Greninja (SSBU)

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This article is about Greninja's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Greninja.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Pokémon
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Secret Ninja Attack
A ninja-like fighter that battles with moves like the Water Shuriken. Greninja can use a log for clever counterattacks, and this Pokémon can even stick to walls. During its Final Smash, it turns into Ash-Greninja...!?
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Greninja (ゲッコウガ, Gekkouga) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Greninja is classified as fighter #50.

Greninja is once again voiced by Billy Bob Thompson, through recycled voice clips from Smash 4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Greninja must then be defeated on Kalos Pokémon League.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change Greninja's model features a slightly more subdued color scheme.
  • Change Every move that once used water katanas now use water kunais, similar to when Ash's Greninja uses Cut in the Pokémon anime.
  • Change Greninja's tongue has less physics-based movement than the previous game.
  • Change Greninja has altered animations for its sidestep, roll, and airdodge animations; it now disappears in a slight gust of wind with leaves scattering, similarly to when Substitute is successful.


  • Buff Like all characters, Greninja's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Greninja dashes significantly faster (2.08 → 2.288).
  • Buff Greninja walks slightly faster (1.43 → 1.502).
  • Buff Greninja's air speed is faster (1.18 → 1.239).
  • Change Greninja has a lower weight (94 → 88), now weighing less than Peach. This worsens its survivability but also makes it less susceptible to combos.
  • Nerf The ability to tech footstools greatly hinders Greninja's combo options.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral infinite is considerably faster.
  • Change Down tilt has a new animation - a downward sweep with its hand.
    • Buff Down tilt launches at a more upward angle, improving its combo potential.
    • Buff Down tilt can be acted out of 3 frames earlier.
  • Change Dash attack has an altered animation, with Greninja stopping halfway through the spin.
    • Buff Dash attack does more damage.
    • Buff Dash attack can be acted out of 1 frame earlier.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Buff Neutral aerial can be acted out of 12 frames earlier, which also reduces the potential of Greninja self-destructing when using it off-stage.
  • Buff Forward aerial deals much more knockback.
  • Nerf Down aerial has more ending lag when it hits, slightly hindering its combo potential.
    • Buff Landing down aerial no longer makes Greninja lose its double jump.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Forward throw deals more damage and knockback.
  • Back throw:
    • Change Greninja has a new back throw animation, in which it turns around and throws with both hands.
    • Buff Back throw's new animation is faster, making it harder to DI properly.
    • Nerf Back throw has reduced base knockback.

Special moves[edit]

  • Water Shuriken:
    • Change Water Shurikens appear visually sharper.
    • Buff Water Shuriken has slightly increased range.
  • Shadow Sneak:
    • Nerf During Shadow Sneak, the shadow's eyes flash red just before release, making it easier to predict the attack.
    • Change Shadow Sneak's attack features a new animation - a forward kick. Additionally, Greninja now cloaks itself in a whirlwind before disappearing.
    • Buff Shadow Sneak activates slightly faster.
  • Substitute:
    • Buff Substitute activates faster, making it harder to avoid the attack.
    • Buff Substitute now grants Greninja invincibility during the actual attack.
    • Buff Substitute's counter window is longer, making it easier to pull off.
    • Buff Substitute now slows down the opponent, making the counter-attack connect much more consistently.
    • Change Substitute has more vibrant particles when activated.
  • Hydro Pump:
    • Buff Hydro Pump now has an arrow pointing in the direction of travel, similar to Pikachu's up-special, Quick Attack.
    • Change Hydro Pump can now be ledge-cancelled.
    • Buff Hitting Greninja out of Hydro Pump no longer makes it lose its double jump.
  • Final Smash:
  • Change Greninja now turns into Ash-Greninja during Secret Ninja Attack.
  • Change Greninja and its opponents are no longer silhouetted during Secret Ninja Attack.

Update history[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0 Template:UpdateList/1.2.0

  • Bug fix A visual glitch with Greninja's screen KO has been fixed.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Greninja was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Greninja was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Greninja leaped into the air to avoid one of the beams, which hit Lucario instead. Greninja was hit shortly after and vaporized, getting imprisoned by Galeem afterward along with the other fighters, sans Kirby. A puppet fighter cloned from Greninja is later seen alongside ones cloned from Fox, Samus, Link and other fighters.

Greninja is later seen among several other fighters, making their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon. It also shows up in the bad ending where Galeem emerges victorious against Dharkon, witnessing Galeem engulf the world in light.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Greninja Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Greninja's new character portrait resembles its air dodge animation.
  • Coincidentally, Greninja's fighter number, 50, is the same as the number of its costume in Super Mario Maker.
  • In the Pokémon series, Ash-Greninja is only obtainable as a male. The fact that Greninja transforms into Ash-Greninja for its Final Smash, Secret Ninja Attack, seems to imply that Greninja is a male in Ultimate.

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