Ninja Gaiden Wiki
Ninja Gaiden Wiki
Strength Low
Speed High
Range Long
First Appearance
Debut Ninja Gaiden

The Shuriken (手裏剣 Shuriken; Sword Hidden in Hand) or "Ninja Star" is a traditional ninja projectile weapon that come in various shapes, and used by Ryu Hayabusa throughout the Ninja Gaiden series. They are usually star shaped and are thrown at the enemy. They are lethal when used by Ryu Hayabusa in cutscenes, however the shuriken does very little damage in game.


Ninja Gaiden[]

A simple cross-shaped throwing star.

Shuriken Transparent.png

Ninja Gaiden II[]

It is no exaggeration to say that this weapon epitomizes the Ninja.

Shuriken are implements designed to cause injury when thrown at an enemy, and most Ninja carry them at all times. This particular type of Shuriken, which boasts six blades, is officially known as a Roppoken, or six-sided star, and is of the Kuruma-ken (round) category of Shuriken that spin when thrown. Due to the disposable nature of these weapons, expensive materials are rarely used in their construction. However, they are crafted with great precision to stabilize their trajectory when thrown, thereby increasing accuracy.


  • Shurikens are Unlimited.
  • Can be used to briefly stun enemies, useful against projectile enemies.
  • Can be used to juggle enemies in between combos.


  • Does very little damage.

Move List[]

P.S: B is Circle in Playstation 3

Introduced in Ninja Gaiden[]

  • Standard Throw: While standing/float on water B (up to 4 times)
  • Somersault Throw: While running B
  • Air Throw: Jump straight up/ Jump forward B
  • Wall Throw: On wall/wall running/during Flying Bird Flip B

IntroducedNinja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge[]

  • Four Rings: 360 spin B


In game techniques with shuriken consist mostly of stun tactics, allowing Ryu to break an opponent's combo and stun them momentarily. This gives Ryu an opportunity to strike with a primary weapon. Experienced players will often use shurikens between combo pauses to keep constant damage, and stun the enemy against the next attack or cancel an attack with long recovery time that would leave Ryu open to attacks.

It is also great for briefly stunning projectile enemies in the background while you take on the melee enemies.


  • The Shuriken, along with the Dragon Sword and Windmill Shuriken has appeared in every installment of the Ninja Gaiden series aside from the Arcade where Ryu mainly fights with hand to hand combat.