What happens if Perish Song is used on a Substitute? Sidnoea 17:00, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
Switching back in?
If a Pokémon with Perish Song is switched out then back in, does the Perish Song count stay the same? Ztobor 13:43, 21 February 2010 (UTC)
- No, a Pokémon is rid of the Perish Song effect upon being switched out. For this reason, it's quite common to see Perish Song comboed with moves such as Mean Look--Mean Look the target(s), Perish Song, defend yourself, then switch out your Pokémon on the last possible turn to secure victory. --Shiningpikablu252 16:41, 21 February 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks for this, I was programming an engine and right now the effects of Perish Song persist while the Pokémon is inactive. (They don't get activated, but upon switching back in, the counter keeps counting.) Ztobor 03:15, 22 February 2010 (UTC)
Perish Song & Trainer AI In Handheld Games
Most of the time, when a trainer has more than one Pokemon left in their team, and the player has his/her Pokemon use Perish song, the trainer will switch out. However, there are unlikely events where the trainer does not switch out. I was playing Pokemon Gold (gen II) while facing Bruno of the Elite Four, and he did not switch out his Machamp despite having two Pokemon left in this team. I would guess that the AI of trainers are slightly different in each generation, but are the chances of the above happening with Bruno the same with the other less-challenging trainers which the player fights on numbered routes? I'm sure this was not the first time this topic was discussed, but I think it should be mentioned one way or another. Qj (talk) 05:25, 4 February 2014 (UTC)