Ivysaur (SSBU)

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

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triple Finish

Ivysaur is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Along with the Pokémon Trainer, Ivysaur is classified as fighter #34.

Ivysaur's English and Japanese voices are now provided by Justin Anselmi and Inuko Inuyama, its current voice actors as of Pokémon the Series: XY.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Ivysaur was previously considered the worst Pokémon in the Pokemon Trainer's party and one of the worst characters in Brawl (especially if judged as a standalone fighter), due to its large amount of significant weaknesses, namely short range on its attacks, notable KO problems due to laggy finishers, bad aerial game, terrible recovery and one of the worst special movesets in the game. Likely as a result of this, Ivysaur has been heavily buffed in its transition to Ultimate.

Ivysaur's biggest buffs come from the adjustments to the Pokémon Trainer's mechanics alongside universal gameplay changes. The type effectiveness mechanic (which previously gave Ivysaur a disproportionate weakness to the common flame-type attacks throughout the cast) has been removed, while the elimination of stamina allows Ivysaur to stay in the fight without weakening its moves. The removal of edgehogging, the introduction of ledge trumping, and the various changes to tether recoveries have substantially toned down a critical weakness in Ivysaur's recovery, due to its reliance on one. Ivysaur's air speed is also much higher and it can switch to Charizard at any time in the air to return to the stage. The changes to SDI also heavily benefits Ivysaur's multi hit moves as they are more reliable than previously.

Ivysaur's entire moveset has also been modified and is significantly more useful overall. The addition of a finisher and the changes to neutral infinites makes its neutral attack more consistent, while down tilt now consists of only one hit that semi-spikes. Some of Ivysaur's notoriously weak attacks, such as down smash and back aerial, have had their power increased, with down smash now having a sweetspot that can KO at realistic percents. Ivysaur's entire aerial game has received several improvements: it has a new, disjointed neutral aerial that performs much better than its old one, which was previously a situational move that was easy to escape. Up and down aerials' momentum changes are less extreme, and down aerial's infamously weak and hard-to-sweetspot meteor smash has been buffed significantly, losing its sourspot and now functioning as a powerful edgeguarding tool, while the changes to grounded meteor smashes grant it extremely rewarding setups at a wide percent range, including into up smash. In addition, Ivysaur's throw game has been heavily improved as it now has a KO throw in the form of back throw, alongside increased followups from up throw and down throw due to the changes to hitstun canceling. Lastly, its entire special moveset has been improved: Bullet Seed now has a finisher, Razor Leaf's infamously unreliable trajectory is now more consistent, which makes it a noticeably better projectile, and Vine Whip no longer causes helplessness, which grants Ivysaur a new offstage attack and combo finisher.

However, Ivysaur still retains many key flaws from Brawl. Many of Ivysaur's weakest attacks are still ineffective for KOing despite their buffs, while some (such as forward and back aerials) send at a diagonal trajectory that make them mediocre for edgeguarding. It has also received a few nerfs: Bullet Seed has had its maximum damage output significantly reduced, and Vine Whip has lost its grounded hitbox that leads into the vine. Ivysaur is still one of the few characters entirely dependent on a tether recovery, giving it notable problems offstage, which is further harmed by tethers no longer being usable out of an air dodge. Some of Ivysaur's stronger kill moves such as up smash, forward aerial and up aerial are weaker and finally, the reduction to Ivysaur's weight and the removal of momentum canceling hinders its survivability.

Regardless of its nerfs, Ivysaur has improved dramatically since its introduction in Brawl, especially in relation to the rest of the cast, and is generally agreed upon to now be the Pokémon Trainer's best Pokémon, as opposed to the worst as in Brawl. It now performs more effectively as a character in the Pokémon Trainer's party, fulfilling the role of the "zoning" fighter with disjointed range on its attacks, a conventional projectile, and setups into its powerful bud-based moves.


  • Change Ivysaur's design and proportions have changed. Its flower bud now has multiple layers of petals and a smoother texture. Its pupils and ears are slightly larger, and its toes are much less pronounced. Its patches have also been re-positioned. It is more vibrantly colored overall, with its skin being a lighter shade of blue and its flower bud being a lighter shade of pink with its leaves being a lighter shade of green. In addition, Ivysaur's teeth and toes are white instead of beige. Due to these changes, it now matches match its appearance in more recent Pokémon games.
  • Change Ivysaur has received three new alternate costumes.
  • Change Ivysaur is much more expressive than it was in Brawl.
  • Change Ivysaur always faces the screen regardless of which direction it turns, causing all of its animations to be mirrored.
  • Change Opponents now grab Ivysaur by its body, instead of its flower bud.
  • Change Ivysaur has a new victory animation, where it performs Vine Whip in front of itself a couple of times. This replaces the victory pose where it walks in place a few times.
  • Change The victory pose where Ivysaur backflips now has it land upright, as opposed to landing on its belly.


  • Buff Like all characters, Ivysaur's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Ivysaur walks faster (1.05 → 1.1103).
  • Buff Ivysaur dashes faster (1.5 → 1.595)
    • Nerf Relative to the cast however, Ivysaur dashes significantly slower, going from having the 17th fastest dashing speed out of 39 characters to the 56th fastest out of 79 characters. Ivysaur also now has the slowest dashing speed in its party.
  • Buff Ivysaur's air speed is much faster (0.752 → 0.998).
  • Nerf Ivysaur's crawling speed is slower.
  • Change Ivysaur's fall speed is slightly higher (1.35 → 1.38).
  • Change Ivysaur's gravity is higher (0.07 → 0.82).
  • Nerf Ivysaur weighs less (100 → 96), reducing its survivability. While this would reduce its susceptibility to combos, a combination of its higher fall speed/gravity and the removal of hitstun canceling make it more vulnerable to combos than in Brawl while also further reducing its survivability as Ivysaur can no longer take advantage of momentum canceling.
  • Buff The Stamina mechanic has been removed, eliminating the necessity of switching out Pokémon to restore their power.
  • Buff The removal of type effectiveness benefits Ivysaur significantly more than Squirtle as it improves Ivysaur's endurance against flame attacks, as it was previously notoriously vulnerable to them.
    • Nerf However, this also hinders Ivysaur's endurance against water based attacks (which are slightly more prevalent than in Brawl) and it reduces the KO potential of Ivysaur's grass attacks against Squirtle.
  • Buff The removal of edgehogging improves Ivysaur's tether-dependent recovery.
  • Change The removal of meteor canceling both helps and hinders Ivysaur. While it improves the reliability of its newly improved down aerial, it also makes Ivysaur significantly more vulnerable to meteor smashes as it previously had one of the most lenient meteor cancel windows in Brawl.
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (frame 33 → 31).
  • Nerf Rolls have a shorter duration (frames 4-19 → 4-15) and back roll has more ending lag (frame 33 → 36).
  • Buff Air dodge has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 4-29 → 3-29).
  • Nerf Air dodge has more ending lag (frame 40 → 56).
  • Nerf Spotdodge has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 2-20 → 3-17) and ending lag if it is not cancelled with an attack (frame 26 → 27).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack's neutral infinite now has a finishing hit: a double vine slap. This makes it less punishable. The first two hits can now also lock opponents due to their altered angles (30° (hit 1), 85° (hit 2) → 361°/180° (both)) and the second hit has less startup lag (frame 7 → 5).
    • Buff The infinite can now be used manually by inputting the attack button a third time instead of automatically transitioning after the second hit. The infinite is also more difficult to escape due to the weakening of SDI.
    • Nerf The first hit deals less damage (3% → 2%) and the first and second hit have a shorter duration (frames 7-9 (both) → 7-8 (hit 1), 5-6 (hit 2)).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has increased range and connects more reliably.
    • Nerf Forward tilt has more startup lag (frame 6 → 10), ending lag (frame 42 → 46) and deals less damage (14% → 11%).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less startup (frame 9 → 7) and ending lag (frame 35 → 33).
    • Nerf Up tilt has less horizontal range and deals less knockback (50/60 (base), 100/90 (scaling) → 85/61).
  • Down tilt:
    • Change Down tilt hits once instead of twice.
    • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (frame 38 → 32).
    • Nerf Down tilt deals less damage (2% (hit 1), 5% (hit 2) → 5.5%) and knockback (60 (base), 100 (scaling) → 50/65).
  • Dash attack:
    • Change Dash attack has a new animation, with Ivysaur performing a shoulder charge/headbutt.
    • Nerf Dash attack's clean hit has reduced knockback scaling (70 → 57) hindering its KO potential.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 17-19 → 15-20).
    • Nerf Forward smash now has a sourspot towards the end of the move that deals slightly less damage (14%). The sweetspot also deals less knockback (20 (base), 99 (scaling) → 45/78) and can also no longer lock or trip opponents at lower percents due to its higher base knockback.
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash has a new animation where Ivysaur jumps up before the move comes out.
    • Buff Up smash has a larger hitbox (11u → 13u).
    • Nerf Up smash has reduced knockback (80 (base), 90 (scaling) → 78/78) no longer being the strongest in the game.
    • Nerf Up smash no longer grants intangibility to the bottom of Ivysaur's bulb.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash can deal more damage, with the damage being greater towards the tips of the vines (8% → 12% (far)/10% (mid)/8% (near)). The sweetspots are semi-spikes (361° → 34°/30°) which deal more knockback (40 (base), 80 (scaling) → (45/84)/(50/77)). The near hit of the attack has identical damage and knockback to its former counterpart.
    • Buff Down smash has increased range. It also has less startup (frame 16 → 13) and ending lag (frame 64 → 46).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Neutral aerial:
    • Change Neutral aerial has a new animation: Ivysaur points its bud towards the screen and spins its leaves, hitting 8 times.
    • Nerf Neutral aerial deals less damage overall (2% (hits 1-7) → 1% (hits 1-7), 2% (final hit)).
    • Buff Neutral aerial has increased range, and its hitboxes are disjointed.
    • Change The final hit has altered knockback (10 (base), 220 (scaling) → 30/200).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has more startup lag (frame 4 → 7), landing lag (11 frames → 16) and auto-cancels later (frame 35 → 41) no longer doing so in a short hop. The final hit can also no longer lock opponents.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial no longer has a sourspot, consistently dealing 12% damage. It also has less startup lag (frame 15 → 14), ending lag (frame 51 → 49) and landing lag (28 frames → 13).
    • Nerf Forward aerial deals less knockback (35 (base), 103 (scaling) → (51/81/81/90)/(76/46/46/45).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial's second hit no longer has a sourspot.
    • Buff Back aerial deals more damage (2% → 3% (hit 1), 2%/3% → 6% (hit 2)) although the knockback on the second hit was compensated (10 (base), 160/170 (scaling) → 25/110). It also has less ending lag (frame 46 → 44) and landing lag (10 frames → 7).
    • Nerf Back aerial's first hit has more startup lag (frame 4 → 7) and has increased knockback scaling (20 → 27). Back aerial can also no longer auto-cancel in a short hop due to Ivysaur's faster falling speed.
    • Nerf Both hits of back aerial have slightly less range.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial no longer causes Ivysaur to fast fall, instead just giving it a moderate amount of downwards momentum. This makes it easier to use as a conventional aerial attack and less risky to use offstage. Ivysaur can still fast fall manually when using up aerial, allowing it to mix up its positioning when using the move.
    • Buff Up aerial has less landing lag (22 frames → 11). This change when combined with the removal of hitstun canceling grants it much more juggling potential on stages such as Battlefield.
    • Change Up aerial has altered knockback (32 (base), 97 (scaling) → 64/72).
    • Nerf Up aerial deals slightly less damage (16% → 15%) hindering its KO potential slightly, though it is still one of the strongest up aerials in the game.
    • Nerf Up aerial no longer grants intangibility to the bottom of Ivysaur's bulb.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's sourspot angle has changed (50 → 270), now being the same as the sweetspot. This means that all hits of the move meteor smash.
    • Buff Down aerial's sweetspot is much larger (2.2u → 7u), improving the ability to hit with the sweetspot.
    • Buff Down aerial's sweetspot deals more damage (8% → 10%), dealing as much as the sourspot.
    • Change Down aerial's knockback has been altered (20 (base), 80 (scaling) (clean), 32/92 (sour) → (27/17/9/9)/(80/62/98/68).
    • Buff Down aerial has less landing lag (28 frames → 13).
    • Buff Down aerial no longer halts Ivysaur's horizontal momentum as much as before.
    • Buff Due to the removal of hitstun canceling, down aerial's strong meteor smash capabilities can be used to set up tech traps against opponents who are launched off the ground, granting it newfound combo potential. The sourspot has also gained the ability to lock opponents. The removal of meteor canceling also improves the move's reliability off stage.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Standing and dash grabs have less ending lag (frame 51 → 42 (standing), frame 50 → 49 (dash).
    • Nerf Pivot grab has more ending lag (frame 37 → 45).
  • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (3% → 1.3%).
  • Buff Forward throw deals more damage (8% → 10%).
  • Change Forward throw now consists of a hit and then a throw (8% → 5% (hit), 5% (throw)) although the knockback on the throw was compensated (60 (base), 55 (scaling) → 80/60).
  • Buff Back throw deals more damage (10% → 12%).
  • Nerf Up throw deals less damage (10% → 4% (hit), 5% (throw), 9% (total)) and the knockback on the throw wasn't compensated enough (70 (base), 72 (scaling) → 75/95), hindering its KO potential.
  • Buff Down throw has altered knockback (83 (base), 50 (scaling) → 44/122) improving its combo potential at lower percents and improving its KO potential at higher percents.
    • Nerf Down throw deals less damage (10% → 7%) and its altered knockback hinders its followup potential at higher percents.
  • Buff Floor attacks deal more damage (6% → 7%).
  • Change Edge attack deals more damage than the previous fast edge attack, but less than the previous slow edge attack (8%/6% (fast), 10% (slow) → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Bullet Seed:
    • Nerf Bullet Seed's maximum duration is reduced (5 seconds → 2 seconds). It also has more startup lag (frame 4 → 7).
    • Nerf Bullet Seed's maximum potential damage is reduced (~60% → ~20%). The near hits also deal less damage (2% → 1.5%).
    • Nerf Bullet Seed no longer has intangibility during its startup.
    • Change Bullet Seed's seeds have a reduced hitlag multiplier (1x → 0.5x (near), 0.8x (far)) but have an increased SDI multiplier (0.1x (near), 0.28x (far) → 0.5x (both)). They also have altered kncokback (10 (base), 40 (scaling) → 15/30).
    • Buff Bullet Seed now has a finishing hit, making it less punishable. It also has less ending lag (frame 86 → 80) and the late hit deals more damage (1% → 1.3%).
    • Change Bullet Seed's seeds are larger but less numerous.
  • Razor Leaf:
    • Buff Razor Leaf travels faster. It also has less ending lag (frame 51 → 47).
    • Buff Razor Leaf's tap input variant travels further.
    • Buff Razor Leaf's random trajectory has been made significantly less variable, greatly improving its consistency.
  • Vine Whip:
    • Buff Vine Whip no longer causes helplessness in the air, and it can be used repeatedly.
    • Buff Vine Whip can now be angled, allowing the attack's reach to be more vertical or more horizontal.
    • Buff Vine Whip on the ground consistently deals 11% damage for non-sweetspot hits, matching the aerial version. Previously, it had various lower damage amounts for different parts of the vine. It also has less startup lag (frame 21 → 15).
    • Nerf Vine Whip is less reliable as a tether recovery when used close to the ledge resulting in Ivysaur missing the ledge more often when trying to use Vine Whip.
    • Nerf Vine Whip on the ground no longer has a hitbox directly in front of Ivysaur. It also has a shorter duration (frames 21-24 → 15-17).
    • Nerf Vine Whip can no longer be performed out of an air dodge.
  • Pokémon Change:
    • Buff Pokémon Change is much faster due to no longer having to load the next Pokémon during every switch, and it can now be used in the air. Like in Brawl, it also offers brief invincibility upon switching out, though the quicker switch time allows it to potentially combo into another Pokémon's moves, or function somewhat as an alternative "air dodge". It also allows the user to choose the recovery that suits a situation best.
    • Nerf Spamming Pokémon Change will grant no invincibility frames for a period of time, and has a cooldown of around 2 seconds. This cooldown can be skipped if a special move is used. Additionally, Pokémon Change no longer resets stale move negation, and if it is performed off the edge of a moving platform, it will no longer skip the ending lag of the switch.
    • Buff Pokémon Change will refresh ledge invincibility if used in the air. This even works if the move is spammed, as the new Pokémon is considered a different character grabbing the ledge. This gives Pokémon Trainer a unique stall option.
  • Triple Finish:

Update History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Razor Leaf deals less shield damage.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Bullet Seed's hits connect more reliably.


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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% Ivysaur whips a vine, then another if the button is pressed again. If the button is pressed repeatedly or if the first two hits connects, it then begins a series of rapid vine slaps, with a finishing hit at the end. The first two hits can jab reset.
0.5% (rapid hits), 2% (finisher)
Forward tilt   1.5% (hits 1-6), 2% (hit 7) Ivysaur leans forward and spins the leaves around its bulb like a helicopter blade, hitting multiple times. Has decent range in front of Ivysaur, but contrary to its looks, the move cannot hit behind Ivysaur. Has a slight amount of startup. Hits 7 times, with the last hit dealing decent horizontal knockback, though with low knockback growth. Ivysaur's only tilt with KO potential, though it KOs very late at around 185% from the edge of Final Destination.
Up tilt   7% Ivysaur pushes its vines against the ground to propel itself upwards. Decent upwards knockback and good upwards range, but it lacks hitboxes beside Ivysaur, making it difficult to hit grounded opponents. Can lead into aerials at low percents. Due to it lifting Ivysaur's hurtbox upwards, it can dodge certain ground-level attacks.
Down tilt   5.5% Ivysaur whips a vine quickly along the ground in front of it. Very fast, can hit opponents hanging on ledges, and deals semi-spike knockback of mild strength, but deals very low damage while lacking followup options due to its ending lag. Useful as a poking option, or as an approach option out of a dash.
Dash attack   12% (clean), 10% (late) Ivysaur leaps forward in a sliding tackle. Fast startup with decent base knockback, which sends opponents diagonally upwards; however, it has significant difficulty KOing due to its angle and low knockback growth, only doing so around 185% from the edge of Final Destination. The late hit of the move deals much less knockback, but at the same angle.
Forward smash   16% (clean), 14% (late) Ivysaur plants its vines on the ground and launches its body forward in a tackle before landing where it started. The move can be angled up or down, though its power does not change. Deals good knockback, is rather fast, and has deceptively good range, although it shifts Ivysaur's hurtbox forward and has noticeable ending lag. The earliest hit deals the most knockback and damage, and can KO at 85% from the edge of Final Destination.
Up smash Exploding Flower 17% Ivysaur looks upward and, after a brief pause, launches a burst of spores from its bulb above itself. A very powerful move that deals vertical knockback. It is Ivysaur's most damaging regular attack and one of the strongest up smashes in the game, but it has extremely high startup and ending lag, making it suited for hard punishes. Additionally, while it has a large hitbox, it lacks in horizontal range. KOs at 83% on Final Destination.
Down smash   12% (far), 10% (mid), 8% (near) Ivysaur quickly whips two vines across the ground simultaneously, one in front of it and one behind. Ivysaur's fastest smash attack both in terms of startup and endlag, making it rather safe. However, it deals relatively low knockback and damage for an attack of its kind. The tips of Ivysaur's vines deal the most knockback and damage, and they can hit opponents hanging on ledges. The sweetspot KOs at 105% from the edge of Final Destination.
Neutral aerial   1% (hits 1-7), 2% (hit 8) Ivysaur spins with its bud facing towards the screen, hitting with its leaves. The leaf hitboxes are disjointed. Hits 8 times, with the last hit dealing moderate knockback. Due to its speed, duration and coverage, it is a good move for aerial contesting or approaching. It has noticeable landing lag and cannot autocancel from a short hop, but has deceptively low ending lag, allowing Ivysaur to use another aerial before landing when done from a full hop.
Forward aerial   12% Ivysaur slaps forward with a vine. Good overall coverage in front of Ivysaur, though it has some slight startup. Deals diagonal knockback and can true combo into angled Vine Whip at low percents. It can also combo into itself at low percents, though this is not guaranteed. At mid percents, it can potentially chain into an up aerial. Due to its upward angle, it has difficulty KOing offstage, but can KO earlier if the enemy is close to the top blast line. Autocancels from a short hop.
Back aerial   3% (hit 1), 6% (hit 2) Ivysaur spins around vertically and hits behind itself with two vines, one after the other. The first hit is very weak and designed to combo into the second hit, which deals weak diagonal knockback. The first hit can start guaranteed combos once Ivysaur lands, though this may be difficult due to how fast the attack transitions. It has great horizontal range and low landing lag, making it well-suited for spacing. It can set up into itself and other moves, although this is not guaranteed. Additionally, it is very weak, and has significant difficulty KOing due to its angle.
Up aerial   15% Ivysaur shoots a burst of spores upwards from its bulb, which causes Ivysaur to move downwards slightly. If done near the peak of a full hop, Ivysaur will not experience much downwards momentum. A damaging move with a large hitbox above Ivysaur alongside powerful vertical knockback and little startup lag; it is one of the strongest up aerials in the game in terms of damage and knockback. Autocancels from a full hop, and has low landing lag, allowing it to be used in a short hop fast fall to challenge opponents on platforms. Despite its power, it deals low damage to shields.
Down aerial   10% Ivysaur turns upside-down and shoots a burst of spores downwards from its bulb, similarly to up aerial. Ivysaur's descent is stalled slightly when this move is used. Like up aerial, it is a powerful aerial, dealing decent knockback for a meteor smash, while having fast startup and an extremely large disjointed hitbox. The move has a sweetspot closer to the bulb that deals much more knockback, though the sourspot still meteor smashes. It is capable of hitting opponents easily out of a short hop, even from above platforms; at higher percents, it will cause grounded opponents to launch off the floor, allowing Ivysaur to punish missed techs and/or tech-chase with a multitude of moves, including any ground move or Bullet Seed. At even higher percents, up aerial will work as a KO combo at 130%, while up smash can act as a potent hard read from a wide range of percents. Its enormous hitbox allows it to hit most characters below the stage before they can even sweetspot the ledge. As a result, down aerial is one of Ivysaur's most useful aerial moves.
Grab   Ivysaur extends its vines forward to grab an opponent with them. Above average range, but has rather high ending lag for a standard grab.
Pummel   1.3% Ivysaur headbutts the opponent while holding them with its vines.
Forward throw   5% (hits 1 & 2) Ivysaur holds the opponent in front of itself with its vines and headbutts them forward. The headbutt can affect bystanders. Has too much base knockback for combos and too little knockback growth to KO, hence its only use is to send opponents offstage.
Back throw   12% Ivysaur swings the opponent with its vines while turning around, tossing them backwards. This causes Ivysaur to turn to face the other direction when it is used. Deals good diagonal knockback, being Ivysaur's most powerful throw in terms of damage and knockback, and KOs rather early at 109% near the edge of Final Destination.
Up throw   4% (hit 1), 5% (hit 2) Ivysaur holds the opponent above itself with its vines and hits them with its bud, sending them upwards. Has combo potential at low percents, allowing combos into Bullet Seed or up aerial at 0%, or up aerial or Vine whip at around 30%. After 45%, it loses combo potential due to its knockback growth.
Down throw   7% Ivysaur holds the opponent above itself with its vines and slams them into the ground while doing a frontflip. Ivysaur's best combo throw, which can start combos into up aerial or dash canceled up tilt at 0%. At around 60%, it can lead into Vine Whip, which can KO at around 83% if the sweetspot lands. Surprisingly, this is also the strongest down throw in the game, being able to KO middleweights at around 161%.
Floor attack (front)   7% Ivysaur gets up with a horizontal spin, kicking to each side.
Floor attack (back)   7% Ivysaur whips both sides with its vines as it gets up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Ivysaur stands up and hits both sides with its vines.
Edge attack   9% Ivysaur climbs up and swipes a vine in front of itself. This is the fastest edge attack of the three Pokémon, coming out on frame 21 (as compared to Squirtle's frame 28 and Charizard's frame 24).
Neutral special Bullet Seed 3% (startup), 1.2-1.5% (seeds), 2% (contact), 3% (final seed) Ivysaur sends a barrage of seeds ascending from its bulb. Ivysaur will continue the move while the button is held, for up to 2 seconds. The seeds deal less damage the further they travel before hitting. There is a hitbox on Ivysaur's body and at its sides when the move is started, to launch opponents into the seeds, and there is also a hitbox on Ivysaur's body during the move, for the same purpose. The last seed Ivysaur fires deals greater knockback, to launch opponents away. The move has a maximum damage output of about 19.4%. Overall, the move is useful for deterring aerial approaches, or racking up damage through combos into it.
Side special Razor Leaf 8% (clean), 6% (mid), 4% (late) Ivysaur flings a single spinning leaf forward as a projectile, which can hit multiple opponents. The leaf has a random moderate curve to its trajectory, though this effect is significantly less noticeable than in Brawl. If the move is performed with a tap input, the leaf's distance and speed are increased. It deals low knockback, making it useful for setting up combos and even KO confirms with up aerial and Vine Whip.
Up special Vine Whip 11% (general), 13% (sweetspot) Ivysaur whips a vine diagonally upwards. The move functions as a tether recovery, and does not cause helplessness. The vine can be angled diagonally forward by holding the directional input forward, and will otherwise aim upwards. Ivysaur will gain a slight upwards boost when the move is used in the air, but only once until it grabs an edge or lands. As an attack, the vine has moderate knockback, but there is a sweetspot at the tip of the vine which deals powerful knockback. Some of Ivysaur's aerials and throws can lead into the sweetspot, allowing for strong combos.
Down special Pokémon Change   The Pokémon Trainer calls Ivysaur back by throwing a Poké Ball at it, and then sends out Charizard.
Final Smash Triple Finish ~50% total The Pokémon Trainer sends out both Squirtle and Charizard, and all three Pokémon perform a combination attack involving powerful trapping attacks with long horizontal range. For Ivysaur's contribution to the attack, it uses Solar Beam, a long beam of solar energy that traps opponents for repeated damage.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Pokémon Trainer releases Ivysaur from its Poké Ball while saying "Go!" or "Ivysaur!"


  • Up taunt: Shakes from side to side, spinning its bud and leaves.
  • Side taunt: Stands on its front legs and walks around while saying "Ivy, Ivy, Ivy." Ivysaur briefly falls over before the taunt ends.
  • Down taunt: Extends its vines into the air and spins around in a dance, while saying "Saur, Ivy, Ivy."

Idle poses[edit]

  • Steps from side to side.
  • Looks around, then shakes its body.

Victory poses[edit]

During Ivysaur's victory poses, the Pokémon Trainer says randomly either "You all did great!" (male)/"Everyone did great!" (female) or "Way to go, Ivysaur!" (がんばったな、フシギソウ!, while the female Trainer can say がんばったね、フシギソウ!, You did great, Ivysaur!).

  • Runs forward, does a backflip, then strikes a pose.
  • Whips two vines forward, then poses with its vines extended.
  • Pokémon Trainer pets Ivysaur, and it jumps on him, but Pokémon Trainer puts it back down and continues to pet it.
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, Ivysaur was sent out by Pokémon Trainer, along with Squirtle and Charizard, shortly before Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Under Pokémon Trainer's command, Ivysaur used Solar Beam 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)


Ivysaur's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Ivysaur in World of Light allows the player to preview the 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.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
Petey Piranha (Mario Strikers) Super Mario Strikers series •Giant Ivysaur IvysaurHeadRedSSBU.png
3,900 Wuhu Island (Swordplay Colosseum) •Item: Soccer Ball •The enemy is giant Country Field: Away Team
Tektite The Legend of Zelda series Ivysaur IvysaurHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,600 Hyrule Castle (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy loves to jump Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda
Geemer Metroid series Ivysaur IvysaurHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,100 Brinstar (Battlefield form) •Item: Unira
•Hazard: Sticky Floor
•The floor is sticky
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
•The enemy has increased move speed
Brinstar (Melee)
Venusaur Pokémon series •Giant Ivysaur IvysaurHeadRedSSBU.png
4,500 Garden of Hope (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Poison Floor •The floor is poisonous
•The enemy is giant
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
Chikorita Spirit.png
Chikorita Pokémon series Ivysaur IvysaurHeadWhiteSSBU.png
2,200 Distant Planet (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley
Shaymin Land Spirit.png
Shaymin (Land Forme) Pokémon series Ivysaur IvysaurHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,300 Yoshi's Island •Flowery •You constantly take minor damage Route 209 - Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl
Chespin Pokémon series Ivysaur IvysaurHeadGreenSSBU.png
Ivysaur IvysaurHeadGreenSSBU.png (×2)
1,500 Kongo Jungle N/A •The enemy favors neutral specials
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Chespin)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
Rowlet Pokémon series •Tiny Ivysaur IvysaurHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Dream Land •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect
•The enemy favors side specials
Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon



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