Self-Destruct (move)

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Self-Destruct
じばく Self-Destruct
Self-Destruct VII.png
Self-Destruct VII 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 Pokémon X and Y, is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM36 in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Selfdestruct inflicts damage, and causes the user to faint. 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.

The Focus Band won't prevent the user of Selfdestruct from fainting.

Generation III

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

The Focus Sash won't prevent the user of Selfdestruct from fainting.

Anticipation is triggered by the opponent having this move in their moveset.

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.

Sturdy won't prevent the user of Selfdestruct from fainting.

Anticipation is no longer triggered by this move.

Generation VI onward

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.

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
SMUSUM
The user attacks everything around it by causing an explosion. The user faints upon using this move.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
074 Geodude Geodude
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 29 29XY
24ORAS
24SMUSUM
19PE
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24SMUSUM
19PE
075 Graveler Graveler
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 31 31XY
24ORAS
24SMUSUM
19PE
075 Graveler Graveler
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24SMUSUM
19PE
076 Golem Golem
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 21 21 21 18 31 31XY
24ORAS
24SMUSUM
19PE
076 Golem Golem
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 24SMUSUM
19PE
100 Voltorb Voltorb
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 22 23 27 29 33 33XY
26ORAS
26SMUSUM
19PE
101 Electrode Electrode
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 22 1, 23 27 29 35 35XY
26ORAS
26SMUSUM
19PE
109 Koffing Koffing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 40 17 17 19 24BW
23B2W2
23 23SMUSUM
24PE
110 Weezing Weezing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 43 1, 17 1, 17 19 24BW
23B2W2
23 23SMUSUM
24PE
204 Pineco Pineco
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 8 8 6 6 6 6
205 Forretress Forretress
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 8 1, 8 1, 6 1, 6 1 1, 6
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 19 19 21BW
25B2W2
25XY
28ORAS
28
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 19 19 21BW
25B2W2
25XY
28ORAS
28
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 38 38 38
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 38 38 38
649 Genesect Genesect
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 77 77 77
774 Minior Minior
RockIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 22
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 Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
446 Munchlax Munchlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
568 Trubbish Trubbish
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

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
TM36
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
TM42
074 Geodude Geodude
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
075 Graveler Graveler
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
075 Graveler Graveler
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
076 Golem Golem
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
076 Golem Golem
Alola Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous PE
088 Grimer Grimer
Alola Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous PE
089 Muk Muk
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous PE
089 Muk Muk
Alola Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous PE
090 Shellder Shellder
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 PE
091 Cloyster Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 PE
092 Gastly Gastly
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous PE
093 Haunter Haunter
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous PE
094 Gengar Gengar
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous PE
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral PE
100 Voltorb Voltorb
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral PE
101 Electrode Electrode
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral PE
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass PE
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass PE
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Alola Form
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Grass PE
109 Koffing Koffing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous PE
110 Weezing Weezing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous PE
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster PE
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered PE
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered PE
809 Melmetal Melmetal
SteelIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered PE
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
074 Geodude Geodude
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
089 Muk Muk
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
090 Shellder Shellder
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
091 Cloyster Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
092 Gastly Gastly
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
093 Haunter Haunter
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
094 Gengar Gengar
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
100 Voltorb Voltorb
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
101 Electrode Electrode
ElectricIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
109 Koffing Koffing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
110 Weezing Weezing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
204 Pineco Pineco
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug
208 Steelix Steelix
SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
218 Slugma Slugma
FireIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
219 Magcargo Magcargo
FireIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
222 Corsola Corsola
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
273 Seedot Seedot
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass
299 Nosepass Nosepass
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
316 Gulpin Gulpin
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
317 Swalot Swalot
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
320 Wailmer Wailmer
WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
321 Wailord Wailord
WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
323 Camerupt Camerupt
FireIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
324 Torkoal Torkoal
FireIC Big.png Field Field
337 Lunatone Lunatone
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
362 Glalie Glalie
IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral
375 Metang Metang
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
376 Metagross Metagross
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
377 Regirock Regirock
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
378 Regice Regice
IceIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
379 Registeel Registeel
SteelIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
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
109 Koffing KoffingLv. 13
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous Pokéwalker - Town Outskirts
446 Munchlax Munchlax
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 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 does not cause the user to faint, but instead cuts its HP in half, and affects all Pokémon, items, and walls within one tile of the user, reducing HP by half on teammates, by 50 on hostile Pokémon, and destroying all walls, items, and special tiles. Self-Destruct cannot be used in rain or on any floor with a Pokémon with the Ability Damp. Additionally, Fire-type Pokémon take only 50% of usual damage.

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

None.png Duplica Ditto Transform Selfdestruct.png Brock Pineco Selfdestruct.png None.png
Ditto transformed as Voltorb Pineco
The Pokémon becomes angry and white and then explodes.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
100 Voltorb Voltorb's body glows white and yellow sparks appear around its body. It then explodes violently.
Koga's multiple Voltorb The Ninja Poké-Showdown Debut
Duplica's Ditto in the form of Voltorb Ditto's Mysterious Mansion Used via Transform
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
204 Pineco Pineco's body glows blue or white. It then suddenly explodes.
Multiple wild Pineco Going Apricorn! None
Brock's Pineco Going Apricorn! None
Multiple wild Pineco Bucking the Treasure Trend! None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga


In the Pokémon Zensho manga


In other generations

Core series games

Selfdestruct I.png Selfdestruct II.png Selfdestruct III.png Selfdestruct IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII 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
Selfdestruct BW.png Selfdestruct B2W2.png Self-Destruct VI.png
Self-Destruct VI 2.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS BW BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII 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

Spin-off series games

Selfdestruct Stadium.png Selfdestruct Stad2.png Selfdestruct Colo.png Selfdestruct XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII 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
Selfdestruct PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII 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
Selfdestruct PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII 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

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 and Explosion are the only two damaging moves whose battle animations play out in the main series 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
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 Autodistruz.
South Korea Flag.png Korean 자폭 Japok
Poland Flag.png Polish Samo-Zniszczenie
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Autodestruição
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Samouništenje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Autodestruc
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Självförstörelse
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Tự Hủy


Generation I TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation I HMs
0102030405
Generation VII TMs
Alola
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Kanto
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960


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