Charizard

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Charizard
Charizard
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Official artwork of Charizard from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.

Universe Pokémon
Debut Pokémon Red and Green Versions (1996) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances SSB
Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (2018)
Console of origin Game Boy
Species Charizard
Gender Varies
Place of origin Kanto
Voice actor Shin'ichirō Miki
Article on Bulbapedia Charizard (Pokémon)

Charizard (リザードン, Lizardon) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' first generation as Kanto's final stage Fire-type starter Pokémon, and represents that generation as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (via Pokémon Trainer), Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (again via Pokémon Trainer).

Character description[edit]

Official artwork of Charizard from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Charizard resembles a European dragon, and is categorized within the Pokédex as the "Flame Pokémon". It is the final evolutionary form of Charmander, after having evolved from Charmeleon at level 36 onward. Despite its design basis, Charizard is actually a Fire/Flying-type. However, it becomes a Fire/Dragon-type upon Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard X; additionally, Super Smash Bros. 4 refers to it as a dragon on several occasions in spite of its standard typing.

As Charmander, it is one of the Kanto region's three starter Pokémon. However, unlike in Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue Versions, Charmander is obtainable alongside its fellow Kanto starters Bulbasaur and Squirtle under special conditions in Pokémon Yellow Version, and relatively early on in Pokémon X and Y. In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Charizard appears as a Ride Pokémon that helps the player travel between locations, replacing the Fly Hidden Machine from previous generations (although it is unobtainable as a regular Pokémon in Sun and Moon).

As Pokédex entries 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.

Charizard 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.

Thanks to being the mascot of Pokémon Red Version and a member of its species having a major role in the Pokémon anime as one of Ash Ketchum's most powerful Pokémon, 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: it becomes Mega Charizard X while holding a Charizardite X, whereas holding a Charizardite Y results in it becoming Mega Charizard Y.

Many Charizard have appeared in the Pokémon anime, but the most prominently featured one has been Ash's Charizard. This Charizard is well-known for its character arc: having been abandoned by its original trainer as a Charmander, it was adopted by Ash Ketchum. While Charmander started out as a loyal and shy companion, as it evolved into Charmeleon and eventually Charizard, it developed a rebellious and disobedient streak, and only truly bonded with Ash and regained its loyalty when Ash saved its life when it was left out in the cold. Following this, Ash's Charizard would continue being a sporadic but loyal and powerful member of his team.

In other media, Charizard is frequently a signature Pokémon for the various incarnations of Red, as the mascot of Pokémon Red and one of the fully-evolved starter Pokémon of Kanto. In the mainline game series, Red consistently uses Charizard on his teams as an NPC, and Pokémon Origins depicts Charizard as Red's signature Pokémon. This is reflected in the Super Smash Bros. series, where one of the playable Pokémon Trainers, Red, uses Charizard as his party's only fully-evolved Pokémon.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Charizard
Charizard Pokeball SSBM.png
Charizard as a Pokémon release from a Poké Ball in Melee.
Games SSB, Melee
Move Flamethrower
Rarity Common (SSB, Melee)
Sprite

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 Flamethrower by 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' PSI Magnet. The flames hit consecutively, inflicting approximately 3% per hit, while touching Charizard itself inflicts 18%.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Charizard makes a very brief cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee's introduction sequence. It also reprises its role in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a Poké Ball, complete with Flamethrower as its attack. Unlike in SSB, Charizard now uses its 3D model from Pokémon Stadium. Compared to SSB, making contact with Charizard's body now deals 20% and emits a flame effect.

Trophy information[edit]

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.

Charizard trophy in Melee.

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.

  • Pokémon Red & Blue, 9/98 (GB)


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Charizard as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Charizard (SSBB)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl marks the third appearance of Charizard in the series, and its first as a playable character. It is one of Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon, alongside Squirtle and Ivysaur. Charizard retains Flamethrower, which is used as its neutral special move and functions almost identically to Bowser's Fire Breath.

Trophy[edit]

The Charizard trophy in Brawl.
Charizard
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.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Charizard Pokémon series TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +10 PikachuHeadSSBB.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Charizard (Pokemon series).png
Charizard
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Charizard, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Main article: Charizard (SSB4)

Charizard returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character. However, in SSB4, Charizard is a standalone character, unlike in Brawl, where it was one of Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon. To reflect this, Pokémon Change has been replaced by a new side special move, Flare Blitz, while Rock Smash has been reassigned to being its down special move. Charizard also has a new Final Smash, which consists of it undergoing Mega Evolution to become Mega Charizard X.

The most beneficial change Charizard received in the transition from Brawl to SSB4 was the removal of stamina, which came about as a result of no longer being tied to Pokémon Trainer. Rock Smash now grants Charizard super armor, increasing its utility. Becoming a standalone character also granted it a new special move in Flare Blitz. In addition to being a very powerful KOing option, it can function as a quick and fairly safe horizontal recovery option. Despite being a super heavyweight, Charizard has above-average walking speed and one of the fastest dashing speeds in the game, which help with its approach

However, Charizard has significant issues. SSB4 removed gliding, which considerably worsened Charizard's recovery in the process. Flare Blitz's utility is offset by its recoil damage, as it deals 5% from just from being initiated, and another 5% upon hitting something, even if it is an opponent's shield. It also results in high ending lag, making it very punishable when used unwisely. When used or aimed off-stage, it has a very high chance of self-destructing itself, due to it traveling a great distance and putting Charizard into temporary free fall, reducing its chances of recovering back to the stage - assuming Charizard is not propelled directly into the blast line.

While originally regarded as one of the worst characters in SSB4, Charizard received some helpful buffs in game updates. Update 1.0.8 improved its up and down throws by significantly improving the former's KO potential and re-purposing the latter from a KOing option into a very useful combo starter. Most noticeably, update 1.1.5 improved its aerial presence by increasing its air speed and decreasing its aerials' ending lag, as well as strengthening its already powerful back aerial and Flare Blitz.

Overall, Charizard is noticeably better compared to how it was during the early days of SSB4. This has resulted in it achieving much greater success at regional tournaments, and slightly improved results in national regional tournaments. As such, opinions on Charizard's viability have notably improved over the game's lifespan. This, in turn, has been reflected in Charizard rising from the bottom-tier to its current ranking of 43rd out of 55 on the tier list, which places it in E tier and assesses it as a mid-tier character.

Trophies[edit]

Charizard
North America The iconic Fire/Flying-type Pokémon. Charizard's scorching breath can melt anything in its path. It soars through the air, seeking only worthy foes to test itself against. In Smash Bros., Charizard unleashes the destructive Flare Blitz special move— a move so strong, it even injures the user!
Europe Charizard, a Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon, can burn through anything with the flames it breathes. It is constantly on the lookout for powerful opponents. And where better to find them than in this game? Its huge build and special moves mean it can inflict massive damage, and its Flare Blitz is so powerful, it even hurts Charizard itself!
Charizard (Alt.)
North America Charizard's Flamethrower attack can be sustained by holding the button. The flames will gradually die, but a short break will recharge them. Charizard's down special Rock Smash crushes a rock and hits foes with the pieces. Charizard won't flinch while crushing, but others can break the rock...
Europe When using Charizard's Flamethrower move, hold the button to keep breathing fire. The flames gradually die down, but you just need to rest for a bit before doing it again. If you get hit while you're using the down special Rock Smash, you won't flinch, but someone else can break the rock instead, making your attack fail.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Charizard, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Charizard (SSBU)

Charizard returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but unlike in Super Smash Bros. 4, it does so alongside the rest of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon. Due to this, Rock Smash has been replaced by Pokémon Change. Like Squirtle and Ivysaur, Charizard is no longer afflicted by stamina, and thus remains effective throughout a fight. Unlike in Brawl and Smash 4, it will be an unlockable character rather than a starter character.

Trivia[edit]

  • Charizard and Pikachu are the only playable Pokémon that are game mascots.
  • Like Mewtwo and Lucario, Charizard is, as of Super Smash Bros. 4, largely based on a particular member of its species depicted in the anime. In Charizard's case, it draws inspiration from Ash's Charizard, Red's Charizard and Alain's Charizard:
    • Its forward aerial's animation is identical to Alain's when it uses Dragon Claw.
    • Its up throw's animation is similar to Ash and Red's when they use Seismic Toss.
    • It knows Flare Blitz like Red's does in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions.
    • It can use Blast Burn like Red (albeit only in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions) and Alain's.
    • It can undergo Mega Evolution like Red and Alain's.
    • It has an idle pose that sees it turn its head and spit out an ember like Ash's did during its disobedient phase.
    • It is voiced by Shin'ichirō Miki, who voices Ash and Red's.
  • Charizard is the first playable character in the series to have made its debut as a significant non-playable in-game character in the games prior to its playable debut. Initially, it was a Pokémon summoned from Poké Balls in SSB and Melee, before becoming playable in Brawl. Currently, Charizard is also the only Pokémon to have become a playable character in a later game after being a Poké Ball Pokémon in prior games.
    • While several other newcomers appeared in Melee and Brawl as trophies, Charizard is the first one to have played an actual in-game role in the previous games.
  • Charizard is the only heavyweight Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Charizard is one of two playable characters to appear in every game of the series who was not playable in every iteration. The other is King Dedede.
    • However, if one counts both versions of SSB4 as the same game, Ridley also shares this distinction.
  • Charizard and Mewtwo are the only playable Pokémon with different names in different languages that keeps the same voice clips in all regional versions of the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Due to having access to Flamethrower, Flare Blitz and Fly, Charizard is the only dual typed playable Pokémon to utilize Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) with both of its types.
  • Charizard is the only one of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon to never have been cut.
  • Charizard is the only character to have been an independent character in one game and then part of a shared character in the next.
  • Charizard is the only character to have been in more than two games that does not use the same set of special moves in any of them.


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