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The best guide on how to play Greninja in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, and more!

Greninja Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/22)

Version Patch Note Updates (9/22)

Greninja Nerfs and Buffs (September 22)
Stats • Attack and max HP decreased.
Smokescreen Image
• Fixed a bug causing the Smokescreen+ effect to trigger even before the move is upgraded.
Double Team Image
Double Team
• Improvement the movement of the illusory copies.
Water Shuriken Image
Water Shuriken
• Fixed a bug affecting the decrease to opposing Pokemon's movement speed.
Waterburst Shuriken Image
Waterburst Shuriken
• Adjusted the move to allow it to trigger more quickly.
Torrent Image
• Attack increase buff weakened.

Greninja Previous Move Patches

Stat Updates Attack and max HP decreased.

Standard Attack Basic Attack: Bug Fixes

Smokescreen Fixed a bug causing the Smokescreen+ effect to trigger even before the move is upgraded. Attack damage boost after using decreased from about 1.75x to about 1.2x (-75%). Increased the cooldown period from 11 seconds to 13 seconds (+18%).

Water Shuriken Fixed a bug affecting the decrease to opposing Pokemon's movement speed. Cooldown period decreased from 7 seconds to 5 seconds (-29%). Damage per hit increased from 755 to 890 (+18%).

Double Team Improvement the movement of the illusory copies. Cooldown period decreased from 11 seconds to 9 seconds (-18%).

Torrent Attack increase buff weakened.

Water Burst Shuriken Adjusted the move to allow it to trigger more quickly.

Greninja Basic Info

Tier Rating: S Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Expert
"Greninja is a Pokémon that uses smokescreens and illusory copies of itself to hide."

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Greninja Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Speedster-like mobility and stealth for superb Jungling
✔︎ High attack damage
✖︎ High skill ceiling with many skill-shot accuracy based moves
✖︎ Very Fragile
✖︎ Takes a long time to reach power spike

Best Builds for Greninja


Jungle Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a jungle build focused on quickly traversing the map to level up fast and get kills using Surf and Smokescreen.

Muscle Band and Scope Lens help you clear jungle camps faster in the early-game and act as your core damage items in the late-game. Focus Band provides durability and survivability to compensate Greninja's fragility.

Eject Button adds more mobility on top of Surf and Smokescreen.

Balanced Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is a balanced build that puts Greninja in either top or bottom lane and is centered around confusing enemies using Smokescreen, then dealing damage with Water Shuriken.

Muscle Band boosts your attack damage and increases your attack speed, enabling you to trade blows with the enemy. Focus Band and Buddy Barrier are your survival tools during the early-game and mid-game as you try to level up and get stronger, ensuring a safe transition to the late-game.

Eject Button gives extra mobility, enabling you to escape enemies during the early-game and get aggressive once you hit your power spike.

Carry Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is Greninja's standard attack damage carry build. Your gameplay is confusing targets with Double Team, then quickly following up with Water Shuriken while circling them. Note that the illusions created by Double Team will shoot out Water Shurikens of their own, adding more damage. The key to this build is proper positioning, ensuring each shuriken from Water Shuriken and each standard attack hit the target.

Muscle Band and Scope Lens are your core damage items, giving you ample fire power throughout the game. Buddy Barrier works great with your Unite Move, especially once you start using it aggressively.

Eject Button acts as an escape tool for bad situations and a repositioning tool to better land Water Shuriken.

Greninja Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Increases damage dealt by basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more the damage increases.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Offensive items like Muscle Band and Scope Lens maximize Greninja's damage potential by empowering his basic attack as much as possible. Focus Band and Buddy Barrier allow Greninja to stay in fights longer to secure a KO, or to make a safer escape.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

Eject Button further pushes Greninja's mobility up, making for quick getaways or tactical ganks.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Surf ImageSurf Greninja rides a wave, damaging enemy Pokemon hit and healing Greninja. Successful takedowns resets this Move's cooldown.
Upgrade: Increases HP restored.
Smokescreen ImageSmokescreen Greninja dashes forward and creates a smokescreen, granting invisibility, bonus Movement Speed, and makes your next attack boosted for a short time.
Upgrade: Temporarily increases attack upon reveal.

Surf can be used to farm wild Pokemon faster since it resets its cooldown after each kill. It's also a decent way to recover HP instead of going back to base.

Smokescreen can be used both defensively and offensively. It provides a quick escape when things go bad, and a unique status effect that limits the vision of enemies caught in its area, preventing them from doing much while blinded.

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How to Play Greninja

High Skill Ceiling

Positioning is everything when it comes to using Greninja effectively. Keeping aware of Greninja's position in relation to the opponents will help set up smoother KOs, and snowball the game in your teams favor.

Farm Safely Until Level 7

Pokemon UNITE - Greninja Farming Vespiquen in the Bot Lane

Greninja reaches its peak offensive potential at Level 7 when it learns Surf or Water Shuriken. Avoid engaging in team fights early on to focus on farming Wild Pokemon in lane, or by jungling.

Use Water Shuriken to Pressure Opponents

Pokemon UNITE - Greninja Pressuring Mamoswine with Double Team

When you reach Lv. 7, use your Standard Attack or Water Shuriken to weaken your opponents. In particular, the timing of Water Shuriken is crucial as it can deal huge damage when all shurikens hit one target.

Use Smokescreen or Double Team to Confuse Opponents

When engaging enemies, do not use Smokescreen or Double Team immediately. Try to preserve it as a means of escaping in case the battle goes bad. However, if you know that the target Pokemon is weak or you can overpower it, you can use these moves cut their escape and finish them off.

Use Smokescreen Or Double Team To Traverse Jungle Quickly

Pokemon UNITE - Greninja Using Double Team to Traverse the Jungle

Greninja isn't as fast as the other attackers, but you can use Smoke Screen or Double Team to traverse the jungle quickly when rotating or supporting another lane. Make sure to use it early or near the middle, as you want to have it ready by the time you enter combat.

Hunt and Steal Objectives

Pokemon UNITE - Greninja Fighting Drednaw Alone

If you are using Water Shuriken and Double Team as your moveset, hunting down Wild Pokemon will be easier. With this, always prioritize eliminating Drednaw, Rotom, and Zapdos to give your team a huge boost when they aren't being contested.

Greninja Combos

Early Pressure Combo

Early Pressure
Substitute IconBubble Icon
Greninja Early Pressure
Chip away the opponents' health with Bubble, then flee using Substitue as soon as they retaliate. You can also chase targets down by using Substitute to teleport towards them instead.

Chase Combo

Chase Combo
Double Team IconStandard Attack IconSurf Icon

Greninja Chase Combo
Start with Double Team to close the distance on an opponent, then follow it up with a Surf. It's best to use this combo to finish off low health opponents in order to get the refresh for the Surf move.

Full Damage Combo

Damage Combo
Smokescreen IconStandard Attack IconWater Shuriken IconWaterburst Shuriken Icon
Full Damage Combo
Start with Smokescreen, then attack the opponent for the boosted attack. Follow this up with your Water Shruiken and, if needed, the Unite Move as well.

Matchups & Counters for Greninja

Greninja Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
AbsolAlolan NinetalesCharizardCinderaceCrustleEldegossGardevoirGengarMr. MimeSnorlaxWigglytuff
Good Matchup

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Greninja.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter With Heavy Crowd Control

Greninja cannot easily KO other Pokemon if he is unable to move, or is hindered from using his high mobility movesets.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
Can instantly remove Greninja from a fight with Telekinesis.
Surf can counter Greninja's speed boosts and push away from vulnerable teammates.
Zeraora ImageZeraora Rating: ★★★★
Zeraora can easily burst down Greninja with the Discharge and Spark combo. Discharge is an AOE high-damage move that can hit Greninja even while invisible. Spark allows Zeraora to stay on top of Greninja easily.
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★★
Similar to Zeraora, Lucario is a great counter for Greninja. Its signature mobility allows it to chase Greninja down easily.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Rating: ★★★
Pikachu's long reach and disabling moves poses a lot of problems for Greninja, who relies on free movement to take enemies down.

Even Matchups

Even matchups are always a matter of skill, luck and timing. Here are some tips to help push Greninja ahead against other Pokemon on equal footing.

Anticipate Crowd Control

Pokemon with High Crowd Control
Pikachu Image Alolan Ninetales Image Wigglytuff Image Mr. Mime Image Snorlax Image

Saving Greninja's burst of damge for after opposing Pokemon exhaust their crowd control abilities in a team fight or skillfully dodging their skill shot attemps to lock Greninja down will allow you to more safely secure KOs.

Bait and Disengage from Burst Damage Pokemon

Burst Damage Pokemon
Absol Image Gengar Image Gardevoir Image

Baiting out opposing speedsters or attackers high damage moves with Greninja's high mobility and skillfull disengages can turn the tide against these pokemon. Smokescreen is key in these matchups.

Outskill the Enemy

Pokemon with High Damage Output
Cinderace Image Decidueye Image

Fights with these Pokemon consist of who can utilize their moveset the best. Be sure to use your dash moves to get a good position, as well as disengage when you want to bait out moves. It will help greatly if you manage to get the first strike in the encounter.

Best Matchups for Greninja

Can't Handle Greninja's Agility and Damage

Durable but Can Still Get Shredded
Blastoise Image Blissey Image Greedent Image Mamoswine Image

Even with high durability, these Pokemon still gets shredded by Greninja's fast attack speed and high attack damage. Greninja can also outmaneuver them easily, dodging their moves and attempts to lock down Greninja.

Best Teammates for Greninja

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff
Can setup your moves with disables
All of Greninja damage moves are skill shots, which requires you to have good aim or else you might miss the move. This is where Slowbro or Wigglytuff comes in. They have some of the best disables in the game, making it easier for Greninja to land moves.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Crustle ImageCrustle
Can provide protection
Greninja is great at dealing damage but is fragile. Having defenders to protect him keeps him alive in fights longer.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Can synergize Unite moves
Greninja's Unite move is a high damaging skill shot. Having Gardevoir's Unite move to pull enemy Pokemon in one spot will let your Unite move get more value when you follow up with it.

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Greninja Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Bubble ImageBubble
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 748 (Lv. 3)
Blows a spray of bubbles, slowing and damaging Pokemon it hits.
Surf ImageSurf
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1033 (Lv. 7) / 1625 (Lv. 15)
Greninja rides a wave, damaging enemy Pokemon hit and healing Greninja. Successful takedowns resets this Move's cooldown.
Upgrade: Increases HP restored.
Water Shuriken ImageWater Shuriken
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 2725 (Lv. 7) / 5340 (Lv. 15)
Greninja's Movement Speed is increased and throws multiple water shurikens, slowing and stealing HP from enemy Pokemon it hits.
Upgrade: Increases the number of shirukens.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Substitute ImageSubstitute
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8s
Dashes forward, leaving a substitute behind.
Smokescreen ImageSmokescreen
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 13s
Greninja dashes forward and creates a smokescreen, granting invisibility, bonus Movement Speed, and makes your next attack boosted for a short time.
Upgrade: Temporarily increases attack upon reveal.
Double Team ImageDouble Team
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 9s
Quickly Moves away from the current position, leaving copies of Greninja. The copies are uncontrollable and disappearr after a short duration.
Upgrade: Reduces cooldown of Double Team.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Waterburst Shuriken ImageWaterburst Shuriken
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 164s
Total Damage: 2100 (Lv. 9) / 3240 (Lv. 15)
Greninja jumps into the air and hurls a giant water shuriken at the targeted area, dealing damage. Greninja then lands on the shuriken which then explodes, dealing more damage and slowing enemy Pokemon. Finally, Greninja dashes away in the direction you choose.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

Torrent ImageTorrent When HP is below 50%, Greninja gains increased Movement Speed and attack.

Greninja Stats & Evolutions

Greninja Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 7)

Greninja Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3000 50 30 146
2 3031 53 32 151
3 3068 56 34 156
4 3112 60 36 162
5 3273 75 45 186
6 3337 81 49 195
7 3629 108 65 238
8 3721 117 70 252
9 3832 127 76 268
10 3965 139 83 287
11 4125 154 92 310
12 4316 172 103 338
13 4546 193 116 372
14 4821 219 131 412
15 5152 250 149 460

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Greninja In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Greninja Skins (Holowear)

Hero Style
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Fashionable Style
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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

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Lucario.png Lucario SS Tier 23% 75% Bot
Greninja.png Greninja S Tier 14% 74% Jungle
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Eldegoss.png Eldegoss S Tier 12% 69% Bot
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