A cross-shaped throwing star used by a famous ninja school. Its blades are serrated for maximum damage.
The Yagyu Darkblade (柳生の漆黒, Yagyū no Shikkoku?, lit. Yagyū's Jet Black), also known as Yagyu Darkrood, is a recurring weapon in the series. It is usually the strongest katana or shuriken in the games it appears, or one of the strongest.
Yagyu Darkblade is the strongest ninja sword whose license is found in the top-left section of the weapon area of the License Board, along with other ninja swords, costing 80 LP. The weapon has an Attack power of 80 and a Combo rate of 22%. Similar to other ninja swords, Yagyu Darkblade is Dark-elemental, and grants the user +20 to Evasion. Ninja swords are among the fastest weapons with 1.97s charge and 1.2s action time; only daggers are faster.
Like the other most powerful weapons of each class, players can only acquire the Darkblade via one source: the Rare Game enemy Bombshell found in Lhusu Mines-Lasche Span. The Bombshell has a spawning rate of 20%. Players may need to zone between Lasche Span's entry and exit or either Site 5 and Site 11 to make it appear. There are also two Aeronites, both yielding up to level 60 in the area, and can be tough to defeat.
A popular tactic of chaining Bombshell is to lure it to one of the end of Lasche Span to the other, since the Aeronites will stop pursuing the party after a fixed point of the bridge. The player should set their gambits to "Foe: Water-weak→Attack", as this will encourage the party to attack Bombshell only. Once this is done, the player should head towards either Site 5 or Site 11, whichever is closer. Alternately, Aeronites can be killed by Poison (which does not break the chain). If using this method, one can speed it up with additional gambits, such as "Foe: HP≧2000: 1000 Needles" or "Foe:HP≧5000:Attack".
Players need to zone twice to reset the area and re-spawn Bombshell, therefore, the most efficient way is to ride the mine cart in either area, which will count as two zones. Players are encouraged to turn off gambits so the party will not attack the stray Vampyrs.
Once reaching the other side, the player can return to Lasche Span, and zone a few times. An alternate way to using the mine cart is to zone back from Site 11 to Site 9, however, there is not a viable way to do this from Site 5. The Yagyu Darkblade is a 3/6/8/12% drop, so it may take a while, but the chances of multiple drops increases with each jump in chain level.
Yagyū Munetoshi was a famous Japanese swordsman. He was a student of Kamiizumi Ise-no-Kami Nobutsuna and later became known as a master of the Shinkage Ryu school of swordsmanship, eventually coming to develop and expand upon the school's teachings, where it would be known as Yagyu Shinkage Ryu. Maxims and school focus were centered on a new wave of warfare, turning to a greater emphasis on speed, reservation, free flowing movement, smaller scales of duels, and the concepts of Satsujinken (lit. "Swords that Kill") and Katsujinken (lit. "Swords that Give Life"). Yagyu would become famous for introducing the style to Tokugawa Ieyasu, and urban legends revolve around him teaching the style to the ninja of Iga and Koga.
It is said that the fifth generation successor, Yagyu Renyasai, established a style of sword specifications that became synonymous of the Yagyu Shinkage tradition. Regulations of sword fittings were matched of those to be followed by samurai under the command of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Fittings were to be black with subtle and modest designs. Yagyu-koshirae were said to bear shorter blades, and inserted menuki under handle areas where they would meet the palm for a tighter grip. Their tsuba hand-guards were said to have been designed with the oversight of Renyasai, who sought tsuba that did not waver under damage, including commissioning Gozaemon Kotetsu, given a yakite-kusarakashi finish and bear designs reflective of techniques and teachings of the Yagyu Shinkage style. His own wakizashi made to these specifications, the Onihocho, was said to have gained its fame from instantly cutting down an attacker in the night.