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From Bulbapedia.
Mew's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Games SSB
Move Fly
Rarity Very Rare
Japanese voice actor Kōichi Yamadera
Article on Bulbapedia Mew (Pokémon)

Mew (ミュウ, Mew) is a creature in the Pokémon media franchise. It has appeared as a very rare Pokémon in every game of the Super Smash Bros. series.

In-universe, Mew is the origin of Mewtwo, with the latter being its genetically-altered clone.


Mew's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Introduced in Generation I, Mew is a pink, feline, Psychic-type Pokémon that somewhat resembles an embryo. It is often depicted as floating through the air, sometimes encased in a bubble of energy. Within the Pokédex, it is registered at #151 as the "New Species Pokémon", being the last Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex. It is said to be the origin of all other species of Pokémon, and as such, it can legitimately learn any TM move and most tutoring moves in the game. Sightings of Mew are very rare, as the Pokémon is normally invisible, only revealing itself to the pure of heart.

Some time in the past, Mew was encountered and captured by scientists, who performed a multitude of experiments until it gave birth to a clone, dubbed Mewtwo. Oddly enough, Mew is numbered after Mewtwo in the Pokédex, most likely due to its late inclusion during the franchise's development.

According to developer anecdotes, Mew was never originally intended to be encountered at all, only being mentioned as part of the games' backstory. However, just two weeks before the games were due for release, removing the development tools left enough unused space for a single Pokémon; programmer Shigeki Morimoto included Mew as a secret encounter, something even Nintendo was unaware of.[1]

Because of its hidden nature, Mew became the first Mythical Pokémon. It cannot be obtained through regular gameplay, and thus the only way to obtain it legitimately is through real-life distribution events. In most of these events, Mew is obtained without fighting it.

The only game where Mew can be encountered and fought normally is Pokémon Emerald, where the player can participate in an event to visit a deserted island where it resides.

Its depiction within the Super Smash Bros. series is similar to Mewtwo, in that both of them are loosely based off of their first movie incarnations; Kōichi Yamadera, its actor from the movie, also provides its voice in Smash.

Mew's appearance in a bubble is based on its appearance in Pokémon Snap. The move Mew uses in its appearances in Smash is Fly; since Mew is capable of learning all TM and HM moves, it can learn the move from HM02 in all games. Its elusive nature is also reflected appropriately; it is among the rarest Pokémon to encounter in each installment, and doing so is usually acknowledged through a notice.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

In an official poll held on Smabura-Ken (the game's official Japanese website) regarding characters for a potential sequel, Mew placed 10th with 24 votes.[2]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]


Mew makes its first appearance in Super Smash Bros. It will not do anything, but will instead remain on the screen for a few seconds, then fly off. Once the player has unlocked any of the hidden characters, Mew has a 1-in-151 chance of appearing in the game, in reference to Mew's Pokedex number and the total number of Pokémon at the time when Super Smash Bros. came out.[3] If Mew is summoned by the player in the 1P Game, the player is awarded the "Mew Catch" bonus, worth 15,000 points.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Mew and Mewtwo in Melee.

Mew returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, appearing in a bubble and flying off instead of attacking, again causing no harm to any fighter. Mew can only appear from a Poké Ball if all characters are unlocked. This makes Mew one of only two unlockable Pokémon in Melee, the other being Celebi, both having a 1-in-251 chance of appearing related to the total of existing Pokémon at the time. The first time the player sees a Mew, they will receive a notice commemorating the occasion.


Mew is featured as a collectible trophy; to attain it, the player has to clear the All-Star Mode on Hard or Very Hard difficulty, though the player is allowed to use continues.

Mew trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mew's trophy in Melee
Mew is an extremely rare Pokémon that has been seen by only a few people. Information on every Pokémon in the world is contained in Mew's cell structure, so it has the ability to use any and all TMs and HMs. Some Pokémon scholars believe Mew to be the ancestor of all existing Pokémon, but the idea is debatable.
Pokémon Red & Blue (9/98)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

It softly ascends to the sky while dropping off one CD. It’s your lucky day if you meet this one.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!
Mew as seen in Brawl.

Mew returns yet again in the third installment, and it now drops a CD before flying away. It is the rarest of all the Pokémon. After encountering Mew for the first time, the player receives a notice as in Melee.

If the player has collected all of the CDs, Mew will instead drop stickers, like Jirachi does. If the player has collected all CDs and stickers, Mew drops nothing.


Mew also returns as a collectible trophy, obtained randomly through the Coin Launcher, or found in The Subspace Emissary or the rest areas of All-Star and Boss Battles.

Screenshot by Dany36
Mew's trophy in Brawl
A New Species Pokémon. An extremely rare Pokémon that contains the DNA of all other Pokémon, it is thought by many scholars to be a Pokémon ancestor, considering the wide range of moves it can use. On top of being able to make itself invisible, Mew can also transform into any opponent Pokémon and use characteristics and moves in exactly the same way.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl


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

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Mew in Smash for Wii U.
Mew as it appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Mew as seen in the 3DS version of SSB4

Mew returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as either a Poké Ball or Master Ball summon. It drops a random trophy or Custom Part as it flies away, taking over Celebi's role in Brawl. In the Wii U version, it may also drop CDs. This is the first game where Mew does not need to be unlocked.


NTSC Mew is a Pokémon previously thought to be extinct but rediscovered by Dr. Fuji. This Legendary Pokémon doesn't often show itself to humans, so it is considered quite lucky to see one. In Smash Bros., Mew will appear and then use Fly to sail away, leaving behind a gift. Thanks, Mew!
Game Boy: Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GB Advance: Pokémon Emerald (05/2005)
PAL Mew was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered by Dr Fuji in Guyana. This Mythical Pokémon doesn't often show itself to humans, so it's considered very lucky to see one. In this game, it will float upwards and leave a present behind. If only Mew would turn up more often, eh?
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue (10/1999)
GB Advance: Pokémon Emerald (10/2005)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Mew as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mew returns as a Poké Ball summon. However, as in-battle collectible spawns have been removed entirely, it has no effect in-game at all, much like its pre-Brawl behavior, now making it completely useless.

Mew cannot be summoned on Corneria or Mushroomy Kingdom.


Mew also appears as a Legend-class support spirit.

Mew's Spirit Battle uses a Mewtwo puppet fighter and is fought on the Kongo Jungle stage. During the battle, the player must defeat Mewtwo in 1:30, referencing the short amount of time that Mew appears on-screen as a rare Poké Ball Pokémon before flying away in the Super Smash Bros. series. Also, Mewtwo will turn invisible while the stage is covered in fog, referencing Mew's ability to turn itself invisible at will, who normally appears to those who are pure of heart.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Mew.png
★★★★ 1 Special-Move Power ↑ Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ミュウ, Mew
UK English Mew
France French Mew
Germany German Mew
Spain Spanish Mew
Italy Italian Mew
China Chinese (Simplified) 梦幻
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 夢幻
South Korea Korean , Mew
Netherlands Dutch Mew
Russia Russian Мью


  • Mew, Goldeen, and Snorlax are the only Pokémon to appear as Poké Ball Pokémon in every game.
    • Mew is also the only Mythical Poké Ball Pokémon to appear in every game.
    • Mew is also the first Mythical Pokémon to appear in Smash.
  • If Mew is sent out during Smash Tour, it will not drop anything.
  • The odds of Mew being released from a Poké Ball in the first 3 games reflect the total number of Pokémon known at the time of that Smash game's release: it has a 1 in 151 chance of appearing in Smash 64, referencing the number of Pokémon introduced in Generation I; a 1 in 251 chance of appearing in Melee, referencing the total number of Pokémon known during Generation II and a 1 in 493 in Brawl, referencing the total number of Pokémon in Generation IV.