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Windmill Shuriken
Damage Medium
Speed Slow
Chargeable Yes (Ninja Gaiden II)
First Appearance
Debut Ninja Gaiden

The Windmill Shuriken (風車手裏剣 Fūsha Shuriken?) is a large, foldable shuriken, used as a projectile weapon. It functions like a boomerang, returning to the user upon thrown. This is a weapon passed down through the Hayabusa ninja clan. It is also known as a Fūma Shuriken.

Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Gaiden Black[]

In Ninja Gaiden it can be found in the alley next to Han's Bar, considered as a reward for a challenge Ayane lays upon Ryu through a ninja scroll, in order to test Ryu's skills as a ninja. Must wall-run along the blue lines, use an aerial on the final jump to gain extra height in order to reach the platform where the Windmill Shuriken is.

In Ninja Gaiden Black, the Windmill Shuriken still is found in the same location on the Normal difficulty, but on higher difficulties it is rewarded by Muramasa upon finding 15 Golden Scarabs.

Ninja Gaiden II[]

In Ninja Gaiden II it is found in Ryu's childhood friend Kureha's room during Chapter 11. This shuriken can be charged to release Ultimate Attacks:

  • Level 1: increases range and can almost always cut off a limb.
  • Level 2: further increases the range again almost always results in an instant kill, except in harder difficulties.

Ninja Gaiden (NES)[]

In the Ninja Gaiden (NES) Trilogy, the Windmill Shuriken was said to be imbued with the spirit of the thrower, homing in on the thrower until it is caught. This can be exploited by jumping over the Windmill Shuriken as it returns, causing it to circle around Ryu like a shield.


"A large, unique Shuriken that has been handed down within the Hayabusa Clan for generations. Due to its large mass, the Windmill Shuriken is able to strike multiple enemies without losing momentum and return to the thrower like a boomerang. Its four blades can be folded on top of one another by rotating them on the central axis. It is carried in this folded state, attached to the wielder’s forearm guard. Some say that a similar weapon carried by the legendary Ninja Fuma Kotaro was inspired by this Hayabusa Clan original." -Ninja Gaiden II


  • Damage-Low-Medium to Instant kill
  • Slow throwing rate
  • Can hit multiple times
  • Can rarely be blocked by human or humanoid enemies
  • Deflects other shuriken
  • High speed
  • Can be rigged


  • Second projectile weapon that can be charged.
  • Along with the Dragon Sword, this is another iconic Ninja Gaiden weapon, appearing in all three trilogy NES Ninja Gaiden games, then later the Xbox games Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden II.
  • It is inaccessible in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, although some part of the weapon code is still present in the game.
  • In Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Kasumi uses this weapon's individual blades as throwing Kunais. An upgrade can be purchased to charge 6 individual blades into a Windmill Shuriken.