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From Bulbapedia.
Goldeen's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen..
Games SSB
Move Splash
Rarity Common
English voice actor Veronica Taylor (SSB)
Rachael Lillis
Japanese voice actor Ikue Otani
Article on Bulbapedia Goldeen (Pokémon)
It simply flops around and does absolutely nothing that causes any damage. If your opponent gets this, you’re lucky. If you get stuck with this, you’re bummed.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Goldeen (トサキント, Tosakinto) is a creature from the Pokémon series. It has appeared as a Poké Ball Pokémon in every Smash game.


Goldeen's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Green.

Goldeen is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #118 as the "Goldfish Pokémon". It is commonly found by fishing, and it evolves into Seaking at level 33. It is registered as #118 in the National Pokédex.

Splash is a Normal-type move: while being part of the starting moveset of several Pokémon, it has no effect whatsoever. It is most commonly associated with Magikarp and, in contrast with its Smash depiction, Goldeen is not able to learn it in any game. However, the exact usage of it in Smash is likely a reference to Misty's Goldeen from the anime, who was notable for being completely useless on land, and would only be able to flop around similarly to the Goldeen in Smash unless in the water.

Goldeen's Japanese voice clip used in every Smash game is from the Pokémon anime episode Pokémon Emergency, where it flops on the floor as it does in the Smash games. Goldeen's English voice clip used in Smash 64 is from the episode Pokémon Shipwreck, while the English clip used in every game since Melee is from Snack Attack.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]


Goldeen appears as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. It flops around on the stage helplessly until it disappears or has fallen off the stage. It is one of two completely harmless Pokémon in the game, the other being Mew. Goldeen does not have any hitboxes, so it doesn't do any damage to any of the characters. Thus, it was established as the "dud" Pokémon of the Smash Bros. series.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Goldeen in Melee.

Goldeen returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee to reprise its role as something that does not affect gameplay in any way.

Early in Melee's lifespan, rumors claimed that Goldeen could sometimes activate Horn Drill upon being summoned from a Poké Ball, leading to a one-hit KO. This was later disproven due to advances in hacking, as well as a general lack of proof.

As a stage element[edit]

Goldeen's appearance on Poke Floats.

A larger balloon of Goldeen (in actuality, the 3D model of Goldeen used in Pokémon Stadium for Nintendo 64) is one of the many floating and moving "platforms" that make the Poké Floats stage.


Goldeen features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery, and throughout the various Single-Player game modes.

Goldeen trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Goldeen's trophy in Melee
These Water-types are often referred to as "water dancers," as their elegant fins make them incredibly agile underwater. They can even travel upstream in rapids at a speed of five knots; of course, they're not quite as nimble on dry land. Goldeen's Horn Drill is so strong that it can KO an enemy with one strike if it connects.
Pokémon Red & Blue (9/98)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Goldeen in Brawl.

Goldeen returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and is, once again, a "dud" Pokémon. The description on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! tells the player to watch out for Murphy's Law when using Poké Balls, showing Goldeen's picture.


Screenshot by Dany36
Goldeen's trophy in Brawl
NTSC A Goldfish Pokémon also known as the Queen of the Sea. In contrast to its elegant appearance, it's wild and has a severe horn attack. Among the techniques it can master, Horn Drill is very reliable. It evolves into Seaking, but if it's raised without evolving, it can learn the powerful Bug-type move Megahorn. There are male and female Goldeen--the male's horn is longer.
PAL A Goldfish Pokémon also known as the Water Queen. In contrast to its elegant appearance, it's wild and has a severe horn attack. Among the techniques it can master, Horn Drill is very reliable. It evolves into SEAKING, but if it's raised without evolving, it can learn the powerful Bug-type move Megahorn. There are male and female GOLDEEN--the male's horn is longer.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Goldeen Pokémon series TypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +4 Pikachu Pokémon Trainer Lucario Jigglypuff PikachuHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Goldeen (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Goldeen in Super Smash Bros for Wii U.

Goldeen returns in Super Smash Bros. 4, keeping its lack of function from the previous installments. It can also be summoned from the newly added Master Ball item, which otherwise contains only rare or legendary Pokémon. This Master Ball variant behaves exactly the same as the regular version, and was added as a joke.


Goldeen's trophy can be obtained in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Pokémon Trophy Box.

Goldeen's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC This Water-type Pokémon sports a fancy horn on its head. An excellent swimmer, it can literally swim up waterfalls. In the world of Pokémon, this elegant Pokémon has a variety of effective moves in battle. In Smash Bros., however, all it can use is an ineffective Splash attack.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
3DS: Pokémon X & Pokémon Y (10/2013)
PAL A Water-type Pokémon with a distinctive horn. Thanks to its powerful fins, Goldeen can swim comfortably through the most torrential waters and even up waterfalls. It's known for both its strength and grace. That said, don't expect it to make a big splash in this game – just a little one when it uses Splash... It's super ineffective!
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue (10/1999)
3DS: Pokémon X/Y (10/2013)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Goldeen in Ultimate.

Goldeen returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Poké Ball Pokémon. Once again, it uselessly splashes around dealing no damage. It can still come out of a Master Ball like in Smash 4.

Goldeen cannot appear on Distant Planet.


Golden also appears as a spirit.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Goldeen.png
1 Swimmer Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese トサキント, Tosakinto
UK English Goldeen
France French Poissirène
Germany German Goldini
Spain Spanish Goldeen
Italy Italian Goldeen
China Chinese (Simplified) 角金鱼
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 角金魚
South Korea Korean 콘치, Konchi
Netherlands Dutch Goldeen
Russia Russian Голдин


  • During development of the original Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai chose Goldeen to use Splash instead of Magikarp because he preferred Goldeen's voice in the anime.[1]
  • Goldeen, Mew, and Snorlax are the only Pokémon to appear as Poké Ball Pokémon in every game.
  • Goldeen and Zoroark are the only Pokémon that can come out of Master Balls that are neither Legendary Pokémon nor Mythical Pokémon.
  • Goldeen's Brawl trophy description is inaccurate:
    • Horn Drill is very unreliable, being among the most unreliable moves in the game, as like all OHKO moves its accuracy is a mere 30% unless the opponent's level is lower than the user's.
    • Evolving Goldeen into Seaking does not prevent it from being able to learn Megahorn, though like many evolved Pokémon, Seaking learns new moves at a later level than its previous form (and there do exist examples of evolved Pokémon being unable to learn some moves that their previous form can).
  • Goldeen is the only Poké Ball Pokémon in Smash 4 who does not sport a player-dependent tag on its head when summoned.
  • Even though, on principle, Goldeen flops around due to being summoned on dry land, it will still maintain this behavior in stages where the player can tread water (and thus, throwing a Poké Ball into a body of water will not cause it to be lost), such as Delfino Plaza, or in stages that take place underwater, such as Hanenbow.


  1. ^ 大竹 いやあ、トサキントってセクシーですよね。とくに、最後のほうの色っぽさっていったらないですよね。ちょっとなよっとしているんですよね。
    桜井 ハハ、本来なら、“はねる”って技を使うポケモンといえばコイキングですよね。だけど、トサキントの声をアニメで聞いたときに思ったんです。この声を使うために、コイキングではなくトサキントを使おうって(笑)。
    (Yukitaka) Otake: I have to say, Goldeen sounds a little sexy, doesn't it? I can't say enough about how sexy the last part is, in particular. It's sort of languid, I suppose.
    (Masahiro) Sakurai: Haha, normally the one to use the "Splash" technique would be Magikarp, wouldn't it? But when I heard Goldeen's voice in the anime, I thought, "let's use Goldeen instead of Magikarp so we can use this voice." (laughs)
    Interview regarding the Nintendo All-Star! Dairantō Smash Brothers OST on Smabura-Ken