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Mat Block
(たたみがえし Tatami Flip)
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General Information
Type: Type Fighting.gif
Generation: VI
Battle Data
Category Status
Power: -
Accuracy: -
PP: 10*
Effects: User and allies
Secondary Effect: None
Priority: +3
Contact: No
Affected by
Magic Coat: No
Bright Powder: No
Protect/Detect: No
Snatch: No
King's Rock: No

Mat Block (Japanese: たたみがえし Tatami Flip) is a Fighting-type move introduced in the Generation VI games, Pokémon X and Y. It is one of the signature moves of Greninja, the other being Water Shuriken.

Game info


In battle

Mat Block protects the user and its allies from all moves that would inflict damage on them. It is a priority move that only works if it is the first move used after being sent into battle. Otherwise, the move will fail. The user must be switched out and brought back into the battle to use this move again.

There are two damaging moves that bypass Mat Block: Phantom Force and Shadow Force. Additionally, both of these moves will remove the shield protecting the user and its allies for the remainder of the turn.

If the user has the ability Protean, the user's type is only changed to Fighting if the move succeeds.

Outside of battle

Mat Block has no affect outside of battle.


Version(s) Description
X/Y 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

Sprite Pokémon Type Level
658.png Greninja Water/Dark --
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

In the anime

Mat Block has not yet appeared in the anime.

In the manga

Mat Block Flux has not yet appeared in the manga.



  • Mat Block is the only Fighting-type status move that was introduced in Generation VI.
  • The Japanese name of this move, Tatami Flip, refers to a technique used by ninjas where they will use a tatami to block attacks, where a tatami is a type of mat seen in Japanese themed buildings.