Squirtle (SSBU)

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This article is about Squirtle's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Squirtle. Also, for information about Squirtle in regards to Pokémon Trainer, see Pokémon Trainer (SSBU), Ivysaur (SSBU), and Charizard (SSBU).
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Universe Pokémon
Shares character slot with Pokémon Trainer
Other Smash Bros. appearance in Brawl

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Triple Finish

Squirtle is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. It is part of Pokémon Trainer's rotation along with Ivysaur and Charizard. Along with the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle is classified as fighter #33.

Michele Knotz reprises her role as Squirtle after having previously voiced the character in the Pokémon anime and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.(citation needed)

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


  • Change Squirtle's design and proportions have changed. It has slightly larger eyes, which are a darker shade of magenta and its nostrils and eyelids are less pronounced. It has a rounder head, stubbier arms and legs, and its shell has a sleeker, shinier design. It is more vibrantly colored overall, with its skin being a lighter shade of blue and the top of its shell being a lighter shade of brown with the bottom being a lighter shade of yellow. Due to these changes, it now matches its appearances in the more recent Pokémon titles.
  • Change Much like other characters, Squirtle always faces the screen regardless of which direction it is facing, making its stance mirrored.
  • Change Squirtle has a new dash animation that involves surfing on a water wave.
  • Change Squirtle has a more upright stance.
  • Change Squirtle is much more expressive, with its eyes changing size in certain animations.
  • Change Squirtle is now proportioned correctly to the Pokémon Trainer in its victory poses.
  • Change Squirtle's side taunt has a different ending animation. It now teeters a bit after spinning on its tail.


  • Buff Like all characters, Squirtle's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Squirtle walks faster (1.2 → 1.281).
  • Buff Squirtle dashes significantly faster (1.37 → 1.76).
  • Change Squirtle's falling speed is slightly higher (1.3 → 1.35).
  • Nerf Squirtle's air speed is slower (1.081 → 1.01) especially when relative to the cast going from the 7th highest out of 39 characters to the 52nd highest out of 77 characters.
  • Nerf Squirtle's air acceleration is lower (0.12 → 0.105).
  • Buff The Stamina mechanic has been removed, eliminating the necessity of switching out Pokémon to restore their power.
  • Nerf Due to Squirtle's new dash turnaround animation, Squirtle can no longer shellshift, removing many of its advanced techniques.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Change Squirtle's full neutral attack has a different animation, now consisting of a punch, a jumping kick, and a roundhouse tail whip.
  • Buff Squirtle has a new down tilt. While it only hits once, it has further reach.
  • Change Forward smash has been altered. Squirtle now quickly lashes a torrent of water in front of itself, instead of doing a tackle in its shell.
  • Buff Up smash activates faster and reaches much higher, along with being slightly stronger.
  • Nerf The removal of DACUS but more significantly pump sliding greatly hinders up smash's approach potential.
  • Change Squirtle no longer leaps up during its up smash, and instead points upwards as two torrents of water burst upward.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Change Squirtle has a new neutral aerial: a midair cartwheel.
  • Change Forward aerial's kick now produces a corkscrew of water.
  • Change Back aerial is now a multi-hit move, and has Squirtle spin in a horizontal corkscrew while stretching out its tail, similar to Pikachu's back aerial.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Water Gun charges much faster and covers significantly more distance, able to reach the entirety of Battlefield when fully charged and having enough pushing force to KO off-stage opponents by pushing them into the blast zone.
  • Buff Withdraw is much faster and has high priority.
  • Nerf Withdraw now stops on impact, preventing it from racking up further damage.
  • Buff Pokémon Change can now be used in the air and is much quicker, allowing the user to potentially combo into another Pokémon's moves, or choose the recovery move that suits their situation best. Like in Brawl, it also offers brief intangibility during the switch, giving it the functionality of a dodge, even in the air.
    • Nerf If Pokémon Change is used repeatedly, it will grant no invincibility frames for a period of time. Pokémon Change also has a cooldown of around two seconds.
  • Change Triple Finish has a different text box and animations, making it identical to how they appear in the Generation VII games.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Pokémon Trainer was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands, and he brought his three Pokémon with him.

Squirtle was sent out by Pokémon Trainer, along with Ivysaur and Charizard, shortly before Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Under Pokémon Trainer's command, Squirtle used Water Gun in an attempt to fight the beams of light, but this attempt failed. Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard were all vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.


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