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Substitute drain move not missing glitch
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The Substitute drain move not missing is a minor battle glitch in English Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, where HP draining moves don't miss against a Subsitute, even though they should (and they do in Pokémon Red, Green, and Pokémon Blue (Japanese) as well as in Pokémon Yellow (Japanese)).


How to perform

When a Pokémon is under the effect of the attack Substitute and the opposing Pokémon uses an HP-draining move (such as Absorb, Mega Drain or Dream Eater), the move may hit.

Note that this glitch does not exist in any of the Japanese games.


Involved code

Source : Pokéred, Pokéyellow

 	ld a,[de]
 	cp a,SWIFT_EFFECT
 	ret z
 	call CheckTargetSubstitute
 	jr z,.checkForDigOrFlyStatus
 	cp a,DRAIN_HP_EFFECT
 	jp z,.moveMissed
 	cp a,DREAM_EATER_EFFECT
 	jp z,.moveMissed
 .checkForDigOrFlyStatus

[de] contains the move effect, which makes the SWIFT_EFFECT check successful.

However, CheckTargetSubstitute overwrites a with either 0 or 1, so the following comparisons fail.


Video demonstration

YouTube video by ChickasaurusGL