Perish Song (move)

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Perish Song
ほろびのうた Perish Song
Perish Song.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
  • Is a sound-based move
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all Pokémon on the field
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that made good appeals.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Lowers the Voltage of all Judges by one each.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Perish Song (Japanese: ほろびのうた Perish Song) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II.


After 3 turns, all Pokémon that were on the field when Perish Song was used will faint unless they switch out. Perish Song does not affect Pokémon with the Ability Soundproof. If a Pokémon switches out with Baton Pass, Perish Song will still be in effect on the Pokémon switched in, even if it has the Ability Soundproof.

Mystery Dungeon

Any Pokémon in the player's Rescue Party affected by Perish Song will faint in 3 turns. However, it can be prevented by entering the stairs to the next floor or by sending home an affected partner before the third turn. It can also be prevented via any move, Ability, or item that heals all status effects (as opposed to a particular status effect), such as Heal Bell, Shed Skin, or a Heal Seed.


Games Description
A malevolent melody that causes both the user and the opponent to faint in three turns.
Both user and foe faint in 3 turns.
RSE Any Pokémon hearing this song faints in 3 turns.
FRLG Any battler that hears this faints in three turns unless it switches.
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints in three turns, unless it switches out of battle.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
124 Jynx Jynx Ice Psychic 51 57 49 55 '
131 Lapras Lapras Water Ice 29 25 27 27 '
186 Politoed Politoed Water Water 35 35 -- -- '
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost 46 45 41 46 '
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic 45 49 41 45 '
251 Celebi Celebi Psychic Grass 50 50 91 91 '
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying   48 50 55 48 '
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying   54 62 70 57 '
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark   46 65 65 '
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug     38 50 50 '
493 Arceus Arceus Normal Normal     90 90 '
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic       85 '
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
086 Seel Seel Water Water LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison Misdreavus Misdreavus Misdreavus Misdreavus
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground Lapras Lapras Lapras Lapras
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff Normal Normal Marill Marill Marill Marill
183 Marill Marill Water Water LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed LaprasPolitoed
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying   SwabluAltaria SwabluAltaria SwabluAltaria
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
104 104 Cubone Ground Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

None.png Little Miss Perish Song.png Nando Altaria Perish Song.png None.png
Misdreavus Altaria
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus sings loudly and black waves of energy come out of its mouth, hurting Misdreavus and making crimson static appear over the opponent, hurting them as well.
Marina's Little Miss The Legend of Thunder! Debut
334 Altaria Altaria flies into the air and sings. As it does a trail of gold light with multicolored sparkles in it comes out from behind its body.
Nando's Altaria Last Call - First Round! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

None.png Polibo Perish Song.png None.png None.png
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
186 Politoed Politoed sings a quiet song into its opponent's ear. After a while, both the opponent and Politoed faint.
Gold's Polibo The Last Battle VI Debut

In other generations

Perish Song II.png Perish Song III.png Perish Song IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 滅亡之歌 Mièwáng-zhī Gē
France Flag.png French Requiem
Germany Flag.png German Abgesang
Greece Flag.png Greek Κύκνειο Άσμα
India Flag.png Hindi मारने का गाना Maarne Ka Gaana
Italy Flag.png Italian Ultimocanto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멸망의노래 Myeolmang-yi Norae
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Canção do Perecer
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Pesma Stradanja
Spain Flag.png Spanish Canto Mortal

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