- This article is about Pokémon Trainer's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Pokémon Trainer.
|“||The trainer returns with Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. You can choose to play as a male or female trainer!||”|
|—Description from the Super Smash Blog.|
The Pokemon Trainer is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character now has alternate costumes that allow players to play as either a male (known as Red) or female (known as Leaf) Pokémon Trainer.
When unlocked, Red and his Pokémon are fought at Pokémon Stadium.
- Stamina mechanic has been removed, eliminating need to change Pokémon to recharge stamina.
- Pokémon Change can be used in midair.
- Ability to switch Pokémon makes them unpredictable.
- Squirtle is very light, being launched easily.
- Charizard is very heavy, with poor recovery.
Changes from Brawl
Pokémon Trainer has received several key changes for his transition from Brawl to Ultimate. Notably, the Stamina mechanic has been completely removed, and Pokémon Change has been granted high utility due to the addition of aerial switching and significantly faster Pokémon switches. As such, switches between their three Pokémon have now become a unique advantage for the Pokémon Trainer alone, and his Pokémon are now free to fight indefinitely without being limited by Stamina during battle.
- The Pokémon Trainer's model is significantly more detailed than it was in Brawl, having stylized body proportions and sharper, slimmer eyes. Additionally, the Trainer's Pokéballs have been resized to fit in his palm. Both these changes now make their designs similar to the style of more recent Pokémon titles.
- The female Pokémon Trainer from FireRed and LeafGreen appears as an alternate costume
- The Pokémon Trainer now turns in battle to face the direction of the fight.
- The designs and proportions of Squirtle and Ivysaur now match their appearances in the more recent Pokémon titles. They are much more expressive than they were in Brawl.
- Triple Finish has a different text box and animations, making it identical to how they appear in the Generation VII games.
- The Trainer now claps on the results screen.
- On the results screen, the Pokémon Trainer himself/herself is shown and announced as the winner of the fight rather than the Pokémon that was in battle. His/Her face is also used as the stock icon for all three Pokémon.
- The Stamina mechanic has been removed, eliminating the necessity of switching out Pokémon to restore their power.
- Pokémon Change can now be used in the air and is much quicker, due to no longer having to load each individual Pokémon for every switch. Like in Brawl, it also offers brief invincibility upon switching out, though the quicker switch time allows it to potentially combo into another Pokémon's moves, or function somewhat as an alternative "air dodge". It also allows the user to essentially choose the recovery that suits a situation best.
•Spamming Pokémon Change will grant no invincibility frames for a period of time.
In competitive play
To be added
- Pokémon Change is the only one of Squirtle and Charizard's Special Moves that does not begin with the letters "W" and "F", respectively.
- This is excluding Triple Finish for both of them.