To achieve greatness at Tenchu 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. The basic controls for Tenchu are as follows (with some key moves highlighted bold):


Advance Up Run forward
Retreat Down Walk backwards
Left turn Left Turn left
Right turn Right Turn right
Quick left turn Left + Down Turns quickly to the left
Quick right turn Right + Down Turns quickly to the right
Step in Up Up Take a quick step forward
Step out Down Down Take a quick step backwards
Left step Left Left Take a quick step left
Right step Right Right Take a quick step right



Jump X Jump straight up
Forward jump Up + X Jump forward
Backward jump Down + X Jump backwards
Jump left Left + X Jump to the left
Jump right Right + X Jump to the right
Strong forward jump Up Up + X Jump forward powerfully
Moonsault jump Down Up + X Jump forward and reverse direction
Ricochet Jump X Flip off wall (need to be next to a wall)


Stealth Mode (crouching)

Crouch R1 Crouch
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

Note: In Tenchu the circle button can also be used for stealth mode.

Stealth Mode (walls)

Press against wall R1 Press back against a 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

Stealth Mode (rolling)

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



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.


Block Down while enemy strikes Blocks enemy sttacks from the front
Knock down arrows Square when arrow is in range Knocks arrows out of the air


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
Jump attack Square while jumping Slash while jumping
Dash attack Up Up + Square Slash while running forward
Turnaround slash Up Down + Square Roll 180º and slash
Slash while crouching R1 + Square Slash while crouching


Rikimaru Specific Attacks

Left switchback slash Right + Square , Left + Square Slash to right, then left
Right switchback slash Left + Square , Right + Square Slash to left, then right


Ayame Specific Attacks

Double left slashes Left + Square , Square Two slashes to the left
Double right slashes Right + Square , Square Two slashes to the right

Note: Multiple use of the square button reuslts in a combo. Rikimaru has a 3-hit combo. Ayame has a four hit combo.



Pick up items Directional buttons Walk close to an item
Aim crimson blade* + directional buttons Target sight is displayed
Throw crimsom blade* (release) Blade thrown at target sight
Aim grappling rope + directional buttons Target sight is displayed
Throw grappling hook (release) Grappling rope thrown at target sight
Select item L2/R2 Scroll through item you ninja is carrying
Use item Selected item is used
View map SELECT Displays level map

*Crimson blades are also known as shuriken



Look around L1 + Directional buttons Ninja looks around
Pause START Pauses the game
Cancel pause While paused, START Resumes game
Quick reset SELECT + START Returns to title screen