Frogadier < Greninja > Bunnelby
Ninja Pokémon
Water.gif Dark.gif
4'11" (1.5m)
88.2 lbs (40kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 87.5%
Female: 12.5%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield

Greninja (ゲッコウガ) is the ninth Pokémon in the Kalos Central Pokédex. It is a Water/Dark-Type, and is known as the Ninja Pokémon.

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.

Froakie can evolve into Frogadier at Level 16 and can evolve a second time into Greninja at Level 36.

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.

Gender Differences

Greninja doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

Greninja cannot be found in the wild in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The only way to obtain one is to evolve a Frogadier.

Spin-Off Games

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.

Other Appearances

Greninja is a playable character in Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U, announced during a Nintendo Direct on April 8, 2014.

Anime/Manga Information


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.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

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.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
X/Y None Evolve Frogadier

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
VI X It creates throwing stars out of compressed water. When it spins and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.
Y 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 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 Min- Min Max Max+
. 254 348 .
175 195 289 317
125 139 233 256
Sp. Atk
189 211 305 335
Sp. Def
132 147 241 265
224 249 343 377


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Night Slash Dark.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Start Role Play Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
Start Mat Block Fighting.gif N/A N/A Other.png
Start Pound Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Growl Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
5 Bubble Water.gif 40 100 Special.png
8 Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
10 Lick Ghost.gif 30 100 Physical.png
14 Water Pulse Water.gif 60 100 Special.png
20 Smokescreen Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
23 Shadow Sneak Ghost.gif 40 100 Physical.png
28 Spikes Ground.gif N/A N/A Other.png
33 Feint Attack Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
Water Shuriken Water.gif 15 100 Physical.png
43 Substitute Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
49 Extrasensory Psychic.gif 80 100 Special.png
52 Double Team Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
56 Haze Ice.gif N/A N/A Other.png
60 Hydro Pump Water.gif 110 80 Special.png


TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM12 Taunt Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM13 Ice Beam Ice.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM14 Blizzard Ice.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM23 Smack Down Rock.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM28 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
TM55 Scald Water.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM62 Acrobatics Flying.gif 55 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM89 U-turn Bug.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM97 Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png
TM98 Power-Up Punch Fighting.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM01 Cut Normal.gif 50 95 Physical.png
HM03 Surf Water.gif 90 100 Special.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png
HM05 Waterfall Water.gif 80 100 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Bestow Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Camouflage Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Mind Reader Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Mud Sport Ground.gif -- -- Other.png
Toxic Spikes Poison.gif -- -- Other.png
Water Sport Water.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Move Tutor

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Hydro Cannon Water.gif 150 90 Special.png
Water Pledge Water.gif 80 100 Special.png

Frogadier Exclusive Moves

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
23 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
28 Fling Dark.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
33 Smack Down Rock.gif 50 100 Physical.png
44 Bounce Flying.gif 85 85 Physical.png

Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 16
Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 36

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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