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
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.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

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  • Change Greninja's model features a slightly more subdued color scheme.


  • Buff Like all characters, Greninja's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Down tilt launches at a more upward angle, improving its combo potential.
  • Change Down tilt has a new animation - a downward sweep with its hand.
  • Change Dash attack has an altered animation, with Greninja stopping half way through the spin.
  • Change Up Smash now utilizes water kunai instead of water katanas, similar to Ash's Greninja in the anime.

Special moves[edit]

  • Change Water Shurikens appear visually sharper.
  • 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.
  • Buff Substitute activates faster, making it harder to avoid the attack.
  • Change Substitute has more vibrant particles when activated.
  • Change Greninja now turns into Ash-Greninja during its Final Smash. Whether it's an aesthetic change to Secret Ninja Attack or a completely different Final Smash is currently unknown.


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Greninja's new character portrait resembles its air dodge animation.
  • Greninja is the only playable member of a regional starter Pokémon trio to not be part of Pokémon Trainer's rotation.
  • Coincidentally, Greninja's fighter number, 50, is the same as the number of its costume in Super Mario Maker.
  • In the Pokémon series, a Greninja has to be male to become Ash-Greninja. This confirms that Greninja is male in Ultimate.

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