Charizard (リザードン, Lizardon), 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 a 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). Despite its design basis, Charizard normally lacks the "Dragon" elemental type given to most dragonlike Pokémon, but can become a Fire/Dragon-type through Mega Evolution; additionally, Super Smash Bros. 4 refers to it as a dragon on several occasions despite the type discrepancy.
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, it becomes Mega Charizard X and if it is holding a Charizardite Y, it becomes Mega Charizard Y.
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%.
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.
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.
Charizard returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character. However, in Smash 4, Charizard is a standalone character, unlike in Brawl, where it was one of Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon. Its Rock Smash is now down special, replacing Pokémon Change, while it gained a new side special: Flare Blitz. It also has a new Final Smash where it Mega Evolves into Mega Charizard X.
Charizard ranks 49th out of 56 characters on the tier list, placing it within I tier. The most beneficial change Charizard received in the transition from Brawl to SSB4 was the removal of stamina, as a result of no longer being tied to Pokémon Trainer. Rock Smash now grants Charizard super armor, increasing its usefulness. Despite being a heavyweight, Charizard has a fast running speed and above average walk speed, helping slightly with approach. However, Charizard has significant issues. SSB4 removed gliding, worsening Charizard's recovery notably. While its new special move, Flare Blitz, is rather powerful, it causes recoil damage to Charizard, with 5% added from just initiating the move, and a further 5% from a successful hit. Despite its uses as a strong KO attack and decent horizontal recovery, the extra 5% of damage is still suffered even when it hits an opponent's shield, not only needlessly adding to Charizard's damage percentage, but also resulting in high endlag, making the attack very punishable and mostly only useful for recovery and hard reads. While originally regarded as one of the worst characters in SSB4, Charizard received some helpful buffs in game updates. 1.0.6 increased Fly's knockback, improving its KO power, 1.0.8 improved up and down throw, increasing the former's KO power and the latter's decreased knockback allowing opportunities for follow-ups, and several other moves had their endlag reduced through the various updates. Overall, although Charizard is somewhat better now compared to the early days of SSB4, it has not seen much success in tournaments. However, its current tier placement and viability are currently debated, due to the buffs brought upon by update patches making up for some weaknesses to an extent.