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From Bulbapedia.
Moltres's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Games SSB
Move Fly
Rarity Rare
Article on Bulbapedia Moltres (Pokémon)
After making its appearance, it slowly lifts itself. The body is really hot. This is a Legendary Pokémon, so it’s a rare occasion to see it emerge.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Moltres (ファイヤー, Fire) is a creature in the Pokémon media franchise.


Moltres's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Moltres is a Fire/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #146 as the "Flame Pokémon". Along with Articuno and Zapdos, Moltres is part of a trio commonly referred to as the legendary birds. Along with the other legendary birds, Moltres received a Dark/Flying-type Galarian form in Generation VIII

It can learn Fly in every game with HM02.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Moltres in Super Smash Bros.

Moltres made a minor cameo in Super Smash Bros. as a background character. In Saffron City, very rarely, Moltres would fly by in the background.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Moltres in Melee.

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Moltres was introduced as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Melee. Moltres uses Fly as its attack. Moltres remains in the middle of the screen for a few seconds, then flies away. Any character that makes contact with Moltres will take 40% damage, and will be sent straight up and OHKO'd. There are some instances when touching Moltres in the air meteor smashes the player; however, this attack can be meteor cancelled off stage. These are the only instances where someone can survive touching Moltres under normal conditions (such as teching away from Moltres upon being hit with a meteor hitbox in the air). Moltres is a legendary Pokémon, so its appearance is rare. Moltres' attack does not harm the summoner.


Moltres features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly in the Trophy Lottery, though it only appears once all characters have been unlocked.

Moltres trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Moltres's trophy in Melee
As tradition has it, the onset of spring heralds the return of this legendary Pokémon from its southern home. Its bright orange color and fiery aspect lends to its overwhelming appearance. Sky Attack, the strongest of flying moves, is a perfect fit for this burning phenom, but it obviously also excels at powerful Fire-type moves.
Pokémon Red & Blue (9/98)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Moltres in Brawl.

Moltres returns to Super Smash Bros. Brawl from Melee, keeping its old function. The main body of Moltres, upon being touched by a character, meteor smashes them with intense force, while the wings of Moltres send a character flying upwards, again with intense force. Just like in Melee, touching Moltres is still an invariable OHKO under standard conditions unless an airborne opponent touches Moltres' body over ground (and thus gets meteor smashed into the ground). Moltres is the only original Legendary Bird to return in Brawl. Moltres has been slightly buffed from Melee, as its body hitbox now meteor smashes instead of its wings, and since the opponent is more likely to make contact with its wings, this helps ensure against an airborne opponent surviving contacting Moltres by getting hit by the meteor smash hitbox over ground.


Screenshot by Dany36
Moltres's trophy in Brawl
NTSC A Flame Pokémon. It's one of the Legendary bird Pokémon. When Moltres appears in a town, it is said that spring will come earlier there than in other towns. If Moltres is injured, it apparently returns to a volcano to heal its wings with magma. Moltres spreads its wide, flame-covered wings and attacks opponents with the exciting and highly damaging Sky Attack.
PAL A Flame Pokémon. It's one of the Legendary bird Pokémon. When MOLTRES appears in a town, it is said that spring will come earlier there than in other towns. If MOLTRES is injured, it apparently returns to a volcano to heal its wings with magma. MOLTRES spreads its wide, flame-covered wings and attacks opponents with the exciting and highly-damaging Sky Attack.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Moltres Pokémon series EffectIcon(Flame).png Attack +20 Pikachu Pokémon Trainer Lucario Jigglypuff PikachuHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Moltres (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Moltres in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Moltres reprises its role in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a Poké Ball summon, functioning identically to Melee and Brawl aside from being no longer able to OHKO.


Moltres's trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Kanto Region Trophy Box.

Moltres's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC This Fire/Flying-type Pokémon is one of three Legendary birds in the Kanto region. It will use Fly when called into a Smash Bros. battle, flapping its orange wings and sending fire out around it. Getting hit hurts and could launch you so far, you'd make Moltres jealous. That isn't a good thing...
Game Boy: Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
3DS: Pokémon X & Pokémon Y (10/2013)
PAL Moltres is one of the three Legendary Bird Pokémon of the Kanto region, along with Articuno and Zapdos. When spreading its huge wings and taking flight, it can make the flames all over its body burn even brighter. If you get hit by those flames during its Fly attack, you might go flying even further than Moltres!
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]

Moltres as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Moltres returns as a Poké Ball summon once again, and makes its cameo appearance in Saffron City.

Moltres cannot be summoned on Brinstar, Corneria, Find Mii, Jungle Japes, Reset Bomb Forest, The Great Cave Offensive, Tomodachi Life, Tortimer Island, WarioWare Inc., or Yoshi's Island.


Moltres also appears alongside Articuno and Zapdos as a Legend-class primary spirit.

Moltres' Spirit Battle uses a red Lucas puppet fighter starting off with the Poké Ball containing Moltres, and is fought on the Find Mii stage's Battlefield form. He is fought along with the cyan and orange Lucas puppet fighters representing Articuno and Zapdos respectively. During the battle, the Lucas puppet fighters will reflect projectiles, referencing the Legendary birds' defensive abilities. The red Lucas puppet fire also frequently uses PK Fire, referencing Moltres' Fire type.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres.png
Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres
★★★★ 3 4007 10019 2384 5961 1623 4058 No Effect Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ファイヤー, Fire
UK English Moltres
France French Sulfura
Germany German Lavados
Spain Spanish Moltres
Italy Italian Moltres
China Chinese (Simplified) 火焰鸟
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 火焰鳥
South Korea Korean 파이어, Fire
Netherlands Dutch Moltres
Russia Russian Молтрес


  • Moltres is the only member of the "Legendary birds" (along with its trio master, Lugia) to reappear as a Poké Ball Pokémon past Melee.
  • Moltres is one of four legendary Poké Ball Pokémon to appear in every installment since Melee, the other three being Entei, Suicune, and Lugia. This also makes Moltres the only legendary Pokémon to appear in every Smash game.
Moltres when the camera's effects are turned off in Ultimate.
  • In Ultimate, if the camera's effects are turned off, Moltres will be missing some flames.