This article is about Greninja's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Greninja.
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...?!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Greninja is a veteran fighter in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It was confirmed to return on June 12, 2018 during E3 2018, but this time being officially a male, due to his Ash-Greninja form’s nature.





Changes from SSBWU/3DS


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


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

Ground Attacks

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

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks

  • Water Shurikens appear visually sharper.
  • During Shadow Sneak, the shadow's eyes flash red just before release, making it easier to predict the attack.
    • Shadow Sneak's attack also features a new animation - a forward kick.
  • Substitute activates faster, making it harder to avoid the attack.
    • Substitute has more vibrant particles when activated.
  • Greninja now turns into Ash-Greninja during his Final Smash. It only serves as an aesthetic change to Secret Ninja Attack.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack:Three quick jabs, followed by rapid jabs multiple times with kunais of water, then finishes with a strong double palm strike with a blast of water.
  • Forward Tilt: Kicks forward.
  • Up Tilt: Strikes upwards with his tongue.
  • Down Tilt: A downward sweep with his hand.
  • Dash Attack: Does a sliding kick similar to Mario/Dr. Mario's Dash Attack.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Slashes with a water kunai.
  • Up Smash: Slashes upwards with water kunais.
  • Down Smash: Strikes on both sides with water kunais.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Enters a ninja pose while a water vortex surrounds him.
  • Forward aerial: Slashes with a water kunai.
  • Back aerial: Does three spinning back kicks.
  • Up aerial: Does an upwards kick that hits 6 times.
  • Down aerial: A very fast diving stomp with both feet.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: A whirlpool surrounds the opponent and squeezes him/her.
  • Forward Throw: Hurls opponent forward with one hand.
  • Back Throw: Hurls the opponent backward with both hands.
  • Up Throw: Tosses the opponent upwards with one hand, while striking a ninja pose with the other hand.
  • Down Throw: Slams the opponent into the ground.

Special Moves

Greninja's Special Moves
SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Water Shuriken
Side Special Shadow Sneak
Up Special Hydro Pump
Down Special Substitute
Final Smash Secret Ninja Attack


  • Up Taunt: Strikes a ninja pose. Based on his attack animation in Pokémon X and Y (for Hydro Pump, Extrasensory, etc.)
  • Down Taunt:
  • Side Taunt: Sprouts water from both of his hands upwards (like water fountains).

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

To be added


Palette Swaps


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