Hanbei the Undying

Location Dilapidated Temple

Hanbei the Undying is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Hanbei the Undying acts as a training partner to Sekiro, not only providing useful tips but also sparring with him so that Sekiro might optimize his combat tactics.

There is a warrior called Hanbei the Undying, or also Hanbei the Infested, who can be found just outside the Dilapidated Temple. 

"A warm body that can't die might prove useful to you. I volunteer mine."

If you're looking for someone to train with, he might be an ideal opponent.

Hanbei the Undying Information

Hanbei the Undying in an unkillable NPC in Sekiro. The jaded warrior has several tutorial tips for the player, giving useful advise on the game's base mechanics as well as Combat options. Players should be mindful of the notes given regarding counters, parrying and the overall use of the Shinobi Arsenal. After completing all of the basic training options more will be unlocked, such as Consecutive Deflection.

  • Location: Hanbei the Undying Can be found at the Dilapidated Temple. He is up a snowy path from the Sculptor's Idol, by a smaller shrine.

  • Progression: Hanbei the Undying never moves.

  • Combat: Players may attack this NPC without fear of repercussion. This NPC can only be killed after obtaining the Mortal Blade.

  • Rewards: Drops Hidden Tooth on death. 

Associated Quests

  • Once the player acquires the Mortal Blade, visiting Hanbei will start a quest, where he recognizes the sword, and asks Sekiro to kill him with it, putting an end to his curse of immortality. The player can agree to do so or not.

  • If agreed, Hanbei says he will wait for the right time. After that, the player cannot train with him anymore.

  • After resting at a Sculptors Idol, you can return to Hanbei, who will be sitting down on his knees. Upon being talked to, he will say he is ready to die, which then prompts Sekiro to use a Deathblow on him with the Mortal Blade. Doing so will permanently kill Hanbei, and reward the player with the Hidden Tooth Quick Item.


First Encounter:

Hmm...? Never Seen you Before.

Your Name?

...... (Sekiro)

Hmph. Won't tell me?

... But you do have the look of a skilled shinobi.

A shinobi.... Or perhaps...

... (Sekiro)

... Sir.

Please, heed my humble request...

Face me in battle.

(Battle Ensues)

(Upon Revival)


Damn, still alive.

Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by: Brock Powell (English), Ikkyu Juku (Japanese).
    • Ikkyu Juki is also know for voicing King from the anime Gintama, and Toyama Henshucho from the anime Canaan

  • Hanbei was also known as "The Immortal Soldier," and "Immortal Hanbei," from translated pre-release material.

  • In the game's collectible artbook, Hanbei is referred to as 'Fallen Soldier at the Dilapidated Temple'. 
  • Upon completing his quest to be killed by the Mortal Blade, it is revealed that Hanbei had a small centipede demon living inside his body, much in the same way other immortal beings in the game are "infested," with a centipede, which explains his immortality. (How he was first infested in never elaborated upon or explored, however.)
  • The idea of a person gaining immortality through being "Infested by an insect," bears striking resemblance to the plight of the main character from Blade of the Immortal: a samurai named Manji who cannot die (mostly) due to being infected with "sacred blood worms,".
  • Can't catch Dragonrot.
  • The Holy Chapter: Infested describes the undying as those "blessed by the worm".
  • Once unlocked, will allow players to practice the Mikiri Counter and Vault Over skills. 


Concept Art & Gallery


hiltofdummydude The hilt of Hanbei. There is a distinctive copper marking.


    • Anonymous

      16 Jun 2019 12:46  

      There appears to be a bug in NG+ where you won't be able to unlock any of the advanced training options like consecutive deflect, sweep counter etc (except vault over and mikiri). Has anyone been able to do so?

      • Anonymous

        10 Jun 2019 20:55  

        if you refuse to kill him with the immortal blade can you go back and do it later?? I want him to train me how to use the vault over technique but the second I talk he's bugging me about the blade...

        • Anonymous

          30 Apr 2019 03:10  

          I kinda got sad when I had to kill him :( He was such a bro ;_; At the least I freed him from his curse...

          • Anonymous

            28 Apr 2019 14:00  

            Anyone know why he says he needs to give his thanks to Sekijo before he's ready to be killed permanently? Is he referring to Emma or is he referring to a Japanese spirit of barren women or what? This one line is the most confusing lore aspect of this game

            • Anonymous

              18 Apr 2019 17:58  

              He could be a reference to the real life Sengoku period samurai Takenaka Shigeharu. Shigeharu's nickname was Hanbei.

              • Anonymous

                11 Apr 2019 05:42  

                I wish we had more info on this guy and his relationship with Sekijo who I'm assuming is the Sculptor's name/title, probably given by Ishhin after severing his arm.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Apr 2019 12:54  

                  I can see Miyazaki grinding his teeth in frustration at being forced to finally introduce a tutorial mechanic in his games.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Mar 2019 03:30  

                    I was able to kill him before killing the guardian ape. I had the mortal blade already, spoke to him, rested at the shrine, and then ended his misery

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Mar 2019 05:23  

                      How do I get him to train me in more moves?? I ve seen some videos where hanbei can train you in more than just the standard 3 moves and the mikiri counter. In my case it is stuck on these 4 categories and free battle even thought I ve done all his training and have all items and tools. Is it a bug or am I missing something?

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Mar 2019 14:47  

                        Based on the voice at Senpou, and Hanbei's lines about not killing himself with his master when he had the chance, personally it seems likely the monks imprisoned him and experiemented on him with immortality, but his master killed himself before he could become infested. Poor guy was afraid to die, but as a result he was forced into a shameful immortality he regrets deeply.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Mar 2019 01:02  

                          I killed him with the Mortal Blade, the Item "Hidden Tooth" dropped, but I'm not able to pick it up. The action just won't show up on the bottom screen. Tried restarting the game and traveling elsewhere and coming back.

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