Ninja Gaiden Σ – Chapter 1 Murai Boss Guide (Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection)

I’m sure many of new players will have a difficult time with Murai, even it’s just a first stage boss. Don’t worry. Murai is a notoriously difficult boss. It’s not actaully a problem with any of the new player’s skill. Even some later bosses are easier than this one.

How to Defeat Murai Boss (Chapter 1)

All credit goes to Meep!


Before I start, I wish you watch my video as an example.


  • Don’t get close, nor get too far.
  • Keep attention on my video. I keep distance that murai starts attack.
  • If you get closer than this, he will grab you. Grab ignores your guarding stance.
  • If he tries to grab you, you must to do dodge, not guard.
  • All kind of grabbing you can’t guard, but you can dodge it.
  • Most of grabbing pattern has a fair amount of the recovery time.
  • And you can simply attack 1~3 times while they’re on their recoverying.

Don’t Attack More Than 2 Times

If you’re just spamming attack, he will block all of your attack no matter what kind of attack you try.

And eventually he will grab and throw you.

Hit only 1~2 time as fast as you can and keep your distance.


  • Dodge (Guard with L Stick)
  • Wind Run (Square + Cross – PS / X + A – XBOX)
  • Wind Path (Jump on enemy’s head)
  • Flying Swallow (Jump toward enemy + Triangle / Y)

These skills have I-frame. As a new starter, you don’t have much skills yet. But you’re starting with this and you’ll get “Flying Swallow” Scroll in the early part of the Chapter 1. Dodge has very very short I-frame. Don’t expect like Dark soul rolling. It’s shorter than Monster Hunter series dodge. But it works if you use at the right time.

Wind run is most important skill to know.

This game dosesn’t have “Lock On” Target system. But Wind run find closest and it provides you a lock on type movement. You willl jump toward your target and you can perform either Wind path or Flying Swallow (Later chapter, you can lear a skill thatn you can grab and throw your enemy).

Only Attack When You Can 100% Hit Murai

Murai’s charging dash attack is most of good chance

If he charges, dodge it first. Right after dodge, perform “Wind Run” then “Flying Swallow” or “Helmet Splitter” I recommend Helmet splitter. Flying Swallow doesn’t have I-frame at the end of attack.

3rd Combo

After Murai’s 3rd combo, you can attack him 1~2 times. It’s very short time therefore don’t try if you think it’s too far or close from him.


After Murai’s rolling you can attack him 1~2 time.

Use Your Shortcut

D-pad is shortcut for potion. keep your health more than 50%.

And there is one hidden potion in the boss room. If you break Left of big boggle, you will find a potion.

Don’t rage quit. Select + R3 (Changed. It was Select + Start before) is soft Reset. You’ll go back to the title screen.

If you think you are not gonna make it, just press start + select button instead of watching horrible long death screen.

I Wish Your Good Luck!

In my personal perspective, Ninja Gaiden Series is one of the best action game.

It could be very difficult if you try like another action games, but Ninja gaiden has it’s own battle flow like a rhythm.

You have to wait very persistently to find a right time to attack.

Also you have to find a right moment when you stop to attack and get away from the enemy’s attacking.

If you think about what does “Ninja” ‘s “Nin(忍)” means you’ll understand what I’m trying to say.

Be patient. I’m sure you’ll find a greatest action thrilling moment.

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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