Secret Ninja Arts (秘伝忍法, Hiden Ninpou), also known as Summoning Arts, are secret shinobi techniques that exhibit a paranormal power by embodying a creature imagined within the mind. Secret Ninja Arts require a Secret Ninja Art Scroll to execute.
As mentioned before, Secret Ninja Arts are secret shinobi techniques that exhibit a paranormal power by embodying a creature imagined within the mind.
When you summon, it can be anything you want. It doesn't matter if it's a real or imaginary creature. However, the summoning is greatly affected by the person's innate characteristics or in other words "compatibility." This is also the reason why some shinobi can summon more than one creature. If you try to something at random, chances are the summoning will be a failure.
Sometimes, one's family line has a bearing on one's summoning beast. The trend is particularly strong in families where there are more than one generation of practicing shinobi. To use Secret Ninja Arts you need a Secret Ninja Art scroll which all shinobi carry around with them.
Secret Ninja Arts can be through the use of weapons or fighting styles, elemental affinities, summoning ninja animals, and many others, but not limited to only one thing, as one can attain the ability to combine the types, like an affinity imbued weapon.
Aside from normal Secret Ninja Arts which only require the usage of a basic Secret Ninja Art Scroll, there are several other categories of Secret Ninja Art, all which have varying requirements for their usage:
Super Secret Ninja Art
A Super Secret Ninja Art is a stronger form of Secret Ninja Art.
In Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash, in order to make use of Super Secret Ninja Arts one must have a Super Secret Ninja Art scroll.
Ultimate Secret Ninja Art
An Ultimate Secret Ninja Art (絶・秘伝忍法, Zetsu Hiden Ninpō) is a high-level Secret Ninja Art. It can only be mastered by doing battle with opposing forces (Good and Evil). It serves as a way for a shinobi to manifest their full potential.
Stacked Secret Ninja Art
A Secret Ninja Art that two shinobi activate in tandem. By combining their powers, two shinobi can achieve greater results than they could individually.
Secret Fusion Ninja Art
A Secret Fusion Ninja Art (合わせ秘伝忍法, Awase Hiden Ninpō) is a Secret Ninja Art that two shinobi activate in tandem. Much more powerful than a Stacked Secret Ninja Art, it can only be activated when two shinobi are perfectly in sync.
- Weapon: Those who practice use of specific weapons can use them as part of the art. (i.e. Yomi's Niflheim)
- Affinity: Those who use raw elemental (or non-elemental) energy as an attack.
- Summon: Those who use the abilities of their summon to aid them in their assault by summoning the creature itself. (i.e. Asuka's Toad Summoning, Yumi's White Widow.)
- Self: Those who use themselves as part of the art and temporarily gain new abilities and potentially altered fighting styles. Some may even take on characteristics of their summon creature. (i.e. Homura's Crimson Lotus, Miyabi's Paradiso of the Abyss.)
In the games, the Secret Ninja Arts are used to clear out crowds of enemies, or deal large amounts of damage to bosses. There are several levels and types of Secret Ninja Arts in the games.
3DS Main Series
- Secret Ninja Arts (秘伝忍法)- Base Level. Requires one bar of meter.
- Super Secret Ninja Arts (超秘伝忍法)- Requires 2 bars.
- Aerial Secret Arts (空中秘伝忍法)- Requires one bar. Must be preformed in the air.
- Secret Fusion Ninja Arts: Requires 3 scrolls from both shinobi. Their damage output depends on the characters' mutual Affection.
PlayStation Sub-series (VERSUS)
In the VERSUS sub-series for PlayStation, there are Secret Ninja Arts and Ultimate Secret Ninja Arts. There a three levels to Ninja Arts, each taking precedence over the lower level art (i.e. A Secret Ninja Art 1 will be canceled out by a Secret Ninja Art 2 while an Ultimate Secret Ninja Art can cancel out both Secret Ninja Arts 1 and 2).
Secret Ninja Arts each take a fixed amount of scrolls to execute:
- Secret Ninja Art 1□ (秘伝忍法□): One Scroll
- Secret Ninja Art 2△ (秘伝忍法△): Two Scrolls
- Ultimate Secret Ninja Art ○ (絶・秘伝忍法○): Five Scrolls