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Charizard
First appearance Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (1996, Japan)
Pokémon Red and Blue Versions (1998, international)
Latest appearance Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (2021)
Generation Generation I
Category Flame Pokémon
Evolves from Charmeleon
Evolves into Mega Charizard X or Y (Mega Evolution)
Pronunciation
Type(s) Fire/Flying
Height 5'07" (1.7 m)
Weight 199.5 lbs. (90.5 kg)
Gender ratio 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Pokédex color Red
Egg group(s) Monster, Dragon
Abilities Blaze
Solar Power (Hidden Ability)
Voiced by Shin'ichirō Miki (1997–present)
Notable members
Ash's Charizard
Pokédex navigation
National Pokédex:
Charmeleon | Charizard (#006) | Squirtle

“Charizard, the Flame Pokémon, graced the package cover of Pokémon Red. Its fiery breath can melt anything, but it never turns its flame on an opponent weaker than itself.”
Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Charizard is a Fire/Flying-type Pokémon resembling a winged European dragon. Charizard is the second stage evolution of Charmander, and it can evolve from Charmeleon starting at level 36. Charizard is one of the three fully-evolved Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region, the other two being Venusaur and Blastoise. Charizard is the mascot Pokémon of Pocket Monsters Red Version and Pokémon Red Version as well as their Game Boy Advance remake, Pokémon FireRed Version. As of Generation VI, Charizard can also Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Charizard is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The former and latter game features Charizard as one of the three Pokémon who can be used by the Pokémon Trainer, the other two being Squirtle and Ivysaur. As a fighter, Charizard has a similar fighting style to Bowser's in that both are a powerful, heavy reptile with some fast movement options and the ability to breathe fire.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Charizard
Charizard SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Flamethrower
Side:  Rock Smash (Brawl); Flare Blitz (for 3DS / Wii U onward)
Up:  Fly
Down:  Pokémon Change (Brawl, Ultimate); Rock Smash (3DS/Wii U)
Final Smash:  Triple Finish (Fire Blast) (Brawl, Ultimate); Mega Evolution (3DS/Wii U)

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

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Charizard appears in Super Smash Bros. as a Poké Ball Pokémon. When summoned, it turns from side to side, using Flamethrower to attack opponents.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee Charizard returns as a Poké Ball Pokémon, retaining its attack and pattern from the original game. This time, Charizard's design uses a 3D model ported from the Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadium games instead of a 2D sprite, like all other Poké Ball Pokémon.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Charizard appears as one of the Pokémon used by the Pokémon Trainer (alongside Squirtle and Ivysaur), who remains in the background of a stage while Charizard fights. Charizard is the heaviest of the three Pokémon, but is also the strongest and the fastest, though it walks the slowest. It is also capable of gliding, one of three characters in the entire game with this ability. Like in the Pokémon games Charizard is also affected by an emulation of the series' type effectiveness; it takes more damage from water attacks but less from grass attacks. Charizard also has a limited stamina, which decreases as it is on the field but replenishes while it is not, but its attacks are weaker as its stamina decreases. If Charizard jumps into the water, the flame on its tail does not die out, although it does groan as if it were in pain.

Charizard's standard special move is Flamethrower, which involves Charizard breathing a continuous stream of fire. Its side special move is Rock Smash, which has it break a rock with its head to damage opponents, and its up special is Fly, which has Charizard fly directly up into the air. When its down special Pokémon Change is used, Charizard is switched out with Squirtle, and is switched in when used as Ivysaur. Its Final Smash, shared amongst all three Pokémon, is Triple Finish, in which Charizard performs Fire Blast.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Charizard is the last Pokémon that the Pokémon Trainer collects. Lucas and the trainer first see Charizard flying into a mountain, and Pokémon Trainer points out to Lucas that it is the third Pokémon he must collect. After traveling through the mountain, Pokémon Trainer and Lucas find Charizard, who attacks them. The two battle the large Pokémon, which is turned into a trophy upon its defeat. The trainer collects the trophy, and Charizard joins the party.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

“Charizard Fires it Up!”
Introduction, Super Smash Bros. Direct

Charizard returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. However, in both games, it is a standalone fighter, rather than being one of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon, due to the removing of in-battle transformation moves. As such, Rock Smash takes the place of Pokémon Change as its down special move, while its new side special move is Flare Blitz, which involves Charizard flying directly forward, covered in fire which also damages itself. Charizard's new Final Smash is Mega Evolution, which involves it Mega Evolving into its Mega Charizard X form.[1] In addition, the glide and type effectiveness mechanics have also been removed.

Like all the other playable Pokémon, Charizard can be equipped with the X Attack, X Defense, and X Speed equipment. Additionally, Charizard can use the Fake Nails equipment, making it the only fighter in the game who can use three different attack equipment types.

In the promotional website, the URL for Charizard's page uses its trademark Japanese name Lizardon instead of its English name.[2]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Charizard appears, along with Squirtle and Ivysaur, as part of the Pokémon Trainer's team in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Its moveset is similar to that seen in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, with Rock Smash being replaced by Pokémon Change. Furthermore, its stamina mechanics are removed, allowing it to be used for the whole fight with no penalty. Just like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, its final Smash is Triple Finish and no longer has it Mega Evolving into its Mega Charizard X form. Its type effectiveness mechanic is also abolished, which removes Charizard's vulnerability to Water-type attacks (e.g., those that Squirtle uses), but, in exchange, eliminates its resistance to Grass-type attacks (e.g., those that Ivysaur uses).

Charizard benefits from the game's universal changes: its overall mobility is faster (in spite of having a slightly slower walking speed); its aerials have less landing lag; its short hop timing is shortened; it can directionally air dodge; and it can use any grounded attack out of a run and any aerial attack while on ladders. Charizard's overall damage output and its attacks' knockback are both increased. In a similar vein to fellow veteran Sonic the Hedgehog and newcomers Inkling and Incineroar, Charizard takes minor damage from swimming in water; this is due to it both being unable to swim its home games and being weak to Water-type Pokémon in said games.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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Charizard appears as an unlockable costume in Super Mario Maker. It can be unlocked by scanning the Charizard amiibo onto the GamePad, or at random by clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal or a more difficult setting. The costume turns Mario into a sprite of Charizard based on the species' appearance in the Nintendo DS Pokémon games. While Mario's appearance changes with the costume, like with the other Pokémon costumes, the sound effects remain the default Super Mario Bros. sounds.

Charmander, one of Charizard's pre-evolved forms, appears as a costume as well. It is unlocked by completing the I Choose You! Event Course after picking the Charmander path. Unlike the fully-evolved Charizard, Charmander uses Pokémon sound effects.

Profiles[edit]

Main article: List of Charizard profiles

amiibo[edit]

  • Charizard is the iconic Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon. Its scorching fiery breath can melt anything in its path. Charizard is known to fly around the sky in search of powerful opponents. However, it never turns its fire on opponents weaker than itself.

Statistics[edit]

Main article: List of Charizard statistics

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Charizard.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リザードン
Rizādon (romanized)
Lizardon (trademark)
A portmanteau of "lizard" and "odon" (meaning "tooth" in Ancient Greek, used as a common suffix for dinosaur names); officially romanized as Lizardon.[3] Considering the official romanization, it can possibly be a portmanteau of "lizard" and "dragon" as well, where the term used specifically refers to Western dragons
Chinese Hong Kong: 噴火龍
Pānfólùhng
Taiwan / Mainland China: 噴火龍 (Traditional) / 喷火龙 (Simplified)
Pēnhuǒlóng
"Fire-breathing Dragon"
French Dracaufeu A portmanteau of draco (Latin for "dragon") and feu (French for "fire")
German Glurak A portmanteau of glut (ember) and drache (dragon); also "-rak" comes from raket (rocket)
Italian Charizard -
Korean 리자몽
Rijamong
Comes from "lizard" and "monster"; as well as the Korean words 룡 (ryong) or 용 (yong), which mean "dragon"
Russian Чаризард
Charizard
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Spanish Charizard -

Trivia[edit]

  • Charizard's name is a combination of the words char (meaning burnt) and lizard, even though it is more of a dragon. Despite this, Charizard is not a Dragon-type Pokémon, although Mega Charizard X is.
  • Charizard's name in Japan, Lizardon, is the same name as a character in Wario's Woods.

References[edit]

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