|Current Rank||Plot Board Requirements||Stat Point Requirement|
|Genin/D-rank||C-rank Plot Board or Chuunin Fight (For Village Nin, See below)||80|
|Chuunin/C-rank||Completion of C-rank Plot Board||160|
|Special Jounin/B-rank||Completion of B-rank Plot Board||200|
|Jounin/A-rank||Completion of A-rank Plot Board, Kage Exam (See Below) for Kage||280|
Chuunin Exams are based on the village the shinobi is in, and changes depending on the village's circumstance. The Kage Exam is treated similarly, as each village has different requirements for what they expect of their leader. Below is a spoiler containing the chuunin exam and kage exam for each village, and what is required to pass.
Either or both Genin may pass based on the skills they show. Winning is not a condition of being granted Chuunin Rank. It should be noted that ending the life of the opponent is discouraged and would almost surely result in the denial of rank-up for that individual.
Any number of the participants may passed based on their singular ability as well as their ability to work as a team. The strongest Genin would still fail the exam if he was unable to work with others and only as a single entity. It should be noted that death should never happen in Konoha’s exams. If a Genin were to take the life of either one of their teammates or the Chuunin he would not only be denied rank-up but also placed under heavy scrutiny.
Typically the Hokage is initially chosen from a pool of three candidates by the Village Council as a whole, each of the three marked from best to worst. The 'best' will be the first to go through what Konoha calls the Hokage Trials. These trials come in a trio, the Trial of Spirit, Trial of Heart, and the Trial of Mind, each trial testing a particular part of what the Council sees as the role of the Hokage.
In the Trial of Spirit the potential Hokage must demonstrate his/her ability to bring both hope and caring to the people of Konoha. While the simplest of the trials in physical demand, this should weigh heavily on the emotional mind of the candidate and show that they can care for even the 'most insignificant' member of the village as a part of their family.
There are many who stumble on the Trial of Heart, for in this trial the one being tested is expected to inspire others into action. While also not always physically demanding, this takes a toll on one's own drive. The candidate must inspire others into action for themselves and others, without taking action themselves. (Example: Getting a small community to stand up for itself against an enemy, without physical interference from the candidate.)
Much like the aspect of the Mind of the Will of Fire is not the least important, it is often the most difficult trial of all. This IS the most demanding of the trials, requiring the candidate to under interrogation by the Yamanaka. Every aspect of their mind will be put to the test as they are tested over and over again in both loyalty and durability.
More details may be found in the What Konoha is Like thread.
In order to achieve their rank-up the Genin must be successful in all aspects of the mission handed out to them. The mission is not required to be combat oriented.
As Kumogakure is a democratic society, in order to become Raikage you must convince the members of the council to engage in a vote of no-confidence against the current Raikage. If the previous Raikage has perished, then you must instead convince them to elect you as Raikage. It is essentially a political challenge in which you must prove yourself worthy of the title of Raikage, whether that be through strength, intelligence or other more cunning manners.
The Exam can be held in any number of arenas and can be done privately or publicly depending on what the Genin desire. Though winning is required to be allowed to pass, winning is not a guarantee of ranking up. The village officials will stand as judges and make the final decision on the rank up.
Kage Exams in Kirigakure no Sato are a rare sight. Most commonly, the kage is "elected" by the heads of the 5 families, though both the current Kage and the Daimyo retain the right to simply reject the elected individual. Most often, an election is not held unless the current Kage has passed. This, however, is only the technical answer. Historically, the title of Kage is seized through force. May it be through open challenge, or through assassination, conquering the current kage in battle via forfeiture or death would bestow the challenger with the title of Mizukage. Failing, however, often ends in death.
Regardless of how well one does in the physical portion of the exam, all applicants are required to be interviewed by the same panel of three village officials that judged the fight. The purpose of this is to test the mental capacity and readiness of the applicants and to decide if they are truly ready for the responsibilities that come along with Chuunin rank.
The tests for a budding Tsuchikage first tests his or her mettle as a denizen of the Rock country known for it's harsh climate and unforgiving terrain. Secondly it tests their ability as an Iwagakure shinobi in one on one combat with the victor leaving victorious and the loser left to lick their wounds if they are lucky enough to survive the ordeal. Lastly the candidate must prove themselves a leader worthy of commanding the respect of the hardened survivors of Iwagakure.
The first test is a test of survival, the candidate is left stranded in the harshest terrain and must not only survive but make it back to the village in one piece.
The second test is a test of combat against the current Tsuchikage, another candidate or a council elected opponent, while this test is not to the death it is not uncommon for competitors to lose their lives.
The third test while the least grueling is likely the most difficult and requires a majority vote by the Iwagakure council.
Companion Rank Ups
Companions rank up in the same way as characters do, and are awarded points to spend on jutsu when they rank up. However, companions are notoriously difficult to master, as training them often takes away from the training of the owner. Essentially, when you have a companion, any stat points awarded to an owner, can instead be distributed to the companion. If a Plot Board award 10 stats, you could give 1 to a companion and 9 to the owner, split 5 and 5, or give them all to the companion, however you'd like. Below is a table describing the stat requirements for each rank, and the points for jutsu rewarded for the rank up.
|Current Rank for Pet & Spirits||Stat Point Requirement to rank up||Points Rewarded for Rank Up|
|Current Rank for Henchmen||Stat Point Requirement to rank up||Points Rewarded for Rank Up|