Controls

To achieve greatness at Tenchu: Kurenai you will soon need to master the controls. This game is all about not being seen and to so do requires much skill. Stealth is very important if you are ever to become a true Grandmaster or Master of Assassins.

The basic controls for Tenchu: Kurenai are as follows (with some key moves highlighted yellow).

Tenchu: Fatal Shadows - Controls

Moving

Advance Up   Run forward
Retreat Down   Turn and run backwards
Left turn Left   Turn and run left
Right turn Right   Turn and run right
Strafe forward R2 + Up   Step forward
Strafe backward R2 + Down   Step backward
Strafe left R2 + Left   Step left
Strafe right R2 + Right   Step right
Quick strafe forward R2 + X + Up   Quick step forward
Quick strafe backward R2 + X + Up   Quick step backward
Quick strafe left R2 + X + Up   Quick step left
Quick strafe right R2 + X + Up   Quick step right
Note: In Tenchu: Kurenai the controls are analogue, so all character movement are done with the L3 stick. You can alter the camera angle with the R3 stick.

Jumping

Jump X   Jump straight up
Forward jump Up + X   Jump forward
Backward jump Down + X   Turns around and jumps
Jump left Left + X   Turns to left and jumps
Jump right Right + X   Turns to right and jumps
Double Jump X X   Jump forward powerfully
Moonsault jump R2 + X   Jump forward and reverse direction
Ricochet Jump X X X   Flip off wall (need to be next to a wall)

Stealth Mode (crouching)

Crouch R1

   Crouch, don’t stand close to a wall
Advance R1 + Up   Advance while crouching
Retreat R1 + Down   Retreat while crouching
Move left R1 + Left   Move left while crouching
Move right R1 + Right   Move right while crouching
Turn left R1 + Left + Down   Turn left while crouching
Turn right R1 + Right + Down   Turn right while crouching

Stealth Mode (walls)

Press against wall R1       Stand with your back to the wall
Move forward R1 + Up   Move forward against a wall
Move backwards R1 + Down   Move backwards against a wall
Move left R1 + Left   Move left against a wall
Move right R1 + Right   Move right against a wall
Note: For the following to work you must be close to a wall. Also note you can change the camera angle using the R3 button.

Stealth Mode (rolling)

Forward roll R1 + Up + X   Roll forward
Backward roll R1 + Down + X   Roll backwards
Left roll R1 + Left + X   Roll to the left
Right roll R1 + Right + X   Roll to the right
Quick reverse R1 + X   Roll through 180?
                 

Hanging

Move left Left while hanging Move left while hanging
Move right Right while hanging Move right while hanging
Climb Up while hanging Stops hanging and climbs
Drop Down while hanging Stops hanging and drops
Note: By jumping, hooking or grappling the ninja can hang on to an edge.

Blocking

Defend Circle   Blocks enemy attacks from the front

Attacks

Forward slash Square   Ninja slashes forward
Slash left Left + Square   Turn and slash to the left
Slash right Left + Square   Turn and slash to the right
Crouching attack R1 + Square   Slash while crouching
Jump attack Square while jumping Slash while jumping
360? attack 360? + Square   Spin 360? and slash
Dash attack Up Up Square   Forward lunging slash
Flip attack R2 + Down + Square   Slash whilst flipping
Throw enemy Circle   Use when enemy blocks or is inattentively
Note: Multiple use of the square button results in a combo, used in conjuction with the L3 stick produces even more attacks. Below are some possible combos you can use.

Standard combo Square Square Square   Standard 3-hit combo
3-Hit combo & kick Square Square Square Square + Up   3-Hit combo & kick
Attack & leg sweep Square Square + Down   Attack & leg sweep

Swimming

Forward Up   Swim forward
Backwards Down   Turn and swim backwards
Swim left Left   Swim to the left left
Swim turn Right   Swim to the right
Enter water silently R1 + direction   Crouch to enter water silently
Water Phantom R1   Stay close under the water surface

Items

Pick up item/weapon Directional buttons   Walk close to item/weapon
Aim crimson blade*

+ directional buttons Target sight is displayed
Throw crimson blade* (release) Blade thrown at target sight
Aim grappling hook

+ directional buttons Target sight is displayed
Throw grappling hook (release) Grappling rope thrown at target sight
Select item   Cycles through items
Select grappling hook   Shortcut to grappling hook
Select healing potion   Shortcut to healing potion
Use item   Selected item is used
Open map SELECT   Shows level map permanently
Close map SELECT   Closes level map
*Crimson blades are also known as shuriken

Other

Look around L1 + Directional buttons   Ninja looks around
Subtle Movements R3 with R1/R2   Use for subtle character movements
Enter passage R1 +     Enter secret passage
Control Camera R3 analogue stick   Alters camera angle
Cancel SK Animation

    Cancels animation
Detonate sticky bomb Press down R3   Detonates thrown sticky bomb
Pause START   Pauses the game. Displays restart options.