To landeth safely upon diminutive points, leapeth lively and presseth the triggering device with the round geometrical object emblazoned upon it.
― Instructions from the Thievius Raccoonus[src]
The Ninja Spire Jump is a move that exists in the Thievius Raccoonus, and is used often by many members of the Cooper Clan. According to Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Rioichi Cooper developed the move to help him get over tall palace walls in feudal Japan; however in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, many ancestors, including those born before Rioichi, can use the ninja spire jump. It should be noted that in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, in the Cooper Vault, it states that Rioichi "perfected" the technique, not that he invented it.
Rioichi Cooper also invented a variation on the ninja spire jump called the Leaping Dragon technique. It allows Rioichi to launch himself great distances from a point, landing on other points, grabbing ropes, or landing on rails or ledges to move across. The leaping dragon technique was not described in the Thievius Raccoonus.
The ninja spire jump is activated by pressing while in the air above a small point. The character will then land on the point and balance. It is then possible to jump from the point.
The ninja spire jump is used throughout all four games. Sly learned it after stealing back Rioichi Cooper's section of the Thievius Raccoonus from Raleigh. Rioichi put challenges relating to the ninja spire jump in the Cooper Vault.