This article is about Greninja's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. For other uses, see Greninja.

Greninja was revealed as a new character alongside Charizard during the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/ 3DS Nintendo Direct. A Pokémon trailer was shown for both characters.



•Blazing Speed

•Fast Smashes

•Good Aerials

•Good Edge Game


•Short Range

•Difficult Recovery

•Weak Grabs



Greninja is the Smash Bros definition of High Risk, High Reward. Greninja’s speed is unmatched, which allows you to apply an immense amount of pressure on the opponent. Along with its speed, Greninja has solid and fast smash attack and good aerial game to make sure your opponent is sweating while on the offensive. Greninja’s “Edge game” is good as well, thanks to his aerial attacks and recovery moves.

The downside begins with Greninja’s recovery options. Greninja’s substitute can be difficult to control and leaves it completely vulnerable to punishing. Greninja’s counter animation is really slow and is difficult to hit the opponent while in the air. The other shortcoming of Greninja is his range. It needs to be up close & personal and ranged characters can really put rack up the damage on you.

Overall Greninja is one of the best characters in the game. Rewarding the player if you can pull off the tricky techniques and making the opponent look bad at the same time.


Official Ken Sugimori artwork of Greninja


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Jabs.
  • Neutral Combo: Rapidly jabs multiple times with blades of water, then finishes with a strong jab from his arm.
  • Dash Attack: Does a sliding kick.
  • Side Tilt: Kicks forward.
  • Up Tilt: Strikes upward with his tongue.
  • Down Tilt: Does a low kick.


  • Side Smash: Slashes with a water sword.
  • Up Smash: Slashes water swords upwards on both sides of his head.
  • Down Smash: Strikes on both sides with water swords.


To be added

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral Aerial: Enters a ninja pose while a water vortex surrounds him.
  • Forward Aerial: Slashes with a water sword. Slow but powerful.
  • Back Aerial: Does three spinning back kicks.
  • Up Aerial: Does an upwards drill kick.
  • Down Aerial: Descends downwards quickly with his legs stretched out.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Attacks with water blades.
  • Forward Throw: Hurls opponent forward with one hand.
  • Back Throw: Hurls the opponent backward with both arms. .
  • Up Throw: Kicks the opponent upward.
  • 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

Greninja's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Stagnant Shuriken Shifting Shuriken
Side Special Shadow Strike Shadow Dash
Up Special High-Capacity Pump Single-Shot Pump
Down Special Exploding Attack Substitute Ambush


  • Up: Strikes a ninja pose.
  • Side: Moves tongue from side to side as water sprinkles out of it.
  • Down: Sprouts water from both of his hands upwards (like water fountains).

In Competitive Play

To Be Added

Costume Gallery

Standard Gallery


  • Greninja's down taunt will actually do damage.
    • This makes him the second character with a taunt that will do damage. Luigi was the first, also with his down taunt.
  • His first appearance being less than a year ago, Greninja is currently the youngest playable character in Smash Bros. history.
  • Greninja's official artwork for Super Smash Bros 4 has almost the same pose as its Ken Sugimori artwork for Pokemon X and Y.
  • During the trailer, fans mistook Greninja for Mewtwo since they both have three fingers.
    • While charging Water Shuriken, Greninja had no webbing in between its fingers and a different torso shape.
    • Because of this, many fans suspect that Sakurai and his team purposely made Greninja seem like Mewtwo to joke around with his audience.
    • This has also transformed into an Internet Meme.

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