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 is a character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate under Pokémon Trainer. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Along with the Pokémon Trainer, Charizard is classified as fighter #35.

Shin'ichirō Miki reprises his role as the Pokémon, providing new clips once again.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change Charizard's model features a more subdued color scheme, resembling its appearance in recent mainline Pokémon games. Additionally, the flame on its tail is 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 has been seen in the Spirits mode.
  • Change Charizard's 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:
    • It stands upright for its down taunt, similar to Ridley's taunt.
    • It does a quick aerial flip and roars during its side taunt.


  • 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 now takes three 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 dashes slightly faster (2 → 2.2).
  • Buff Charizard's air speed is much faster (0.92 → 1.103).
  • Buff Charizard moves its head to a less vulnerable position during forward air, down smash, standing grab, and when hanging on the ledge.
  • 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 takes small amounts of damage while swimming. It shares this attribute with Sonic, Inkling, and Incineroar.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral attack's hits do not link as reliably.
  • Change Up tilt has an altered animation with Charizard jumping higher and its wings spreading out more to the side. As a result, the move could have more horizontal coverage at the expense of vertical range.
  • Buff Up smash has more horizontal range, and both hits connect more consistently. It is now capable of landing both hits even on small characters standing behind Charizard.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's animation has been sped up, and its end lag has been significantly reduced.
  • Change Neutral aerial's autocancel window is unchanged despite the animation being sped up, effectively increasing its end lag before it can autocancel.
  • Buff Forward aerial deals more knockback.
  • Nerf Forward aerial no longer autocancels out of a shorthop because of a slight decrease in Charizard's shorthop duration.
  • Buff Back aerial has increased vertical range.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change Down throw has an altered animation where Charizard hovers slightly while breathing fire onto the opponent.
  • Change Down throw has slightly more end lag. However, this is offset by Charizard's faster jumpsquat and initial dash.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Flare Blitz deals more knockback and shield damage.
  • Change Flare Blitz causes Charizard to emit orange flames on startup instead of a glowing blue. Its flame effects are much more intense.
  • Change Charizard's voice is now louder when using Flare Blitz, allowing players to actually hear it without adjusting the Sound settings.
  • Buff Fly's hitboxes are larger, and its hits connect more reliably.
  • Nerf Fly deals less knockback.
  • Change Charizard's old down special, Rock Smash, has been replaced with Pokémon Change. While this reduces Charizard's own defensive capabilities, it allows it to instead change places with Squirtle to adapt to different situations.
  • Buff Pokémon Change can now be used in the air and is much quicker, allowing the user to potentially combo into another Pokémon's moves or choose the recovery move that suits their situation best. Like in Brawl, it also offers brief intangibility during the switch, giving it the functionality of a dodge, even in the air.
    • Nerf If Pokémon Change is used repeatedly, it will grant no invincibility frames for a period of time. Pokémon Change also has a cooldown of around two seconds.
  • Change Charizard's Final Smash has been reverted to Triple Finish.
    • Change Triple Finish has an updated animation, and its textbox closely resembles the texboxes in the Generation VII Pokémon games.
    • Change Charizard now fires five Fire Blasts in a row.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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.



  • Charizard is the only character in Smash Bros. to have been part of a transformation character in one game, separated into a standalone character, and then reverted back to a transformation character.
  • Charizard and Lucario are the only characters to have had their Final Smash change between games only to have it revert back to the previous Final Smash. In Charizard's case, it had Triple Finish in Brawl, changed to Mega Charizard X in Smash 4, and then reverted back to Triple Finish in Ultimate.
  • Charizard is the only playable Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution that does not Mega Evolve for their Final Smash.
  • Unlike in Brawl, the number of Fire Blasts fired by Charizard during Triple Finish matches the amount of PP that Fire Blast has in the mainline Pokémon games.
  • Charizard's amiibo scans as Pokémon Trainer, with Charizard as the Trainer's active Pokémon. On the amiibo customization screen, both the Trainer and their Charizard are seen.

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