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Rock Smash

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Rock Smash
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Rock Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
User Charizard
Universe Pokémon
Article on Bulbapedia Rock Smash (move)

Rock Smash (いわくだき, Rock Smash) is Charizard's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and down special move in Super Smash Bros. 4.


Charizard using Rock Smash in Brawl.

When using Rock Smash, Charizard takes a large rock and headbutts it, shattering it into many pieces in the process.

The force of the headbutt deals high knockback and 18% damage, and after this portion of the attack, the rock shatters into three smaller pieces that fly forward in a spread effect, dealing 5% damage each. The fragments can be reflected. If the headbutt and all rock fragments hit, it will deal a massive 33% in damage, though this can only occur in normal matches when Rock Smash is landed point blank on a low-damage opponent. However, against bosses, Rock Smash is an extremely effective move, as their massive size and inability to flinch ensures they will always get hit by all the rock fragments when hit with Rock Smash; this is so effective that Charizard can defeat all bosses faster than any other character in Brawl, and holds the world record time in Boss Battles. Rock Smash's massive damage potential also means it is one of the few moves that can break a full health Smash Ball in one hit.

In Smash 4, Rock Smash's power was nerfed. However, it now has armor throughout most of its frames. In addition, it was moved to Charizard's down special move, replacing Pokémon Change.

Due to Charizard becoming part of the Pokémon Trainer's team again in Ultimate, Pokémon Change replaced Rock Smash as its down special move.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet CharizardHeadSSBB.png Produce a boulder and headbutt it. The rock fragments damage foes.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout CharizardHeadSSB4-3.png Headbutt a rock, and send the shards flying.


Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Rock Smash 2. Sinking Skull 3. Rock Hurl
"Headbutt a rock to send fragments flying. Both the headbutt and the fragments can hurt rivals." "Pound your opponent into the ground, where they will be stuck for a little while." "Similar to Rock Smash. The rocks fly higher, but they cause less damage."
  1. Rock Smash: Default.
  2. Sinking Skull: Removes the rock and armor, instead burying opponents, much like Headbutt. Can meteor smash aerial opponents below Charizard with the sweetspot on its head.
  3. Rock Hurl: The rock shards do not deal as much damage, but they fly higher. However, the move's super armor comes out on frame 1.
    In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, this variation is a Challenge unlock, only obtainable by using Charizard to reach a score of 100m (328 ft.) in Home-Run Contest without using the bat.


Rock Smash in Generation VII Pokémon games.

Rock Smash, introduced in Generation II, is a physical Fighting-type attack in the Pokémon games. It has alternated between TM and HM status over time. In battle, it is a generally weak move with a 50% chance of lowering the target's defense; it can also be used to destroy rocks outside of battle, making it essential in completing many Pokémon games by clearing obstacles to the player's progression.

Charizard can learn Rock Smash by TM or HM in all games since the move's introduction.


  • While performing Rock Smash, any attack that interrupts Charizard will cause it to visibly drop the boulder. However, any attack that actually goes through Rock Smash's attack frames will simply make the boulder itself disappear, after the visible hit-lag.
  • This is one of six special moves to have its directional input changed throughout the series. The other five are Boomerang, Pound, PK Fire, Reflect Barrier and Explosive Flame.
    • Out of these, Rock Smash is the only one to have been removed from a character's moveset at any point (as Reflect Barrier was simply merged with Counter).

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