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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Wii U Charizard.png

The fan favorite fire starter returns as a solo fighter! Charizard is a typical heavyweight, boasting a lot of weight and a plethora of hard-hitting moves to crush its foes. Among the massive powerhouses, Charizard's specialty is its high dash speed, the fastest of its size, as well as a second midair jump. Charizard's playstyle is a bit similar to that of Bowser, with nice combos off of its throws, armored attacks to counter reckless foes, as well as an excellent projectile in Flamethrower. It also has the brand new Fire Blitz, a quick and deadly charge that harms both Charizard and its opponents. Problems that affect heavyweights in general, such as sluggish movement and attacks, also plagues Charizard, although they are somewhat diminished by its good stats. All in all, Charizard is a capable heavyweight character with good versatility for a fighter its girth.

Basic attributes[edit]

Charizard belongs in the heaviest weight class of fighters, ranking just behind King Dedede. Like other super heavyweights, it has a rather large frame that makes it easy to hit. For its weight, Charizard is surprisingly quick, with an impressive dash speed comparable to Sheik's. Charizard performs decently in the air. While it has 2 midair jumps, it unfortunately possesses one of the lowest air speeds in the game, making its air movement slow and unwieldy.


Moveset Analysis[edit]

Standard Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) 2 button(+2 button2 button2 button) Tough Claws Charizard swipes twice with its claws, followed by a wing swipe.
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button)
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+2 button Tail Ember Charizard swings its tail in front of it.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left control or Right control)+A button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Up lstick+A button Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Wing Stab Charizard thrusts both of its wings upward.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Crouching Headbutt Charizard headbutts forward.
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Draconic Kick Charizard lunges forward and kicks.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging Charizard gets up and headbutts.
A button while hanging A button while hanging A button while hanging

Smash Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button+2 button Skull Bat Charizard swings its head violently.
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left control or Right control)+A button Smash (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button Wing Slash Charizard swipes each wing at the air.
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up control+A button Smash Up cpad+A button
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button Earthquake Stomp Charizard stomps the ground, creating a shockwave.
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down control+A button Smash Down cpad+A button

Air Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png 2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Fire Spin Charizard spins its whole body around, striking with its tail.
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Claw Swipe Charizard swings its claw down.
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Tail Thrust Charizard swipws its tail while looking back.
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Bruiser Skull Charizard headbutts the sky.
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Clawed Stomp Charizard kicks downward. An early hit causes a meteor smash.
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png

Throws

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Quick Crunch Charizard bites the grabbed opponent
A button after grab A button after grab A button after grab
Right lstick after grab Right nunchuk after grab Right dpad after grab Chomp Throw Charizard bites the grabbed opponent and flings them forward.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Chomp Swing Charizard bites the grabbed opponent and flings them backward.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab Seismic Toss Charizard carries the grabbed opponent into the sky and dives back down.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab Ground Ember Charizard pins the grabbed opponent to the ground and breathes fire on them.
Down lstick after grab Down control after grab Down cpad after grab

Special Attacks[edit]

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
B button B button 1 button Flamethrower Charizard breathes fire that can be angled with the control stick. The stream of fire starts out long but weakens over time, slowly recharging back to full strength if not used.
B button B button B button
Fire Fang Charizard breathes a tiny stream of fire near its mouth. When the button is released, it bites down, launching enemies away.
Fireball Cannon Charizard breathes fire in sets of three bursts. Has more range than Flamethrower, but is weaker and slower.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Flare Blitz Charizard charges straight ahead, dealing a bit of recoil damage to itself. Hitting an enemy results in heavy damage and knockback, while Charizard will also be launched back and take more self-damage.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Blast Burn Charizard charges slower and over a shorter distance, but deals amplified damage to both the enemy and itself when the move connects.
Dragon Rush Charizard charges forward to hit enemies multiple times while dragging them along. Charizard does not take damage from this move.
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Fly Charizard spins as it soars higher, carrying enemies with it up for a launching hit.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
Rising Cyclone Charizard's spin hits harder and draws enemies in, but travels less distance.
Fly High Charizard soars higher than normal, but cannot harm enemies.
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Rock Smash Charizard takes out a rock and breaks it with its head, sending shrapnel flying. Both headbutting and the resulting shards can both hurt enemies. Charizard has super armor during the move.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
Sinking Skull Charizard slams its head down, burying grounded opponents and meteor smashing aerial ones.
Rock Hurl The shrapnel from the rock is sent higher and further, but deal less damage.

Taunts

Control Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Up dpad 1 button Up dpad+A button Charizard raises its head proudly and roars.
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button Charizard stomps and flaps its wings.
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button Charizard furiously stomps the ground.
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Mega Charizard X[edit]

With the power of a Charizardite X, Charizard temporarily evolves into Mega Charizard X, gaining immense physical strength and increasing the power of its flames. Mega Charizard X has two attacks depending on the button pressed. Its normal attack becomes a juiced up Dragon Rush, which drills through enemies and can be directed at any angle using the control stick. Its special attack turns into a fierce Fire Blast, a projectile that explodes when it hits an enemy. Both attacks have a slight cooldown preventing them from being spammed. For the duration of the Final Smash, Mega Charizard X has the ability of flight, letting it travel to anywhere on the stage, as well as total invulnerability. For a transformation final smash, Mega Charizard X's attacks aren't overwhelmingly strong, although they deal a lot of damage and will KO as early as most smash attacks. You can use Dragon Rush to drag enemies offstage, while Fire Blast is useful for catching enemies trying to keep their distance.