
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Their low movement speed actually works as an advantage for them, which is why I don't go for Shadow Sneak.

Think about it-Shadow Sneak has a low base power and leaves them open to an attack, but if they go with a slower attack then the opponent, they can hit in Blade Forme, and switch back with a Priority King's Shield.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Writer
Good eye. :)
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I take it you agree that's a good idea?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Professional Writer
Absolutely.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I shall go with an Iron Ball.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Writer
Good luck.
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'll be testing out Lagging Tail with Aegislash to see if it's truly useable soon.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Professional Writer
I will be happy to hear the results.
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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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist 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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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Would a Lagging Tail help Aegislash? Or does it ignore the priority of King's Shield?
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