Mat Block (move)

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Mat Block
たたみがえし Tatami Flip
Mat Block VIII.png
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
  • 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. Prior to Generation VII, it was 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.

If a damaging Z-Move targets a Pokémon protected by Mat Block, the Z-Move will bypass Mat Block but only do 25% of the original damage, but Mat Block remains in effect. 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. Additionally, Mat Block cannot protect against Future Sight or Doom Desire.

If powered up by a Fightinium Z into Z-Mat Block, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.


Games Description
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 Types Egg Groups Level
538 Throh Throh
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1
658 Greninja Greninja
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 1 1
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

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Mat Block gives the Mat Block status to the user and teammates in the same room for one turn. This status protects the Pokémon from taking damage from moves, but not from thrown items or explosions. Successfully using Mat Block or other protection moves consecutively reduces the chance of success of it and these moves.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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.


Games Description
SMD It protects from physical and special moves. Its chance of failing rises if used in a row.*
You and your teammates in the same room will get Mat Block status, which protects you from physical and special moves. But its chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.*

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


  • 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.
  • While this move is usable in Pokémon Sword and Shield, no Pokémon can learn it in those games. The only way to obtain Mat Block in Pokémon Sword and Shield is to transfer a Throh that already knows the move from an earlier game via Pokémon HOME, since Greninja and Smeargle are not present in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 掀榻榻米 Hīn Taaptaapmáih
Mandarin 掀榻榻米 Xiān Tàtàmǐ
France Flag.png French Tatamigaeshi
Germany Flag.png German Tatami-Schild
Italy Flag.png Italian Ribaltappeto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마룻바닥세워막기 Marutbadaksewomaggi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Esteira Bloqueio
Spain Flag.png Spanish Escudo Tatami

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