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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.
Feint, Hyperspace Fury, Hyperspace Hole, Phantom Force, and Shadow 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.
|| Using a pulled-up mat as a shield, the user protects itself and its allies from damaging moves. This does not stop status moves.
|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
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.
- Mat Block is the only one of the fully evolved Kalos starters' signature moves that didn't become learnable by other Pokémon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
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