An introduction to the basics of battling in Story Mode, Adventure Mode, BORUTO’s Tale, Online Battle, and Free Battle.

Battle Rules

■ If you bring your foe’s Health to 0 within the time limit, you win.
■ If both fighters’ Health is the same after time expires, or they KO each other simultaneously, the round is a tie.
■ If time expires, whichever fighter has more Health wins.

Pause Menu

Click the touch pad button during battle to bring up the Pause Menu.
The options available depend on which game mode you’re in.


In addition to basic combat, some battles have additional gameplay elements to work with.

Weapon Break
You may trigger an animation that destroys your foe’s weapon.


Armour Break
Strike your foe under the right conditions, and you may damage their costume, lowering their defense but boosting their attack.


Boss Battles
Onscreen buttons or afterimages show you what to do in these interactive action sequences.


Mob Battles
You may find yourself facing off against a mob of foes during the game story.


Preparing for Battle

Character Select

Select a leader
Select the character you want to use in battle. Press the L1-PS4-15px or R1-PS4-15px buttons to page through the character list.



Select Support Character
In a Team Match, you’ll select a Support Character to go with your leader.
*Press the L2-PS4-15px or R2-PS4-15px buttons to change character costumes in this screen, if any other ones are available



Customize Selection
Press the carre-PS4-15px button to select a customized character.


Battle Settings

Adjust the battle options, if the current game mode lets you. Click the touch pad  button in the Character Select screen to access. Move the cursor and use the left stick or directional buttons to change settings.


Ninjutsu Customization

Change the ninjutsu you’ll bring to battle. Select “Settings Complete” to go on.


Select Stage

Select the stage to fight in, if the current game mode lets you. In stages with a “Drop! Watch out!” icon, you’ll take damage if you fall into a pit.


Round Settings

You can set the number of rounds in a Online Battle or Free Battle. If you opt for three rounds, whoever wins two rounds first is the winner. You can also move around and change leaders between rounds.


Gauges at Start of Next Round

Life Gauge:  Round Winner > Retained from end of last round
Round Loser > Refilled to MAX
Chakra Gauge: Refilled to MAX
Substitution Gauge: Refilled to MAX
Storm Gauge: Resets to 0

Battle Screen


1. Life Gauge
Displays your current Health.

2. Chakra Gauge
Displays your current chakra level.

3. Substitution Gauge
Required to use your Substitution Jutsu. This fills over time, among other ways.

4. Storm Gauge
This fills as you call for support or use moves that consume chakra. When it’s maxed out, you can perform a Linked Secret Technique.

5. Support Gauge
Displayed around your Support Character’s icon. Consumed when you use Support Ninjutsu or change leaders.


6. Time limit
The amount of time you have until the end of battle.

7. Ninja Tools
The types and quantities of Ninja Tools at your disposal.

8. Battle Round
The count of rounds in the battle. 

9. Ninja Treasure Notice
Fulfilling certain conditions during battle will allow you to acquire special Ninja Treasures. Upon acquiring a Ninja Treasure, a notice will appear on the battle screen to notify you of your acquisition. Ninja Treasures you have collected can be viewed in the Items List, which is accessible from the Main Menu in Adventure Mode and BORUTO’s Tale. Once acquired, Ninja Treasures can be exchanged for collection items at the General Store Bandai, which is accessible from Collection and the Online Battle menu.


Jump > croix-PS4-20px button

Leap into the air.


Double Jump > croix-PS4-20px button while jumping

Press the croix-PS4-15px button to jump, then press it again to execute a Double Jump.


Ninja Move > left stick + croix-PS4-20px button while jumping

Execute some fancy footwork in the direction you move the left stick to keep your foe flat-footed. Keep the croix-PS4-15px button held to execute a chain of Ninja Move sidesteps.


Ninja Dash > croix-PS4-20px button twice rapidly

Make a high-speed dash toward your foe. During a Ninja Dash, you’ll automatically deflect any kunai, shuriken, or other flying objects.



Strike Attack > rond-PS4-20px button

Execute a strike move.


Combo > rond-PS4-20px button rapidly

Execute a combo. Press the left stick in certain directions to change the type of combo. See the 1P (or 2P) Combo List in the Pause Menu to see what’s available.
* Some characters perform combos with the carre-PS4-15px button


Throw > Guard + rond-PS4-20px button

Throw your enemy. Throws cannot be guarded against.


Shuriken > carre-PS4-20px button

Throw a shuriken or kunai.



Guard > R2-PS4-20px button

Guard against enemy attack. Guard too many attacks in a row, and your foe will trigger a Guard Break and knock you out for a period of time. Move the left stick back and forth and press the buttons repeatedly to recover a little faster.


Substitution Jutsu > L2-PS4-20px button just before an attack lands

Substitution Jutsu lets you dodge enemy attacks. One notch will be taken off your Substitution Gauge every time you perform one.


Counterattack > Guard + carre-PS4-20px button just when an attack lands

Get the timing just right, and you’ll counter your foe’s attack and send them flying.


Rebound > Hold down croix-PS4-20px when sent flying

Make a safe landing from a blow, letting you avoid losing any Chakra Spheres.


Ninja Tools

Use Ninja Tool > directional buttons

Pressing down, left, up or right on the directional buttons will activate the Ninja Tool assigned to each direction. You can assign Ninja Tools to directions from the Main Menu in Adventure Mode and BORUTO’s Tale.


Edit Ninja Tools

You can use Edit Ninja Tools to assign Ninja Tools to directional buttons from the Main Menu in Adventure Mode and BORUTO’s Tale. Select the Ninja Tool you wish to use from the list, then use the directional buttons to choose a direction on the Item Palette. Press the croix-PS4-15px button to confirm, and the Ninja Tool will be assigned to the Item Palette. Ninja Tools can be purchased at shops.

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Chakra Load > triangle-PS4-20px button

Release your chakra to surround yourself in a blue aura, letting you unleash assorted Chakra Load moves.


Refilling the Chakra Gauge

You can fill up the Chakra Gauge in two different ways: Hold down the triangle-PS4-15px button to perform a Chakra Charge, or pick up the Chakra Spheres dropped by foes when they hit the ground.

Pick up Chakra Spheres



Do a Chakra Charge


Chakra Load Actions

Chakra Shuriken > Chakra Load + carre-PS4-15px button
Fire a shuriken that’s stronger than normal ones. Some characters might throw different weapons as well.

Chakra Dash  > Chakra Load + croix-PS4-15px button
Dash towards your foe, automatically deflecting any kunai, shuriken, or other flying objects. This has more range and speed than a normal Ninja Dash. Hold the left stick back to execute a Chakra Back Dash with this move.

Charged Chakra Dash  > Chakra Load + hold croix-PS4-15px button
Dash along the ground with more range and speed than a Chakra Dash.

Ninjutsu  > Chakra Load + rond-PS4-15px button
Perform your character’s unique ninjutsu. Some fighters have air-based ninjutsu which change depending on how long you hold the button down.


Support Ninjutsu  > L1-PS4-20px/R1-PS4-20px buttons

Use a Support Ninjutsu when your support character’s Support Gauge is at MAX.


Support Gauge

The Support Gauge is used when unleashing a Support Ninjutsu or changing leaders. It gradually refills over time.


Over 50%

Under 50%

Change Leader > right stick left right

If your support character’s Support Gauge is over 50% full, this lets you change control to that character. You can also do this during combos to connect the combo to the other character.



Support Actions

Once your Storm Gauge is full enough, your character will glow yellow and automatically launch a Support Action. Each character has their own Support Actions they can unleash.


Strike Back
Add an extra strike to moves that blow the enemy away. If your foe executes a Strike Back, press the L1-PS4-15px or R1-PS4-15px button to execute a Counterattack Substitute, regardless of how full your Storm Gauge is.

Cover Fire
Attack alongside your player when using Chakra Shurikens.

Charge Assist
Boosts the speed of a Chakra Charge.

Charge Guard
When a Guard Break triggers, your support character appears to guard for you.

Dash Cut
When your foe executes a Ninja Dash or Chakra Dash, your support character appears to guard for you.

Secret Technique Substitution
When your foe executes a Secret Technique, your support character takes the strike, leaving you undamaged. The support character will not be available for a period of time afterward.

Falling Substitute
When you fall into a pit, your support character falls in for you and puts you back in the field. The support character will not be available for a period of time afterward. All characters can do this, regardless of how full their Storm Gauge is.

Secret Techniques and Awakenings

Secret Technique > triangle-PS4-20px triangle-PS4-20px rond-PS4-20px button

Perform your character’s unique Secret Technique.


Linked Secret Technique  >triangle-PS4-20px triangle-PS4-20px triangle-PS4-20px rond-PS4-20px button

This becomes available if your Storm Gauge is maxed out. Using it brings the gauge back down to zero. Depending on who’s in your team, the final move launched might be a Combination Secret Technique.


Awakening  > Hold triangle-PS4-20px button until Awakening Lamp lights up

Once your Life Gauge goes below a certain level, the Awakening Lamp will appear next to your Chakra Gauge. Keep charging chakra to light the Awakening Lamp and unlock this move.


Awakening Combo

Perform an Awakening when your Storm Gauge is maxed out, and everyone on your team will Awaken at once. Depending on your team’s makeup, this could trigger an Awakening combo.


Elemental and Status Effects

Elemental Effects

If you’re hit by a Fire, Lightning, or Water-Style move, you’ll get an Elemental Effect. Once you do, your body will take continual damage. Elemental Effects go away quickly if you execute a Ninja Move.


Status Effects

Your character’s status may change after being hit by certain attacks, using certain Ninja Tools, or going out of an Awakening. When this happens, you’ll see a Status Effect icon underneath the Substitution Gauge.


Status Effect Icons

duel_state01 Strength Up
duel_state00 Strength Down
duel_state03 Defense Up
duel_state02 Defense Down
duel_state16 Movement Speed Up
duel_state15 Movement Speed Down
duel_state25 Better Chance of Guard Break
duel_state11 Life Gauge Drain
duel_state12 Cannot Take Action
duel_state29 Cannot Use Chakra
duel_state08 Automatic Substitution Jutsu
duel_state07 Awakened
duel_state06 Can’t Awaken (Post-Awakening)
duel_state17 Recovery Speed Up
duel_state22 Chakra Recovery Speed Up / Deflecting Enemy Shuriken
duel_state09 Easier to Build Chakra Gauge / Easier to Build Substitution Gauge

End of Battle


If you win the battle, you’ll see your battle score and money earned on this screen. Press the carre-PS4-15px button to view the requirements needed to earn bonuses.

Battle Score Screen



Bonus Requirements Screen



After boss battles in Story Mode, you’ll see your battle score in a simplified results screen.



After battle, the game will auto-save your progress and continue forward. Do not turn off the power while the auto-save icon is onscreen.


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