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Super Smash Bros. Character
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Special Moves
Standard:  Water Gun
Side:  Withdraw
Up:  Waterfall
Down:  Pokémon Change
Final Smash:  Triple Finish (Hydro Pump)

Squirtle is a water-type Pokémon and a starter in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green. Its name is a portmanteau of squirt and turtle. In the Pokémon series, it evolves into Wartortle.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Squirtle is the first Pokémon to appear on the Poké Floats stage, and it has a Trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Squirtle (SSBB)

Squirtle is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, it takes commands from the Pokémon Trainer, who is the real mastermind behind Squirtle's actions. The other two Pokémon used by Pokémon Trainer are Ivysaur and Charizard. When the Pokémon Trainer uses Pokémon Change, he returns Squirtle and sends out Ivysaur next. Squirtle is the lightest of the group.

Like all Pokémon of the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle shares the damage meter with the other Pokémon and has a special stamina stat. It is there to regulate the Pokémon changes. When the player changes Pokémon rarely or too often, the stamina of the Pokémon runs low. Squirtle has the ability to stick to walls. From there, the player can input any attack command or jump in order to get off the wall.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

In the Subspace Emissary, the Pokémon Trainer starts out with only Squirtle. Eventually, he earns Ivysaur and Charizard.

Special Moves[edit]

Water Gun[edit]

Squirtle's Water Gun.
Main article: SmashWiki:Water Gun

Water Gun is a move used by Squirtle in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is its Standard Special Move and is made to match the effects of Water Gun in the Pokémon series. It simply shoots water out of its mouth, doing no damage, but it acts as a repulsive force, sending combatants backward much like F.L.U.D.D.. Kirby can use Water Gun when he absorbs Squirtle's powers.

In the Pokémon series, Water Gun actually deals damage to opponents.


Withdraw, being used by Squirtle.
Main article: SmashWiki:Withdraw

Withdraw is Squirtle's side special move, and it can be used to travel a long distance. When used, Squirtle will withdraw its body into its shell and slide towards the other players at great speed. This move gives resistance from being launched for the duration of the attack. It is possible that the move launches other players into the air when hit, which is common for attacks like this. If Squirtle is jumped on while using Withdraw, he will be flipped over like a Koopa and stunned for a moment.

The move is based on the attack in the Pokémon series, Withdraw, which is a defensive move that raises the user's defense by 1, but does not damage or affect the opponent's Pokémon.


Waterfall in action.
Main article: SmashWiki:Waterfall

Waterfall is Squirtle's Up special move used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When Squirtle uses this attack, it runs diagonally up a small waterfall which appears out of nowhere and rides it (this can be used as a third jump). It can damage opponents as it rides the waterfall upward. Squirtle will be put into a helpless state once the move finishes.

It is based on the move, Waterfall, from the Pokémon series, where the Pokémon using this move can traverse waterfalls even outside of battles. It has a similar trajectory to Mario's Super Jump Punch.

Pokémon Change[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Pokémon Change
Pokémon Change in action.

When switching out Squirtle when using Pokémon Change, Ivysaur is summoned to battle.

Hydro Pump[edit]

Main article: Pokémon Trainer#Triple Finish
Main article: SmashWiki:Triple Finish

Squirtle's role in Triple Finish is to use Hydro Pump. Squirtle shoots this in all directions in the direction it is facing. It doesn't have that much power, but it does help with racking up damage and juggling.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Squirtle Trophy123.PNG Pokémon Red & Blue
Retreating into its shell and spitting water at its foes is Squirtle's trademark response to danger. It's one of the three Pokémon that trainers can receive from Professor Oak in Pokémon Red and Blue. Squirtle evolves into Wartortle and then Blastoise, ramping up its water powers with each evolution.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Squirtle BrawlTrophy040.png GB Pokémon Red/Blue A Tiny Turtle Pokémon. In times of danger, it pulls its arms and legs inside its shell to protect itself from enemy attacks. When it conceals its neck, it also shoots a powerful stream of water from its mouth. Its shell not only protects its body, it also reduces water friction when it's in the water. When it levels up, it evolves into Wartortle.
GBA Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image Description
Squirtle At the start of their Pokémon adventures, many aspiring trainers visit Professor Oak to choose one of three starter Pokémon. Squirtle's always a popular choice, what with it being so gosh-darn adorable. When it's in danger, though, it withdraws into its shell and spits a high-pressure burst of water–a bit less adorable.


Image Game Effect
BrawlSquirtle.png Pokémon series [Water] - Attack +41
Usable by: Pokémon Trainer

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼニガメ
Pound Turtle
Spanish Squirtle
French Carapuce Carapace (shell) + puce (flea).
German Schiggy From "schildkröte" (turtle).
Italian Squirtle
Korean 꼬부기
Pun of 꼬마 (kkoma, "kid") and 거북이 (geobuk'i, "turtle").
Chinese Hong Kong: 車厘龜
China / Taiwan: 傑尼龜 (Traditional) / 杰尼龟 (Simplified)
Partial translation of the Japanese name and possible a pun of 車厘子 (chēlèihji, "cherry").

Partial translation of the Japanese name. The last character in the name mean "turtle".


  • Along with Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, and Sonic the Hedgehog, Squirtle is one of the few characters in the Subspace Emissary not to be seen in trophy form.
  • Even if Squirtle can stay in water in the Pokemon series, Squirtle can drown while staying in the water for too long.
  • Squirtle appears in the microgame Swamp Things in the third level of the microgame in WarioWare: Touched!