64: 0104 (Starting Roster 1) | 0508 (Starting Roster 2) | 0912 (Unlockable Fighters)
Melee: 1317 (Starting Newcomers) | 1822 (Unlockable Fighters 1) | 2326 (Unlockable Fighters 2)
Brawl: 2731 (E3 2006) | 3239 (Smash Bros. DOJO!! 2007) | 4044 (Smash Bros. DOJO!! 2008)
For 3DS and Wii U: 4549 (Pre-Smash Direct) | 5055 (Smash Direct and E3 2014) | 5659 (Remaining Roster) | 6063 (DLC Fighters)
Ultimate: 6469 (Initial Release) | New Echo Fighters | 7075 (DLC Fighters 1) | 7682 (DLC Fighters 2)
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This page lists the many, many Pokémon that can pop out of Poké Balls to aid fighters in battle. For characters who started out as Poké Ball Pokémon but were Promoted to Playable later, please refer to the corresponding game's character page.
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Debuting in 64
The Flame Pokémon and final evolution of Charmander, the Fire-type starter of Kanto, Charizard attacks by breathing fire left and right. It later became playable in Brawl; see this page for more details.
The Shellfish Pokémon and final evolution of Squirtle, the Water-type starter of Kanto. Blastoise fires powerful, steel-piercing blasts of water from the twin cannons on its back.
- Backpack Cannon: Has a pair of cannons on its back that it uses to fire water.
- Demoted to Extra: Was Put on a Bus for Brawl, then placed into the Kalos Pokémon League's background. Its pre-evolved form Squirtle, however, is playable. In Ultimate, The Bus Came Back in a way where it became an equippable Primary Spirit.
- Making a Splash: Uses Hydro Pump to fire blasts of water.
This Poison Bee Pokémon is known for the venomous stingers on not just its abdomen, but its drill-like appendages as well. When summoned, Beedrill will fly offscreen and return with a swarm of other Beedrill.
The Fairy Pokémon, originally intended to be the mascot of the series before Pikachu took the position. Clefairy is rarely seen by humans, and was among the first Pokémon to naturally learn Metronome, which could allow it to use any known move. In 64, Metronome caused Clefairy to copy one of the other Poké Ball Pokémon's attacks, while in Melee, Clefairy uses one of four moves unique to it.
- Action Bomb: Self-Destruct cause Clefairy to create a powerful explosion. Unlike most Self-Destructs, this doesn't hurt the summoner.
- Blow You Away: Gust traps and damages opponents with wind.
- Confusion Fu: There's no telling what Clefairy will do with Metronome.
- Playing with Fire: With Fire Spin, the ground around Clefairy is covered with flames, damaging any opponent that gets caught in it.
- Power-Up Letdown: In 64, if Clefairy ended up copying Goldeen, it would just hop around doing nothing.
- Put on a Bus: Once Togepi became the games' resident Metronome user, Clefairy got phased out.
- Random Effect Spell: Metronome causes it to randomly perform one of four other moves — Gust, Fire Spin, Waterfall, or Self-Destruct.
- The Bus Came Back: Though Demoted to Extra, it returns as a Primary Spirit in Ultimate.
The Scratch Cat Pokémon, Meowth is a nocturnal creature that adores circular, shiny objects like coins. It's also most well-known for being the main Pokémon of a certain duo from Team Rocket. It uses Pay Day to attack people with coins.
- The Bus Came Back: After only appearing as a trophy in Melee, Meowth comes back as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Brawl.
- Demoted to Extra: Melee is the only game in the series where this happens to Meowth, demoting it from summon to trophy. The trophy in question, where Meowth is holding a guitar, is based on "Meowth's Party", an ending song in the Johto seasons of the anime. Said ending was used as a tech demo for the GameCube and can be viewed in Pokémon Channel.
- Maneki Neko: This was the inspiration for Meowth and explains the link between the Pokémon and gold coins.
- Money Mauling: Meowth throws gold coins to damage other fighters.
The Rock Snake Pokémon, Onix is known to burrow into the ground at high speeds in search of food. It is also the largest of the original 151 Pokémon. Onix will rise above the screen to drop boulders from above.
- Demoted to Extra: Was reduced to a platform in Melee's Poké Floats before disappearing entirely. Its evolved form Steelix, however, does appear as a trophy in the same game and becomes a part of the Kalos Pokémon League's background in 3DS/Wii U.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Uses Rock Throw to drop rocks from above.
A Kicking Pokémon known for its powerful...well, legs. Hitmonlee uses Jump Kick to leap into the air once to attack.
- Demoted to Extra: His role is given to Scizor for Melee, and he's later made into a regular trophy in 3DS and an equippable Primary Spirit in Ultimate.
- Diving Kick: Hitmonlee uses a single Jump Kick in battle. Considering it's called the Kicking Pokémon, this should be expected.
- Named After Somebody Famous: It's named after Bruce Lee in English and Tadashi Sawamura in Japanese.
- One-Gender Race: Tyrogue, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Hitmontop are all entirely male.
The Poison Gas Pokémon, Koffing uses Smog to damage enemies that get near it. Just be glad the gas doesn't explode in this series.
The Egg Pokémon, Chansey is a gentle creature that is often seen working alongside the nurses in Pokémon Centers. She uses Soft-Boiled to release several eggs that either heal, contain items, or explode.
- Invincible Minor Minion: Averted in Melee, where Chansey is one of the few summoned Pokémon that can be defeated.
- One-Gender Race: Chansey and the rest of its evolutionary line can only be female.
- Put on a Bus: Chansey hasn't been seen since Melee.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Some of her eggs are actually explosives.
- The Bus Came Back: Somewhat. In Ultimate, she returns as a stage "hazard" in the returning Saffron City stage, as well as being an unlockable Support Spirit.
This Goldfish Pokémon is said to swim at high speeds with incredible elegance, lending it the nickname "Water Queen". You wouldn't believe that from playing Super Smash Bros., where Goldeen just splashes around doing nothing when summoned.
- Adaptational Wimp: For most Pokémon fans, the first one that comes to mind when people think about "helpless fish that can only flop about on land" would be Magikarp. Here, though, it's Goldeen, who is much more reliable in the main games. In fact, in the main games Goldeen can't even learn Splash whatsoever.
- The Artifact: As mentioned below in Mythology Gag, Goldeen using Splash is a reference to Misty's Goldeen only being able to splash around helplessly when summoned on land in the anime. By the time of Brawl's release, Misty had long since been replaced from the anime's main cast, though Goldeen and its gimmick remained.
- Joke Character: What's the point of splashing?!
- Mythology Gag: Goldeen using Splash is a reference to one of the earliest episodes of the Pokémon anime, where Misty's Goldeen just splashed around helplessly when summoned on land. Goldeen can't even learn Splash in the Pokémon games.
- Not Completely Useless: Its spirit does provide use allowing the fighter equipped with it to swim in spirit battles where the fighter otherwise can't swim.
- Power-Up Letdown: Splash is just as useless here as it is in the Pokémon games. Goldeen is notable for being the only non-Legendary Pokémon besides Zoroark that can be summoned by a Master Ball, taking the letdown up to eleven.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Goldeen's horn used to be larger, before gender differences in Pokémon were introduced. After they were, its horn was made smaller like a female's.
The Mysterious Pokémon, Starmie's central core is known to glow in seven colors, giving it the nickname of "gem of the sea". It will hover for a bit before rapidly firing projectiles across the screen.
The Sleeping Pokémon, Snorlax is known to be the heaviest of the original 151 Pokémon. Its daily routine consists of it doing nothing except sleeping and eating, but when it's called into battle, it's more than capable of holding its own. It will jump above the screen before falling back down.
The New Species Pokémon with a varying connection to Mewtwonote . Said to be the ancestor of all Pokémon, it is capable of learning just about any move that any other Pokémon could learn. In Smash, however, Mew just flies away after being summoned, though it does provide the summoner with a different bonus depending on the game. In 64 and Melee, it gives its summoner the "Mew Catcher" bonus, which raises the player's score in Single Player and bonus battles. In Brawl, it drops CDs or stickers if players already collected every CD. In 3DS/Wii U, it does the same thing; just replace "stickers" with "custom gear". In Ultimate, Mew doesn't do anything aside of appearing.
- Junk Rare: Made into one in Ultimate. Due to bonuses not being a thing since Brawl, and collectible items no longer appearing in proper gameplay, Mew now does absolutely nothing when summoned. Despite this, it still has the lowest spawn rate of any Poké Ball summon.
- Olympus Mons: Mew is a Mythical Pokémon that is said to be the ancestor of all Pokémon. It's also very hard to summon.
- Power-Up Letdown: While some of the gifts Mew gives you are quite nice, it doesn't benefit the summoner in battle. In Ultimate, Mew's about as helpful as Goldeen.
Debuting in Melee
The Seed Pokémon and final evolution of the Kanto Grass-type starter, Bulbasaur, the plant on Venusaur's back has bloomed into a giant flower which is used to store and convert sunlight. He will start creating an earthquake around itself.
- Ascended Extra: He's also a stage hazard on the Saffron City stage in the original Smash Bros.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Despite being a Grass-Type, he attacks using Earthquake as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Melee.
- Green Thumb: Used Razor Leaf to attack opponents with sharp leaves when he was a stage hazard on the Saffron City stage.
- Put on a Bus: It disappears from the lineup after Melee, though Mega Venusaur is an obtainable trophy. Its pre-evolved form Ivysaur is still playable, however.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: This Venusaur can be identified as a male due to not having a seed growing out of his flower. However, considering Melee was released before Pokémon Diamond and Pearl made that distinction (so was 64, but that was before genders were even introduced), it's only really in hindsight.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns as a Primary Spirit in Ultimate.
The Ball Pokémon, Electrode's high electricity storage makes it incredibly volatile and prone to blowing up at a moment's notice. These powerful explosions can even hurt its summoner. In Brawl and onwards, Electrode will sometimes fail to explode for a while before resuming, allowing a fighter to pick it up and throw it at an opponent.
- Action Bomb: It uses Explosion to create a powerful blast that hurts everyone.
- Ascended Extra: It was also an enemy/stage hazard on the Saffron City stage on the original N64 game, behaving much like it did in subsequent games.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It's possible to KO its summoner by picking up Electrode and throwing it at them, but beware as it can blow up in your face.
- Lethal Joke Item: Subverted. Only the duds are this, and they can quickly restart their countdown and explode.
- No Gender: Electrode and its pre-evolution Voltorb don't have genders.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: When Electrode is about to explode or fails to explode, anyone can pick it up and throw it.
The Poison Gas Pokémon and the evolved form of Koffing, Weezing forms when the gases of two Koffing cause them to fuse. It lives off of unhealthy materials such as dust and poisonous gases. It uses Smog to damage opponents that get near it with poisonous gas.
- Poisonous Person: Attacks with Smog, much like Koffing.
- Put on a Bus: Unlike Koffing, Weezing doesn't return for another installment at all.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Functions essentially like Koffing did in 64.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns not as a summonable Pokémon, but as a Support Spirit in Ultimate.
The Star Shape Pokémon and pre-evolved form of Starmie, Staryu is known to repeatedly regain its appendages whenever they're lost. It hovers around before shooting a rapid stream of projectiles.
The Freeze Pokémon and one of the Legendary Birds of Kanto, Articuno freezes the water in the atmosphere to create snow, and it is said to appear before those that get lost on snowy mountains. It uses Icy Wind to attack opponents close to it, freezing them and dealing heavy knockback.
- An Ice Person: It uses Icy Wind to freeze people.
- Demoted to Extra: It's never seen as a summon outside of Melee. If it is seen at all, it's usually as a trophy. It also returns as an equippable Primary Spirit alongside Zapdos and Moltres in Ultimate.
- Olympus Mons: Articuno is a Legendary Pokémon, making it much more powerful than the other Poké Ball summons.
The Electric Pokémon and one of the Legendary Birds of Kanto, Zapdos is said to create powerful thunderstorms by flapping its wings. It immobilizes nearby opponents while racking up damage.
- Demoted to Extra: If it ever appears after Melee, it's usually as a trophy. It also appears on 3DS and Ultimate's Lumiose Tower stage on occasion. It also returns as an equippable Primary Spirit alongside Articuno and Moltres in Ultimate.
- Olympus Mons: Part of the same group as Articuno and Moltres.
- Shock and Awe: Uses Thunder Shock to completely immobilize enemies as it damages them.
The Flame Pokémon and one of the Legendary Birds of Kanto, Moltres's very wing flaps can create powerful bursts of flame. it's said to bring an early spring to wherever it visits. It deals intense damage and knockback to anyone that touches it.
- Ascended Extra: It originally appeared in the background of the Saffron City stage in 64, but was promoted to being a Poké Ball Pokémon from Melee onward.
- Collision Damage: This is the only attack Moltres can use, but it's a powerful one that can easily lead to a KO.
- Olympus Mons: It's one of the Legendary Birds like Articuno and Zapdos.
The Leaf Pokémon and Grass-type starter of Johto, Chikorita enjoys basking in sunlight and constantly emits a sweet aroma from the leaf on its head. It fires a series of sharp leaves at opponents.
- Green Thumb: Uses Razor Leaf to attack opponents with sharp leaves.
- Power Trio: At Brawl's release, there were only 4 Pokémon Generations. All of the Gen I Starter Pokemon were playable, so they took the Grass Type Starter from Gen II, Fire from Gen III, and Water from Gen IV. This is also a Shout-Out to the Pokédex order the three types come in.
- Put on a Bus: Was replaced with Snivy in the fourth installment. It came back in Ultimate, but only as an equippable Primary Spirit.
- Recurring Element: While a Pokémon who attacked the player using sharp razor leaves did not exist as a Poké Ball Pokémon, the concept was born with Venusaur from the original Smash Bros.
- Spell My Name with an S: Its Japanese and English names are the same, except that one has a 'k' where there was a 'c' originally.
The Fire Mouse Pokémon and Fire-type starter of Johto, Cyndaquil is timid and curls into a ball most of the time. When attacked however, its back flares up for protection. In Smash, it uses these very flames to attack.
The Spike Ball Pokémon, Togepi is said to be a symbol of good luck, and its shell a symbol of happiness. It is a natural user of Metronome much like Clefairy, though the moves it uses specialize in hindering your opponents as opposed to direct damage.
- Casting a Shadow: Night Shade. The screen will briefly Fade to Black, obscuring everything.
- Confusion Fu: Just like Clefairy, the effect is randomized.
- Damage Over Time: Leech Seed will cause nearby opponents to sustain constant damage until the flower comes off.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Magnitude. In this case, it causes the opponents to be stuck in the ground.
- Forced Sleep: Sleep Powder puts whoever's close to Togepi asleep, making them easy pickings.
- An Ice Person: Powder Snow freezes opponents, leaving them wide open for a powerful attack.
- Interface Screw: Night Shade renders the screen completely black, making it impossible to see anything.
- Power-Up Letdown: If Togepi uses Night Shade, the Interface Screw affects everyone — including its summoner.
- Random Effect Spell: Togepi's attack, Metronome, will randomly use one of five preselected moves — Leech Seed, Powder Snow, Sleep Powder, Magnitude, and Night Shade — making its use something of a gamble.
- Spell My Name with an S: Its Japanese name is the same as its English name, but with a "y" instead of an "i".
The Flower Pokémon and one of the Oddish line's evolutionary branches alongside Vileplume, Bellossom is known to gather with its peers and perform a dance to summon the sun. Their petals rub together when they do, creating a relaxing sound. In Smash, Bellossom uses Sweet Scent to put opponents to sleep.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In the Pokémon games, Sweet Scent doesn't put opponents to sleep, it lowers their evasion. This is especially odd as its pre-evolved forms, Oddish and Gloom, can naturally learn Sleep Powder.
- Status Effects: Causes anyone that touches the cloud it creates to fall asleep.
This Aqua Mouse Pokémon's tail acts as a buoy, allowing it to swim without fear of drowning. Marill runs across the stage, damaging and flinching everyone that touches it.
- Invincible Minor Minion: Averted, it's one of the few Poké Ball Pokémon that can be defeated.
- Put on a Bus: Is more or less replaced by Piplup and Oshawott in the sequels.
- Spell My Name with an S: Its Japanese name has one less 'l' than its English name.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns not as a summonable Pokémon, but as a Support Spirit in Ultimate.
The Symbol Pokémon, Unown are based on the Latin alphabet, leading to their very shapes becoming a form of writing. Alone, Unown aren't very powerful, but many of them in the same place are comparable to even Legendary Pokémon. Summoning a single Unown will cause an entire swarm of Unown to swarm the screen, hitting their opponents as they go.
- The Bus Came Back: Unown returns as a Support Spirit in Ultimate.
- Put on a Bus: Unown disappears as a Pokéball Pokémon after its debut installment.
- Recurring Element: It attacks by a solo unit running off screen, and then a swarm rushing from one side of the screen to the other. In effect, it replaces Beedrill (who would swarm horizontally) and Onix (who would drop rocks vertically) as well as going diagonally.
- Spell My Name with an S: Unown is just "unknown", but with the "k" and one "n" removed from the name.
- Zerg Rush: Just like Beedrill before it, Unown flies off the screen to call on its friends, whereupon they swarm the screen.
The Patient Pokémon, Wobbuffet is rarely a direct attacker, preferring instead to dish out twice as much damage as its opponents. it lives in dark caves in order to conceal its tail. True to its species' name, Wobbuffet stands still and uses Counter if anything hits it, causing Wobbuffet to wobble back and forth and hit the opponent back.
- The Bus Came Back: Wobbuffet returns as a Support Spirit in Ultimate.
- Collision Damage: Wobbuffet can only damage people that touch it.
- Counter-Attack: Wobbuffet uses Counter to deal more damage if it's been struck by a powerful attack. Conversely, it deals little to no damage if it's hit with a weak attack or not hit at all.
- Eyes Always Shut: Its eyes are perpetually squinted shut.
- Friendly Fireproof: Averted: not only can the summoner hit Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet can also hurt the summoner if they touch it.
- Power-Up Letdown: Wobbuffet is the only non-Legendary Pokémon that can appear in the event match "Legendary Pokémon" in Melee. Needless to say, it's pretty underwhelming.
- Put on a Bus: Wobbuffet ceases to appear from Pokéballs after Brawl.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Female Wobbuffet distinguish themselves from males by just putting on lipstick. Since this one doesn't have any, it's a male.
The Pincer Pokémon and evolved form of previously-evolutionless Scyther, Scizor losts its ability to fly but gained a lot more power in the process. Its powerful pincers are also designed to look like extra heads, which allows it to scare its opponents. Scizor flies around the area, slashing people with its pincers.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's a humanoid insect the size of the human fighters.
- The Bus Came Back: Scizor disappears after Melee before returning in Ultimate.
- Demoted to Extra: Scizor appears in 3DS/Wii U's Kalos Pokémon League's background.
- Extra-ore-dinary: It uses Metal Claw to slash people with its metallic pincers.
- Recurring Element: Scizor appears and then jumps towards a targeted opponent a moment later. It essentially replaces Hitmonlee's role from the previous game, only running for a little before the jump instead of standing still.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: In Melee, it has a larger thorax before genders were introduced, meaning it could have been female. Ultimate's Scizor has a smaller one, making it a male.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Melee, it only charged forward, then did a jump attack before leaving the stage. In Ultimate, it doesn't have its jump attack anymore, but it lasts longer and has a much more aggressive series of claw swipes instead of the simple charge it had beforehand.
The Virtual Pokémon, Porygon2 is an upgraded version of Porygon given a greater artificial intelligence and designed to fly through space, though its inability to fly made this dream a flop. It quickly charges forward upon being summoned, dealing considerable knockback to any opponents that get hit.
The Thunder Pokémon and one of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, Raikou embodies the speed of lighting, its roars sending thunder-like shock waves through the air and ground. It creates sparks of electricity that damages opponents and bounces them into the air.
- Demoted to Extra: After being a summon in Melee, it disappears entirely for Brawl, only to be brought back in 3DS/Wii U as a trophy. It also returns as an equippable Primary Spirit alongside Entei and Suicune in Ultimate.
- Olympus Mons: A Legendary Pokémon, much like Entei and Suicune.
- Shock and Awe: It uses Spark to create a sphere of electricity that bounces people around.
The Volcano Pokémon and one of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, Entei races across the earth and causes volcanoes to erupt whenever it barks. It creates a pillar of flame that traps enemies while doing a lot of damage.
The Aurora Pokémon, one of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, and the mascot of Pokémon Crystal, Suicune has the power to purify even the filthiest waters, and it is said that north winds blow whenever it appears. Suicune has functioned differently throughout the series. In Melee, it created a snowstorm that traps and freezes opponents, while in Brawl onward, it shoots a powerful horizontal beam.
The Diving Pokémon, master of the Legendary Birds, and mascot of Pokémon Silver, Lugia is the guardian of the seas and is known to quell harsh storms. Should the birds of fire, ice, and lightning clash, it will rise from the seas to quell the fighting. It unleashes a powerful blast of wind that sends anyone it hits flying.
The Rainbow Pokémon, master of the Legendary Beasts, and mascot of Pokémon Gold, Ho-Oh is said to continuously fly around on its multi-colored wings. It reveals itself only to those who are pure of heart, forming a rainbow as it flies overhead, and its appearance is said to bring eternal happiness. It creates a massive column of fire that deals a ton of damage to anyone caught in it.
- Demoted to Extra: Played with. It wasn't around in the 3DS version of the fourth game. It is just a background in the Wii U Kalos League stage. Now why is it played with? Ho-Oh is a "special" background Pokémon like Registeel, Rayquaza, and Manaphy. Rather than simply being in the background, they actually affect the stage. In Ho-Oh's case, it made the fire pillars of the fire room bigger and spawns additional fire pillars on the side. In Ultimate, Ho-Oh also makes an appearance as an equippable Support Spirit.
- Olympus Mons: It's a powerful, one-of-a-kind Pokémon that is said to have created Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
- Playing with Fire: It uses Sacred Fire to trap opponents while dealing an obscene amount of damage.
- Spell My Name with an S: Its English name is an alternate spelling of its Japanese name, which means "phoenix".
The Time Travel Pokémon, Celebi hails from the future and is known to cause grass and trees to flourish wherever it goes. When it appears, the future is said to become bright. Like Mew, Celebi doesn't fight, instead providing the "Celebi Catcher" bonus to boost the player's score. In Brawl, Celebi instead drops three trophies upon appearing.
- Demoted to Extra: Celebi is made a mere trophy in 3DS/Wii U, and an equippable Support Spirit in Ultimate.
- Olympus Mons: It's a Legendary Pokémon that can travel through time, and is a very rare summon.
- Power-Up Letdown: Although it does drop some rewards, it doesn't really benefit the summoner in battle.
Debuting in Brawl
The Chick Pokémon and Fire-type starter of Hoenn, Torchic keeps its flames inside and thus feels very warm to hug. The fire it breathes is over 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. It radiates flames that trap and damage enemies.
- Playing with Fire: Uses Fire Spin to damage enemies and trap them.
- Power Trio: At Brawl's release, there were only 4 Pokémon Generations. All of the Gen I starter Pokémon were playable, so they took a Grass Type from Gen II, a Fire Type from Gen III, and a Water Type from Gen IV. This is also a Shout-Out to the Pokédex order the three types come in.
- Put on a Bus: Disappears after Brawl.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: If you look behind its trophy, you'll notice it doesn't have a black dot on its rear like males do. Torchic is, therefore, female.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Functions similar to Koffing and Weezing from the previous two Smash games, only it uses embers rather than poisonous gas.
The Embrace Pokémon, Gardevoir is powerful enough to create small black holes and read the future, and will even protect its trainer with its very life. Here however, it forms a spherical barrier that reflects all enemy projectiles.
- Attack Reflector: It uses Reflect to create a sphere that reflects all opponents' projectiles.
The Stomach Pokémon, literally! Gulpin is practically a living stomach, and can even swallow something its own size. It will also swallow nearby opponents and damage them.
The Iron Leg Pokémon and one of Hoenn's Pseudo-Legendaries, Metagross is the result of two Metang fusing together, which themselves are the result of two Beldum. This particular Pokémon is smarter than even a supercomputer. It attacks by stomping the ground, either burying enemies or launching them.
- Recurring Element: It functions somewhat similarly to Venusaur in Melee, standing in one location causing earthquakes. However, Metagross can also cause the Bury status effect if the enemy is right on top of it.
- Shockwave Stomp: It attacks by stomping the ground, sending a damaging shockwave rippling out through the battlefield.
The Eon Duo, Latias and Latios are highly intelligent and will only open themselves to a trainer with a compassionate heart. When one of them is summoned, they fly offscreen before they both zoom across the stage repeatedly.
The Sea Basin Pokémon, one of the Weather Trio, and mascot of Pokémon Sapphire, Kyogre has the power to cause massive downpours wherever it goes, having fought with Groudon in ages past. It fires powerful streams of water to push opponents off the stage.
The Continent Pokémon, one of the Weather Trio, and mascot of Pokémon Ruby, Groudon has the power to raise continents and make rain evaporate, feuding with Kyogre in the past. It uses its scorching body to damage anyone that touches it.
- Collision Damage: This is the only way Groudon can damage enemies, but its immense size means opponents have a hard time avoiding it.
- Demoted to Extra: Even though Kyogre is still a summon in 3DS/Wii U, Groudon only appears as a trophy.
- Olympus Mons: In Pokémon lore, Groudon is so powerful it can dry up the seas and expand landmasses.
- Playing with Fire: Although it's actually a Ground-typenote , Groudon uses Overheat to burn enemies that touch it.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns not as a summonable Pokémon, but as a Spirit in Ultimate.
The Wish Pokémon, Jirachi sleeps for 1,000 years and can grant any wish attached to its head for the one week it's awake. It flies away while dropping stickers.
The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys is an extraterrestrial that crashed to Earth on a meteorite. Aside from its normal appearance, Deoxys also has three extra forms based on around attack, defense, and speed. The Attack Forme will fly up and use Hyper Beam to fire a laser straight down.
The Penguin Pokémon and Water-type starter of Sinnoh, Piplup is a proud creature that doesn't like being taken care of, and is known for its incredible swimming skills. It uses Surf to slide across the stage, trapping anyone that gets caught in it.
- Demoted to Extra: Is replaced by Oshawott and made a background character in 3DS/Wii U, though became an equippable Support Spirit in Ultimate.
- Making a Splash: Uses Surf to trap opponents as it travels across the stage.
- Power Trio: At Brawl's release, there were only 4 Pokémon Generations. All of the Gen I starter Pokémon were playable, so they took a Grass Type from Gen II, a Fire Type from Gen III, and a Water Type from Gen IV. This is also a Shout-Out to the Pokédex order the three types come in.
- Recurring Element: A small Water-type that appears and drags the opponent off stage with it. A reprise of Marill's role in Melee with water effects added.
- Taking You with Me: If an opponent is caught in the stream, it's an instant KO if Piplup leaves the stage.
The Bonsai Pokémon and pre-evolved form of Sudowoodo, Bonsly is actually a Rock-type despite looking like a plotted plant. It adjusts its fluid levels by eliminating excess, which makes Bonsly look like it's always crying. It will walk back and forth when summoned, allowing any player to pick Bonsly up and throw it at enemies.
The Big Eater Pokémon and the pre-evolved form of Snorlax, Munchlax is no less of a constant eater than its evolution. It wanders across the stage eating anything it finds.
The Sharp Claw Pokémon and evolved form of Sneasel, Weavile is a devious hunter that lives in cold regions and hunts in small groups, carving patterns in trees with its sharp claws as a signal to others. It uses False Swipe to dash back and forth to stun opponents.
- Put on a Bus: It's completely absent from the next installment.
- Scratch Damage: It only deals 1% damage with each attack, but it also leaves the opponent stunned. If Weavile hits an airborne opponent, however, it can deal surprisingly high knockback.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Male Weavile have larger ear feathers, which seems to apply to this one.
The Seafaring Pokémon, Manaphy is made of 80% water and has the power to bond with any Pokémon. It uses Heart Swap to switch two fighters' bodies. Also appears in 4's Kalos Pokémon League, where it turns the stage into a giant sinkhole in the Flood Chamber.
- Demoted to Extra: Only as a stage background in a Wii U exclusive stage of 4. Played with, however, in that it is a special background Pokémon as mentioned in its description. See also Ho-Oh above. It also makes an appearance as an equippable Support Spirit in Ultimate.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Causes fighters to swap bodies when summoned.
- No Gender: An interesting case, as legendary Pokémon are unable to breed, yet Manaphy can mate with a Ditto to make Phione.
- Olympus Mons: A Legendary Pokémon, and thus a rare summon.
Debuting in 3DS/Wii U
The Evolution Pokémon, Eevee's irregularly configured DNA allows it to evolve into either Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, or Sylveon through varying means. Since evolution isn't a thing Poké Ball summons do, Eevee instead attacks by slamming into enemies.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a trophy in Melee, to a passing reference in Glaceon & Leafeon's trophy in Brawl, to a Poké Ball Pokémon in 3DS/Wii U.
The Frost Tree Pokémon, Abomasnow is the abominable snowman of the Pokémon world. If there's a mountain covered in an intense blizzard, this Pokémon is likely the cause. It attacks by freezing opponents with Blizzard and Ice Punching them.
- An Ice Person: It can create an icy storm to freeze enemies.
- Ascended Extra: Its pre-evolution Snover originally appeared in the background of the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage in Brawl.
- Elemental Punch: It can also punch its opponents with a chunk of ice.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Females have larger chest fur than males. And surprisingly, this one applies for the former. The Abomasnow you summon to the battlefield is, indeed, female.
The Spatial Pokémon and a member of the Creation Trio, Palkia has the power to distort space, making it more stable with every breath. It attacks enemies and messes with the scenery of the stage.
- Ascended Extra: Much like Venusaur and Electrode, it went from enemy/stage hazard in their original Smash debut to a Poké Ball Pokémon in a later installment.
- Collision Damage: Simply touching Palkia will damage the opponent.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In Brawl, the stage will be purple if Palkia is due to appear.
- Developer's Foresight: Cannot spawn from Poké Balls on Spear Pillar due to it already being a hazard on the stage.
- Interface Screw: Spatial Rend is capable of mirroring the stage, or even flipping it a full 180. Watch your step!
- Olympus Mons: The representation of space itself.
- Space Master: Its powers revolve around manipulating space.
The Renegade Pokémon and a member of the Creation Trio. Having been banished for its violence, Giratina silently gazes upon the Pokémon world from the Distortion World, where the laws of physics are entirely backwards. It appears in its Altered Forme, attacking with a powerful whirlwind.
The Pitch-Black Pokémon, Darkrai protects itself by lulling people to sleep and making them suffer horrific nightmares, though it usually never means any permanent harm. It puts foes to sleep with Dark Void and damages them.
- Status Effects: Puts enemies to sleep.
The Alpha Pokémon and master of the Creation Trio, Arceus is described in lore as the Pokémon that created everything. It carries several plates that it can use to change its typing, truly living up to the title of "God of Pokémon". In Smash, it causes airborne opponents to rocket downward with Gravity.
- Gravity Master: Arceus uses Gravity to send enemies in the air plummeting down, making it very dangerous if there isn't any solid ground beneath them.
- Olympus Mons: It's the biggest one in the whole Pokémon franchise, as Arceus is said to have created the universe.
- Physical God: It's the creator deity of the Pokémon universe.
- The Worf Effect: While Arceus is presented as a creator deity and one of the strongest creatures present in its franchise, Galeem turns it into a spirit at the start of World of Light.
The Victory Pokémon, Victini is said to bring victory to any trainers it sees worthy, sharing its unlimited energy supply with anyone who touches it. Victini increases the power of its summoner's attacks as well as making them Immune to Flinching with Victory Star. In Ultimate, it instead grants them their Final Smash.
- Limit Break: Grants the summoner their respective Final Smash in Ultimate then immediately leaves.
- Olympus Mons: Victini has an unlimited supply of energy inside itself and is a symbol of victory, as whoever has Victini on their side will always win.
- Secret Character:
- In 3DS: Clear 100-Man Smash at least once.
- In WiiU: Clear All-Star.
- Status Buff: When summoned in 3DS/Wii U, it grants a boost to the summoner's attack power and immunity to flinching.
The Grass Snake Pokémon and Grass-type starter of Unova, Snivy is highly intelligent and calm, using its tail for photosynthesis. It attacks by throwing leaves.
The Sea Otter Pokémon and Water-type starter of Unova, Oshawott's scalchop is its primary method of attack, being used like a blade. In Smash, however, it attacks by sliding off the stage with Surf, dragging any enemies that get caught along with it.
- Recurring Element: A small Water-type that appears and drags the opponent off the stage with it. A reprise of Marill and Piplup from previous titles.
The Illusion Fox Pokémon, Zoroark bewitches invaders with its convincing illusions to protect its lair. It attacks opponents by slashing them with its Fury Swipes.
The Boundary Pokémon, member of the Tao Trio, and mascot for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Kyurem is the empty husk left behind by the Legendary Pokémon of Unova, and waits for a hero to fill its missing parts with truth or ideals. It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside that it releases, but its body is frozen due to the energy leaking out. Kyurem releases icy winds that freeze opponents.
The Colt Pokémon and secret fourth member of the Swords of Justice, Keldeo blasts water from its hooves to gallop across even oceans. It goes around the field in its stronger, swifter Resolute Form and attacks by slashing opponents with Secret Sword, using the horn on its head.
The Melody Pokémon, Meloetta's songs are able to control the feelings of those that hear it. Many songs have been inspired from her melodies. It attacks enemies using sound waves that bounce around the stage.
- Musical Assassin: Meloetta uses Echoed Voice to attack opponents with sound waves.
- Olympus Mons: A Legendary Pokémon.
- Pinball Projectile: The sound waves Meloetta fires with Echoed Voice bounce off the stage's terrain as well as the edges of the screen.
- Secret Character: You can't summon Meloetta until you reach the following prerequisites:
- In 3DS: Play the game for at least eight hours.
- In WiiU: Clear All-Star as Lucario on Normal or Hard.
The Paleozoic Pokémon, Genesect is a powerful prehistoric Pokémon that was resurrected and artificially modified by Team Plasma. It fires Techno Blast beams from its back cannon that pass through walls.
The Spiny Nut Pokémon and Grass-type starter of Kalos, Chespin's quills are usually soft, but can stiffen so they can pierce through solid rock. It fires Seed Bombs from its quills.
- Bullet Seed: It attacks by using explosive seeds.
The Fox Pokémon and Fire-type starter of Kalos, Fennekin eats twigs to gain energy and can use its ears to vent air hotter than 390 degrees Fahrenheit. It creates pillars of flame that damage opponents repeatedly.
- Playing with Fire: It uses Incinerate to create pillars of flame.
The Tiny Robin Pokémon, Fletchling is normally friendly and quite warm, but when provoked it will mercilessly attack anyone who dares to trespass. It hops and flies around the stage, pecking people.
- No-Sell: Since it can fly, falling off the stage won't stop it at all.
The Scatterdust Pokémon, Spewpa hides in thicket shadows, protecting itself by bristling its fur and spewing powder. It releases Stun Spore to paralyze opponents when attacked.
The Mount Pokémon, Gogoat are often ridden across the Kalos region. They live in mountains and can tell how someone is feeling just by subtle shifts in the grips on their horns. When summoned in-game, Gogoat attacks by charging at enemies with Take Down.
The Cotton Candy Pokémon, Swirlix eats nothing but sweets, making its fur like cotton candy. It creates Cotton Spore around itself, which slows down opponents who are in it.
The Revolving Pokémon, Inkay flashes the light-emitting spots on its body, draining opponents of their will to fight. It uses Topsy-Turvy to cause enemies to trip every time it hits the ground.
- Flying Seafood Special: It's a floating squid.
The Antenna Pokémon, known as such because its whiskers act like this. It can communicate over vast distances this way, and can use its tail to absorb electricity. Dedenne uses Discharge to create bolts of electricity that circle it.
- Shock and Awe: Dedenne attacks by surrounding itself with revolving thunderbolts.
The Life Pokémon, member of the Aura Trio, and mascot of Pokémon X, Xerneas is said to share eternal life with its glowing horns. It increases the knockback of everyone's attacks with Geomancy, with the largest boost going to its summoner.
- Golden Super Mode: In Ultimate, the summoner is turned Gold, a status effect originally from the Golden Plains that gives them stronger attacks and defense.
- Irony: The Life Pokémon's presence on the field makes it easier to die.
- The Marvelous Deer: It resembles a towering stag with glowing antlers.
- Olympus Mons: Xerneas represents life itself, and can grant life to others.
- Secret Character:
- In 3DS: Play Target Blast at least once.
- In WiiU: Break 200 blocks in a single game of Trophy Rush as Pikachu.
- Status Buff: Xerneas uses Geomancy to increase all fighters' launch strength, with the summoner getting the biggest bonus.
Debuting in Ultimate
The Mouse Pokémon and evolved form of Pikachu. In the Alola region, Raichu is an Electric/Psychic Pokémon that rides its tail like a surfboard. Locals believe this is related to the amount of pancakes it likes to eat. It uses Wild Charge to ram right into its enemies with powerful electric shocks.
- Psychic Powers: Alolan Raichu's secondary typing.
- Ride the Lightning: It uses Wild Charge by riding electricity with its tail and ramming into opponents.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Averted. While garden-variety Raichu have bigger tails depending on their gender, Alolan Raichu have no such thing.
- Shock and Awe: It would be odd if a Pokémon related to Pikachu couldn't do this.
The Fox Pokémon. A Fire-type Pokémon popular for its looks, Vulpix's tail splits into more as it grows older. It is also rumored to have spiritual abilities.
- Playing with Fire: A classic Vulpix will breathe fire to combat enemies.
- Recurring Element: It has almost the same function as Fennekin, that being rack up damage by shooting a pillar of fire at enemies. The difference is that Fennekin alternates between shooting fireballs left or right, while Vulpix always faces where the opponent is.
The Fox Pokémon. When Vulpix were introduced to the Alola region, they moved to the snowy mountains to avoid competition. In the years since, they've adapted to their new environment by becoming Ice-types. It uses Frost Breath to freeze its opponents.
- An Ice Person: It freezes fighters with Frost Breath.
The Psi Pokémon, Abra is a psychic Pokémon from the first generation that is constantly aware even as it sleeps 18 hours a day. It teleports opponents in random locations, usually away from safe ground.
The Coconut Pokémon. Normally a Grass/Psychic type, the Alola region's tropical sunlight allows Exeggutor to grow to heights far beyond its Kanto counterparts and become Grass/Dragon instead. When summoned, it acts like a wall.
- Power Up Letdown: Alolan Exeggutor functions as a wall, and a neutral one at that, so it's not exactly reliable for fighting.
The Transform Pokémon. Ditto is a gelatinous blob with a Signature Move, Transform, that allows it to assume the shape of whichever fighter summoned it.
- Ditto Fighter: The Trope Namer itself. Ditto uses Transform to become a purple duplicate of its summoner and fights like a playable character. Unlike most summoned Pokémon, it can be defeated.
- Mythology Gag: Ditto was actually planned to appear as early as Melee, but was cut. Many years later, it can finally appear on the battlefield.
The Strong Arm Pokémon, Bewear is an adorable teddy bear with the strength of a real bear, if its punches are any indication. Its hugs are said to have ended many a trainer's life, and is considered the most dangerous Pokémon in Alola.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Pun very much intended, it's part Fighting-type, and attacks foes with heavy punches.
- Bears Are Bad News: In its home series, Bewear is an extremely dangerous Pokémon despite its cute appearance. Here it'll uppercut you if your opponent summons it to battle.
- Mighty Glacier: It's not very fast, but its brute strength makes up for that.
- Shoryuken: It uses Sky Uppercut to toss opponents towards the upper blast line. In the E3 preview, it's shown performing this move against Mr. Shoryuken himself, Ryu.
- Vocal Dissonance: You may not expect it from an almost 7 foot tall bear (over 2 meters) who attacks by Megaton Punching you, but it has a surprisingly high-pitched voice.
The Sea Cucumber Pokémon. It lives in shallow seawater and ejects its own internal organs to attack. They've been known to line beaches, and chucking them back into the sea has become an Alolan tradition.
- Counter-Attack: Attacking it will cause it to punch back with its fist-like intestines.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: You can pick it up and throw it at opponents, which will cause it to punch the one that it hits.
- Mythology Gag: Chucking Pyukumuku back in the ocean is a common chore in Alola, because dried out Pyukumuku smell terrible and are bad for tourism. Players can pick Pyukumuku up like an item and throw it to damage opponents.
- Overly-Long Tongue: Uses this on anyone in front of it.
The Roly-Poly Pokémon. Togedemaru is a Electric/Steel-type native to the Alola Region. Its fur can be used to stab enemies and conduct electricity, and it usually powers up its attacks by letting lightning strike it.
- Shock and Awe: It calls lightning and uses its ability Lightning Rod to absorb it, then uses Zing Zap to shock whatever's around it.
The Disguise Pokémon. It wears a rag that looks like Pikachu in order to conceal its horrifying true self. It's said that those who've seen this true form have died from shock. It drags opponents under its rag to beat them within an inch of their lives.
- One-Hit KO: If Mimikyu uses its Signature Z-Move Let's Snuggle Forever on someone with a high enough damage percentage, that opponent will lose one of their lives.
- Recurring Element: It functions much like Gulpin did in Brawl, trapping opponents inside it if they get too close. Unlike Gulpin, however, Mimikyu wanders around and actively tries to grab potential victims, and can potentially KO weakened opponents.
The Land Spirit Pokémon and guardian deity of Melemele Island. This Pokémon stores electricity inside its body and can move faster than the eye can see. Tapu Koko has a habit of appearing before people out of sheer curiosity, and often lets its temper get the better of it while not remembering what made it angry in the first place.
The Sunne Pokémon and a member of the Light Trio, Solgaleo is said to live in another world and radiates intense light from its body, lighting up even the blackest nights. It attacks with its signature move, Sunsteel Strike.
The Moone Pokémon and a member of the Light Trio, Lunala is said to reside in another world and devours the light, drawing the dark veil of night over even the brightest days. It flies into the background and fires three Moongeist Beams into the stage.
- Energy Weapon: It will target opponents from the background and blast them with Moongeist Beam. Anyone on the receiving end must keep in mind that Lunala will do this three times.
- Lunacy: It's the Moone Pokémon, and it draws power from the moon.
- Olympus Mons: Lunala is a legendary Pokémon honored as an emissary of the moon.
The Gloomdweller Pokémon and one of Alola's Mythical Pokémon. Marshadow is a Fighting/Ghost type that conceals itself in the shadows and copies the powers and movements of others. It is also tasked with guiding the hero chosen by Ho-Oh's Rainbow Wing from the shadows. If the wing loses its color, it seals it away. It hides in the shadows of enemy fighters, attempting to strike them with its signature move, Spectral Thief.
- Casting a Shadow: Sneaks up on unsuspecting fighters to hit them with this ability.
- Olympus Mons: A Mythical Pokémon based on Hawaiian mythology. In the anime, it's also a herald for Ho-Oh.
- Mythology Gag: It appears in its Gloomdweller form and enters its Zenith form to attack, just like in the games.
- The Shadow Knows: Characters targeted by Marshadow will be forewarned by their shadow turning black and ominous.