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Greninja is coming to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet in 7-Star Raids

A terastalized Greninja.

Screenshot: Pokemon Japan

Greninja, originally introduced to the world of Pokémon as part of Gen VI, in Pokemon X and Y, has proven to be one of the most popular pocket monsters ever. What an ambitious frog gecko thing it is. And now, thanks to an upcoming tera raid event over the weekend, it will appear in Scarlet and Violet as one of the recommended seven-star raids.

From January 27 through January 29, you’ll have the last weekend of the month to try to make your way into an online raid to fight a Greninja. It will be a Poison Tera Type and it will reach level 100, with that mighty seven star goodness. All you have to do is have three other friends, or run an online raid that doesn’t have three idiots coming in with their Magikarp and Scatterbug buddies.

This is all part of Scarlet and Violet‘s regular weekend events, where special Pokémon that are not part of the games’ Pokédex are briefly available to add to your teams. And if it’s anything like the previous weekends, if you miss the coming weekend, there will probably be another one in a month or so. But we’re not sure, so don’t be complacent!

Like the Charizards the (loaded) game was previously featured in its special weekend tera-raids, Greninja appears in the game with “the Mightiest Mark”, which means you can only catch one per save file. Because it’s special, you see. And you don’t want to get greedy. This also means you can’t breed it. Not even a Ditto. Give your frog spawn up farm dreams, move on.

Why is Greninja so special? Well, it’s the last form of one of XY‘s starters, Froakie, which always involves a certain amount of affection. Add to this the fact that in the anime Ash had one as part of his team, which had the insane ability to fight Bond – that is, it could merge its consciousness with Ash to form the imaginative name Ash-Greninja, a half- Ash, half-pokemon monstrosity who should have been killed with fire.

There was then much controversy when Ash let his Greninja go, and a much later reunion there was no return of the Ash-Greninja Brundlefly. But will it appear during Ash’s last 11 episodes revolve around the anime? I honestly don’t care.

Still, catch the big blue frog in a few weekends.

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