Water Shuriken (move)

Water Shuriken
みずしゅりけん Water Shuriken
Water Shuriken IX.png
Water Shuriken IX 2.png
Type  Water
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  15
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +1
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Causes the user to move earlier on the next turn.

Water Shuriken (Japanese: みずしゅりけん Water Shuriken) is a damage-dealing Water-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation VI. In Generation VIII, it was the signature move of Accelgor. In Generation IX, it is the signature move of Greninja.


Generation VI

Water Shuriken is a physical move in this generation.

Water Shuriken deals damage and is an increased priority move, hitting the target 2-5 times per use. There is a 35% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 35% chance it will hit 3 times, a 15% chance it will hit 4 times, and a 15% chance it will hit 5 times. Each strike made has an equal chance to be a critical hit.

Water Shuriken may continue attacking after breaking a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.

If the target has Weak Armor, each strike will activate it.

If a Focus Sash activates before the last strike is dealt, the following strike will cause the defending Pokémon to faint. A Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent. Sturdy will activate with each hit if the defending Pokémon has a maximum HP of 1.

If the user is holding a King's Rock or Razor Fang, each consecutive hit has an equal chance to cause the opponent to flinch.

Generation VII

Water Shuriken is now a special move. Mirror Coat will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.

If the target has Water Compaction or Stamina, each strike will activate it.

If Battle Bond is activated, Water Shuriken's power rises from 15 to 20, and it always hits three times.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Water Shuriken cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Water Shuriken is no longer affected by Battle Bond.


Games Description
The user hits the target with throwing stars two to five times in a row. This move always goes first.
BDSP 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
617   Accelgor
  Bug Bug 1ORAS 1 1
658   Greninja
Water 1 Water 1 36, 75 1, Evo. Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Super Smash Bros. Series

Greninja using Water Shuriken

Water Shuriken is Greninja's neutral special. It is a chargeable projectile. It slowly travels forward and hits multiple times if fully charged, and functions as a small fast projectile if not charged at all. Unlike other chargeable projectiles, it cannot be stored.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Special 2 25 30 100% An opponent Multistrike Attacks the target two to five times in a row.* Serena (Champion) & Greninja
Calem (Champion) & Greninja*

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Water Shuriken
Attack power 15.20924 (Hits 1-4), 41.57191 (Hit 5)
Charge time 0.5 seconds (Hits 1-4), 0.82 seconds
Range type Projectile
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Water Shuriken is Greninja's first move. It is obtained by evolving from Frogadier at level 7 and upgrading Bubble into it instead of Surf. The user throws 3-5 shurikens made of water which explode when they hit an enemy, damaging and slowing enemies in a small area while healing the user. At level 11, the user throws one more shuriken.


Games Description
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Unleash a water shuriken. Charge it with B.*
SMD It damages an enemy 2 to 5 times in a row. It reaches up to 2 tiles away.

In the anime

Ash's Greninja Riot's Greninja Sanpei's Greninja Ash-Greninja
The user forms a shuriken of water from its hand, then tosses it at the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Greninja Greninja forms a shuriken of water in its hand. It then tosses the shuriken at the opponent.
Riot's Greninja Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Debut
Sanpei's Greninja A Stealthy Challenge! None
Ippei's Greninja The Legend of the Ninja Hero! None
Ash's Greninja A Festival of Decisions! None
  Greninja When covered in a veil of water, Ash-Greninja forms a shuriken of water in one or both its hands. It then tosses the shuriken or shurikens at the opponent. When it's in its final form, it instead grabs the shuriken on its back and throws it at the opponent. After it does so, another shuriken pops up on Ash-Greninja's back. At times, this shuriken can grow to a larger size to deal more damage to the opponent.
Ash's Greninja Meeting at Terminus Cave! None

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


  • Water Shuriken is the only move to have its category changed since Generation IV (prior to which categories were not assigned to moves individually, but to their types).
  • Water Shuriken is the only multi-strike move to have an increased priority.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 飛水手裡劍 Fēi Séui Sáuléuihgim *
水手裏劍 Séui Sáuléuihgim *
水手裡劍 Séui Sáuléuihgim *
Mandarin 飛水手裡劍 / 飞水手里剑 Fēi Shuǐ Shǒulǐjiàn *
水手裏劍 Shuǐ Shǒulǐjiàn *
水手裡劍 Shuǐ Shǒulǐjiàn *
  Dutch Waterwerpster
  French Sheauriken
  German Wasser-Shuriken
  Italian Acqualame
  Korean 물수리검 Mul Surigeom
  Polish Wodny Shuriken
Portuguese   Brazil Estrela Ninja de Água
  Portugal Shuriken de Água
  Russian Водяной Сюрикен Vodyanoy Syuriken
  Spanish Shuriken de Agua
  Thai ดาวกระจายน้ำ
  Turkish Yağmur Hançeri
  Vietnamese Phi Tiêu Nước

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