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

Fly (そらをとぶ, Fly in the Air) is Charizard's up special move.


Fly in Brawl.

Performing the move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl makes Charizard rise up while surrounded in flames, setting anyone that makes contact with it ablaze with a multi-hitting attack. In Super Smash Bros. 4, the flame effect is removed. The ending hitbox has somewhat forceful knockback, which allows this move to KO rather effectively at high percents and makes it a solid out of shield option. Frames 4-15 of this attack provide armor. This can be most easily shown by performing this move next to a Smart Bomb; Charizard will take all damage it would normally but will not be knocked back. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the move is considered subpar for recovery, gaining poor horizontal distance and suffering from 30 frames of the landing lag glitch while also being extremely susceptible to edgehogging. In Super Smash Bros. 4 however, the move was buffed, traveling more vertical distance and dealing more knockback. The move is largely unchanged in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with the exception of its loop hits being altered to allow it to connect better into itself and making it more reliable overall.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet CharizardHeadSSBB.png Attack while soaring upwards. Good for recoveries.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout CharizardHeadSSB4-3.png Spiral into the sky, and hit opponents multiple times.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List CharizardHeadSSBU.png Spirals into the sky. Can hit opponents multiple times while soaring upward.


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

1. Fly 2. Rising Cyclone 3. Fly High
"Spiral into the sky. Can hit opponents multiple times while soaring upward." "The movement distance is reduced, but it sucks in enemies and launches them." "Your flight distance is increased, but you don't deal any damage."
  1. Fly: Default.
  2. Rising Cyclone: Doesn't travel as high, but sucks in and launches foes.
  3. Fly High: Slightly increased flight distance, but cannot deal any damage.

Use by other Pokémon[edit]

There are also Pokémon other than Charizard that have used Fly:

  • Moltres - Comparable to Charizard's fly, as Moltres will fly straight upwards, inflicting flame damage and very high meteor knockback to anyone that touches it.
  • Mew, Celebi & Jirachi - The Smash Bros. Dojo lists these three Pokémon as using the move Fly, but while they are flying away, they are not attacking, just dropping collectibles as they leave the stage (CD's, Trophies and Stickers, respectively). Of these three Pokémon, only Mew can learn Fly in the Pokémon games.


Fly being used by traded Charizard in Pokémon Red.

Fly is a physical Flying-type move in the Pokémon games. As HM02 in all generations up to Generation VI, it can be used outside of battle to allow the player to travel to previously visited locations if a Pokémon in the player's party knows the move and if the player has acquired the proper Gym Badge to use it. In battle, it is a two-turn move that allows the user to avoid almost any attack on the first turn and then deals damage to a single target on the second; a handful of moves, such as Thunder or those used by a Pokémon with No Guard can hit a Pokémon that is on the first turn of using Fly.

Charizard can learn Fly via HM02 in all games in the series from Pokémon Yellow onwards; Charizard, ironically, couldn't learn Fly in the preceding Pokémon Red and Blue, having to be traded to Yellow and then back to obtain it. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Fly is changed to TM76, and a rideable Charizard replaces its HM function entirely. However, that Charizard cannot be used in battle and — prior to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon — Charizard couldn't be obtained without being transferred from previous titles. A player's own Charizard can also be ridden across Kanto in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! after entering the Hall of Fame for the first time, a feature only shared with Dragonite and Aerodactyl.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese そらをとぶ
UK English Fly
France French Vol
Germany German Fliegen
Spain Spanish Vuelo
Italy Italian Volo
China Chinese (Simplified) 飞翔
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 飛翔
South Korea Korean 공중날기
Netherlands Dutch Vliegen
Russia Russian Полёт