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Ivysaur (Japanese: フシギソウ Fushigisou) is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series, and one of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon. It is playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Ultimate.
Ivysaur is playable as a member of Pokémon Trainer's party, along with Squirtle and Charizard; the three Pokémon act as one "fighter" that is unlocked from the start. In many ways, Ivysaur is the balance between the heavyweight, hard-hitting Charizard and the lightweight, agile Squirtle. Despite this, it lacks the heavy-hitting moves of Charizard and the fast attack rate of Squirtle. It is very good at racking up damage percentages with its attacks, but has a very hard time KOing its opponent since its strongest finishing moves are too slow to pose a threat. Ivysaur especially suffers in aerial combat and recovery. Despite these flaws, Ivysaur can be used to irritate its foes and rack up damage with its attacks (especially Bullet Seed). Its throws are decent, as its forward and down throws can leave the opponent vulnerable to combos. It uses mostly physical Grass-type attacks, such as Bullet Seed, a rapidly upward-hitting move, and Vine Whip, a tether recovery move that shoots vines out to latch onto edges of a stage and pull Ivysaur up. Like all tether recoveries, however, Vine Whip can be edgehogged, sending Ivysaur to its doom. It also uses the projectile attack Razor Leaf.
As a member of Pokémon Trainer's team, Ivysaur is bound by the mechanics of Pokémon Change, which was implemented to encourage the player to switch the Trainer's active Pokémon periodically. This effectively prevents the player from relying on using any one team member exclusively.
Its Final Smash in Brawl, which it shares with Squirtle and Charizard, is Triple Finish, in which Pokémon Trainer sends out all three of his Pokémon and has them unleash their strongest attacks on the opponent. In Ivysaur's case, it unleashes a powerful Solar Beam.
Ivysaur is not in Pokémon Trainer's party from the start. The Trainer travels to find and catch both Ivysaur and Charizard to add them to his team while helping Lucas find Ness, who had sacrificed himself so the blond psychic could escape from Wario. Pokémon Trainer eventually finds the two Pokémon, defeats them in battle, and captures their trophies in his Poké Balls. Ivysaur itself does not play a role in the story after this point.
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Ivysaur and company's Final Smash in Brawl
A Seed Pokémon that is the evolved form of Bulbasaur. It has a flower bulb on its back, the weight of which has made it develop strong legs and hips. If the blossom gets too big, the Pokémon can't stand on two legs alone. At a certain level, it evolves into Venusaur. When this happens, the bulb absorbs nutrients and blossoms into a large-petaled flower.
The Final Smash of the Pokémon Trainer. Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard join forces to simultaneously use Hydro Pump, SolarBeam, and Fire Blast. This is the only time all three of them appear on the screen together, so this move boasts the strength of three in one. A window will appear on the screen, but don't worry about it.
While Ivysaur is not a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, it makes an appearance in the game as a trophy in both versions of the game.
NA: Watching your starter Pokémon evolve is an unforgettable experience. For many trainers, that first happened when Bulbasaur became Ivysaur. It might be difficult to say good-bye to cute little Bulbasaur, but before they know it, they'll be saying bye to Ivysaur, too, as it turns into a fully grown Venusaur!
PAL: Watching your starter Pokémon evolve is an unforgettable experience. For many trainers, that first happens when watching Bulbasaur become Ivysaur. It might be difficult for them to say goodbye to cute little Bulbasaur, but before they know it, they'll be saying bye to Ivysaur, too, when it turns into a fully-grown Venusaur!
Ivysaur receives a small buff in its dash and a large buff in its air speed. Combined with a handful of buffs to its aerial attacks, it is more viable in aerial combat. Though its Vine Whip's hitbox is more precise and can no longer be used after an airdodge, it can now be aimed directly upwards, and no longer leaves it helpless in midair. Combined with the removal of edgehogging, Ivysaur's recoveries are more reliable.
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World of Light
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- Pit: That's Bulbasaur! ...Or is it Venusaur?
- Viridi: It's Ivysaur. The Pokémon's form before it evolves into Venusaur.
- Pit: I know I'm supposed to fight it, but I gotta say, it's pretty stinkin' cute.
- Viridi: Cute and deadly! Ivysaur's Vine Whip is as versatile as it is dangerous. It can be used like a whip as the name implies, but it can also grab opponents. It can even be used to grab onto ledges in a pinch!
- Pit: I see. Hey, I'm really grateful for all the info, Viridi, but where's Lady Palutena?
- Viridi: Who cares? Palutena doesn't know squat about plants! This is where I shine! Where was I? Oh, the Vine Whip has a deceptively long reach. And don't forget about Bullet Seed as well!