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Pokémon Trainer

Pokemon Trainer is one of the most unique characters, having access to three fighters in one. However, to prevent players from sticking to only one Pokémon, the developers introduced a stamina mechanic. This means the player must switch Pokemon from time to time. So to play Pokemon Trainer effectively, you must use not one but three different playstyles during a single match.

Pokémon have a special property called stamina. Pokémon start out with 120 stamina points. 1 stamina point is used per second and each attack also uses 1 stamina point. Pokémon with 0 stamina have less power and droop in their standing animation. Pokémon that you are not currently using recover 2 stamina points per second. All changes last as long as it takes for the game to load the character. Pausing may speed up the change. After you change, you are wide open for attack. Dying will automatically change Pokémon.

Another mechanic of the Pokemon Trainer is type effectiveness. Getting hit by a move that is super effective will deal 10% more damage and knockback while getting hit by a move that isn't very effective deals 10% less damage and knockback. Squirtle is weak to Grass while resists Fire, Ivysaur is weak to Fire while resists Water and Charizard is weak to water while resists Grass. However, the Pokemon does not resists themselves (Charizard doesn't resists Fire etc.), and it only applies to those three types (Squirtle isn't weak to Electric attacks).

The trick to mastering the Pokémon Trainer is knowing when to switch Pokémon. When you are desperate for a KO, or your chance of being KOd is a little close for comfort, change to Charizard for an Offensive and defensive boost. You lose speed when you do but you get a triple jump as opposed to a double because Squirtle and Ivysaur's third jumps aren't all that reliable to escape from a dangerous situation.

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Select controller:
Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Wii Remote, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
  • When your opponent's damage is low, switch to Squirtle to slowly build up damage.
  • When their damage is getting higher, switch to Ivysaur for a slight damage boost and to relieve Squirtle's exhaustion.
  • When their damage is soaring; switch to Charizard to finish them off.
  • Repeat the process.

Finally, if time is running low and you think you can just squeeze in one last KO, switch to Charizard to try and land a good smash attack. However, Ivysaur's Up Smash attack will finish almost any character off, but it takes a while to execute.

How to select your starting Pokémon[edit]

In Tourney Mode or The Subspace Emissary:
Highlight the Pokémon Trainer on the character-selection screen and tap C button.

In all other game modes:
Select the Pokémon Trainer, and his and all the Pokémon's portraits appear at the bottom of the screen. The Trainer's portrait will be glowing. Click on one of the Pokémon's portrait with A button, and it will start glowing instead of the Trainer's. Also, the Trainer's name will be replaced with the chosen Pokémon's.

If the Trainer himself is selected, the Pokémon you start with will be randomly decided.

Squirtle[edit]

Squirtle is a middleweight character with incredible speed. Although its special attacks don't really stand out, most of its other moves are very useful. The Down smash shouldn't be used so much because Squirtle's Up smash is just better, and covers both sides. Squirtle also has a fast turnaround animation which you can use repeatedly to confuse your opponents.

Squirtle is least affected by type effectiveness as only Ivysaur has Grass attacks and a majority of the cast uses Fire attacks. However, it is most affected by the Stamina stat as its KOers get weak as it tires.

Another very important bit of information is that you are close to invincible when using withdraw(Side B). You can even evade some final smashes if you timed it correctly!(eg. Samus' Zero Laser)

Basic attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Standard Attack Info
A button 2 button A button A button Turtle Combo Squirtle punches, then hits with its tail twice. Very fast.
Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+2 button Right lstick+A button Right control+A button Tail Swipe Squirtle swipes its tail forwards.
Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Turtle Thrust Thrusts itself upwards.
Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Tail Swat Squirtle crouches down low and swipes with its tail.
A buttonwhile dashing 2 buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing Shell Bash Throws itself forwards, shell first.

Smash Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Smash Attack Info
Smash Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Right lstick+A button) or Right rstick (Smash Right control+A button) or Right cstick Shell Smash It rears back then charges forward in his shell. This can be used to protect your self from flying if timed correctly.
Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Up lstick+A button) or Up rstick (Smash Up control+A button) or Up cstick Water Pillar It shoots water from the ground around him.
Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Down lstick+A button) or Down rstick (Smash Down control+A button) or Down cstick Shell Spin It spins around in his shell.

Pummels and Throws[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Pummel/Throw Info
A buttonafter grab 2 buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab Headbutts Squirtle headbutts its opponent.
Right nunchukafter grab Right dpadafter grab Right lstickafter grab Right controlafter grab Frontal Kick Squitle kicks its opponent away.
Left nunchukafter grab Left dpadafter grab Left lstickafter grab Left controlafter grab Back Kick Squirtle kicks its opponent behind itself.
Up nunchukafter grab Up dpadafter grab Up lstickafter grab Up controlafter grab High Tackle Throws its opponents upwards then hits them with its shell.
Down nunchukafter grab Down dpadafter grab Down lstickafter grab Down controlafter grab Ground Slam Throws its opponent on the ground and slams him.

Air Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Air Attack Info
A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png 2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Withdrawn Spin Spins in its shell.
Right nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Turtle Kick Kicks in front of him.
Left nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Turtle Tail Thrusts its tail behind it.
Up nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Tail Flip Squirtle flips its tail above him.
Down nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Squirtle Tornado Spins around, hitting multiple times.

Special Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Special Attack Info
B button 1 button B button B button Water Gun Squirtle begins charging Water Gun. Press the button again to fire. While firing, you can aim up and down. Squirtle can cancel charging at any time by shielding or by moving. The water gun deals no damage, but has large knockback. Useful to mess up opponent recovery and to buy time to change Pokémon. If you fire Water Gun a second after pressing the button, at close range it can deal a small amount of damage.
Right nunchuk+B button Right dpad+1 button Right lstick+B button Right control+B button Withdraw Squirtle retreats into his shell and starts moving fast across the stage. Deals little damage, but you are nearly immune to attacks while in the shell. Be careful not to fall off the stage. Also, if an enemy jumps directly on your back, they will knock you on your shell and you will be unable to move for a second or two.
Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Waterfall Squirtle rides a wave upwards. Deals good damage if it connects, but unless you hit the enemy with the final hit you will be open for the enemy to attack you. When recovering with this move, aim for the ledge or risk being hit again.
Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Pokemon Change Changes to Ivysaur.

Taunts[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Taunt
1 button A button Up dpad Up dpad It does a backflip and says "Squirtle Squirtle!"
1 button+2 button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+A button Left dpad or Right dpad Left dpad or Right dpad It spins around on his tail.
2 button Down dpad+A button Down dpad Down dpad It withdraws into its shell and spins around.

Ivysaur[edit]

Ivysaur is a middleweight with average speed. It's there to out-range its opponents with projectiles and high ranged and at the same time quick attacks. Despite its position in the Pokémon swap order, Ivysaur actually has more knockout power than Charizard. Ivysaur has a mix of quick attacks which do little damage and slow attacks with incredible knockback. Because of the slowness of its knockout moves, Charizard usually still remains the best choice for knockout attempts. Ivysaur is also a good projectile spammer. Its up smash has incredible power behind it and can get KOs if hit. His back and front aerials also have a lot of range to them, and its up and down airs are very strong.Ivysaur's rapid Bullet Seed attack can easily damage flight characters like Pit and Meta Knight, and stop other characters using their down smash on it if used properly.

Despite its many advantages, Ivysaur has mediocre recovery, having average jumps and a tether for its up special.

Standard Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Standard Attack Info
A button 2 button A button A button Vine Combo Whips with its vines two times then whips multiple times.
Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+2 button Right lstick+A button Right control+A button Leaf Blade Spins its leaf around it like a helicopter.
Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Vine Thrust Thrusts itself upwards while supporting itself on its vines.
Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Low Vines Whips its vines twice near the ground.
A buttonwhile dashing 2 buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing Body Slam Slams itself into the opponent. Great knockback.

Smash Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Smash Attack Info
Smash Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Right lstick+A button) or Right rstick (Smash Right control+A button) or Right cstick Vine Ram It stands on its two vines then rushes forward by springing itself with its vines.
Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Up lstick+A button) or Up rstick (Smash Up control+A button) or Up cstick Stun Spore It shoots some spores above it. Has significant startup lag but very rewarding if landed
Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Down lstick+A button) or Down rstick (Smash Down control+A button) or Down cstick Vine Spin It holds its vines up then spins them around itself. This move is weak for a smash attack, use it only to knock enemies away.

Pummels and Throws[edit]

Ivysaur grabs with its vines. It is one of the least laggy tether grabs in the game.

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Pummel/Throw Info
A buttonafter grab 2 buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab Constrict Squeezes opponent with its vines.
Right nunchukafter grab Right dpadafter grab Right lstickafter grab Right controlafter grab Vine Toss Tosses its opponent forward.
Left nunchukafter grab Left dpadafter grab Left lstickafter grab Left controlafter grab Spin Toss Spins to the back then tosses opponent behind it.
Up nunchukafter grab Up dpadafter grab Up lstickafter grab Up controlafter grab Upwards Toss Tosses opponents upwards while on its vines.
Down nunchukafter grab Down dpadafter grab Down lstickafter grab Down controlafter grab Ground Plant Slams the opponent into the ground.

Air Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Air Attack Info
A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png 2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Body Spin Twirls around. This move can actually meteor smash around the hind legs.
Right nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Vine Slap Slaps its vines forward.
Left nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Rear Vine Spins its vines backwards.
Up nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Spore Blast Blasts spores above it.
Down nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Spore Smash Blasts spores below it. Can meteor smash but difficult to land.

Special Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Special Attack Info
B button 1 button B button B button Bullet Seed Fires a hail of seeds directly upwards. Hold down the button to fire for longer. If this move misses, the opponent will have a big chance to punish you, but if it hits it can easily deal upwards of 20% damage. Depending on how fast your foe falls, you may be able to follow with an up smash. The mere existence of this move means experienced players will avoid attacking you from above, and new players will soon learn the same.
Right nunchuk+B button Right dpad+1 button Right lstick+B button Right control+B button Razor Leaf Throws a leaf directly in front of Ivysaur. The leaf has a random trajectory. Deals good damage and is easily spammable. Unlike other projectiles, Razor Leaf passes straight through people and destructible scenery.
Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Vine Whip This is a Tether Recovery. Not very useful as an attack. However, can be used effectively as a means to prevent jumping back onto the stage, and when hit by the shock end of the attack the enemy can go flying back quite far. The end of the whip has a small "shock" to it.
Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Pokémon Change Changes to Charizard.

Taunts[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Taunt
1 button A button Up dpad Up dpad It shakes as its bulb spins.
1 button+2 button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+A button Left dpad or Right dpad Left dpad or Right dpad It stands on its forelegs and dances.
2 button Down dpad+A button Down dpad Down dpad It raises its vines and spins, saying "Ivy, ivy!"

Charizard[edit]

Charizard is a slow, heavy character with very strong attacks so use it to quickly polish off the perfect attack strategy. Charizard's front and side tilts are great and fast attacks. Side tilt has some knockback while up tilt can keep enemies in the air. Its front smash is very strong but also very slow, so the front tilt will be useful when there is not enough time for a smash.

Charizard is also one of the three characters that can glide. However, it has bad startup for a glide, and it is kind of slow.

Standard Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Standard Attack Info
A button 2 button A button A button Slash Combo Slashes two times then hits with its wings.
Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+2 button Right lstick+A button Right control+A button Tail Swing Swings its tail forward. More knockback at the tip.
Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Wing Attack Attacks upwards with its wings.
Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Low Bite Bites while crouching.
A buttonwhile dashing 2 buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing Awkward Kick Slides forward and kicks with one leg.

Smash Attack[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Smash Attack Info
Smash Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Right lstick+A button) or Right rstick (Smash Right control+A button) or Right cstick Headbutt It rears his head back then swings his head at the opponent. Good for knock back but has considerable amount of lag.
Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Up lstick+A button) or Up rstick (Smash Up control+A button) or Up cstick Wing Slash It waves his wings in the air hitting twice.
Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Down lstick+A button) or Down rstick (Smash Down control+A button) or Down cstick Earthquake It hops in the air real quick and lands with a earth rumbling stomp. Does no damage to enemies in the air around you. Used for ground-based enemies only.

Pummels and Throw[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Pummel/Throw Info
A buttonafter grab 2 buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab Bite Bites the opponent.
Right nunchukafter grab Right dpadafter grab Right lstickafter grab Right controlafter grab Jaw Toss Spins its opponent in its jaw then tosses them out.
Left nunchukafter grab Left dpadafter grab Left lstickafter grab Left controlafter grab Quick Throw Throws its opponents behind it.
Up nunchukafter grab Up dpadafter grab Up lstickafter grab Up controlafter grab Head Bash Sets opponent above it then slams with its head.
Down nunchukafter grab Down dpadafter grab Down lstickafter grab Down controlafter grab Ember Sets opponent on the ground then burns him.

Air Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Air Attack Info
A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png 2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Fire Spin Charizard spins in a ball.
Right nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Flame Flare Shoots fire forwards. This move is amazing at edgeguarding.
Left nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Rear Tackle Charizard hits behind it with its wing, claw and tail.
Up nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Head Stab Stabs his head upwards.
Down nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Charistomp Stomps downwards.
A button during glide 2 button during glide A button during glide A button during glide Glide Spin Charizard spins forwards.

Special Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Special Attack Info
B button 1 button B button B button Flamethrower Releases a stream of fire that does 2 damage per second, like Bowser's Fire Breath. However, the flame will wear out after a while.
Right nunchuk+B button Right dpad+1 button Right lstick+B button Right control+B button Rock Smash He picks up a boulder and shatters it with his head. The fragments are very powerful, but don't fly far. Can do upwards of at least 30% and has a super knockback capability.
Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Fly Charizard flies up into the air, damaging anyone in his way.
Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Pokémon Change Changes into Squirtle.

Taunts[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Taunt
1 button A button Up dpad Up dpad It lifts its head and roars.
1 button+2 button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+A button Left dpad or Right dpad Left dpad or Right dpad It turns to the camera and growls.
2 button Down dpad+A button Down dpad Down dpad It stomps its feet.

Final Smash[edit]

Triple Finish

Triple Finish: When either Charizard, Ivysaur, or Squirtle take the Smash Ball, all three come out to fire heavy damage to the enemy. Charizard fires Fire Blast, Ivysaur fires Solarbeam, and Squirtle Hydro Pump. And, of course, it's super effective. The best way to use their final smash is to go to the edge of the stage and use it.