There are 10 playable classes in the PC game Rogue Legacy. The Shinobi deals the most raw damage of any class in the game, with the possible exception of a very late game Knave. Of course, this damage output comes at a cost. The Shinobi is a glass cannon, terrible as dealing with prolonged fighting. If you play to its strengths, this class can help you defeat many of the game’s bosses, but is much less useful for exploring. The following guide to the Shinobi class in Rogue Legacy will detail everything you need to know about this hard hitting fighter.
Attributes – The Shinobi deals almost twice as much damage as an equal level Knight, but at a massive cost. A Shinobi has only 60% as many hit points and 40% as many mana points as that same Knight. Additionally, a Shinobi can never score a critical hit. With this class you are really good at chewing through basic enemies of your level and through bosses, but advanced enemies or higher level enemies tear you apart, as do traps.
Unlock – You need to unlock the Architect and the Barbarian King before unlocking the Shinobi. It can be your seventh total castle upgrade, though the availability of Attack Up means you will probably get it a little later than that. It is a very good class, so it is worth spending gold on almost as soon as you can afford it.
Upgrade – To unlock the Hokage upgrade, you need to purchase the Haggle upgrade first. The benefit of the Hokage upgrade is a short range teleport that costs 5 points of mana to use. The cost is dirt cheap, but the benefit is almost worthless, except possible to complete some Fairy Chest challenges. You can definitely spend your gold in better ways than this upgrade.
Spells – You have so few mana points, that you pretty much just want the cheapest spell possible, when you have a choice between multiple Shinobi with different spells. You are one of two classes that can get the Quantum Locator spell, but despite how cheap it is to use, it is actually a waste for you, since the spell is near useless when facing boss fights. Unless the heir has amazing traits, you should generally avoid a Shinobi with that spell.
Equipment – The most important rule for equipment with a Shinobi is to not equip any cape that only gives bonuses to critical hit chance or critical hit damage. They are completely worthless for you. Beyond that, you want to highest damage sword you can and then the chest that provides the best armor. Avoid Vampiric equipment completely. If you can’t fight your way to the boss without taking damage, you aren’t ready to face the boss anyway. Once you have a good sword and good chest piece, you just want to avoid taking any penalties with the remainder of your equipment.
Runes – Your primary runes should be Haste, Sprint, and Vault Runes for the maneuverability benefits that will help you in any boss battle. You may also want to equip a single Curse Rune. You should be dealing enough damage to kill enemies in a single hit even with one and this will slightly increase the gold you get while trying to find the boss.
Strategy – If you found the boss room the last time you entered the castle, use an architect to lock the castle into place. The Shinobi is terrible at exploring, so it is much better if you can head to the boss with as little deviation from a straight line as possible. Your goal is simple. You want to reach the boss with full health and then engage it in a fast battle. Your damage output should be high enough to simply almost entirely on offense and try to finish the battle almost before it begins.