Kuro, The Divine Heir


Location Ashina Castle (Kuro's Room)
Voice actors

Amber Hood (English)

Miyuki Sato (Japanese)

Kuro, The Divine Heir (九郎, Kurou) (御子, Divine Child) is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Kuro, The Divine Heir's bloodline is one of mysterious power, and is integral to the Plot of the game and the events that unfold during your play-through.

Kuro, The Divine Heir Information

The only surviving descendant of an ancient clan, Kuro was raised in seclusion as the adoptive son of Ashina’s minister Hirata. He is a calm and well-mannered young man, strong beyond his years, with a dignified appearance and demeanor. At the beginning of the game, he is captured by the Ashina Clan due to his unique ancestry as part of their ongoing conflict with the Interior Ministry.

Associated Quests

  • Kuro, The Divine Heir is the main drive behind the game's plot.

  • Please refer to the Endings guide to see how different ways of interacting with Kuro, and characters related to Kuro, impact the different endings of the game.


  • From a pre-release trailer, possibly voiced by "Kuro, The Divine Heir"
    • "Even if you fall, uphold the oath to bring your master home. For you are my shinobi. I have witnessed a Shura once before. The Mortal Blade."

  • After speaking to Isshin Ashina, Kuro will tell Sekiro about the Mortal Blade. If Sekiro already has the Mortal Blade during this conversation, then the next conversation will begin with different dialogue than if Sekiro leaves to obtain the Blade first.
    • Normal Dialogue:
      • Kuro: Wolf, that sword on your back, is it...
        Sekiro: It is the Mortal Blade.
        Kuro: The sword that can kill those who cannot die...
        Sekiro: Yes. It was given to me by the Divine Child of the Rejuvenating Waters at Senpou Temple.

    •  Alternate Dialogue:
      • Kuro: The sword that can kill those who cannot die... I didn't expect you to find it so quickly.
        Sekiro: Yes. It was given to me by the Divine Child of the Rejuvenating Waters at Senpou Temple.

Notes & Trivia

  • Voiced by: Amber Hood (English), and Miyuki Sato (Japanese).
    • Miyuki Sato is also known for voicing young Noctis in the videogame Final Fantasy XV.

  • Kuro, the Divine Heir was originally known as simply as the "The Prince," in promotional pre-release material for the game.

  • In one of the red visions Sekiro can happen upon during his first visit to Ashina Castle: Genichiro Ashina explains how the Ashina clan kidnapped Kuro in order to use his blood as a way to turn the tide of their conflict with the Interior Ministry, implying that the the Divine Blood of the Heir is capable of being shared with far, far more than one person at a time.


Concept Art & Gallery




    • Anonymous

      07 Jun 2019 15:53  

      How did Kuro come into possession of the dragon's heritage? Let me explain better, how did he become immortal? Did you drink the spring water??

      • Anonymous

        21 May 2019 22:12  

        Is there a source for this ? : "The only surviving descendant of an ancient clan, Kuro was raised in seclusion as the adoptive son of Ashina’s minister Hirata"

        • Anonymous

          20 May 2019 21:10  

          If you eat the sticky rice ball in front of kuro he will tell you that ever since he was a child he would love making sweets and would sometimes sneak into the kitchen of the hirata estate. Could someone add this in trivia?

          • Anonymous

            13 May 2019 00:24  

            He has some special dialogue if you havent offered the young lord's bell charm by the time you meet him at Ashina Castle

            • Anonymous

              29 Apr 2019 00:24  

              Upon receiving the Sweet Rice Ball item and walking away, it will trigger some additional dialogue about how Wolf is too shy to eat in front of Kuro. Afterwards you can use the item to trigger his dialogue regularly.

              • Anonymous

                17 Apr 2019 22:02  

                So let me break this down: Kuro is the unwilling heir of Dragons, exalted and desired for his ability to grant immortality. After being blessed and taking oath, Sekiro is granted the ability to resurrect endlessly by the power of his Lord, Kuro, and later loses his arm. Together, they seek to sever immortality to leave Ashina to its fate. …Sounds an awful lot like Lothric, an unwilling product of experiments with dragons, exalted and desired for his ability to rekindle the Fire; after taking oath, Lorian grants the ability to resurrect endlessly by the power of his brother, Lothric, and later loses the use of his legs. Together, they refuse to rekindle the Fire and decide to leave the kingdom of Lothric to its fate. Oh, From and your remixed character arcs…

                • Anonymous

                  15 Apr 2019 22:20  

                  Now Kuro gave me the second time "Divine Grass" i dont know how it triggers, but when i visit him/her he/she say "you are wounded take this" "maybe different in english play it with the german subtitels". At the time i was not wounded, full life and resurrect bars. Im in my first playtrough, not defeated owl the second time at hirata part 2 and not defeated the divine dragon. But i visited the Fountainhead Palace "defeated Monk". I have now 7 Divine Grass the 2 at the Fountainhead Palace are not collected, this will be 9 for my Playthrough. Anyone know how it triggers that kuro gave some?

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Apr 2019 04:18  

                    The only thing that make me think that Kuro is a girl was when Kuro use Mortal Blade to to cut into his own chest, but if he is a guy then what is the point of asking us to close our our eyes. What with this secrecy?

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Apr 2019 17:32  

                      98% of these comments are numbnuts saying Kuro is a girl because his voice is done by females. You realize that's super common for young male characcters to be voiced by women, right?? Not everything has to be a secret woman in disguise.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Apr 2019 04:20  

                        You can eavesdrop on Kuro prior to the True Eternal Ending as well. He has various dialogues. Tested from after getting the Mortal Blade and Flower. First time he makes a comment about Genichiro and losing his way. Seccond time he mentions about the dust and allergies. Will keep testing. I had to refresh the area to change the dialogue

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Apr 2019 21:37  

                          Spoiler ahead: Kuro gender most likely is female. In english version at the end of the game when you win with Genichiro he says something about blood in HER veins.

                          • Anonymous

                            03 Apr 2019 12:49  

                            If you eavesdrop on Kuro while he is in the library, he talks to someone. Don't know if the lines are correct (have to translate from german) "We're almost there" - "yes" - "do what's necessary" - whom is he talking to? please feel free to enlighten me.

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Mar 2019 20:21  

                              They call him 御子 (Miko). It mean's "god's son" or "child of the emperor" according to jisho dictionary. So it fits the "Divine Heir" english translation.

                              • Kuro, the Divine Heir [Sekiro Wiki]30 Mar 2019 16:10  

                                What's his Japanese title again? (honestly it'd be nice if all the characters Japanese titles are also displayed here)

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Mar 2019 17:24  

                                  The meaning of the name Kuro is Ninth Son.  It's a Male name. Women also a lot of young male characters. Off the top of my head, Goku, Trunks, Bart Simpson have all been voiced by women. Chill with the dopamine, this is really normal.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Mar 2019 17:10  

                                    The divine heir is most definitely a girl. For one, both of eng and jap voice actors are girls. Two, she told sekiro to close his eyes when she pierce the mortal blade on her chest. Three, the surviving child of rejuvenating waters is also a girl.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      25 Mar 2019 17:46  

                                      honestly he seems like a trap and that one scene where you beat the butterfly lady and he comes back to save "such a loyal wolf" is great. I realized with my real eyes why the wolf protecs him

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