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Performing the glitch
RequirementsA fast Pokémon knowing Substitute. Another Pokémon knowing Explosion or Selfdestruct. Both Pokémon must face each other in a battle.
Self-destruction without faintingOne of the Pokémon must use Substitute. The other must then (not necessarily the same turn) use Selfdestruct or Explosion. 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.
ExplanationThere 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.