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

The Windmill Shuriken (風車手裏剣 Fūsha Shuriken?) is a large Boomerang type, foldable shuriken, used as a projectile weapon.

These are passed down through the Hayabusa ninja Clan.

In Ninja Gaiden it can be found in the alley next to Han's Bar, considered as a reward for a test Ayane lays upon Ryu through a ninja scroll, in order to test Ryu's skills as a ninja. 

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: increases range again and almost always results in an instant kill.

It has a slight homing ability allowing it to keep killing enemies until it returns to Ryu, due to the fact it acts like a boomerang. It is also known as a Fūma shuriken.

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.

History[edit | edit source]

"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

Stats[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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