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====With Ash====
[[File:Ash Froakie past.png|thumb|250px|AsFroakie's aprevious FroakieTrainers]]
[[File:Ash Froakie past.png|thumb|left|250px|Froakie's previous Trainers]]
In ''[[XY003|A Battle of Aerial Mobility!]]'', Froakie was introduced to {{an|Professor Oak}}, who was fascinated by the Bubble Frog Pokémon. For most of the trip on {{rt|4|Kalos}}, Froakie was seen outside of its Poké Ball. After a wild {{AP|Fletchling}} took a [[Berry]] that {{an|Bonnie}} was going to give to a {{TP|Clemont|Dedenne}}, Froakie stubbornly attempted to fight Fletchling, only to lose. After Ash learned that it was only trying to get payback at Fletchling for making Bonnie sad, he and Froakie challenged Fletchling to one final battle by climbing the rocks to match Fletchling's speed. Although Fletchling escaped from Ash's Poké Ball once, Froakie later defeated it, which ended in both its defeat and catch.
[[File:Ash Froakie.png|thumb|250px|left|As a Froakie]]
In ''[[XY013|Kindergarten Chaos!]]'', Froakie battled {{OBP|Penelope|XY013}}'s {{p|Sylveon}}. Froakie was eventually about to finish Sylveon off, but Sylveon infatuated it with {{m|Attract}} and defeated it with a {{m|Draining Kiss}}. While the group arrived at the kindergarten where Penelope worked, Froakie was left embarrassed by its loss and stood alone while the other Pokémon played with the kindergartners. When Team Rocket appeared and stole Pikachu and Sylveon, Froakie and [[Randall]], one of the children, were accidentally trapped in Team Rocket's truck during the chaos. Later, when Ash entered the truck, the three worked together to break the glass containers holding Pikachu and Sylveon, helping Randall get over his fear for Pokémon in the process. Froakie and Pikachu then defeated Team Rocket, blasting them off. Afterwards, Froakie and Randall gave each other a fist bump as a sign of their new friendship, before the group said goodbye to everyone at the kindergarten.
 
In ''[[XY035|The Forest Champion!]]'', Froakie was used to battle a wild {{AP|Hawlucha}} Ash had befriended. After an exchange of multiple attacks, Hawlucha used {{m|Flying Press}}, but Froakie countered with Pound at the last minute, causing a collision that knocked out both Pokémon and ended the battle in a draw. Later, Froakie was seen when Ash caught Hawlucha. It would later have a conflict with Hawlucha in ''[[XY038|Forging Forest Friendships!]]''. In the wake of learning {{m|Cut}}, Ash and Clemont decided to have a battle in which Froakie and Hawlucha battled against {{TP|Clemont|Chespin}} and {{TP|Clemont|Bunnelby}}. Ash commanded Hawlucha to use {{m|Karate Chop}} to counter Bunnelby's {{m|Mud Shot}}, but Froakie used Water Pulse on Bunnelby instead. This angered Hawlucha, who wanted to hit Bunnelby. The dispute later escalated, requiring them to be separated by Ash. In an attempt to defuse the tension, Ash decided to train the two in using a new move called "Super Flying Cut". During the training, Ash was kidnapped by a wild {{p|Trevenant}}, and both Froakie and Hawlucha got separated from the rest of the group in the process. After finding [[Ash's hat]], the two resolved their differences and sought to find their Trainer. After finding him, they battled Team Rocket, overcoming their Pokémon with their new special move and blasting them off. Froakie and Hawlucha then gave each other a fist bump, solidifying their new friendship.
 
[[File:Ash Frogadier.png|thumb|left|250px|As a Frogadier]]
In ''[[XY052|A Stealthy Challenge!]]'', Froakie was training with Ash and Pikachu when Bonnie noticed Sanpei in the water. It went rescued him and his {{p|Greninja}}, who were previously attacked by [[Saizo]] and his {{p|Barbaracle}}. After thwarting another attack, the group decided to help Sanpei find a mansion so he could deliver a secret document given to him by his mentor. Eventually, after they and their Trainers were separated from the rest of the group, Froakie and Greninja encountered Saizo once more and had a rematch. However, neither their joint attacks or the involvement of Pikachu gave them the upper hand. The three are eventually trapped in rocks by Barbaracle's {{m|Mud-Slap}}, which also blinded Pikachu and Greninja. Froakie managed to break free and evolve into a Frogadier; it weakened the Collective Pokémon with its newly learned {{m|Aerial Ace}} before Saizo fled the battle. After reaching the mansion, it was revealed that Saizo was in fact Sanpei's mentor, who had been testing his student and that the document was actually blank. Frogadier and Greninja had a battle at the end of the episode, but the outcome was unknown.
 
In ''[[XY058|The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!]]'', Ash used Frogadier as his third and final Pokémon in his [[Coumarine Gym]] Battle against [[Ramos]]. Despite being at a type disadvantage, it went up against {{p|Weepinbell}}, which had already defeated Fletchinder and Hawlucha. Frogadier was eventually able to defeat the Flycatcher Pokémon with Aerial Ace, which overcame and destroyed its {{m|Grass Knot}}. It then went up against Ramos's last Pokémon, his {{p|Gogoat}}. During the battle, Gogoat used {{m|Leech Seed}} on Frogadier, trapping it while draining Frogadier's health. Gogoat then used {{m|Razor Leaf}}, circling around Frogadier while launching leaves at it. As a result, neither Ash nor Frogadier were able to see Gogoat. Then, Ash remembered the advice that Ramos gave him; that getting flustered would only make matters worse, and that if he kept a level head he'd be able to see the important things. With the advice in mind, Ash had Frogadier listen for the sounds of Gogoat's movements. After getting hit by multiple leaves, it finally managed to sense Gogoat, cut through the Razor Leaf, and did major damage with Aerial Ace before using Double Team. Though the Mount Pokémon took out the copies with Vine Whip, this gave Frogadier an opening. It hit Gogoat with Water Pulse and knocked it out, giving Ash the win and earning him the {{badge|Plant}}.
 
[[File:Ash Greninja Sawyer Sceptile.png|thumb|250px|left|Its rivalry with Sawyer's Sceptile]]
In ''[[XY073|A Fashionable Battle!]]'', Ash used Frogadier and Hawlucha for his [[Double Battle]] against [[Sawyer]]. They went up against [[Sawyer's Treecko]] and {{p|Bagon}} and won. However, before Ash and Sawyer could continue their battle, but they were interrupted by the commotion caused by [[Valerie]]'s Fashion Show. Later, in ''[[XY075|Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!]]'', Ash used Frogadier as his third Pokémon in his three-versus-three battle against Sawyer. It went up against {{p|Treecko}}, despite the type disadvantage. During the battle, Treecko suddenly evolved into {{p|Grovyle}}, learning {{m|Leaf Blade}} in the process. Despite this development, however, Frogadier took advantage of smoke, created by the collision of its Water Pulse and Grovyle's Bullet Seed, to get into the air and attack Grovyle with Water Pulse from behind, defeating the Wood Gecko Pokémon. After the battle, both Frogadier and Grovyle were impressed with the other's abilities and developed a rivalry with each other.
 
In ''[[XY102|Meeting at Terminus Cave!]]'', Greninja was used by Ash to retrieve [[Squishy]], who was captured by Team Rocket at the time. Greninja quickly retrieved it and returned it to Bonnie. After Squishy defeated [[Team Flare]]'s Pokémon and ran away, Greninja battled [[Celosia]]'s {{p|Manectric}} and [[Bryony]]'s {{p|Liepard}}, who chased after Squishy. During the battle, it transformed into its Ash-Greninja form and easily beat Manectric and Liepard back with its great speed and power, forcing Team Flare to retreat. During the battle, it was shown that Ash and Greninja share each other's pain and exhaustion while Greninja was in its Ash-Greninja form. Afterwards, Greninja and Ash fell to their knees in exhaustion.
 
[[File:Ash and Greninja.png|thumb|left|250px|Greninja and Ash]]
In ''[[XY106|A Meeting of Two Journeys!]]'', Greninja was first used to battle Sawyer's Sceptile. It was eventually able to defeat Sceptile with Aerial Ace upon transforming into Ash-Greninja. Its transformation was noticed by [[Alain]], who was passing by. The next day, Alain requested a battle with Greninja, and Ash agreed. During the battle between Greninja and [[Alain's Charizard]], Charizard [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolved]], while Greninja again evolved into Ash-Greninja. In the end, Charizard was able to defeat Greninja with {{m|Blast Burn}}.
 
In ''[[XY118|Championing a Research Battle!]]'', Ash and his friends met up with [[Diantha]], who battled Ash and Greninja with {{TP|Diantha|Gardevoir}} after hearing of the latter's special power. Eventually, Greninja and Ash reached the point where they could transform into Ash-Greninja. Diantha was impressed by its special form, as Greninja started to gain the upper hand. It was able to keep up with Gardevoir's speed and strike it. Diantha finally had Gardevoir Mega Evolve and repel Greninja's attacks. With their power matched, Ash and Greninja reached Ash-Greninja's final form, and the water veil that surrounded Greninja turned into a massive, back-mounted shuriken, much to everyone's shock. Greninja then attacked with its new Water Shuriken, which proved to be stronger against Gardevoir's {{m|Shadow Ball}}. However, before the battle could progress any further, both Greninja and Ash passed out again from exhaustion. As a result, Gardevoir had to fend off Team Rocket while the two regained consciousness. Greninja and Ash soon recovered, and vowed to fully master their newfound transformation.
 
[[File:Ash Greninja Lumiose Conference.png|thumb|250px|left|As Ash-Greninja in the Lumiose Conference]]
From ''[[XY119|A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!]]'' to ''[[XY121|Seeing the Forest for the Trees!]]'', Ash and Greninja faced a major personal crisis in being able to perfect the Ash-Greninja form. Ash first started having doubts of himself after Greninja lost to Sawyer's Sceptile during their three-on-three battle, having been unable to transform. [[XY120|Later on]], Ash and Greninja finally managed to activate the form during the Gym battle against [[Wulfric]], but despite that, Greninja still lost due to being frozen by {{p|Avalugg}}'s attacks. Blaming himself for their loss, Ash decided to leave Greninja at the [[Pokémon Center]] and walked off into the [[Kalos Route 20|Winding Woods]] alone. It [[XY121|the following episode]], Greninja left to look for Ash. With Squishy's help, they reunited during a blizzard and worked together to save a bunch of {{p|Spewpa}} that were trapped on a tree branch hanging above a cliff. As a result, they were able to get their feelings in sync, and Greninja was able to perfect the Ash-Greninja form. Afterwards, Ash and Greninja, along with some forest Pokémon, sought shelter in a cave, where the two promised to start over again. Later on, they reunited with the group and returned to the Pokémon Center. There, Greninja showed Ash its Poké Ball and rolled it over to him, just like the time when it was first caught, signifying their resolve to start over again.
 
 
In ''[[XY131|Down to the Fiery Finish!]]'', Greninja was Ash's final Pokémon used in the finals against Alain. After defeating Alain's Bisharp, it faced off against Charizard. After several exchanges of attacks, Ash and Alain had their Pokémon use Water Shuriken and Blast Burn, respectively. As Greninja unleashed all of its power into the attack, its Shuriken grew to massive size and changed to a fiery red-orange color. Both Pokémon then fired off their attacks, with both scoring a direct hit on their opponent. Although initially both Pokémon were still standing, Greninja wasn't able to take the damage and soon fainted, causing Alain to win the Lumiose Conference.
[[File:Ash and Pokémon captured.png|thumb|250px|Greninja alongside Ash and its teammates captured by Team Flare]]
In ''[[XY132|A Towering Takeover!]]'', Greninja, along with Ash and his other Pokémon, was taken captive at the top of Prism Tower by [[Lysandre]], who intended to use their [[Bond Phenomenon]] for his plans. In [[XY133|the next episode]], it and Ash were hit by a miniature version of the Team Flare's Mega Evolution energy ray, designed to control them, but they broke free using Bond Phenomenon. After Alain's Charizard broke Ash's other Pokémon free, Greninja, along with everyone else, battled [[Lysandre's Pyroar]] and {{Shiny}} Mega {{p|Gyarados}}. [[XY134|Later on]], Pyroar, Noivern, Hawlucha, and Goodra were defeated; and [[Malva]] appeared and decided to fight alongside Ash and Alain.
 
As a Froakie, it was a stubborn, picky Pokémon, displayed by the fact that it had several other Trainers that it refused to listen to, either forcing them to return it to Professor Sycamore or abandoning them and returning to the lab itself. It is also extremely similar to Ash personality wise, as it is not afraid to leap into danger regardless of its own safety and doesn't back down from a fight. It is clear that it recognizes these traits in Ash, hence why it was finally willing to accept being taken into Ash's wing. It also has a sense of honor, as demonstrated when it attacked {{AP|Fletchling}} just because it made {{an|Bonnie}} cry. In ''[[XY011|The Bamboozling Forest!]]'', it is shown to have a good judgment of character, as it became suspicious of Meowth when he pretended to side with it, {{AP|Pikachu}}, and {{TP|Clemont|Chespin}} under a temporary truce. Froakie is prone to blushing when praised, as shown when being thanked by Bonnie in ''[[XY003|A Battle of Aerial Mobility!]]'' and {{TP|Serena|Fennekin}} in ''[[XY011|The Bamboozling Forest!]]''. As shown in ''[[XY013|Kindergarten Chaos!]]'', Greninja as a Froakie gets embarrassed when losing in a bad way, such as when it lost because of Attract.
 
[[File:Ash-Greninja water veil.png|thumb|250px|left|Covered in a water veil as Ash-Greninja]]
Since evolving into a Frogadier, its personality remained largely the same. It is still shown to be loyal to Ash, as shown when it hugged him after its victory in the Coumarine City Gym battle. Greninja is a responsible Pokémon that can take initiative to protect its friends and allies. In ''[[XY071|So You're Having a Bad Day!]]'', it volunteered to scout ahead to protect {{an|Serena}} and Chespin after they had gotten separated from the group. Greninja also appears to be good with younger Pokémon and children. As a Froakie, in addition to challenging Fletchling for making Bonnie cry, it was able to befriend the timid [[Randall]] during one of {{TRT}}'s schemes. As a Frogadier, it can be seen looking after {{TP|Clemont|Dedenne}} in ''[[XY059|Under the Pledging Tree!]]'' while Ash and his friends were preparing gifts for their Pokémon. Greninja also seems to care deeply for its friends and would go to great lengths to keep them safe from danger, as seen when it acted as bodyguard for Serena and Chespin in ''[[XY071|So You're Having a Bad Day!]]'', and protected the two from a wild {{p|Pangoro}}.
 
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