The frog-like fan-favorite Greninja has hopped his way into Pokemon Unite, but do you know the best way to play the aquatic ace? Here is our definitive guide on how to get the best out of Greninja including the best moves, items, strategy & more.
With the arrival of Pokemon Unite, switch players are jumping in on the fun and discovering their favorite playable Pokemon. Whilst there is a huge array of classic Pokemon, none are quite as cool and cold-blooded as Greninja.
Now, Greninja is listed as an Attacker, meaning he is going to putting out some serious damage for the rest of the team. However, Greninja is also a Ranged specialist, meaning that players can mix up their attacks for best results.
Greninja, like his ghostly counterpart Gengar, is also set with an ‘Expert’ level of difficulty. Therefore, in order to play Greninja well, you’re going to want to take a look at our guide for an optimal build.
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Greninja Build – Pokemon Unite
Greninja begins the game as a simple Froakie, but at level 5 he will transform into Frogadier. Similarly, at level 9 Frogadier becomes the fearsome Greninja.
Torrent – When the Pokemon is at half HP or less, its Attack and movement speed are increased.
Basic Attack – Becomes a booster attack with every third attack. At long range, a booster attack deals increased damage to opposing Pokemon and decreases their movement speed for a short time. At close range, a boosted attack deals more damage the lower the opposing Pokemon’s remaining HP is.
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All Pokemon in Pokemon Unite get a choice of one of two moves at level 1. If you want to change up your strategy, you can opt for a different move at the start of the match.
Bubble – 9s Cooldown – Attacks with a spray of bubbles, decreasing the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time when it hits.
Substitute – 8s Cooldown – Leaves behind a Substitute doll for the user while its moving forward.
Bubble is the best pick for Greninja at level 1 given that the damage it can deal it out is relatively high. It is also a ranged attack that opens up the opportunity to poke with Greninja.
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Double Team – 11s Cooldown – Quickly moves the user away from the current position, creating illusionary copies of it to aid in battle.
Upgrade: Reduces this moves cooldown.
Smokescreen – 11s 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.
Smokescreen is the better option simply because it allows Greninja to avoid being taken out quickly. Furthermore, with careful planning, this move will allow Greninja to initiate on enemies as part of a team fight.
Water Shuriken – 7s Cooldown – Throws shurikens 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 times this move attacks
Surf – 9s Cooldown – 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 increases damage to opposing Pokemon with low HP.
Upgrade: Increases the amount of HP restored.
Surf is the optimal move here, not only does it give increased healing, but this move can act as a dash. Furthermore, the ability to chain kills, mixed with its synergy with the Shell Bell Held item makes it a monstrous healing combination.
Unite Move – Waterburst Shuriken – Has the user throw a giant water shuriken toward the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon 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 Pokemon in the area of effect once again and throwing them. Once this Unit Move ends, the user may jump in a designated direction.
Greninja’s Unite Move should be used early in a fight. When paired with the Energy Amplifier this will give Greninja a huge burst of damage to help initiate or close team fights. He can then use the free jump to move in on disrupted enemies.
Best Greninja Items – Pokemon Unite
When playing as Greninja, these items are essential in order to maximize your damage output.
- Shell Bell – Special attacks heal 45 HP, plus a percentage of your Sp. Atk.
- Float Stone – Move faster when not in combat.
- Energy Amplifier – After using your Unite Move, you deal extra damage for a short time.
All of these items directly impact Greninja’s key strengths, his survivability, poking, and ganking potential as well as his hefty speed.
Eject Button seems to be the best choice for most Pokemon in Pokemon Unite, and Greninja is no different. This will allow Greninja to escape from harm or to help close a gap in a team fight.
Greninja Strategy In Pokemon Unite
- Whilst Greninja appears to be a little underpowered in lane, with the right items he can be a bit of an aquatic annoyance. You will want to clear small camps whilst attempting to infiltrate the enemies if you can, your speed gives you a huge advantage.
- By using Greninja’s ranged moves you can effectively poke and prod the enemy team, but leave the heavy damage for other stronger Pokemon. However, Greninja’s Unite Move is useful as a strong engagement tool, and with Energy Amplifier it will cause some serious damage.
- Finally, taking Surf will allow you to clear fast with the potential for cooldown resets, and extra mobility to chase targets. It is also much easier to hit than Water Shuriken (also the shuriken does more damage)
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