The Ranking System is divided into two integral parts. The first part is generally referred to as one's "Shinobi Ranking", whereas the second one is usually known as one's "Village Ranking". We will go further into detail on both types below:
Your Shinobi Ranking is categorized by a set of letters; D, C, B, A, S, SS and X, in order from lowest to highest. Your Shinobi Ranking will control the limitations that your character has, such as how large their chakra pool is, the maximum rank of techniques they may learn and the maximum rankings for missions they may undertake. Outside of special circumstances, if you are a C-rank Shinobi, you may only learn techniques that are C or lower in rank, unless your skill with a specialty permits it. Shinobi Rankings represent one's power and skill, but ordinarily do not impact one's status in their village. It is entirely possible to find Genin who are A in rank or ANBU who are C in rank. Only Students are D in rank, so long as you are a recognized shinobi, you will always be at least C ranked.
How Ranking Influences Elements
How Ranking Influences Specialties
Your Village Ranking is determined by the leader of either your clan or village. Although villages may prefer to use different terminology for their Village Rankings, there are always seven rankings overall, each representing different levels of authority, responsibility and expectations. Shinobi are limited on what missions they may undertake by their Village Ranking as well. Below we will go over the different ranks and their characteristics, with an explanation for ranking up below that.
Students are not necessarily the lowest level of Shinobi, as they are not yet considered Shinobi. Those who consistently break fundamental rules of roleplay or display sub-par roleplaying ability in the Testing Grounds or while roleplaying will be moved to the Student ranking by their village or clan leader, who will also appoint a high-ranking shinobi to train them in the Training Grounds until they are prepared to reclaim their former, or new, ranking. Students may not take on any missions and are not allowed to leave their clan compound or village no matter what. They are also protected from death, so an attack that would ordinarily prove fatal will incapacitate instead.
Starters | Unlimited
Starter Rank | D+
Responsibilities | Training & Studying
Missions | None
Genin are the lowest level of ninja and also the ones that display the most difference in power. When they become genin, ninja start to do their bit for their village's economy – being sent on missions that the village gets paid for. They are typically sent either on D-rank missions, which are almost entirely risk-free jobs of manual labor, or, rarely, on C-rank missions, which are a cut above that and begin to verge on real "ninja" work that have a very low possibility of risk to the ninja involved. When a village is short-handed on upper-level ninja for whatever reason, the village may occasionally send genin on higher-ranked missions.
Starters | Unlimited
Starter Rank | C+
Responsibilities | Training & Missions
Missions | E, D, C, B (With Squad)
Chuunin are ninja who are qualified to guide other ninja and lead missions. Chuunin have reached a level of maturity and ability that primarily consists of leadership skills and tactical prowess. Genin who do not have the skills to become chuunin are weeded out in the chuunin exams. Some of them move on to function as Academy instructors and others serve as team leaders in charge of small squads of other chuunin. Chuunin are typically sent on C-rank or B-rank missions.
Starters | 6 per Village
Starter Rank | B+
Responsibilities | Miscellaneous & Missions
Missions | E, D, C, B, A (With Squad)
Jounin are generally highly-experienced shinobi with great individual skill who serve as military captains. They are often sent on B-rank missions, and experienced jounin may even be sent on A-rank missions. It is not unusual for jounin to go on missions alone, though a group of Jounin may be sent on an S-rank mission by their clan or village leader. Jounin are usually appointed to mentor a squad of three genin, taking them on missions and showing them the ropes of being a shinobi.
Starters | 4 per Village
Starter Rank | A+
Responsibilities | Mentoring & Missions
Missions | E, D, C, B, A, S (With Squad)
Sannin are three young shinobi in the village who are chosen for their talents and abilities to be students of their village's leader. In order to achieve this rank, a Genin may simply request training from the current Leader and train until they achieve S-rank status, at which point they will be considered fulfilled Sannin. Each leader may only have a maximum of 3 students who can obtain Sannin status, not including the Sannin who start from previous leaders. It is from the Sannin that the next, or temporary, leader of villages are chosen when the current leader passes.
Starters | 0 per Village
Starter Rank | Not Applicable
Responsibilities | Varies by Village
Missions | E, D, C, B, A, S (SS when fulfilled)
ANBU ("Special Assassination and Tactical Squad") takes orders directly from the village or clan leader, performing special high-level (SS) missions, such as assassinations and torture. The ANBU usually work in teams formed to the requirements of the mission, ensuring maximum success. The shinobi in ANBU are hand-picked by the leader, chosen for their individual capabilities and special skills. Age, gender, background, or previous rank bear no weight in this decision. Members can also leave the organisation to return to regular forces. They wear their mask even in their own village, for their identity as an ANBU agent is to be known only by their leader. Those who find themselves working as an agent of ANBU retain their former rank as a mask of sorts, but in reality they hold a dual ranking.
Starters | 4 per Village
Starter Rank | A+
Responsibilities | Protecting Leader & Special Missions
Missions | E, D, C, B, A, S, SS
Although every clan and village may have a different term used to refer to their leader, they all hold relatively similar significance and power. The leader of a clan or village is always at least S-rank and is, generally, regarded as the most powerful, most intelligent or wisest shinobi in their village, or another characteristic that the village may uphold as most valuable in a leader. Leaders have a lot of power paired with a lot of responsibility. Those who lead villages must keep them upgraded, maintained and defended.
Starters | 1 per Village
Starter Rank | S
Responsibilities | Freedom & Missions
Missions | E, D, C, B, A, S, SS
Whether you're a village shinobi or a wandering shinobi, the process of increasing your Shinobi Ranking is generally the same regardless. Please keep in mind, if you have fulfilled the requirements to increase your Shinobi Ranking but exhibit role-playing skills that are below par for the rank you're moving to, additional training may be required by your leader or staff as seen necessary. You may increase your shinobi ranking by gaining experience, which is done by completing missions and defeating opponents.
Increasing Shinobi Ranking
Winning a Fight (With Risk of Death or Serious Injury)
- Against D-Rank | 10 EXP
- Against C-Rank | 20 EXP
- Against B-Rank | 30 EXP
- Against A-Rank | 50 EXP
- Against S-Rank | 60 EXP
- Against SS-Rank | 70 EXP
Against X-Rank | 80 EXP
- D-Rank | 5 EXP
- C-Rank | 10 EXP
- B-Rank | 20 EXP
A-Rank | 25 EXP
Bingo Book Missions
- A-Rank | 40 EXP
- S-Rank | 50 EXP
SS-Rank | 60 EXP
- Steal 1000 Ryo | 10 EXP
- Defeat a Bijuu | 50 EXP
- Conquest | 75 EXP
- Tournaments | (Varies)
Each rank-up requires a different amount of experience. Experience resets upon rank-up.
- C-Rank | - (Simply Graduate from Academy)
- B-Rank | 350 EXP
- A-Rank | 400 EXP
- S-Rank | 750 EXP
- SS-Rank | 1000 EXP
- X-Rank | 1250 EXP
Increasing Village Ranking
Student to Genin
In order to rank up from Student to Genin, you must first pass the Genin Exams. Information regarding the exams may be found in the 'Testing Grounds' forum. The Genin Exams include a written portion as well as the performance of basic Academy Jutsu, which the Student must understand fully and be capable of properly utilizing the techniques in order to pass the Genin Exams. Other requirements for passing the Genin Exams can be tacked on by your leader or an administrator, and you are required to train in the Training Grounds for a minimum of one week before taking the exams.
Genin to Chuunin
If you wish to rank up from Genin to Chuunin you must participate in the monthly inter-village Chuunin Exams orchestrated by site staff. This will be held each month, starting when the combined Genin count for all villages reaches 20 Genin or higher. In order to participate in the Chuunin Exams, you must first reach a minimum Shinobi Ranking of C. Only approximately 25% of all participants will actually pass the exams, whereas the other 75% will remain Genin until next time. Each village selects 10 of their greatest Genin to enter.
Chuunin to Jounin
There are a few ways to achieve Jounin rank. One of such methods is by passing the Jounin Exams orchestrated by site staff, which will be held monthly, starting two weeks after the first Chuunin Exams. In order to become Jounin, you must first be a Chuunin who has achieved a Shinobi Ranking of B or higher. The leader of each village will select 6 of their greatest Chuunin to participate in the exams, where only 20% will pass and move on to the rank of Jounin.
Genin to Sannin
While you are still training under your respective leader, you will be considered a Sannin in training. It is not until you reach a Shinobi Ranking of at least A that you will receive the Village Ranking of a Sannin and be permitted to go on missions as high as A in rank, and S in rank when accompanied. However, you will not be considered fulfilled as a Sannin until you've reached a Shinobi Ranking of S or higher, completed 10,000 words of training with your leader and completed at least 10 missions ranked S. Only fulfilled Sannin may become leaders or take on missions above S in rank.
Anything to ANBU
In order to become a membr of ANBU, you must not request it from your leader or a member of staff. Your respective leader must first come to you and appoint you to the position. However, you must be a loyal and devout member of your village and often pass a special test administered by your village. You must also have reached a minimum of A in rank before you may be considered for this position.
Becoming a Leader
There are numerous ways of becoming a clan or village leader, with all of the violent and underhanded methods being discussed in the 'Territory System'. In this section, however, we will go over the peaceful means of selecting a leader. Although many villages may have their own unique method of leader selection, there are generally two ways that one becomes a leader; either they are selected by the previous leader by written or stated will, or the Sannin choose who between them will become the next leader. In cases where two want to be leader, the third will select the next leader. In cases where all three want to be leader, different villages have different methods to decide; ranging from battle to special votes. If no Sannin want to be the next leader, the most veteran Jounin will generally take the position.
- Shinobi Ranking