Pokémon Unite Greninja Guide: Best Build, Items, Movesets, and Gameplay Tips

Tips to play Greninja in the all-new MOBA!

Greninja is a very popular character from Pokémon X and Y series and just like Pokémon X and Y, Greninja is very popular in Pokémon Unite as well. Greninja is an A-tier Water and Dark-type Pokémon. He is a highly offensive Pokémon with decent mobility and low endurance, which makes him vulnerable to high DPS characters but he can avoid enemies using his stealth abilities like Double Team and Smoke Screen. In this guide, we will let you know all about Greninja in Pokémon Unite, his abilities, best items, and team comps.

Previously, we have discussed how to master playing with other Pokémons like Pikachu, MamoswineEldegoss, Zeraora, Blissey, Charizard, Snorlax, Tsareena, Decidueye, Dragonite, Talonflame, and Cinderace. So make sure to check that guide as well. For now, let’s focus on Greninja.

Greninja: In-game cost

Greninja is available in-game for 10,000 Aeos coins or 575 Aeos Gems. The Unite license for Greninja is also obtained on Day 14 of the daily reward bonus while playing the game, so players don’t need to spend their Aeos coins on this attacker.

Pokemon Unite Greninja
Pokemon Unite Greninja

Pokémon Unite Greninja movesets

Greninja is a character that is extremely high in the offense. You can use him as a jungler in the middle area or as an attacker in other lanes. When playing Greninja, a player’s main goal should be to farm as much as possible early in the game so that he can gain progress faster than his opponents, allowing his side to win. Greninja can do 1v2 most of the time if he is played properly, taking little to no damage and continuously chipping the adversary. It all relies on the player’s skill level.

basic attack pikachu

Basic Attack

At long range, reduces the cooldown of Bubble, Water Shuriken, or Surf when it hits. At close range, deals increased damage the lower the opposing Pokémon’s remaining HP is. Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. As a boosted attack at long range, deals more damage to opposing Pokémon, decreases their movement speed. As a boosted attack at close range deals more damage.


When the Pokemon is at a half HP or less, its Attack and movement speed are increased.

Ability 1 – Bubble

Attacks with a spray of bubbles, decreasing the movement speed of opposing pokemon for a short time when it hits.

Ability choices at level 4

Ability 1 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 4.

Water ShurikenSurf
Throws Shuriken made of water in quick succession. Decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time and restores the user’s HP when it hits. Also increases the user’s movement speed while using this move.
Upgrade: Increases the number of attacks for this move
Has the user ride a wave, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and restoring the user’s HP. if this move knocks out an opposing pokemon, its cooldown is reset. In addition, this move deals increased damage to opposing pokemon with low HP.
Upgrade: Increases the amount of HP restored 

Ability 2 – Substitute

Leaves behind a substitute doll for the user while it’s moving forward.

Ability choices at level 6

Ability 1 evolves into one of the two abilities at level 6

Double TeamSmokescreen
Quickly moves the user away from the current position, creating illusory copies of it to aid in battle.
Upgrade: Reduces this move’s cooldown.
Creates a smokescreen and has the user roll away from its current location. Immediately afterward, the user begins sneaking and has its movement speed increased for a short time. This also makes its next basic attack a boosted attack.
Upgrade: Increases attack for a short time when the user stops sneaking.

Unite Move – Waterburst Shuriken

Has the user thrown a giant water shuriken toward the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed for a short time when this Unite Move hits. The water shuriken then immediately explodes, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect once again and throwing them. Once this Unite Move ends, the user may jump in a designated direction.

Best items for Greninja in Pokémon Unite

Further in this guide, we will discuss the best-held items for Greninja in Pokémon Unite, as well as its best battle item.

Best Held Items

ItemWhy it is useful
Muscle BandThe Pokémon’s basic attacks deal additional damage based on the target’s remaining HP.
Attack +15, Basic Attack Speed +7.5%
Muscle Band helps Greninja to do more damage and increases his basic attack speed.
Scope LensCritical-Hit Rate +6%, Critical-Hit Damage +12%
Increase the damage of basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokémon’s Attack, the more the damage is increased. 
Increases Critical Damage and Rate of Greninja. Best paired with Blaze Kick as it’s always a Critical Hit.
Focus BandWhen the Pokémon drops too low HP, with each second for three seconds, it recovers some of the HP which it has lost. It possesses a 90-second cooldown.

Best Battle Items

  • Eject – Eject helps you get out of difficult situations, use this on proper situations to avoid getting killed by enemies as Greninja is really squishy it’s a must use item for him.
  • X Attack – Increases Greninja’s damage for sometime.
  • Full Heal – Using full heal in certain situations will remove all effects on user and make them immune to CC
  • Potion – Low on health? Get a quick top-up. Helps players recover a % of health.

Pokémon Unite Greninja Gameplay Tips

Our Pokémon Unite Greninja guide includes the perfect game plan for the early and late game during Unite battles.

Early game

Greninja has a high DPS, therefore farming in the early game is essential for him. Push the top lane or go jungle in the center. Once you’ve acquired both Abilities, start pushing lanes because Greninja has a high DPS, so be aggressive in the beginning to gain an advantage over adversaries.

Pokémon Unite Greninja guide
Pokémon Unite Greninja early gameplay

As a Greninja, you should keep your distance from your opponent and attack from as far away as possible. Because the Greninja is a ranged attacker, you will have an edge against melee opponents.

Late game

Late-game The Greninja is a colossus. Greninja can deal enormous amounts of damage, and if you’ve farmed a lot in the early game, he’ll wreak havoc. Late in the game, you should challenge every opponent and use Eject to avoid being killed if you get stranded somewhere.

Pokémon Unite Greninja late gameplay

Greninja’s team gains immensely from him because he is a strong DPS character. Roam around and start taking down opponents while participating in team fights.


The top lane and the central area, Select your lane and play your part properly. As a jungler, rotate and assist your teammates.

Greninja with other Pokémon

Best synergies with Greninja

As Greninja is a Squishy Character he can be synergized well with supports or tanks

Mr Mime/WigglytuffSupport combo with CC
Blissey/EldegossSupport combo with CC and Heal
Blastoise/CrustleTank and Attack
MamoswineTank and Attack

Pokémon which are strong and weak against Greninja

Strong againstWeak against
Alolan NinetalesAbsol
TalonFlame Greninja 
Mr MimeVenusaur

Pokémon Unite Greninja Tips, tricks and strategies

  1. Hitting an enemy with water shuriken helps Greninja recover some amount of health, so try to land all the shurikens.
  2. pick-off solo enemies with the use of smoke screen and eject button.
  3. After using Greninja’s Unite Move, utilize its boosted attack to maximize attack as it deals increased damage.
  4. Greninjas Unite Move leave him vulnerable to enemies in some scenarios, save eject button for that movement to escape enemies.

Final Thoughts

Greninja is a squishy and powerful DPS character. Perform his abilities Double Team and Smokescreen to chip damage or use a tank and attack combo. Farming is incredibly vital to him in order for him to advance faster and create rotations with his teammates. Overall, he’s a fantastic character; but, gamers must keep a watch on his health bar. Staying on the battlefield longer is the key to victory for any character.

That’s all for today’s Pokémon Unite Greninja Guide. Do you prefer to use Greninja in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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