Emma (エマ, Ema) is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. She assists Sekiro throughout his journey by sharing her expertise and knowledge of medicine with him. As a disciple of Dogen, she is one of the most skilled physicians in Ashina and seems to hold ties to a great many members of the Ashina court.

Emma Information

  • Location: Emma Can be found at the Dilapidated Temple (outside the temple or inside the temple near the Sculptor)
  • Progression: Emma moves to "Upper Tower - Kuro's Room" after you defeat Genichiro Ashina. In some circumstances, Emma can again be found at the Dilapidated Temple, tending to the Sculptor.
    • After defeating Great Shinobi Owl and eavesdropping on Kuro several times, Emma can be found at the top of the stairs near Castle Tower Lookout. Speaking with her there will cause her to bring up the possibility of removing the Dragon's Heritage from Kuro without killing him (see Endings). She will give Tomoe's Note and say she wishes to check on some old graves.
    • Emma will relocate to the Old Graves sculpture idol and will be found near the 2 graves surrounded by a short fence. Speaking with Emma here will cause her to move back to the Dilapidated Temple
    • Emma can next be found at the Dilapidated Temple kneeling next to the Sculptor. If the player goes to the rear of the Dilapidated Temple, they can eavesdrop on a conversation between Emma and the Sculptor. Confronting her about the conversation will result in her giving Sekiro the Father's Bell Charm which can be used to revisit Hirata Estate and progress the Purification Ending. Emma will disappear from the temple and the Sculptor will have a unique line of dialogue here after reloading the area.
  • Combat: Players may battle Emma under certain circumstances (Refer to Emma, The Gentle Blade for more information).
  • Rewards: Emma will upgrade Sekiro's Healing Gourd in exchange for Gourd Seeds found around the world. Upgrades improve the capacity of healing water the gourd carries, as well as how much healing each sip from the Gourd provides.

Associated Quests

  • Questline Information and Progression
  • Related NPCs
  • Endings impacted


  • After giving her the Unrefined Sake:
    • "('Here, for you.') Oh my...if this isn't...Lord Isshin's favorite sake. I'll have some! Ahh, delicious........please. ('Hmm?') Say...something. ('There is something I'd like to ask you.') Of course. ('Who trained you to fight with a blade?') A blade...? I'm a doctor. ('Yes, but who?') ...Lord Isshin. But I only have a passing interest. ('I do not believe your skills count...as a mere passing interest. Why did you learn?') Well, not to kill people. ('What do you mean?') No...I don't have the slightest desire to kill anyone. It's just...I would want to kill a demon if one were to appear. ('A demon?') Don't take me seriously. It was only a joke..."
  • After giving her the Ashina Sake:
    • If sake is the same one received from Emma: "That is... unexpected. Did we not mean to celebrate the Sculptor's return to health? Please share it with him."
    • Otherwise: "('I brought sake.') Oh my...that is generous of you. I accept. Ahh...delicious. As a doctor, I do have other uses for sake beyond just drinking. ('For purification?') Yes. It can also help those with a low tolerance for pain. But when I was a child, I couldn't stand the smell of it. ('You've been doing medical work ever since you were a child?') Yes. I wanted to be of use to my mentor...Master Dogen. I used to compete with my fellow disciples to treat patients. In those days, arrow and sword wounds were frightfully common..... (I see...) ...... ('What's wrong?') ...It's nothing. Sometimes, shinobi would come for treatment as well. There was once... a rather difficult patient. ('Difficult in what way?') He said very little. I didn't know where he was hurt or how much pain he was in...I had no information to go on. It was maddening. ('I see.') ...None of this sounds familiar to you? ('What?') No, nothing. Nothing at all."
  • After giving her the Monkey Booze:
    • "Oh, this is Monkey Booze. Well, let me try it. Augh!~ It... It burns so bad. Let's see... Yes, monkeys... I seem to have a strong connection with monkeys. Yes. I was rescued by a monkey after all. You don't believe me, do you? When I was young. I stood alone in the aftermath of a battlefield. I was alone, and staring dumbfounded. I could do nothing... neither cry nor even get angry. Complete shock. And then there was a monkey eating a rice ball. maybe... either way. He gave me the rice ball. He was a very kind monkey."
  • After giving her Dragonspring Sake:
    • "('Here some sake.') Oh, is this Dragonspring? I'll have some. Ahh.... ......... Goodness. ('What's wrong?') Nothing, it's just whenever Lord Isshin got his hands on Dragonspring... Everyone would start gathering at Ashina castle and a rather rowdy party would ensue. Every time that happened, I'd leave Lord Dogen all on his lonesome, and I'd stroll around the rear of the castle. ('Behind the castle? Why?') ......... Well... I'd go to the Fountainhead Spiral. ('What is that?') If you look out towards the Fountainhead springs... there is a large spiral of clouds visible in the distance. Lightning bolts would race from one cloud to the next. In fact... I distinctly recall Master Genichiro practicing his swordsmanship there All the while glaring at the lightning in the clouds... ('.........')"


Notes & Trivia

  • Voiced by: Stephanie Sheh (English), Shizuka Ito (Japanese).
    • Shizuka Ito is also known for voicing Lenalee Lee in D.Gray-man; Flare Corona in Fairy Tail; Luviagelita Edelfelt in the Fate/ series; Rindo Kobayashi in Food Wars!; Boota in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann; Bianca in the Pokémon series, and Ginchiyo Tachibana in Nioh.
  • Dialogue with the Sculptor reveals that Emma was not only a disciple of Dogen, but is also, in fact, his adopted daughter. The Sculptor further reveals that it was him, and not a random monkey, who found Emma roaming a battlefield looking for food as a child and saved her from starving. (By talking with both, you can also figure out the Sculptor was named 'Orangutan' and that he used to work for Isshin and the Ashina Clan.)
  • Lore Theory: Emma dotes on the Sculptor not only out of a fondness for the man but also because she has been trained and ordered by Isshin to kill the hermit should he ever come close to transforming into a Shura again. Her dialogue when given Unrefined Sake ("I would want to kill a demon if one were to appear,") along with admitting her skills were not learned "to kill people," further reinforce this view. 
    • It is equally probable, however, the Emma's dialogue is merely meant to foreshadow her fight with Sekiro in the events leading to the Shura ending.
  • Lore Theory: It is hinted in one of Emma's dialogues when given an Ashina Sake ("Sometimes, shinobi would come for treatment as well. There was once... a rather difficult patient. He said very little. I didn't know where he was hurt or how much pain he was in...I had no information to go on. It was maddening,") and, afterwards, asking Sekiro if the "difficult patient" she mentioned sounded familiar to him, that she is likely referring to Sekiro in his despondent state as he was in the beginning of the game.
  • Ema (エマ) is a popular female name in modern Japan. It is however very unusual in feudal Japan, since the name Ema in modern Japan comes from Emma in European languages. There is a native Japanese word ema (絵馬, "picture-horse"), a small wooden plaque used in Shinto shrines, but the word has never been used as personal names.


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    • Anonymous

      15 May 2021 12:55  

      Non capisco perché dopo aver sconfitto genichiro al castello ashina non torna al tempio e non posso darle i semi di zucca, qualcuno sa come farla tornare?

      • Anonymous

        20 Feb 2021 06:45  

        Wait, i've progressed the "Purification" questline to the end, now Emma won't leave the temple and i can't give her sake anymore.

        • Anonymous

          26 Sep 2020 01:35  

          I think it is really weird that Emma does not have any dialogue when the sculpture (her orangutang) turns in to shura and again no dialogue when shura gets defeated.

          • Anonymous

            19 May 2020 09:03  

            Emma covers her eyes when she draws her katana against Wolf, as if she wants to be taken by a surprise attack when she doesn't see Wolf, which means Emma is saddened by Sekiro turning Shura, and tries her chance that may met her with a quick death rather than the painful fight against wolf.

            • Anonymous

              22 Apr 2020 01:42  

              I think it's interesting to note that Emma and Sekiro are counterparts. Both are orphans found on a battlefield by shinobi and both are extremely skilled. The difference between them is that one is raised by a shinobi and the other is raised by a doctor.

              • Anonymous

                20 Apr 2020 08:29  

                The translation of her name is very misleading. Woman names in Sengoku period (and before) are almost always 2 kana characters. So エマ is pretty much a common name for woman, just like はま, こま etc. Note that those woman names are usually phonetic and they're *not* necessarily associated with meanings expressed in logographic Kanji. If you're interested to learn more details (unfortunately it's in Japanese):

                • Anonymous

                  20 Apr 2020 05:21  

                  Really Really dumb you can't give her sake at the temple after progressing, she just sits there. Why From why?

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Mar 2020 21:12  

                    i wonder if the monkey she refers to is actually the sculptor... since his name was Sekijo The One Armed Orangutan from when he was still a shinobi

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Jan 2020 03:58  

                      PSA for people who want all Sake dialogue; prioritize Emma 1st if you are going for the Purification Ending. After eavesdropping on Kuro and confiding to Emma what you heard, the option to give her sake will be locked out.

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Jan 2020 21:28  

                        Can someone please enlighten on a certain point? I haven't played trough the story, but reached the second Genichiro Ashina fight and was puzzled to see Genichiro and Emma talking. Like, does Genichiro not know that Emma is supporting us, his enemy? Does he just not care? Or does Emma just have a kind of cover up to be able to have a look on both sides? Probably just a simple detail I missed, but it keeps me wondering. I'd be grateful for any insight you guys might have. Thanks!

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Nov 2019 17:40  

                          I don't know if it's rare, but there is a random chance that you can find Emma by the Sculptor after healing his Dragonrot. In this encounter, she says that she like to listen to the sound of him carving Buddha. Someone should add it here.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Aug 2019 16:13  

                            Would've been nice if we got a kunoichi doctor Emma, instead of just a doctor. For crying out loud, the Sculptor found and rescued her. Would've been the perfect time to train her as a shinobi. At least we can ask artists to imagine that for us.

                            • Anonymous

                              26 May 2019 06:44  

                              Why am I able to get the dialogue about her skill with a blade without ever having seen her fight? I was super confused after giving her the unrefined sake and listening to her dialogue.

                              • Anonymous

                                07 May 2019 02:56  

                                Can someone check if she has a different dialogue at Ashina castle if you haven't encountered her before defeating Genichiro? This basically requires not returning to the temple until Genichiro is defeated (and not dying properly because that would initiate the dragonrot cutscene which ports you back) and leaving Hirata estate for later - so NG+ obviously.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 May 2019 16:00  

                                  Wanted to get the father’s bell charm so I eavesdropped on her and Kuro, then rested. She left his room but has now gone missing. I’ve checked the temple, the old grave and Isshin’s room. Anyone know where she is? Also possibly worth noting that pretty much every character had dragonrot when she disappeared.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Apr 2019 00:25  

                                    There is a glitch that's not actually a glitch that occurs when carrying over ashina sake from one game cycle to the next. I wanted to go through a run where I got all sake dialogue for Isshin, Emma, and Sculptor so I played one full game without giving sake to anyone. The next game, I couldn't give Emma the Ashina sake at all because I somehow only had the ones that she gives you for Sculptor, and she will only accept the Ashina Sake found in the second Hirata Estate Memory. Hope that makes sense.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Apr 2019 01:53  

                                      It would seem that if you progress the purification questline to the point where Emma moves back to the dilapidated temple, you no longer have the option to offer her a drink. I have a Dragonspring Sake item and Emma is the only character I haven't given it to yet, but there is no "offer a drink" option, just "give gourd seed" and "talk."

                                      • Anonymous

                                        24 Apr 2019 18:11  

                                        I personally don't consider The Doll, or DS3 fire keeper as anything other than something to level you up or to test your weapon damage on but I actually do like Emma. She feels real and not some plank of wood. I'm looking at you emerald herald.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          21 Apr 2019 01:59  

                                          All these little hints when Emma talks about the battlefield being lonely, hungry and lost - Sekiro thinks about something. He was also found on the battleground just like her. Could it be that they are kind of banded? Or are they siblings? Maybe they don't know bc all they know starts right after the war. Strange how TWO big shinobi find TWO helpless kids in ONE time. Perhaps Sekiro can remember a little thing? That's why they can talk just so.. trustful and intimidate. Other opinions?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            18 Apr 2019 00:20  

                                            It turns out that if you try to progress the Purification Ending and she goes to talk to the prosthetic guy before you heal Dragonrot Emma disappears.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              10 Apr 2019 15:11  

                                              Can someone add the dialogue she gives upon Dragonrot first spreading because you died too much? I think that would be helpful for clearing up a lot of the misinformation that's been spread about Resurrection causing it (it doesn't, only dying and respawning at an Idol causes Dragonrot).

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