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Pokémon
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Greninja (disambiguation).
Greninja
Ninja Pokémon
ゲッコウガ
Gekkouga
#658
Greninja
Greninja
Ash-Greninja
Ash-Greninja



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Dark
Unknown Unknown
Ash-Greninja
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Torrent
Greninja
Battle Bond
Ash-Greninja
Cacophony
Protean
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Ash-Greninja
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 1
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'11" 1.5 m
Greninja
0'0" 0 m
Ash-Greninja
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
88.2 lbs. 40.0 kg
Greninja
0 lbs. 0 kg
Ash-Greninja
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
239
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Greninja
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
3
Speed
Ash-Greninja
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body12.png BodyUnknown.png
Ash-Greninja
Footprint
FUnknown.png None.png
Ash-Greninja
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Greninja (Japanese: ゲッコウガ Gekkouga) is a dual-type Water/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.

It evolves from Frogadier starting at level 36. It is the final form of Froakie.

With the Battle Bond Ability, Greninja can transform into a special form known as Ash-Greninja. Greninja with the Ability Battle Bond cannot breed.

Contents

Biology

Greninja is a bipedal, frog-like Pokémon. It is mostly dark blue with a yellow chest, a white triangular marking over each eye, a light blue four-pointed star on each thigh, and yellow on the lower half of its face. It has red eyes with white pupils and its mouth is hidden behind a large, pink tongue that wraps around its neck and extends outward behind its head. Running down the middle of its head is a fin-like extension, and there is a similar fin on each side of its head. Light blue webbing connects its head fins. There is a large, white bubble-like bump on each elbow and knee. Its back feet have two toes, while its front feet have three toes. Each digit has a bulbous tip and yellow webbing.

Greninja moves with the speed and grace of a ninja. It uses swift movements to confuse its enemies while it slices them up with throwing stars made of compressed water. These throwing stars are sharp enough to split metal. In the past, Water Shuriken and Mat Block were its signature moves.

Through a transformation called Bond Phenomenon, Ash's Greninja in the anime and any Greninja with the Ability Battle Bond in Generation VII can change into an alternate form called Ash-Greninja. In this form, Greninja's skin turns a lighter shade of blue, while its face gains red stripes and its cheeks and side fins turn black, changing shape to resemble Ash's hair. Its legs are stronger in this form, and it gains the ability to form large Water Shurikens on its back.

In the anime

Greninja in the anime
Ash-Greninja in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Greninja

Ash's Frogadier evolved into a Greninja in A Festival of Decisions! while battling Heidayu's Bisharp. It soon gained the ability to transform into Ash-Greninja.

Sanpei's Greninja

A Greninja appeared in A Stealthy Challenge!, under the ownership of Sanpei. It reappeared in The Legend of the Ninja Hero! and A Festival of Decisions!. It was mostly seen outside of its Poké Ball.

Other

Greninja debuted in A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!, under the ownership of Ippei, but only in a fantasy. His Greninja made its physical debut in The Legend of the Ninja Hero!, later reappearing in the next episode.

A Greninja appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, under the ownership of Riot. It was his main Pokémon, used to assist him in his thievery.

Minor appearances

A Greninja appeared in the opening sequence of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, when it evolved from Froakie and Frogadier.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
XY052 Greninja Ash's Pokédex Greninja, the Ninja Pokémon, and the evolved form of Frogadier. Greninja's swift movements confound its opponents, and it can compress water into sharp-edged throwing stars.
XY100 Greninja Ash's Pokédex Greninja, the Ninja Pokémon, and the final evolved form of Froakie. Greninja can compress water into sharp-edged throwing stars. With the grace of a ninja, it slips in and out of sight to attack from the shadows.

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Riot owns a Greninja in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Ash's Greninja

Ash's Greninja appeared in a fantasy in JNM01.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Croaky

Y's Frogadier, Croaky, evolved into a Greninja during a battle against Xerosic in Malamar Traps.

In the TCG

Main article: Greninja (TCG)

Other appearances

Greninja in Detective Pikachu

Super Smash Bros.

Main article: Greninja (Super Smash Bros.)

Detective Pikachu

Five Greninja appeared in Detective Pikachu. They were genetically modified and put in chambers. They were later used to chase after Harry Goodman, and also Tim and Lucy when they broke into Howard's facility.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI Kalos
Central #009
Hoenn
#—
X 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.
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 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.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Frogadier
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Event
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade (Greninja)
Event: transfer from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version (Ash-Greninja)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Poni Wilds (Island Scan)Fr
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Renegade Meadow: Stage 5
Shuffle
Expert Stage: Stage EX24
Event: Greninja Appears
Event: Great Daily Pokémon (First release)
Event: Ash-Greninja Appears (Ash-Greninja)
Rumble World
Dewdrop Bay: Castle Moat (Back Boss)
Picross
Area 03: Stage 05

In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
ORAS Super Smash Bros. Greninja Japanese region Japan 36 December 9, 2014 to March 31, 2015
XYORAS Pokémon General Election 720 Greninja All Japan 100 July 3, 2016
July 16 to September 30, 2016
In-game events
Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
SM Ash's Greninja All hide 37 November 18, 2016 onwards

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Master Ball Master Ball (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Greninja
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
72
132 - 179 254 - 348
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
67
64 - 130 125 - 256
103
97 - 170 189 - 335
71
68 - 135 132 - 265
122
114 - 191 224 - 377
Total:
530
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Ash-Greninja
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
72
132 - 179 254 - 348
145
135 - 216 265 - 427
67
64 - 130 125 - 256
153
142 - 225 279 - 445
71
68 - 135 132 - 265
132
123 - 202 242 - 399
Total:
640
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Greninja's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT658.png

Power of Five
Increases the damage dealt by matching five Pokémon.
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 10

#177
Shuffle658.png

Mind Zap
Delays your opponent's disruptions.


Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Magikarp Jump Shell Bell.png Friendship Item: Shell Bell (500Magikarp Jump Diamond.png) ★✰✰✰✰: +0%
★★✰✰✰: +40% (6Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★✰✰: +100% (8Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★★✰: +180% (11Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★★★: +280% (20Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
Skill: Awards lots of JP
Recovery time: 5 hours

Ash-Greninja

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 110 Raise Max Level.png 5

#177
Shuffle658A.png

Power of 4+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of four.
Skill Swapper: Unity Power

Evolution

656Froakie.png
Unevolved
Froakie
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 16
657Frogadier.png
First evolution
Frogadier
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 36
658Greninja.png
Second evolution
Greninja
 Water  Dark 

Battle Bond Greninja

96px
Unevolved
Ash-Greninja
 Water  Dark 

Forms

Greninja with Battle Bond transforms into Ash-Greninja, for the remainder of the battle, upon knocking out an opponent by direct damage.

Base form
Greninja
Battle Bond Greninja
Greninja
 Water  Dark 




Battle Bond
Greninja
Ash-Greninja
Greninja
 Water  Dark 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
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Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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Front Back Front Back
658MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Greninja images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Greninja's overall appearance is based on a frog, and it may have been inspired by horned frogs from the genera Megophrys and Ceratophrys due to the spiked protrusions above its eyes. Its color scheme and body shape is similar to that of the splendid leaf frog. The bubble-like protrusions on its body may be based on a toad's parotoid glands, possibly referencing the traditional myth of toads causing warts, though they may also be remnants of Froakie and Frogadier's frubbles.

As its species name implies, Greninja is also based on a ninja. Japanese culture associates frogs and toads with ninjas based on the folk story "The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya" (児雷也豪傑物語 Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari) about a ninja who can shapeshift into a large toad. Greninja and its pre-evolutions may also draw inspiration from the thief or rogue class as they often rely on speed and stealth and are often seen as nimble or ranged combatants while tending to focus more on dodging attacks rather than withstanding damage.

Ash-Greninja's appearance is based on Ash's attire in Pokémon the Series: XY.

Name origin

Greninja is a combination of grenouille (French for frog) and ninja.

Gekkouga is a combination of げこっ geko (croak) and 甲賀流 Kōga-ryū. It may also derive from 月光 gekkō (moonlight), in reference to a popular conception of ninja running through the night or to Greninja's Dark typing, or a combination of both.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ゲッコウガ Gekkouga From げこっ geko and 甲賀流 Kōga-ryū
France Flag.png French Amphinobi From amphibie and shinobi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Greninja Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Quajutsu From Quak and Ninjutsu
Italy Flag.png Italian Greninja Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 개굴닌자 Gaegulninja From 개굴개굴 gaegul-gaegul and ninja
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 甲賀忍蛙 Gaaphohyánwā From 甲賀流 Gaapho-làuh, 忍者 yánjé, and
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 甲賀忍蛙 Jiǎhèrěnwā From 甲賀流 Jiǎhè-liú, 忍者 rěnzhě, and


Ash-Greninja

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese サトシゲッコウガ Satoshi Gekkouga
Chinese Cantonese 小智版甲賀忍蛙 Síuji-báan Gaaphohyánwā
Mandarin 小智版甲賀忍蛙 / 小智版甲贺忍蛙 Xiǎozhì-bǎn Jiǎhèrěnwā
Denmark Flag.png Danish Ash-Greninja
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Ash-Greninja
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ash-Greninja
France Flag.png French Sachanobi
Germany Flag.png German Ash-Quajutsu
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Ash-Greninja
Italy Flag.png Italian Greninja Forma Ash
South Korea Flag.png Korean 지우개굴닌자 Jiu Gaegulninja
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Ash-Greninja
Poland Flag.png Polish Ashogreninja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ash-Greninja
Russia Flag.png Russian Эш-Грениндзя Esh Grenindzya
Spain Flag.png Spanish Greninja Ash
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Ash-Greninja
Thailand Flag.png Thai ซาโตชิเก็คโคกะ Satoshi Gekkouga
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Ash-Greninja

Related articles

External links

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