Isshin Ashina

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Location Ashina Castle

Isshin Ashina is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. For the boss versions of this NPC, see Isshin, the Sword Saint and Isshin Ashina (Boss). For the disguised version of this NPC seen outside Ashina Castle, see Tengu of Ashina.

Isshin Ashina Information

Associated Quests

  • As the Tengu of Ashina, he will ask you to help him kill some "rats" (Assassins) and give you the Rat Description.
  • Once you kill the rats up ahead past the next Sculptor's Idol in the right garden-like locale (there are 3) return and he will give you the Ashina Esoteric Text.
  • After you beat Genichiro Ashina on top of the castle, Kuro sends you to talk to Isshin Ashina. As soon as you have talked with him, Tengu will move to the Great Serpent Shrine. He will ask if you have mastered any Secret Techniques (i.e., that you have purchased 'ultimate skill' at the end of any skill tree). If you have, he will award you the Mushin Esoteric Text. After this he leaves this area.
  • If you progress the story to when the Ashina Castle get's attacked, Tengu leaves and a mini-boss takes his place. If you didn't receive the Mushin Esoteric Text from him before then simply go to Isshin Ashina, in his watchtower room,(most likely after the attack is over) talking to him will yield the same line of dialogue, where he asked if you learned any secret techniques, and if yes he will give you the Mushin Esoteric Text.
  • Finally, after obtaining the Divine Dragon's Tears, you can speak to Emma, who will give you the text if have mastered a secret technique.

Dialogue

  •  Isshin discusses Genichiro's trainer if you give the Unrefined Sake he hands you back to him.
    • "Are you... Offering me the sake I gave you? Delightful, I'll take it! (Alternatively with different sake: 'Ah, don't mind if I do!') Ahhh... That's the stuff! By the way... How was Genichiro? You two crossed blades, did you not? I see. That? It's a technique belonging to Genichiro's mentor. I'll wager it was quite the sight. Tomoe... There aren't many masters of the sword like her. To see her fight, it's like she is dancing. When you look into her eyes... You feel as if you're being drawn into the depths of the ocean. I was completely taken by her and it almost killed me... I've lived a long life, but that was the closest I've come to death." Video of Dialogue
  • After giving Monkey Booze
    • "Ah, Sekiro! You know me well. Why, if this isn't monkey booze! Hahh! So this is what it's like to breathe fire! Do you know what other name this sake goes by? You don't? They call it Shura's wine. I killed one once, long ago... Shura... Or something very much like it. Those who go on killing will eventually become Shura. They don't even remember why... Simply enraptured... They kill solely for the joy it brings them. I see it in your eyes, too. The shadow of Shura. Give me cause, and I will kill you. It would do you well to remember that." Video of Dialogue
  • After giving Monkey Booze and having rejected the iron code
    • "Ah, Sekiro! You know me well. Why, if this isn't monkey booze! Hahh! So this is what it's like to breathe fire! Do you know what other name this sake goes by? You don't? They call it Shura's wine. I killed one once, long ago... Shura... Or something very much like it. Those who go on killing will eventually become Shura. They don't even remember why... Simply enraptured... They kill solely for the joy it brings them. I saw it in your eyes, too. The shadow of Shura. Or at least, I thought I did. However, it appears I was mistaken. If Shura were to appear, I would have cut it down myself." (laughs)
  • After giving Dragonspring Sake
    • "Well Well! If it isn't Dragonspring! You've really done it this time, Sekiro! Buhaah! That hit the spot! Whenever I used to get my hands on Dragonspring...bunch of fools would start coming to me, demanding drinks. Fools who wouldn't let go of their cross-spears while they drank...fools who would steal sake using illusion techniques...fools tinkering with half-finished prosthetics, sake cup in hand. And even...the cunning owl, who despite his size would turn bright red after the first drop! Yes, your father was a fool too." Video of Dialogue

Lore note: the fools are, in order: Gyoubu, Lady Butterfly, Dogen (Emma's adoptive father and creator of the Shinobi Prosthetic originally fashioned for the Scultptor) and Owl.

  • After giving Ashina Sake
    • "Smart thinking my boy! Let me see...That's some good sake! This is how we drank when we won our battles. The people of Ashina, together as one. Oh, the rebellion...we just took back what was stolen from us. Before, this land was...it was a place where we, the Ashina people lived. Where the waters flowed, straight from the source. We were a people who loved our country dearly. And we made good sake to boot! But we were heretics, and we were weak. Naturally, we were overrun. Trampled into submission. For many long, excruciating years...we couldn't even pray at the water from the springs. The way we were then...even good sake couldn't get us truly drunk. Yes...amidst the chaos that was Japan...the endless casualties. The flames of war...we found the perfect opportunity to take back our land. But now...it's a place of death...it's a bitter thing indeed." Video of Dialogue
  • When eavesdropped upon after showing him the Mortal Blade
    • "The crimson Mortal Blade...That means the one he has must be...black, then. To abandon oneself in search of strength...How tragic..."

Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (English), Tetsuo Kanao (Japanese).
    • Tetsuo Kanao is also known for voicing Bui in Yu Yu Hakusho and Sekishusai Yagya in Nioh.
  • Isshin is the one who gives the main character the nickname "Sekiro", likening the shinobi to a one-armed wolf.  
  • If you enter his room before fighting Genichiro, he will be absent and a letter will be found in his place.
  • Upon meeting Isshin in Ashina Castle, he reveals that he was actually the Tengu of Ashina in disguise.
    • Tengu's cloak and mask can be found on the floor behind Isshin in his room.
    • Emma telling you how Isshin is always disappearing on her is likely also a reference to his activities as the Tengu.
  • Can't catch Dragonrot.
  • Isshin is the one who cut off the Sculptor's arm to prevent him from turning into a Shura. 



    • Anonymous

      02 May 2019 17:04  

      I tried to skip talking to this guy, but it's impossible. Unless you talk to the tengu, and he gives you the name sekiro, you cannot progress the game. I killed genichiro, and the corrupted monk but the illusive bell doesnt spawn and you need to talk to isshin in the tower to get to the sunken valley passage. Damn I was hoping for some extra dialogue, too.

      • Anonymous

        26 Apr 2019 15:45  

        Spoiler Another thing. If you already kill Isshin The Sword Saint and doesn't continue to NG+, go to the Kuro's room and talk to Emma. If you haven't receive Mushin Arts from Tengu, there will be new dialogue about Isshin's last words. She will tell you that before Isshin died, he said "If Sekiro is able to master these... I'd like to duel him" Probably this is why when Isshin the Sword Saint knows Sekiro (even this is the Young Isshin) and said "Hesitation is defeat" every time Sekiro dies. The Sword Saint that we fight is combination of old and young Isshin. Young Isshin with lust of power and seeks for strength and Old Isshin who wants to test Sekiro in final battle. That's what i think.

        • Anonymous

          20 Apr 2019 00:56  

          Tengu gives you the name sekiro at first meeting but he already knew everything about you who you are what you have done and what you are doing he has ordered all shinobi to be killed but something about this one fascinated him Sekiro means the 1 armed wolf Giving you a new name that he can call you but he already knew you were wolf the son of the great shinobi owl Up until you meet owl you long believed him to be dead as well as owl believed the same of wolf Isshin has lost his sons and his grandson is falling into madness Sekiro lost his father and really never truly had a father's love he was really raised to be a weapon Isshin before he passes wants to die with a healthy father son relationship witch he did Less you follow the iron code owl thought you at witch then isshin feels he has lost another son and you are now a shinobi in his eyes agian Honestly it's quite sad having to fight him hes the greatest example of tough love hes truly the greatest npc I've met in a long time in any game I respect this man and he will always be #1 in game

          • Anonymous

            17 Apr 2019 11:43  

            Something I don’t get is if he’s the lord of ashina and a friend of ours why is it on sight action with damn near everyone else? Did I miss something? Is it about the boy? Or is it just a gameplay thing where we need to fight somebody

            • Anonymous

              14 Apr 2019 20:43  

              Worth deleting the "associated quests" section and just leaving a note to refer to the Tengu of Ashina's page for quest details? It's good info, but I'm not sure if the duplication is really necessary.

              • Anonymous

                08 Apr 2019 04:14  

                Just discovered like previous poster you can eavesdrop on Isshin behind his entrance. Similarly did so after mortal blade and got the same dialogue. You can eavesdrop on Kuro as well just as you would to get the true ending. The dialogue for Kuro after getting the mortal blade is about Genichiro and him going astray.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Apr 2019 07:30  

                  If you Eavesdrop on Isshin Ashina by hugging the wall outside his doorway, you can listen to him say, "The crimson Mortal Blade...That means the one he has must be...black, then. To abandon oneself in search of strength...How tragic..." I don't know what requirements must be met to trigger this, but I'm fairly certain you have to have at least gotten the Mortal Blade from the Divine Child of Rejuvenation. After getting it, talking to Isshin Ashina will have Wolf explain that when he drew and looked upon the crimson blade, he died, once. So... As you just told him your blade is crimson, and he says "the one he has is black, then" implies that... there is more than one Mortal Blade? Perhaps this is mentioned/explained at some point later in the game, as I've only completed Mibu and Senpou Temple, and am just about to kill the Guardian Ape.

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Apr 2019 21:12  

                    Isshin has also an alternative dialogue after you give him the monkey booze but only after you chose to serve kuro and killed the owl, it's pretty much the same except the last sentences change and he says to sekiro "I though I saw the shadow of shura in you too but I guess I was mistaken" it's something like that

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Mar 2019 11:46  

                      In Dragonspring Sake Dialogue he mention 4 bosses in the game: fools with cross-spear is Gyoubu, fools using illusion techniques is lady butt, fools tinkering with half-finished prosthetics is the Sculptor (later become Demon of hatred), and the Owl.

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Mar 2019 16:01  

                        I've mastered and unlocked every skill and Emma still says I haven't mastered all skills to get the item isshin left for me...

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Mar 2019 17:45  

                          In one of my playthroughs I talked to Emma at the end of the game and asked about what Isshin said last and I was given the Mushin Arts because I never completed the Tengu questline. On a playthrough right after that one at the same location I asked and she said something about how I wasn't ready and to "master all the esoteric texts" or something to that effect. I started another game, and I have no idea what I did to make that trigger. Any ideas?

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