Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Greninja Raid: Move Set, Nature, Counter

POKÉMON Scarlet and Violet has announced the third target for its seven-star Tera Raids, the Water-type starter Greninja.

It will come with a Poison Tera type and will be available for two separate weekends.

Gastrodon is a great counter.


Gastrodon is a great counter.Credit: The Pokemon Company

Greninja will be available from Friday January 27th until Sunday January 30th and off again Friday February 10th until Sunday February 13th.

Here are the possible Greninja raid movesets, abilities, and counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Greninja move set, ability and nature

Greninja is a fast mixed sweeper with good offense and speed and poor defense.

It mainly has a special move set, but it has Night Slash for those with weak physical defenses.

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It learns Double Team, so it needs a move like Clear Smog to hit.

Greninja has the Protean ability, although it doesn’t trigger on a Tera Raid.

The Mightiest Greninja – Level 100

  • Nature – Cheeky
  • capability – Diverse
  • Article – None
  • Tera type – Poison
  • movement set – Ice Beam, Night Slash, Double Team, Toxic Spikes, Gunk Shot, Hydro Pump

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Potential Greninja counters

Greninja starts with Double Team and Toxic Spikes. It’s good to have a Poison-type and something with Clear Smog on your team to counter this.

While most of its attacks do special damage, it often spams Night Slash when it sees you have high Special Defense.

It’s important to be prepared for both possibilities, Covert Cloak is also good for preventing Freeze and Poison.

West Sea Gastrodon

Gastrodon’s Charge Blow diverts Water-type attacks away from the rest of the party while boosting his Special Attack.

It also learns a good number of support moves, as well as ground-type attacks that will be powerful against the Poison Tera Pokemon.

Gastrodon also offers good bulk to keep it healthy, and if your partner hits it with Water-type attacks, it can ramp up quickly.

West Sea Gastrodon – Level 100

  • Nature – Quiet HP and Special Defense invested
  • capability – Storm drain
  • Article – Ability Shield
  • Tera type – Floor
  • movement set – Earth Force, Recovery, Amnesia, Eliminate Smog


Steel-types are very strong against a Toxic-type enemy and resist Toxic Spikes when knocked down.

Klefki also has one of the most impressive support sets of any Pokemon paired with Prankster to make up for its poor stats.

It also resists Greninja’s entire moveset, making it a particularly powerful counter.

Klefki – level 100

  • Nature – Quiet HP and Special Defense invested
  • capability – Prankster
  • Article – Ability Shield
  • Tera type – Stole
  • movement set – Reflective/Light Screen, Tranquility, Calm Mind, Stored Power

Paldean Tauros Aqua Breed

Rage Point is a powerful ability that maximizes attack when hit with a critical hit from a move like Night Slash.

It also learns Smart Strike, which will break through Greninja’s Double Teams.

Paldean Tauros Aqua Breed – Level 100

  • Nature – Quiet HP and Special Defense invested
  • capability – anger point
  • Article – Shell bell
  • Tera type – Steel/Psychic
  • movement set – Smart Strike, Bulk Up, Rest, Sleep Talk


Clodsire is weak to Greninja’s Ice Beam, but is an especially powerful counter when paired with Gastrodon.

Chilling Water can be used to boost Gastrodon’s Special Attack, while Helping Hand maximizes damage output.

Acid Spray also lowers Greninja’s Special Defense, making it easier to take down, and can absorb Toxic Spikes when needed

Clodsire – Level 100

  • Nature – Quiet HP and Special Defense invested
  • capability – Unaware
  • Article – Concealed Cloak / Leftovers
  • Tera type – Earth/Poison
  • movement set – Cooling Water, Helping Hand, Amnesia, Acid Spray


Slowbro is a good option for soloing the raid if you can’t find others to help you.

Those who used this for the Cinderace raids have an easy choice to use again.

If Greninja scores a critical hit with Night Slash, you’ll faint, so it may take a few tries.

Slowbro – Level 100

  • Nature – Quiet HP and Special Defense invested
  • capability – Any
  • Article – Concealed Cloak
  • Tera type – Psychic
  • movement set – Ironclad defence, calm mind, stored power, slacking off
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