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Mat Block (move)

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Mat Block
たたみがえし Tatami Flip
Type  Fighting
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user and all allies
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Badly startles all of the Pokémon to act before the user.

Mat Block (Japanese: たたみがえし Tatami Flip) is a non-damaging Fighting-type move introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature move of Greninja.


Mat Block protects all Pokémon on the user's side of the field from any moves except status moves for that turn. Unlike Protect, this move is not an increased priority move. Similar to Fake Out, Mat Block will only work if used on the first turn after the Pokémon enters the field; the Pokémon must be switched out and back in to be able to use Mat Block again.

Shadow Force and Phantom Force will hit regardless and lift the effect of Mat Block from the target's team when successfully used.

If the Pokémon has the Protean Ability, it will only change to Fighting-type if Mat Block succeeds.


Games Description
XYORAS Using a pulled-up mat as a shield, the user protects itself and its allies from damaging moves. This does not stop status moves.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
658 Greninja Greninja Water Dark --
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Mat Block appears at the start of Greninja's Final Smash, Secret Ninja Attack. The initial Mat Block flip sends opponents into the air, allowing Greninja to slice them repeatedly before launching them with a final blow.


  • This move is a reference to a trick that has been used by ninjas, which involves flipping a tatami (a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms) to block incoming projectile attacks.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Tatamigaeshi
Germany Flag.png German Tatami-Schild
Italy Flag.png Italian Ribaltappeto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마룻바닥세워막기 Marutbadaksewomaggi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Escudo Tatami

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