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Charizard (Japanese: リザードンLizardon) is a dual-type Fire/FlyingPokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Charmeleon starting at level 36. It is the final form of Charmander. It can Mega Evolve into two forms: Mega Charizard X using Charizardite X and Mega Charizard Y using Charizardite Y.

Charizard is the game mascot of Pokémon Red and FireRed Versions.

Biology

Charizard is a draconic, bipedal Pokémon. It is primarily orange with a cream underside from the chest to the tip of its tail, which burns with a sizable flame. Charizard has a long neck, small blue eyes, raised nostrils, and two horn-like structures protruding from the back of its rectangular head. There are two fangs visible in the upper jaw when its mouth is closed. Two large wings with blue-green undersides sprout from its back, and a horn-like appendage juts out from the third joint of each wing. Charizard's arms are short and skinny compared to its robust belly, and each limb has three white claws. It has stocky legs and cream-colored soles under its feet.

As Mega Charizard X, its body and legs appear more physically fit, though its arms remain thin. Its skin turns black with a sky blue underside extending from the lower jaw to the tip of the tail. Two spikes with blue tips curve upward from the front and back of each shoulder, while the tips of its horns sharpen, turn blue, and curve slightly upward. Its brow and claws are larger, its snout is shorter, and its eyes are now red with white pupils. It has two small, fin-like spikes under each horn and two more down its lower neck. The lower trims of its wings are divided into large, rounded points and each third joint is adorned with a claw-like spike. Mega Charizard X breathes blue flames out the sides of its mouth, and the flame on its tail now burns blue with increased heat.[1]

When Mega Evolved as Mega Charizard Y, this Pokémon becomes more sleek and expansive in appearance, but retains its normal coloration. However, it now has white pupils. It has three pointed horns on the back of its head, the middle of which is longer. Its shorter snout has larger fangs and a ridge on the nose. Its neck is shorter and its hands are much smaller, but its torso and legs are longer. Small wings develop on its wrists, while the ones on its back become larger and now have ragged edges. The back of its tail has a large thorn at the base and three smaller ones near the tip, which now burns with a longer flame. Mega Charizard Y is said to have incredible flying prowess, being able to reach incredible heights.[1]

This Pokémon flies in search of powerful opponents to battle, and its fire will burn hotter as it gains experience. Its fiery breath is capable of melting boulders, massive glaciers, and has been known to accidentally cause forest fires. In the past, Blast Burn was its signature move. Charizard typically inhabit mountains and valleys. The anime has shown that only a weak Charizard would show off its power, and that a group of Charizard resides in the Charicific Valley in Johto.

In the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

Ash's Charizard

Ash Ketchum has a Charizard that he obtained as a Charmander in Charmander – The Stray Pokémon. It evolved into Charmeleon in March of the Exeggutor Squad and then into Charizard in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, in which Charizard reluctantly saved Ash from the claws of an Aerodactyl.

Charla

Liza of the Charicific Valley owns her own Charizard, called Charla. It has a romantic relationship with Ash's Charizard.

Team A.C.T.

The Charizard from Team A.C.T. and its teammates had a cameo in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!. They were considered for the job of rescuing Big Brother Pikachu, but were already on another mission.

Alain's Charizard

A Charizard that can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X appeared in the XY series, under the ownership of Alain, a Pokémon Trainer that seeks to defeat all Mega Evolved Pokémon.

Trevor's Charizard

Trevor has a Charizard that he received as a Charmander from Professor Sycamore. It was revealed to be capable of Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard Y, as shown in A League of His Own!. This was the only time Charizard's Y Mega Evolution has appeared in the anime.

Other

A Charizard borrowed from Battle Park was used by Jessie in a battle against Ash and his Totodile as part of an elaborate plan to capture Pikachu in One Trick Phony!.

In Those Darn Electabuzz!, Casey had to help Corey Demario and his Charizard, nicknamed Don, get their fighting spirit back so that Corey could start pitching for The Electabuzz Baseball Team.

Clark used a Charizard and Quilava against Ash's Grovyle and Glalie in Shocks and Bonds. Clark's Charizard defeated Grovyle, but then lost to Glalie.

In Grating Spaces, Delibird gave Jessie and James a Charizard and an Aggron, with Jessie getting Charizard and James getting Aggron. However, Delibird took the two Pokémon away at the end of the episode as they were meant for Cassidy and Butch.

A Poké Ride Charizard appeared in Alola to New Adventure!, under the ownership of Kiawe.

Minor appearances

Charizard first appeared in Island of the Giant Pokémon, but it was actually a robot.

A real Charizard made its debut in a flashback in Primeape Goes Bananas.

When James was in the Pokémon League Entrance Exam in The Ultimate Test, he used a Charizard that he eventually tried to steal.

A Charizard was seen on TV in The Breeding Center Secret.

Ash's Noctowlhypnotized an attacking Fearow into seeing it as a Charizard in Carrying On!.

Vitzo fantasized about a Charizard in The Screen Actor's Guilt.

A Charizard under the ownership of a Coordinator appeared in Disguise Da Limit participating in the VerdanturfContest.

A Charizard appeared in the opening of Destiny Deoxys.

Multiple Charizard fought in the feuding armies in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

A Charizard that can Mega Evolve appeared in Mega Evolution Special I. Unlike Alain's Charizard, this Charizard can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard Y.

Both Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y appeared in the ending credits of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

A Charizard appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

A Charizard appeared in Loading the Dex! as a silhouette that Rotom Pokédex brought up.

A Charizard appeared during a fantasy in Alola, Kanto!.

Pokédex entries

EpisodePokémonSourceEntry
EP105Dragon Rage Ash's Pokédex Rage, one of Charizard's most powerful attacks. Rage attack usually has a devastating effect on its opponents.
(Note: It should say Dragon Rage)
Original series entries continue below.
EpisodePokémonSourceEntry
EP248Charizard Ash's Pokédex Charizard, the Flame Pokémon. Charizard's powerful flame can melt absolutely anything.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
EpisodePokémonSourceEntry
BW116Charizard Ash's Pokédex Charizard, the Flame Pokémon. Charizard is a Flying and Fire type. When competing in intense battles, Charizard's flame becomes more intense as well.
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.

In Pokémon Origins

Red's Charizard

Red obtained Charizard as a Charmander from Professor Oak when he went out on his journey. It evolved into a Charizard some time after Red defeated Koga between File 2 - Cubone and File 3 - Giovanni. During the fight against Mewtwo in File 4 - Charizard, Red's Charizard Mega Evolved into Mega Charizard X and battled Mewtwo. It was the first Mega Evolution seen in the anime.

In Pokémon Generations

Calem's Charizard appeared in The Redemption. It was seen celebrating Calem's crowning as Champion alongside his Chesnaught.

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Charizard

Ash's Charizard appeared in Off To The Battle Frontier!!, facing off against Noland's Articuno.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Charizard
Main article: Zippo

Ash's Charizard makes a few appearances in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It first appears as a Charmander in You Gotta Have Friends and then later appears as a Charizard in The Indigo Finals.

Ritchie's Charizard also appears in The Indigo Finals, battling against Ash's.

In the movie adaptations

Main article: Ash's Charizard

Ash's Charizard has made some appearances in the manga adaptations of the movies it appeared in.

In the Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~ manga

Yukimura owns a Charizard which debuted in PNA6.

In the Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King manga

Akira, the main character, owns a Charizard.

Mori also owns a Charizard.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Blue's Charizard
Main article: Salamè

One of Blue's main Pokémon, Charizard, debuted as a Charmander. With his increased capacity for battle both with augmented strength and his flight ability, he proved to be a valuable asset for Blue, both during the Silph Co. battles and in the Pokémon League, where Red's Venusaur narrowly defeated him. He had evolved from Charmeleon sometime before Kalling Kadabra. In the X & Y chapter, he has obtained a Charizardite Y, with it he can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard Y.

A Charizard appeared as one of Pryce's ice sculptures in his gym in Irked Igglybuff and Curmudgeonly Cleffa.

A Charizard was fantasied along with the other fully evolved Kanto Starters in Chinchou in Charge, where the Pokémon Association Chairman of Kanto and Johto explains to Bill and Janine the special privilege of entering the finals unconditionally after collecting the badges.

X's Charmeleon, Salamè, evolved into a Charizard during a battle against Xerosic's Pokémon in Charizard Transforms. He has a Charizardite X hidden in the flame on the tip of his tail, with it he can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga series, Rald, the main character's mentor, has a Charizard.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Trainer named Nagi owns a Charizard who battled Shu and Skarmory.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Lance owns a Charizard in JBA5.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

Main article: Team A.C.T.

The Charizard from Team A.C.T. appears in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga. He, along with his teammates, is a role model of Mudkip and tries to rescue him when he mistakenly believes that Ginji is a threat to Mudkip's safety.

In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!! manga

An unknown Trainer used a Charizard in PBK4.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Green's Charizard

Green, the main rival of Red in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series, owns a Charizard. It is the final evolved form of Charmander, his starter Pokémon. It is a mischievous Pokémon that has a rivalry with Red's Clefairy. As a Charmander, it was able to evolve directly into Charizard, apparently skipping the Charmeleon stage. It has reverted to the Charmander stage, although it has since evolved back into Charizard permanently.

Another Charizard appeared in Clefairy's Golf Debut!.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

In Pokémon Zensho, Satoshi has a Charizard that was originally a Charmander he received from Professor Oak.

In the TCG

Main article: Charizard (TCG)

Charizard's first-released TCG card, which as part of the Base Set, was widely regarded at the height of popularity of Pokémon as the best card ever. This was because of its powerful attack, Fire Spin, and useful Pokémon Power, Energy Burn, which allowed it to convert any Energy attached to it to Fire Energy. Fire Spin needed four Fire Energy and could deal 100 damage, knocking out the majority of Pokémon cards. In addition, it had the highest HP then, at 120. Individual Charizard cards were sold up to as much as $150. First edition cards of this dwarfed this price at one point breaking the $1000 US price point. This Charizard card was reprinted in Wizards of the Coast's Base Set 2 and Legendary Collection sets, and released again with updated artwork in the Stormfront expansion.

In the TFG

One Charizard figure has been released.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros.

Main article: Charizard (Super Smash Bros.)

Pokkén Tournament

Charizard is a Power-type playable character in Pokkén. Moves it can use include Flamethrower, Fire Punch, Flare Blitz, and Seismic Toss. Upon entering Synergy Burst, it Mega-Evolves into Mega Charizard X and can use the Burst Attack Searing Blaze.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I
Red Spits fire that is hot enough to melt boulders. Known to cause forest fires unintentionally.
Blue
Yellow When expelling a blast of super hot fire, the red flame at the tip of its tail burns more intensely.
Stadium Its fiery breath reaches incredible temperatures. It can quickly melt glaciers weighing 10,000 tons.
Generation II
Gold If Charizard becomes furious, the flame at the tip of its tail flares up in a whitish-blue color.
Silver Breathing intense, hot flames, it can melt almost anything. Its breath inflicts terrible pain on enemies.
Crystal It uses its wings to fly high. The temperature of its fire increases as it gains experience in battle.
Stadium 2 If Charizard becomes furious, the flame at the tip of its tail flares up in a whitish-blue color.
Generation III
Ruby Charizard flies around the sky in search of powerful opponents. It breathes fire of such great heat that it melts anything. However, it never turns its fiery breath on any opponent weaker than itself.
Sapphire
Emerald A Charizard flies about in search of strong opponents. It breathes intense flames that can melt any material. However, it will never torch a weaker foe.
FireRed Its wings can carry this Pokémon close to an altitude of 4,600 feet. It blows out fire at very high temperatures.
LeafGreen It spits fire that is hot enough to melt boulders. It may cause forest fires by blowing flames.
Generation IV
Diamond It is said that Charizard's fire burns hotter if it has experienced harsh battles.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold If Charizard becomes furious, the flame at the tip of its tail flares up in a whitish-blue color.
SoulSilver Breathing intense, hot flames, it can melt almost anything. Its breath inflicts terrible pain on enemies.
Generation V
Black It is said that Charizard's fire burns hotter if it has experienced harsh battles.
White
Black 2 It is said that Charizard's fire burns hotter if it has experienced harsh battles.
White 2
Generation VI
X When expelling a blast of superhot fire, the red flame at the tip of its tail burns more intensely.
Y Its wings can carry this Pokémon close to an altitude of 4,600 feet. It blows out fire at very high temperatures.
Omega Ruby Charizard flies around the sky in search of powerful opponents. It breathes fire of such great heat that it melts anything. However, it never turns its fiery breath on any opponent weaker than itself.
Alpha Sapphire

Game locations

Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y.
Mega Charizard X in the anime
Mega Charizard Y in the anime

Charizard (), known in Japan as Lizardon(リザードン,Rizadon), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Charizard first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Shin-ichiro Miki, the actor who voices James in the original Japanese version of the Pokémon anime, voices Charizard in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the anime. An orange, draconic Pokémon, Charizard is the evolved form of Charmeleon and the final evolution of Charmander. It has two other forms, Mega Charizards X and Y, which are its "Mega Evolution" forms.

Charizard is featured in the Pokémon anime series with the most recurring being from the main character Ash Ketchum. It is featured in printed adaptations such as Pokémon Adventures, in the possession of Blue, one of the main characters. Charizard appears in Pokémon Origins with main character Red as its trainer. Charizard has received positive reception from the media, with GamesRadar describing it as "hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there". Charizard is the version mascot of Pokémon Red and FireRed versions, and makes an appearance on the boxarts of Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Ranger, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon.

Concept and characteristics[edit]

Charizard was one of several different character choices conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue.[1][2] Originally called "Lizardon" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children.[3] As a result, they were renamed "Charizard", a combination of the words "charcoal" or "char" and "lizard".[4] During an interview, Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara stated Charizard was expected to be popular with North American audiences because of their preference for strong, powerful characters.[5]

Whereas its pre-evolutions Charmander and Charmeleon are ground-bound lizard like creatures, Charizard resembles a large traditional European dragon.[6] Despite the resemblance, Charizard is explicitly a Fire/Flying-type, not a Dragon-type, except in its "Mega Charizard X" form; however, it can learn Dragon-type attacks.[7] Charizards have two wings that are teal, while the back of it is orange, as with the most of its body. Its belly and soles are cream-colored, while their eyes are light blue in color. The video games describe Charizard as having wings that can carry them close to an altitude of 4,600 feet,[8] flying proudly around the sky and constantly seeking for powerful opponents to quarrel with.[9] They can breathe intense flames that can melt any material, but will never torch a weaker foe.[10] If Charizard become angry, the flame at the tip of their tail can flare up in a whitish-blue color.[11] Because of their reckless behavior, Charizard are known to unintentionally cause wildfires.[12] When Charizard is Mega Evolved, it can take on one of two forms. In its "X" form, it gains the Dragon type, and its color scheme changes from orange and cream to black and blue. In its "Y" form, its appearance gets sharper with pointed horns and wings, and it is able to fly much higher. In the episode "Charmander - The Stray Pokémon" in which is the episode where Ash catches- or rather - befriends Charmander it is learnt that a Charmander or any of its evolutions die if their tail fire goes out. [13]

Appearances[edit]

In video games[edit]

Charizard made its video game debut in 1996 with the Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Blue.[14][15] It is available only through Pokémon evolution from the starter Pokémon Charmander.[16] In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and their remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Charizard is used by Red, who acts as the games' final boss.[17] Charizard is one of several Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y that is able to use the new Mega Evolution mechanic, becoming either Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y.[18] It was given a Mega Evolution about one and a half years into the development of Pokémon X and Y. Charmander (along with Bulbasaur and Squirtle) was added to the game in a significant role in order to allow players to experience Charizard's Mega Evolution.[19]

Charizard has made appearances in many other Pokémon games. It appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team on a team with an Alakazam and Tyranitar, who play a significant role in the story.[20] In Pokémon Ranger, Charizard is a boss Pokémon who becomes attached to the player's character and assists him or her throughout the game.[21] Charizard returns in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs as another boss character. It is also one of the photographable Pokémon in Pokémon Snap, as well as a non-playable character in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure and its sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond.

Charizard has appeared many times throughout the Super Smash Bros. series. Charizard first appears as a non-playable character in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, as one of the Pokémon which can appear if a player throws a Poké Ball. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Charizard is playable, under the command of the Pokémon Trainer.[22] The Trainer has a Squirtle and an Ivysaur, all three of which can be switched between; unlike the other fighters, these Pokémon become fatigued and consequently weaker, and must be switched out long enough to recover. Charizard's moves include Rock Smash, Flamethrower, and Fly.[22] Charizard is playable as a stand-alone character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, where he gains the move Flare Blitz and his new Final Smash is transforming into Mega Charizard X.[23] Charizard also appears as a playable fighter in Pokkén Tournament.

In anime[edit]

In the anime, the most notable Charizard is one Ash Ketchum has had since he was a Charmander abandoned by his former owner Damian.[24] Ash's Charmander evolved into Charmeleon during a battle against an army of Exeggutor, and his personality changed completely,[25] becoming a disobedient Pokémon and fighting when and how he pleased. Charmeleon evolved when Ash summoned him for protection from wild prehistoric Pokémon; when an Aerodactyl attacked him and carried Ash off, Charmeleon evolved to fight the Aerodactyl and rescue Ash.[26] Charizard still did not obey Ash, preferring to sleep, and only battled Pokémon that would pose a challenge, but Charizard helped Ash reach his goals, particularly against Gym Leader Blaine.[27] Charizard's disobedience to Ash cost him the Kanto League.[28] Charizard became loyal during the Orange Islands arc after Ash battled a trainer with a Poliwrath and Charizard was frozen solid. Because of Ash's continuous self-sacrificing efforts to save Charizard from certain death, he began to obey Ash and defeated the Poliwrath in a rematch.[29] He remained on Ash's team and contributed to his wins in the Orange League[30] and parts of Johto. He eventually stayed behind in the Charizific Valley, a reserve where wild Charizard battle and train to become stronger. This was likely due to meeting Charla, a female Charizard for whom he developed a fondness.[31] Charizard, like many of Ash's other Pokémon, returns on a temporary basis to battle at Ash's side, typically when Ash faces a particularly powerful Pokémon.[16] Charizard has saved Ash's life on more than one occasion, as seen in the film Spell of the Unown, where he battled against Entei after arriving in the nick of time to prevent Ash and Pikachu from falling to their deaths, having flown over from the Charizific Valley after originally seeing a live broadcast from Ash running after Entei who had kidnapped Ash's mother, Delia Ketchum.[16][32] Charizard returned during the Johto Pokémon League and defeated Gary's Blastoise, who had a type advantage over Charizard. Charizard also returned for Ash's first Battle Frontier battle, where he took on Articuno at the Battle Factory and won thanks to an unorthodox strategy.[16][33] During the Best Wishes series Charizard officially rejoined Ash's team while Ash was exploring the Unova (Isshu) region. Upon meeting Ash again, he gave his trainer a Flamethrower to the face much to everyone's surprise. Charizard also developed a fierce rivalry with Iris's Dragonite so much so that both Ash and Iris agreed to have a battle. During the battle which originally began on the ground but later ascended skywards when both Pokémon took to the skies, it was shown that Charizard had learnt Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail but despite the two Pokémon having something of a very fierce rivalry with one another, N immediately called the battle off after realizing that Dragonite had injured its right arm. Charizard stayed with all of Ash's Pokémon sans Pikachu at Professor Oak's laboratory when Ash leaves Kanto once more for the faraway Kalos region.[34] Charizard is Ash's strongest Pokémon.

Another Charizard appears in Pokémon X and Y, under the ownership of Alain. This Charizard can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X and has shown to be powerful by defeating 10 Mega Evolutions in a row and defeating Ash's Greninja, who had a type advantage. It also defeated Trevor's Charizard, who can easily Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard Y.

Charizard has its own DVD that contains three episodes featuring it: "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon", "Charizard Chills", "Charizard's Burning Ambition".[35] This DVD is part of the 10th Anniversary Box Set; in the Box Set's "10 Most Wanted Pokémon" countdown Charizard is listed as the third most wanted, beaten only by Pikachu and Jigglypuff.

In the anime spin-off, Pokémon Origins, another Charizard appears under the ownership of Red, Ash's video game counterpart, where it started off as Red's starter Pokémon. After winning many battles, it eventually evolved into Charmeleon, and later Charizard. Red's Charizard helped its trainer defeat Team Rocket, win the Pokémon League, as well as help Red capture the elusive Pokémon, Mewtwo. During its battle against Mewtwo, Red's Charizard went through Mega Evolution and became Mega Charizard X. Red's Charizard is the first Pokémon to Mega Evolve in an anime.

In printed adaptations[edit]

In Pokémon: Pikachu Shocks Back which loosely parallels the storyline of the anime, Ash catches a Charmander, and it ultimately becomes a Charizard and battles in the Pokémon League tournament. Despite his catch, he has trouble controlling it.[36] Ash brings Charizard to the Orange Islands and trains it diligently since the near-disaster. He then uses it to battle Dragonite in the final showdown with the Orange Crew Supreme gym leader Drake.[37]

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Blue receives a Charmander from his grandfather Professor Oak. It evolves into a Charmeleon, and when Blue is possessed by a Gastly in the Lavender Tower, so is Charmeleon. Blue's Charmeleon is eventually released from its possession only to be faced down by an Arbok, owned by Koga. Charmeleon tricked Koga by using a zombie Psyduck to deflect Arbok's acid attack before literally slicing the Arbok in half with his tail. Blue later appears with an evolved Charizard and gains access to Saffron City by helping to disable a barrier created by a Mr. Mime.[38] Later, Red and Blue face off against Koga's Articuno and are frozen by its Ice Beam, but they ultimately defeat the Team Rocket Executive with Charizard's Flamethrower.[39] It then teams up with Red's newly evolved Venusaur, Saur, and Green's Blastoise, Blasty, to defeat Sabrina's monster Pokémon. They end Team Rocket's control of Saffron City, splitting apart the three birds in the process.[40]

Blue's Charizard re-appeared during the final match of the ninth Pokémon League, against his longtime rival Red. Despite the type advantage, Charizard battles against Saur and is nearly knocked out. As the battle progresses the two trainers send out their first Pokémon to battle again, when Saur binds Charizard from attacking. Suddenly, thunderclouds form from the attacks of Poli and Pika, and Saur submerges a vine into the cloud, shocking Charizard and knocking it out.[41] When the "FireRed and LeafGreen" volume of the manga began the original protagonists – Red, Blue, and Green – return to fight the newly formed Team Rocket and the Deoxys under their power. The three trainers become trapped inside the Trainer Tower in the Sevii Islands, battling the main computer of the building and the Deoxys Divides. After struggling to co-ordinate Blasty, Saur, and Charizard, the three trainers manage to focus the angle of the three powerful attacks – Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, and Frenzy Plant – to free Mewtwo, who in turn destroys the Trainer Tower.[42]

Charizard appeared as the main Pokémon in the short novel, Charizard Go! Adapted by Tracey West, the novelisation retells Ash's journey with his Charmander, and it reaches its climax as Ash and Charizard battle in the Pokémon League at the Indigo Plateau against his good friend Ritchie. The story covers Ash and his companions finding the abandoned Charmander, the battles in which Charmeleon did not listen to Ash, and Charizard's battle against Blaine's Magmar. Charizard Go! is the sixth novel in the Pokémon Chapter Books series.[43] Another chapter novel, All Fired Up: Pokémon the Johto Journeys, adapted by Jennifer Johnson, covers the portion of Ash's journey near Violet City and the Characific Valley. In the novel, Ash wonders if Charizard should leave his team forever; it covers the capture of Ash's Cyndaquil, his new fire Pokémon.[44]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Charizard has been featured in lines of soft toys and action figures in the Pokémon franchise, made by Hasbro, and Tomy.[45] In 2004, the "Charizard Medium Plush" was part of a major recall of 13 plush toys due to a manufacturing fault where tips of needles were being found with the stuffing. This allowed Tomy to replace the toys with compensation or replacements.[45] Charizard appears often in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, most notably in the series' initial release. Cards featuring the character have been stated to be the most desired of the series, quickly rising to high prices amongst collectors and retailers.[46][47] These cards overpowered and knocked out opponents in one hit.[48] In 2005, search engine Yahoo! reported Charizard as "one of the top Pokémon-related web searches".[49]

Described by the media as "a lean, ferocious, fire-breathing dragon [...] sleek, powerful, and utterly destructive", Charizard has been noted as one of the franchise's "most popular" characters.[50] Retailers have attributed the high sales of merchandise related to the character to the popularity of the character's dragon-like design with children.[46] Interviewed children have stated similar; they attributed its appeal to its "cool looking" appearance and associating the character with the "concepts of stubbornness and power".[51][52][53] The book Rebuilding Attachments With Traumatized Children stated psychiatrists utilized the character as an empowered character traumatized children who were fans of the Pokémon series could relate to.[54] The book Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokémon cited Charizard as "popular" with older male children who tend to be drawn to "tough or scary" characters,[55] and compared the character's evolution from Charmander into Charizard with the loss of "cuteness" as one leaves childhood.[56]

IGN editor "Pokémon of the Day Chick" called Charizard "certainly the most popular and perhaps the most well-balanced of any of the current starting Pokemon".[57]GamesRadar's Brett Elston described Charizard as "hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there", heavily praising its character design and calling it "one of the coolest" designs of the entire series.[58][59] GamesRadar editor Raymond Padilla stated "Charizard was an awesome Pokemon back in the day and still an excellent choice more than a decade after it was introduced."[60]UGO.com described Charizard as a "winged, dragon-like creature" which is "able to breathe fire and smash opponents into red-tinged goo", but states that in Brawl, it is "as slow as Bowser" and "lacks the coolness factor of Mario's arch-nemesis."[61]

Authors Tracey West and Katherine Noll called Charizard the "best Fire type Pokémon" and the "third best Pokémon overall". They wrote that "there was nothing else that could better fit that spot" and that "it has won [their] hearts and had [them] cheering for more."[16]1UP editor Kat Bailey expressed concern about which Pokémon could follow the player in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, stating "allowing popular favorites like Charizard would go over quite well".[62]The Daily Cardinal editor Kyle Sparks called Charizard "the most dominant Pokémon in the whole universe, a force of sheer strength".[63] In a poll conducted by IGN, it was voted as the "best Pokémon", where the staff commented about remembering being torn between choosing Blastoise and Charizard at the start of the game.[64][65] In a poll by Official Nintendo Magazine, Charizard was voted as the "best Fire-type Pokémon". They stated, "not only is Charizard your favourite fire Pokémon, but it is probably one of the most popular 'mon of all time".[66]Kotaku editor Patricia Hernandez criticized Charizard's Y Mega Evolution for not differing enough from Charizard's original design, while praising Mega Charizard X for changing color, and turning Charizard into a dragon-type.[67]Game Informer ranked Charizard as the "coolest Pokémon out of the original 151", describing it as "Powerful, gigantic, and imposing". They further commented that "Pikachu may be the one you recognize, but Charizard is the one you want."[68]

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