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Rayquaza SSBB artwork.png
Rayquaza's artwork for Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Franchise Pokémon
First appearance Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions (2002)
In-universe information
Species Serpent
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Rayquaza is a Dragon/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon who made its debut in the Generation III games, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. It is the mascot of Pokémon Emerald Version. Rayquaza's first Super Smash Bros.-related appearance is in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which it is the second boss of The Subspace Emissary.

Game appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Fox battling Rayquaza in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Rayquaza is fought as a boss in the level, The Lake. In it, Rayquaza suddenly emerges from a lake after hearing Diddy Kong, who had been looking at the nearly destroyed Arwing nearby. It attacks the Arwing with Dragon Pulse and snatches Diddy in its claws. Diddy screams for help, whereas Fox McCloud, who manages to escape the damaged Arwing, leaps from the Arwing and breaks Diddy free of Rayquaza's grasp using Fox Illusion. Rayquaza, furious, ends up using Dragon Pulse on Fox, who deflects it with Reflector, flinging it back at Rayquaza, who falls back into the lake.

Fox and Diddy engage in a fight with Rayquaza, resulting in the second main boss fight of the Subspace Emissary. Some of its attacks involve burrowing into the ground and then bursting upwards. It also flies with great speed horizontally over the stage and sometimes drops a Thunder attack. The player can beat it by attacking it around the head. When Rayquaza uses Dragon Pulse, the player can use Fox's Reflector to counter it.

Unlike most enemies, Rayquaza does not appear to have any connections with the Subspace Army, although it is later fought again in The Great Maze. Rayquaza can also be fought in the unlockable mode, Boss Battles.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Rayquaza reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a stage hazard for the Kalos Pokémon League stage. It sometimes appear at the Dragon-type chamber, where it damages anyone that it comes into contact with. The game also has a trophy of Rayquaza, which can be purchased at the Trophy Shop.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rayquaza returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, retaining its status as a stage hazard for the Kalos Pokémon League. It is also featured as a spirit.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Rayquaza SSBB Trophy Rayquaza.png GBA SSBB graphic.png Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
GBA SSBB graphic.png Pokémon Emerald
A Sky High Pokémon. It normally resides high up in the ozone layer where it flies endlessly, so it is rarely seen. However, when Groudon and Kyogre began to fight, it appeared to calm them down. It has the ability Air Lock, which blocks all weather-condition effects. It has exceedingly strong abilities, and its attack power is especially remarkable.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Game Effect Usable by
Rayquaza SSBB Sticker Rayquaza.png Pokémon series [Aura] - Attack +24 Lucario

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Rayquaza SSBWU Trophy Rayquaza.png Stage GBA SSBWU graphic.png Pokémon Ruby & Pokémon Sapphire (03/2003)

NDS SSBWU graphic.png Pokémon HeartGold & Pokémon SoulSilver (03/2010)

44: Legend of Pokémon Ruby & Pokémon Sapphire
44: Legends of Hoenn
This Dragon/Flying-type Pokémon usually dwells high in the ozone layer, so it can't be seen from the ground. In the Kalos Pokémon League stage, it occasionally flies at great speed through the Elite Four's Dragon-type chamber, where any fighters in its path will be damaged and launched with great force.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
500 Rayquaza SSBU Spirit Rayquaza.png Pokémon Series Primary (3) Ace Neutral
Jump ↑
Spirit Board Ridley Hazard: Heavy Wind
  • Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Lorekeeper Zinnia)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レックウザ
A transliteration of「烈空座」(means "the one in the violent sky")
Chinese 烈空坐
Same as the Japanese name
Korean 레쿠쟈
Transliteration from Japanese name
Russian Райкваза
Same as the Japanese and English name


  • Unlike other bosses of The Subspace Emissary, Rayquaza never interacts with characters from its own series.