Sekiro can continuously attack in a pattern of five slashes. He will take a step forwards for every swing.
Holding the attack button until a glint runs across the blade results in a powerful thrust attack. The thrust does more damage and can penetrate defenses. A thrust can be performed as part of a combo after the first, second or third slash,
Blocking can absorb physical damage to vitality however that damage will instead affect Posture. Timing a block just as an attack lands is a deflection.
Deflecting will negate all physical damage and return the posture damage to the enemy. A deflect can be followed up with a quick attack.
Elemental damage from fire, lightning and spirit can not be blocked or deflected.
How to Find Kusabimaru
Kusabimaru Notes & Tips
- Kusabi (楔) is Japanese for "linchpin," while maru (丸) is a common suffix used in masculine names.
- Every attack leaves Wolf open for a brief moment before the next input.
- Jumping off level ground, Wolf can quickly swing his sword twice before landing. This technique can allow for two attacks during moments one might find time for a single standing attack.
- Wolf will swing his sword horizontally when attacking after a quick step or sprint.
- Wolf can sprint into a thrust attack, quickly closing in and reaching the tip of his blade into enemies at a distance.
Story & Lore
- Kuro comes from 九 (ku) meaning "nine" and 郎 (rou) meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the ninth son. The name likely refers to the nine sons of the Dragon King "the dispenser of rain". But "Kuro" is also a Japanese kanji (黒) meaning “black”. Sekiro, the vengeance-seeking "Shinobi" - which in Japanese means both “ninja” and “shadow” - is a wink to previous game titles in which the player could sign up to become a "Blade of the Darkmoon .", a shadow of the divine lineage of DS. This was also a covenant presided over by the Dark Sun Gwyndolin. The white taint that surrounds Sekiro's eye is a manifestation of the Dragon Stagnation. Which is caused by Sekiro's immortal oath to the heir of the dragon. The mark serves as a Sekiro symptom of Hollowing . Kuro's bare feet are another legacy that stems from the dragon children of DS. This is likely because of a dragon-like resistance to the cold of autumn and winter.
- Kusabimaru 楔丸 - given by the Young Lord - was named in honor of the Lynchpin Temple “The Nexus of Souls”.
- Kusabimaru has a bo-hi (the groove running almost the length of the blade) and lacks any visible hamon (wavy lines along the blade clearly visible on Genichiro, Emma, and Owl's blades). It is the only katana in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to have a bo-hi. The tsuba (handguard) and habaki (pin at the base of the blade sitting on the tsuba) appear to be made of shibuichi, a japanese copper-silver alloy that can range from black to silver-copper in appearance. Shibuichi was sometimes used for blade hardware, however habaki were most commonly crafted of copper. Tsuba, especially on heirloom swords, were often crafted from shakudo (a copper-gold alloy that is chemically treated to become black in color). The combination of plain blade (the lack of hamon and presence of bo-hi could suggest it was either a mass-produced blade OR a training blade) and unique hardware make Kusabimaru an interesting weapon.