Ninja Gaiden

Strategy Guide

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  • Always have starting costume

    At the main menu, highlight the "New Game" option, then hold L + R and press A. If you entered the code correctly, you will hear the sound of a scream. Ryu will continue using his starting blue costume throughout the game.

  • Alternate costumes

    Successfully complete the game on the normal or hard difficulty settings. Then, hold L while selecting the "New Game" option at the opening menu to wear the Ninja Of The Future costume. Successfully complete the game on the very hard difficulty setting to unlock Ryu's Fiend Costume. It is the same blue skin obtained in Chapter 14 after defeating Doku for the second time.

    After installing the Hurricane Pack: Volumes 1 or 2 on Xbox Live, hold Black while selecting a level in master tournament for the Evil Ryu costume. Hold White while selecting a level in master tournament for the Dead Or Alive Ninja costume.

  • Dabilahro Sword

    Give 20 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the Dabilahro Sword. Note: In successive mode you do not get it again until you give 43 Scarabs to Muramasa.

  • Plasma Saber

    Successfully complete the game on the normal difficulty setting. A new sword called the Plasma Saber (which resembles a lightsaber from Star Wars) will now be unlocked.

  • Plasma Saber Mk. II

    Successfully complete the game on the very hard difficulty setting to unlock the Plasma Saber Mk. II.

  • Skip FMV sequences

    Press Start, A, Start to advance past an FMV sequence. Note: This does not work all of the time.

  • All FMV sequences

    Successfully complete the game on the normal or hard difficulty settings to unlock all FMV sequences.

  • Very hard difficulty

    Successfully complete the game on the normal or hard difficulty settings to unlock the very hard difficulty setting.

  • Classic Ninja Gaiden

    Give 50 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the classic Ninja Gaiden game. This does not have to be done in a single game play-through. You can continue from a completed game save and collect the Scarabs that were originally missed until you have the required 50 Scarabs. After giving them to Muramasa, you will get the Ninja Gaiden disc to be used at the arcade machine at Han's Bar's first floor.

  • Classic Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword Of Chaos

    Get a "Master Ninja" rank in all levels on the normal difficulty setting to unlock the classic Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword Of Chaos game. Alternately, first unlock Ninja Gaiden. Then go to the Clock Tower Plaza of Tairon. Get on the ledge above the multicolored door that leads to Pleasure Street (where you flip the switch to unlock that door). Aim your bow at the clock tower across the street. Shoot the face of the clock and a treasure chest will appear on the building that is across the street. Jump down, and enter the doorway across the street with the stairs. Climb to the top, and open the chest to unlock the Ninja Gaiden 2 disc.

  • Classic Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship Of Doom

    Get a "Master Ninja" rank in all levels on the hard or very hard difficulty settings to unlock the classic Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship Of Doom game. Alternately, first unlock Ninja Gaiden 2. Go to the Peristyle Passage (the ceremonial room in the Aqueducts, just before the Boss fight with the giant fossil bird). It is next to the Hall of Balance. Triangle Jump back up to the top of the broken pillar where a Scarab was previously hidden. You will now find the disc for Ninja Gaiden 3 at that location.

  • Playing classic games easier

    Instead of going to the first floor of Han's Bar, use the following trick to start the games from the main menu. Successfully complete the main game while any classic Ninja Gaiden disc is in Ryu's inventory. This will unlock another main menu option that will allow you to play the classic games from there, without going to Han's Bar.

  • Armlet Of Benediction

    Give 15 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the Armlet Of Benediction.

  • Armlet Of Fortune

    Give 30 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the Armlet Of Fortune.

  • Armlet Of Tranquillity

    Give 40 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the Armlet Of Tranquillity.

  • Dark Dragon Blade

    Successfully complete the game on any difficulty setting. Start an already completed game and kill anything in your path. The more people that you kill, the more likely you will get the Dark Dragon Blade. When you reach the part to upgrade your Dragon Sword to the final level, jump into the open house and stay on the top level. The Dark Dragon Blade should now be into the ground, ready for you to unleash its power.

  • Healing Bracelet

    Give 40 Scarabs to the shopkeeper for a healing bracelet that will slowly replenish your health. If you do not care about time, you can just stand in a no enemy area and just heal away.

  • Life of the Gods

    Give one Scarab to Muramasa to unlock the Life of the Gods.

  • Sprit of the Devils

    Give 10 Scarabs to Muramasa to unlock the Sprit of the Devils.

  • Unlabored Flawlessness

    Upgrade the wooden sword completely to receive its true form, the Unlabored Flawlessness. It is a large weapon which you swing like the war hammer and Dabilahro, and has a very powerful Ki attack. This weapon makes Boss fights easy.

  • War Hammer

    After defeating the flying female Boss that breaks through the stained glass, immediately when you start the next level run back into the doors. Go past all the debris and you can find the War Hammer in the area where you fought the Boss.

  • Windmill Shuruken

    Go to Han's bar but do not go in the front of the club. There is an alley that has blue striped walls. Run on these blue stripes and it should lead you to a platform with an silver Xbox that replenishes your health and a metal plate that holds the Windmill Shuruken.

  • Skip intermission sequences

    During an intermission sequence, press Start, A, Start to advance past most intermission sequences.

  • In-game reset

    While playing the game, press Start + Back to return to the main menu.

  • Special attack

    Press Y + B to unleash a super attack that will seriously hurt anyone.

  • Kill enemies quickly

    To kill an enemy very fast, jump towards them fairly close using A, then quickly tap Y immediately before you hit them. You should either throw them with the guillotine throw or slice their heads off. If they keep trying to get off the ground, tap Y again to pin them down or cut their head off. This is useful when you need some extra money, are almost dead, or when you just simply want to get through the section quickly because of frustration.

  • Finishing kill

    While a foe is on the ground, walk up to it and press Y. This will instantly kill almost any foe.

  • Less battle damage

    When you are grabbed by an enemy or a Boss such as the Dragon, mash the buttons quickly to escape without taking full damage.

  • Longer wall running

    When you are about to fall from wall running too far, jump forward towards the wall again. You will start to wall run again.

  • Easy Essence

    Killing a foe without using Y will give you five times more Essence. Also in Chapters 6 and 7, you will encounter the skeleton dino Boss. After you defeat him, climb down towards the new opening he made in the floor, but stop at the save location. Turn around with your Nunchakun and jump up to the bats. Once you reach them, kill no more than two to four bats and charge your super attack taking in two Essence Orbs. Then, unleash the attack and gather up to 2,000 Essence each time. To replenish the bats, jump back to the save point and repeat. The bats will not hurt you enough to kill, and will randomly give you health. Once you gather all the Essence desired, you can whatever desired. The maximum amount of Essence that can be held is 99,999.

    The "Easy Essence" trick that can be done on Chapters 6 and 7 also works on Chapter 10. Go to the room in which you come down the ladder at the start of the level. It is also the room that leads into the first aqueduct.

    In the Hayabusa Ninja Village before the fight with the Samurai Horsemen, there are three square targets just beside a dead ninja. Backtrack a little until you see a parallel wood with the three targets. Shoot the first two targets with the bow for easy Red and Yellow Essence.

    Go to Han's bar in Tairon, just after the military invades the city in Chapter 8. There will be four soldiers that you can kill there. Use the Vigoorian Flail to kill them all, using only the Cremator attack to kill each one. You will typically gain 1,500 to 2,000 Essence for killing all four of them. Enter Han's bar, then exit it to have them respawn. You can repeat the process as many times as desired. There is also a save point next to Han's bar. Save the game every few times you do this in case you die.

  • More items

    Do not pass up the dead ninjas that are lying around. They have items on them.

  • Obtaining rewards

    Talk to the shopkeeper every time you see him. This is when he will collect your Golden Scarabs. He will give you rewards after every several Scarabs. Note: When the Hurricane Pack from Xbox Live is installed, the Scarab rewards will change to the following:

      Wooden Sword: 5 Scarabs
      Armlet of Fortune: 10 Scarabs
      Vigoorian Flail: 15 Scarabs
      Armlet of the Moon: 20 Scarabs
      Dabilahro: 25 Scarabs
      Armlet of the Sun: 30 Scarabs
      Armlet of Benediction: 35 Scarabs
      Jewel of Demon Seal: 40 Scarabs
      Armlet of Tranquility: 45 Scarabs
      Dark Dragon Blade: 50 Scarabs

  • Unlock safe in monk's room

    To unlock the safe in the monk's room for the first time you need to enter this combination: press Analog-Stick Left until you reach "2", then press X. Press Analog-stick Right until "7", then press X. Press Analog-stick Right until "1", then press X. Press Analog-stick Left until "2", then press X. If done correctly, each time you press X a blue light should turn on, until you see four blue lights and the elevator to the underground cemetery opens. The combination is the Monk's birthday as he states in the diary (27th day on the 12th month). You can now get the Book Of The Eons from the safe.

    When opening the monk's safe for Life Of The Gods, the combination is different. The code is left to 1, right to 4, left to 1, and right to 0.

    After the flood drops you into the room with the elevator and the long tunnel you can swim through, take the underwater elevator up to the monk's room. Dispatch the three Spider Ninja and go to the safe. The new combination is right to 1, left to 4, right to 1, left to 0. If you also reread his diary, it will mention that you ripped him off and will then tell you that the new password is his daughter's birthday.

  • Defeating Alma

    To defeat Alma (red greater fiend), equip the Vigorian Flails. It is recommended that they be completely leveled up. With the Vigorian Flail, you can still hurt Alma greatly even when she is in the air. Note: The shuriken, incendiary shuriken, and bow cannot hurt her; they just bounce off.

  • Defeating Black Spider Ninjas

    Jump off the wall and use the X attack to smash down on top off them. Use this repeatedly, but be careful of the incendiary shurikens that they throw.

  • Defeating Doku

    Keep using the Flying Swallow attack (A towards the enemy, then Y). Every time you hit him, roll back, then jump. After that, try the Electric Ninpo attack. Then, repeat the process. If Doku keeps blocking the Flying Swallow attack, keep attacking him with it until it hits him. When he throws his sword, you can either jump over it, or roll and jump backwards. When he is doing his combo attack, attack him when he is at the last attack of his combo.

  • Defeating Spirit Doku

    To defeat Doku the second time you fight him quickly and without getting hit, simply use the Ninpo attack "The Art Of The Inferno". If it is level 3, you can kill him in about six hits.

  • Defeating the Dragon Boss

    To defeat him, try to level up your Lightning Ninpo to the maximum. Constantly run left or right. When he flaps his wings you will take a little block damage. The only way to hit him without getting in the lava is to hit his head when he lays it down momentarily. Try using the Flying Air Dash attack. He will try to grab you immediately afterwards; throw in a Ninpo just after that attack. If you need to use a Great Devil Elixer, it will be useful.

  • Defeating Spirit Piranha

    These enemies can kill you very quickly and are extremely difficult to get away from. They tend to leave a high amount of red Ki orbs. Simply use the Fire Wheels Ninpo and run through them. You should get enough red orbs to replenish your Ki. Also, use the Bracelet that enhances the red orbs.

  • Defeating Worms

    You will fight several of these Worms. They can be cheap if you do not know what to do. Using the Whirlwind Shiruken is the key. Throw out a maximum of three when they appear from the holes, then block or dodge. Repeat this for an easy victory.

  • Defeating Zombies

    Use the diving Y attack that takes off their head. It will not kill them, but they will be blind. Also, when facing the zombies under the cathedral and one of them happen to lunge at you and starts biting, press X + A as quickly as possible to kick it off and reduce the amount of damage that you receive.

  • Dragon sword extra attacks

      360 Turn: Press X after you have landed on the ground. You can do several combos starting with X after this blow.

      Quick Charge: Press Y after you have landed on the ground.

      Roll Attack Plus Violent Gale: Press Right (or another direction), Right + X, X(3); level 2.

      Roll Attack Plus Izuna Drop: Press Right, Right + X, X, Y, X(3), Y; level 2, you must have bought the Izuna Drop Scroll in order to do this attack.

  • Item locations

    Lives Of 1000 Gods

      Chapter 1

      1. Ninja Fortress

      Chapter 4

      2. Area of Tairon near Lily Door (hang from blue rail, then cross on blue wire)
      3. After defeating Chapter 6 Boss

      Chapter 7

      4. Kill 60 Fiends in the area where you got the Holy Grail (before flooding)
      5. After defeating Suspension Bridge room Boss

      Chapter 10

      6. Kill 60 Fiends in the Peristyle Passage (Hall of Balance 1)

      Chapter 12

      7. Kill 60 Fiends in the area that you fought Doku (platform puzzle)
      8. Kill 60 Fiends at the bottom of stairway to Imperial Palace (long stairway)
      9. After defeating Flame Dragon Boss

      Chapter 13

      10. Tairon - after portal activation (go into portal near Great Bridge)- kill 60 fiends

    Life Of The Gods

      Chapter 2

      1. Broken bridge (just before Hayabusa village, water jump to get across)
      2. Hayabusa Village (place statue head on statue)

      Chapter 3

      3. Main Deck (small room)
      4. Fore Cabin

      Chapter 4

      5. Flip over blue rail (next to note Ayane gives you about paying attention to the color blue)
      6. 1, 2, or 3 Scarabs

      Chapter 6

      7. Monastery Annex
      8. Underground Cemetery (upper area)

      Chapter 7

      9. Suspension bridge room
      10. Monk's safe (second time)

      Chapter 9

      11. Military Warehouse (break box on floor)
      12. Military Base (bottom of stairs in control room)
      13. In chest after train wreck

      Chapter 10

      14. Hall of Balance 2 (in chest)
      15. In worm hole after defeating two worms
      16. Entrance to Underground Sanctuary (wall run across door)

      Chapter 11

      17. Moat of Zarkhan (next to save point)
      18. Moat of Zarkhan (underwater labrynth, right before silver medallion)

      Chapter 12

      19. Room you fought Doku (upper level)
      20. Room you fought Doku (upper level)
      21. Break statue head with hammer
      22. Underwater near Zarkhan Falls
      23. Magma Cavern (Path of the Flame)

      Chapter 13

      24. After defeating Flame Dragon (Magma Cavern)
      25. In chest after breaking door near Great Bridge (wall run)
      26. Pyramid (in chest)

      Chapter 14

      27. Labrynth

    Jewel Of The Demon Seal

      Chapter 7

      1. Suspension Bridge Room (throne)

      Chapter 10

      2. Aqueduct 3 (take elevator down)

      Chapter 11

      3. Monks safe (3rd time)

      Chapter 12

      4. Ice Cavern (after defeating ice beast)

      Chapter 13

      5. Hayabusa Village (break door with hammer)
      6. Pyramid (light altar with Fire Ninpo)

    Weapons

      Chapter 2

      1. Bow (Hayabusa village, same room as Masamura's shop icon)

      Chapter 4

      2. Nunchaku (found on dead ninja near clock tower)
      3. Windmill Shuriken (alley near Han's Bar)

      Chapter 6

      4. Vigaroon Flail (Underground Cemetery; near Ritual Room)

      Chapter 8

      5. War Hammer (go back into Monastery after defeating Alma)
      6. Strongbow (across from Military Gate, get there with Skull key)

      Chapter 9

      7. Dabilahro (received after 43 scarabs)

      Chapter 11

      8. Speargun (on dead ninja near Masamura's shop icon)

      Chapter 12

      9. Kitetsu (pick up after defeating Doku)

  • Ninja Gaiden passwords

    Level
    Password
    1
    L, X, A, Y, A, X
    2
    A, X, X, R, Y, A
    3
    X, Y, B, R, L, X
    4
    B, R, A, B, Y, Y
    5
    X, A, Y, X, L, L
    6
    R, Y, R, L, A, X

  • Ninja Gaiden 2 passwords

    Level
    Password
    1
    A, A, B, X, Y, R
    2
    X, L, R, B, B, A
    3
    L, Y, B, A, R, R
    4
    A, L, X, Y, Y, B
    5
    R, A, A, B, X, L
    6
    Y, L, R, A, Y, R
    7
    B, B, X, Y, A, L

  • Ninja Gaiden 3 passwords

    Level
    Password
    1
    B, Y, R, L, X, A
    2
    A, R, R, Y, A, L
    3
    L, B, R, Y, L, Y
    4
    R, R, B, A, Y, X
    5
    Y, A, B, X, R, X
    6
    B, X, X, A, X, Y
    7
    X, R, X, Y, Y, L


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