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Greninja @ Life Orb  
Ability: Protean  
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe  
Timid Nature  
- Hydro Pump  
- Dark Pulse  
- Ice Beam  
- Extrasensory
These depend on single or doubles, as the second one I use with my infernape.

Greninja (Singles) 252 Speed+sp.a, 6speed
Ability: Protean
Item: Life Orb

-Dark Pulse
-Gunk Shot
-Ice Beam

Greninja (Doubles) 252speed, 252 sp.a, 6HP
Ability: Protean
Item: Leftovers

-Dark Pulse
-Ice Beam
-Mat Block
 Hope this helped!
I have a Greninja with the nature naive. It is currently level 65 and it has 169 special attack and 161 attack and so delphox is psychic and dark and water and dark both do 2x damage to Delphox and my Greninja has moveset: Night slash, Ice beam, Scald and Hydro Pump. so would scald be a better choice because my greninja is more of a special attacker and  scald is sp. attack and night slash is psyhical
Why do you have both scald and hydro pump?
Replace night slash for dark pulse

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Greninja @no item/Flying gem
Ability: Protean
EV's: 252 Atk 252 Spd
Nature: Adamant
Rock Slide
Night Slash

Waterfall and Rock Slide are good for flinching
Acrobatics without an item is still pretty good. If you can manage to get a flying gem, even better. Also is coverage for being Water, Rock Type or Dark type
Night Slash has high crit ratio

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No item is awful. In competitive battling, a Flying Gem should always be used. Most competitive battling is done on simulators or wi-fi battling where the items that are used up come back after the battle.
Haven't come across one yet, and haven't seen location either.
I'll k eep that in mind for next time though.
Internet research tells me they can be found via Rock Smash in a certain cave, but they're really rare.
There is no flying gem in gen 6 yet, and you cannot transfer items over.
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This sets seems like a good lead
Greninja @Focus Sash
Ev- 4Atk/252SpA/252Speed
- U-Turn
- Ice Beam
- Spikes
- Dark Pulse/Taunt
What do you guys think?

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It's very good. Thanks!
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Ok, so I came up with this set when I visited showdown and noticed that they had gen 6 up. This is similar to many of the other sets posted. I hope to show you their advantages:

[email protected] Life Orb
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Ability: Protean
Nature: Naive (+spe -spatt)
EV's: 252 spe/ 212 sp att/ 44 att
Dark Pulse
Hydro Pump
Ice Beam

Ok, so the key differences between my set and a few of the others is: Firstly, life orb helps boost the power of the moves so that, with protean, his attacks will be dealing a lot of damage, ensuring KO's. This works very well for the scout/ revenge killing nature that this set has. Secondly, 44 attack EV's helps the power of U-turn, maybe his most used move. Thirdly, Naive nature evens out his defenses more, though he isn't going to be able to take much either way. All in all, Greninja is an amazing Pokemon that might make it to OU.

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+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

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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
-Dark pulse
-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.

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Would Hydro Pump work good as well?
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Torrent Moveset
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

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Greninja moveset
-Naive nature (+Spd -SpDef)
-Expert Belt (Boosts super effective moves)

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

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Well there is mine:

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

Grass knot/Scald
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.

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Item: kings rock
Ability: protean
EVs:252 Spd/252 SAtk/4 Hp
Nature: Naive
-dark pulse
-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.

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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

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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.

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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

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This is what I like for a Greninja.

[email protected] 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!

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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
-Power-Up Punch
-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.

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Ability: Protean
No Item
Hasty Nature
-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.

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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.
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.

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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
Ice Beam
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.

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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
Grass knot
Ice beam

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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
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.

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This is if you want to surprise your opponent by not running Protean.
[email protected] 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

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You should never run Greninja with Torrent.