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. 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


External links

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