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Perish Song (Japanese: ほろびのうた Perish Song) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II.
All Pokémon on the field when Perish Song is used gain a perish count, except Pokémon with the Ability Soundproof and Pokémon that already have a perish count. Starting at 4 on the turn Perish Song is used, the perish count decreases by 1 at the end of each turn (including the turn Perish Song was used). When a Pokémon's perish count reaches 0, it faints.
Since Perish Song causes a Pokémon to faint without inflicting damage, it is unaffected by effects such as Focus Sash, Magic Guard and Sturdy.
If a Pokémon in switched out, its perish count is removed. However, if a Pokémon switches out with Baton Pass, its perish count will be transferred to the Pokémon switched in (even if it has the Ability Soundproof).
In Rotation Battles, if the Pokémon is rotated out, the perish count remains but does not decrease until that Pokémon is rotated back in.
Perish Song can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if either the move Mean Look or Sing was used in the prior turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining extra three appeal points if any of the moves Block, Mean Look or Spider Web was used in the prior turn.
If the perish count of multiple Pokémon on the field reaches 0 at the end of a turn, they will faint simultaneously (but messages and animations show up one after another).
Generation III to VII
Pokémon with Soundproof are immune to Perish Song, including the user.
If the perish count of multiple Pokémon on the field reaches 0 at the end of a turn, they will now faint in the same order they would move in.
If powered up with a Normalium Z into Z-Perish Song, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.
Pokémon with Soundproof are no longer immune to their own moves; consequently, if a Pokémon uses Perish Song, it will now gain a perish count even if it has Soundproof.
|| A malevolent melody that causes both the user and the opponent to faint in three turns.
|| Both user and foe faint in 3 turns.
|| Any Pokémon hearing this song faints in 3 turns.
|| 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.
| Any Pokémon that hears this song faints in three turns, unless it switches out of battle.
In other games
Perish Song targets all enemies on the floor. It has very low accuracy.
Any Pokémon in the player's team 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.
|| Inflicts the Perish Song status on all foes on the floor. The affected foes faint after several turns.
|| Afflicts all enemies on the floor with a Perish Song status condition. All Pokémon with the Perish Song status faint after several turns.
|| フロアの てきポケモンを ほろびのうたじょうたいにかえる ほろびのうたじょうたいになった ポケモンは しばらくすると たおれてしまう
|| It causes the Perish Song status condition to enemies on the floor. With the Perish Song status, the enemies will faint 3 turns later.
|| Enemies affected by this attack faint in 3 turns.*|
It causes the Perish Song status condition to enemies on the floor. In the Perish Song status condition, the enemies will faint 3 turns later.*
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| Any Pokémon that hears this song faints.
|| First Used In
|| 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
In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games
Perish Song animation when displaying the counter in Battle Revolution.
Perish Song dropping to zero in Battle Revolution.
- Perish Song displays animation when displaying the counter, as well as when it drops to zero in Pokémon Battle Revolution.
- The move could be a reference to the tritone, a musical interval also known as Diabolus in musica (Devil in music), since it was believed that when it was used, the devil got into the notes; this explains why the move has the effect of making everyone faint after three turns, its name, and the fact its animations features musical notes changing their color to black.
In other languages