Greninja

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Greninja
Greninja XY artwork.png
Greninja's main artwork from Pokémon X and Y
First appearance Pokémon X and Y (2013)
Latest appearance Pokémon UNITE (2021)
Generation Generation VI
Category Ninja Pokémon
Evolves from Frogaider
Type(s) Water/Dark
Height 4'11" (1.5 m)
Weight 88.2 lbs. (40.0 kg)
Gender ratio 87.5% male (♂)
12.5% female (♀)
Egg group(s) Water 1
Abilities Torrent
Protean (Hidden Ability)
Signature moves Water Shuriken
Notable members
Ash's Greninja
Pokédex navigation
National Pokédex:
Frogaider | Greninja (#658) | Bunnelby

“Greninja Makes a Splash!”
Introduction, "Challenger From the Shadows" Trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Greninja is a Water/Dark-type Pokémon introduced in the Generation VI games Pokémon X and Y. It is a dark purple amphibian with a very long tongue. Greninja evolves from a Frogadier at level 36, and has Froakie as its base form. Greninja is notably included in Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter, since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Greninja has naturally high speed, giving it has agile attacks and movements.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Greninja
Greninja SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Water Shuriken
Side:  Shadow Sneak
Up:  Hydro Pump
Down:  Substitute
Final Smash:  Secret Ninja Attack

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Greninja is a playable fighter in both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. During development, Masahiro Sakurai had already determined that a new Pokémon would be included as a playable character, and chose Greninja based on concept drawings, before the release of Pokémon X and Y.

Most of Greninja's attacks involve jabs, kicks, and close-range water attacks. Greninja's special moves all originate from the Pokémon franchise in which they are moves it can learn. Its standard special move is Water Shuriken, one of its signature moves. Greninja's side special is Shadow Sneak. Its up special is Hydro Pump, and its down special is Substitute. Greninja's Final Smash is Secret Ninja Attack. Greninja's stage entrance involves it appearing from a Poké Ball thrown onto the stage.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Greninja reappears as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Greninja's Final Smash remains as Secret Ninja Attack, but it transforms into Ash-Greninja before using the move. Additionally, attacks involving Greninja's water katanas are now replaced by water kunai.

In the World of Light, Greninja, alongside Lucario, are present when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. Greninja attempts to dodge Galeem's beams of light, but is unsuccessful and both of them were eliminated.

Classic Mode route[edit]
Your Turn, Greninja!
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Charizard, Bowser Pokémon Stadium Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala)
2 Pikachu, Pichu, Zero Suit Samus Pokémon Stadium 2 Battle! (Steven)
3 Lucario, Ryu, Ken Pokémon Stadium Battle! (Reshiram/Zekrom)
4 Ivysaur Battle! (Gladion)
5 Mewtwo, Ness, Lucas Pokémon Stadium 2 Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar
6 Squirtle, Greninja Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Champion) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Super Mario Maker[edit]

SMM Greninja.png

By tapping the Greninja amiibo to the Wii U GamePad in Super Mario Maker, the player unlocks a Mystery Mushroom that gives Mario a costume based on Greninja. The costume can also be unlocked randomly after completing the 100 Mario Challenge on Expert or higher.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Greninja SSB3DS Trophy Greninja.png SSBWU Trophy Greninja.png Fighter 3DS Pokémon X and Y (10/2013) 49: The Beginning of Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Flag of USA.png This Water/Dark-type Pokémon is the fully evolved form of Froakie. It's just as fast and dangerous as any other ninja, and the throwing stars it can make out of water can shear metal. In Smash Bros., as well as being a graceful, speedy fighter, it can also use moves like Hydro Pump that let it travel through the air and avoid falling..
Flag of Europe.png This Water- and Dark-type Pokémon is the fully evolved form of Froakie. It is just as fast and dangerous as its name suggests, and the throwing stars it can make out of water can shear metal. In this game, as well as being a graceful, speedy fighter, it can also use moves like Hydro Pump to let it move through the air and avoid falling.
Greninja (Alt.) SSB3DS Trophy Greninja (Alt).png SSBWU Trophy Greninja (Alt).png Fighter 3DS Pokémon X and Y (10/2013) 49: The Beginning of Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Flag of USA.png Greninja's Substitute down special lets you teleport to dodge attacks and then strike back, making it an effective and hard-to-predict way to counterattack. You can also control where you reappear by inputting directions. When you vanish, sometimes you'll be replaced by a log, other times by a cuddly toy.
Flag of Europe.png Greninja's Substitute down special lets you teleport to dodge attacks and then strike back, making it an effective and hard-to-predict way to counter-attack. You can also control where you reappear. When you vanish, sometimes you'll be replaced by a log, and other times by a Substitute doll.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: What is that? Some kind of ninja frog?
  • Palutena: That's the Pokémon Greninja. Its strengths are agility and speed. What looks like a scarf is actually its 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 just 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 its Water Shuriken, be prepared to reflect it back!

amiibo[edit]

  • This Water- and Dark-type Pokémon is the fully evolved form of Froakie. It’s just as fast and dangerous as any other ninja, and the throwing stars it can make out of water can shear metal. When it spins the stars and throws them at high speed, they can split metal in two.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirit information[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
418 Greninja SSBU Spirit Greninja.png Pokémon Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Greninja N/A N/A N/A N/A

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • A ninja-like fighter that battles with moves like the Water Shuriken. Greninja can use a log for clever counterattacks, and this Pokémon can even stick to walls. During its Final Smash, it turns into Ash-Greninja...!?

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲッコウガ
Gekkōga (romaji)
Gekkouga (trademark)
From「ゲコゲコ」(gekogeko, onomatopoeia for frog's croaking), possibly「月光」(gekkō, moonlight), and「甲賀流」(Kōga-ryū, an ancient ninjutsu school); officially romanized as "Gekkouga"[1]
Chinese 甲賀忍蛙
Jiǎhèrěnwā
Comes from the Japanese name; literally "Kōga Ninja Frog"
Dutch Greninja -
French Amphinobi From "amphibie" (amphibious) and「忍」(shinobi, the original Japanese naming for "ninja")
German Quajutsu From "quak" (croak) and「術」(jutsu, Japanese word for "technique")
Italian Greninja -
Korean 개굴닌자
Gaegulninja
From "개굴개굴" (gae'gul-gae'gul, sound of croaking in Korean) and "ninja"
Portuguese Greninja -
Russian Грениндзя
Grenindzya
Transcription of English name
Spanish Greninja -

Trivia[edit]

  • In the official English Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U website, Greninja's name went untranslated from Japanese in the address bar of its web page.[2]

References[edit]

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