Squirtle (ゼニガメ, Zenigame) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' first generation as Kanto's first stage Water-type starter Pokémon, and represents that generation as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (via Pokémon Trainer).
Squirtle is a small, blue, bipedal turtle-like creature, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #007 as the "Tiny Turtle Pokémon". Squirtle is also one of the Kanto region's three starter Pokémon. However, unlike in Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue Versions, Squirtle is obtainable alongside its fellow Kanto starters Bulbasaur and Charmander under special conditions in Pokémon Yellow Version, and relatively early on in Pokémon X and Y. It evolves into Wartortle at level 16 onward, and into Blastoise at level 36 onward.
When a Squirtle hatches, its shell is soft, but forms and hardens over time until it becomes resilient enough that prodding fingers will bounce off it. When threatened, Squirtle withdraws into its shell and squirts out water with vigorous force. In addition to its defensive potential, Squirtle's shell has a rounded shape with grooves on its surface, which help minimize resistance in water and enable it to swim at high speeds. To hunt, it shoots water at its prey while underwater.
Squirtle makes a very brief cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee's introduction sequence. A giant balloon of Squirtle is also one of the many floating and bending "platforms" that are seen throughout Poké Floats. It is the first balloon in the stage and its head and arms are where the four fighters start off on at the beginning of the match.
Squirtle features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches. It reads as follows:
As a playable character
Main article: Squirtle (SSBB)
Squirtle appears as a playable character Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is one of Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon, alongside Ivysaur and Charizard. Squirtle can be switched into or out of battle via Pokémon Change, which operates similarly to Transform. Squirtle has three other special moves as well. Water Gun is a chargeable projectile that pushes opponents away, akin to F.L.U.D.D. Withdraw has Squirtle retreat into its shell, giving it super armor in the process, and charge forward. Waterfall is its recovery move. It performs Hydro Pump as part of Triple Finish, the Final Smash of Pokémon Trainer.
Squirtle, along with Ivysaur, did not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. However, Squirtle does appear as a collectable trophy in both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4.
As a playable character
Main article: Squirtle (SSBU)
Squirtle returns as a playable character as part of Pokémon Trainer, alongside Ivysaur and Charizard, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like Ivysaur and Charizard, it is no longer subject to stamina, and thus remains effective throughout a fight. Unlike Brawl, Pokémon Trainer is an unlockable character instead of a starter character.
Squirtle was previously considered the strongest party member of the Pokémon Trainer's team in Brawl, due to a combination of its quick mobility overall, fast attacks, and excellent aerial game, which made it a potentially viable contender in competitive play. Possibly as a result, Squirtle has received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but was nerfed overall. Unlike the other party Pokémon, Squirtle's moveset has been reworked into newer, different attacks, with many of its standard attacks being altered.