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Greninja SSB4SSB Pokémon Series
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Availability Starter
Final Smash Secret Ninja Attack


Greninja is a playable veteran character in Super Smash Bros. Calamity. Greninja is a dual-type Water/Dark Pokémon and is the final form of Froakie who evolves after Frogadier. Greninja is a bipedal frog-like Pokémon with a pink tongue which acts like a scarf, who runs at the speed and grace of a ninja and uses multiple shurikens made of water to attack its opponents.

Changes

Notice Due to the inclusion of more taunts and victory poses, Greninja has many more animations for it.

Buff Similar to Lucario, the first few frames of Greninja's spotdodge is now Substitute, which functions similarly to how it did in SSB3DS/WU.

Buff New up smash, a rising slash with a water katana. It has more range and is stronger in terms of knockback, and also has slightly less ending lag.

Buff New down tilt, Mat Block, a Fighting-type move in the Pokémon games, and, prior to Generation VII, Mat Block was the signature move of Greninja. It sends opponents upwards and has low ending lag, making it a good combo starter.

Buff New back aerial, a water katana slash behind it similar to its forward aerial, which deals more damage and is stronger.

Notice Fully charged Water Shuriken covers slightly more distance.

Nerf Hydro Pump is now a simple water blast beneath Greninja (similar to its Single-Shot Pump custom up special from SSBWU/3DS), which covers less distance and has way less options than before.

Buff Hydro Pump can spike opponents beneath Greninja, making it a decent edgeguarding move.

Buff New down special, Smokescreen, which involves Greninja blowing out black smoke in front of it. The black smoke lasts for seven seconds, but can be removed by attacking while inside it. Inside it, Greninja will be completely covered by it, while others will can slightly be seen inside it. Greninja will also be completely silent in it, so it can surprise players.

Nerf Smokescreen is no longer a counter move.

Moveset

Greninja can wall jump, wall cling and crawl.
Normal attacks
Attack Name Description Damage
Jab Combo Greninja performs two alternating palm thrusts followed by a double palm thrust that emits a small blast of water. If button mashed, it is instead followed by a series of knifehand strikes that emit blade-shaped blasts of water that concludes with an outward knifehand strike that emits a small blast of water. 2% (jabs)
3% (final hit)
1% (loop)
5% (finisher)
Side tilt Forward kick Greninja does a forward kick. 8%
Side smash Water katana slash Greninja slashes forward with a water katana. 14% (uncharged)
22% (fully charged)
Up tilt Tongue strike Greninja does a tongue strike above it. 6%
Up smash Rising water katana strike Greninja slashes above it with a water katana. 16% (uncharged)
24% (fully charged)
Down tilt Mat Block Greninja knocks the opponent upwards by hitting the floor, causing a "mat" to pop out and attack them. 9%
Down smash Side water katana slashes Greninja slashes on both sides with water katanas. 13% (uncharged)
21% (fully charged)
Dash attack Legsweep Greninja does a legsweep. 8%
Aerial attacks
Attack Name Description Damage
Neutral air Aerial water burst Greninja strikes a ninja pose while erupting water from itself. 11% (early), 7% (late)
Forward air Aerial water katana slash Greninja slashes forward with a water katana. 12%
Back air Behind water katana slash Greninja slashes behind it with a water katana. 13%
Up air Drill kick Greninja does a drill kick above it. 3% (all hits)
4% (final hit)
Down air Drop stomp Greninja does a stomp that sends it directly downwards, bouncing off of opponents hit by the move, meteor smashing them as well. 11%
Grabs and throws
Attack Name Description Damage
Grab Greninja reaches out for the opponent.
Pummel TBA ... ??%
Forward throw TBA ... ??%
Back throw TBA ... ??%
Up throw TBA ... ??%
Down throw TBA ... ??%
Special attacks
Attack Name Description Damage
Neutral special Water Shuriken Greninja creates a shuriken made of water and tosses it forward. Can be charged to increase its size and make it stronger, but at the cost of less range. 3% (no charge)
12% (full charge; all hits)
Side special Shadow Sneak Greninja's shadow begins to move if he is on the ground, then after a few seconds or if the special button is released, Greninja will teleport to the location of its shadow and do a flip kick upon reappearing. 12% (flip kick)
Up special Hydro Pump Greninja creates a blast of water below it, launching it upwards. Opponents beneath Greninja will be spiked by the water blast and anyone who touches him during his ascend will be launched. 13% (water blast)
9% (ascend; clean)
5% (ascend; late)
Down special Smokescreen Greninja creates black smoke from its mouth in front of it, which lasts for seven seconds before dissipating, though it can dissipate manually by others attacking it. While inside it, Greninja is covered by it completely, while others can be seen inside it, albeit not as much as normal. Also, while inside it, Greninja does not make any noise when doing any action. 0%
Final Smash Secret Ninja Attack Greninja knocks the opponent upwards with a Mat Block and attacks them with multiple water slashes while a moonlit backdrop appears, before spiking them with a knifehand strike. 5% (start-up)
2% (each slash)
12% (final strike)

Miscellaneous

Animation Description
On-screen appearance Greninja is released from a Pokéball, then performs a ninjutsu hand sign that emits a small burst of water from its hands.
Idle animation Greninja hunches over and assumes a ninjutsu stance.
Side taunt Greninja shakes its head from side to side, causing its tongue to whip out in the same directions.
Standard taunt Greninja strikes a stance and creates three afterimages of itself, similar to one of its victory poses. Can be used to dodge attacks.
Down taunt Greninja poses upright and holds out arms to either side, releasing fountains of water from its palms. The fountains deal damage to opponents nearby.
Up taunt Greninja strikes a pose, then rises slightly more upright to strike a ninjutsu pose.
Victory theme Click here to listen!
Greninja's victory theme is a flourish remix of the gym leader victory theme from Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. This victory theme is shared with Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Mewtwo, Lucario, Charizard, Squirtle, Ivysaur and Meloetta.
Victory pose #1 Greninja performs Double Team to briefly create three afterimages of itself.
Victory pose #2 Greninja performs a few ninjutsu hand signs that emit small bursts of water and then strikes a ninjutsu pose.
Victory pose #3 Greninja does a flip and then crosses its arms after landing. It resembles one of its attack animations in Pokémon X and Y.
Victory pose #4 Greninja strikes two poses, one where it stands upright and raises one of its arms and another where it goes back to its original stance and thrusts one of its arms forward.

Alternates

Credit goes to Yendorami (tbc) for some of the alternates.

Greninja has an alternate costume based on Ash Greninja, a type of evolution for it via Bond Phenomenon shown in the Pokémon XY anime series, also giving it three more alternates.

Trivia

  • Greninja's Smokescreen down special functions similarly to Forsburn's "Smokescreen" elemental power in Rivals of Aether.
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