Greninja (Kalos Central Pokédex. It is a Water/Dark-Type, and is known as the Ninja Pokémon.) is the ninth Pokémon in the
Greninja uses the Torrent Ability, which increases the power of its Water-Type moves by 50% once its HP falls below one-third of its maximum. Starting in Generation VII Greninja can also use Battle Bond, an Ability that allows it to transform into Ash-Greninja after defeating a Pokémon in battle, with the effect lasting for that battle. Greninja's Hidden Ability is Protean, which makes it a pure Pokémon of the type of move that it is about to use.
Greninja is in the Water 1 Egg Group. It takes Greninja 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Greninja takes on the appearance of a bipedal frog. It typically stands in a ninjutsu-like stance. Its long tongue is wrapped around its neck like a scarf, and it has webbed hands and feet. There is also a white spot at both knees and elbows.
Greninja doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.
Greninja has yet to appear in a Spin-Off Game as of writing.
Trading Card Game
Frogadier is listed as a Rare Holo card in the XY Set.
Greninja is a playable character in Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U, announced during a Nintendo Direct on April 8, 2014.
Greninja would become a key part of Ash's team after evolving from Frogadier in A Festival of Decisions!, and even more so when they began to understand its powers as it displayed use of the Battle Bond Ability in the same episode, which was not known at the time other than being "a mysterious, powerful transformation."
That transformation would have some side-effects on Ash as well, as he would also feel Greninja's pain, including passing out from the Ability's effects on the trainer.
Prior to that, Ash's Froakie would challenge another trainer's Greninja in A Rush of Ninja Wisdom.
Greninja makes its film debut in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.
Greninja has yet to appear in the Manga as of writing.
Greninja finds itself in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling, returning to the tier after a stint in the Uber tier last generation. It still remains one of the biggest threats in the tier with its terrific coverage, which is bolstered by Protean, giving it a STAB boost on all of its attacks. Greninja is also very fast, allowing for to serve as a threat for offensive teams while having enough firepower to be able to put pressure on bulkier builds. Greninja's coverage attacks make the opponent be in doubt as to which attacks it has. With attacks like Ice Beam, Hydro Pump, Gunk Shot, Extrasensory, Hidden Power Fire, and Dark Pulse, the offensive pressure that Greninja can put on an opposing team is gigantic. The best Greninja set is an offensive Spikes set that can be used to great success due to its offensive prowess that forces out Pokémon, allowing for it to easily set up Spikes, as well as its ability to pressure entry hazard removers. It can also run an offensive all-out attacker with Life Orb or Expert Belt that is incredibly potent and one of the best Pokémon sets in the tier thanks to its incredibly varied coverage which can make it unpredictable to face off against. A Choice Scarf set is also a good option on Greninja given its very high Speed tier, which gives it the ability to be able to outspeed and revenge kill a number of potent set-up sweepers such as Volcarona, Zygarde, and Gyarados with coverage moves like Rock Slide and Ice Beam. Greninja's only real downfall is its bulk, which does not allow for it to tank even resisted hits without a decent chunk of damage being done. It is otherwise a top tier Pokémon with high versatility.
While Protean Greninja is an incredible Pokémon, Ash-Greninja is also a powerful threat not to be undersold. It has an excellent offensive typing, massive offensive power and high Speed, and one of the most powerful priority attacks in the game in Water Shuriken if Battle Bond is activated. Ash-Greninja is capable of overpowering offensive teams with aplomb once its checks have been weakened or removed. It is best used as a Choice Specs attacker that maximizes power over everything else. The biggest problem with Ash-Greninja is that it sacrifices Protean for Battle Bond, so coverage attacks like Gunk Shot and Extrasensory are not STAB boosted, allowing for Pokémon like Toxapex and Tapu Fini to be able to switch in while preventing Greninja from transforming. Ash-Greninja is also very frail, making it hard for it to switch in, even against resisted attacks. Still, once Ash-Greninja can get rolling, it is a terrific Pokémon that can put in a lot of work.
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