Blackhat Badger


Location Ashina Castle,Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo
Quest Reward Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon
Kill Reward Anti-Air Deathblow Text

Blackhat Badger is a Merchant NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Blackhat Badger is a "rat," dwarf shinobi, fugitive that dislikes both Ashina and Nightjar, and will sell items for a profit from this safe location. His name comes from the large black metal hat he can always be found wearing.


Blackhat Badger Information


  • Blackhat Badger can be found in Ashina Castle, past the Old Grave idol, by dropping into a house with a broken rooftop after defeating the Blazing Bull and attaining access to Ashina Castle.
  • After purchasing the Iron Fortress from him for 1600 sen, buying the two expensive items he has to offer and after you talk to Isshin Ashina, he will move to the Senpou Temple near the Kite Mechanism.
  • After raising the kite using the Puppeteer Ninjutsu, he will move to the cave containing the Sunken Valley Cavern Sculptor's Idol across the ravine from the Senpou Temple.
  • Once defeating the Divine Dragon and returning from the Divine Realm, he can be found lying against a tree just left of the building with a hole in a roof where you met him initially.


  • Blackhat Badger moves to Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo after his inventory is depleted or if you complete Ashina Castle and head to Senpou. He can be found near the Sunken Valley Cavern Idol mourning at the grave of his son.
  • If the player previously attack Blackhat Badger but did not kill him, he can be found dead during the first castle invasion.



Associated Quests


  • Speak to Blackhat Badger inside the house with the broken roof just below the Old Grave Sculptor's Idol in Ashina Castle. Telling him you know about the Tengu of Ashina does not seem to effect the quest, it only provides further dialogue.
  • Upon purchasing the Iron Fortress, used to create the Loaded Umbrella Prosthetic Tool, for 1,600 sen, he will inform you of his intent to relocate to the Senpou Temple.
  • Upon arriving at the Senpou Temple you can find him near the Kite mechanism located down and to the right of the Senpou Temple Sculptor's Idol. You do not need to speak with him here to progress his questline.
  • Continue through the game until you receive the Puppeteer Ninjutsu from defeating the Folding Screen Monkeys in Senpou Temple's Main Hall.
  • Return to the Kite Mechanism and use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the "rat" near the mechanism. You must perform a stealth deathblow (from behind) on the rat to active the Ninjutsu. This will cause the "rat" to raise the Kite into the air.
  • Now you need to use the kite to cross over the ravine. Navigate you way up the mountain, through the temple to the Old Lady that speaks of the serpent and wants Rice. From the Old Lady grapple to the small plateau and then grapple up the large tree on its right side. When you make it to the top of the tree, use the Kite to grapple your way across the ravine.
  • Make your way down the ravine by grappling where you will arrive in the cave containing the Sunken Valley Cavern Sculptor's Idol.
  • Blackhat Badger will be standing in front of a grave marker near the Sunken Valley Cavern Sculptor's Idol. Upon speaking with him you will learn that this is the grave of his son and he thanks you for your help. He informs you of his intent to return to Ashina Castle shortly.
  • Continue playing through the game until you defeat the Divine Dragon.
  • Upon returning from the Divine Realm you will find Ashina Castle has broken out into a war between the Ashina Soldiers and the Shinobi that invaded earlier.
  • Make your way down to the Old Grave Sculptor's idol.
  • To the left of the house with the broken roof, near the lowest Cannon Soldier tower, you will find Blackhat Badger up against a tree surrounded by three dead shinobi.
  • Upon speaking with him he tells you that his emotions got the better of him when he saw the Shinobi targeting a child so he stepped in to rescue the child by engaging in combat with the Shinobi where he was wounded. He thanks you for your help and tells you he has something for you, but he won't give it to you, you'll have to take it off his corpse. He passes away to his wounds at the end of the conversation.
  • You can collect one (1) Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon from his corpse by holding the interact button (NOT pressing, you must hold the button).

Related NPCs

  • When you first meet him at the Graves of Ashina Castle, inside the building with a hole in its roof, he will ask you if you know anything about the Tengu of Ashina. (Responding to this question, however, does not appear to alter the questline.)

Blackhat Badger's Shop

Item & Quantity Price
Yashariku's Sugar x 3 130 sen
Bite Down x 2 30 sen
Iron Fortress 1600 sen
Anti-air Deathblow Text 1200 sen


  • Example Dialogue Lines
  • Quest Progression optional dialogue


Notes & Trivia

  • Voiced by: ??

  • His corpse can be found there in the Old Grave area of Asashina Castle after the castle is invaded by the Interior Ministry. If not purchased beforehand: the items Iron Fortress and Anti-air Deathblow Text can be purchased for 2400 and 2200 Sen from the Offering Box found near Hanbei in the Dilapidated Temple, respectively.

  • An Eavesdropping opportunity found shortly after the Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol sees two Senpou Sect Assassins ("Rats") reveal that they have been tasked with assassinating Blackhat for either the Interior Ministry or the Sect.



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    • Anonymous

      06 May 2021 12:14  

      after buying both expensive items, you have to talk to him again to get him to move. I couldn't find him at Senpou, and he was still in Ashina Castle. Went and talked, he said his line about closing up shop, and then was at Senpou, looking at the kite mechanism.

      • Anonymous

        02 Jan 2021 20:27  

        I'm on NG+2 and did different order in the areas before facing Genichiro and now he's stuck with the same line about Tengu. I already beat Kongo, killed Genichiro, met Isshin, bought everything and nothing, is it glitched?

        I mean, I've done before the quest but wanted to do it again.

        • Anonymous

          23 Nov 2020 19:38  


          • Anonymous

            17 Aug 2020 04:25  

            Can't find proof on his voice actor but he totally reminds me of Hancock the ghoul from fallout 4 (Danny Shorago). Even says a line like "look who it is" that is nearly the same in fallout with the exact same accentuation.

            • Anonymous

              06 Aug 2020 00:59  

              lmao i misinterpreted that he drops anti air deathblow for free when killed so i killed him in Old Grave. Whoops.

              • Anonymous

                23 Oct 2019 23:09  

                Interesting... Did a run without talking to badger at all. Later I was exploring the area around the Old Grave statue at the castle around when Owl appears. I encountered a lone ministry assassin (The little guys in red not the shadows with the purple cloaks). He spoke when I killed him in a suspiciously similar voice "You... H-how could I... You..." He was around the gatehouse infront of the broken bridge I think. Seems to me Badger was in with the ministry like the rest of the senpou assassins but wolf managed to change his mind during his quest line.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Oct 2019 16:57  

                  I bought all his crap and never talked to him again then towards the end of the game i found blackhat where i first met him outside on the left balcony area dead next to another rat im guessing he died side by side with his son?

                  • Anonymous

                    17 May 2019 17:04  

                    "After purchasing the Iron Fortress from him for 1600 sen and buying the two expensive items he has to offer, and after you kill Genichiro, he will move to the Senpou Temple near the Kite Mechanism.". This is incorrect. I never went to his spot in Ashina until after beating 2/3 of the game (ie after getting all the aroma parts). He wasn't there and the Iron Fortress was on the ground. So I got it for free haha. I found him later at Senpou temple where the wiki describes, and followed his quest to the end. Never got to buy anti-air technique.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2019 14:52  

                      I killed him myself at his son's grave and he said something like is that how it is? After i strucked em and then he said u.. Piece... Of.... As he died

                      • Anonymous

                        17 May 2019 07:50  

                        This is just a fan theory but I believe Sekiro murders Blackhat's son in the opening of the game. Remember the dwarf ninja under the bridge before you open the door? That was probably Blackhat's son.

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Apr 2019 09:23  

                          i have a glitch where i literally can't pick up the last item in his quest lmao. He died and I've been trying to get the item for like 10 minutes and I just don't get a prompt to pick it up. I have tried reloading the area and quitting the game too, didn't work.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Apr 2019 13:47  

                            Is fighting this guy like fighting a Straw-Hat Senpou Assassin but with an unbreakable hat? If so he’d probably kill me.

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Apr 2019 12:41  

                              I never found him at Senpou. After defeating the divine dragon I found him back near where I first found him, but he was dead already. No more dialog, no chance to buy items one last time. I guess if you miss him at Senpou you're completely out of luck.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Apr 2019 08:13  

                                In my run, when he moved to Mt. Kongo, I found the Iron Fortress in the same place he were before leaving, and got it for free.

                                • Anonymous

                                  06 Apr 2019 08:23  

                                  He moved to the temple on my run. I bought Iron fortress and Anti-air deathblow and he wouldn't move, but then came back after meeting Kuro, bought his Bite Downs, and THEN he said he'd move.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    05 Apr 2019 17:48  

                                    I'm in ng+3 and he doesn't move to the temple. Bought every item at least once, exhausted his dialog etc. Is there a point of the story you need to reach before he leaves?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      04 Apr 2019 13:20  

                                      Am i missing something? Who did i talk to and they died. Right next to sunken valley warp point in sunken valley? His son?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        02 Apr 2019 02:54  

                                        I never buy the fan went ahead and finish his questline then later I get the fan for free where he used to be at the old grave

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