Game Progress Route for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice presents a recommended progression path through the game. Since the game is relatively open-world, players can choose to proceed through Locations in different ways, and avoid optional Bosses and Enemies. The progression map below is meant to give an overview of the best approach based on the community's suggestions.


A flowchart of the game made by /u/Ekurepu

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Sekiro Game Progress Route

Note that it is recommended that you progress the Purification Ending on your first playthrough, even if that is not the Ending you are going for, in order to gain all Prayer Beads and it is the easiest way to gain 100% with the least effort.

If you are after the platinum and don't want to redo all steps, you will still have to play the game into New Game Plus, but you can do the 3 "good" endings by "Save Scumming". This is not recommended but if you are short on time it is the most efficient way to unlock 3 trophies before going to NG+ for the Shura ending.


Ashina Reservoir

  1. Get to the Moon-view Tower
  2. Acquire Kusabimaru and Healing Gourd
  3. Face Leader Shigenori Yamauchi
  4. Face Genichiro Ashina

 This is the game's prologue and it acts as a tutorial for players to learn the basic game controls. Stealth your way to Moon-view tower, meet Kuro, the Divine Heir and obtain key items and heal yourself before setting off and facing your first battles and encounter your first Mini-Boss, Leader Shigenori Yamauchi. Once past him, continue through the reservoir until you reach the door and can summon Kuro, then face Genichiro Ashina.


Dilapidated Temple

  1. Talk to the Sculptor
  2. Talk to Emma
  3. Rest at the Sculptor's Idol
  4. Talk to Hanbei the Undying

 The Shinobi Prosthetic is introduced in this area, and you can meet the Sculptor and Emma. There are a few items to pick up in the area, but an important thing is to make note of Hanbei the Undying, as he will be your "Training Dummy" for the game.


Ashina Outskirts

  1. Unlock "Sculptor's Idol Travel"
  2. Find Loaded Shuriken materials
  3. Defeat General Naomori Kawarada
  4. Get Prayer Bead and Gourd Seed
  5. Obtain Bundled Jizo Statue
  6. Obtain Young Lord's Bell Charm
  7. Find Crow's Bed Memorial Mob
  8. Find your first Recollection(phantom conversation) 
  9. Find Anayama the Peddler


Make your way out of the Dilapidated Temple and use your prosthetic to traverse the gap. Continue through the level, picking up the Loaded Shuriken along the way, before facing General Naomori Kawarada. Once defeated, you can return to the Dilapidated Temple to craft and equip your Loaded Shuriken, as well as upgrade your Healing Gourd, or continue on through the area, making sure to talk to Inosuke Nogami's Mother to obtain the Young Lord's Bell Charm, as it unlocks access to Hirata Estate.

Either way, once you reach Outskirts Wall - Stairway Idol, find a nearby Recollection and talk to Anayama the Peddler, then you'll want to teleport to the Dilapidated Temple so you can go to another area and obtain some important tools.


Hirata Estate

  1. Talk to NPC to learn about story
  2. Find your first Treasure Carp
  3. Meet Pot Noble Harunaga
  4. Obtain Flame Vent materials
  5. Obtain Loaded Axe materials
  6. Unlock Shortcut
  7. Meet Anayama the Peddler
  8. Find Bundled Jizo Statue
  9. Defeat Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen
  10. Acquire Prayer Bead
  11. Obtain Mist Raven material


We are visiting this area to get the Flame Vent, as it will help with a mini-boss fight back in Ashina Outskirts. You should aim to progress until Bamboo Thicket Slope Idol. You will want to locate Treasure Carps and the Treasure Carp Scale merchant and get two Prosthetic Tools while you are here. You can then unlock a shortcut to the area's second idol, and go back to the dilapidated temple to fit your new tools.

If you want to progress a bit further, meet Anayama the Peddler, find the nearby Bundled Jizo Statue, and go forward until you defeat the Mini-Boss Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen so you get an extra Prayer Bead. Unlock the Idol ahead of him, Bamboo Thicket Slope, then go into the nearby water, then into a secret path and up a wall to get Mist Raven's Feathers. Then port back to Ashina Outskirts.


Ashina Outskirts

  1. Defeat Mini-boss: Chained Ogre
  2. Obtain Prayer Bead and Shinobi Medicine Rank 1
  3. Pick up Nightjar Monocular and Gourd Seed
  4. Defeat Mini-boss: General Tenzen Yamauchi
  5. Obtain Prayer Bead
  6. Optional: Headless & shortcut to Demon Bell
  7. Harm the Great Serpent
  8. Find second Recollection
  9. Fight Boss: Gyoubu Oniwa
  10. Get the Mechanical Barrel upgrade material.
  11. Consume boss memory
  12. Find Battlefield Memorial Mob merchant
  13. Find Tengu of Ashina & accept the quest
  14. Pick up Prayer Bead & Unlock Shortcut


Coming back from Hirata Estate, you now have a Flame Vent equipped that can greatly assist vs the Chained Ogre mini-boss, defeating the ogre will reward you with a Prayer Bead and the Shinobi Medicine Rank 1 skill. Make sure to pick up the items Nightjar Monocular and Gourd Seed, and face against General Tenzen Yamauchi to get another Prayer Bead.

You can optionally go to fight Headless, but it's a difficult fight, and requires the investment of resources that are difficult to recover at this stage in the game. The Headless arena leads to a Shinobi Shortcut, that leads to the Demon Bell

Make your way past the Great Serpent and locate the second Recollection, then face against boss Gyoubu Oniwa. Make sure to consume the boss memory you obtain, so your Attack Power increases.

Find the Battlefield Memorial Mob and purchase both the Gourd Seed and Robert's Firecrackers, then meet the Tengu of Ashina and accept his quest. Pick up the prayer bead at the top of this building and unlock a shortcut.

Go back to Dilapidated Temple and craft your new prosthetics. Talk to the Sculptor to unlock Prosthetic Arts.


Hirata Estate

  1. Meet The Owl & get the Hidden Temple Key
  2. Mini-boss: Juzou the Drunkard
  3. Acquire Prayer Bead and Unrefined Sake
  4. Fight Lady Butterfly
  5. Consume the Boss Memory


Go back to Hirata Estate, Bamboo Thicket Slope idol and make your way up to meet The Owl and obtain Hidden Temple Key. Progress through to face and defeat Juzou the Drunkard and obtain Unrefined Sake and Prayer Bead. After entering the house take the left path and hug the poster wall at the end, it is a fake, take the items and another prayer bead from the room, then face against Lady Butterfly - defeating her will reward you with a Memory: Lady Butterfly and Sakura Droplet.


Ashina Castle

  1. Before reaching 1st Ashina Castle Idol: Finish Tengu of Ashina quest, unlock Ashina Arts
  2. Defeat Blazing Bull
  3. Obtain Prayer Bead and Shinobi Medicine Rank 2
  4. Get Gatehouse Key
  5. Find the Dungeon Memorial Mob merchant


Kill the enemies in the first area to the right and then return to Tengu of Ashina to complete his quest and unlock the powerful Ashina Arts. You will want to unlock the passive skills in this line as soon as possible.

Proceed through the level and defeat Blazing Bull to gain access to Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol.

From Idol, grapple across and defeat an enemy to obtain Gatehouse Key. Across the bridge, next to the Abandoned Dungeon Entrance Sculptor's Idol, you'll find the Dungeon Memorial Mob merchant.



Find the gatehouse and use the Gatehouse Key to obtain Gyoubu's Broken Horn and unlock the Loaded Spear Prosthetic Tool.

Defeat Mini-Boss Seven Ashina Spears to obtain a Prayer Bead and loot the Bundled Jizo Statue behind the Moon-View tower. Also, listen to Kuro's remnant.

Find and meet Jinzaemon Kumano and talk to him about music.

Approach and defeat Lone Shadow Longswordsman to obtain Prayer Bead and 2x Scrap Magnetite.

Unlock the Sculptor's Idol at the back entrance of Abandoned Dungeon.


Ashina Castle

  1. Defeat General Kuranosuke Matsumoto
  2. Obtain Prayer Bead
  3. Rescue Fujioka the Info Broker and speak to him to obtain the Nightjar Beacon Memo (he then moves to Dilapidated Temple and becomes a vendor, you can buy a Gourd Seed for 2000 Coins from him there)
  4. Open the treasure chest and collect a Gourd Seed.
  5. Obtain the Sabimaru.
  6. Find a hidden passage and acquire a Prayer Bead inside a treasure chest.
  7. Interact with a Emma and Kuro's remnant
  8. Defeat Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze
  9. Obtain Prayer Bead
  10. Defeat Genichiro Ashina
  11. Obtain and consume the Boss Memory
  12. Acquire the first Ninjutsu Technique: Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu
  13. Talk to Kuro, the Divine Heir who will tell you to go outside his window to find Isshin Ashina.
  14. Talk to Kuro once again and loot the Gun Fort Shrine Key.
  15. Obtain Loaded Umbrella materials from Blackhat Badger


Head forward up the steps and defeat General Kuranosuke Matsumoto. Clear the enemies around him and finish him off. He has similar moves to the other Generals.

Fujioka the Info Broker is trapped by samurai below him. Defeat them all and then speak to him to obtain the Nightjar Beacon Memo (he then moves to Dilapidated Temple and becomes a vendor)

Make your way up, following the purple smoke, to the top of Ashina Castle. Through a bunch of Grey Nightjar Shinobi, and eventually some samurai.

After getting the Antechamber Idol, there is a room with two samurai and a priestess patrolling. Jump down to find the Sabimaru.

Go back to Antechamber Idol. In the room with the grapple point and a balcony, you'll find a huggable wall behind a sword stand between two armor stands. You'll find coin purses and a treasure chest containing a Prayer Bead.

Going back up, you'll then reach Ashina Elite - Jinusuke Saze. Defeat him.

Then make your way out the window and up to another area where you will face Genichiro Ashina - defeating him rewards you with a Memory for you to consume as well as acquiring your first Ninjutsu Technique: Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu.

Isshin Ashina is across the way at one of the smoke signals and is easy to find from the window if you jump out of the window and immediately turn right.

Speak to Kuro afterward and loot the Gun Fort Shrine Key near his feet.

If you go toward Isshin's quarters and look below you, you'll notice an area that you can drop to. This is Old Grave Idol. If you drop down to a broken roof behind said idol, you'll meet Blackhat Badger and can now purchase the Loaded Umbrella material from him for 1600 sen.



This area is pretty small and is more of transitional space. Speak to Doujon shortly after entering near the Dungeon Memorial Mob entrance.

A side quest will start if you answer Yes to Doujun when he asks if you're a Shinobi - he will then provide you with a Surgeon's Bloody Letter that requires you to deliver an unharmed tough man. You can either lure Jinzaemon Kumano or Kotaro to the dungeon. Delivering an NPC to them nets you 3x Lump of Fat and makes Doujun move away, his spot replaced by an Eavesdropping opportunity after you rest.

Drop down and find the passage to defeat Shichimen Warrior if you so choose, but it is optional - defeating the Mini-Boss rewards you with the Ceremonial Tanto.

From the Underground Waterway Idol, head towards the water to find more items. And swim to the other end to the next room to find a mechanism to operate a lift that will lead you to Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo.


Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo

  1. Speak to Kotaro
  2. Loot the Gourd Seed
  3. Speak to the Old Hag
  4. Defeat Armored Warrior
  5. Get Prayer Bead and Breath of Nature: Shadow Skill
  6. Loot the Red and White Pinwheel
  7. Loot the White Pinwheel
  8. Defeat Long Arm Centipede Sen-Un
  9. Get Prayer Bead
  10. Loot Senpou Esoteric Text
  11. Ring the bell in the large temple to face the Folding Screen Monkeys
  12. Acquire the Memory: Screen Monkeys & Puppeteer Ninjutsu Technique
  13. Acquire the Mortal Blade from the Divine Child of Rejuvenation in Inner Sanctum.
  14. Acquire Holy Chapter: Infested


Speak to the NPC Monk near the first idol (outside) and he'll ask you to bring him a "white flower".

Once you defeat the monks in the room with the crickets, loot the Gourd Seed here.

Speak to the Old Hag and she'll ask you to bring her some Rice, which you will get later.

Defeat the Armored Warrior on the bridge - defeating the mini-boss rewards you with a Prayer Bead and the Breath of Nature: Shadow Skill.

Loot the Red and White Pinwheel from the cliff edge.

After looting the Red and White Pinwheel, turn towards the bridge and walk back, looking to the right. You'll see a cliff side with a grapple point. Follow the path to the White Pinwheel.

Defeat the Long Arm Centipede Sen-Un much further up the mountain, inside the Temple - defeating him rewards you with a Prayer Bead and upgrade materials.

Loot Senpou Esoteric Text, by going through a cave and coming out the other side near the Temple at the top of the mountain.

Ring the Bell at the large temple near the Main Hall Idol and face the Folding Screen Monkeys - defeating them rewards you with a memory and the Puppeteer Ninjutsu Technique.

Speak with the Divine Child of Rejuvenation in the Inner Sanctum to receive the Mortal Blade.

Acquire the Holy Chapter: Infested and bring it to the Divine Child of Rejuvenation. This can be done if you came to Senpou temple before talking to Kuro about the Mortal Blade, or by diving in the pond near the "Temple Grounds" idol after completing Mibu Village.



Ashina Castle

  1. Port to the top of Ashina Castle
  2. Head out the back of Ashina Castle
  3. Use the Gun Fort Shrine Key to open the shrine
  4. Speak with Tengu of Ashina
  5. Obtain the Mushin Esoteric Text
  6. Cross into Sunken Valley
  7. Make a note to eavesdrop on Isshin's Room whenever possible.


After gaining the Mortal Blade you'll want to port back to the top of Ashina Castle and drop from the roof into the moat. Grapple out and then make your way through the few enemies here and across the bridge to the exit of Ashina Castle. Use the Gun Fort Shrine Key to open the shrine and speak to Tengu of Ashina. If you have acquired the last Skill in ANY Skill Tree, he will give you the Mushin Esoteric Text. Then grapple over into Sunken Valley.

From this point onward, you will want to drop by Isshin's room in Ashina Castle and eavesdrop on him. You are looking for a conversation between him and Emma that gives you some insight into the story and options available.

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Sunken Valley

  1. Get Gourd Seed
  2. Unlock Under-Shrine Valley Idol
  3. Get Prayer Bead from nearby said idol
  4. Unlock Sunken Valley Idol
  5. Defeat Mini-Boss: Snake Eyes Shirafuji
  6. Get Prayer Bead from the Mini-Boss
  7. Unlock Gun Fort Idol
  8. Defeat Mini-Boss: Long-arm Centipede Giraffe
  9. Get Prayer Bead from the Mini-Boss
  10. Obtain Large Fan for Divine Abduction Prosthetic Tool
  11. Get Divine Confetti & Prayer Bead
  12. Make it past the Great Serpent


When you first arrive at Under-Shrine Valley, turn around and grapple across, defeat two Gunmen and jump and grab a ledge. You'll come to a grave site where you can find 1x Prayer Bead. The pond nearby leads to a Headless but you cannot go there until after Mibu Village is completed.

Defeat the Mini-Boss Snake Eyes Shirafuji after swinging across the valley.

Defeat the Long-arm Centipede Giraffe - defeating the mini-boss rewards you with a Prayer Bead. The room also has the Large Fan upgrade material for the Divine Abduction Prosthetic Tool.

Make it past the Great Serpent by using the rock as cover.



Sunken Valley Passage

  1. Talk to Old Hag
  2. Defeat Guardian Ape
  3. Loot the Lotus of the Palace in the cave nearby.
  4. Find Toxic Memorial Mob merchant
  5. Get Fulminated Mercury
  6. Use Puppeteer Ninjutsu on Monkey by Serpent
  7. Get Dried Serpent Viscera
  8. Get Divine Confetti
  9. Unlock Ashina Depths: Poison Pool Idol
  10. Teleport to the Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo Idol
  11. Use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the Rat near the Kite mechanism
  12. Grapple across and get the Sunken Valley Cavern Idol
  13. Drop Down and kill Great Serpent
  14. Get Fresh Serpent Viscera
  15. Find Bundled Jizo Statue


Speak with the Old Hag next to the Bodhisattva Valley Idol and give her Rice to find out how to get past the Great Serpent.

Defeat the Guardian Ape just below this Idol.

Loot the Lotus of the Palace in the cave directly next to the Idol.

Find the Toxic Memorial Mob for another merchant to buy/sell at on the opposite end of the Valley Passage away from the Guardian Ape.

Use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the Monkey in the cave with the Great Serpent to get past. Drop down over the left edge just in front of the Serpent and jump up to find him.

Loot Dried Serpent Viscera from just behind the Serpent.

Grapple out to find the Ashina Depths area and unlock the Poison Pool Idol

Port to Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo Idol and drop down and use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the Rat near the Kite mechanism.

Then make your way all the way up the hill and through the temple there, and grapple up on to the large tree near the large temple outside, on the cliff's edge. Grapple across the gap using the Kite and drop down to find the Sunken Valley Cavern Idol.

Drop down to kill the Great Serpent and get the Fresh Serpent Viscera.

Then loot the Bundled Jizo Statue nearby.


Ashina Depths/Hidden Forest

  1. Defeat Snake Eyes Shirahagi
  2. Obtain Prayer Bead from the mini-boss
  3. Get Prayer Bead from top of a statue
  4. Defeat Guardian Ape (Headless)
  5. Obtain Prayer Bead, Memory, & Bestowal Ninjutsu Technique
  6. Defeat Shichimen Warrior (optional)
  7. Obtain Malcontent's Ring
  8. Speak to Jinzaemon Kumano
  9. Defeat Tokujiro the Glutton
  10. Acquire Prayer Bead & Unrefined Sake
  11. Defeat Mist Noble
  12. Defeat Headless (optional)
  13. Acquire Gachiin's Spiritfall


Defeat Snake Eyes Shirahagi near the Poison Pools Idol,  then enter the cave and grapple up to a small passage and jump up the wall to find some items including a Prayer Bead. Then make your way down to fight the Headless Ape a second time. At this point, if you port out you won't be able to port back to this Idol but will find a Shichimen Warrior in this area. Port to Poison Pools if you wish to fight him, or carry on.

You can speak to Jinzaemon Kumano just above the Idol. Make your way through the mist area until you come to Tokujiro the Glutton, and defeat him. Then drop down inside the temple to defeat the Mist Noble up ahead.

You can defeat the Headless here if you wish or come back later - defeating the Headless rewards you with Gachiin's Spiritfall.


Mibu Village

  1. Speak to Exiled Memorial Mob
  2. Get Gourd Seed next to the big tree with white leaves.
  3. Speak to Jinzaemon Kumano (optional depending on the quest)
  4. Acquire the Pine Resin Ember upgrade material
  5. Defeat O'rin of the Water (optional)
  6. Obtain Prayer Bead & Breath of Life: Shadow Skill
  7. Speak to the Head Priest of Mibu Village inside the house
  8. Defeat Corrupted Monk
  9. Obtain a Boss Memory & Mibu Breathing Technique
  10. Loot the Shelter Stone
  11. Go back to Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo and get the Holy Chapter: Infested


Speak to the Exiled Memorial Mob to buy/sell some items. Then speak with Jinzaemon Kumano near the Water Mill Idol and defeat O'rin of the Water.

From the Water Mill Idol, jump ontop of the rooftops and head towards a dead end to find the Pine Resin Ember upgrade material for the Flame Vent.

Defeat the Corrupted Monk and loot the Shelter Stone from behind his boss area.

If you want to do certain Endings, you should now go back to Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo and obtain Holy Chapter: Infested. You can also use this time to dive at several locations for loot. Do this before returning to Ashina Castle


Ashina Castle

  1. Defeat Chained Ogre
  2. Obtain Prayer Bead and Shinobi Medicine Rank 3 Skill
  3. Defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-bearer.
  4. Obtain Prayer Bead from the mini-boss
  5. Defeat Lone Shadow Vilehand
  6. Obtain Prayer Bead from the mini-boss
  7. Endings Choice: Defeat Great Shinobi Owl (optional) or
  8. Endings Choice: Defeat Emma, the Gentle Blade / Isshin Ashina (optional)
  9. Create Incense
  10. Port to the Ashina Depths - Wedding Cave Door Idol and head to the bridal palanquin and pray to transport to Fountainhead Palace.


Port in the Abandoned Dungeon Idol in Ashina Castle and make your way up to the top of Ashina Castle once more. Drop down from the room just after Upper Antechamber Idol to defeat another Chained Ogre and then Homeward Idol back. Defeat the Lone Shadow Vilehand where the Ashina Elite enemy used to be. Then make your way to the roof where you first fought Genichiro Ashina.

Here you'll need to decide what Ending you wish to go for. If you betray Kuro you will only get the Shura Ending, and you will face Emma and Isshin Ashina, then the game will end. If you remain loyal to Kuro you can do any of the other 3 endings and you will face the Great Shinobi Owl. Speak with Kuro to create the Incense, and eavesdrop on him here a few times if you wish to go for the Purification Ending.


Hirata Estate (Revisited)

  1. Gain the Father's Bell Charm
  2. Make an offering at Buddha statue in Dilapidated Temple
  3. Defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-bearer (again)
  4. Defeat Juzou the Drunkard (again)
  5. Defeat Owl (Father)
  6. Acquire Memory: Foster FatherAromatic Flower



After defeating Great Shinobi Owl the first time, speak with Kuro and then eavesdrop on him several times, resting in between each. Then speak to Emma and find out about Purification. Follow her storyline and she will eventually give you the Father's Bell Charm. Use this to port to Hirata Estate a second time in a different version of this memory. Defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-bearer and Juzou the Drunkard before facing Owl (Father). This will give you the Aromatic Branch, needed for the Purification Ending.


Fountainhead Palace

  1. Defeat Corrupted Monk
  2. Obtain Dragon's Tally Board & Memory: True Monk
  3. Locate the secret room containing the Water of the Palace
  4. Provide the Water of the Palace to the Head Priest of Mibu Village
  5. Defeat Sakura, Bull of the Palace (optional)
  6. Obtain Prayer Bead & A Beast's Karma Skill
  7. Defeat Shichimen Warrior and acquire Lapis Lazuli (optional)
  8. Obtain Bundled Jizo Statue
  9. Defeat Okami Leader Shizu next to Great Shakura Sculptor Idol and acquire a Prayer Bead
  10. Speak to the Daughter of the Carp Attendant  on top of the roof of a sunken building
  11. Defeat Headless and acquire Yashariku's Spiritfall (optional)
  12. Acquire Prayer Bead inside a treasure chest underwater nead the Headless
  13. Get Gourd Seed close to Palace Ground idol, in a big red chest
  14. Speak to the merchant, Pot Noble Koremori
  15. Kill the Great Colored Carp (optional)
  16. Obtain Great White Whisker & give it to the Great Carp Attendant
  17. Defeat Divine Dragon
  18. Obtain Divine Dragon's Tears & Memory: Divine Dragon
  19. Endings


Immediately upon arriving you'll need to face the (True) Corrupted Monk once again - defeating her rewards you with a memory to consume and a Dragon's Tally Board.

From the Noble Courtyard of the Flooded Palace, you'll find a long hallway where you'll find a glowing item from the distance and a hole in the ground that will allow you to dive. Emerge in a room to find loot and a chest containing a Water of the Palace. Head back to Mibu Village and provide the item to the Head Priest of Mibu Village to receive a Dragonspring Sake. Reload the area, come back and defeat him for 5 Treasure Carp Scales.

From Flower Viewing Stage Sculptor's Idol facing the bridge, turn left and follow the outside wall to find Sakura, Bull of the Palace. Defeat it to obtain a Prayer Bead and the A Beast's Karma skill.

You can defeat the Shichimen Warrior near the Great Shakura Idol for a Lapis Lazuli.

Defeat Okami Leader Shizu enabling free undewater exploration.

Speak to the Old Hag on the roof of a sunken building to learn more about the Great Carp - diving underwater will allow you to loot more items, including a treasure chest with a Prayer Bead near the Headless, which can be defeated for Yashariku's Spiritfall. You should gather atleast two Precious Baits which can be fed to the Great Colored Carp.

Swim through the underwater cave while avoiding the Great Carp. Head up the waterfall to find Palace Grounds Idol. There's a Gourd Seed inside the building, in red chest.

Find the merchant Pot Noble Koremori by opening the shortcut doors, heading right over the little stream after going through the doors and jumping to a grappling point in the cliff face. To listen to his secret and to obtain his Truly Precious Bait you must exhange at least 7 Treasure Carp Scales for items and exhaust his dialogue.

Head back to the Palace Grounds Idol, open the door by Gourd Seed and grapple on the rooftop and continue grappling to the left. You'll end up to the feeding grounds where you can feed the Great Carp. After feeding two Precious Baits to the Great Carp, the Great Carp Attendant rewards you with four Treasure Carp Scales and the Great Carp becomes non-hostile.

Feeding either Pot Noble Harunaga's or Pot Noble Koremori's Truly Precious Bait will kill the Great Carp. Owner of the eaten bait will reward you with a Lapis Lazuli.

If the Great Carp was killed, it's body can be found from Guardian Ape's Watering Hole. There you can loot the Great White Whisker, which can be given to Great Carp Attendant for a Divine Grass.

Climb up the mountain from Palace Grounds Idol and teleport to the Divine Dragon Fight.


Ashina Outskirts (optional)

  1. Defeat Ashina Elite Ujinari Mizuo (optional)
  2. Defeat Shigekichi of the Red Guard (optional)
  3. Acquire Prayer Bead from the mini-boss
  4. Defeat Demon of Hatred
  5. Acquire the Memory: Hatred Demon for you to consume.


Upon returning from the Fountainhead Palace you can defeat Ashina Elite Ujinari Mizuo below where Lord Isshin was staying. Then make your way from the Old Grave Idol across the bridge to Ashina Outskirts. Face Shigekichi of the Red Guard and proceed to the Demon of Hatred.



Upon returning from the Fountainhead Palace make for Ashina Reservoir and defeat Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa and run to the place in Ashina Reservoir where you first fought Genichiro in the tutorial in order to fight the final boss, defeating Isshin, the Sword Saint will reward you with a Memory and the Dragon Flash Combat Arts Skill.

See the Endings page for outcomes.


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    • Anonymous

      I like this guide. I’m something of a narrative snob and always want to progress properly like a cohesive storywithout randomly half completing areas and warping all over the place.

      • Anonymous

        Using this guide on my first run of the game. The guide is pretty decent, however, there are a fair amount of things missed in this guide. Missed prayer beads, some content is done out of intended order, other unclear/vague directions. But I will not trash talk this guide. It is great for what it is. Just make sure to check other guides to get more intel on boss strategies and other important loot that is not included in this guide. In my experiences with these types of games, you will never find a 100% comprehensive walk-through to every nook and cranny of the game. Gotta check multiple places for it.

        • Anonymous

          Hard to say this is a guide. Some directions are more cryptic than Fromsoft’s quest design.

          Like Ashina Castle revisited. That entire segment is a hot mess. Warp to the top of Ashina after the attack? No. Warp to the dungeon. Drop from roof into the moat and make the way out to the exit of the castle through a bridge? Nonsensical. How is anyone suppose to follow along when the directions are both vague and inaccurate?!

          • Anonymous

            Followed the guide and got the flower and stone yet I can’t make the incense, thanks for soft locking my game, **** guide

            • Anonymous

              This guide is poorly written. Not just various missing key details such as important steps in the quest-lines, but mostly not even guiding you at all and cutting-off. Missing Prayer Beads.

              • Anonymous

                Why do we go to mibu village so late? There's so much underwater stuff along the way to get that you can't because this guide has mibu village so close to the end. I don't think this is how the game was intended to be run through to be honest. For example, when you get to the poison pool for the first time it's totally wrecked and the three cannon mobs are there. You never get to see it in its original state. I think a better guide would have more coherent ordering and also have you defeat corrupted monk sooner.

                • Anonymous

                  The singular Gourd Seed in the chest at Fountainhead Palace was labeled twice, and the seed in Sunken Valley was not labeled at all.

                  • Anonymous

                    The point for unlocking the Gun Fort Shrine is a section ahead of where it should be, you don't get to it until after fighting Shirafuji, and the Gourd Seed has no explanation for Sunken Valley other than "get it" which is also out of order

                    • Anonymous

                      This guide has to be written by someone with the english comprehension of a *****ing oyster, holy*****. Learn to *****ing read/write the goddamn language before you *****ing write a walkthrough for an entire game you useless *****.

                      • This guide is horrible. It says following it will give you the purification ending but not once did it tell me to eavesdrop the conversations between emma and isshin. It also says to eavesdrop kuro but tells you to do it AFTER you light the incense. Now I've lost the opportunity to eavesdrop and will have to wait until my next playthrough. Crappy guide. Do NOT follow this.

                        • Anonymous

                          Whai if i pick up white lotus before talking to emma for dialog ? is there a way to talk to her ? or i has to defeat owl first ?

                          • Anonymous

                            You are *****ing moron, nobody fights Lady butterfly 2nd. Because of your***** route I thought this game is absurdly and unfairly brutal. Every *****ing all beads and memories runner fights her around 2/3 in.

                            • Anonymous

                              holy***** this walkthrough is very poorly made? half the***** says make your way through x area and defeat x mini boss without mentioning where or how to get there.

                              • Anonymous

                                Damn this game is so short. The time spent is merely from dying while learning to play...the replay value is barely at all if really any I don't feel the usual want to like with the other games they've done. Hell, I played each of the other ones for literally a year after release and this game is like "yup back in the stack with the other games i've played" *sigh where's BB2*

                                • Anonymous

                                  So is this progress route made with the idea of obtaining the 4th ending? If so, does it matter if I obtain the fruits before getting the Tome in the Temple Ground?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    SPOILERS:Can there be added area details for mini bosses added to ashina castle before,during the shinobi invasion and when it's set on fire? Had no idea diffrent mini bosses spawn In off the beat track locations during these seperate stages of the castle?AKA prayer beads :)

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Corrupted monk super easy, lol! If you are quick enough you can get a deathblow at the begining, so two reamaining. If hes going "black siloutte" go highest tree and he reveals himself i nthe middle. Jump on him, 2nd deathblow. For Free!! :D so you jsut have to battle him the 3rd phase...

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Thanks for the guide. Missed a few things though. Namely Blackheart Badger & the Loaded Umbrella prosthetic.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          It would be awesome if you could add in the information which areas are blocked behind bosses or even better have a image for whole Game Progress Route. Although the game is pretty new so maybe it's not time for that yet..

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Is everything else going to be updated ? Because I barely see the rest of the areas to go too. I am not sure if your are still currently working to get this progress route finished

                                            • Anonymous

                                              thanks for this great website! You helped me so much git gud in dark souls and bloodborne... Now the same please with sekiro :D Just want to say GOOD WORK!!!

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