This article is about Squirtle's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Squirtle. Also, for information about Squirtle in regards to Pokémon Trainer, see Pokémon Trainer (SSBU), Ivysaur (SSBU), and Charizard (SSBU).

Squirtle is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was confirmed during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation.





Changes from Brawl


  • Squirtle's new running animation involves surfing on water.

Ground Attacks

  • New down tilt.

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Squirtle punches once, then jumps forward and slaps with the tail, then flips forward and hits with the tail again.
  • Forward Tilt: Squirtle gets on all fours and slaps forward with its tail.
  • Up Tilt: Squirtle hops onto its tail, thrusting upward.
  • Down Tilt:
  • Dash Attack: Squirtle runs, turns around while jumping, and hits with the back of its shell.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Squirtle quickly lashes a torrent of water in front of itself.
  • Up Smash: Squirtle points upwards as two torrents of water burst upward on either side of it.
  • Down Smash: Squirtle withdraws into its shell and spins, shooting water out of both sides.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: A midair cartwheel.
  • Forward aerial: Thrusts both legs forward, hitting quickly. Produces a corkscrew of water.
  • Back aerial: Squirtle spins in a horizontal corkscrew while stretching out its tail. Multi-hit.
  • Up aerial: Flips upward, using its tail to knock opponents vertically.
  • Down aerial: Thrusts the tail downward, spinning around in a multi-hit attack.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Headbutts the opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Puts the opponent in front of it, then kicks them.
  • Back Throw: Puts the opponent behind it, and kicks their back.
  • Up Throw: Throws its opponent upward and tackles them while in its shell.
  • Down Throw: Throws its opponent on the ground and slams on top of them.

Special Moves

Squirtle's Special Moves
Brawl Ultimate
Standard Special Water Gun
Side Special Withdraw
Up Special Waterfall
Down Special (Pokémon Change)
Final Smash Hydro Pump (of Triple Finish)


  • Up Taunt:
  • Down Taunt:
  • Side Taunt:

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

To be added


Tips about a character's background and how to use that character can appear at random intervals on the loading screen. The player can also access the full list of tips at any time in the "Vault" section. The tips regarding Squirtle are categorized as tips for Pokemon Trainer.

  • Squirtle's Origins: Squirtle debuted in Pokemon Red and Blue, released in North America in 1998. it's a Tiny Turtle Pokemon that excels at Water-type moves.
  • In Its Series: Squirtle is one of three Pokemon you can get from Professor Oak in Pokemon Red and Blue. Squirtle was one of the few Water-type Pokemon you could get until you got a Fishing Rod.
  • Water Gun (Neutral Special): Squirtle shoots water from its mouth to push opponents away. It doesn't do any damage, but it's great for interfering with opponents trying to return to the stage.
  • Withdraw (Side Special): Spin across the ground quickly to tackle opponents. Squirtle won't take damage while it is in its shell.
  • Advancing with Withdraw (Side Special): Tilt the control stick in the opposite direction of the movement to shorten the distance you slide. If you hit an opponent or their shield, you will be reflected.
  • Withdraw's Weakness (Side Special): If Squirtle gets stepped on from above, it will flip over and become completely vulnerable. Squirtle can't move until it gets back up, leaving you wide open to attack.
  • Waterfall (Up Special): Tilt the control stick forward or backward while rising up to slightly change the angle you rise. It can be used as a recovery move, but it can also be used to attack opponents above.
  • Triple Finish (Final Smash): The three Pokemon combine their powers for this Final Smash. Squirtle's Hydro Pump is wide, covering the top and bottom, and can draw in opponents.


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