Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon (リザードン, Rizādon), is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It can be released from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee. It also appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl via Pokémon Trainer along with Squirtle and Ivysaur and as a standalone character in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Charizard is an Fire/Flying-type Pokémon resembling a European dragon. In Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue, their remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Pokémon X and Y, Charmander (which evolves into Charmeleon at level 16, which ultimately evolves into Charizard at level 36), is one of three available Kanto starter Pokémon (it is unavailable as a starter in Pokémon Yellow Version, but is obtained during normal gameplay).
As Pokédex entries throughout every Pokémon RPG describe, Charizard breathes out fire that reaches incredible temperatures, hot enough to melt boulders and quickly melt glaciers weighing 10,000 tons, and it is said the temperature increases as it experiences harsh battles. When expelling a blast of super hot fire, its tail flame burns more intensely, and if it becomes furious, its tail flame flares up in a whitish-blue color. It is known to cause forest fires unintentionally. However, it never turns its fiery breath on any opponent weaker than itself unless ordered to do so. It flies about in search of powerful opponents, with its wings carrying it close to an altitude of 4,600 feet.
Through a combination of being the Red version mascot and having a major role in the Pokémon anime, Charizard is one of the most popular Pokémon in the series. This was reflected in Generation VI, where Charizard gained access to new transformations called Mega Evolutions. Like Mewtwo, and unlike most Pokémon who can also Mega Evolve, it has two Mega Evolved forms if it is holding a Charizardite X or a Charizardite Y as its item: Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y respectively.
In Super Smash Bros.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Charizard makes its first appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as one of the thirteen Poké Ball Pokémon that appear in the original game. When summoned, it uses its trademark Flamethrower attack, rotating its head to the left and right, breathing fire upon any nearby opponents of the player who summoned it, until it disappears. Any character, excluding the summoner, will take damage from the stream of flames, as well as from making contact with Charizard itself. The flames can be reflected by Fox's Reflector, and absorbed by Ness's PSI Magnet. The flames hit consecutively, dealing about 3% damage each one, and touching Charizard deals about 16%
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
Charizard makes a very brief cameo appearance in the introduction sequence.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Charizard reprises its role in the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee, again utilizing Flamethrower as its attack. It is identical to the one in the first game, except that it is now rendered in full 3D, with the design being taken from Pokémon Stadium, like other Pokémon in the game. Compared to Smash 64, making contact with Charizard's body now deals an improved, 20% fire damage.
As a Collectible Trophy
Charizard also appears as a trophy in this game, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches. It reads as follows:
It's hard to believe, but this massive Flame Pokémon evolves from the tiny Charmander. Not only can it fly at heights of over 4,500 feet, but its flaming breath is hot enough to reduce almost anything to ashes in seconds. The flames at the end of a Charizard's tail are said to be a fairly accurate barometer of its power.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
As a playable character
Super Smash Bros. Brawl marks the third appearance of Charizard in the series, and its first as a playable character. As one of the three Pokémon used through Pokémon Trainer (the other two being Squirtle and Ivysaur), Charizard retains its Flamethrower move, delegated as its neutral special move. It functions in a manner similar to Bowser when he is using his Fire Breath attack.
A Flame Pokémon. Its fiery breath is hot enough to burn up rocks, and its wings let it fly up to 4,600 feet into the air. It's a proud Pokémon that will never use its flame breath on an opponent weaker than itself. The flame on its tail is a barometer of how much vitality it has remaining. Its signature move, Flamethrower, is a reliable technique.
As a playable character
Charizard has been confirmed to appear in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character. However, in Smash 4, Charizard will be playable as a standalone character, unlike in Brawl, where it was one of Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon.