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What is a good moveset for Greninja?

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Greninja Pokedex & learnset

Greninja sprite

asked Oct 22, 2013 by MovesetBot
edited Oct 31, 2013 by Pokemaster
-Water Shuriken
-Thief
-Acrobatics
-Smokescreen
It's funny because this is my set up right now except smokescreen is rock slide
I use that as my moveset for physical Greninja
Protean is really only recognized for the free STAB, when moves like Shadow Sneak can be used to gain immunities or Spikes can be used to get a quick SDef boost in a sandstorm. It's most definitely one of the most powerful abilities in the game.
Not water shuriken because greninja is already fast and water shuriken gives priority in exchange of damage . Protean is awesome but the catch is you have to run all different move types. Try hydro pump, dark pulse, ice beam, and substitute (for protection from lucky  super effective hits).  Try giving him a life orb for extra power on his already powerful attacks.
All Movesets have Protean

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physical
+atk +speed nature & evs
protean ability
expert belt item

nightslash / powerup punch- Weak but good as finisher or if it's super effective to gain attack while attacking
Rockslide Flinch+coverage
Uturn Escape!! coverage
waterfall / watershuriken / aerial ace coverage

answered Nov 14, 2013 by hookrsNboxbrandy
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I have mine set up as a Sweeper. Works best if put in double or tripple battles with partners who have water absorb.

EV trained Spec. Attack & Speed.
Holds either Leftovers or Focus sash
-Surf/Scald
-Dark pulse
-Extrasensory/U-turn
-Ice beam

This is the moveset Ive had going through the game, the range of attacks allow for you to cover most any type, I'd use scald if your looking for an extra chance at a burn as opposed to surf, and U-turn if you want to use "choice specs" or another speed item.

I used surf however because of pesky Hordes...

Most of these moves are just to cover weaknesses. I think the only real troubles I have fighting with him are Dark/Steel types... And that is mainly because they resist 2 of the attacks. But normally its not a problem.

answered Nov 18, 2013 by Assassannerr
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Torrent Moveset
Jolly
Torrent
Mystical Water
- Powers up Water Shuriken & Waterfall, or Scope Lens- Raises Critical Hit rating
252 Attack/ 252 Speed/ 4 HP
Water Shuriken- Can do great damage
Waterfall- Does 80 damage, can make target flinch
Night Slash- 70 damage, higher critical hit rating
Power-Up Punch- Raises Attack

answered Dec 2, 2013 by FenaFox
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Greninja moveset
-Naive nature (+Spd -SpDef)
-Protean
-Expert Belt (Boosts super effective moves)

-Scald (Might burn other Pokemon)
-Dark pulse (Might flinch)
-U-Turn
-Ice beam (Supereffective against grass and with the expert belt makes it a monster)

answered Dec 9, 2013 by IYZ
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Well there is mine:

Spec sweep: 252 Spatt 252 Speed
Timid(+ speed -attaq) Protean
Life orb

Grass knot/Scald
Extrasensorial
Dark pulse
Ice been

You doesn't need to run water moves anymore and grass knot make you beat another water pokes easily with stab in all moves.

answered Dec 10, 2013 by kalas
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Greninja
Item: kings rock
Ability: protean
EVs:252 Spd/252 SAtk/4 Hp
Nature: Naive
-scald
-dark pulse
-extrasensory
-ice beam

With protean he gets stab for each move and with kings rock if you open with either dark pulse or extrasensory you will most likely get a flinch. Scald is a good water type move which can also burn and ice beam can also freeze.

answered Jan 11 by Capt. Squirrel
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Greninja
Lead
Evs 252 Spe/64 Atk/64 Def/64 Sp.Def/ 64 HP
Item – Red Card
Nature – Jolly
Ability – Protean
- U-Turn TM 89
- Spikes Lv. 28
- Toxic Spikes Egg Move
- Waterfall HM 05

answered Feb 4 by backnaxt21
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He makes quite a good lead.

Greninja @ Focus Sash
Trait: Protean
Adamant nature (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 HP

  • Watefall
  • Night Slash
  • U-Turn
  • Toxic Spikes

Firstly start off with toxic spikes. Protean will change his type to poison, which is good because it resists 4 of Greninja's weaknesses. Waterfall and Night Slash are STAB if you haven't used toxic spikes, and even after that they are still useful. U-Turn to get out of sticky situations.

answered Feb 18 by ArcheopsFTW
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My Greninja is good but not the best one yet

Nickname: Hanzo
Nature: Gentle
Held Item: Splash Plate
Moves: Ice beam, Night Slash, Power-Up Punch & Water Shuriken

As a Gentle Nature he has high Special Defense but lowered Defense but its has incredible speed though lol

answered Mar 7 by PokemonMasta1985
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This is what I like for a Greninja.

Greninja@Life Orb.(Boosts the power of your moves,plus the Protean STAB)
Ability:Protean.(Gives you STAB no matter what attack you use.)
Nature:Modest/Mild/Quiet.(They all boost it's sp.attck,however Modest will lower Attack,that's why it's used more.Mild drops Defense, and Quiet drops Speed.)

Now for the moveset!

-Scald/Hydro Pump.(Scald has better accuracy, but a lower power of 80,but you can also possibly get a burn off on your target.Hydro pump has an accuracy of 80,meaning it may rarely miss,but when it doesn't it does a large 110 damage to whatever it hits!Plus STAB for both of these)

-Icebeam(Great accuracy of 100, nice damage of 90,with the ability Protean you can the STAB and your life orb,also a chance of freezing you target!Don't forget it's nice type coverage for flying,dragon,ground,and even grass!

-U-turn/Substitute .(Alright so mine has U-turn takes care of other Dark ,Psychic,and Grass types,not to mention decent power and great accuracy,and it also gets you lovely Greninja out of battle.Now substitute is something I tried out,with the hidden ability Protean,you'll more than likely,be constantly switching types ,thus making you sub last longer.)

-Dark Pulse/Extrasensory.(Dark pulse is used more but their pretty much the same moves just opposite types, they both do 80 damage ,both have 100 accuracy,and both have a chance of making you target flinch.Dark pulse would deal with Psychic,and Ghost types,while Extrasensory would deal with Poison,and Fighting types.)

I hope all that helps you decide!

answered Mar 19 by CreepyPastas
I would have voted for you if you proofread…the lack of spaces sickens me
Y the hell would u run quiet? Greninja needs speed
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Greninja @ Salac Berry
Jolly/Adamant Nature
Ability: Either
EVs: 252 Atk/4 Def/252 Spe
Moveset:
-Substitute
-Power-Up Punch
-Waterfall
-Night Slash/Shadow Sneak

Greninja is a boss. This set is a physical set you actually might want to run Torrent with. Substitute can get you down into Torrent range and you get the effects of the Berry.

answered Mar 19 by GreX36
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Greninja(Water/Dark)
Ability: Protean
No Item
Hasty Nature
-Surf/Scald
-Acrobatics
-Night Slash/HP Fire
-Extrasensory/Ice Beam

I love Greninja. Surf/Scald and Dark Pulse/Night Slash have STAB and Extrasensory can provide coverage. Acrobatics to KO Chesnaught. And Hidden Power Fire can turn you into a Fire type.

answered Apr 11 by GreX36
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Greninja a physical support take on the unique water starter
@ focus sash, or maybe lum berry.
Nature: Jolly
Ablility: Protean (why else use this poke)
EV's: Att: 252, Speed: 252, HP: 4
This is a doubles set so use with high aoe damage moves like EQ and boomburst ect.
Moves:
Mat Block: because it only loses to priority weavile and the few other faster pokes

Spikes: to troll electric types and hazards op

Acrobatics: really good if you pop the sash or other consumable item+ avoid EQ from a teamate or troll opponent ground types. Can be replaced with Arial Ace if you dont use a consumable item.

Shadow sneak: Boom burst protection, priority, troll fighting/normal types

This set is designed for multi battles and trolling your opponents hard as you can ignore 4 types of moves (5 if you switch into a physic type attack) if played correctly. Also its great when used in cohesion with strong pokes who use EQ, Boomburst, and discharge allowing great AOE damage and protecting your team with mat block. Not designed to help you sweep but can really bring down the hurt and play as a protector/ finisher with his decent attack and extremly high speed.

answered Apr 22 by zbane1
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Greninja

I've been using Greninja at the Battle Masion and competitively, and I developed this moveset and it's done pretty well. Hope you like it!

Greninja @ Life Orb
Ability: Protean
Timid Nature
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Surf
Ice Beam
Extrasensory
Dark Pulse

Greninja is a great special sweeper. Protean ability makes him unpredictable and gives STAB to all his moves, making it able to OHKO many other Pokémon.

answered May 5 by Pimplup
edited Jun 25 by Pimplup
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My greninja can really sweep through peoples teams with this moveset. I keep changing the item on it, so I can't tell you which one works the best. For this moveset, it's ability has to be protean. It's move set is:

Dark Pulse
Scald
Grass knot
Ice beam

answered May 5 by DaShinyHunter
If you want a sweeper set, why not replace Scald with Surf?  It gets 10 extra base power, and if you're using Greninja to sweep teams you shouldn't be relying on a burn chance anyway.  Just a thought.
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I'm in the mood for changing usual OU stuff into stallers. More of a poison setup lead than staller, but good on stall teams. This set is probably rubbish, but good against common supporter leads (so he isn't KOed):
Greninja @ Poison Barb
Ability: Protean
EVs: 252 Spd, 252 atk, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly

Toxic Spikes
Fling
Water Shuriken
Smack Down

What he does is set up Toxic Spikes, and if he hasn't been KOed or put to sleep (Smeargle speciality), he uses Fling. This will poison the opponent due to the poison barb, and has a great base 70 power with it too. Water Shuriken for a good, priority attack, and Smack Down to get flying types on the poison barbs. You could invest the attack into HP if you wanted him to tank an attack.

answered Jun 28 by Lobster44
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This is if you want to surprise your opponent by not running Protean.
Greninja@Expert Belt
Trait: Torrent
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 Special Attack, 252 Speed, 4 Attack

Hydro Pump- STAB
Ice Beam- Grass coverage
Hidden Power Fire- Coverage
Extrasensory- Fighting coverage

answered Jul 9 by IUseWierdPkmn
You should never run Greninja with Torrent.