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For fighter info, see Squirtle (SSBB) and Pokémon Trainer (SSBB).

Official artwork of Squirtle from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.

Universe Pokémon
Debut Pokémon Red and Green Versions (1996) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Pokémon Shuffle (2015)
Console of origin Game Boy
Species Tiny Turtle Pokémon
Gender Varies
Homeworld Kanto
English voice actor Michele Knotz
Japanese voice actor Rikako Aikawa
Article on Bulbapedia Squirtle (Pokémon)

Squirtle (ゼニガメ, Zenigame) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with Pokémon Trainer.

Creature description[edit]

Squirtle's original artwork from Pokémon Red and Green.

Squirtle is a small blue bipedal turtle-like creature. In Pokémon Red, Green and Blue, its remake Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver and in Pokémon X and Y, Squirtle is one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon that the player can choose. It evolves into Wartortle at level 16 onwards and into Blastoise at level 36 onwards.

When it hatches, its shell is soft, and forms and hardens over time until it becomes resilient enough that prodding fingers will bounce off it. The shell is a great protective measure, and the Pokémon withdraws into its shell when in danger. The shell, in addition to protection, also has a rounded shape with grooves on its surface, which helps minimize resistance in water and enables it to swim at high speeds. When threatened, it withdraws into its shell and squirts out water with vigorous force. To hunt it shoots water at its prey while underwater.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Squirtle trophy in Melee.

Squirtle makes three minor appearances in this game. One of these appearances is a very brief cameo in the opening video.

As a stage element[edit]

A giant balloon of Squirtle (in actuality the 3D model of Squirtle used in Pokémon Stadium for Nintendo 64) is one of the many floating and bending "platforms" that comprise the Poké Floats stage. It is the first balloon in the stage and its head and arms are where the four fighters start off on at the beginning of the match.

As a trophy[edit]

Squirtle features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches. It reads as follows:

Retreating into its shell and spitting water at its foes is Squirtle's trademark response to danger. It's one of the three Pokémon that trainers can receive from Professor Oak in Pokémon Red and Blue. Squirtle evolves into Wartortle and then Blastoise, ramping up its water powers with each evolution.
  • Pokémon Red & Blue, 9/98

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Squirtle in Brawl.

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Squirtle (SSBB)

Squirtle appears as a playable character and is one of Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon, the other two Pokémon being Charizard and Ivysaur. Squirtle can be switched into or out of battle through the down special move by the Pokémon Trainer, which operates similarly to the Zelda/Sheik transformation.

Trophy Info[edit]

A Tiny Turtle Pokémon. In times of danger, it pulls its arms and legs inside its shell to protect itself from enemy attacks. When it conceals its neck, it also shoots a powerful stream of water from its mouth. Its shell not only protects its body, it also reduces water friction when it's in the water. When it levels up, it evolves into Wartortle.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Squirtle Pokémon series TypeIcon(Water).png Attack +41 PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Squirtle (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Squirtle's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Squirtle, along with Ivysaur, were cut from their role as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. However, Squirtle does appear as a collectable trophy in both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4.


  • Out of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon, Squirtle is the only one to lack a meteor smash.
    • Similarly, Charizard is the only Pokémon (of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon) not able to crawl.
  • Squirtle and Pichu are the only playable Pokémon to be in their first stage of their evolutionary line.