Mat Block (move)

Mat Block
たたみがえし Tatami Flip
Mat Block VIII.png
Type  Fighting
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Your Side: Affects the user's side of the field
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Badly startles all of the Pokémon to act before the user.

Mat Block (Japanese: たたみがえし Tatami Flip) is a non-damaging Fighting-type move introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was the signature move of Greninja.


Mat Block protects all Pokémon on the user's side of the field from any physical or special moves for that turn. Unlike Protect, Mat Block is not an increased priority move. Mat Block will only work if used on the first turn after the Pokémon enters the field; the Pokémon must be switched out and back in to be able to use Mat Block again.

Some moves will do damage through Mat Block. Most damaging Z-Moves and Max Moves will only do 25% of their original damage, except G-Max One Blow and G-Max Rapid Flow which do full damage. Moves that break protection, like Feint, will do their full damage and remove the effects of Mat Block. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass Mat Block. Additionally, Mat Block cannot protect against Future Sight or Doom Desire.

If powered up by a Fightinium Z into Z-Mat Block, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Mat Block cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Mat Block cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
Using a pulled-up mat as a shield, the user protects itself and its allies from damaging moves. This does not stop status moves.
This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0538     Human-Like Human-Like 1
All available forms
Water 1 Water 1 1 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Mat Block gives the Mat Block status to the user and teammates in the same room for one turn. This status protects the Pokémon from taking damage from moves, but not from thrown items or explosions. Successfully using Mat Block or other protection moves consecutively reduces the chance of success of it and these moves.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
SMD - - 5 30 —% - Entire room Party Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mat Block appears at the start of Greninja's Final Smash, Secret Ninja Attack. The initial Mat Block flip sends opponents into the air, allowing Greninja to slice them repeatedly before launching them with a final blow.


Games Description
SMD It protects from physical and special moves. Its chance of failing rises if used in a row.*
You and your teammates in the same room will get Mat Block status, which protects you from physical and special moves. But its chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.*

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


  • This move is a reference to a trick that has been used by ninjas, which involves flipping a tatami (a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms) to block incoming projectile attacks.
  • While this move is usable in Pokémon Sword and Shield, no Pokémon can learn it in those games. The only way to obtain Mat Block in Pokémon Sword and Shield is to transfer a Throh that already knows the move from an earlier game via Pokémon HOME, since Greninja and Smeargle are not present in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • Mat Block is the only protection move that is not of an increased priority. Additionally, it is the only one that works on the first turn only.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 掀榻榻米 Hīn Taaptaapmáih
Mandarin 掀榻榻米 Xiān Tàtàmǐ
  French Tatamigaeshi
  German Tatami-Schild
  Italian Ribaltappeto
  Korean 마룻바닥세워막기 Marutbadaksewomaggi
  Brazilian Portuguese Esteira Bloqueio
  Spanish Escudo Tatami
  Vietnamese Lật Chiếu

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.