Bestowal Ninjutsu

Spirit Emblem Cost 7
Effect Wreathes a blade in the victim's blood, extending its reach.
Skill Type Ninjutsu Technique

Bestowal Ninjutsu is a technique in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this type of skill is under the Ninjutsu Techniques. These can be unlocked and equipped by the player as they progress the game.

Only one Ninjutsu can be slotted at once, and they generally cost a number of Spirit Emblems to use. One example of Ninjutsu is the Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu, which allows the player to regain stealth after a Backstab Deathblow.



 Ninjutsu technique that wreathes a blade in the victim's blood, extending its reach. Costs Spirit Emblems to use. Activated after a Backstab Deathblow.

The Wolf discovered this technique upon beheading a foe with the Mortal Blade, forming a cursed sword from spilled blood. Though it bears likeness to the Mortal Blade, it cannot kill the undying.


How to Acquire Bestowal Ninjutsu

  • This can be acquired upon defeating the Headless Ape in the Ashina Depths and permanently severing its immortality with the Mortal Blade.Note that this boss only spawns after you have already defeated it previously as the Guardian Ape in the Sunken Valley. 
  • As this boss can be skipped (provided the player goes to the Hidden Forest before fighting the Guardian Ape), acquiring this ninjutsu is optional. 


Bestowal Ninjutsu Notes & Tips

  • Bestowal Ninjutsu is a Ninjutsu Technique, it is activated by killing an enemy with a backstab (either by sneaking up on them or via the Vault Over skill) and then pressing the attack button a second time when the button prompt appears.
  • Bestowal Ninjutsu costs 7 Spirit Emblem to use.
  • Also gives your sword chip damage while active, allowing you to deal Vitality damage to enemies even when they are blocking.
  • If the player hits a blocking enemy, he will still perform the regular sword combo instead of the constant sword slash that plays out when an enemy keeps blocking the incoming attacks.
  • If used on a gecko will imbue your sword with poison attacks instead of blood. Sword will glow greenish.
  • If used on a white gecko will imbue your sword with a lifesteal attack. 
  • Does not work on Mini Bosses.
  • It is possible to activate this technique in preparation for tough bosses/minibosses if there is a regular enemy sufficiently close to the boss area (some enemies may also require the Vault Over skill in order to get behind them for a backstab deathblow).
  • Entering an area where Sekiro sheathes his sword will negate the buff.




A Beast's Karma  ♦  A Shinobi's Karma: Body  ♦  A Shinobi's Karma: Mind  ♦  Ascending Carp  ♦  Ashina Cross  ♦  Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu  ♦  Breath of Life: Light  ♦  Breath of Life: Shadow  ♦  Breath of Nature: Light  ♦  Breath of Nature: Shadow  ♦  Chasing Slice  ♦  Descending Carp  ♦  Devotion  ♦  Dragon Flash  ♦  Emma's Medicine: Aroma  ♦  Emma's Medicine: Potency  ♦  Empowered Mortal Draw  ♦  Fang and Blade  ♦  Floating Passage  ♦  Flowing Water  ♦  Grappling Hook Attack  ♦  High Monk  ♦  Ichimonji  ♦  Ichimonji: Double  ♦  Living Force  ♦  Mibu Breathing Technique  ♦  Mid-air Combat Arts  ♦  Mid-air Deflection  ♦  Mid-air Prosthetic Tool  ♦  Mikiri Counter  ♦  Most Virtuous Deed  ♦  Nightjar Slash  ♦  Nightjar Slash Reversal  ♦  One Mind  ♦  Praying Strikes  ♦  Praying Strikes - Exorcism  ♦  Projected Force  ♦  Puppeteer Ninjutsu  ♦  Run and Slide  ♦  Sculptor's Karma: Blood  ♦  Sculptor's Karma: Scars  ♦  Senpou Leaping Kicks  ♦  Shadowfall  ♦  Shadowrush  ♦  Shinobi Eyes  ♦  Shinobi Medicine Rank 1  ♦  Shinobi Medicine Rank 2  ♦  Shinobi Medicine Rank 3  ♦  Spiral Cloud Passage  ♦  Suppress Presence  ♦  Suppress Sound  ♦  Vault Over  ♦  Virtuous Deed  ♦  Whirlwind Slash



    • Anonymous

      20 Dec 2019 11:53  

      It's a shame you can't use this on Bosses. Imagine getting a deathblow then getting a powerup for the 1st half of the 2nd/3rd phase. Also i think it's total bs that it has to be a deathblow from behind.

      • Anonymous

        13 Jul 2019 01:12  

        By the way, it's the best sword buff in the game, damage wise. Also, post-buff Spiral Cloud Passage becomes the best weapon art in the game with this ninjutsu because of the amount of hits in the combo.

        • Anonymous

          07 Jul 2019 20:14  

          This Ninjutsu arguably made my Mini Bosses encounters 90% easier cuz combing this 30 seconds buff with Mortal Draw Combat Skill you can literally Brute Force your kill against all mini bosses after getting 1 stealth deathblow. Now on my first playthrough i got all Beads ( No Die Hard ) lol

          • Anonymous

            27 May 2019 20:57  

            Does the duration of this Ninjutsu increase after purchasing the skill that also increases the sugar durations?

            • Anonymous

              29 Apr 2019 17:51  

              The poison and lifesteal variants are really cool, but I feel like they weren’t implemented very well. The buff usually doesn’t last long enough to make them of any use against any nearby enemies, since “nearby” usually means 15 seconds away. I wish there were more enemies that could offer these abilities than just the geckos, like maybe the palace nobles (since they specifically steal your life away). Otherwise, it’s cool as hell, and especially fun when combined with stuff like Whirlwind Slash, Floating Passage, or high damage moves like Ashina Cross (except you’ll need a lot of spirit emblems for this).

              • Anonymous

                14 Apr 2019 11:53  

                For people still wondering, I got it from the second ape fight in the caves.. the deathblow doesn't show up however you just see the body wiggle then attack it. (Attack where the worm is)

                • Anonymous

                  05 Apr 2019 11:05  

                  I killed the Guardian ape first . after that I killed the headless ape in the Arena but I dont have the mortal blade. Can I just get the mortal blade , come back to the Arena and execute him and get the ninjutsu ? or it is to late now to get it ?

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Apr 2019 11:14  

                    I'm on my second playthrough and just finished the lone shadow mini boss in the ashina return part, and realized I don't have bestowal, and I definitely didn't skip either of the ape fights. Is this a bug?

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Apr 2019 01:19  

                      You can use it on the white geckos of fountainhead palace (near the palace grounds idol) and your sword glows white, dont know if it adds any effect. I imagine by the colour that it adds enfeeble? just like nobles of fountain head palace do to you? sadly attack power is too high and the enemies near the area die to quickly to test it out

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Mar 2019 00:08  

                        This stuffs op combined with spiral passage. The spiral cloud passage costs 5 emblems so i guess thats nit that efficient but bestowal+spiral passage*****LOAD OF DAMAGE. (Imagine adding a divine confetti and a living force to it) With the vault over skill you can keep your bestowal up in fights with multiple enemies.

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Mar 2019 15:37  

                          So I am not sure if this is related or anything. I didn’t get the ninjitsu as well after I execute the centipede a second time with mortal blade (on headless ape not guardian ape) as I do this after Resting at the statue, then come back to finish it. Maybe I can’t do that...

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Mar 2019 08:11  

                            this page incorrectly calls "Headless Guardian Ape" the source. There are two encounters, one called Guardian Ape, the other called Headless Ape. Check Headless Ape page for informations about the second encounter, which is the one which gives you the ninjutsu.

                            • Anonymous

                              25 Mar 2019 19:25  

                              Wow my game is bugged then i killed this headless ape with his friend and havent gotten the ninjutusu .-.

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