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ゲッコウガ Gekkouga
Generation VI
Evolutionary line
Type Water  Type Dark
Species Ninja Pokémon
Abilities Torrent
Protean (DW)
Frogadier ← 658 → Bunnelby
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Central Kalos 009
Evolves from Frogadier
Evolves into None
87.5% ♂ / 12.5 % ♀
Weight Height
88.2 lbs. 40.0 kg 4'11" 1.5 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Blue Water 1
Shape Footprint

Greninja (ゲッコウガ Gekkouga) is a Water/Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VI. It is the final evolution of Froakie, the Water-type starter from Kalos.



Greninja, like its previous evolution, has the body style of a frog. In this form, it now resembles Toxicroak and has gained the appearance of a ninja. It is dark blue in color and has its tongue wrapped around its neck like a scarf in place of the bubbles found on Froakie and Frogadier.


It creates throwing shuriken out of compressed water. When it spins them and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.


Greninja is the final evolution of the starter Pokémon Froakie, and evolves from Frogadier at level 36. There is another form called the Ash-Greninja Form, but it is currently an anime-only evolution and exclusive for Ash's Greninja.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
X/Y Evolve Frogadier None
OR/AS Trade None

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
It creates throwing stars out of compressed water. When it spins them and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.
It appears and vanishes with a ninja's grace. It toys with its enemies using swift movements, while slicing them with throwing stars of sharpest water.
Omega Ruby
It creates throwing stars out of compressed water. When it spins them and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.
Alpha Sapphire
It appears and vanishes with a ninja's grace. It toys with its enemies using swift movements, while slicing them with throwing stars of sharpest water.


Base Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def


Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
1 Role Play - 100% 10 Psychic Status
1 Mat Block - -% 10 Fighting Status
1 Pound 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Growl - 100% 40 Normal Status
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special
8 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
10 Lick 20 100% 30 Ghost Physical
14 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Special
20 Smokescreen - 100% 20 Normal Status
23 Shadow Sneak 40 100% 30 Ghost Physical
28 Spikes - -% 20 Ground Status
33 Fling - 100% 10 Dark Physical
36 Water Shuriken 15 100% 20 Water Physical
43 Substitute - -% 10 Normal Status
49 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special
52 Double Team - -% 15 Normal Status
56 Haze - -% 30 Ice Status
60 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special
70 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
75 Water Shuriken 15 100% 20 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

3D Models

X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Greninja XY Greninja XY GreninjaSpriteBack XY
Greninja Shiny XY Greninja Shiny XY GreninjaSpriteBackShiny XY
Sun Moon Back

Battle animation sprites

Greninja-AttackAnimation-XY-1 Greninja-AttackAnimation-XY-2 Greninja-AttackAnimation-XY-3


Ash Greninja

Trainers With A Greninja

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Greninja (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)

Greninja's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Greninja was confirmed from the April Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Trailer as a Newcomer in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Greninja is a starter character and it mainly attacks using ninja-like moves.

Unsurprisingly for a character with a ninja aesthetic, Greninja fits into the "hit-and-run" archetype. Its smash attacks have decent power and have moderate range and its boasts remarkable movement speed, as it is the sixth fastest dasher in the game and its walking speed is the fourth fastest in the game. Although somewhat predictable and telegraphed, Water Shuriken deals respectable damage and functions well for both zoning and edge-guarding. Shadow Sneak is an excellent way to play mindgames with opponents while also functioning either as a way to aid its recovery or as a KOing option at high percents. It has a useful counter in Substitute that enables it to retaliate from various angles; however, it is considered the worst counter move in the game due to the fact that Greninja can be attacked out of it. Lastly, Hydro Pump is a long-distanced and unpredictable move that can easily enable it to return to the stage. However, Greninja is not without its flaws. In most of its attacks, both damage and knockback power are somewhat limited, sometimes leaving it with limited options to KO outside of reads and edge-guarding. While its attacks have fast start-up, they have among the longest ending lag in SSB4, particularly its aerials, which effectively forces players to use them wisely. Surprisingly for a humanoid frog, Greninja's wall jump is situational at best due to it having the shortest height in the game. Greninja's excellent speed does not translate to it having a good combo game, as its moves sometimes have trouble linking into each other. As a result, it tends to be overly reliant on throws to set up combos. Aside from Shadow Sneak, Greninja's out of shield options are also very lacking (possessing one of the slowest standing grabs in the entire game), leaving it at a disadvantage against characters who have powerful spacing options against shield. Finally, the overall short range of its attacks leaves it at a disadvantage to zoning-oriented characters.

Special Moveset

  • Neutral Special: Water Shuriken: Horizontally throws a chargeable shuriken made of water. Gains power but loses speed and range the more it is charged. Hits multiple times when fully charged.
    • Custom Neutral Special 1: Stagnant Shuriken: The thrown shuriken stays in place, but deals less damage at varying charges.
    • Custom Neutral Special 2: Shifting Shuriken Uncharged shurikens have strong upwards knockback, while charged ones go through opponents.
  • Side Special: Shadow Sneak: Silently prepares to teleport to a moving shadow, which activates when the button is released. If the shadow is in front of the opponent, Greninja attacks with a handstand-initiated backflip kick. If the shadow is behind the opponent, Greninja dropkicks them instead. The latter strike is slightly stronger than the former.
    • Custom Side Special 1: Shadow Strike: The shadow moves slower and farther while the attack is stronger. Additionally, Greninja takes longer to reappear.
    • Custom Side Special 2: Shadow Dash: Teleports a fixed distance instantly, though it is weaker than normal.
  • Up Special: Hydro Pump: Shoots two streams of water from one of its hands in the opposite direction of travel, propelling Greninja in the input directions. Functions similarly to Pikachu's Quick Attack.
    • Custom Up Special 1: High-Capacity Pump: The water streams are more controllable, but they deal no damage.
    • Custom Up Special 2: Single-Shot Pump: Only one water stream is fired, though it is slightly more powerful.
  • Down Special: Substitute: Greninja enters a defensive stance. If attacked, it disappears with a Substitute doll or a log taking its place before countering with a flying kick upon reappearing. The kick's direction can be input while Greninja has vanished. The latter portion of the move can act either as a semi-spike or even as a meteor smash.
    • Custom Down Special 1: Exploding Attack: Instead of counterattacking, Greninja vanishes and reappears with an explosion around itself.
    • Custom Down Special 2: Substitute Ambush: Greninja disappears for a longer amount of time and performs a stronger counterattack upon reappearing.
  • Final Smash: Secret Ninja Attack: Greninja launches opponents into the air with Mat Block, before it proceeds to slash them several times in midair while a moonlit backdrop appears and then finally spikes them down to the stage with a downward knifehand strike.

Palutena's Guidance

Palutena's Guidance is featured in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and is similar to Snake's Codec in Brawl. Pit holds a special conversation with Palutena and Viridi to comment on one of Pit's opponents, giving him helpful tips about their strengths and weaknesses. This feature is based on the numerous chapter dialogue in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Pit: What is that? Some kind of ninja frog?

Palutena: That's the Pokémon Greninja. It's strengths are agility and speed. What looks like a scarf is actually his tongue.

Viridi: As a defensive measure, I suggest rubbing spicy peppers all over yourself.

Pit: How can Greninja taste anything with its tongue hanging out like that?

Palutena: It could be one of those rare ninjas that just eats very slowly.

Pit: What?! But that makes no sense! ...Anyway, just tell me how to win!

Palutena: Greninja creates throwing stars out of compressed water and unleashes them at high speed. This attack is called Water Shuriken. If Greninja starts to charge up its Water Shuriken, be prepared to reflect it back!


  • Greninja is the fastest of all water-type Pokémon.
    • It is also the fastest final evolved starter Pokémon.
  • Greninja learns one of two signature moves: Water Shuriken and Mat Block.
  • Greninja is the only Dark-type final evolution starter Pokémon.
  • It shares the same species name as Ninjask, as both are called the Ninja Pokémon.
  • Greninja placed 1st in a special poll created to see which Pokémon was the most popular to be distributed for the upcoming movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna.


Greninja's name comes from the french grenouille, meaning frog, and ninja.


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