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In X and Y, there is a Pokemon named Agislash. He has a signature ability called Stance Change. It has a description that says: "The Pokemon changes form depending on how it battles." What exactly does that mean? Does it swap Offensive Capabilities with Defensive?

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As a future heads up, simply googling, or going to Smogon and searching up "Stance Change" clarifies everything. – waifu Feb 18 '14 at 18:31
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Aegislash changes form dependant upon the moves it uses.

If Aegislash uses a King's Shield, or enters the battle, it goes to Shield Forme. Sheild Forme has higher defense and lower attack.

If Aegislash uses a damaging move, it goes to Blade Forme, swapping its base Attack with it's Defense, causing it to have a higher Attack and lower defense.

From Serebii:

Aegislash's forms are the first set of forms to actually showcase the concept in Kalos. This Pokémon will change its form depending upon what moves it makes. The Formes are unique in that they completely swap their base stats with a focus on Attack in Blade Forme and Defence in Shield Forme If it makes any attacking moves, it switches to Blade Forme, whereas if uses the move King's Shield, it will be in its Shield Forme. Whenever it is sent out into battle, it is in its Shield Forme allowing for switching in without damage.

It's also note-worthy that moves that call other moves do not change Aegislash's form, even if they call a damaging move.

From Bulbapedia:

Stance Change allows Aegislash to switch between Shield Forme (high defensive stats, low offensive stats) and Blade Forme (high offensive stats, low defensive stats). Aegislash is always in Shield Forme if it is not battling, and as such, switching out reverts it to Shield Forme. It changes to Blade Forme when using a damaging move, and reverts to Shield Forme when using King's Shield. Status moves other than King's Shield will not change its form. Moves that call other moves, such as Sleep Talk, will not change Aegislash's Forme, even if they call a damaging move or King's Shield.

Stance Change is activated independently of sleep or confusion, and will therefore cause a change in stance even in either case. It can also not be traced, copied with Role Play, suppressed with Gastro Acid, or replaced with Simple Beam, Worry Seed, Entrainment, or Skill Swap. Obtaining Stance Change through Imposter on will not allow the other Pokemon to transform.

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Status move pretty much means all non-attacking attacks like Toxic/Protect/Swords Dance? – Shadow Z. Feb 15 '14 at 23:06
So if I want him to have the best attack during combat, I should Super Train his defense? – Shadow Z. Feb 16 '14 at 0:02
As far as i know, it only switches to shield Form when it uses King's shield and remains in its current form if it uses any non-damaging move. Where did you get the info about switching with status moves? – scenia Feb 16 '14 at 0:12
It says it in the answer that was posted. – Shadow Z. Feb 16 '14 at 0:19
@scenia It seems I misread my information. Thank you for pointing that out. I'll fix my answer. – LLF Feb 16 '14 at 23:54

When Aegislash swaps he is in shield forme. When he uses a damaging move it switches to blade forme. He basically switches his defense and his attack stats.

King's Shield makes him revert back to shield forme.

Sword Dance, Iron Defense and the likes do not change his forme.

Also as an aside. DO NOT include sword dance in his moveset. Because when he switches forme it basically increases his defense instead. So use iron defense, when he switches forme it actually improves his attack.

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