Explosion (move)

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Explosion
だいばくはつ Giant Explosion
Explosion.png
Explosion 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  250
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.

Explosion (Japanese だいばくはつ Giant Explosion) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It is currently the most powerful move in terms of its base power. It was TM47 in Generation I before losing its TM status in Generation II. It regained its TM status, albeit as TM64, in Generation IV onwards.

Effect

Generation I

Explosion inflicts damage, and causes the user to faint. Though its power is listed as 170, the target's Defense will be halved during damage calculation (unless it is at a value of 1), effectively doubling the power to 340.

If Explosion 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 Explosion 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 Explosion attacks first and faints itself, the target will not attack or be subjected to recurrent damage during that round.

In Stadium, if Explosion breaks a target's substitute, the user will faint. The base power listed in Stadium is the one after halving Defense, i.e. 340.

Generation II

Explosion's power is increased to 250. The target's Defense is still halved, effectively doubling the power to 500.

If Explosion is used against a substitute, a Ghost type, or a Pokémon that has used Protect or Detect, the user will still faint.

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

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

Generations III and IV

Explosion 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.

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

Generation V

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

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

Generation VI

Explosion returns to damaging the target before the user faints.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 The most powerful attack of all. However, the attacker faints after using this move.
GSC Very powerful but makes user faint.
RSEColo.XD Inflicts severe damage but makes the user faint.
FRLG The user explodes to inflict terrible damage even while fainting itself.
DPPtHGSS The user explodes to inflict damage on all Pokémon in battle. The user faints upon using this move.
BWB2W2 The user explodes to inflict damage on those around it. The user faints upon using this move.
XYORAS
SM
The user attacks everything around it by causing a tremendous explosion. The user faints upon using this move.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral 36 41 41 32 43 43XY
36ORAS
36
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 36
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral 43 48 53 38 53 53XY
44ORAS
44
075 Graveler Graveler
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 44
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral 43 48 53 38 53 53XY
44ORAS
44
076 Golem Golem
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 44
100 Voltorb Voltorb
Mineral Mineral 43 39 46 43 47 47XY
41ORAS
41
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral 50 44 54 51 57 57XY
47ORAS
47
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous 48 41 41 37 42BW
37B2W2
37 37
110 Weezing Weezing
Amorphous Amorphous 53 44 44 40 46BW
40B2W2
40 40
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug 36 36 31DP
34PtHGSS
34 34 34
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug 39 39 33DP
38PtHGSS
42 42 36
273 Seedot Seedot
Field Grass 43 43 43 43XY
33ORAS
33
337 Lunatone Lunatone
Mineral Mineral 49 56 56BW
49B2W2
49XY
45ORAS
45
338 Solrock Solrock
Mineral Mineral 49 56 56BW
49B2W2
49XY
45ORAS
45
343 Baltoy Baltoy
Mineral Mineral 45 71 60BW
49B2W2
49XY
46ORAS
46
344 Claydol Claydol
Mineral Mineral 55 86 72BW
61B2W2
61XY
58ORAS
58
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
379 Registeel Registeel
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
425 Drifloon Drifloon
Amorphous Amorphous 43 46BW
50B2W2
50 50
426 Drifblim Drifblim
Amorphous Amorphous 51 56BW
60B2W2
60 60
434 Stunky Stunky
Field Field 44 49 49 45
435 Skuntank Skuntank
Field Field 52 61 61 45
482 Azelf Azelf
Undiscovered Undiscovered 76 76 76 76
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
Mineral Mineral 40 40 40
525 Boldore Boldore
Mineral Mineral 55 55 55
526 Gigalith Gigalith
Mineral Mineral 55 55 55
568 Trubbish Trubbish
Mineral Mineral 47 47 47
569 Garbodor Garbodor
Mineral Mineral 59 59 59
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
Grass Mineral 55 55 55
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
Grass Mineral 67 67 67
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 75 1, 70
721 Volcanion Volcanion
Undiscovered Undiscovered 76 76
774 Minior Minior
Mineral Mineral 50
776 Turtonator Turtonator
Monster Dragon 53
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 Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
299 Nosepass Nosepass
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 Egg Groups Machine
I
TM47
II
--
III
--
IV
TM64
V
TM64
VI
TM64
VII
TM64
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
081 Magnemite Magnemite
Mineral Mineral
082 Magneton Magneton
Mineral Mineral
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
088 Grimer Grimer
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
089 Muk Muk
Amorphous Amorphous
089 Muk Muk
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
090 Shellder Shellder
Water 3 Water 3
091 Cloyster Cloyster
Water 3 Water 3
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
093 Haunter Haunter
Amorphous Amorphous
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
100 Voltorb Voltorb
Mineral Mineral
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Alola Form
Grass Grass
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous
110 Weezing Weezing
Amorphous Amorphous
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
Water 2 Water 2
219 Magcargo Magcargo
Amorphous Amorphous
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3
273 Seedot Seedot
Field Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
Field Grass
299 Nosepass Nosepass
Mineral Mineral
316 Gulpin Gulpin
Amorphous Amorphous
317 Swalot Swalot
Amorphous Amorphous
323 Camerupt Camerupt
Field Field
324 Torkoal Torkoal
Field Field
337 Lunatone Lunatone
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
Mineral Mineral
343 Baltoy Baltoy
Mineral Mineral
344 Claydol Claydol
Mineral Mineral
362 Glalie Glalie
Fairy Mineral
375 Metang Metang
Mineral Mineral
376 Metagross Metagross
Mineral Mineral
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered
379 Registeel Registeel
Undiscovered Undiscovered
425 Drifloon Drifloon
Amorphous Amorphous
426 Drifblim Drifblim
Amorphous Amorphous
434 Stunky Stunky
Field Field
435 Skuntank Skuntank
Field Field
437 Bronzong Bronzong
Mineral Mineral
438 Bonsly Bonsly
Undiscovered Undiscovered
462 Magnezone Magnezone
Mineral Mineral
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky
Monster Monster
476 Probopass Probopass
Mineral Mineral
482 Azelf Azelf
Undiscovered Undiscovered
485 Heatran Heatran
Undiscovered Undiscovered
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
Mineral Mineral
525 Boldore Boldore
Mineral Mineral
526 Gigalith Gigalith
Mineral Mineral
568 Trubbish Trubbish
Mineral Mineral
569 Garbodor Garbodor
Mineral Mineral
577 Solosis Solosis
Amorphous Amorphous
578 Duosion Duosion
Amorphous Amorphous
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus
Amorphous Amorphous
582 Vanillite Vanillite
Mineral Mineral
583 Vanillish Vanillish
Mineral Mineral
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe
Mineral Mineral
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
Grass Mineral
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
Grass Mineral
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal
Mineral Mineral
645 Landorus Landorus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
649 Genesect Genesect
Undiscovered Undiscovered
703 Carbink Carbink
Fairy Mineral
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
Amorphous Amorphous
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
Amorphous Amorphous
719 Diancie Diancie
Undiscovered Undiscovered
721 Volcanion Volcanion
Undiscovered Undiscovered
773 Silvally Silvally
Undiscovered Undiscovered
774 Minior Minior
Mineral Mineral
776 Turtonator Turtonator
Monster Dragon
797 Celesteela Celesteela
Undiscovered Undiscovered
801 Magearna Magearna
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.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
089 Muk Muk
Amorphous Amorphous
090 Shellder Shellder
Water 3 Water 3
091 Cloyster Cloyster
Water 3 Water 3
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
093 Haunter Haunter
Amorphous Amorphous
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
100 Voltorb Voltorb
Mineral Mineral
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Grass Grass
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous
110 Weezing Weezing
Amorphous Amorphous
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3
273 Seedot Seedot
Field Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
Field Grass
299 Nosepass Nosepass
Mineral Mineral
316 Gulpin Gulpin
Amorphous Amorphous
317 Swalot Swalot
Amorphous Amorphous
323 Camerupt Camerupt
Field Field
324 Torkoal Torkoal
Field Field
337 Lunatone Lunatone
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
Mineral Mineral
343 Baltoy Baltoy
Mineral Mineral
344 Claydol Claydol
Mineral Mineral
362 Glalie Glalie
Fairy Mineral
375 Metang Metang
Mineral Mineral
376 Metagross Metagross
Mineral Mineral
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered
379 Registeel Registeel
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.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Explosion does not cause the user to faint, but instead cuts its HP in half, and affects all Pokémon, items, and walls within 2 tiles of the user, reducing HP by half on teammates, by 80 on hostile Pokémon, and destroying all walls, items, and special tiles. Explosion 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.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, Explosion is a Status move. It only activates if the Pokémon is attacked. It also destroys all items on the floor if activated.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Makes the user blow up in a huge explosion, inflicting damage on all surrounding Pokémon. It also destroys surrounding items and walls.

In the anime

Electrode Explosion.png Brock Forretress Explosion.png Brock Forretress Explosion impact.png Clefairy PK04 Metronome Explosion.png
Electrode Forretress Forretress exploding Clefairy
The user glows brightly and then suddenly explodes, or causes everything around it to explode.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
035 Clefairy Clefairy causes everything around it to explode violently.
Multiple wild Clefairy Clefairy and the Moon Stone Debut
Used via Metronome
Multiple wild Clefairy Pikachu's Rescue Adventure Used via Metronome
101 Electrode Electrode's body glows red, yellow, or white, becomes surrounded in yellow sparks and explodes violently.
Unknown Trainer's Electrode The Flame Pokémon-athon! None
A wild Electrode Pikachu's Vacation None
Multiple wild Electrode Showdown at the Po-ké Corral None
Danny's Electrode Navel Maneuvers None
Multiple wild Electrode The Underground Round-Up None
Multiple Electrode guarding the Electric Company Current Events None
A wild Electrode Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend None
110 Weezing Weezing's body glows white, then explodes violently.
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Weezing The Ultimate Test None
175 Togepi Togepi causes everything around it to explode violently.
Misty's Togepi Pikachu Re-Volts Used via Metronome
205 Forretress Forretress's body glows white, then explodes violently.
Brock's Forretress You Never Can Taillow! None
482 Azelf Azelf's body glows white, then explodes violently as it flies to the opponent.
A wild Azelf The Battle Finale of Legend! None
100 Voltorb Voltorb's body glows white, becomes surrounded in yellow sparks and explodes violently.
A wild Voltorb Ball Pickup None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Explosion I.png Explosion II.png Explosion III.png Explosion 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 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
Explosion V.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 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
Explosion 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 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
Explosion Stad.png Explosion Stad2.png Explosion Colo.png Explosion 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 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 Self-Destruct or Explosion causes the player to win and lose at the same time, the player blacks out as normal, but the victory music plays.
  • All Pokémon that can have the Ability Aftermath can learn Explosion.
  • 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.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 大爆炸 Dà Bàozhà
Denmark Flag.png Danish Eksplosion
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Explosie
Finland Flag.png Finnish Räjähdys
France Flag.png French Explosion
Germany Flag.png German Explosion
Greece Flag.png Greek Έκρηξη
Italy Flag.png Italian Esplosione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 대폭발 Dae Pokbal
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Eksplosjon
Poland Flag.png Polish Eksplozja
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Explosão
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Eksplozija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Explosión
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bùng Nổ


Generation I TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation I HMs
0102030405
Generation IV TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 959697
9899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100


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