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Explosion Or Selfdestruct?

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Which, overall, would do more damage for Pokemon that can learn both moves. Do the majority of the Pokemon have higher Atk or Sp. Atk?

asked May 17, 2011 by coolunknown2

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6 votes
 
Best answer

Explosion does more damage than Self-Destruct, as you can see by their base power difference (250 for Explosion, 200 for Selfdestruct.) However, in Gen V, you do not want to use these moves. Before Gen V, these two moves had the added benefit of halving the opponents defense when used, allowing it to OHKO the foe in almost every case. However, this effect was removed in Gen V, essentially halving their power. No longer will these moves OHKO a majority of foes, and will cost you your Pokemon. Pokemon can learn better moves than these in Gen V. However, in Gen IV and other earlier generations, Explosion is very useful (and Selfdestruct on things that can learn it but not Explosion like Snorlax and Mewtwo.) Even Pokemon with higher Special Attack can use it due to the high base power of the move.

answered May 18, 2011 by trachy
selected Nov 23, 2012 by &Shining Yin
6 votes

Explosion has 250 base power while self destruct has 200. More Pokemon that can learn both those moves has more atk.

answered May 18, 2011 by Halcyonic Falcon
4 votes

Explosion they're almost the same but you have a better chance with explosion

answered May 18, 2011 by Kevin485