Demon Bell in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice can be rung by the player to increase the difficulty of the game. Not much is known currently about what it does exactly, but it will make your game significantly harder however you will be rewarded with better item drops. The effect of the bell can be removed using the Bell Demon item which you will automatically get once you have rang the bell.


Demon Bell

What the Demon Bell Does Exactly

  • It makes your game harder by increasing all combat stats of enemies:
    • Higher vitality damage;
    • Higher posture damage, your posture will be broken easier;
    • Higher vitality damage resistance;
    • Higher posture damage resistance;
  • Enemies' loot pool is now extended
    • They drop additional (new) loot
    • based on next game cycle (NG+...)
  • Loot quantity increased by up to x2 for uncommon items (this is only yet confirmed when Virtuous Deed is active as well - maybe not required)
  • Increases item drop frequency. (We don't know for sure if  this does increase frequency of items already in enemy loot pool)
  • Does not affect the gathering of Spirit Emblems
  • Has no effect on skill point or sen quantity gained 
  • Negative effects do stack with not having Kuro's Charm. (Source)

Where to Find Demon Bell

  • Located up the hill from the Shugendo Sculptors Idol, before fighting the Armored Warrior and through a barred door.
  • Can be accessed easily afterwards through the Bell Demon's Temple Sculptors Idol.
  • This area is also found via a hidden wall behind the first Headless in Ashina Outskirts. Just sprint jump down to the Headless  and sprint around and behind the Headless and you should be safe from its attacks. Run up the ramp, turn right into a corridor. 



Notes About Demon Bell

  • Applies 'Sinister Burden' and places Bell Demon in your inventory. This item can be used to remove the effect, and reapplied at the bell.
  • Using the Bell Demon next to any of the pious woman gives you an Ungo's Sugar.
    • Pious woman can be found:
      • On the bridge right before Ashina's Castle
      • Right before the bottomless hole
      • Outside of a building in Senpou Temple, where the kite is supposed to be when flown
      • Right next the Sculptor Idol of Bodhisattva Valley



    • Anonymous

      21 Apr 2019 22:48  

      Im just finished my last ng+7 run,its hard to test without numbers but i feel like this works even on ng+7,i run plenty of tests on the dude next to seven spear boy in ashina castle reservoir,he have enormus amount of hp and posture,i do kill him faster without bell,same goues for charm,without both of this i kill him like twice faster.

      • Anonymous

        19 Apr 2019 23:16  

        Couldn’t find anything mentioning the bell’s impact on loot drops on mini and regular bosses. Are those drops predetermined and unwavering, or does the number of materials — for example — increase when killed with the Bell Demon in inventory? If not, and since it can be activated/deactivated at will, I would think that turning it on to get through regular mobs would: 1) massively improve loot drops, and 2) increase player skill quite dramatically. But is there any point in taking on bosses with this on, at all, other than for a difficulty increase? In my case, increasing the difficulty for major bosses is not something I need or would find enjoyable lol — not unless the reward became worthwhile.

        • Anonymous

          18 Apr 2019 08:13  

          I think the demon bell affects the item drop frequency. When I farmed some upgrade materials I realized I got a lot more than before. I had struggles getting scrap iron. Killed the enemies in the area of the first Mob. Within 3 killcycles I had over 20. That's more than I got in my playthrough up to that point even though I killed a lot of those. (posting this as the point is currently crossed out)

          • Anonymous

            13 Apr 2019 13:33  

            Feels as if even when I get rid if the burden it still stays in my game? I went through the hidden village on another save without ever using bell demon and some "phantom" enemies such as the shuriken guys on ashina castle never showed up. Not sure if its glitched or what

            • Anonymous

              09 Apr 2019 07:54  

              This DOES stack with not having Kuro's Charm, contrary to what this page and its source states. The testing in the source was done in NG+7, which is the likely reason why it contradicts with my own testing, done in NG+2 (since NG+7 is where the difficulty caps in general). In my testing, you would still receive the negative effects of the Bell, even if you did not have Kuro's Charm on. At least for damage taken, since that is all that I tested. Don't think I am allowed to post links as Anon, sadly.

              • Anonymous

                09 Apr 2019 07:13  

                Maybe I'm just retarded but I haven't noticed a difference between normal enemies or mini-bosses before or after I got the bell demon. I'm really starting to stuggle though so maybe I ought to get rid of it for a while.

                • Anonymous

                  08 Apr 2019 11:45  

                  After playing with this bell active in most of NG, and all of NG+1, NG+2, and NG+3 - I've learned a few things. In the first game, it appeared to nearly double vitality damage taken by me, and halved vitality damage taken by enemies when I tested it. It also affected posture by about 50% or so. In NG+2 on the other hand I tested it again on the final boss of the game - and at that point it's only affecting the vitality damage and posture by about 10%-20% or so depending on the attack (hard to get exact numbers). Enough to make a difference, but not nearly as game-deciding. This makes me think that the bell de-buff must be a fixed value of some kind, and that the buffs you get from attack damage and your increases to vitality from maxing out your prayer bead necklaces cause the relative difficulty to not be affected as much.

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Apr 2019 15:29  

                    Call me retarded, but I genuinely believe it shortens certain charge up animations. A certain fiery creature of bad emotion also 100% had its everything improved as that was the fight where I turned it off after playing the entire game with it. It made a huge difference. Enemy posture regen seems to be affected as well, basically impossible to accumulate posture damage as long as some enemies have more than 50% health.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Apr 2019 14:12  

                      Someone should mention that the debuff doesn't stack with kuro's charm (you still take chip damage but the vit, str etc increase is the same) i've been testing it for 2 hours and it's literally the same with just charmless vs demon bell and charmless whh welp.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Apr 2019 09:24  

                        I'm not scared turning the bell on in whole game, what I scared for is giving kuro charm, cause I suck at deflecting and enemies can get cheap vitality damage if you haven't time it right!

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Apr 2019 20:52  

                          Fought several bosses and got to "Demonhead" palace before realizing i still had this active for no reason. guess im just leaving it on?

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Apr 2019 20:02  

                            Also when you use the bell it takes away all the rot you've accumulated dying and you get ur unseen aid back to normal

                            • 05 Apr 2019 15:27  

                              Using this when the game gets easy is great. I kept it on from the beginning of the game, till after Ashina gets sacked. I had to remove it at that point in the game. For me, the basic enemies at that point are too difficult with the bell demon, especially those damn duel wielding samurai monkeys. Having two of them on your ass with the bell demon is game over

                              • Anonymous

                                05 Apr 2019 09:47  

                                Hoping that somebody can do enough testing to find exactly how the math is done for the bell stat changes. In my first game it appeared to double vitality damage both ways ,and increase posture damage to me (plus increase enemy resistance to it) by 50%, but I have a suspicion that attack power increases or differences between various enemies might make this number different (I'm currently fighting Sword Saint Isshing in NG+2 with the bell and charm active, and he seems to be taking more vitality damage than I remember).

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Apr 2019 14:06  

                                  You can get to this immediately after the chained ogre fight, by going past the ''cannot behead the headless'' note. When you get to the very dark headless mini boss arena there is a hole in the cave wall down near where the headless is that leads to a wall you can hug and turn and the other side is the demon bell idol.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    31 Mar 2019 15:06  

                                    Does it stack with Kuro's charm return debuff? Playing with both right now and i didn't notice any significant difference with bell or without it if you already have Kuro debuff.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      30 Mar 2019 15:51  

                                      You can get to the demon bell by leaping off a cliff near the location of the white pinwheel, catching a ledge on the fall down, circumventing needing to go through Armored Warrior. -urpwnd

                                      • Anonymous

                                        30 Mar 2019 04:06  

                                        Using the bell demon next to a pious woman by COMPLETE COINCIDENCE and getting extra dialogue from her and an Ungo sugar was a real from soft moment, love those obscure details

                                        • Anonymous

                                          29 Mar 2019 12:44  

                                          It 100% effects mini-bosses. They pretty much always 2-shot you and ***** up your posture within seconds. This is a pretty krwzi amount of difficulty, but I am going to attempt it.

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