Perish Song (move)

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Perish Song
ほろびのうた Perish Song
Perish Song.png
Perish Song 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
  • Is a sound-based move
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all Pokémon on the field
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that made good appeals.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Lowers the Voltage of all Judges by one each.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the audience quickly grow bored when an appeal move has little effect.

Perish Song (Japanese: ほろびのうた Perish Song) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II.

Effect

All Pokémon on the field when Perish Song is used gain a perish count, except Pokémon with the Ability Soundproof and Pokémon that already have a perish count. Starting at 4 on the turn Perish Song is used, the perish count decreases by 1 at the end of each turn (including the turn Perish Song is used in). When a Pokémon's perish count reaches 0, it faints.

If an affected Pokémon switches out with Baton Pass, the perish count will be transferred to the Pokémon switched in, even if it has the Ability Soundproof. If it switches out in any other way, neither it nor the switched in Pokémon will have a perish count.

In Rotation Battles, if the Pokémon is rotated out, the perish count remains but does not decrease until it is rotated back in.

Since it does not do damage, Perish Song is unaffected by items such as the Focus Sash and Abilities such as Magic Guard and Sturdy.

Generation II

If the perish count of multiple Pokémon on the field reaches 0 at the end of a turn, they will faint simultaneously (but messages and animations show up one after another).

Generation III onward

If the perish count of multiple Pokémon on the field reaches 0 at the end of a turn, they will now faint in the same order they would move in.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A malevolent melody that causes both the user and the opponent to faint in three turns.
GSC Both user and foe faint in 3 turns.
RSEColo.XD Any Pokémon hearing this song faints in 3 turns.
FRLG Any battler that hears this faints in three turns unless it switches.
DPPt Any Pokémon that hears this song faints in three turns unless it switches out of battle.
HGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints in three turns, unless it switches out of battle.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
124 Jynx Jynx
Human-Like Human-Like 51 57 49 55 1, 55 1, 55
131 Lapras Lapras
Monster Water 1 29 25 27 27 27 27
186 Politoed Politoed
Water 1 Water 1 35 35 1 1 1 1
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous 46 45 41 46 46 46
238 Smoochum Smoochum
Undiscovered Undiscovered 45 49 41 45 45 45
251 Celebi Celebi
Undiscovered Undiscovered 50 50 91 91 91 91
333 Swablu Swablu
Flying Dragon 48 50 55BW
48B2W2
48XY
42ORAS
42
334 Altaria Altaria
Flying Dragon 54 62 70BW
57B2W2
57XY
46ORAS
46
359 Absol Absol
Field Field 46 65 65 1, 65XY
1, 57ORAS
1, 57
402 Kricketune Kricketune
Bug Bug 38 50DP
50PtHGSS
50 50
493 Arceus Arceus
Undiscovered Undiscovered 90 90 90 90
648 Meloetta Meloetta
Undiscovered Undiscovered 85 85 85
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
086 Seel Seel
Water 1 Field
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy
198 Murkrow Murkrow
Flying Flying
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
728 Popplio Popplio
Water 1 Field
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 V

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster Dream World - Icy Cave
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

Any Pokémon in the player's Rescue Party affected by Perish Song will faint in 3 turns. However, it can be prevented by entering the stairs to the next floor or by sending home an affected partner before the third turn. It can also be prevented via any move, Ability, or item that heals all status effects (as opposed to a particular status effect), such as Heal Bell, Shed Skin, or a Heal Seed.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Perish Song status on all foes on the floor. The affected foes faint after several turns.

In the anime

Magnus Absol Perish Song.png Little Miss Perish Song.png Nando Altaria Perish Song.png None.png
Absol Misdreavus Altaria
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus sings loudly and black waves of energy come out of its mouth, hurting Misdreavus and making crimson static appear over the opponent, hurting them as well.
Marina's Little Miss The Legend of Thunder! Debut
334 Altaria Altaria flies into the air and sings. As it does a trail of gold light with multicolored sparkles in it comes out from behind its body.
Nando's Altaria Last Call - First Round! None
359 Absol Absol releases crimson soundwaves from its mouth at the opponent.
Magnus's Absol The Bonds of Evolution! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

None.png Polibo Perish Song.png None.png None.png
Politoed
Any Pokémon that hears this song faints.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
186 Politoed Politoed sings a quiet song into its opponent's ear. After a while, both the opponent and Politoed faint.
Gold's Polibo The Last Battle VI Debut

In other generations

Perish Song II.png Perish Song III.png Perish Song IV.png Perish Song 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
Perish Song Stad2.png Perish Song Colo.png Perish Song 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
Perish Song 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

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 滅亡之歌 Mièwáng-zhī Gē
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verdwijn Lied
France Flag.png French Requiem
Germany Flag.png German Abgesang
Greece Flag.png Greek Κύκνειο Άσμα
India Flag.png Hindi मारने का गाना Maarne Ka Gaana
Italy Flag.png Italian Ultimocanto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멸망의노래 Myeolmang-yi Norae
Poland Flag.png Polish Requiem
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Canção do Perecer
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Pesma stradanja
Spain Flag.png Spanish Canto Mortal
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bài Ca Hủy Diệt


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