Triple Finish

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Triple Finish
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Triple Finish in Ultimate.
User Pokémon Trainer
Universe Pokémon
Article on Bulbapedia Final Smash
Charizard, Squirtle and Ivysaur team up to release a trio of powerful attacks consisting of Fire Blast, Hydro Pump and Solarbeam.
Brawl's manual
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.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

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

Overview[edit]

This move is the same regardless of which Pokémon uses it: Pokémon Trainer brings out all three of his Pokémon to attack together. Squirtle uses Hydro Pump, a multi-directional spray of water in Brawl and a whirlpool in Ultimate. Ivysaur uses Solar Beam, a narrow beam of concentrated light, to create a massive projectile which can hold targets in place within the blast. Charizard uses Fire Blast, firing six large star-shaped flames, which also act as the finishing hit of the move. After several seconds, Pokémon Trainer recalls the two Pokémon that were brought out for the move, and the Final Smash ends.

During this move, a text box (like the ones in Pokémon games) appears on the bottom of the screen, which states, "Take that! Triple Finish!", while Pokémon Trainer shouts the same thing out loud. If the move successfully damages an opponent, the text changes after a moment to "It's super effective!"; otherwise, the first message will remain for the duration of the attack. The text box hides damage meters and appears in Snapshots. The camera also zooms in on the trio at the start of this move, slowly zooming out as the attack goes on.

The move does more damage to opponents that are closer to the Pokémon, where all three moves will hit at once. When an opponent is as close as possible, 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. The move can be used in mid-air, in which case the team will hover in place for its duration.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the female Pokémon Trainer now 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.

Origin[edit]

All three of the attacks used in this Final Smash - Hydro Pump, Solar Beam (formatted as "SolarBeam" prior to Generation VI) 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 each one has a drawback to offset this: Hydro Pump has an accuracy of 80%, Solar Beam must be charged before it can be used (except in the harsh sunlight weather condition), and Fire Blast has an accuracy of 85%.

The phrase "It's super effective!" has been used ever since the first generation in the series, whenever the type of a move used by a Pokémon is strong against the typing of the opposing Pokémon (for example, a Fire-type move against a Grass-type Pokémon). In these instances, the attack deals double or quadruple the normal amount of damage, and is additionally accompanied by a different damage sound effect.

Trophy Descriptions[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.

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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 Brawl, although the first text box says "Take that! Triple Finish!", the Pokémon Trainer shouts out "Take this! Triple Finish!" This was changed in Ultimate.
  • 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.
  • At the time Brawl released, it was illegal to have three Pokémon out in the battlefield at one time; the maximum was two. However, Generation V would later introduce Triple Battles, which allowed for three Pokémon to be used.
    • However, an episode of the anime that released long before Brawl featured the first non-official Triple Battle in the series.
  • The star-like symbols fired by Charizard are the kanji "dai", meaning "great" or "large".
  • Triple Finish is one of five Final Smashes in Ultimate that removes the damage percentages during its duration, the other three being Team Star Fox, Team Star Wolf, All-Out Attack, and Gigaslash.
    • 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.


Pokémon Trainer's special moves
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Neutral special (differs between Pokémon)
Side special (differs between Pokémon)
Up special (differs between Pokémon)
Down special Pokémon Change
Final Smash Triple Finish