Unlike its pre-evolutions, it has wings that can allow it to fly. Charizard is a very dragon-like Pokémon. Like its previous forms, it has a long tail with a fire burning at the tip. It has extremely sharp claws, a long neck, and two horns protruding from the back of its head. The front of its two wings is blue, while the back is orange like the most of its body. Although hardly visible, Charizard's iris is light blue in color. Its belly and the undersides of its feet are cream-colored.
As its pre-evolutions could, it can use a variety of Template:Type2 moves. Being the last evolution of a Template:Type2starter, Charizard has the ability to learn Blast Burn. Its fire is incredibly hot, and described to be hot enough to melt boulders. Because of the wings it has grown upon evolution, Charizard can fly and can use many other Template:Type2 abilities, and its wings are able to carry it close to an altitude of 4,600 feet.
Generally, a Charizard will be competitive. It loves to battle and spend a great amount of time training or looking for opponents. Its competitive spirit is also noteworthy, since it will never spit flames at a weaker foe unless provoked or commanded. When it gets very angered, the flames on its tail become a blueish-white color. It spits fire that is hot enough to melt boulders. It is known to have unintentionally caused massive forest fires with its tail-flame. The more experienced a Charizard, the more intense its tail flame and breath are. Charizard has been depicted in Great Bowls of Fire to repeatedly lick the people and Pokémon it is fond of, in a similar manner to a dog.
Charizard is mercifully rare in the wild; however, there is a valley somewhere in Johto wherein many Charizard reside. Charizard also inhabit craggy mountains and active volcanoes. One is also most likely able to find them in Kanto.
One of Blue's main Pokémon, Charizard first debuted as a Charmander. With its increased capacity for battle both with augumented strength and its flight ability, it 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 it. Tucker also has a Charizard in the Battle Frontier storyline that he used against Emerald, marking the boy's one and only loss throughout the entire Emerald chapter.
Ritchie's Charizard also appears in The Indigo Finals, battling against Ash's. In the Japanese version, Ritchie's Charizard retains its nickname of Zippo, however, it is renamed to Charley in the VIZ Media English translation.
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.
In the Pokémon Zensho manga
In Pokémon Zensho, Satoshi has a Charizard that was originally a Charmander he received from Professor Oak.
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. Individual Charizard cards were sold up to as much as $150. This Charizard card was reprinted in Wizards of the Coast's Base Set 2 and Legendary Collection sets, and rereleased in the Stormfront expansion.
Charizard makes an appearance as a Pokémon released randomly from a Poké Ball. When summoned, Charizard will utilize Flamethrower alternating between the left and right. In Melee, the flames have more of a downward angle.
Charizard is a playable Pokémon used by Pokémon Trainer in the third game in the series, Brawl. It can use Flamethrower and Rock Smash. It also uses Fly and has the ability to glide. Charizard is a Heavyweight and attacks with various physical attacks. It uses Fire Blast in Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash, Triple Finish.
It's hard to believe, but this massive Flame Pokémon evolves from the tiny Charmander. Not only can it fly at heights of over 4,500 feet, but its flaming breath is hot enough to reduce almost anything to ashes in seconds. The flames at the end of a Charizard's tail are said to be a fairly accurate barometer of its power.
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A Flame Pokémon. Its fiery breath is hot enough to burn up rocks, and its wings let it fly up to 4,600 feet into the air. It's a proud Pokémon that will never use its flame breath on an opponent weaker than itself. The flame on its tail is a barometer of how much vitality it has remaining. Its signature move, Flamethrower, is a reliable technique.
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In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Charizard will learn Blast Burn at level 99 if it has at least 333 IQ points. If this requirement is not met until after reaching level 99, Blast Burn will still be available at the Move Relearner.
Charizard holds the distinction of being the first Pokémon to appear in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime; it is the first one to appear in the original opening credits. However, outside of Japan, this honor belongs to Mewtwo.
In the anime, the inside of Charizard's wings are colored green, while in the games, they are colored blue.
Charizard is the only evolution of a starter Pokémon that can learn Fly through HM02. However, it was unable to do so in Red and Blue. This was changed starting with Yellow, making it possible to still get a Charizard with Fly in the original games by trading one from a later version.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Charizard is the only Pokémon to use a move not learned through level-up in Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash. It also holds the most machine moves out of all of the Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Also in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Charizard's Rock Smash is the most damaging move a player can use under normal conditions, although this only true if all of the hits successfully hit the opponent, yielding about 43% damage total.
Charizard resembles the European dragon, certainly one of many forms told and rendered in legends. Charizard's prominence as a dragon without being of the Template:Type2 is further reinforced in the video game Pokémon Ranger, where one makes a cameo as one of four prominently featured patron elemental dragon Pokémon.
The other three Pokémon sharing this distinguishing trait are legitimate Dragon-type Pokémon; Salamence, Kingdra, and Flygon. The patronage of these four dragons is inspired from the four classical elements; Air, Water, Earth, and Fire, with Charizard being the representative of Fire.
It shares some evolutionary traits with Charmeleon in its distinctive horns; also a distinct trait in some dragons.
Charizard's name is a portmanteau of the words char, to burn, and lizard. Lizardon, on the other hand, is a combination of lizard and don, which is a suffix meaning tooth that is commonly used in dinosaur names.