Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
Developer(s) K2
Publisher(s) Activision (English)
From Software (Japanese)
Designer(s) Mitsuo Kodama (director)
Composer(s) Noriyuki Asakura
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, XBOX, PSP, and Mobile
Release date(s) JP April 24, 2003
NA March 11, 2003
EU March 7, 2003
Genre(s) Stealth and Fighting action
Mode(s) Single-player and Multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
CERO: 18+
PEGI: 18+
Media DVD
Input methods Gamepad, Keyboard and Arcade Stick
Prev game (release) Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins
Next game (release) Tenchu: Fatal Shadows
Next game (canon) Tenchu: Shadow Assassins
Tenchu 3 (天誅 参 Tenchū San?), released in North America as Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, is the third game in the Tenchu series and takes place a year after the events of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins, chronologically. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2003, first in the series to be published by From Software, who hired a new developer, K2. Unlike the first two Tenchu games, Tenchu 3's story and gameplay is focused heavily on sorcery and magic.


Rikimaru after jumping into the portal, Rikimaru becomes lost inside the portal. One year later, he has returned. A sorcerer, Tenrai, surfaces with disciples he refers to as Lords of Darkness. Tenrai is after three jewels of magical power, these are the Jewels of Heaven, Earth, and Virtue.

The Azuma Ninja overcome his servants and Rikimaru defeats Tenrai with his new found Dohjutsu power where Tatsumaru tells him about it.


Main Characters in Story ModeEdit


Rikimaru (力丸) who jumped and got trapped in Lord Mei-Oh's portal, and his "shadow" returns to the world before he actually does.


Ayame (彩女) is also a Kunoichi of the Azuma Ninja Clan. She is faster, but weaker than Rikimaru.

Tesshu Fujioka

Tesshu Fujioka (鉄舟藤岡) is a new character, unlocked after completing Rikimaru and Ayame's story. He is a village doctor that disguises as an assassin for the Muzen. He is trying to eliminate Ukyo and Sakyo Jinnai before they kill his superior, Zennosuke.



  1. Punish the Evil Merchant (悪代官を討て Aku daikan wo ute)
  2. Execute Hamada and Return to Lord Gohda (郷田城への帰還 Gōda-jō e no kikan)
  3. Find the Shichisto Sword (七支刀を探せ Shichishitō wo sagase)
  4. Cross the Ronin Village (城下町を突破せよ Jōkamachi wo toppa seyo)
  5. Rescue the Kidnapped Princess (尼飼城の虜 Amagai-jō no toriko)
  6. Retrieve the Steel for Ressai (十六夜再生 Izayoi saisei)
  7. Find Ayame's Impostor (あやかしの竹林 Ayakashi no chikurin)
  8. Infiltrate the Buddha Temple (大仏殿の死闘 Daibutsu-den no shitō)
  9. Assassinate the Evil Tenrai - Part 1 (決戦天来城塞・壱 Kessen Tenrai jōsai - ichi)
  10. Assassinate the Evil Tenrai - Part 2 (決戦天来城塞・弐 Kessen Tenrai jōsai - ni)


  1. Rescue the Village Girls (娘達の行方を追え Musume-tachi no yukue wo oe)
  2. Execute the Evil Merchant (越後屋を成敗せよ Echigoya wo seibai seyo)
  3. Assassinate the Traitor Hamada (郷田城奪還 Gōda-jō dakkan)
  4. Retrieve the Yoto Swords (妖刀を手に入れろ Yōtō wo te ni irero)
  5. Go to the Red House of Zennosuke (生駒屋善之助を探せ Ikoma-ya Zennosuke wo sagase)
  6. Escape from Amagai Castle (からくりの城 Karakuri no shiro)
  7. Retrieve the Jewel of Heaven (宝玉を手に入れろ Hōgyoku wo te ni irero)
  8. Rescue Counsel Sekiya (関谷を救出せよ Sekiya wo kyūshutsu seyo)
  9. Assassinate the Evil Tenrai - Part 1 (決戦天来城塞・壱 Kessen Tenrai jōsai - ichi)
  10. Assassinate the Evil Tenrai - Part 2 (決戦天来城塞・弐 Kessen Tenrai jōsai - ni)


  1. Assassinate Nasu and Echigoya (賽の河原へお連れします Sai-no-kawara e o-tsure shimasu)
  2. Teach Rikimaru a Lesson (耳を揃えていただき候 Mimi wo soroete itadaki sōrō)
  3. Rendezvous with Senkichi by the Waterfalls (にわか信仰休むに似たり)
  4. Escape from the Limestone Cavern (逃げるが勝ちと申します)
  5. Go to the House in the Cemetary (右も左も侮りがたし)
  6. Return to Zennosuke (咲かせよう、曼珠沙華)
  • There is also a special "bonus" mission entitled "Through the Portal", where Rikimaru is transported to a modern cityscape. This mission is canon.

Multiplayer Mode Edit

Tenchu 3 was the first Tenchu to have a Multiplayer Mode where players can either work together or fight each other. Multiplayer contains 6 different small maps and it allows players to use some of the characters you fought in Story Mode including bosses and guards, but only in Versus Mode. Co-op Mode on the other side will only allow players to pick one of the Main Characters.

Background Information and NotesEdit


  • The ability to drag bodies has been removed. However, temporary weapons like bows and spears can be procured from guards aside from having better graphics, fixed controllers and new items.


  • Kotobukiya manufactured and released action figures of the characters Rikimaru and Ayame in mid September 2003. Both figures were sculpted by Keiji Iwakure and made of PVC.


Other Versions and PortsEdit


Tenchu: Return from DarknessEdit

See full article: Tenchu: Return from Darkness
In 2004 the Xbox saw the release of an expanded and enhanced edition of the game. Differences compared to the PS2 version are as follows:

● 2 new missions, items, abilities, and characters were added.

● Added new cutscenes and extended a few.

● The Black Kunoichi wears a mask like in the Japanese release of the PS2 version.

● Yugi and Mifuyu joins the Multiplayer!

● Online Mode.

● The ability to drag bodies.

● Guards will call for help when players are spotted.

● Ninja Mind Control forces a guard to commit suicide if there were no guards nearby.

● Fixed some glitches such as going through walls with Tatsumaru. Check: [1]

● A new option for the Multiplayer was added which allow the players to set the Time Limit of a match.

● Some cheats were removed/changed.

● All Multiplayer characters can pick up spears.

● New wallpaper for the menu.

Tenchu San: PortableEdit

Tenchu 3 (XBOX) to the PlayStation Portable.


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Ayame sneaking up on an enemy in the mobile version of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven

A mobile game called Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven was released on April 2, 2005 featuring 2D graphics and MIDI sound. Despite being a Wrath of Heaven game, Ayame is the only available character to play as.

External LinksEdit

Tenchu Series

Main Series

Stealth AssassinsBirth of the Stealth AssassinsWrath of HeavenShadow Assassins

Portable Games

Time of the AssassinsDark Secret

Other Versions and Releases

Dimensional Ninja Action MovieShinobi GaisenShinobi HyakusenReturn from DarknessFatal ShadowsTenchu ZShadow Assault

Tenchu 3 Opening

Tenchu 3 Opening

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