Pokémon Trainer (SSBU)
Pokémon Trainer (ポケモントレーナー, Pokémon Trainer) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Pokémon Trainer can use three interchangeable Pokémon in battle: Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. Pokémon Trainer, unlike most characters, was not given a fighter number; instead, his Pokémon are given numbers. Squirtle is classified as fighter #33, Ivysaur is classified as fighter #34, and Charizard is classified as fighter #35.
In English, Billy Bob Thompson and Kate Bristol voice the male and female Pokémon Trainers, respectively, the former replacing Michele Knotz from Brawl. In Japanese, they are voiced by Tomoe Hanba and Wakana Kingyo, respectively, with the former reprising her role as the male Pokémon Trainer from Brawl.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, the Pokémon Trainer must then be defeated on Pokémon Stadium.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Pokémon Trainer has been heavily buffed in the transition from Brawl. Notably, both the Stamina mechanic and type effectiveness have been completely removed, and Pokémon Change has been granted high utility due to the addition of aerial switching and significantly faster Pokémon switches. As such, switches between the three Pokémon have now become a unique advantage for the Pokémon Trainer alone rather than being a major mandatory commitment, and his Pokémon are now free to fight indefinitely without being limited by Stamina during battle. In addition, Ivysaur, who was previously the worst Pokémon in the party, has been greatly buffed, and the general changes to Ultimate's mechanics greatly benefit Ivysaur and Squirtle. Each of the Trainer's Pokémon is usable as its own character, but as in Brawl, usage of all three for different situations is optimal.
Despite some noteworthy buffs, Pokémon Trainer has also received some nerfs. While the removal of type effectiveness slightly benefits Charizard and greatly benefits Ivysaur, it also greatly hinders Squirtle. Additionally, while Pokémon Change has been greatly improved, it has also received a few new disadvantages as there is now a timer which prevents switching for a couple of seconds (although there are ways to work around this) and it no longer resets stale move negation, effectively weakening the next Pokémon. Squirtle has also been considerably nerfed, and Ivysaur and Charizard have received some nerfs as well.
Nevertheless, Pokémon Trainer is a significantly more effective character than in Brawl, although he still has an extremely high learning curve. He is still not a contender for one of the best in the game, resulting in a smaller player base compared to many other characters.
Pokémon Trainer is a three-in-one character who battles using his three Pokémon: Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard. As the fourth and "main" entity of the character group, the Trainer himself stays in the background and does not participate in battle. Only one Pokémon is active at once, and all three of them have different movesets and abilities.
It is possible to change which Pokémon the Pokémon Trainer starts with at the beginning of a match. On the character select screen, Pokémon Trainer has the starting Pokémon's portrait to the upper-right of his portrait. If the Y button is pressed, or if the Pokémon's portrait is hovered over and selected, the starting Pokémon is toggled to the next one. The default starting Pokémon is Squirtle, which can be toggled to Ivysaur, then Charizard, then back to Squirtle.
Pokémon Change involves the Pokémon Trainer recalling the currently active Pokémon and sending out the next one to replace it. The order that the Pokémon are changed in is the same as toggling on the character select screen: Squirtle changes to Ivysaur, Ivysaur to Charizard, and Charizard to Squirtle.
Triple Finish is a combination attack for which the Pokémon Trainer temporarily brings out all three Pokémon to attack simultaneously. The attack covers a large range and deals repeated damage to opponents caught in it. Once the move is over, the two inactive Pokémon are recalled.
Although the Pokémon Trainer does not act as a fighter directly, he can be seen standing in the background of the stage, commanding his Pokémon and reacting to the Pokémon's situation. There are various animations and voice lines which differ for the male and female Pokémon Trainers.
The Pokémon Trainer is able to move around somewhat on most stages, running toward his Pokémon if it is far enough away. He will also turn to face the position of his Pokémon at most times. On some stages, the Pokémon Trainer stands on a special platform in the background rather than standing on a part of the stage's background. On some stages, including those which place the Trainer on these platforms, he cannot move around, but will still turn to face his Pokémon.
Pokémon Trainer does not appear in the background during battles with five or more players, but his voice can still be heard. The Poké Ball and its energy effects can be seen travelling towards the foreground, implying that the Pokémon Trainer is in the foreground, outside of the camera's view. This also happens in certain single-player and co-op modes.
The Pokémon Trainer reacts to various situations and inputs:
Pokémon Trainer sends out the starting Pokémon from its Poké Ball while saying "Go!" or the Pokémon's name.
During all of Pokémon Trainer's victory poses, the Trainer will either say a non-specific line, or a line specific to the active Pokémon. The male Trainer can say "You all did great!" (みんな、よくがんばったな！, Everyone, you did great!), while the female Trainer can say "Everyone did great!" (みんな、最高だね！, Everyone, you're the best!).
During Squirtle's victory poses, the Pokémon Trainer might say "Good job, Squirtle!" (よくやったな、ゼニガメ！), while the female Trainer can say "We did it, Squirtle!" (やったね、ゼニガメ！).
During Ivysaur's victory poses, both Trainers can say "Way to go, Ivysaur!" In Japanese, the male Trainer says がんばったな、フシギソウ！, while the female Trainer says がんばったね、フシギソウ！, both of which translate to "You did great, Ivysaur!"
During Charizard's victory poses, the Pokémon Trainer might say "You did it, Charizard!" (やったぞ、リザードン！, You did it, Charizard!), while the female Trainer can say "You're amazing, Charizard!" (すごいね、リザードン！, Amazing, Charizard!).
In competitive play
Classic Mode: The Future Champion
Pokémon Trainer's route refers to the player's goal of becoming the Pokémon Champion in the Pokémon games. Like in Pikachu's route, the opponents are all Pokémon. Each round will start with the Pokémon chosen on the character select screen regardless of which one was active at the end of the previous round.
Role in World of Light
The male Pokémon Trainer was among the fighters summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.
During the opening cutscene, the Pokémon Trainer was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. Working together with Bowser and his Fire Breath, he sent out Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard in an attempt to fight back against the beams with Triple Finish, to no avail. All four were vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby).
The male Pokémon Trainer can be found at the southeast near the maze that resembles Pac-Maze. Defeating him also allows access to all of his Pokémon.
Pokémon Trainer's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Pokémon Trainer in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Unlike most fighters, the Spirits for Pokémon Trainer only use their artwork from Ultimate, rather than also having alternative artwork from a previous appearance.
Only the starting Pokémon is shown on the character selection screen; it can be changed by pressing Y or by hovering the cursor over it and selecting it. Each of Pokémon Trainer's alternate costumes references a protagonist from each generation of the Pokémon games.
Character Showcase Video
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