Jinzaemon Kumano (熊野陣左衛門, Kumano Jinzaemon)is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Jinzaemon Kumano is a noble warrior dedicated to protecting and patrolling the moat.


Jinzaemon Kumano Information

Jinzaemon Kumano information or lore description goes here.

  • Location: Jinzaemon Kumano can be found at Ashina Reservoir, near the exit of the cave where Sekiro starts the game. Greet him, and he will move after asking you whether or not your hear someone playing music.

  • Progression: After talking to him at the Reservoir, he moves to the Abandoned Dungeon, near the Bottomless Hole Sculptor's Idol and the Shichimen Warrior mini-boss. Talking to him here will send him to the area just after after the Headless Ape boss fight, where he explains that he remembers a story about a village hidden in mist by a woman playing a shamisen.

  • Combat: Players may kill Jinzaemon Kumano as both an NPC and as part of the Abandoned Dungeon questline.

  • Rewards:


Associated Quests

  • When you first encounter him, Jinzaemon asks if you can hear the same music he does. After speaking with him, he explains the music is calling him somewhere else. You will then meet him near the Bottomless Hole Sculptor's Idol in the Abandoned Dungeon, and again in the area shortly after the Headless Ape boss fight. Speaking to him here drops a hint that what, or whom, he seeks is located within Mibu Village.

  • If you talk to him after obtaining the Surgeon's Bloody Letter from Doujun inside the Abandoned Dungeon, however, you get an option to instead lure him to Doujun as part of Doujun's questline. (Doing this at any point before speaking to him after killing O'rin of the Water locks you out of completing Jinzaemon's quest.)

    • If you lure him to the Abandoned Dungeon, he is taken by Doujun and Dosaku for their research, and you receive 3 x Lump of Fat Wax for your trouble. Jinzaemon will then later return as an enemy; see the Doujun page for details.

    • If you don't lure him to Abandoned Dungeon: he will eventually sit on a ground right before O'rin of the Water (near the Water Mill Sculptor's Idol in Mibu Village). After you speak with O'rin and exhaust her dialogue, she will attack you; by defeating her AFTER Jinzaemon has moved to this final area and you have spoken to him, you will receive Jinza's Jizo Statue,  and he will die.

    • If you defeat O'rin of the Water before first speaking to Jinzaemon, or before he makes it to Mibu Village, he will become hostile and attack you.


  • Example Dialogue Lines
  • Quest Progression optional dialogue


Notes & Trivia

  • Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (English)

  • If Jinzaemon contracts Dragonrot, he will not move from his last known location, and you cannot continue his questline. He appears to be immune to Dragonrot after he has reached Mibu Village.
  • If the player never advances Jinzaemon’s quest-line (for example: if he had dragonrot each time you speak to him) and the player kills the Mist Noble, you will find Jinzaemon at the now sealed well seemingly cured of dragonrot and upset that he can’t hear the music. This will trigger a fight.
  • (Japanese Default Language version) He has a Westernized Japanese accent, it may be a tribute to Yasuke (African Samurai) in 1579.

Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      22 May 2019 12:29  

      This *****ing guy. I was okay with Saint Isshin. I was okay with The Hatred Demon. But this mother*****er made me lose my mind screaming at the end of the surgeon's quest. It's not that he is difficult to fight, it's the *****ING ARENA! WHat kind of garbage place to put a miniboss is that? It's extremely tiny, irregularly shaped and sloped, there's a crapton of things lying on the ground that you can get stuck on, and BEST of all, this asshole's favourite attack is a lightning fast dash that instakills you EVEN if you try to dodge or block it. Relatively doable miniboss turned into an absolute nightmare because of the worst battle area in the entire game.

      • Anonymous

        20 May 2019 08:44  

        The second piece of trivia is wrong. In Ng+2 I didn't speak to him until just before O'rin, his dialogue was the normal first encounter lines and he had moved to his final location once I reloaded the area

        • Anonymous

          16 May 2019 11:45  

          Someone here said he's weak to poison. Okami warriors are weak to poison Okami's descendants are weak to poison Orin is weak to poison. Jinzaemon will give Jinza's jizo statue to us after the quest. Orin call him "that child". Jinzaemon's father forbid him from going to Mibu..... Only he can hear the song from that *****ing far. Jinzaemon is orin's child?

          • 15 Apr 2019 09:52  

            I'd like to add that when sending Jinzaemon Kumano to Doujun, his unconcious body can be seen behind him in the locked chamber, not only can this quest line be sped up by resting at an idol and talking to doujun again repeatedly, at one point Jinzaemon Kumano's body will change into a lootsack. when this happens the voice/lines of the merchant at the start of the abandoned dungeon will change. I believe the merchants new dialogue also sheds some light as to why phantom enemies start randomly appearing everywhere in the game, as this is mostlikely a curse by Jinzaemon Kumano.

            • Anonymous

              11 Apr 2019 16:10  

              I feel like you should have been able to send him to Anayama as well. He did ask for a strong person to help loot the battlefield… though I guess he was too ensnared in that damn music.

              • Anonymous

                10 Apr 2019 09:15  

                first time I talked to him as Ashina Reservoir, he said something like "why can't i hear the music? it was you wasn't it! give it back to me!" and started attacking me.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Apr 2019 02:00  

                  What if you talked to Jinzaemon before talking to the guy in abandoned dungeon? Are you still able to lure him down there for Doujins quest??

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Apr 2019 11:19  

                    I can confirm that if you discover Mibu village and the watermill idol, he skips moving to the area near guardian ape. I started a new save and basically went straight for corrupted monk(mibu). I wanted to see if I could kill her within a few tries. I ended up getting her first try. To make a long story short, I skipped o'rin by taking the route around her, killed corrupted monk, and basically went to ashina reservoir to speak with Jinzaemon. He said his normal dialog and that was that. I was expecting to meet him in abandoned dungeon/ bottomless hole, but he wouldn't show up. I then thought that perhaps he skips the guardian ape area entirely if you have already discovered the idol near O'rin. Sure enough, I was right. This means you can finish his questline pretty early. I haven't even been in Ashina castle yet, or sunken valley and I've already killed corrupted monk.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Apr 2019 22:04  

                      Jinzaemon is definitely related to O'rin. The item given to you expresses parental love and he does mention in dialogue that his father had warned him not to go toward mizu village. I can't wait for Vaati to delve into this further!

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Apr 2019 13:16  

                        Is Jinzaemon a descendant of Lord Sakuza? His son maybe. Jinza's Jizo Statue description says "Lord Sakuza please take this cloth and use it to bundle this little one (Jinzaemon?), so that he may live in peace." Jizo statue's normal description "to enswathe a jizo statue is to express feelings of parental love" Jinzaemon's also wearing a purple cloth around him. The same color as the Jinza's jizo statue's cloth.

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Apr 2019 17:27  

                          After finished his quests, He died, and when I returned to his corp later....His head is MISSING!!! What is this mean????

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Apr 2019 02:39  

                            Hes weak to poison and have no poise, so you can cancel most of his attacks just by hitting him. Just dont get careless he hits like a truck.

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Mar 2019 23:24  

                              So if I happened to have killed Jinzaemon Kumano at the reservoir and killed kotaro at the tree in senpou temple "by accident" am I unable to progress with that questline?

                              • Anonymous

                                31 Mar 2019 08:23  

                                Using Suzaku's Lotus Umbrella and block with it everytime he hits would make him stunned for a moment (It also works with Doujun as well), and doubling it with additional R1 attack after using the umbrella (who has fire) would make him stunned again, i found it as easy way to kill him quick..

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Mar 2019 21:23  

                                  The reward that he gives you if you do his questline, the Jinza's Jizo Statue will be in your inventory along with a normal jinzo statue that you can only carry one at a time. That way you can have 2 extra revives for a difficult fight.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Mar 2019 18:27  

                                    So... this guy is basically Siegward of Catarina. He has the same character and he also pretty dumb as well.

                                    • 27 Mar 2019 16:14  

                                      If you kill O'Rin early on and then return to meet him before he moves, he mourns his inability to hear the melody, and attacks you, preventing either questline and rewarding nothing on death but coin. there was no line upon death for me either. O'rin also says "Uwaaah" when she dies in this instance, which i'm mad I wasn't playing in japanese for.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        25 Mar 2019 05:49  

                                        after luring him to the dungeon and reloading the area Doujun can be found talking to his master who is out of site from the door, reloading twice will have him send you to get red eyes from a carp in mibu village in ashina depths, that is as far as I have gotten so far, i do not have swimming from the Corrupted Monk so i was not able to see who he was talking to while he was in the cage.

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