the legendary ninja outfit, complete with my signature leopard heels 😀
So here’s the promised post on my tips for the Ninja quest line. There are five different areas that you’ll go through to get through the initial quest line before they become repeatable. I’m not going to sit here and explain the nitty gritty. Odds are, you already know most of this stuff, like the orange bar, the rice balls you can’t afford, and how to look into your backpack. You probably also know that you get an epic ninja suit if you collect all the Edo treasures. You probably don’t know that the suit makes you run like a character out of Naruto.
What I didn’t know when I finished the quest chain and started to do them as repeatable quests was that there are TWO different boxes. Yeah, that’s right, two. The plain box can drop any kind of common or uncommon item. The rares, which are the Makimono scrolls, only drop from the boxes with the red bows. These boxes can only be obtained if certain criteria are met in your completion of the quest.
I also didn’t know that certain items only drop in certain areas, but then there’s a large number of common items that drop anywhere. I am including a picture reference that I made to help with that. The gray dots are those common items.
Ooku Living Room
How: After accepting the quest from the green ninja, you move to the wooden perimeter area of the room. You will automatically start mopping the floor. Go from the top right corner, to the bottom corner, to the left corner and back again. Two plain boxes usually appear in any of the three corners when you mop through them.
Bow Box: To get the red bow box here, do you see the back wall with the doors? After you accept your quest from the ninja, start by going through the very back door in the top corner of the area. Then, you can start mopping, but stay behind that back area, behind the doors. When you finish, the red bow box will appear on the platform next to the flower vase.
Items: These are the red colored dots on the chart. You get the pipe set and the Water Makimono.
How: To get into the dojo, you have to use the “bow” emote at the door to the left of the green curtain. Once you’re in, talk to the blue ninja. After accepting the quest, you have to run around until your blue bar fills up. A plain box will appear.
Bow Box: For this, you need to run continuously without stopping at all, making sure your cape doesn’t touch the ground. The easiest way to do this is to click corner to corner. Click the next corner when you are about halfway to the previously clicked corner so that there’s no stopping. Your character will simply change paths.
Items: These are the green colored dots on the chart. You get the coin set and the Wind Makimono.
How: Once it’s opened to you, there will be an orange arrow on the tower behind the guys yelling stuff about fire. Once you’re up there, you have to make your way across to the white flags on the other side and back again. Once you reach the platform, a box will appear near you on the roof. The great part of this quest is that you don’t use any energy unless you fall, so it can be easily repeated over and over.
Bow Box: This one’s tough and it took me forever to comb through research and techniques to figure this one out. What I do know is that there is a set pattern that stays for a certain period of time. There is no “one pattern fits all” here. Once you figure out the pattern, repeat it, repeat it, repeat it. It may take you a few tries to get it, but once you do, you’re golden. Sometimes, you might run into someone up there running the pattern. If you see them go by a few times without falling, PAY ATTENTION. Copy their moves. Get across the roof and back without falling, and you’ll be rewarded with a bow box. Remember that you have to get back onto the platform before the box will appear.
Items: These are the yellow colored dots on the chart. You get the inrou (lacquered medicine box) set and the Fire Makimono.
How: This one’s easy enough. Once you get the quest from the green ninja, you have to make it across to the guy dressed in white at the other end. When the swordsmen and lamp carriers get near to you, press the giant orange “use” button above you in order to cover yourself and hide from them. The cover wears off after about 10 seconds, so if they stop near you to look around, press it again to recover before it wears off. If they catch you, it’s back to square one. Some tips here. You can walk along the rock edge, and a plain box will appear on the boat most of the time. You can also take a rest on the dock if you need it. If you notice that a bunch fo guys are coming in your lane, and there’s no one in the other, you can go through the green fence to the other side.
Bow Box: Don’t get caught and the box is yours. Simple.
Items: These are the purple colored dots on the chart. You get the tegata (sumo wrestler autograph) set and the Earth Makimono.
How: This is another simple one. Talk to the red ninja, and once you have the quest, start at the first dock. When you have a clear opening, click on lily pads to jump on them. Your character will only jump to lily pads that are next to the one you’re on. Jump quickly if your lily pad begins to fade, or you’ll fall in and have to start over. Watch out for forming lily pads that turn into flowers, as you can’t jump to those. Once you get to a dock, you usually get a plain box.
Bow Box: Don’t fall in.
The great thing about this quest is that the old guy next the the red ninja has a repeatable quest in conjunction with her. If you complete the quest 10 times, he’ll give you a set of 4 lily pad chairs. If you’re willing enough, you can earn more than one set. Just don’t forget to talk to him before you fly out of there after finishing or it won’t count!Unfortunately, they took him out as of July. Epic sadness, I know!
Items: These are the blue colored dots on the chart. You get the daruma set and the Sky Makimono.
Here’s one final tip.
If you get all the rare Makimonos, and you need common items, you don’t have to complete the quests. You only need to do the quest long enough to get your box. Then, you can leave and come back and start the quest over again. The last item I needed was the silver pipe from the Ooku Living Room. It took me several days to figure out that I could just get the box, leave, comeback, and start over. I accepted the quest, went to the top right corner, mopped down about an inch, and the plain box would appear. After I openend it, I went home and back again. Rinse and repeat. I was able to open a large number of boxes in a shorter period of time without sucking down all of my energy.
Let the questing begin!