Basket Wearer Shosuke


Location Mibu Village
EXP NG: 257
NG+: ??

Basket Wearer Shosuke (籠かぶりの正助, Basket-Head Shōsuke) is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. He is a frightened man wearing a basket on his head.


Basket Wearer Shosuke Information

  • Location: House in Mibu Village (the first one with a hole in the roof).
  • Progression: Basket Wearer Shosuke will transform after acquiring the Pine Resin Ember, but only after you speak to him.
  • Combat: Players may kill Basket Wearer Shosuke after he transforms.
  • Rewards: None


Associated Quests

  •  After speaking with him, and possibly after exhausting all of his dialogue, will transform upon traversing Mibu Village once the player acquires the Pine Resin.
  • Gives 257 EXP when killed on NG.
  • After acquiring the Pine Resin Ember the first time, playing in NG+ and above, the Pine Resin Ember will usually no longer be available to pick up, which means that Shosuke will never transform. However, sometimes the Pine Resin Ember will be replaced by a Bundled Jizo Statue, which will trigger Shosuke to transform. (This is likely a bug.)



"Basket, basket, basket, basket, basket... I... am a basket...

If the player chooses to Greet him: Hey.

(Wails in fear) Basket, basket, basket, basket... Aaahhhh...

Sekiro Speaking: Calm down.

......Y-you... Are you an honorable person?

Sekiro Speaking: Yes.

Thank goodness...! You ARE an honorable person. (Sobs)

Is there...something you want to ask?

Look, sorry but... If you have questions I'll have to answer with this basket on my head."

If the player chooses the "Ask about the village" prompt: What is wrong with this village?

I'd sure like to know that too.

Before I knew it... everyone had gone insane!

For a while I too was in a daze, but... I snapped out of it after I hurk-hurk... threw up.

..... I was thirsty so I drank a loooot of sake. I'm sure that's what made me throw up.

The head priest sometimes treats us to sake.

But you know... when you drink sake, you get thirsty.

The sake cask runs dry in no time.

So everyone has no choice but to drink the water in the ponds and rivers.

But, the more you drink, the thirstier you get... Ah... You get thirstier and thirstier, can't ever drink enough...

If the player chooses the "Ask about the villagers" prompt: What is wrong with the villagers?

...Hmm, no idea.

All I know is, they all fear fire.

For a while, I too was in the same daze. And I felt the fear too.

An unquenchable fire... Even now, the thought of it gives me chills!

Sekiro Speaking: An unquenchable fire...

The hunter Inuhiko started burning pine resin and locked himself in his house.

His pine resin burns for a long time... It's a real nuisance.

Inuhiko is the village outcast.

He likes eating wild animal meat and the sort... That's why the head priest doesn't give him any sake.

Sekiro Speaking: Where is Inuhiko's house?

Oh, on the other side of the pond. Inuhiko's is the last house on the path. 

If the player chooses the "Ask about the village priest" prompt: Tell me about the priest.

He's the most important person in the entire village.

You can find him in the shrine, all the way up the riverside near the water's source.

He told us, "Let us become citizens of the palace. If you drink enough sake, you shall become citizens," he said!

... A "citizen of the palace"... I don't really get it, but that's what he said!

Upon Sekiro leaving:

Got to go, huh? I'll be here, hiding in this basket.

... must... resist... drinking...

After acquiring the Pine Resin Ember:

I couldn't... resist... I drank it all...!

Upon death:

You... monster...


Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by: Michael Goldmane
  • He wears a basket, with the removal of it being the extent of his "transformation."
  • Can be afflicted by Dragonrot.
  • Acquiring the Pine Resin Ember causes him to aggro, nothing else. In NG+ and above, the item is replaced by a Bundled Jizo Statue, which when picked up achieves the same effect.
  • Bug: In NG+ and above, the Pine Resin Ember is not always replaced by a Bundled Jizo Statue.  This means the item cannot be picked up, and therefore this NPC will never aggro in that playthrough.

Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      I feel pretty certain he turns only when you specifically grab the pine resin ember. I checked on him being normal, then without fighting O'rin or grabbing other items ran straight for the resin, picked it up, and ran back and he was already turned without resting at a sculpture. I also for the life of me couldn't get him to turn on any ng+ playthrough because the resin only spawns once, and when you grab it you can't grab it again during the next cycle.

      • Anonymous

        I've platinumed the game and done a few more playthroughs, each time trying something different... and Shosuke has never transformed for me. Perhaps it's an issue with some versions of the game.

        • I've edited the page a bit, and I believe that it was either communing with the idol or traversing the area for some time that triggered him, also I don't believe that he would apologize about what he did to himself if he was actually trying to trick you, and was most likely recalling things from before, during, and after being afflicted with the side effects of the spring water.

          Perhaps the effects of the spring have fragmented or muddled his memories to an extent that he can't remember from which point he became afflicted and is perhaps likely recalling memories while also mixing up the arrangements in his head, like when they chased Inuhiko back towards his hut without being aware that they became monsters. He mentions that it was a nusiance, providing some evidence to my claim as it leads towards the idea that he was self-aware to an extent.

          This means that the villagers are conscience to an extent, though not enough to resist drinking the water from the spring, but enough to communicate with each other and work alongside others, while also continuing to perform normal tasks, such as farming.

          Inuhiko most likely ran out of materials, and must've been killed off during their quest to seekout and destroy the black pines, which may be why only one pine resin exists, albiet a small piece.

          • Anonymous

            He turned for me after i spoke to him, left his hut and progressed to the 2nd Idol and the Hunter's Hut. Story was that i wanted to meet the Hunter he mentioned thinking that him telling me about him meant that i had to speak to said Hunter to progress. After i went to the Hut and looted everything (i ran from the onslaught of Enemies because i hate the Bell-Carriers) i went back and he already turned. Him turning has nothing to do with quitting and reloading the game, can happen just like that. Possible triggers seem to be: - Progressing to a certain point in the Area. - Dying and resurrecting (I was grab-locked by the enemies that grab you.) [Note: Never had to start from an Idol, i just died and resurrected on the spot] - Reaching the 2nd Idol - Running into the quite obvious Trap and getting out alive. To me, he already was insane when you meet him the first time. He mentions that after throwing up he feelt better. Thing is that the enemies in the Area also throw up and don't magically return to normal. There's also the thing that he tells you about the Hunter who uses everburning incense and his words quickly turn into utter disgust, meaning he fears Fire just like the other Villagers appearently. So he's probably just a thrall that somehow retained some sliver of sanity until he finally snaps (probably after luring you into a Trap and you getting out alive) He retained his ability to speak even after he says 'i drank it all' and attacks you and even after you kill him. Also he's probably the worst FromSoft could've made.... a Mix of Patches (Luring you into a Trap) and Micolash (wearing something on his head and being quite possibly the most insane NPC in the Game)

            • Anonymous

              I think he will stay fine until he gets dragonrot. When you visit him while he has dragonrot, he does not wear his basket. Heal Dragonrot and visit him again. Then he will attack you.

              • Anonymous

                After speaking to Shosuke then giving the water of the palace to the head village priest, and susequently killing him. I went back to Shosuke's house to find him gone and several fistful of ash items in his place.

                • Anonymous

                  "Are you an honorable person?" Sekiro, covered in blood after exterminating half the villagers : "...Yes..."

                  • Anonymous

                    I've quit the game after speaking with him for the first time, and he is fine. After that, ive killed the Monk, and clean the area, teleport to other stages and come back, and he is still ok. I havent die in a few hours, and i have the usual 30% invisible aid since the beggining. NG+ and Demon bell activated. I cant understand why he didnt transform? I've quit the game a few times after this, but he is like always

                    • Anonymous

                      If this NPC gets the Dragonrot illness after you visit him for the first time, and then, you visit him for the second time while he's sick, he will deliver an extra dialogue line. I don't remember the exact wording but is something like: "this wouldn't happened if I stayed in the basket". Then, if you heal him after that second visit, he will return into the basket permanently.

                      • Anonymous

                        This one should not be mistaken with the one on the top house near the Idol. He turns into a monster after some certain boss.

                        • The starting prompt is him saying "Basket, basket, basket ; Basket, basket, basket, i'm a basket... After which you get a prompt to speak to him and he says that the village priest is the one who gave everyone sake except for the hunter of the village who lives at the edge of the village and he always has an ember burning in his house, overall am curious on whether you can save this man, as he turned for me into a monster saying "I couldn't resist I drank it all" and starts attacking, and upon killing him he prompts "" is it possible to destroy the sake holding barrels or sth to save this man? Also who is the hunter that uses an "unceasing ember that scares the villagers"

                          • Anonymous

                            if you give him the water of the temple that you find in fountainhed palace (hole in the ground just before 3d sculptor's idol) he will become one of those squids and when killed drops 5x treasure carp scale

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