Smash Ultimate Pokemon Trainer Guide – Moves, Outfits, Strengths, Weaknesses

Smash Ultimate has no shortage of unique heroes. There are robots, swordsmen, princesses, and cartoon characters from franchises that haven’t even been on a Nintendo console in years. Most of them have their own unique move sets. But only one of them can claim to be three totally different characters in one. That’s where the Pokemon Trainer, an admittedly generic sounding fighter, comes in.

Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.

The Pokemon Trainer doesn’t actually fight for themselves (the coward). They send in one of three pocket monsters at a time: Squirtle, Ivysaur, or Charizard. Sure, they don’t match up in your typical lineage of Pokemon evolution. But these unique creatures offer some equally different abilities. You can even switch between them on the fly for some extended recovery options.

According to the official Pokemon Trainer description on the Smash Bros. website…

The trainer returns with Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. You can choose to play as a male or female trainer!

Pokemon Trainer Moves

Squirtle Moves

Water Gun (B) – Spits water out at opponents. The more it has been charged, the more power it has to push opponents.

Withdraw (Side + B) – Hides in its shell and then tackles. Attacks can bounce this attack back, but won’t hurt.

squirtle moves smash ultimate

Waterfall (Up + B) – Rides a torrent of water, hitting opponents. Tilting left and right can adjust the rising angle.

Pokemon Change (Down + B) – Switches to Ivysaur. Immune to damage initially, but become vulnerable if used repeatedly.

Triple Finish (Final Smash) – 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.

Ivysaur Moves

Bullet Seed (B) – Rapidly fires seeds from the bud. The button can be held to make the attack last longer.

Razor Leaf (Side + B) – Fires leaves that cut into opponents. The attacks keep going after hitting and have a long range.

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Vine Whip (Up + B) – Attacks with vines like they’re whips. The vines can also grab on to edges.

Pokemon Change (Down + B) – Switches to Charizard. Immune to damage initially, but become vulnerable if used repeatedly.

Triple Finish (Final Smash) – 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.

Ivysaur Moves

Flamethrower (B) – Attacks opponents by shooting fire. The direction fo the fire can be changed with the control stick.

Flare Blitz (Side + B) – Charges forward, engulfed in flame, and explodes. It’s so powerful, even Charizard takes damage!

charizard moves smash ultimate

Fly (Up + B) – Spirals into the sky. Can hit opponents multiple times while soaring upward

Pokemon Change (Down + B) – Switches to Squirtle. Immune to damage initially, but become vulnerable if used repeatedly.

Triple Finish (Final Smash) – 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.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths

It’s three fighters in one! The Trainer offers a lot of variety for folks who love to mix up their playstyle on the fly. Squirtle is an agile but light combatant, Ivysaur can lock down the stage and play the neutral game, and Charizard is a heavyweight with some big hits. The Pokémon Trainer is a good all-arounder, with quick answers for any situation made available through switching out ‘mon.

Weaknesses

But being variable also means the weaknesses of each Pokémon stand out a bit more. Catch the Trainer in a bad situation and you can lock down their current fighter before they can switch. Try to catch the Trainer in a bad match-up — say, Ivysaur in a close-range brawl — and you can force them to try and hastily switch while you set up the big smash.

Pokemon Trainer Outfits

In keeping with the ephemeral nature of Pokemon Trainers, there’s a lot of variety to this fighter’s costume. The most obvious is that you can switch between masculine and feminine styles. From there, each has their own subset of skin tones and clothes. Although the differences between the outfits themselves are mostly just color swaps.  Still, it’s nice that Nintendo let players get close to representing their canonical Pokemon Trainer from the main games.

Pokemon training is a hard job and, hopefully, this guide helps you master it a little bit faster than usual. Just don’t get discouraged when learning how to wield this very complex hero. Practice makes perfect and you’ll do just fine in no time. Good luck!

All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.

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