- This article is about Pokémon Trainer's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For other uses, see Pokémon Trainer.
Pokémon Trainer (ポケモントレーナー, Pokemon Torēnā), is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His design is from the games Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen. Rather than fighting as the trainer, however, you control his three Pokémon, which consist of Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. The three Pokémon will all share the same damage meter, but they will have their own individual Stamina stat, which will balance out the use of each Pokémon. Knocking out one of the Pokémon will make the Pokémon Trainer lose a life. It is possible to choose which Pokémon you begin the match with. By clicking on the Pokémon of your choice on the portrait (not the Icon), you will start with that Pokemon. Selecting Pokémon Trainer himself makes your starting monster random.
Whichever Pokémon is currently battling will have its picture shown in the bottom of the screen, next to the damage percentage and the series logo. The picture then presumably changes when a new Pokémon is sent out. Pokémon Trainer and the Pokémon that was out during the match's end will appear together on the Results screen. Pokémon Trainer will hang his head while the Pokémon claps if he loses. If he wins the Pokémon is named as the winner, while Pokémon Trainer and his Pokémon do their victory pose together. When the current Pokémon is Knocked Out, the next in the Pokémon Change cycle will appear on the "halo" platform (Squirtle KO'd leads to Ivysaur, etc.).
If one of his Pokémon gets a certain item (Super Mushroom, Metal Box, etc.), the Pokémon Trainer would be unaffected by it. Contrary to some claims, this character is not Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon anime series. Masahiro Sakurai has stated that only characters originating from video games are eligible for inclusion in Brawl's roster. However, he is similar in appearance to Red, the main character of Pokémon Red and Blue (Green in Japan). For the various voice clips that are used, the English voice actor for Ash Ketchum (Sarah Natochenny) was used.
Various accommodations are made for Pokémon Trainer in several stages. In moving stages like Halberd and Delphino Plaza, Pokémon Trainer only appears on the stationary sections. On the Bridge of Eldin, Pokémon Trainer always stays to the left, so that he never gets hit by the bomb that destroys the middle of the bridge. In Norfair, Pokémon Trainer stands on a special platform in the background that flies away when the huge lava wave is coming. Pokémon Trainer will appear on a similar background platform for any custom stage.
It is interesting to note that Masahiro Sakurai stated to Famitsu the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon get "tired" after about 2 minutes. They then become weaker, slower, and become all around worse fighters unless switched with another of the three Pokémon.
Role in the Subspace Emissary
After fleeing from Wario, Lucas bumps into the Pokémon Trainer, who tells him to stand back, and proceeds to take on a group of Primids with his Squirtle. After saving Lucas, he goes on his way, but Lucas follows him. As the story progresses, they developed a rather large friendship. Pokemon Trainer is searching for two Pokémon, Charizard and Ivysaur, that are identified when he shows Lucas their cards. So, he and Lucas set out to find them. Outside of an old temple, they survive a brief encounter with Wario. After venturing deep into the ruins to find and capture them, players will then fight a giant monster that is probably Primid in origin. When the boss is defeated, it will grab both Lucas and PT after the fight, and jump up into the air, holding an armed Subspace Bomb on it's chest. Lucas then uses PK Thunder to detatch the arm, and they freefall towards the ground. Before hitting the ground and narrowly escaping the Subspace explosion, Meta Knight grabs them both in-flight and takes them to Marth and Ike.
Pros and Cons
- Pokémon Trainer consists of three separate characters, which can be used together in conjunction to powerful effect
- Charizard survives at high percentages where the others do not, allowing Pokémon Trainer longer lives if he switches at the opportune time
- Squirtle and Ivysaur are great for racking up damage. Squirtle with his quick aerials, Ivysaur with his long range and devastating Bullet Seed.
- Charizard can easily KO high-percent opponents
- Pokémon Change has a few frames of vulnerability at the end. It cannot be used in midair or while invincible, making it easily punishable
- The Trainer automatically sends out the next Pokémon in rotation when one is Knocked out. If the Trainer wants to switch to the one they were previously using, they must use Pokémon Change twice
- Stamina makes it so that Pokémon get significantly weaker if Pokémon Change is not used with some regularity.
- Certain Pokémon are bad in certain situations, and sometimes you will be stuck between using a bad Pokémon for a situation, or dealing with reduced stamina or being punished for multiple Pokémon Changes.