Demon Bell in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice can be rung by the player to increase the difficulty of the game. 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 receive once you have rung 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
  • 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)
  • **As of most recent patch, the Demon Bell's burden DOES STACK with the Hardship penalty that is incurred if you give back Kuro's Charm. It does, however, seem that the raw penalties of the Demon Bell omen are reduced in strength if Kuro's Charm is not in your inventory.

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

 

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    • Anonymous

      oooooh so that's why the game was harder, i used that bell but i didn't read the item description. I completed entire game with this XD

      • Anonymous

        If there is anyone still playing in current times I had found a way to further increase difficulty on yourself and it has become the only way I prefer to play the game.

        Go into your settings and change your HUD to "Always off". You think this wouldn't do much but you have to be fully aware of everything about the game, you can't see your health, your posture gauge, nor the enemies. You don't see the finishing blow indicator. Hell, you can't even see grapple hook indicators. It May take some getting used to at first but it is the best way to play the game in my opinion.

        I had just recently started playing again so thought I would share.

        • Anonymous

          Its f##kin funny to read these comments "forgot to dispell sinister burden before boss fight" XD. Do some testing, Demon Bell only applies to regular non "BOSS" enemies.

          • Anonymous

            is it worth it? pls don't boast about how easy it is for you with it, just curious if anyone deems the added loot and sen wortht the struggle

            • Anonymous

              Didn't know what this does and played through the game with it. Silly me XD. Also accidentally gave away kuros charm, didn't see any difference in difficulty. Guess I'm just that good XD

              • Anonymous

                Bell Demon is weird, it's a noticeable increase on NG but it doesn't really scale, so by NG+7 it's a tiny, nearly unnoticeable increase.

                • Anonymous

                  I love that one my first playthrough I ring the bell and forgot to check the thing I got from it, so I spent my whole first game with a difficulty buff, man was I confused on my second playthrough when bosses were going down way easier...

                  • Anonymous

                    So my question is, does it effect also Gauntlets of Strength in a same way? Like increased dmg and healt of bosses?

                    • Anonymous

                      This bell is actually really good, especially at ng+7, where there is pretty much no increase in difficulty from it, and you get more item drops. Niceee

                      • Anonymous

                        This game is ok but repetitive, clunky and underwhelming, Nioh is the real deal combat-wise, it ruined all souls games to me :3

                        • Anonymous

                          I don't remember ringing this bell and don't remember reading this pop up and don't remember having this icon under my health bar and don't remember my moms name and don't remember who I am and... where am I?

                          • Anonymous

                            i rang the bell and have been playing w it active for about 2 hours and i notied better loot i already have a ton of prosthetic upgrade materials but i dont notice a change in enemy difficulty. is it a bug maybe?

                            • Anonymous

                              The amount of mixed likes and dislikes here are both hilarious and disappointing to me because half of them are from MLG assholes, the other half are people just trying to adjust to the difficulty of the normal game. Way I see it? Play your way and adapt your style to the challenge. It takes time but it works. Enjoy it for what you love and forget what anyone else thinks.

                              • Anonymous

                                This is without a doing a reference to the previous games from Fromsoft. It is literally a BELL that makes the game HARDER. It’s a DEMON which loves Into your SOUL.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I completely forgot that I had even rung this thing and then I hadn't played for a few days after. Didn't notice much of a difference in game play as most of the enemies at this point were new, so I couldn't compare their difficulties to a previous run anyway lol.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    A few players have stated that they didn't know what the bell did when they rang it and they played through the game and didn't notice the difference. Not to undermine the skill of these guys, it makes me wonder if they just read the memo on the bell without actually interacting with the hammer that rings it. The note simply tells you not to ring it but when you actually activate it a prompt fills your screen telling you basically, "You have activated the bell and you are possessed by a demon. Enemies are tougher now and drop rates have increased" as well as the little demon appearing below your health bar indefinitely. I find it hard that anyone that rings the bell doesn't notice this.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I highly recommend people use this. Honestly, I rang the bell, didn’t realize what it actually did and just kept on trucking. I feel like I got a lot better at the game very quickly because of it.

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