Ninja Gaiden Black

Strategy Guide

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Arcade Ninja Gaiden

Successfully complete the game on the Hard difficulty setting to unlock the arcade version of Ninja Gaiden.

Ninja Dog mode

Intentionally die three times in a row during Chapter 1. Answer "Yes" when Ayane asks "Do you really give up the way of Shinobi?" to unlock the Ninja Dog difficulty setting.

Hard mode

Have a completed saved game file from Ninja Gaiden on your memory card or hard drive to unlock the Hard difficulty setting. Alternately, successfully complete the game on the Ninja Dog or Normal difficulty settings.

Very Hard mode

Have a completed saved game file from Ninja Gaiden: Hurricane Pack 2 on your memory card or hard drive to unlock the Very Hard difficulty setting. Alternately, successfully complete the game on the Hard difficulty setting.

Master Ninja mode

Successfully complete the game on the Very Hard difficulty setting to unlock the Master Ninja difficulty setting.

Mission mode

Successfully complete the game on the Normal or higher difficulty setting to unlock Mission mode.

Alternate title screen

Save the game while playing on Ninja Dog difficulty setting. Load that saved game file, then hold Start + Back to perform an in-game reset to see an Ayane-themed title screen.

Movie Theater

Successfully complete the game to unlock the Movie Theater.

Coming Attractions

Accumulate over one hour of game play time to unlock the Coming Attractions.

Alternate costumes

    Comic: Successfully complete the game on the Ninja Dog or Normal difficulty settings.
    Dead Or Alive: Successfully complete the "Special" mission.
    Red Muffler: Successfully complete the game on the Hard difficulty setting.
    Ryuken: Successfully complete the game on the Very Hard difficulty setting.

Items

Give the following amount of Scarabs to Muramasa at the shop on the indicated difficulty setting to get the corresponding item:

Ninja Dog mode

    1 Scarab: Life Of The Gods
    5 Scarabs: Armlet Of Potency
    10 Scarabs: Life Of A Thousand Gods
    15 Scarabs: Spirit Of The Devils
    20 Scarabs: Dabilahro
    25 Scarabs: Armlet Of Celerity
    30 Scarabs: Armlet Of Benediction
    35 Scarabs: Great Sprit Elixer
    40 Scarabs: Armlet Of Fortune
    45 Scarabs: Jewel of The Demon Seal
    50 Scarabs: Arcade Ninja Gaiden

Normal mode

    5 Scarabs: Armlet Of Potency
    10 Scarabs: Life Of A Thousand Gods
    15 Scarabs: Windmill Shuriken
    20 Scarabs: Wooden Sword
    25 Scarabs: Dabilahro
    30 Scarabs: Armlet Of Benediction
    35 Scarabs: Armlet Of Celerity
    40 Scarabs: Armlet Of Fortune
    45 Scarabs: Plasma Saber Mk. II
    50 Scarabs: NES Ninja Gaiden

Hard mode

    1 Scarab: Counter Attacks Technique Scroll
    5 Scarabs: Izuna Drop Technique Scroll
    10 Scarabs: Guillotine Throw Technique Scroll
    15 Scarabs: Windmill Shuriken
    20 Scarabs: Wooden Sword
    25 Scarabs: Dabilahro
    30 Scarabs: Armlet Of Celerity
    35 Scarabs: Spear Gun
    49 Scarabs: Plasma Saber Mk. II
    50 Scarabs: Dark Dragon Blade

Very Hard mode

    1 Scarab: The Art Of The Inferno
    5 Scarabs: Spirit Of The Devils
    10 Scarabs: The Art Of The Ice Storm
    15 Scarabs: Jewel Of The Demon Seal
    20 Scarabs: Spirit Of The Devils
    25 Scarabs: Jewel Of The Demon Seal
    30 Scarabs: Armlet Of Fortune
    35 Scarabs: Jewel Of The Demon Seal
    40 Scarabs: The Art Of The Inazuma
    45 Scarabs: Spirit Of The Devils
    49 Scarabs: Plasma Saber Mk. II
    50 Scarabs: Dark Dragon Blade

Master Ninja mode

    1 Scarab: Smoke Bomb
    5 Scarabs: Elixer Of Spiritual Life
    10 Scarabs: Great Spirit Elixer
    15 Scarabs: Elixer Of The Devil Way
    20 Scarabs: Great Devil Elixer
    25 Scarabs: Smoke Bomb
    30 Scarabs: Ayane's Rations
    35 Scarabs: Fragrance Of Dayflower
    40 Scarabs: Ayane's Ration Bundle
    45 Scarabs: Fragrance Of Hydrangea
    49 Scarabs: Plasma Saber Mk. II
    50 Scarabs: Dark Dragon Blade

Easy Essence

Reach the part where you cross the drawbridge back into Tairon. When you encounter the three big purple fiends, cut their heads off with the Flying Swallow technique. Then, do not attack them with any other attack except for your fully charged Y technique with the Dragon Sword. If you kill all three of them like this, you will get a Talisman Of Rebirth and about 6,000 to 7,000 Essence from each of them. Cross the bridge, go a short distance back, then return to that location to fight them again and get the same results. Repeat this process as much as desired.

Upgrade all weapons in Chapter 10

Go into the room where you get the second Jewel Of The Demon Seal. Kill the first 30 Beetles, then leave the room and return. There is a challenge where you must kill 60 Beetles. Kill around 57 to 58 beetles, then leave the room. Keep repeating the process to get a lot of Essences. Once you leave the room, you can run to the shop and upgrade your weapons. Continue the process until you have upgraded all the weapons you have. Once you have upgraded everything, you can spend the rest on supplies or armlets. After that, return to the same room with the Beetles and kill all 60 Beetles to unlock a chest which contains a Talisman Of Rebirth.

Defeating Doku

Dodge all his attacks and wait for him to kneel down and charge at you. When he charges, move to the left or right. As soon as the animation is done, he will be vulnerable. Attack him with a combo and roll away. Repeat this as many times as needed.

Defeating Makasado (Samurai Horsemen)

First, use the Dragon Sword, but be careful of the mages that attack you. Evade their attacks and kill some of them for essence, then perform a charged Ultimate Attack on Makasado. Make sure to roll when he is about to attack or you will get damaged.

Defeating the Bone Bird

To defeat the Bone Bird after the worms, equip the Dragon Sword and the Armlet Of The Sun if available. The only time you should attack is when its on the left side of the field. When the battle starts, roll jump into the bottom right side of the field and block. This will protect you from its attacks. When it starts running to the other side, jump roll towards it and use the Flying Swallow attack as soon as it is in front of you. You will go through it and land behind it. Get directly behind its rear and start attacking it. When it jumps, block. When it lands, start attacking it again. The X, Y, X(4) combo works very well. Keep doing this and when it lowers his head, attack it.

Defeating the Electric Worm

If you have a Dabilahro at level 3, this fight will be easy. When the worm appears, it will shoot two electric balls at you. Just dodge them and stay in the top left corner of the platform. When it is done, charge Y. Once it comes out, it will either shoot a electric ball at you or try to swipe you with its body. If it shoots an electric ball at you, just before it shoots, release Y. This will take down 25% of its health. If its body swipes you, release Y when it is about to hit you. You will jump over it and take down 25% of its health. When facing two Electric Worms, use the same method. Dodge the electric balls and charge up for an ultimate attack. If both worms are out while you attack, both worms will lose 25% of their health.

Defeating the Fire Dragon

When the battle begins, the dragon will lower its head for you. Have the Dragon Sword at level 3 and use the X(2), Y(3) combo on it. Then, run to one of the raise-able platforms and keep running forward towards the dragon. You will not fall off unless you jump. If the platform is raised, keep on running forward; do not get on the upper platform. When it shoots a fire ball, roll forward. When it flaps its wings, roll forward. You will take no damage. Then, just attack when it lowers its head.

Defeating the Fire Worm

Use the same tactic as when fighting the Electric Worm, except when dodging its fire rings, just jump instead of rolling and you will jump through it.

Defeating the Ice Sloth

Equip either the Dragon Sword, Kietsu, or the Unlabored Flawness and attack it head on. When it raises icicles from the ground, roll jump to avoid them. If it tries to bite you, roll out of the way and attack it with a combo. If it swipes at you, roll away until it stops then attack it.

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