Ninjala: Best Weapons to Boost Your Chances of Winning Every Match

Find out which Ninjala weapons are the best in their class as well as how to use their attacks, combos, specials, and Ninjutsu moves.


There are 12 weapons in Ninjala: four katanas, four hammers, and four yo-yos. Each one has a different set of special moves, combos, and abilities, so the gameplay is quite varied.

While playing to your strengths and your preferred playing style is always the best way to find success in a game like Ninjala, you may want to base your weapon choice on the best weapons in Ninjala.


Here, we’re going to run through each of the weapon classes, the type of play that they suit, and then delve into the best weapon of the class – including how to use the best Ninjala weapons.

Selecting the Best Weapons in Ninjala

Before deciding which of the best Ninjala weapons is for you, it’s best to work out which class of weapon suits your preferred style of play.

The katana class of weapons is made up of the Ippon Katana, Drill Beast, Scroll Blade, and Corn Bat. They are single-handed melee weapons which offer a balance of speed and power.

Katana weapons are for flurries of attacks from up close, with the additional speed allowing the user to close in on, or flee from, slower ninjas who are carrying more powerful weapons.

The hammer class consists of the SK8 Hammer, Drum Beat, Iron Noise, and Sushi Axe. The two-handed weapons are built for power at the expense of some speed.

Hammers are best used up close and personal, with timing being key for capitalising on the increased power behind the slower swing.

The yo-yo class of weapons are the Shinobi Spinner, Scroll Blade, Ninja Yo-yo, and Mellow à la Mode. The single-handed ranged weapons offer more speed at the cost of some power.

Yo-yo weapons offer a way to attack from range, be faster in your approach, and quicker in retreat. The range granted can work very well against melee-favouring foes.

So, to sum up, this is how each weapon plays and what preferences they will suit:

  • Katana: Well-rounded weapons which offer fast attacks and good foot speed. They are suited to players who want to be quick and attack in flurries.
  • Hammer: Hammers are very powerful but noticeably slower. Anyone willing to be a bit more patient and work on their timings can make the most of these mighty weapons.
  • Yo-yo: Lots of foot speed and range offer the user the chance to be a nuisance. These suit players who can resist piling into a scrap, are happy to jab from range, and know how to use speed to their advantage.

Now that you know the type of weapon you’d prefer to use, we can dig into the best weapons in Ninjala.

As the game is so varied, the best weapons won’t suit everyone, but these three certainly offer a style which will suit most players and help them to win battles in Ninjala.

Best Ninjala Katana Weapon: Drill Beast

The Drill Beast featured in the April open beta, and from that moment, it was pretty clear that it would be one of the best weapons in Ninjala.

The only real downside to this weapon is the Drill Beast’s Gum Shoot, as the Gum Grenade – which fires like a small mortar – is a bit tricky to manipulate.

The Here and There special allows you to sneak underground with a decent amount of speed and for a good amount of time before popping up to strike.

Punishing Blade, the Gum Ninjutsu of the Drill Beast, might just be the best move in the game. Your Drill Beast transforms into a massive gum blade, which acts as nearly a one-shot Ippon machine.

Plus, the Punishing Blade stays around for ages, recovers your health when it’s activated, and your special cooldown time resets when you successfully use Here and There while the Gum Ninjutsu is active.

Click here to find out more about the Drill Beast and see its special moves in action.

How to Use the Drill Beast

In Ninjala, you can perform combos with any weapon’s basic attack (ZR) as your direction alters the move that your ninja performs.

Generally speaking, moving forward and attacking, pushing the left analogue to the left or right just as you’ve pressed attack, and pulling backwards while you press attack are the three forms of attack that a weapon can produce.

All of these forms of attack still see your ninja attack straight ahead (not behind or to the side if timed properly) and can link into combos.

With the Drill Beast, the forward attack sees your character lunge forward to jab directly in front of you. It’s not a particularly potent attack but it can quickly get you in range to follow-up with combos.

The backwards direction attack can be very powerful, with it sending your ninja hurtling forward while spinning around – like a mini Drill Beast tornado.

While all of the attacks are very good, the sideways attack of the Drill Beast is the best. By moving the left analogue to either side when you attack, your ninja will warp and jab.

Follow this up by going to the other side with left analogue while tapping attack to continue to warp and jab around your foe. Just keep tapping ZR and flicking the analogue side-to-side.

Once you’ve got the timing locked down, you can use this Drill Beast attack to get your enemy airborne and then continue to warp and hit them until they’re knocked out, or you engage in a parry.

Best Ninjala Hammer Weapon: Drum Beat

One of the sneaky Dev Diary reveals, the Drum Beat is bound to be seen more and more regularly as a vital part of the Team Battle mode. It does, however, also offer a very favourable set-up for the solo ninja in the Battle Royale mode too.

The hammer class is split in half, with two significantly more powerful weapons and two which offer a bit more speed. Drum Beat is one of the more powerful hammers and focuses on disabling your foes.

Its special, the Echoing Scream, boasts a decent amount of range – granted by your ninja’s leap and the subsequent shockwaves – and stuns your foe for long enough to land some thunderous hits.

The Gum Ninjutsu can be hit-or-miss, depending on how much area-of-effect you prefer the mighty skills to have when they land.

The Dragon Lord of the Drum Beat spawns a serpentine dragon which automatically locks on to a ninja, chases them down, and then causes a huge amount of damage. It can oust one player, but it can be avoided, so some players who like to get stuck into a brawl and then pop their Gum Ninjutsu to hit several ninjas may be disappointed by this move.

Gum Launcher, the Drum Beat’s Gum Shoot, is nice and straightforward: it’s just the single bubble blown which you fire to gently home in on an opponent. It doesn’t lock on like the Dragon Lord, but it will follow a ninja to an extent.

Click here to find out more about the Drum Beat and see its special moves in action.

How to Use the Drum Beat

In Ninjala, you can perform combos with any weapon’s basic attack (ZR) as your direction alters the move that your ninja performs.

Generally speaking, moving forward and attacking, pushing the left analogue to the left or right just as you’ve pressed attack, and pulling backwards while you press attack are the three forms of attack that a weapon can produce.

All of these forms of attack still see your ninja attack straight ahead (not behind or to the side if timed properly) and can link into combos.

The forward attack of the Drum Beat is perhaps the most difficult to master. While it does swing the hammer, very slowly, and will do damage on impact, it also spawns a shock orb which will home in on your target.

While the actual melee hitting of this attack is hindered by its lack of speed, firing the orb gives the Drum Beat a ranged attack. The orb also stuns opponents on impact, so fire it from range and then rush in to hit with a different attack.

That different attack will almost certainly be the spinning move. By pulling backwards when you press down on the attack button, your Drum Beat will see you enter into a ferocious spinning attack which can do copious amounts of damage.

Completing the range of Drum Beat attacks and combos is the sideways attack. By flicking the left analogue to either side just as your trigger ZR, you’ll create a booming soundwave which stuns all foes in its vicinity – allowing you to follow-up with some heavy attacks.

You will certainly want to use the Training Mode to practice with the Drum Beat as it takes a lot of getting used to the speed of the swings, range of the shocks, and the stun time.

Best Ninjala Yo-yo Weapon: Shinobi Spinner

Given its popularity during the betas, the Trick Ball looked to take the top spot among yo-yos, but since the full release of Ninjala, the launch weapon known as the Shinobi Spinner seems to have taken the crown.

The Shinobi Spinner offers a great deal of range, plenty of speed, and it has some beneficial moves once you get used to using them in battle.

Keeping it simple, the first major benefit of using the Shinobi Spinner is having access to the Gum Net.

The style of Gum Shoot can be incredibly effective, with the webbing spawning to deal continual gum damage to all trapped inside and those who are just a little too close.

Its Gum Ninjutsu is also one of the more favourable moves for those who like to rumble into multi-ninja scraps. The Shinobi Spinner’s Gum Ninjutsu is the Ninja Tornado, which you can direct with the left analogue.

The Shinobi Spinner also features a good special, but it does take some practice to perfect. The Yo-yo Leap sees you throw your Shinobi Spinner at your foe and then warp in to attack.

Click here to find out more about the Shinobi Spinner and see its special moves in action.

How to Use the Shinobi Spinner

In Ninjala, you can perform combos with any weapon’s basic attack (ZR) as your direction alters the move that your ninja performs.

Generally speaking, moving forward and attacking, pushing the left analogue to the left or right just as you’ve pressed attack, and pulling backwards while you press attack are the three forms of attack that a weapon can produce.

All of these forms of attack still see your ninja attack straight ahead (not behind or to the side if timed properly) and can link into combos.

Your backwards attack (pull down on the left analogue just as you press ZR to attack) with the Shinobi Spinner is very similar to the ability Yo-yo Leap.

You launch your yo-yo into the foe, vault in, and can perform several attacks up close. Afterwards, though, you need to press ZR again to retrieve your yo-yo. This is undoubtedly an attack which takes some getting used to in Training Mode.

Your forward attack with the Shinobi Spinner is fairly basic and what you’d expect. You throw the yo-yo to strike from moderate range and then it recoils so that you can shoot another attack.

What makes the Shinobi Spinner such a good choice is the incredible range of its sideways attack (flick the left analogue left or right when you press ZR to attack).

As you can see in the image under the header, the Shinobi Spinner can be sent out across a tremendous distance, which is very useful against ninjas running away from you or towards you.

While it is a bit slow as far as yo-yo attacks tend to be, the Shinobi Spinner sideways attack is deceptively powerful.

Best Weapons in Ninjala

In these early days of the game, the Drill Beast, Drum Beat, and Shinobi Spinner stand-out as the best weapons in Ninjala, with their superb abilities and attacks at the ready to help you win more battles.

However, if you try them out in training or battle and find that they don’t suit your style, find a different weapon, practice, and perfect it to help you win battles in Ninjala.

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Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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