Explosion (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 250
Accuracy 100
PP 5  (max. 8)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM47
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM64
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM64
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM64
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM64

Effects

Explosion deals high damage, but causes the user to faint.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, the opponent's defense stat is temporarily halved when calculating the damage. This gives Explosion an effective power of 500.

In Generation 1, Explosion has a base power of 170 (doubled to 340 with the defense-halving).

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Explosion turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 200.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Explosion
Japanese だいばくはつ (Dai Bakuhatsu)
German Explosion
French Explosion
Italian Esplosione
Spanish Explosión

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Very powerful but makes user faint.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Inflicts severe damage but makes the user faint.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user explodes to inflict terrible damage even while fainting itself.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user explodes to inflict damage on all Pokémon in battle. The user faints upon using this move.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user explodes to inflict damage on those around it. The user faints upon using this move.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user attacks everything around it by causing a tremendous explosion. The user faints upon using this move.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user attacks everything around it by causing a tremendous explosion. The user faints upon using this move.
Sword​/​Shield The user attacks everything around it by causing a tremendous explosion. The user faints upon using this move.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Explosion at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Koffing
#109 / Poison
Level 44
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Level 50
Weezing
Galarian Weezing
#110 / Poison · Fairy
Level 50
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Level 33
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Lunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Level 50
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Level 50
Baltoy
#343 / Ground · Psychic
Level 42
Claydol
#344 / Ground · Psychic
Level 48
Drifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
Level 44
Drifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
Level 54
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Level 45
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Level 53
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 44
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 54
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 54
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Level 42
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Level 48
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 50
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 56
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Level 1
Silvally
#773 / Normal
Level 1
Turtonator
#776 / Fire · Dragon
Level 52

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Explosion as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.