Hi all, after having reached a Ninjitsu skill of 93, the whole set of Ninja abilities is open to me. (I still have a VERY hard time gaining skill...) Some skills seem pretty useless to me. Maybe I just haven't figured out how they work, so I would like to hear your opinion. Focus Attack : The additional bonus isn't worth the mana this ability uses. It hardly makes any difference to a normal blow. Shadowjump : I wonder what good this ability is. Not only does it take too long to activate and use it; you could stealth the distance in half the time than it takes to shadowjump it. Also, you can never be sure if you will be able to shadowjump to a certain location. There's no way to tell beforehand. I guess shadowjumping fails in 60% of all cases due to an "invalid location". I know that the spot has to be on the same level with no obstacles in between, but even on a plain ground shadowjumping just fails. This makes the ability absolutely useless. Ki Attack : While the damage bonus is quite alright, the ability is too difficult to utilize. You often get the message "the attack has to be completed within 2 seconds" and the attack fails (you lose mana despite!) even if you attacked in the 2-second time frame. You get very random results. The skill only seems to work at a specific distance but, it never is sure. Death Strike : Another ability with random results and questionable usability. Very difficult timing combined with the fact that the vicim has to run away after the hit to give you the damage bonus. Does this happen? Ever? Animal Form is nice, but I hardly use it because you can neither use Ninja abilities nor weapon special moves when in animal form. I sometimes use Dog Form when I want to recover health while hidden, or Ostard Form when I have no mount. But that's about it. Mirror Image works, but the benefit is so low that you wouldn't bother using it. What remains? Surprise Attack and Backstab. You end up using Surprise Attack only, as the benefits are similar and it takes less mana. Now I wonder if Ninjitsu is just a waste of skill points??? Any comments or opinions?