Charizard (SSBU)

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This article is about Charizard's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Charizard. Also, for information about Charizard in regards to Pokémon Trainer, see Pokémon Trainer (SSBU), Squirtle (SSBU), and Ivysaur (SSBU).
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Charizard SSBU.png
Universe Pokémon
Shares character slot with Pokémon Trainer
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triple Finish

Charizard (リザードン, Lizardon) is a character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unlike in Super Smash Bros. 4, Charizard is no longer a standalone character, and is back under the Pokémon Trainer’s control. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Along with the Pokémon Trainer, Charizard is classified as fighter #35.

Shin'ichirō Miki reprises his voiced role as Charizard, providing new clips.


Charizard deviates from the other super heavyweight characters in speed. Its ground game provides wide utility courtesy of its high initial dash and run speed. Also, its normals such as forward tilt and jab are further supplemented by skid canceling. Its high traction and quick out-of-shield options like neutral attack and up smash suit its close-quarters combat well. Up smash hits on frame 6, KOs at reliable percents, and functions as an effective juggling and anti-air tool alongside up tilt.

Neutral air is a multi-purpose tool effective at starting and extending combos, juggling, edgeguarding opponents, and sometimes landing. It is capable of stringing into itself, forward air, and down air. Forward air is fast (frame 8) and deals considerable damage to finish combos and KO at high percents. However, it does not autocancel out of a short hop, so it is only a mix-up at best in the neutral game. Up air renders Charizard's head intangible and is one of the strongest in the game, making it an effective juggling tool and finisher. It is also a makeshift combo too at low to middle percent ranges. Back air is extremely powerful and disjointed; it covers a wide diagonal arc behind Charizard and overpowers opponents above it. Down air’s sweetspot hitbox is large and powerful, enabling it to seal stocks at low percents.

Charizard’s grab game sees high flexibility, being capable of setting up into combos and positioning the opponent, as well as earning KOs. Having minimal ending lag, back throw is a versatile combo tool and positions the opponent off-stage at higher percents as well. Down throw fills the combo starter niche as well, although to a lesser extent than back throw. Forward throw has higher knockback than back throw, being able to set up edgeguards and ledge traps earlier, as well as KO’ing at higher percents. Up throw functions as a last-resort KO option at 150% and above, or earlier on stages with platforms.

Of Charizard’s special moves, Flamethrower sees the most utility, having medium range and flexibility in being angled. It pressures opponents to approach, covers certain weak projectiles, and is a useful ledge-trapping move. Fly has super armor at its startup, granting Charizard’s recovery more safety. Flare Blitz functions as a hard punish or tech chase option that deals immense power and knockback upon hit.

Charizard’s main benefits include its strong advantage state, damage-racking capabilities, and KO potential. It is able to build high damage from only a few hits thanks to its high damage output in its combos and strings, particularly out of back throw. Charizard is the most advantaged when it is below the opponent. Its neutral air, up tilt, up smash, and back air are disjointed and cover wide arcs against opponents above it. Charizard also comes with respectable edgeguarding and ledge-trapping abilities. Flamethrower covers many get-up options when properly spaced, and the player is able to punish them on reaction thanks to down smash, up smash, and neutral air. Forward tilt (angled downwards) and down smash are also capable of hitting characters at the ledge.

Charizard's weaknesses include its raw moveset causing it to have a mediocre neutral game. Flamethrower’s decay prevents it from being usable for a long time, and its few safe-on-shield options, such as back air, neutral air, and forward tilt, require precise spacing and timing for the highest benefit. Charizard's moveset also contains several flaws that considerably offset its strengths, including forward air not being able to autocancel out of a shorthop. Thus, its moveset requires high commitment, resulting in heavy reliance on movement and reads to secure advantage state. While its moveset is equipped to maintain advantage, the nature of it requires the player to read the opponent instead of being able to aggressively juggle them. Charizard's biggest weakness is against characters that can rush it down with combos such as Squirtle, Mario, Palutena, Lucina, and Corrin, as its few combo-breaking moves are either too risky or too slow to be consistent in this application.

Overall, Charizard is a well-rounded super heavyweight but has the weakest auto-pilot of the three Pokémon in the Pokémon Trainer’s party. It must rely on sheer mobility and player interaction, and must work around the glaring problems its moveset contains. Charizard is able to function both offensively and defensively in the neutral, but it is up to the player to find the most beneficial position in this spectrum. Once it gains advantage, it must capitalize on the opponent’s mistakes to the greatest extent for the highest return.

In an indirect sense, Charizard can be considered the best super heavyweight in the game as its Trainer can call on it when its strength, endurance, and recovery are needed, and can simply remove it from situations that exploit the weaknesses it shares with fighters of its weight class. While Charizard requires more skill and prediction to use to its full potential than Squirtle and Ivysaur, Pokémon Trainers that have mastered the Flame Pokémon will be rewarded greatly with the options that it brings to the table.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Previously the standalone character in Smash 4 representing the trio of Pokémon in Brawl, Charizard now returns as part of the Pokémon Trainer's crew. As expected, it keeps many of its changes and buffs from Smash 4, retaining its function as the hardest-hitting member of the Trainer's party while also gaining new, significant buffs to its mobility. Having been considered a lackluster character in Brawl and in early SSB4, Charizard has received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but the former are more prominent as they address its more critical flaws in the previous game.

Charizard's buffs gave many improvements to its ground and aerial moveset. Its overall mobility has been substantially improved; its previously abysmal initial dash speed is now one of the fastest in the game, its second midair jump covers more height, and its air speed is now substantially faster compared to in Smash 4. Its falling speed and fast falling speed are much higher, making it easier for it to land while making its neutral game more effective, and the universal frame 3 jumpsquat significantly helps its buffed aerials (which are now faster). Up tilt's hitbox covers more horizontal range, up smash can now hit grounded opponents, and Flare Blitz and Fly have had their power and hitboxes buffed respectively, making Charizard's moveset more reliable. Neutral air's endlag has been drastically reduced and its animation has been made faster, repurposing it into an effective air-to-air option and combo extender.

However, Charizard has received notable nerfs. Its former most effective tools, including its neutral attack's range, down throw's mitigated combo ability, and forward aerial no longer autocanceling in a short hop. Its higher fall speed also makes it easier to combo. However, Charizard's most notable loss comes from the removal of Rock Smash to make way for Pokémon Change, eliminating a niche landing option and shield-pressuring tool from its moveset, with the only compensation being if the player wishes to make full use of Pokémon Change to take advantage of Squirtle's attributes.

Based on its direct changes, Charizard is fundamentally better but is counterbalanced by new, gaping flaws in its moveset. As such, it is very debatable how Charizard fares compared to its solo appearance in SSB4. However, given Pokémon Trainer's overall high- to top-tier standing, Charizard has proven itself more useful as a member of Pokémon Trainer's team because it allows the Trainer to adapt to situations where its recovery, endurance and KO power are needed and can replace itself with Squirtle or Ivysaur in cases where Charizard's weaknesses can be exploited, but Squirtle's or Ivysaur's cannot. This is especially true after patch 4.0.0, which nerfed some of the more notorious tools in Ivysaur's kit while buffing Charizard in return, presumably to encourage more balanced use of all three members.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Charizard's model features a more subdued color scheme, resembling its appearance in recent mainline Pokémon games. Additionally, its legs and arms are more prominently muscular, the flame on its tail is also more vibrant.
  • Change During normal matches, Charizard uses the Pokémon Trainer's stock icon and name call instead of having its own. However, its own stock icon is seen in the Spirits mode, as both a playable character and an enemy.
  • Change Charizard moves in a wave-like motion during its dash animation, similar to Lugia on the title screen for Pokémon SoulSilver. [1]
  • Change Charizard now hangs onto the ledge with one hand instead of two.
  • Change Charizard has two new taunts: one where it stands upright for its up taunt, similar to Ridley's down taunt, and another where it does a quick aerial flip and roars during its side taunt. Its former up taunt is now its down taunt.
  • Change While maintaining its Flare Blitz victory pose from Smash 4, Charizard regains its victory pose from Brawl where the Pokémon Trainer pets its neck, replacing the roaring victory pose from Smash 4.


  • Change Charizard is once again a part of Pokémon Trainer, allowing it to switch to Squirtle and Ivysaur.
  • Buff Like all characters, Charizard's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 7).
  • Nerf Charizard walks slightly slower (1.2 → 1.187).
  • Buff Charizard's initial dash speed is exponentially higher (1 → 2.28), going from the slowest in the game to the 4th fastest.
  • Buff Charizard runs faster (2 → 2.2).
  • Buff Charizard's air speed is much faster (0.92 → 1.103).
  • Buff Charizard has significantly higher traction (0.04 → 0.11), no longer being tied with Mewtwo for the second lowest in the game. This allows it to punish out of shield much more easily.
  • Buff Charizard moves its head to a less vulnerable position during forward air, down smash, standing grab, and when hanging on the ledge.
  • Change Charizard's midair jumps' animations have been changed so that they are more distinguishable from each other.
  • Buff Charizard's second midair jump now gives as much height as its first, improving its air game and recovery.
  • Change Charizard's falling speed and fast falling speed are much faster (1.4 → 1.52) and (2.24 → 2.432) respectively. This makes it more prone to combos, but improves its tomahawk and overall neutral game.
  • Nerf Charizard once again possesses hurtboxes on its wings like in Brawl, making it easier to hit from above.
  • Nerf Charizard takes small amounts of damage while swimming. It shares this attribute with Sonic, Inkling, and Incineroar.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-18 → 4-16).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-18 → 5-17), and more ending lag (FAF 33 → 38).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has more ending lag (FAF 28 → 29).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 50).
  • Change Air dodge has a different animation.

Ground attacks

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 10 → 7), which transitions into the third hit faster (frame 10 → 8), allowing the whole move to connect more smoothly.
    • Nerf The first and second hits deal less damage (3% → 2.5% (hit 1), 4% → 2.5% (hit 2)).
    • Nerf The final hit has fewer hitboxes, and the remaining hitboxes are smaller (6.5u/5.5u/5u/4u → 5u/4u/4u), reducing its range.
    • Change The first and second hits have altered angles and knockback to keep opponents close to Charizard, like other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect and jab lock more consistently, but removes their jab cancel setups against grounded opponents.
    • Change Charizard rears back in a more pronounced fashion during the ending lag of neutral attack's last hit.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt contains a new sweetspot hitbox on frame 12 that is centered in front of Charizard's tail, with the original sweetspot remaining intact. This makes the sweetspot larger and prohibits issues with the z-axis.
    • Buff Forward tilt has less ending lag (FAF 43 → 38).
    • Nerf It has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 11-13 → 12-13).
    • Buff The sweetspot deals more knockback (40 base/100 scaling → 45/104).
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Up tilt has an altered animation, with Charizard jumping higher and its wings spreading out more to its sides.
    • Buff In addition to the hitbox above Charizard, it possesses hitboxes covering its wings as they spread out. This increases the move's coverage above Charizard, although due to the high placements of these hitboxes, it still cannot hit grounded opponents at Charizard's sides.
    • Nerf It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 9-13 → 9-12).
    • Nerf It launches opponents slightly away from Charizard instead of towards it (96° → 78°/84°), and deals much less knockback (40 base/130 scaling → 50 base/80/85 scaling). This collectively worsens both the move's combo and KO potential, stringing into itself less reliably at low percents, and still having too much ending lag to combo into other moves, despite Charizard's faster jumpsquat, while it is now unable to KO grounded opponents below 200% (compared to KOing below 140% under the same circumstances in Smash 4).
    • Nerf Due to Charizard once again possessing hurtboxes on its wings, the move is riskier to use as an anti-air option, as these hurtboxes now extend upward especially during the active frames, leaving Charizard more vulnerable to trades with opponents' aerial attacks.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff The changes to jostle mechanics allow down tilt to connect better against nearby opponents despite the removal of the windbox.
    • Nerf The hitbox does not extend as far (Z offset: 7-16 → 7-13.5), considerably reducing its range.
    • Change It features a tighter animation.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack deals more damage (11%/8% → 13%/10%) with knockback not fully compensated (100 (base)/45 (scaling) → 96/44), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Dash attack deals more shieldstun (1x → 1.5x) which combined with the increased damage makes it safer on shields.
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Charizard no longer breathes fire during the animation.
    • Buff Forward smash deals more damage (17% → 19% (clean, late body), 14% → 16.4% (late head)) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (94 → 91 (clean, late body), 86 (late head)).
    • Buff Forward smash grants more intangibility (frames 22-25 → 20-24).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's second hit comes out more quickly (frame 17 → 14), allowing it to connect better from the first hit and giving the move faster interruptibility (FAF 49 → 47).
    • Buff The outermost hitbox on the first hit now uses the 368° autolink angle to properly launch opponents into the second hit instead of weakly meteor smashing them in place, enabling it to connect more efficiently.
    • Nerf Due to Charizard once again possessing hurtboxes on its wings, the move is riskier to use as an anti-air option, although not to the same degree as its up tilt.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (20 frames → 10 (neutral), 22 → 19 (forward), 24 → 20 (back), 20 → 13 (up), 33 → 21 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has faster startup (frame 9 → 8) and significantly less ending lag (FAF 60 → 40), making it safer to use offstage.
    • Change Its animation has been sped up. This reduces the duration of its hitboxes (frames 9-25 → 8-20) but allows it to hit faster around Charizard.
      • Nerf Due to its autocancel window remaining unchanged, this effectively increases the move's ending lag before it can autocancel.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial has one frame less ending lag (FAF 47 → 46).
    • Nerf It no longer autocancels in a short hop, as Charizard's faster falling speed causes its autocancel to fall short by one frame.
    • Nerf The sweetspot has been moved inwards (X offset: 7.5 → 6), reducing its reach.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial's animation has been altered, increasing its vertical range. This enables it to punish opponents recovering from above more reliably.
    • Nerf The first active frame does not contain the 16% sweetspot.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 41 → 38).
    • Nerf The move's initial auto-cancel window has been shortened (frames 1-4 → 1-3)
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's lower landing lag alongside the removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes enable it to function as a potent combo starter onstage. The sweetspot also has a longer duration (frames 18-20 → 18-21).
    • Nerf The clean hit has received a sourspot on Charizard's body that does not meteor smash, making it slightly harder to use for edgeguarding. The late hit also has a shorter duration (frames 21-26 → 22-25).
    • Nerf It auto-cancels later (frame 41 → 42).
    • Buff Its initial auto-cancel window has been lengthened (frames 1-4 → 1-5).
    • Change Down aerial's animation has been altered.
    • Bug fix Down aerial's landing animation no longer causes Charizard's tongue to clip through its head.

Throws and other attacks

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing grab has been moved forward (Z offset: 5-13.6 → 7.5-16), improving its range.
    • Buff Dash grab extends further (Z offset: 5-12.3 → 5-16.5), improving its range.
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 34 → 40 (standing), 42 → 46 (dash), 40 → 43 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have more startup (frame 10 → 11 (dash), 11 → 12 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Pivot grab doesn't extend as far (Z offset: 4-17.6 → 4-17.2), worsening its range.
    • Change Standing and dash grab's animations have been altered, with Charizard lunging farther forward, matching their increased range.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.6%).
    • Nerf It has much less ending lag (FAF 17 → 8), but deals considerably more hitlag (4 frames → 15), increasing its effective duration.
      • Change Relative to the rest of the cast, Charizard's pummel is among the slowest but most damaging, rather than average on both accounts.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more knockback (60 base/65 scaling → 63/70).
    • Change Charizard spreads its arms out during the ending animation of forward throw.
  • Back throw:
    • Change Back throw releases opponents faster (frame 29 → 26), though with its interruptibility frames unchanged. This makes it harder to DI, but gives it more ending lag.
      • Buff Despite this change, it has increased combo ability due to Charizard's much faster initial dash speed and jumpsquat.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw deals less hitlag, allowing it to execute faster.
    • Change Down throw's looping hits now deal knockback to bystanders (0 (base)/0 (scaling) → 0/100).
    • Nerf It has slightly more ending lag (19 → 22 frames), hindering its combo potential.
      • Nerf The decreased hitstun in tumble knockback exacerbates this nerf.
    • Change It has an altered animation where Charizard hovers slightly while breathing fire onto the opponent.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (8% → 10%).

Special moves

  • Flamethrower:
    • Change Flamethrower's color is more vibrant compared to in Smash 4.
  • Flare Blitz:
    • Buff Flare Blitz deals drastically more damage (4% → 6% (hit 1), 15% → 18% (hit 2); 19% → 24% (total)).
    • Buff Flare Blitz deals more knockback, KOing middleweights under 80% from the center of Final Destination.
    • Buff The tumble animation following Flare Blitz's collision cannot be jab locked.
    • Buff Grounded Flare Blitz has more range below it, being capable of hitting every character lying on the ground and a few hanging on the ledge.
    • Nerf Flare Blitz is now only able to grab the ledge starting frame 45 (about two-thirds of the way).
    • Change Flare Blitz causes Charizard to emit orange flames on startup instead of glowing blue. Its flame effects are much more intense.
    • Change Charizard's voice is now louder when using the move, allowing players to hear it without adjusting the Sound settings.
  • Fly:
    • Bug fix Fly no longer suffers RCO lag.
    • Buff Due to rage being changed to not affect hitboxes with set knockback, Fly no longer launches opponents away from the rest of the hits when Charizard has rage, allowing it to connect more reliably.
  • Pokémon Change:
    • Change Since Charizard has returned to Pokémon Trainer's team, Rock Smash has been replaced with Pokémon Change. While this reduces Charizard's own defensive capabilities, it can now change places with Squirtle and Ivysaur to adapt to certain situations.
      • Nerf The removal of Rock Smash hinders Charizard's landing options and eliminates one of its finishers.
    • Buff Pokémon Change is much faster, as it does not need to load the next Pokémon during every switch. The quicker switch time allows it to potentially combo into another Pokémon's moves, work akin to an air dodge, or supplement the Pokémon's recovery.
    • Buff Pokémon Change can now be used in the air. Like in Brawl, it also offers brief intangibility upon switching out.
    • Nerf Spamming Pokémon Change will grant no invincibility frames for a period of time. It also has a cooldown of 140 frames (2.33 seconds), which can be skipped via a special move.
  • Final Smash:

Update history[edit]

Charizard has been buffed in updates. The changes Charizard has received improve its damage output and ability to KO. In addition, Flare Blitz is able to grab the ledge substantially earlier, and neutral aerial is safer on shield and can combo into other moves more reliably out of fastfall.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Dash attack deals more damage (11%/8% → 13%/10%) and knockback.
  • Bug fix Charizard's down air landing lag animation no longer causes its tongue to clip through its head.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Grounded Flare Blitz has more range below it, being able to hit every character lying on the ground and some hanging on the ledge.
  • Bug fix Up throw drifts slightly forward, meaning that Pichu and Ridley do not get stage spiked when it is used near the ledge.
    • Nerf This means true follow-ups with this application (such as back aerial) are no longer possible.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 1 connects into neutral attack 2 more reliably.
  • Buff Neutral attack 2 moves Charizard forwards more and connects into neutral attack 3 more reliably.

Technical changelist 3.1.0

Changed Before After
Jab 1 hitbox ID 2 Base knockback: 20 BKB: 24
Jab 2 kinetic module No added speed Frame 3: X speed +0.72, Frame 5: X speed -0.5
Jab 2 hitbox ID 2 No extension Hitbox extended from Z=13 to Z2=15.5

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Forward tilt's sweetspot deals more knockback (40 base/100 scaling → 45/104).
  • Buff Forward smash deals more damage (17% → 19% (clean, late body), 14% → 16.4% (late head)) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (94 → 91 (clean, late body), 86 (late head)).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has a slightly longer hitbox duration (frames 8-19 → 8-20) and less landing lag (13 frames → 10).
  • Buff Forward throw deals more knockback (60 base/65 scaling → 63/70).
  • Buff Flare Blitz can snap to the ledge earlier (frame 54 → frame 45).
  • Change The outermost hitbox of up smash's first hit uses set angles instead of the 368° autolink angle.
    • Nerf The first hit has a different hitbox during its last active frame that uses the 368° angle, but deals no damage (5% → 0%), effectively providing no benefit over landing only the second hit.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

  • Buff Up smash's 0% hitbox introduced in update 4.0.0 has been properly given damage like the rest of the hitboxes (0% → 5%).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased by 1.2×.


For a gallery of Charizard's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% Charizard slashes twice using its claws, then bats upward with its wing. Fast (frame 4) and reliable for building damage at close ranges.
Forward tilt   11% (flame), 7% (tail) Swings its tail forward. The move has a sweetspot at the flaming tip of Charizard's tail. When sweetspotted, it has high knockback for a tilt attack, KOing middleweights at around 140% from the center of Final Destination. Having long range and angling capabilities, forward tilt is an essential tool in the neutral game for spacing and approaching.
Up tilt Wing Thrust 8% Jumps with its wings widespread, hitting with them from below. Thanks to its long vertical range, it is an effective anti-air attack. However, it doesn't hit grounded opponents easily. Additionally, it leaves Charizard more vulnerable to hits from above, due to the hurtboxes on its wings extending vertically when the move is used.
Down tilt   10% A battering ram. It has long range and launches at a semi-spike angle, which makes it useful for edgeguarding and tech chasing. However, it is unsuited for combos or KOing at conventional damage ranges.
Dash attack   13% (clean), 10% (late) Charizard kicks forward. Dash attack has very high base knockback, and its power and long duration allow it to effectively punish cooldown and break zoning. The move KOs at high percents near the ledge.
Forward smash   19% (clean, late body), 16.4% (late head) Rears back its head and then performs a lunging headbutt. Very strong, with its sweetspot KOing middleweights under 70% from the center of Final Destination. It also renders Charizard intangible throughout its duration. However, it is extremely unsafe, hitting on frame 22 and suffering 45 frames of ending lag.
Up smash   5% (hit 1), 11% (hit 2) Charizard rears back and swings its wings upward twice in an overhead fanning motion. This is the fastest of Charizard's smash attacks and one of the fastest smash attacks in the game, hitting grounded opponents on frame 6 and aerial opponents on frame 7. The move has long range and disjoint, and because up smashes cancel shield dropping, it is very useful not only as an anti-air attack but also out of shield. The move KOs in the 100%-120% range against most characters.
Down smash   16% Charizard stomps the ground, creating a shock wave on the ground. It hits on both sides of Charizard and possess high damage output and knockback. The sweetspots at the end launch at a semi-spike angle, making them potent for edgeguarding and KOing opponent off the side. However, it has slow startup and extremely high ending lag.
Neutral aerial   12% (flame), 9% (tail) Somersaults forward, striking with its tail. Its sweetspot is at the flaming tip of Charizard's tail. It can autocancel in a short hop and quickly hits all around Charizard. Has strong combo potential (especially when used while landing) and gimping potential. It is also a satisfactory landing option. At its fastest, neutral air hits behind Charizard and is thus best used out of a reverse aerial rush.
Forward aerial   12% (early), 13% (clean) A downward arcing slash with Charizard's claws. Its high power, speed (frame 8) and semi-spike angle make it reliable as an edgeguarding and KOing option. However, it has high landing lag and cannot autocancel in a short hop, limiting its usefulness in neutral.
Back aerial Aerial Tail 16% (flame), 14% (tail), 11% (body) Charizard swings its long tail behind itself. It has slow startup, ending lag and landing lag. However, the sweetspot at the tip of Charizard's tail is incredibly disjointed, deals high damage, and KOs middleweights under 90%, making it Charizard's strongest KO option. The diagonal arc the move covers allows it to overpower opponents above Charizard.
Up aerial   13% An upward headbutt. The move's damage output and particularly high knockback allow it to KO middleweights under 100% near the upper blast line. It renders Charizard's head intangible and serves as a makeshift combo starter into itself, up smash, or other aerial attacks when landing.
Down aerial   14% (clean), 8% (late) Charizard kicks downward with one leg. The clean hit is a meteor smash, with a sourspot on Charizard's body that deals high sideways knockback. Down aerial has the highest overall lag of Charizard's aerials, but can function as a niche combo starter against grounded opponents, allowing for a potential KO setup into up aerial at higher percents.
Grab   Charizard clinches the opponent. Its grab range is above average.
Pummel   1.6% A bite.
Forward throw   10% Sways its head with the opponent in tow and then flings them forward. It is Charizard's strongest kill throw, KOing middleweights near the edge of Final Destination at around 120% without rage. Can also be used for a DI trap, as the optimal DI up throw (down and out) is poor for forward throw.
Back throw   10% Flings the opponent backward. It deals respectable damage and can be used to set up an edgeguard. Back throw is Charizard's central combo starter, leading into dash attack, neutral aerial, and up smash at very low percents, and forward aerial or back aerial up to mid percents. It can also follow up into Flare Blitz, but this is not a true combo.
Up throw Seismic Toss 8% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Charizard takes to the upper blast line with the opponent in tow, then dive-bombs them onto the stage at a blinding speed, akin to Kirby and Meta Knight's up throws. It is one of the strongest throws in the game without DI, but its mostly vertical, yet more horizontal angle than other up throws allows for the victim to apply both optimal DI and LSI against the move. This weakens it to an extent where middleweights can survive it up to around 160% without rage. The throw's poor knockback for its archetype can be alleviated by being used under a high platform.
Down throw   1% (hits 1-5), 1% (throw) Charizard pins the opponent to the ground and hovers, expelling embers from its mouth on them. Down throw's moderate ending lag allows it to function as a niche combo starter, leading into up smash out of dash at low percents and neutral or forward aerial until mid percents.
Floor attack (front)   7% Swings its tail backward, then headbutts forward while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Swings its tail forward and backward while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Performs a slash with its claws while getting up.
Edge attack   10% Performs a battering ram while climbing up from the ledge. This comes out on frame 24, compared to Squirtle's slow frame 28 and Ivysaur's quicker frame 21. It is one of the longest edge attacks in the game.
Neutral special Flamethrower 2% (clean), 1% (late) Expels a stream of flames from its mouth, almost identically to Fire Breath. The move can be angled, which makes it useful for gimping low recoveries and ledgetrapping. Compared to Fire Breath, Flamethrower is inferior at damage racking, but its farthest hitboxes still cause flinching. It has considerable startup and ending lag, and its power and range gradually decrease over time. Charizard must stop using Flamethrower for a short while for it to regain full power.
Side special Flare Blitz 6% (collision), 18% (explosion) A flaming corkscrew tackle that also hurts Charizard. It is very powerful, KOing middleweights under 80% from the center of Final Destination. Flare Blitz covers an impressive amount of horizontal distance and grants heavy armor on frames 23-53 that sustains 15% (18% in 1v1)[1], enabling it to extend Charizard's recovery and power through opposing attacks. However, it deals 5% of recoil damage and an additional 5% upon hitting an opponent. It is very risky to use outside of punishes, having extreme amounts of cooldown. When used carelessly near the edge, its impressive horizontal distance can also result in an inadvertent self-destruct.
Up special Fly 5% (hit 1), 2% (hits 2-5), 4% (hit 6) Flies upward while corkscrewing. Fly covers an average amount of vertical distance. Due to it hitting on frame 9, it has the lowest amount of startup out of Charizard's special move. It also grants super armor during frames 4-15, allowing it to break combos and work out of shield. It deals respectable damage when all of its hits connect, and can KO reliably at high percents.
Down special Pokémon Change The Pokémon Trainer calls Charizard back to its Poké Ball and sends out Squirtle.
Final Smash Triple Finish 5% (Fire Blast, first four), 12.5% (Fire Blast, final), ~50% total The Pokémon Trainer sends out both Squirtle and Ivysaur, and all three Pokémon perform a synchronized combo attack with long horizontal range. Charizard dishes out five Fire Blasts in a row for massive damage, with the last one having the highest power.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Pokémon Trainer releases Charizard from its Poké Ball while saying "Go!" or "Charizard!". Charizard stomps once as it emerges.


  • Up taunt: Stands upright and puffs its chest out, similarly to Ridley's down taunt.
  • Side taunt: Does a quick aerial flip and roars.
  • Down taunt: Faces upright and roars.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Raises its foot as it leans back, opening its mouth as if roaring, and then stomps its foot.
  • Turns its head to the side and quickly spits fire towards the ground.

Victory poses[edit]

During Charizard's victory poses, the Pokémon Trainer will say one of two lines at random. The male Trainer will say either "You all did great!" (みんな、よくがんばったな!, Everyone, you did great!) or "You did it, Charizard!" (やったぞ、リザードン!, You did it, Charizard!). The female Trainer will say either "Everyone did great!" (みんな、最高だね!, Everyone, you're the best!) or "You're amazing, Charizard!" (すごいね、リザードン!, Amazing, Charizard!).

  • Left: Stomps and rears its head back to roar upward, then strikes a pose.
  • Up: Uses Flare Blitz downwards to descend from the sky and crash into the ground, bounces out of it and lands on its feet, then strikes a pose.
  • Right: Pokémon Trainer pets its head and neck.
A small excerpt of the title theme of Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green Versions, a track which would go on to become the Pokémon main theme and the title theme for the entire series.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Pokémon Trainer in World of Light

Pokémon Trainer was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands, and he brought his three Pokémon with him.

During the opening cutscene, Charizard was sent out by Pokémon Trainer, along with Squirtle and Ivysaur, shortly before Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Under Pokémon Trainer's command, Charizard used Flamethrower in an attempt to fight the beams of light, but this attempt failed. Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard were all vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.

Pokémon Trainer can be found at the southeast near the maze that resembles Pac-Maze. Defeating him allows access to all of their Pokémon.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Pokémon Trainer SSBU.png
Pokémon Trainer Attack 7,500 Battlefield (Ω form) Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)


Charizard's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Charizard in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Additionally, Mega Charizard X appears as a Primary Spirit.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Valoo The Legend of Zelda •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
4,000 Wuhu Island (Maka Wuhu) N/A •The enemy is giant Dragon Roost Island
Landia Spirit.png
Landia Kirby series Charizard Team CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png (×5)
3,600 Find Mii N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Dangerous Dinner
Charmander Pokémon series •Tiny Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
2,200 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
Mega Charizard X Spirit.png
Mega Charizard X Pokémon series •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,700 Pokémon Stadium (Fire type) N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy is giant
Battle! (Trainer Battle) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
Rapidash Pokémon series •Curry Charizard CharizardHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,900 Mushroom Kingdom U (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy breathes fire
•The enemy has increased move speed
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)
Dragonite Pokémon series •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,700 Spear Pillar •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
•The enemy is giant
Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
Ho-Oh Pokémon series •Curry Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
13,900 Kalos Pokémon League N/A •Fire and explosion attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
•The enemy breathes fire
Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley
Salamence Spirit.png
Salamence Pokémon series Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
4,400 Spear Pillar (hazards off) •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect Battle! (Lorekeeper Zinnia)
Latias & Latios Pokémon series Charizard (×2) (CharizardHeadRedSSBU.pngCharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png)
9,100 Delfino Plaza (Gondola area) •Uncontrollable Speed •The enemy is very fast and can't stop quickly
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Latias & Latios)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire Latias (red costume)
Latios (blue costume)
Garchomp Pokémon series Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,900 Spear Pillar (hazards off) •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy has increased move speed
Battle! (Champion) / Champion Cynthia
Hydreigon Pokémon series Charizard CharizardHeadPurpleSSBU.png
3,600 Kalos Pokémon League (Dragonmark Chamber only) •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power after a little while Route 23 - Pokémon Black 2 / Pokémon White 2
Reshiram Pokémon series Charizard CharizardHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,300 Unova Pokémon League N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors special moves
Battle! (Reshiram/Zekrom)
Yveltal Spirit.png
Yveltal Pokémon series •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
9,800 Kalos Pokémon League N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•The enemy is giant
Battle! (Champion) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
Burrowing Snagret Spirit.png
Burrowing Snagret Pikmin series •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,400 Garden of Hope •Assist Trophy Enemies (Burrowing Snagret)
•Item: Pitfall
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy is giant
World Map - Pikmin 2
Fiery Blowhog.png
Fiery Blowhog Pikmin series Charizard CharizardHeadWhiteSSBU.png (×3)
1,500 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Item: Fire Flower Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Mission Mode - Pikmin 3
Fortitudo Bayonetta series •Giant Charizard CharizardHeadWhiteSSBU.png
4,000 Umbra Clock Tower •Hazard: Low Gravity •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
•Gravity is reduced
One Of A Kind

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Reference
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Medli The Legend of Zelda Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
9,300 Pirate Ship N/A •The enemy has increased jump power Dragon Roost Island Valoo
Minerva Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,500 Skyworld N/A •The enemy has increased jump power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Story 5 Meeting Minerva's Wyvern
Ashnard Fire Emblem series Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadPurpleSSBU.png
3,600 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) •Defense ↑ Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased defense
Against the Dark Knight Rajaion
Camilla Fire Emblem series Corrin CorrinHeadBlackSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadPurpleSSBU.png
9,700 Spear Pillar •Item: X Bomb
•Hazard: Poison Cloud
•The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud Lost in Thoughts All Alone (for 3DS / Wii U) Camilla's Wyvern
Maria DX.PNG
Maria Renard Castlevania series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Cucco Slash Seiryuu
Nibbles Fossil Fighters series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
Ridley RidleyHeadRedSSBU.png
Bowser BowserHeadRedSSBU.png
1,800 Arena Ferox •Item: Pitfall •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Battle Start - Fossil Fighters: Frontier Crimson Ravager
Rhea Fire Emblem series Palutena PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadWhiteSSBU.png
10,300 Bridge of Eldin N/A •Stamina battle
•Reinforcement will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is giant
The Apex of the World The Immaculate One



  • One of the in-game tips for Charizard states that its wings "won't take damage" during its up tilt. However, this is incorrect, as the hurtboxes on Charizard's wings extend upward during the move without gaining intangibility or invincibility, therefore actually making it easier to hit.
    • This tip is recycled from Smash 4, where it is correct, as Charizard's wings do not possess hurtboxes in said game.
  • Charizard is the only character in the series to have been part of a composite character in one game, separated into a standalone character, and then returned to a composite.
    • The official Pokémon website claims that this was due to a stint of disobedience, similarly to Ash's Charizard. [2] This is hinted at via its new taunts and victory poses, where it behaves in a less feral way and acts slightly more tame than it did in SSB4.
  • Charizard and Lucario are the only characters to have had their Final Smash change once and then revert back to their original Final Smash. Charizard is part of Triple Finish in Brawl, uses Mega Charizard X as a standalone character in Smash 4, then reverts to Triple Finish in Ultimate with the Pokémon Trainer's return. Lucario reverts to Aura Storm from Brawl, though it still transforms into Mega Lucario while performing it.
  • Charizard is the only playable Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution that does not Mega Evolve for their Final Smash, though Mega Charizard X reappears as a Spirit.
  • Charizard uses Fire Blast five times during Triple Finish, matching the move's base PP in the Pokémon games.
  • Charizard is the only veteran from Smash 4 whose character select screen voice clips is not reused in Ultimate. The character select screen and victory screen uses Pokémon Trainer's name instead.
    • Since the announcer does not call out Squirtle or Ivysaur either, this makes all three of Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon the only fighters not to have their names called out upon being selected.
  • Charizard (as part of the Pokémon Trainer's lineup) is unlocked by clearing Classic Mode with either Bowser or Donkey Kong, possibly referencing Brawl's event, Three-Beast Carnage.
  • With the female option for Pokémon Trainer, Ultimate marks the first time outside of the main series Pokémon games where Leaf or one of her counterparts has used or has been depicted with a member of Charizard's evolutionary line.