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Triple Finish

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Triple Finish
Squirtle Final Smash B SSBU.gif
Ivysaur Final Smash SSBU.gif
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Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard team up to peform Triple Finish in Ultimate.
User Pokémon Trainer
Universe Pokémon
Article on Bulbapedia Final Smash

Triple Finish (さんみいったい, Trinity) is the Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash.

Overview[edit]

Pokémon Trainer calls out all three of his Pokémon to perform a synchronized team attack. Squirtle uses Hydro Pump, a multi-directional spray of water. Ivysaur uses Solar Beam, a narrow beam of concentrated light, to create a wide projectile that holds targets in place. Charizard uses Fire Blast, firing five large flames in the shape of the Japanese character "" that also act as the move's finishing blow. Once the attack has ended, Pokémon Trainer recalls the two inactive Pokémon, and the Final Smash ends.

During Triple Finish, Pokémon Trainer shouts, "Take this! Triple Finish!" with an accompanying dialogue box (that incorrectly reads "Take that!" instead of "Take this!") like in the Pokémon games. If the move successfully damages an opponent, the text changes to "It's super effective!" The text box hides damage meters and appears in Snapshots. The camera zooms in on the trio at the start of the move, zooming out as it progresses.

The move does more damage to opponents that are closer to the Pokémon, where they can take up to 57% damage. However, if the opponent is too close, they will be sent straight up and out of the attack by a concentrated ball of energy in front of the Pokémon. It can also be used in mid-air.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the female Pokémon Trainer says "Go! Triple Finish!", while the male Pokémon Trainer now properly says "Take that! Triple Finish!". The second message, "It's super effective!", shows regardless of whether the attack hits any opponents. Also, Charizard fires five Fire Blasts instead of six. Squirtle's Hydro Pump has also been reworked into a whirlpool.

During the attack, all three Pokémon will have glowing yellow eyes, but only the active one will have the glowing Final Smash aura.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png Charizard, Squirtle and Ivysaur team up to release a trio of powerful attacks consisting of Fire Blast, Hydro Pump and Solarbeam.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard perform a synchronized combo attack. The attack hits a wide range in front of the trio and deals damage to opponents caught in it, pushing them away.

Trophy[edit]

Triple Finish trophy in Brawl.
Triple Finish

The Final Smash of the Pokémon Trainer. Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard join forces to simultaneously use Hydro Pump, SolarBeam, and Fire Blast. This is the only time all three of them appear on the screen together, so this move boasts the strength of three in one. A window will appear on the screen, but don't worry about it.

Origin[edit]

The concept of Triple Finish is based on a common occurrence in the Pokémon franchise outside the main series games, most notably the Pokémon anime, in which multiple Pokémon are instructed to attack in tandem, usually to defeat a larger threat. Most pertinently, the Emerald chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga has Blastoise, Venusaur, Charizard and the other starter Pokémon final forms from the first three generations use their ultimate attacks in tandem to defeat a monstrous Kyogre.

All three of the attacks used in this Final Smash, Hydro Pump, Solar Beam and Fire Blast, have featured in every main installment in the Pokémon franchise. Prior to Generation III, these moves were known for being the strongest moves of their types (Water, Grass, and Fire respectively). They are each Special moves with a very high base power of 110 (120 for Solar Beam and prior to Generation VI), but Hydro Pump and Fire Blast have low accuracy values (80% and 85%, respectively), and Solar Beam requires a full turn to charge.

The concept of three Pokémon being active at once was not possible in the Pokémon series at the time of Brawl's release; the most legally allowed in a Pokémon battle was two. However, Triple Battles and Rotation Battles were introduced in the Pokémon series in Generation V, where each Trainer sends out three Pokémon at once; the former functioned similarly to a Double Battle, and the latter allowed trainers to switch between three active Pokémon without using up a turn to switch. An episode of the Pokémon anime prior to Brawl additionally featured the first non-official Triple Battle in the series. Generation VI kept Triple Battles and Rotation Battles, though both were dropped in Generation VII.

The text box that appears resembles the ones that appear during battles in the Pokémon series, describing what actions are taken and their effects. The style of the text box resembles the latest installment of the series in each game the move is featured in: Diamond and Pearl in Brawl and Sun and Moon in Ultimate. Ironically, neither installment features a battle format for three Pokémon at a time.

The phrase "It's super effective!" is used when the type of a move used by a Pokémon is strong against the type of the opposing Pokémon (for example, a Fire-type move against a Grass-type Pokémon). In these instances, the attack will deal double or quadruple (if the target Pokémon has two types with the same weakness) the normal amount of damage, and is accompanied by a different damage sound effect.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese さんみいったい
UK English Triple Finish
France French Attaque Triple
Germany German Dreifach-Finish
Italy Italian Attacco triplo
Spain Spanish Remate Triple
China Chinese (Simplified) 三位一体
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 三位一體
South Korea Korean 트리플피니시, Triple Finish
Netherlands Dutch Drievoudige Finish
Russia Russian Тройной Финал

Trivia[edit]

  • This Final Smash can be used to view off-camera pieces of scenery on stages without pausing and changing the angle. If one stands at the edge of the screen and faces away from any stage before activating the attack, the zooming effect will show graphics that one would not ordinarily see mid-match.
  • In Brawl, the text box present when using this move is identical in appearance to those from the Generation IV Pokémon games. In Ultimate, the text box was updated to match the appearance of those in the Generation VII games.
  • In the main series Pokémon games, Fire Blast has a maximum of 5 uses before PP runs out. Despite this, Charizard uses Fire Blast six times in Brawl. Items which raise the maximum PP of a move exist, however.
    • In Ultimate, Charizard uses Fire Blast five times, matching the move's PP in the Pokémon series.
  • The star-like symbols fired by Charizard are the kanji "dai", meaning "great" or "large".
  • Triple Finish is one of six Final Smashes in Ultimate that removes the damage percentages during its duration, the other five being Team Star Fox, Team Star Wolf, All-Out Attack, Gigaslash, and House of Boom.
    • Much like All-Out Attack and Gigaslash, the damage percentages are removed for the entire duration of the Final Smash, even upon start up.
  • Hydro Pump is also used as Greninja’s up special move, with a completely different function and animation from Squirtle’s use in Triple Finish.
  • By adding up the base power of the three moves that make up Triple Finish, its total base power by the Pokémon series' standards can be calculated to be 340 (360 prior to Generation VI).