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And why is it at Lv. 1?

You mean Mat Block?

I would like to point out that Throh apparently can learn Mat Block in Gen 7.

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First of all, I would say that there is no definite anwser because it's Gamefreaks decision to do this. But I have a few reasons that could also help.

  • Out of the three starters in Kalos, Greninja is the most special one. It is Ashes best Pokemon and it gets battle bond to transform into Ash-Greninja.
  • I also believe that Gamefreak's decision to do this was because of competitive play reasons. Mat Blocks main purpose is just to protect you and your teammates in doubles. That make Mat Block Greninja more gimmick in Doubles.
  • Design reasons. A ninja Pokemon using Mat Block will be so awesome and cool. Mat Block was meant for Ninjas.

If you add all of my reasons above together, you will find out that Mat Block was the right choice of signature move for Greninja. There is no definite reason for this so these are based on my opinion. And also, signature moves are usually gotten at level 1, thus making it special.

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Are you sure it was added after ORAS? It was used in XY.
Oh sorry I got it wrong. Thanks.
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Assuming you are referring to Water Shuriken, all of the Kalos starters have a move like that. Greninja has Water Shuriken, Delphox has Mystical Fire, and Chestnaught has Spiky Shield.

The level 1 thing is simply to allow you to use a Heart Scale to remind them of the move should you choose not to teach it to them. They will immediately be given the chance to learn it on evolving.

I'm saying "why does just Greninja have a signature move NOW". I'm not talking about before ORAS. I'm talking NOW.
A "signature move" is defined as a move designed thematically for a Pokemon of prominent importance.  AKA a starter.

A Signature Move is defined as a move designed for a specific Pokemon, and only that Pokemon, and will fail if used by any other Pokemon.  AKA a Mythical Pokemon.

Are we confusing the two?  Because I'm a little confused as to how this is still a discussion.
Do you guys get what "Why does JUST Greninja have a signature move" means?
We are trying to argue against PhailRaptor's answer, we're not answering your question directly, nor are we arguing with you. If you reread the comments we are siding with you.

You know what, I give up. I'm sorry.
Fizz is gonna hide all these comments again.