Hanbei the Undying

Location Dilapidated Temple

Hanbei the Undying (死なず半兵衛, Deathless Hanbei) 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 is an unkillable NPC in Sekiro. The jaded warrior has several tutorial tips for the player, giving useful advice 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.

(After Obtaining the Mortal Blade)

That sword on your back!

Is that?

(After Choosing "Don't Tell Him)


(Hmm...) Truly?


.......if you say so.

Should you ever discover that it's more than that... you can tell me.

(After Choosing to tell him about the Mortal Blade)

Feel like talking about sword on your back now?

The Truth of it.

(After Choosing The Mortal Blade)


What...?! It's real...?!

...You don't suppose...

You could use it to end this curse of mine?

(Accepting his Request)

...Thank you.

A man with your skill could grant a merciful death.

Couldn't you?


Splendid. I must give my thanks to Sekijo.

I will prepare for the beyond. The next time you see me, I'll be ready.

(Upon Resting and Coming Back)

I can finally die.

My shame for not following my master into death...can finally...


Yes... I want you to kill me.

Go on, do it!

(Upon Death)



Notes & Tips

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

    • There is a side story manga about Hanbei the Immortal, in which it is revealed that his late master is actually General Tamura, the man Isshin killed in the cinematic opening. 
  • 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 .


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    • Anonymous

      25 Apr 2020 20:19  

      When I talked to the info-broker at the dilapidated temple we chatted about Hanbei after I killed him and he sarcastically said he was living in heaven. I wish there was an option to use the mortal blade on him too.

      • Anonymous

        22 Jan 2020 21:10  

        Seems as though this character may be based on a Slavic/Cyrillic legend known as "Koschei the Deathless". Interesting possibility for the history buffs here.

        • Anonymous

          25 Nov 2019 09:30  

          I kept hitting him until i reached the cliff and I killed him because he fell off. He drops his item too but you can’t get it I think.

          • 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.

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