Self-Destruct (move)

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Self-Destruct
じばく Self-Destruct
Self-Destruct IX.png
Self-Destruct IX 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  200
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all Pokémon adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  8 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes a great appeal, but allows no more to the end.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn +15 if all the Pokémon choose the same Judge.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  8 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
A move of huge appeal, but using it prevents the user from taking further contest moves.

Self-Destruct (Japanese: じばく Self-Destruct), formatted as Selfdestruct prior to Generation VI, is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM36 in Generation I, TM42 in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, and was TM20 in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Effect

Selfdestruct inflicts damage and causes the user to faint.

Sturdy or a held Focus Band or Focus Sash does not prevent the user from fainting.

This move cannot be used when a Pokémon with the Ability Damp is on the field.

Generation I

Though its power is listed as 130, the target's Defense will be halved during damage calculation (unless it is at a value of 1), effectively doubling the power to 260.

The user of Selfdestruct will faint even if the attack misses or the opponent is immune to it (due to being Ghost type).

If Selfdestruct breaks a target's substitute, the user will not faint, though its image will be replaced by a blank image. Additionally, if the user of Selfdestruct had a substitute at the time of such a situation, uses Substitute later, or switches out, its regular image will once again become visible.

If the user of Selfdestruct attacks first and faints itself, the opponent will not attack or be subjected to recurrent damage during that round.

In Stadium, if Selfdestruct breaks a target's substitute, the user will faint. The base power listed in Stadium is the one after halving Defense, i.e. 260.

Generation II

Selfdestruct's power is increased to 200. The target's Defense is still halved, effectively doubling the power to 400.

The user of Selfdestruct will now faint even if the target is behind a substitute, or is protected against it.

If the user of Selfdestruct attacks first and faints itself, the opponent will not attack this turn, but is subjected to end-of-turn damage such as from sandstorm.

Unlike the previous game, Stadium 2 lists Selfdestruct's power before halving Defense.

If Selfdestruct is selected, but fails due to confusion, then the user takes more confusion damage as well.

Generation III

The user's sprite no longer disappears upon using the move.

If the user of Selfdestruct attacks first and faints itself, all other Pokémon may still attack this turn.

Generation IV

If all targets of Selfdestruct have already fainted this turn such that there is no target when Selfdestruct is being executed, Selfdestruct will fail and the user will not faint.

Selfdestruct's temporary Defense drop no longer boosts confusion damage.

Generation V

Selfdestruct no longer halves the target's Defense. The user faints before dealing damage, unlike in previous generations.

If all targets of Selfdestruct have already fainted this turn such that there is no target when Selfdestruct is being executed, the user of Selfdestruct will now faint regardless.

Generation VI onwards

Self-Destruct returns to damaging the target before the user faints.

Self-Destruct can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Block, Mean Look or Spider Web was used in the prior turn.

If used in a Raid Battle (Max and Tera), Self-Destruct fails, and the user does not faint.

Generation VIII

Self-Destruct fails if the move misses, or the target is immune.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the user receives recoil damage instead of fainting, with the exact recoil amount depending on the style used.

Category  Physical
PP  5
Agile Strong
Power  150  120  200
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  0  +3  0
Additional effect
Recoil  80%  70%  90%
   ?  ?
   ?  ?
Damages the user by a percentage of its total HP

Description

Games Description
Stad The user explodes, inflicting damage on the enemy, then faints. Useless against Ghost-type.
Stad2 The user explodes, damaging the enemy, then faints. Useless against the Ghost-type.
GSC Powerful but makes the user faint.
RSEColo.XD Inflicts severe damage but makes the user faint.
FRLG The user blows up to inflict severe damage, even making itself faint.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user blows up to inflict damage on all Pokémon in battle. The user faints upon using this move.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSP
SV
The user attacks everything around it by causing an explosion. The user faints upon using this move.
LA The user causes an explosion to inflict damage on the target. This also damages the user.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0074 Geodude RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 29 29XY
24ORAS
24 19 24 47 24
0074 Geodude
Geodude
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24 19 24
0075 Graveler RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 31 31XY
24ORAS
24 19 24 47 24
0075 Graveler
Graveler
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24 19 24
0076 Golem RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 31 31XY
24ORAS
24 19 24 47 24
0076 Golem
Golem
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24 19 24
0100 Voltorb ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 22 23 27 29 33 33XY
26ORAS
26 19 26 26
0100 Voltorb
Voltorb
Hisuian Form
ElectricIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 47 26
0101 Electrode ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 22 1, 23 27 29 35 35XY
26ORAS
26 19 26 26
0101 Electrode
Electrode
Hisuian Form
ElectricIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 47 26
0109 Koffing PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 40 17 17 19 24BW
23B2W2
23 23 24 28 28 28
0110 Weezing PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 43 1, 17 1, 17 19 24BW
23B2W2
23 23 24 28 28 28
0110 Weezing
Weezing
Galarian Form
PoisonIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 28 28
0204 Pineco BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6
0205 Forretress BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 8 1, 8 1, 6 1, 6 1 1, 6 1, 6 1
0211 Qwilfish
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
DarkIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 57 -
0343 Baltoy GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 19 19 21BW
25B2W2
25XY
28ORAS
28 33 33
0344 Claydol GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 19 19 21BW
25B2W2
25XY
28ORAS
28 33 33
0425 Drifloon GhostIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous - - - - 29 29 47 29
0426 Drifblim GhostIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous - - - - 31 31 47 31
0482 Azelf PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered - - - - - - 57 Rem.*
0597 Ferroseed GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 38 38 38 30
0598 Ferrothorn GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 38 38 38 30
0649 Genesect
Genesect
All forms
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 77 77 77 91
0774 Minior
Minior
All forms
RockIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 22 22
0904 Overqwil DarkIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 57 -
0969 Glimmet RockIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 29
0970 Glimmora RockIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 29
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 Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0211 Qwilfish WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 - - - - - - -
0211 Qwilfish
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
DarkIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
0185 Sudowoodo RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral -
0438 Bonsly RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral -
0446 Munchlax NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster -
0568 Trubbish PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0965 Varoom SteelIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM/Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0039 Jigglypuff NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy - - -
0040 Wigglytuff NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy - - -
0074 Geodude RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0074 Geodude
Geodude
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0075 Graveler RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0075 Graveler
Graveler
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0076 Golem RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0076 Golem
Golem
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0088 Grimer PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0088 Grimer
Grimer
Alolan Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0089 Muk PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0089 Muk
Muk
Alolan Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0090 Shellder WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
0091 Cloyster WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
0092 Gastly GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0093 Haunter GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0094 Gengar GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0095 Onix RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0100 Voltorb ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0101 Electrode ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0102 Exeggcute GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
0103 Exeggutor GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
0103 Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Alolan Form
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Grass
0109 Koffing PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0110 Weezing PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0110 Weezing
Weezing
Galarian Form
PoisonIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0143 Snorlax NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
0150 Mewtwo PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0151 Mew PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0185 Sudowoodo RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0204 Pineco BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
0205 Forretress BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug
0208 Steelix SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0211 Qwilfish WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
0218 Slugma FireIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0219 Magcargo FireIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0222 Corsola WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
0222 Corsola
Corsola
Galarian Form
GhostIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3
0273 Seedot GrassIC Big.png Field Grass
0274 Nuzleaf GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass
0275 Shiftry GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass
0299 Nosepass RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0316 Gulpin PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0317 Swalot PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
0320 Wailmer WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
0321 Wailord WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
0323 Camerupt FireIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
0324 Torkoal FireIC Big.png Field Field
0337 Lunatone RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0338 Solrock RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0343 Baltoy GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0344 Claydol GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0362 Glalie IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral
0375 Metang SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0376 Metagross SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0377 Regirock RockIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0378 Regice IceIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0379 Registeel SteelIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0425 Drifloon GhostIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0426 Drifblim GhostIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
0438 Bonsly RockIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0446 Munchlax NormalIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0462 Magnezone ElectricIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0463 Lickilicky NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
0482 Azelf PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0485 Heatran FireIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0526 Gigalith RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0568 Trubbish PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0569 Garbodor PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0582 Vanillite IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0583 Vanillish IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0584 Vanilluxe IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0597 Ferroseed GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
0598 Ferrothorn GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
0615 Cryogonal IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0622 Golett GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0623 Golurk GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0645 Landorus
Landorus
All forms
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0649 Genesect
Genesect
All forms
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0721 Volcanion FireIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0773 Silvally
Silvally
All forms
NormalIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0797 Celesteela SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0801 Magearna
Magearna
All forms
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0806 Blacephalon FireIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0809 Melmetal SteelIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0837 Rolycoly RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0838 Carkol RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0839 Coalossal RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
0855 Polteageist
Polteageist
All forms
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous
0864 Cursola GhostIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3
0871 Pincurchin ElectricIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous
0874 Stonjourner RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
0894 Regieleki ElectricIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0895 Regidrago DragonIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0109 Koffing
KoffingLv. 13
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous Pokéwalker - Town Outskirts
0446 Munchlax NormalIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered Pokéwalker - Winner's Path
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Self-Destruct causes a 3×3 explosion centered on the user, that targets all Pokémon in the range; ally or enemy. From Super Mystery Dungeon, the move is instead classified as a status move and the user will first give itself the Self-Destruct status condition. With this, the user will only explode if attacked on the next turn.

In the Rescue Team, Explorers and Adventure Squad series, the explosion deals 40 HP damage to enemy Pokémon and halves the current HP of the user and teammates (dealing at least 1 HP of damage). Fire-type take half the usual damage from Self-Destruct. In Super Mystery Dungeon, the explosion will immediately defeat enemies in range, though Fire-type enemy Pokémon will only lose 50% of their HP. The damage to the user and teammates is the same as in previous games.

Self-Destruct also destroys all items and wall tiles (other than those on the edge of the floor and in locked chambers) in range. This move cannot be used if the current weather on the floor is rain, or if there is a Pokémon with Damp somewhere on the floor.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB - - 12 - —% - 1 tile around user All Yes
MDTDS - - 12 - —% - 1 tile around user All Yes
BSL - - 12 - —% - 1 tile around user All Yes
SMD - - 15 30 —% - 1 tile around user All Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Description

Games Description
MDRB Makes the user explode, inflicting damage on all surrounding Pokémon. It also destroys surrounding items.
MDTDS Makes the user blow up in an explosion, inflicting damage on all Pokémon within a 1-tile range. It also destroys walls and items.
BSL じぶんが 『ばくはつ』する まわりの ポケモンに ダメージをあたえ かべや ゆかのどうぐも きえてしまう
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD You'll get the self-destruct status. When you take damage, it causes an explosion that damages Pokémon around you and causes items on the floor to disappear. You won't get Exp. Points even if an enemy faints due to the damage caused by the explosion.


In the anime

Duplica Ditto Transform Selfdestruct.png
Ditto as a Voltorb
Goh Voltorb Self-Destruct.png
Voltorb
Brock Pineco Selfdestruct.png
Pineco
Sango Glalie Self-Destruct.png
Glalie
The user self-destructs violently, damaging everything around it. The user faints upon using this move.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Voltorb Voltorb's body glows white or yellow. It then explodes violently. Sometimes, yellow sparks appear around its body before the explosion.
Koga's multiple Voltorb The Ninja Poké-Showdown Debut
Duplica's Ditto in the form of Voltorb Ditto's Mysterious Mansion Used via Transform
A wild Voltorb A Chansey Operation None
Keith's multiple Voltorb So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd None
Multiple wild Voltorb Showdown at the Po-ké Corral None
A Trainer's Voltorb Pikachu Re-Volts None
A Trainer's Voltorb Arceus and the Jewel of Life None
Multiple wild Voltorb Bucking the Treasure Trend! None
Goh's Voltorb Mad About Blue! None
Pineco Pineco's body glows blue or white before it suddenly explodes.
Multiple wild Pineco Going Apricorn! None
Brock's Pineco Going Apricorn! None
Multiple wild Pineco Bucking the Treasure Trend! None
Glalie Glalie's body flashes yellow before it suddenly explodes. Glalie faints upon using the move.
Sango's Glalie HZ025 None


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure


Pokémon Zensho


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Generation I, if Selfdestruct or Explosion knocks out the last remaining Pokémon on both sides of the field simultaneously, the player will black out as normal, but the victory music still plays.
  • In Generations II and III, if a Pokémon attempts to use Selfdestruct or Explosion but hurts itself in confusion instead, the confusion damage is boosted by the move's Defense-halving effect.
  • Self-Destruct, Explosion, and Misty Explosion are the only three damaging moves whose battle animations play out even if they would miss or have no effect.
  • If Self-Destruct is upgraded into the Z-Move Breakneck Blitz, that Breakneck Blitz will have the same power as Self-Destruct (200).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 自爆 Jihbaau
Mandarin 自爆 Zìbào *
玉石俱碎 Yùshí Jù Suì *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Sebezničení
Denmark Flag.png Danish Selvdestruktion
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Zelfvernietiging
Finland Flag.png Finnish Itsetuho
France Flag.png French Destruction
Germany Flag.png German Finale
Greece Flag.png Greek Αυτοκαταστροφή Aytokatastrofí
Italy Flag.png Italian AutodistruzioneIV+
Autodistruz.IIII
South Korea Flag.png Korean 자폭 Japok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Autodestruição
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Samouništenje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Autodestrucción*
Autodestruc*
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Självförstörelse
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Tự Hủy


Generation I TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation I HMs
0102030405
Generation VII TMs
SMUSUM
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
PE
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
0001020304050607080910111213141516171819
2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
BDSP
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VIII TRs (SwSh)
0001020304050607080910111213141516171819
2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899


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