Selfdestruct and Substitute glitch

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An Electrode using Explosion against a Mr. Mime under a Substitute and not fainting.

The Selfdestruct and Substitute glitch in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow allows a Pokémon to use Selfdestruct or Explosion against a Pokémon under a Substitute and not faint.

Performing the glitch


  • A fast Pokémon knowing Substitute.
  • Another Pokémon knowing Explosion or Selfdestruct.
  • Both Pokémon must face each other in a battle.

Self-destruction without fainting

  1. One of the Pokémon must use Substitute.
  2. The other must then (not necessarily the same turn) use Selfdestruct or Explosion.
  3. The game will state that "(Pokémon)'s SUBSTITUTE broke !" but the Explosion user won't faint. Its sprite will vanish and won't be revealed again until a new Pokémon is switched in.


There are two functions used to deal damage : one for the enemy, one for the player's Pokémon.

However, only one function handles damage to a Substitute. The "forced fainting" is the applied to the Substitute instead of the Explosion user, although the sprite vanishes as this is handled by the attack sprite animation.

See also

  • Confusion and Substitute glitch - a glitch in which damage is dealt to the opponent Pokémon's Substitute instead of the user's when a Pokémon under a Substitute is hurt from its confusion.

Video demonstration

YouTube video by ChickasaurusGL