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Charizard using Flamethrower in Ultimate.
User Charizard
Universe Pokémon
Article on Bulbapedia Flamethrower (move)

Flamethrower (かえんほうしゃ, Flamethrower) is Charizard's neutral special move.


Charizard using Flamethrower in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Charizard shoots a stream of flames from its mouth, which can be directed up or down by tilting the control stick in a particular direction. The flames die down the longer the button is held, but they will never stop; however, they will become extremely small.

Overall, this attack is very similar to to Bowser's Fire Breath, though the flames are smaller and have longer range. It is Charizard's only special in SSB4 that lacks armor.

As Charizard's down throw[edit]

Charizard's down throw in Brawl.

Charizard also uses Flamethrower in its down throw: Charizard throws its opponent to the ground, and then burns them with Flamethrower. It has mainly horizontal knockback, and it cannot be reflected, even by a Franklin Badge.

In SSB4, prior to patch 1.0.8, down throw could KO at higher levels of damage, but could be DI'd out of. Following the patch, however, it is now a combo throw, following up into a forward aerial until around 60%, and Charizard's up throw is now its KO throw. This inflicts a total of 6% damage.

Instruction quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet CharizardHeadSSBB.png Press and hold the B Button to breathe fire. Flames weaken over time.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout CharizardHeadSSB4-3.png Breathe fire. Change the angle with Circle Pad.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List CharizardHeadSSBU.png Attacks opponents by shooting fire. The direction of the fire can be changed with the control stick.


Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Flamethrower 2. Fire Fang 3. Fireball Cannon
"Breathe fire on your opponents. Can be aimed slightly. The longer you use it, the weaker it gets." "A short-range fire-breathing attack. Hits quickly and continuously to rack up damage." "Fires distinct balls of fire that travel far but do less damage than Flamethrower."
  1. Flamethrower: Default.
  2. Fire Fang: Has low range, but hits quickly. Releasing the button ends the move with a small explosion. The flames cannot be reflected or absorbed, and they also have transcendent priority.
  3. Fireball Cannon: Shoot fireballs that travel further. Although the description suggests that this attack deals less damage than Flamethrower, each flame deals 3% damage at close range, and 2% damage at a distance. It doesn't hit opponents as frequently as Flamethrower, however. Charizard has to fire at least three fireballs before it can end this attack. Additionally, the fireballs have normal priority, so stronger hitboxes can neutralize them.

As Charizard's attack as a Poké Ball[edit]

Charizard using Flamethrower in Melee

Originally, Charizard used Flamethrower when appearing from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Charizard alternates between breathing fire to the left, then right.

Use by other Pokémon[edit]

There are also Pokémon other than Charizard that have used Flamethrower within the Smash series:

  • Charmander: When Charmander appears in Saffron City, it uses Flamethrower in one direction by breathing fire from its mouth.
  • Charizard (Poké Ball): See above.
  • Cyndaquil: Cyndaquil appears from a Poké Ball in Melee, where it uses Flamethrower in one direction, like Charmander. Cyndaquil generates the fire from the flame on its back.


Fennekin using Flamethrower in Pokémon X/Y.

Flamethrower is a special Fire-type attack introduced in Generation I, with high power and a small chance to burn the opponent. It involves the user shooting a stream of fire, usually from its mouth, at the opponent.

Fire Fang, one of this move's custom variations, is a physical Fire-type attack introduced in Generation IV. It involves the user biting the opponent with fiery fangs and, while not very powerful, it has a small chance to burn the opponent and/or make it flinch.

In the Pokémon games, both moves can be learned by Charizard by simply leveling up in all games since their respective introduction.


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