Few things get Pokémon Players as excited as the
prospect of an unbreakable lock (a playable
That is what this Aegislash
seemed to offer . . . except it doesn’t.
At least not in any practical way.
The prospect of this lock comes from
Aegisash’s attack, King’s
Shield. For four Energy it
does a pathetic 50 damage, but the effect prevents all
damage done to Aegislash
during your opponent’s next turn. The drawback is that
it cannot be used on consecutive turns, but it seems as
though the Stance Change Ability might offer an answer
to that problem: simply use it to swap in another
Aegislash, then rinse and
repeat for continuous immunity!
Unfortunately, there is a crucial bit of text in Stance
Change which means that this approach won’t work: ‘any
other effects remain on the new Pokémon’. This means
that using the Ability DOES NOT re-set the attack – you
still can’t use King’s Shield next turn. The only way
around this is to set up another
Aegislash on the Bench and switch between them.
You’ll needed switching Trainers or
Keldeo EX/Float Stone to do this, but that isn’t
the problem: the problem is setting up two Stage 2
Pokémon with FOUR Energy.
Remember, there isn’t really any viable acceleration for
Metal. I suppose you could try and do something with
Aromatisse XY and Rainbow
Energy, but that requires even more set up and your
opponent just won’t allow that to happen.
Factor in the poor damage output and the fact that
King’s Shield will not protect against Status
Laser, or Shred-style attacks that ignore effects on the
defending Pokémon (such as you get with
Rayquaza DRX and
Genesect with G Booster),
and you can see that Aegislash
decks are incredibly clumsy and slow, and don’t even
offer the kind of total immunity that they would need to
even stand a chance of working. It’s an interesting
concept, but it’s never going to make it out of the
realms of fun/casual play.
Modified: 1.75 (actually, probably more frustrating than
Limited: 1.25 (not worth the massive bother)