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I was doing some Battle Tree battles in USUM, and in one of them, I fought an Aurorus that used Substitute. I had my Volcarona use Bug Buzz to destroy the Substitute, but instead of doing that, it just damaged the Aurorus directly, killing it. In a later battle, I encountered the same Aurorus and it happened again. I don't know if this is a bug, or an intentional game mechanic. Anyone know why this happened?

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Sound-based moves bypass Substitutes completely in Gen 6 onwards, and hit the Pokemon behind it. Bug Buzz is classified as a sound-based move, so it stands to reason why it hit through Substitute. Additionally, any Pokemon with Infiltrator bypasses Substitute as well.

Source: Experience and Bulbapedia

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