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じばく Self-Destruct
Generation: I
Battle Data
Type: Type Normal.gif
Category Physical
Power: 200
Accuracy: 100
PP: 5
Affects: Selected target
Secondary Effect: User faints
Priority: 0
Contact: No
Affected by
Magic Coat: No
Magic Bounce: No
Bright Powder: Yes
Protect/Detect: Yes
Snatch: No
Mirror Move: Yes
King's Rock: Yes
Contest Data
Contests (RSE)
Type: Beauty
Jam: 0
Super Contests (DPPt)
Type: Beauty
Appeal: 6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Contest Spectaculars (ORAS)
Type: Beauty

Self-Destruct, formerly known as Selfdestruct prior to Generation VI, is a Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.

Pokémon that can learn this booming move are Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Voltorb, Electrode, Koffing, Weezing, Pineco, Forretress, Baltoy, Claydol, and Mew.

It has a more powerful version called Explosion.


Games Description
GSC Powerful but makes the user faint.
RSE Inflicts severe damage but makes the user faint.
FRLG The user blows up to inflict severe damage, even making itself faint
DPPtHGSS The user blows up to inflict damage on all Pokémon in battle. The user faints upon using this move.
The user attacks everything around it by causing an explosion. The user faints upon using this move.

In battle

As the name states, the user explodes, causing he/she to die. This attack can cause massive amounts of damage to every other Pokémon on the field.

Only Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to the move.

If the player character receives the Winner's Path for the Pokéwalker in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a Munchlax that knows Self-Destruct can be found.

Other games

Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series Pokémon appear in battles as items in the form of Poké Balls. In S.S.B.B. (Brawl) Electrode will use self-destruct. Electrode's body will have start becoming red indicating it's about to blow, however it can only be picked up when it's about to explode meaning it is hard to throw it. Sometimes it will even short-circuit, making steam come from it, after this it will start again and explode much faster.


Main games

Main series

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