Empoleon

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Pokken Tournament DX

Pokken Empoleon.png

Introduction

Empoleon is one of the switch exclusive playable characters in Pokken Tournament DX. His playstyle is focused around pressuring the opponent as much as possible and so inflicting fear on them. Empoleon has a wide variety of mixups he can use in his advantage. Once this fear has been inflicted, Empoleon can pressure the shield of his opponents, as Empoleon can do an insane amount of chip damage and shield damage, which makes him stand out from the rest of the cast. Empoleon's other focus is his movement. His regular walking and dash speed are on the slow side. However, Empoleon has another unique mechanic attached to him: slide. With certain moves, Empoleon is able to slide from one place to another in no time. He also has some exclusive slide moves, from which you can benefit from in case. Short said, playing with Empoleon is always a surprise!

  • 630 HP
  • 150 CC Synergy Gauge
  • Burst Mode Duration: 14 Seconds
  • Shield: Strong (720SH)


  • High Stance: Charges Support Gauge.
  • Low Stance: Invincible against Highs on frame 1.


  • FP Forward Dash: 25 Frames (Invincible against Lows on frame 5)
  • FP Back Dash: 33 Frames (Invincible against Lows on frame 5, Invincible from frame 1-8)
  • FP Side Dash: 41 Frames (Invincible against Lows on frame 5)


  • DP Forward Dash: 25 Frames (Invincible against Lows on frame 5)
  • DP Back Dash: 33 Frames (Invincible against Lows on frame 5, Invincible from frame 1-8)


General Moves




Pokken Empoleon Grab FP.png

Pokken Empoleon Grab DP.png

Y+B Grab
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Grab FP 60 / DP 90 12 N/A i15 FP Shift (+4) / DP Shift N/A




Pokken Empoleon CA 1.png

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X+A / [X+A] Counter Attack
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Counter 60 / 90 3 Mid Low i31 / i51 +4 / Crumple -8 / +8

Empoleon is put into a counter armor state from frame 1-24 (44 if charged).

Counter pierces when fully charged.

Can be dash canceled by inputting a direction and R.




Pokken Empoleon Slide 1.png

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Slide
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Empoleon slides on a path of ice created by using certain moves.

Can transition into moves that are only accessible through sliding.

Jumping out of Slide gives Empoleon a wider jump arc.

Can only jump forward from a Reverse Slide in Duel Phase.

Sliding forward can be canceled into 5Y / 5X in Duel Phase.




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Slide Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 30 0 Special Mid i15 FP -4 / DP +16 FP -12 / DP +16

Empoleon shoots water balls that travel in a straight line.

Shoots three projectiles in Field Phase.

Shoots two projectiles in Duel Phase.

Can only be done from a Reverse Slide in Duel Phase.




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Slide X
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40 0 Low i11 Launch -20

Empoleon belly slides forward with increased speed.

Can only be done from a Reverse Slide in Duel Phase.






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Slide A Hydro Cannon
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 160 (80) 5 Mid Low i27 Launch 0

Empoleon turns Its back to the opponent and blasts off towards the opponent.






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Reverse Slide A Hydro Cannon
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 74 (40) 5 Mid Low i39 Launch -24

From a Reverse Slide, Empoleon attacks with the blast from Hydro Cannon.






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L+R Deep Blue Monarch
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Grab 200 12 N/A i31 Knockdown N/A

Empoleon creates a whirlpool that grabs the opponent.

Invincible on frame 26.

Able to grab the opponent on either side of Empoleon.




Field Phase Moves




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nY
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 30 Special Mid i15 -12 -16

Empoleon shoots a water ball that travels in a straight line.

Special / bX / b[X] cancelable.




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sY
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 20 each Low i19 -8 -16

Empoleon surfs to the side and throws out three grounded waves of water.

fY cancelable.




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fY
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40 Special Mid i19 Shift (+4) -16

Empoleon jumps ahead and fires a shot of water.

Invincible against Lows on frame 17.




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bY
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 60 High i19 -4 -8* / -12** / -20***

Empoleon slashes the air with Its flippers and creates an aerial projectile.

Both the physical hit and projectile launch aerial opponents.

Invincible against Highs and Mid Highs on frame 5.

* -8 against Lucario, Aegislash, Croagunk, and Braixen.

** -12 against everyone else.

*** -20 against Pikachu and Pikachu Libre.




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j.Y
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 30 / 30 High / Mid i11 Launch -22

Empoleon shoots three water balls in each direction.

Upon contact with the ground, the water balls form into a pillar that launches the opponent.

Can move in any direction while active.




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bX / b[X]
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 70 / 30 Low i19 Shift (Launch) / +12 -8 / +4

Empoleon belly slides in a circle twice, hitting both times.

Invincible against Highs on frame 1.

Holding the input causes Empoleon to go into Slide.

Can slide left, right, forward, or backwards.




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j.X / j.[X]
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 120 Mid High, Low i28 Shift (+4) / Shift (+6) -4

Empoleon slams to the ground and creates a body of ice.

Can change the trajectory of the landing.

Holding the input causes Empoleon to go into Slide.

Can slide left, right, forward, or backwards.

Phase Shifting with j.[X] allows Empoleon to slide forward or backwards.




Pokken Empoleon Homing Attack 1.png
X Homing Attack 1
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40 Mid i21 +8 -4

Empoleon homes in on the opponent and headbutts with Its crown.

Can be canceled with block or jump.

Throw crush.


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XX Homing Attack 2
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 32 Mid High i21 +4 -8

Following up from Homing Attack 2, Empoleon slashes the opponent with both of Its flippers.




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XXX / XX[X] Homing Attack 3
Attack Damage Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 24 / 60 Mid i21 Shift (+4) -8

Following up from Homing Attack 3, Empoleon deals one final slash of Its flipper.

Can be charged to guard break/counter pierce.

If Homing Attack 2 was blocked, there is a 26 frame window to punish a charged Homing Attack 3.




Weak Moves




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2Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 30 0 Low i11 +8 -8

A quick low swipe to the ground.

Invincible against Highs on frame 1.

Special cancelable.

Throw crush.




Pokken Empoleon 5Y.png
5Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 20 0 Mid Low i19 -4 -8

Empoleon swipes with Its flipper.

Special / 2X / 2[X] cancelable.




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5YY
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40 3 Mid Low i19 0 -8

Special cancelable.






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6Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40 0 Mid i23 -8 -20

Empoleon advances forward with both flippers.

Special cancelable.




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6YY
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 80 3 Mid i23 Launch -12

Launches the opponent with both flippers.

Special cancelable.




Pokken Empoleon 8Y.png
8Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 60 2 High i19 -4 -8* / -12** / -20***

Empoleon slashes the air with Its flippers and creates an aerial projectile.

Both the physical hit and projectile launch aerial opponents.

Invincible against Highs and Mid Highs on frame 5.

* -8 against Lucario, Aegislash, Croagunk, and Braixen.

** -12 against everyone else.

*** -20 against Pikachu and Pikachu Libre.




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j.Y
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 20 each 0 High* / Mid* i11 +12 0

Empoleon spins around in the air, shooting out three water balls from a distance.

Can move while active.

* The physical hits are considered Highs. The water ball projectiles are considered Mids.




Strong Moves




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2X / 2[X]
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 70 3 / 0 Low i19 Launch / +16 -16 / +8

A belly slide that launches the opponent on hit.

The distance can be shortened by inputting 1X.

Holding the input causes Empoleon to go into Slide.

Holding 1X slides Empoleon backwards.

Holding 2X slides Empoleon forward.




Pokken Empoleon 4X.png
4X
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 80 4 Mid i27 Launch -8

Empoleon leans back and preps a double flipper attack.

Invincible against Highs and Mid Highs on frame 9.




Pokken Empoleon 5X.png
5X
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 30, 40 0, 4 Mid Low i15 Stun -12

A double hit downward slash that stuns the opponent.






Pokken Empoleon 8X.png
8X
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 40, 40 3 Mid High, Mid i19 Knockdown -8

Empoleon hops forward and kicks, ending it off with a flipper slash.

Throw crush.

Invincible against Lows on frame 13.




Pokken Empoleon jX DP.png
j.X / j.[X]
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 70 3 Low i27 +20 -4

Empoleon slams to the ground and creates a body of ice.

Holding the input causes Empoleon to go into Slide.

Phase Shifting with j.[X] allows Empoleon to slide left, right, forward, or backwards.




Pokemon Moves




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4A Defog
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 80 (40) 3 Mid Low i31 +8 / +24* -8 / -4**

Empoleon creates a fog cloud that destroys projectiles on frame 3.

Afterwards, Empoleon slashes the fog cloud with Its flippers.

Can cancel into followup moves or Burst Attack.

* In Burst Mode, Defog becomes more advantageous on hit.

** In Burst mode, Defog becomes safer on block.




Pokken Empoleon 5A 1.png
5A Aqua Jet (Level One)
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 50 (25) 3 Mid Low i15 0 -20

Empoleon jets ahead in a straight line at full speed.

Aqua Jet has three levels and powers up the longer Its active.

Can cancel into followup moves or Burst Attack.

In Burst Mode, Aqua Jet will always be level three.




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5A Aqua Jet (Level Two)
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 70 (35) 3 Mid Low i19 +4 -16

Empoleon jets ahead in a straight line at full speed.

Aqua Jet has three levels and powers up the longer Its active.

Can cancel into followup moves or Burst Attack.

In Burst Mode, Aqua Jet will always be level three.




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5A Aqua Jet (Level Three)
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 90 (45) 3 Mid Low i27 +8 -4

Empoleon jets ahead in a straight line at full speed.

Aqua Jet has three levels and powers up the longer Its active.

Can cancel into followup moves or Burst Attack.

In Burst Mode, Aqua Jet will always be level three.




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6A / 6[A] Ice Beam
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 80 (40) 4 / 3 Low i31 / i39 +16 / Stun -16

Empoleon shoots out a straight beam of ice on the ground.

Holding the Input of Ice Beam causes Empoleon to go into Slide.

In Field Phase, Ice Beam can be angled to the sides.




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8A Drill Peck
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 90 (45) 3 Mid i11 -16 -24

A multihit spinning attack that launches aerial opponents.

Invincible against Lows on frame 11.

Can cancel into followup moves or Burst Attack.

Throw crush. Launches if Its a critical hit.




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j.A Steel Wing
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 90 (45), 90 (45) 2 Mid High i19 Knockdown -8

Empoleon slashes in a circular motion in the air.

Counter pierces.

If done at the correct height, hits the opponent twice.




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Followup B Surf
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 120 (60) 4 Mid Low i27 Launch -8

Empoleon surfs ahead on a wave that hits four times.

Can be done from Defog, Aqua Jet, or Drill Peck.

Can be canceled with R before the attack comes out.

Canceling causes Empoleon to jump forward in the air.

Can transition into aerials.




Pokken Empoleon 5AY.png
Followup Y Cut
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 60 (30) 3 Mid i19 Knockdown -4

Empoleon slashes the air with Its flippers in a circular motion.

Can be done from Defog, Aqua Jet, or Drill Peck.




Pokken Empoleon 5AX.png
Followup X Waterfall
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Normal 110 (60) 4 High i11 Launch -37

Empoleon launches upwards in a wave of water.

Can be done from Defog, Aqua Jet, or Drill Peck.




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Followup A Rock Smash
Attack Damage PSP Height Impact Hit Adv Block
Counter 30 (15), 70 (20), 28 (10)* 4 Mid i31 Knockdown +4

Empoleon stomps the ground, and spawns a rock that destroys projectiles.

Counter armor from frame 1-30.

Afterwards, Empoleon smashes the rock, giving the opponent a Defense debuff on hit.

The Defense debuff lasts for 7.5 seconds.

Both attacks from Rock Smash counter pierce.

* After the rock is destroyed, small pebbles are thrown out (these do not counter pierce).




Combos

Notable Players









External Resources


Pokken Arena: Empoleon

Frame Data: Empoleon

Empoleon Discord