If you’ve seen The Social Network, then you no doubt know the famous Justin Timberlake-as-Sean Parker quote about a million dollars not being cool, because a billion dollars is cool. Characters in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing are sort of like that. Rare characters seem cool, but what’s really cool is having four-, five- or six-star ninjas to make up your team.

They don’t grow on tree though, nor can you acquire them strictly through hard work — though the lesson your parents taught you about keeping your nose to the grindstone will help. If you’re ready to move beyond rare characters for super rare and beyond, here’s what you’ll need to do to get super rare characters in Naruto Sippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing.

Summon Some Help

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing - How to Get Super Rare Characters

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing is like other Bandai Namco anime titles (and a lot of mobile games in general, to be fair) in that you can spend in-game currency to get more characters. The problem is that when you summon assistance for your team, you don’t have control over the type of ninjas who show up.

Don’t let that stop you. If you tap the ‘Summon’ icon at the bottom of the main menu, you’ll be taken to the portal that allows ¬†you to summon ninjas either one at a time or on groups of 10. You’ll also see that you have multiple choices, including summons that cost you friend points and others that take Ninja Pearls, the game’s premium currency.

The friend summons have their purposes, mostly for producing fodder to level up the ninjas you actually want to use. But what you’re really interested here is the Ninja Pearl summons, because that’s where you’ll find the good stuff: characters that are three stars and up.

While it can be tempting to rush over there as soon as you have five Ninja Pearls, you really want to wait until you have enough for a multi-summon, because your chances of getting a four- or five-star ninja seem better that way. Be sure to check back often, because the game’s deals change semi-regularly, and you might find that the multi-summon is cheaper from time to time — like at launch, when there was a special one you could use three times for just 30 Ninja Pearls.

How do you get more Ninja Pearls? That’s where that determination comes in. Simply grinding out story chapters gives you five Ninja Pearls each time you clear one. And logging in each day can get you more, especially if you rack up consecutive streaks of days played.

Awakening Time

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing - How to Get Super Rare Characters

If you aren’t able to summon as often as you’d like, I’ve got some good news. You can turn your three-star ninjas into four-star varieties, as well as four into five, and so on. It’s like magic, except not.

It works via a process called Awakening, accessible by tapping on the ‘Teams’ icon and then choosing ‘Awaken’ from the menu. That will bring up your current roster of characters, highlighting all the ones eligible to be tiered up.

To Awaken, you’ll need a few things:

  • An eligible max level character
  • The proper types and amounts of Awakening Materials, typically scrolls, which you can see by tapping on the character profile from the Awaken screen
  • The proper amount of Ryo, otherwise known as in-game coins

It can take up to six different Awakening Materials to activate the process, but once you have everything gathered, just one tap and you’ll have a more powerful ninja. Note that Awakened characters start all over at level 1, though they gain extra abilities and higher stat caps in return.

Now that you know both of these things, there’s nothing stopping you from eventually fielding a team of super rare and better ninjas, except for the maximum cost that limits such things. Still, even that increases the more you play, so you’ll eventually be able to leave lowly rare characters far behind in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing. And we’d have to think even Sean Parker would think that was cool.