Clumsy Ninja: Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats to train harder and level up faster!

The definitive Clumsy Ninja guide: How to gain XP faster, train smarter, and earn your next belt in no time!

Clumsy Ninja is the story of a warrior on a mission to find his friend, Kira. Before he can go on his quest, he needs a lot of training because... well... he's so very truly clumsy. But... that's where you come in! With the help of Sensei, you'll guide this clumsy ninja through quests, earn XP, train, and play together. Now, you may be asking how you can get that done as fast and as best as ninja-ly possible? We'll that's where iMore comes in! Here's our list of the top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats to get your ninja ready for battle in no time!

1. Train, train, train!

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Train more

The easiest thing you can do in order to earn XP and level up to different belts quicker is train. As you progress through the game, you will continue to unlock new training items. Each of those typically has subsets inside of it as well. For instance, you can have many trampolines to work with. Lower level ones replenish faster so don't take them for granted. Whenever you can use them for training, make sure you do so you accumulate as much XP as you can, as fast as you can.

2. Don't pay for repairs

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Don't pay for repairs

Every time you train you'll typically have to repair an item. Clumsy Ninja gives you a few options depending on the repair. One option is to pay in coins or gems. I typically recommend against this as there are other things that your coins and gems are better spent on. In some cases, you get the option to watch a short video or send out a tweet. I never have a problem doing either of these things over using my ninja's coins and gems.

Alternately, you can always just wait it out and let Sensei repair the item for you after a certain period of time. Wait before using coins or gems, unless you absolutely have to repair something. In my experience so far, there's never a reason to pay for a repair. Just train with something else instead for the time being.

3. Always use coins before gems

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Use coins first

Gems are extremely hard to come by and don't accumulate anywhere near as fast as coins do. If you have an option between paying in coins or gems, always choose the coin option first. Since you can accumulate coins a heck of a lot quicker, you won't miss them nearly as much. Gems, you almost always miss.

When it comes to purchasing with real money, if you're going to buy anything, buy gems. Coins are easy enough to get that there really isn't too much of a reason to buy them with real money, unless you're super impatient. Gems however, are hard to accumulate. If you're cashing in real money, cash it in for gems.

4. Don't unlock items with gems, be patient and level up instead

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Wait to unlock items

You always have the ability to unlock items with gems, even if you haven't reached the level necessary to use coins yet. That doesn't mean you should do it. As stated in tip 3, gems accumulate very slow and if you use them to unlock something that you can get with your earned coins in just a few levels, it's most likely worth the wait.

Long story short, save gems for things you really need, not for something you can simply cash in coins for in just a few short levels.

5. Pop balloons to get XP super fast

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Get the blue balloon

For some reason, popping balloons gives you a ridiculous amount of XP, with the exception of the Fiery balloon. Luckily you can get the Sky balloon relatively early on for only 4 gems. This is one instance where you want to spend your gems since the rewards are so great. Once you get to level 9, you can cash in a mere 25 coins in exchange for 5 blue balloons.

If you're looking to level up faster, balloons are a relatively cheap and easy way to do it. Just keep buying balloons with your coins and pop them. If you're struggling to level up or are getting impatient with a specific task, start popping balloons. Here's a breakdown of what each balloon earns you in XP per pop and what they cost:

  • Sky balloons - 25 coins for 5 or 4 gems for 10 - 430 XP
  • Natural balloons - 50 coins for 5 or 6 gems for 10 - 1,100 XP
  • Sensei balloons - 75 coins for 5 or 8 gems for 10 - 6,300 XP
  • Multicolored balloons - 100 coins for 5 or 10 gems for 10 - 10,000 XP

I've used the balloon method when a level is going slow and an item I really want to unlock is right within my grasp in the next level. That's a perfect time to use this strategy. I almost always use coins too, hardly ever gems unless I'm really in a pinch.

6. Complete all training before putting the game down each time

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Complete training

Since you have to wait for Sensei to repair things each time you use them, it's a good idea to make sure you use all the items and get all the XP and coins you can before closing the game. Training is typically short and makes for easy money.

Before closing the game each time, have each item in for repair with Sensei. This way you aren't wasting any hard earned coins or gems getting repairs that can happen on their own while the game is closed.

7. Keep up with quests

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Complete quests

Sure you could just keep popping blue balloons all day and level up fast, but don't mix up leveling up and belts. For some belts and ninja moves, you absolutely need to follow and complete the quests. Not to mention, quests are a very easy way to accumulates coins, and in some instances, gems too.

It's the way the game is supposed to be played so unless your goal is simply to level us as quickly as possible, complete the quests. You'll be glad you did.

8. Collect your daily bonuses!

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Daily bonuses

Each day you put your ninja to sleep and come back, you get a daily bonus. Even if you don't have time to play Clumsy Ninja that day, pop in just long enough to collect your daily bonuses. Then make sure you put your ninja to sleep for the day. If you don't, your daily bonus doesn't show up.

Get to 7 days in a row and you can collect 1,000 coins in one go. That's a lot of balloon money!

9. When all else fails, play with your ninja!

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Play with your ninja

The charm of the game is all the ways you can interact with your ninja. Tickle him, throw him around, drag him on the ground. Each day you can collect XP doing all these basic things. It isn't a ton but it adds up over time and only takes a few seconds. So remember to take time off from quests and just go exploring with your ninja. You may be surprised what you find.

10. Collect animals as soon as you can, but use coins!

Clumsy Ninja Top 10 tips, tricks, and cheats: Collect animals

The chicken is the first animal you encounter as of level 10. You can of course use gems in order to acquire them quicker but it isn't really worth it. Collect animals if and when you can. They earn you money each day for doing nothing so they're a good investment over time.

Again, it's worth it if you're using coins but using gems takes a heck of a lot longer to recoup your investment.

Your tips?

If you play Clumsy Ninja regularly, let us know how far you've gotten and what tips and tricks you've used so far. Have you spent real money or are you sticking to the story line in order to work your way through the game? Let us know!

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  • My ninja is a level 33 so far.
    I did buy some gems at the start to get a few high XP gaining training apparatuses at the start but no more IAPs for me.
    As for tips, I've been doing pretty much everything you've suggested. I use balloons + ball guns far more than any other extra.
    Too bad the extra costumes are so gem-spendibe! Sent from the iMore App
  • i know, i keep spending gems on costumes damnit! i want my belt to match my head band!!
  • I want to wear the Dragon suit so bad!
    xD Sent from the iMore App
  • I want the Crimson Shadow Suit. And, yeah they're really expensive. Sent from the iMore App
  • I've noticed that sometimes the app offers timed "discounts " on the purchase of items with gems…. It's too bad they won't offer discounts on the costumes! Sent from the iMore App
  • Haha, you've got one fashionable ninja there. My ninja's currently sporting a sky blue colored headband and ninja suit (for a change, I've already tried the other colors that can be purchased by coins). Then I change the color of the belt with the most recent one that I get. Sent from the iMore App
  • I always use the most current belt too haha - i just always want a suit or headband to match. damnit.
  • Ditto Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah ditto the ditto! Sent from the iMore App
  • i got a red suit and green belt with blue headband .Im level 21 But its my first week playing this game.I really want a suit
  • My ninja is level 37 so far... The balloons have a different amount of XP given each time now...
    Fiery balloon-10XP
    Sky balloon-85XP
    Natural balloon-230XP
    Sensei balloon- 1300XP
    Multi-colored balloons- 2000XP
  • Level 19 ninja here.
    The balloon-to-experience tip sounds awesome. I'm gonna have try that one out for faster leveling.
    You can repair items by watching videos? Is it for all items or it's just for a few in particular? I don't think I have seen that option before in my game. Just the one for tweeting.
    Any tips on the how to get do the Hoops and Platforms faster. I tend to just skip over these 2 because it takes quite sometime for me to complete them.
    Also, if you're feeling lucky (though I don't recommend it), you can try destroying crates for gems (I got 2 out of around 40 crates I got throughout my game). Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm not a huge fan of hoops either, they take too long. As far as watching videos, sometimes it shows the option, other times it doesn't. I believe it only lets you watch or tweet once per ninja day though.
  • I think you're right, it seems to be based on a 24 hour period as I am eligible to watch 2-3 videos and one Tweet at around 8pm - when I first used those features.
    The hoops get little love from me too.
    Don't forget that when you are placing training items you can rotate them... That might help with targeting for some of the training tasks. Sent from the iMore App
  • True and good point. I've just found popping balloons to suit my impatient personality better :P
  • fastest way to repair any item
    close the clumsy ninja from multitasking... goto settings-general date and time- set automatic update to off- then advance ur clocks by 2or 3hrs...
    now open clumsy ninja.. hav fun...
  • I made it to level 16, then I went to visit the new area. As soon as I found out there was no actual game, I deleted the app. I was disappointed, they set it up with a story, then you train to go on a quest, but then...... there is no quest. What is the reason for training? Just to train more?
  • You quit at level 16? You were barely into the game. I've yet to unlock the very last level but I'm pretty sure there's more to it. Hence why i plan on doing yet another game guide after I've gotten all areas unlocked.
  • Yep, I was bored and saw more of the same with just increasing levels of time. If the mini-games were slightly more skill based, I could have kept going. I was hoping for some type of adventurer game, travel through different level, solve puzzles, and your training levels would make the adventure easier.
  • That was actually going to be similar to my question: Is there a point to the game? So far I'm level 17 and its been a cute game with relatively little time invested, but I'd like to know if there is a point. Thanks for the guide though :). Love the balloons. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm on level 35. The game keeps promising an adventure, but all it delivers is more training and more waiting.
  • I've been working on it for a long time and I'm level 50 about to unlock master ninja suit
  • To me, it a virtual pet mixed with a bit of grinding to earn your loot & achievements. Sent from the iMore App
  • Gah - I wanted to avoid IAP-laden games but may not resist now, thanks Ally! :P ;-) Sent from the iMore App
  • Thanks for the great tips! Sent from the iMore App
  • Overall great tips, some seemed obvious but I'm not gonna lie, most were helpful! Great little game, I wonder why it took so long to release tho.... Sent from the iMore App
  • Great tips! I'm on Level 23, I can't wait to get to the next level to unlock the squirrel! As of the locations, how many are there? I unlocked Hills and the Town so far. I never really thought about the balloons though, I try to save as much coins as I can. I'm resisting the IAP purchases for now, but I really want to buy Gems to get a new costume. MY TIP: If you follow @clumsygame on twitter and then go back to the game, you'll get 2 FREE gems! Let me know if it works, it worked for me :)
  • Hi, I'm only new to the game and level 10, I keep buying the small tower but Charlie (my ninja lol) won't interact with it. What is he supposed to do with it and how do I get him to do that?
  • Raise Charlie into the air and set him on the tower. Then touch the ground
  • Cool I will give that a go. I love how you called him Charlie too lol :)
  • Its been a long. time since i have so much fun! Sent from the iMore App
  • Hey, Allyson, any idea about what the "gifts for your ninja" IAP includes. Is it just a new background or is there some worth while inventive to drop $3 on the ice rink? Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm level 41 and there is still mindless training. But it's still fun. The winter thing only adds props. You get no xp from buying it. The snowmen break and he can kill them and gains nothing. The presents give you swords and throwing stars that are just giant props like snow men. The skate rink is only for watching him skate on. The only nice thing is a snow machine that gives each location a Christmas theme but that's it. I wouldn't waste money on it. I did and wish I hadn't. At around 38 the Sensei makes some bad guy props for you to take out which makes me think you may actually fight someone but I'll let add a comment to confirm. I'm also curious to find out if you can play past 50. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm on level 38 and it's asking me to collect bamboo but I can't figure out how to do that can anyone help?
  • All that means is the quest where you bought the bamboo plant. From the tab where you got the chicken and squirrel (that's where you also get the bamboo plant). If you already have that. Just tap it and press collect. It will in the corner where the ninjas bed if you already have it.
  • Nothing happened on level 50. I am at level 64 now.
  • Did you get any quests after lvl 54? I'm lvl 54 and there are no quests :'( that's boring
  • Hi hi! Sadly, there is no more quests after that :( Waiting for clumsy ninja to update the app. I am on level 88 now, the next level xp requirement keeps increasing. I have a hard time keeping up now.
  • I am currently a level 47. If you enjoy the experience of "actually fighting someone", the bad guys will pop up anytime you use a rage potion.
  • I'm on level 34 almost 35. I do pretty much everything above except buying the balloons because even though it's only a little money. I have decided every little bit counts. Especially sense things will get very very expensive the better the item 150,000 coins is not cheap. I never buy anything unless the quest says. I did spend gems though. Haha on the true ninja suit and head band because it's a nice dark black so it goes with every belt I put.:)
  • Yeah... I'm at a point now where there are 3 different pieces of training equipment to buy with coins and I don't have enough, so I guess I'll be waiting a long while to build up my resources to get those. :P
    At least the story is trying to get more exciting... Although, I really like kicking that chicken because it keeps making me use the hoops!
  • This game is really addicting. I love the fact that it syncs across multiple devices, so I'm really able to play this anywhere. Gonna try these tonight. Sent from the iMore App
  • how do you sync across multiple devices?
  • My ninja is as far level 23 I believe. I find that leveling up ninjas are way faster when you pay attention to doing the quest more then "Fooling Around". That takes HOURS And i mean HOURS. Plenty of hours to level him up.
    Hoops sucks. I agree. When their all repairing, I suggest try to do your quests and then if your unable, Close the app. Dont delete it... No. Dont. you forgot one thing about daily rewards. To do that you need to put ur ninja to sleep.
    ...If i aint mistaken. o3o.
  • Am I the only one who posted this comment on December? Makes me feel sad 3:.. Not really.
  • the hoops are a big pain in the butt, yes. but it seems A LOT easier to put the chicken through the hoops instead of actually putting the ninja through it.
    as for the platforms, also a pain in the butt. i put them next to each other and jump from platform to platform to save time. i think you get points for landing on the platform as well as jumping off of it. so double points, half the time!
  • I know it's prob simple, but I can not pick up the chicken!! Lol help :)
  • Lol...ok I got it. Duh :)
    Thanks for the tips, though!!!
  • there have been a couple of quests that, no matter how you complete the quest, it doesn't get acknowledged and you can't move on to the next quest. bug, i guess. i had to use gems (just 3).
    one quest requires you to ring the bell (temple) and i had to skip that one.
  • Made it to level 50. Not going to give it away but just plan on 99... Sent from the iMore App
  • Are you serious nothing happens at level 50 no finding Kira. On level 49 ninety percent complete
  • Yup, nothing. I can confirm that.
  • i'm in level 33 and Does anybody know how to do the bamboo to bamboo quest? it says GATHER SOME BAMBOO - WE'LL NEED IT.
  • You have to buy the bamboo plant an collect some money from it Sent from the iMore App
  • Does anyone have a reward 'A sleep a day' ? It's like dream a day, but you should sleep the whole day (for example 8 hours). And it have some strange rewards, for example, if you do it on wednesday you will give... 80 gems. But i don't know how to unlock this
  • OMG! In which lvl is this ? (^^,)
  • I'm at lvl 51. The master ninja suit is super cute!
    Haven't spent any real money yet, since the longest time it takes to repair any training items is 3hrs, anyone can wait 3 hours right? I also bought all equipment & animals/potions using coins as per the quest except for the double dunk hoop and denim suit, which I skipped over for 2 gems each.
    Currently still stuck on the part of the quest where you have to master all training items. I wonder what happens after? Are there any new items after Lvl 50? Do you get to go inside the secret dojo? My biggest tips: 1. to earn more xp, continue using training items even after you've earned 3 stars on them, I find it much faster & economical than potions & balloons. 2. Train on as many items as possible so they are repaired at the same time 3. Only use gems to skip past a quest step that's too technically challenging. Like ones that involve more than 2 fingers, attaching multiple balloons & jumping all over the place before potions expire. 4. If you're on Lvl 50 where the quest says you need a master ninja potion, just hold out a bit longer as you get a free one when you level up to Lvl 51, will save you 250,000 coins.
  • Hi jjx. I am at the same level as you, 51. Luckily, I reached it just before I accumulated 250K, so I didn't pay for the Master Ninja potion either... I had a combination of baloons and training, so it seemed to work fine until this level, but now with the "master training in all items" task, it will be a lot harder. I still have the last item of each category to finish (some on 1 star), so it will take forever. Especially when the repais are not free, like it happened in previous tasks to master items. I wonder if the guy that reached level 64 managed to train all items... The story is still going, for those on lower levels and losing hope. I am expecting it to finish the game once I have mastered all items (and once you reach level 50, of course). I will let you know if/what happens (without spoilers). Also, I have never spent any real money on the game, but it takes some dedication to sleep every day and train multiple times a day. Cheers.
  • Hi Guys. Level 55, mastered in all items (3 stars each). But no news on saving Kira. Sensei still wants the Ninja to train more!! Task menu has a fixed screen with a "Coming Soon" message. Does anyone know when the upgrade is expected? Cheers
  • Thanks for the heads up. I'm at Lvl 56 now with 2 objects left to master. I'd be very disappointed if the quest stops here. I'd probably stop playing the game if nothing new will be revealed once I've mastered all training items. So fingers crossed. A few more annoying things: after the last patch, there are no more free video repairs (I don't tweet), the background objects (eg. house) are a little bit smaller, and worst of all, the ninja now wants to hi-5 after every training session. The game should go back to the way it was before!
  • Lvl 57, mastered all training items. Got the same Coming Soon page for Tasks as Hassan. I think it's time for me to stop. Although I'd gladly pay $2-$3 to play the rest of the levels if they were as good as the first 50. Not sure the game developers had their pricing model figured out, especially after disabling the free video repairs in the last update, and charging $3 for holiday boxes instead of the game itself.
  • you can train with balloon, 10k xp boost per balloon.
  • Little things I find fascinating: 1. If you hold the temple bell to peek inside, you'll actually see the inside of a bell, not a black hole. 2. You can manually spin the water wheel on the hill, this also applies to the figure 8 hoop. 3. If you make your ninja stand on the roof of a building, his shadow is on the wrong side of the roof. 4. If you throw the squirrel in the corner of the ninja's sleeping mat while he is sleeping, between the ninja & the house, there's a spot where the squirrel will hit the ninja when it uncurls, so it will curl up again, and get stuck in a loop. 5. At level 51, my ninja has achieved the master ninja status (& corresponding suit), but is still incredibly clumsy on a stone platform!
  • I'm at level 64 now. He is still incredibly clumsy. Each level will increase xp requirement for next level. It's gonna take months to reach level 99.
  • I'm at level 32 and the squirrel asks me to put six ballons at the first jumper. I can't do it because are seven object!How I can resolve it?
  • The last update made multicolor balloons worth 2,000 xp instead of 10,000. This sucks! !
  • my ninja has reached now level 45. i have never bought gems or coins with real money, because it's easy to get those.
    i love playing this game daily :) but i have to admit that it's more difficult to level him up quickly now. also, after level 50, there are no items to get anymore. i fear it will be boring afterwards... but i will keep playing to save his cute friend kira :)
    ps: excuse my bad englisch, it is not my native language.
  • So I tried doing the thing where you change the time to repair items quicker, and it worked (after I turned off 3G and Wifi) but then, when I turned my connection back on, and set the time to automatically set on my iPhone, the repair time for all my items was 13 hours :(
    Lesson learnt.
  • Okay my ninja is a level 53, I love the game but for the past couple levels the task menu just says to keep training. there's no specific task and it's getting annoying. also in the corner when I click on the task menu it says coming soon? Just wondering if when you get to a certain level the tasks actually start again? Thanks!
  • I've noticed that the bee hive has a shorter wait time on collecting coins than the chest and the apple sapling. Does anyone know what the wait time is for collecting on the bamboo shoots and the cherry sapling? And what are y'all's favorite items from the animals/plants category? Thanks and happy ninja-ing! :)
  • How do you throw your ninja so it makes it into the hoop? The new challenge wants me to trow him from a far distance and make it into the hoop and I can't! Is there a way or do I need to try over and over again? I am only level 8....
  • Has anyone found Kira? I mastered all tasks and now it just says to keep training because there's a dark dangerous path ahead "coming soon"- Im reading comments and I don't see anyone that's actually found her.
  • Wait for update
  • Cant tap the "collect" bubble. Anyone know how you collect the egg?
  • After 25 days or so in a row putting your ninja to bed, you start getting a gem a day instead of coins
  • Hey i am in 57 level bt no avticity get . When i get new a tivities to find kira ... Bcz its going to boring
  • I am lvl 53 and i ignore the game long time ago
    I was using multicolor balon its so fast also
    I buy gems to unlock dragon trampoline
    In frst levels .
    i was leveling up so fast but the game
    Become less fun so i sujest u all to stay with game
    Dnt rush coz ones u reach level 50 the missions will
    Be over as well as most of fun so dnt rush
    Also i have 1,100,000 coins and i barely open the game
    To collect coins so have patient coins will rain
  • Use the "Earn" option on the Gem store. I signed up for a 7 day trial with my CC and promptly cancelled the subscription once I got the 161 gems.
  • Level 43 Ninja Here. Well I Have No Tips For Now. But Try to Use This Technique. Make Him Jump From a Tower onto a Box. Or onto a BasketBall Hoop.