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

      Accidentally beat the game blindfolded with my feet with Bell Demon no Kuros Charm no blocking/parrying, no attacking all bosses no upgrades.

      • Anonymous

        Oopsie doopsie it appears I have activated the demon bell and I completed the entire game without even noticing. XDDDD. LMAO. ROFL! Get on my level bozos.



        if i see one more comment like this i swear i will punch my monitor

        • 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

            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.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              In a way this is a good 'git gud' tool for people to use if they're struggling with the game forcing you to learn the mechanics faster than you usually would.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                The burden may be linked to additional dark-apparition type enemies spawning in specific locations, e.g. on the bridge to corrupted monk and at the gun fort shrine.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Doesn't really make the game that much harder, tbh. I toyed with it in the early game and then from genichiro to the end just kept it on permanently and really the only part I noticed was the increased posture damage, but that's easy to manage with ichimonji or sugars.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Just beat the game and went to google "Kuro's Charm" and got led to this. I just realized I beat the game with this thing active for most of it without reading what it did. I'm such a dummy XD

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

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

                                                                          • 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

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I think this gives you both “more” and “better” drops. Farming the elite in Ashina’s upper Antechamber, I not only increased the rate of dropped divine confetti and scrap iron (which I was getting before), but am now also getting scrap magnetite and even lumps of fat wax from the old lady walking around. Must ring for farming purposes as far as I’m concerned.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            "Causes aditional ghost-like enemies to appear (such as greyjar shinobis in the trees at the beginning of Mibu Village and a Samurai on bridge after O’Rin of the water)" This is incorrect, I ran into these enemies without ever using the Demon Bell. I think they might be triggered by beating the second Guardian Ape fight?

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I don't know if this has something to do with the demon bell, or if it's based on my story progression. At the abandoned dungeon at the end where the bottom of the elevator is, I encountered a 'ghost' samurai there. He was aggressive but also blind to me sneak attacking him because the area is dark. Gotta test this again with the demon bell off.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Started getting yellow gunpowder from the enemies in the poison pool which i didn't seem to get from them before. I have "Virtuos Deed" & "Most Virtuous Deed" as well, not sure if that plays a role in that. No change in XP or Sen

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Yeah, you take quite a bit more damage. Tested it on the second Ashina Elite mini-boss near the end of the game. His fast two-hit combo would kill me at full health if it connected, even with 8 prayer bead necklaces. Happened multiple times. Tried removing the demon and fight again. Now i could survive it with about 20% health bar left. Healed up and let him hit again a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The effect DEFINITELY applies to bosses. I was fighting [The Last Boss]* and with the bell pretty much every three attacks broke my posture, and when they hit me they did my entire health bar. Without it I can survive entire combos with blocking without regaining posture and his hits do about 50% less damage. I have no idea how I made it this far with it. *Message edited by moderation

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Don't know the exact difficulty modifier, but is is noticeably harder - at least 1.5x dmg received, maybe more hp on enemies, and much more posture dmg received.

                                                                                                      • Absolutely agree with the item rates being higher from my tests, the enemies don't seem that much harder. They might inflict a little bit more damage to posture per failed deflection, but it's quite small in relation to the ominous warning the bell has on it. Perhaps it has stacking/increased effects in new game plus ie. if you have the Bell Demon when you go in to NG+, you can get two Bell Demons and so forth?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          It also seems that when you ring the demon bell and bring some 'precious bait' you can trigger a boss fight with two guardian monkeys in the big cave after the poison pool.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            that moment when i ringed the bell and ther read it thinking that i *****t up and the game will be harder for the rest of the game

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I was the poster below , I missed that to remove the buff actually have to go into the inventory and use the item . good to know +D

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I have been playing with it on for some time and definitely noticed that enemies have more posture which takes more time to build and less to deplete, as well as an increase in aggression. This is especially apparent in the "large hat swordsmen" in the early game

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I've been farming with it on and off. When's it's on, I get a lot more items to drop. Exp and gold are the same whether it's on or off.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    I've heard that you should be able to ring the bell again to remove the effect. So the difficult increase is a on/off state only.

                                                                                                                    • I think this might increase aggressiveness of enemies, it seems to substantially increase drop rates of consumable and upgrade items. if there are changes to enemy posture and hp it's too low to notice.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        doesnt increase money or exp, felt like enemies had slightly more posture and HP, but i need to test that more

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          You can use the demon bell after the fire bull mini boss at the woman praying and she will gift you something.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            I havent checked the numbers before ringing, but after doing so the enemies dropped something like 11 Sen and 44 Sen, which could mean they drop 10% more. Just a speculation, though. The difficulty seems to be the same.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Whilst farming some cash with the bell on I didn't notice any increase in difficulty of the basic enemies or increase of money. I did however notice that they started dropping scrap iron and black gunpowder with surprising frequency.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                I've been running some tests with it on and then off and it seems you have a much higher drop rate for items when you've rung the bell. And the description does say it may grant more rewards so I believe it to be true. Not sure on if the gold per kill increased though.

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