Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage is a Naruto game unlike any other we’ve seen so far. It has action-RPG elements, as you build a team of four ninja to tackle solo challenges and opposing players’ fortresses. It has base defense and city-building aspects you need to master to keep your own resources safe. And it has card game DNA as well, since you need to collect and level up cards to ensure your shinobi have access to all of their most powerful techniques.
Plus it’s simply pretty to look at and you might learn something about the overarching saga of Naruto while playing it, so that’s not a bad package when it’s all said and done. If only someone could help you with the more confusing bits of the game …
Oh wait, that’s us! While not quite ready to say we should be leading our own ninja villages just yet, we have been putting in work to compile our Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage Tips, Cheats and Strategies. Let these guide your early steps into the way of the ninja, and then you’ll be ready to take things from there and really show the world your true power.
Shinobi in Action: Controls and the Basics
One ninja can’t defeat Story Missions or Attack Missions alone. In the words of the Flash from the Justice League movie, you need … friends.
Good thing Ninja Voltage gives you a team of up to four ninja, one of which you control and the other three who support you like a really deadly backup band. Before you start any mission, you’ll see a screen that looks like this:
The ninja in the first slot is the one you’ll be controlling, while the other three will fight by your side but be controlled by the AI.
The controls are extremely simple. Touching the screen anywhere from about the center over to the bottom-left corner activates a virtual thumbstick for movement. On the right-hand side are buttons for your special techniques, or ninjutsu, provided you have any equipped (and we’ll get to that shortly). These can be activated at any time with just a tap but have cooldown timers before you can use them again.
The big button with the fist is for basic attacks, which you can just mash away. A purple crosshairs indicates your current target, and your ninja will automatically switch to the next closest enemy when one is defeated. Don’t feel like playing at all? Just tap the ‘Auto’ button, sit back and watch the whole thing play out like a dialogue-free episode of Naruto.
Ninja Cards and You: Ninjutsu and Ultimate Jutsu
Acquiring new characters in Ninja Voltage is actually pretty easy. You’ll need to collect the proper number of Hero Fragments, but these are pretty easy to find relative to other games like this. What’s a little more difficult is matching your ninja up with the right Ninja Cards to unlock their true potential.
Ninja Cards help your characters in two ways. They give stat bonuses, which improve as the card itself is leveled up. Some of them also have Ninjutsu or Ultimate Jutsu attached, meaning your ninja will only have their basic attack until you equip some Ninja Cards.
To do so, tap the ‘Shinobi’ icon that looks like a scroll, then ‘Shinobi List’ to see all the ninja you have on your roster. Tap on a ninja and you’ll see this screen:
Below the stats is a section that says ‘Equipped Card,’ showing you the 10 slots every character has for Ninja Cards. Tapping on any slot will bring up all the cards you currently own, and you can also see which ninja they are attached to — if they are, they will have that ninja’s face in the upper-right corner.
A good rule of thumb until you learn more about all the Ninja Cards in the game is to match them up with the characters they depict. To level up cards and make their stats better, you need Chakra, a resource you’ll earn from successfully invading enemy fortresses and by developing it in your own. That makes a great segue into our next section.
It Takes a Village: Building and Gathering Resources
The city-building portion of Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage isn’t the game’s primary focus, but understanding it may still help you progress more quickly. Your village begins with just five structures: the Base, Bank, Monument, Restaurant and Shrine. The Base is the centerpiece of the village, and leveling it up allows all other buildings to be improved to higher max levels.
The Restaurant and Bank work together, with the Restaurant generating Ryo (coins, basically) and the Bank storing them. The Monument and Shrine full the same roles but for Chakra. The idea here is simply to keep all the structures leveled to the highest possible level at all times. If there’s a choice to be made, concentrate on the Monument and Shrine first since you can burn through Chakra quickly while leveling up Ninja Cards. Note also that unlike many games, you can have more then one construction or expansion project going at once.
How to Protect Your Base
Since there’s PvP in Ninja Voltage as well, you’ll also want to set some defenses up in the Fortress that stands guard over your village. You can’t see it from the main game screen, so you’ll have to tap on the hamburger icon in the upper-right corner and then ‘Fortress’ from the resulting menu.
Your fortress screen looks like this:
You can slide and zoom to see the rooms in your fortress in more detail, and you’ll see that some of them already have traps and other defenses set up. There are also spots that look like mats where you can assign a shinobi to be summoned and fight against intruders. If you remember nothing else from this article, please keep in mind that shinobi assigned to fortress defense can still be used in missions, a welcome fact that isn’t true in many games of this ilk.
As you advance you’ll be able to unlock different and more trustworthy terrain sets that will rearrange your fortress in terms of the number of rooms inside and the things guarding them. Simply tap on the ‘Terrain’ icon and then scroll through all the unlocked terrain choices, but note that you’ll have to pay a certain amount of Ryo to actually activate one.
While fortress defense seems complicated, it can be simplified to two things: make sure you have one of the best terrain sets you can afford active, and always have the maximum number of shinobi assigned to the summon slots. Everything else is pretty much out of your hands.