Endings in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice refers to the conclusions to the game that depend on player actions / choices throughout the game. When the game finishes, a New Game Plus cycle is started, and players can experience the game again.

Endings in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

It is possible to progress all endings simultaneously, except the Shura ending. This will allow for all content specific to those Endings to be available in a single playthrough. At the very end, the player will have the option to choose which of the three non-Shura endings to proceed with, and will be awarded with the respective trophy or achievement associated with it.  To obtain the associated trophies and achievements for other endings, players must either beat the game multiple times (either NG or NG+) or make a backup of their save before the choice must be made, and load it after each ending is achieved.

Please note that reloading for the endings does not give you the platinum / 100% completion in one playthrough, because there are other achievements/trophies that require multiple playthroughs, such as All Bosses (which requires one Shura and one non-Shura playthrough) and All Prosthetics (which requires 2 non-Shura playthroughs). Thus, the minimum number of playthroughs required for all trophies/achievements is 3 (or 4 if the player doesn't reload for the endings), and you might want to do even more if you don't want to sit around farming Skill Points.

How to get all Endings in Sekiro

Shura (Follow the Iron Code Ending)

This ending locks the player out of all other endings on their current playthrough and ends the events of the game early, resulting in many missed items (most notably, the highest tier of upgrade materials) and leading into an early NG+ - that said, the player also unlocks the combat skill One Mind, which is exclusive to this ending, and so may be worth choosing on a subsequent playthrough. This is in contrast to the Dragon Flash combat skill, which is awarded for the remaining three endings.  Furthermore, this ending has a unique boss fight that is required for the All Bosses trophy.

  1. Progress the story and collect the Lotus of the Palace and the Shelter Stone key items.
  2. At the top of Ashina Castle, The Owl will give you the choice to follow the Iron Code or to continue to serve Kuro, the Divine Heir.
  3. Choose to follow the Iron Code and then fight the next two boss fights.

Immortal Severance (Serve Kuro Ending)

This is the default ending available if the player stays loyal to Kuro and the game is progressed normally.

  1. Progress the story and collect the Lotus of the Palace and the Shelter Stone key items.
  2. At the top of Ashina Castle, The Owl will give you the choice to follow the Iron Code or to continue to serve Kuro, the Divine Heir.
  3. Choose to continue to serve Kuro and then proceed through the rest of the game.
  4. Beat the final boss, talk to Kuro, and choose to give Kuro ONLY the Divine Dragon's Tears

Purification (Alternate Serve Kuro Ending)

Progressing this ending allows the player to obtain two Prayer Beads and a Memory, which are otherwise missable; as such, it is advisable to complete the steps for this ending even if the player does not intend to select it as their final choice.  For this ending, stay loyal to Kuro when asked, and complete the following steps before defeating the Divine Dragon. Note: Steps 1 and 2 can be completed after defeating The Owl, but if not done up to this point, it is highly recommended to do them immediately after defeating him. Simply eavesdrop on Kuro as many times as you can, rest, talk to Emma/Kuro, resting each time, until Emma moves upstairs. The key here is talking to Kuro until the topic becomes the Mortal Blade.

  1. After defeating Genichiro at the top of Ashina Castle, exhaust all dialogues with Kuro and Emma, and exhaust all eavesdrop opportunities on Kuro, which you get when hiding behind a wall using Hug Wall mechanic.  The specific location for eavesdropping requires the player to stand just around the corner behind Kuro and the large statue he stands next to. Go around behind the statue and then hug the wall on the left side of it. Multiple rests and switching from one to another may be required. Technically the player must only talk to Kuro about the Mortal Blade then hear a specific eavesdrop conversation which alludes to him keeping a secret from Sekiro, but this may not trigger immediately as many dialogues become available at this point - simply exhaust all available conversations/eavesdrops until Emma moves from her current location to the top of the stairs.
  2. Go upstairs, then talk and agree with Emma about Kuro.
  3. Progress the story and collect the Lotus of the Palace and the Shelter Stone key items.
  4. At the top of Ashina Castle, The Owl will give you the choice to follow the Iron Code or to continue to serve Kuro, the Divine Heir. Choose to continue to serve Kuro and defeat The Owl.
  5. Talk with Emma again at the top of the stairs, agree to help her.
  6. Rest and speak to Emma once more to receive Tomoe's Note.
  7. Rest, speak to Emma again and then travel to the Old Grave Idol. Talk to Emma and then travel to Dilapidated Temple.
  8. Eavesdrop on Emma and Sculptor from behind the temple. Talk to Emma and then choose "Ask about what you overheard", and then, "What are you hiding?" to receive Father's Bell Charm. Use it at the Buddha statue. If you haven't completed Hirata Estate  area, you will need to do it by killing Lady Butterfly before you can use Father's Charm.
  9. Go to the Lady Butterfly boss room and defeat Owl (Father) to obtain Aromatic Flower; the optional Memory is also awarded for this fight.  There are also two mini bosses in the area before this that award the player with Prayer Beads; one is optional while the other one is mandatory in order to continue.
  10. Beat the final boss, talk to Kuro, and choose to give him the Aromatic Flower ("Everblossom") and then the Divine Dragon's Tears.

Incidentally, once the Father's Bell Charm is acquired and the alternate Hirata Estate unlocked, the player is free to progress the game all the way up to just before speaking to Kuro after the final boss is defeated before completing the remaining steps, if desired.

Return (Dragon's Homecoming Ending)

This ending is arguably the most complicated to unlock.  For this ending, stay Loyal to Kuro when asked, and complete the following steps before defeating the Divine Dragon. 

  1. You may start by acquiring the Holy Chapter: Infested early.  This item is required later on for the ending but can be acquired sooner if the player clears Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo early.
    • Before defeating Genichiro Ashina (specifically, before continuing the story by talking to Kuro after defeating Genichiro): 
      • Talk to the old woman praying near the Ashina Castle Idol. If you have not spoken to the old woman near the Ashina Castle Idol, the next step will not work!
      • Travel to the Main Hall Idol in Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. There will be a monk praying to the Buddha. Speak to him to get Holy Chapter: Infested.
    • If you have already defeated Genichiro Ashina and spoken to Kuro afterwards, and the monk is no longer there:
  2. Travel to Inner Sanctum Idol and talk to Divine Child of Rejuvenation. Talk to her to receive Rice (you can give her the Holy Chapter: Infested now as well).
  3. Get rid of the rice by using it on yourself (or giving it to the Old Hag). Reset the area completely--leave and return; resting will not suffice. If you have more than one rice in your inventory from previous playthroughs, you need to get rid of all of them.
  4. Repeat this step, asking for more Rice and using it until you trigger the Divine Child to fall asleep. Ask her for Rice one last time, use the Rice, and reset the area.
  5. The Divine Child will now not be feeling very well. Exhaust her dialogue and give her a Persimmon (you can buy this from the vendor in Shugendo; he also gives you one for free if you visit him after speaking with the Divine Child for the first time). Give her a Persimmon and then ask for more Rice. She will give you the item Rice for Kuro and ask that you give it to him.
  6. You can give Rice for Kuro immediately or later, but do it before defeating the Divine Dragon. Once you give Kuro the Rice for Kuro, rest at the idol and speak to him again. He will give you two Sweet Rice Balls. You must use at least one of them to continue - use it right there in front of him for a little extra dialogue with Kuro and later with the Child.
  7. Travel back to the Divine Child and talk to her.
  8. The Holy Chapter: Infested is required at this point, and must be obtained if you did not manage to acquire it earlier (see above).  Once you have given it to her, rest so that she moves to the Illusory Hall (where the Folding Screen Monkeys boss was); an entry portal is in the water directly across from the Divine Child's Inner Sanctum.
  9. At the Illusory Hall talk to the Divine Child (located near the large tree in the center) who tells you to seek out a High Senpou priest.
  10. Travel to Main Hall Idol at Senpou Temple and retrieve the Holy Chapter: Dragon's Return from the cave just outside the Hall's side entrance. The item will be on the blue monk's corpse at the end of the cave.  This item cannot be acquired from the corpse until this point is reached in the quest line. You will then need to rest.
  11. Talk to the Divine Child who has moved back to the Inner Sanctum, give her Holy Chapter: Dragon's Return and she will mention needing two serpentine fruits:
    • Fresh Serpent Viscera: From the Senpou Temple Idol to the right and below is a large hat Ministry enemy you will use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu technique on which will have him operate the kite crank. Go up the hill and through the temple with the undying monk and up into the large tree by the Old Hag. Use the kite as a grappling point to cross the valley to reach the Sunken Valley Cavern Idol. Plunge attack the Great Serpent and receive Fresh Serpent Viscera.
    • Dried Serpent Viscera: You will need to have encounter the Great Serpent at the bridge leading to the Gun Fort for the Great Serpent to be there. Travel to the Bodhisattva Valley Idol and head down toward where the Toxic Memorial Mob is located and enter into the cave behind him. At the end of the cave is another Great Serpent and you will need to use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the nearby monkey to distract the Serpent in order to grapple across safely and head into the house to find the Dried Serpent Viscera.
  12. Travel to the Divine Child and give her both Viscera items. Rest then eavesdrop.
  13. If you have not done it already, progress the story and collect the Lotus of the Palace and the Shelter Stone key items, then choose to Stay Loyal to Kuro, defeat Owl, and burn the Fountainhead Incense at the Altar after talking to Kuro.
  14. Travel back to the Inner Sanctum; the doors are now open. Talk to the Divine Child to receive Frozen Tears.
  15. Continue the game normally, beat the final boss, talk to Kuro, and give him the the Frozen Tears with the Divine Dragon's Tears.

If the prior steps are completed, the player can return to acquire the Frozen Tears at any point before speaking to Kuro at the end of the game after the final boss is defeated.

    • Anonymous

      05 Jul 2019 16:07  

      Page incorrectly states that "all prosthetics" requires 2 runs. I got it well before I finished my first run, immortal severance. Perhaps it should be "master of the prosthetic?"

      • Anonymous

        01 Jul 2019 07:36  

        *Do what must to be done* is triggered after you bring one ingredient to kuro (either the shelter stone or the flower). Then you will be able to progress trought the purification ending until Emma will go to the grave then you will have to defeat owl in order to continue the ending.

        • Anonymous

          25 Jun 2019 02:23  

          You can get all prosthetics in one playthrough though? I have that achievement and I'm still in my first playthrough.

          • Anonymous

            10 Jun 2019 16:25  

            For the Purification ending, it's after defeating Father Owl not Genichiro. At least it was for me. Then I was able to hear Kuro say "Do what must be done"

            • Anonymous

              05 Jun 2019 18:01  

              So... I forgot to eavesdrop on Emma and The Sculptor before beating the Divine Dragon, so now I have to do a NG+ to get the Purification and Dragon's Homecoming endings. I was also planning on getting the Shura ending so, should I get the Shura ending first or the other 2 first?

              • Anonymous

                04 Jun 2019 16:44  

                So I want to know if I just messed up the homecoming ending. I gave divine child the holy text:infested before I got all the rice she has to offer. I don't have any rice on me, but she won't give me any more. I tried leaving the area and coming back, but she just keeps saying it's not ready from the harvest.

                • Anonymous

                  22 May 2019 11:05  

                  I finally did the homecoming ending and honestly the purification ending is my favorite because it feels an ending. Dragons homecoming made feel like there is more and if there is then homecoming is the best ending and if there is not oh well it was a great game

                  • Anonymous

                    09 May 2019 16:40  

                    It is not necessary to eat the rice in front of kuro, it only gives you more dialogue. If you don't kuro says something along the lines of "I understand you might not want to eat it now" and it has no impact on the Dragon's Homecoming ending.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 May 2019 13:47  

                      Note: For the purification ending it isn't called the Aromatic Flower that you give to Kuro but the Everblossom

                      • Anonymous

                        08 May 2019 04:28  

                        So help me out. If I have all of the items and want to save my file to obtain the three endings, would the time to do that be after defeating Isshin?

                        • Anonymous

                          06 May 2019 07:03  

                          The Purification ending I feel is the best. I like that it is the only one that makes the second Owl fight truly connected to your quest.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 May 2019 08:50  

                            It should be noted that for all Kuro's eavesdropping opportunities to become available and for Emma to move to the top of the stairs (thus beginning the purification ending), the player must have obtained at least the mortal blade and one of the other two items (shelter stone or lotus)

                            • Anonymous

                              02 May 2019 15:24  

                              I seem to have a problem, I have given her the infested chapter and a persimmon and also used all the rice i have. But when i go to her she cries and says she cant give me rice. I tried resting, going back to the area, but nothing works. Any suggestions?

                              • Anonymous

                                23 Apr 2019 23:47  

                                I tested it, for purification ending you don't need to eavesdrop on isshin and Emma. Just after you defeat Owl the great shinobi, burn the incense and eavesdrop on kuro who says " Do what must be done" and then rest at the idol. Emma changes her location to upstairs. That and eavesdrop on Emma and sculpter are only needed.

                                • Anonymous

                                  22 Apr 2019 18:59  

                                  I still dont understand why the Return ending is considered the best ending? I understand that when you kill the Dragon you get locked out of the Purification ending but you do not get locked out of the Return ending when you kill the second Owl (father). I mean you miss the second Owl fight and I understand that its mostly lore based but for me atleast I wanna fight everything I can for it to be considered the true ending.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Apr 2019 00:53  

                                    So what dose each ending entirely mean for the future. Like if you follow the iron code what would happen years down the line. Or if you obey kuro and sever immortality what happens down the line. What is the future of ashina to each ending?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      19 Apr 2019 21:31  

                                      Huh, the divine child got sick without me giving her the text, I gave her a persimmon, and she gave me the rice for Kuro. I wonder if this will still lead to that ending, and what caused it.

                                      • 19 Apr 2019 08:52  

                                        For anyone on PC wondering how to back up their saves: Go to My Computer>Local Disk (C:) or whatever hard drive your Windows/Linux operating system is on>Users>[Your Name]>AppData>Roaming>Sekiro In the Sekiro folder there should only be one folder. Mine is named a random string of numbers (76561197960267366). Inside that folder is your save data, a file called "S0000.sl2" (There may be more if you have more than one saved game. From here you have two options for backing up your saves: 1. (The better option) - Download a program called WinRAR. You can use the free trial indefinitely. Once it is installed, right click on the folder containing your save files (76561197960267366) and click on "Add to archive", name the archive anything you want, and click "ok". You've created a ZIP folder containing a copy of your save file. In the future, if you want to restore the save inside there, right click on the ZIP folder and click "Extract here" and then select yes when it asks if you want to overwrite any files. 2. (Messier but easier way) - Inside of the folder where your saves are held you should see a file called S0000.sl2 (there may be more if you have multiple save files. That is your save. To back this up, make a new folder somewhere and call it "Sekiro Saves Backup" or whatever you want. Right click on your save and select "Copy" from the menu. Go to the new folder you just made and right click in the empty space, then select "paste". Keep track of each backup by right clicking on the copy of your save and selecting "rename". Rename it to something simple like "S0000 (4-18-19).sl2". If you want to restore the save in the future, just copy and paste the backed up save into the original save folder and rename it back to "S0000.sl2". I wrote this out so that even the most tech illiterate person can follow along and make use of it. Apologies for it being a little long and detailed. Hope this helps anyone who needs it!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          19 Apr 2019 02:55  

                                          For the Return ending, I actually managed to get through the serpent without the Pupeeter but it requires a lot of tries and luck. The snake usually pushes you into the pit, but one time it pushed me to the right and I could just run towards the door before the serpent could attack again.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            16 Apr 2019 20:26  

                                            So in order to get all the endings. Save, Choose loyalty to Owl. Beat Emma And Old guy. Watch ending. Reload fight Owl progress story to get the Frozen tears and the Owl second fight flower. Choose what to give the Devine and get the last three endings. Sound right?

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