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Full name Greninja
Species Greninja
First appearance Pokémon X / Pokémon Y (2013, Pokémon series)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, Mario series crossovers)
Latest appearance Pokémon Ultra Sun / Pokémon Ultra Moon (2017, Pokémon series)
Super Mario Maker (2015, Mario series, as a Costume Mario costume)

“Greninja Makes a Splash!”
Introduction, "Challenger From the Shadows" Trailer

Greninja is a Water/Dark-type Pokémon from the Pokémon series that evolves from a Frogadier at level 36. It is the final form of Froakie. It is a newcomer playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. It originates from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Reflecting on its naturally high speed in these games, Greninja's attacks and movements in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U are agile.


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

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Super Smash Bros. Character
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Water Shuriken
Side:  Shadow Sneak
Up:  Hydro Pump
Down:  Substitute
Final Smash:  Secret Ninja Attack
Battle Entrance
Appears from a Poké Ball thrown onto the stage.
SmashWiki article: Greninja (SSB4)

Greninja is features as a playable character 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 Pokémon X and Y were released.

Most of Greninja's attacks involve jabs, kicks, and close-range water attacks. Its special moves are all based upon moves in the Pokémon series that it can learn. Its neutral special move is Water Shuriken, one of its signature moves. Its 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.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
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3DS Pokémon X and Y (10/2013) 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.
(Wii U)
Greninja (Alt.) GreninjaAllStarTrophy3DS.png
N/A 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 a cuddly toy.
(Wii U)
3DS Pokémon X and Y (10/2013)

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version. Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

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!


  • 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲッコウガ
From "gekoh" (げこっ, a frog's croaking) and Kōga-ryū (甲賀流, translated as "School of Kōga", an ancient ninjutsu school); officially romanized as Gekkouga.[1]
Spanish Greninja -
French Amphinobi From "amphibie" ("amphibious") and "shinobi".
Dutch Greninja -
German Quajutsu From "quak" ("croak") and "jutsu" (術, Japanese for a special skill to fight).
Italian Greninja -
Portuguese Greninja -
Russian Грениндзя
Transcription of English name
Korean 개굴닌자
From "gae'gul-gae'gul" (개굴개굴, sound of croaking in Korean) and "ninja".
Chinese 甲賀忍蛙
Comes from the Japanese name. Literally means "Kōga's Ninja Frog".


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