In Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, players could take control of Charizard as an individual fighter. In Smash Bros. Ultimate, Charizard has returned to the control of the Pokemon Trainer. Wondering why the change was made? Pokemon Co. has offered up the following explanation.
The returning Pokémon Trainer can send out Squirtle and Ivysaur, as well as Charizard, which is back at the Pokémon Trainer’s side after its previous standalone appearance. We’d like to believe that this Charizard merely decided to disobey its Trainer for a little while, much like Ash’s Charizard did in Pokémon the Series.