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Squirtle SSBU.png
Artwork of Squirtle from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Species Squirtle
First appearance Pokémon Red Version / Pokémon Green Version (1996, Pokémon franchise)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Detective Pikachu (2019, Pokémon franchise)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario-related media)

Squirtle is a Water-type Pokémon and one of the three starting Pokémon in Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version, later localized as Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. Its name is a portmanteau of "squirt" and "turtle." In the Pokémon series, it evolves into Wartortle and later into Blastoise.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Pokemon Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Water Gun
Side:  Withdraw
Up:  Waterfall
Down:  Pokémon Change
Final Smash:  Triple Finish (Hydro Pump)

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Squirtle is the first Pokémon to appear on the Poké Floats stage. There is also a Squirtle trophy, obtainable in the Lottery or when it appears at random in the game's single-player modes.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: 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, his down special move, he returns Squirtle and sends out Ivysaur next, but when used with Charizard, Squirtle is sent out. Squirtle is the lightest of the group, but also attacks the quickest.

Squirtle's special moves are derived from Water-type attacks from the Pokémon series. Its standard special move is Water Gun, in which it charges an attack to spit water at opponents. Its side special is Withdraw, which causes it to charge directly ahead in its shell. Its up special is Waterfall, which causes Squirtle to leap into the air on a stream of water.

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 can also wall jump, and has the ability to stick to walls. Finally, Squirtle has a similar type effectiveness to its games of origin, making it take more damage from grass attacks but less from fire attacks. Squirtle is voiced by Michele Knotz, who also does the voice of the Pokémon Trainer.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

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

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Although Squirtle does not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he appears as a trophy in both versions of the game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Squirtle (SSBU)

Squirtle returns alongside the Pokémon Trainer, Ivysaur, and Charizard as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with its appearance updated to match its current design. The stamina mechanic has been removed, so like Ivysaur and Charizard, Squirtle does not tire if in battle for an extended period of time. Pokémon Trainer's type effectiveness mechanic is abolished, which removes Squirtle's weakness to Grass-type attacks (e.g., those that Ivysaur possesses), but eliminates its resistance to Fire-type attacks in the process (e.g., Mario's forward smash). Michele Knotz reprises her role as Squirtle, but with newly-recorded voice clips.

Squirtle has a new down tilt which only hits once, while its forward smash now has it lash out a stream of water. Squirtle's back aerial is repurposed into a multi-hitting attack, while its standard and forward aerials receive alterations. Squirtle benefits from the game's universal changes: its grounded mobility is faster; its aerial attacks have less landing lag; its short hop timing is reduced; it can directionally air dodge; and it can use any grounded attack out of a run, and any of its aerials while on ladders. Squirtle's smash attacks all deal more knockback, while more of its attacks have decreased startup or ending lag. In compensation, its overall damage output is decreased, its aerial mobility is hindered by reduced air speed and air acceleration, and some of its attacks are slower or have less range than before.

Special moves[edit]

Water Gun[edit]
Water Gun in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SmashWiki article: Water Gun

Water Gun is Squirtle's standard special move. Squirtle charges up the move when first used, and when the special attack button is pressed again Squirtle spits a stream of water from its mouth, the distance determined by how long the move was charged. If used right after charging, the move is instead a close-range attack. While charging and spitting in mid-air, players can still move Squirtle, and like most charging attacks the charging can be canceled and stored.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese みずでっぽう
Mizu Deppō
Water Gun
Withdraw in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SmashWiki article: Withdraw

Withdraw is Squirtle's side special move. Squirtle retreats into its shell and charges forward, spinning around and knocking any opponents into the air similar to a Green Shell. While Squirtle cannot be damaged while using the move, it can be jumped on, causing it to fall onto its back for a time and leaving it helpless. The attack can also be ended if the player holds the control stick in the opposite direction. Squirtle's speed can also be adjusted by rapidly tilting the control stick rather than holding it. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Squirtle immediately exits his shell upon hitting an opponent with this move, preventing it from potentially hitting multiple times.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese からにこもる
Kara ni Komoru
Retreat into Shell
Waterfall in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SmashWiki article: Waterfall

Waterfall is Squirtle's up special move. Squirtle travels into the air at an angle on top of a stream of water that damages any opponents in its path, dealing multiple hits. The direction can be altered using the control stick.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese たきのぼり
Taki Nobori
Waterfall Ride
Pokémon Change[edit]
Main article: Pokémon Trainer#Pokémon Change

Pokémon Change is the Pokémon Trainer's down special move shared across all three Pokémon. When used, Ivysaur takes Squirtle's place.

Final Smash[edit]

Triple Finish[edit]
Main article: Pokémon Trainer#Triple Finish

Triple Finish is the Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash, in which all three Pokémon join in to attack. During the move, Squirtle uses Hydro Pump.

Super Mario Maker[edit]


Squirtle appears as an Event Course costume in Super Mario Maker. It can be unlocked by completing the "I Choose You!" Event Course along with Bulbasaur and Charmander, released on February 11, 2016. Unlike the Pokémon costumes already available in the game, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander use sound effects from the original Pokémon games.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[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


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

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
Squirtle SquirtleTrophyWiiU.png GB Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GBA Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)
American English: 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.

British English: 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 him being so flipping adorable. When it's in danger, though, it withdraws into its shell and spits a high-pressure burst of water, which isn't quite so adorable.

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
Russian Сквиртл
Korean 꼬부기
Pun of 꼬마 (kkoma, "kid") and 거북이 (geobuk'i, "turtle").
Chinese Hong Kong: 車厘龜
Mainland 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".


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