A katana given by Kuro, the Divine Heir. An heirloom of the Hirata family, a cadet branch descended from Ashina.

Once thought lost, it has found its way back into the hands of the Wolf.

The name Kusabimaru beseeches, "A shinobi's role is to kill, but even a shinobi must not forget mercy." A mantra the blade itself may manifest.

Kusabimaru (Japanese: 楔丸) is a Key Item in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is used to to attack Enemies and deflect attacks. This is the primary means of combat in Sekiro.


 Kusabimaru Usage

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

Ashina Reservoir- Given by Kuro, the Divine Heir in the Moonlit Tower during the prolouge.


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 [1].", 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 White Darksign - DS1 Lucatiel's Darksign - DS2. 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.





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    • Anonymous

      16 Jan 2020 03:25  

      The best sword is a reliable one. Kusabimaru is small, light, sturdy and reliable; perfect for a wielder who understands finesse and balance.

      • Anonymous

        28 Apr 2019 08:34  

        This katana: Does maybe 1/20th of an enemy's hp bar per hit Katana of a generic grunt: Does 1/3rd of my hp bar per hit Its more effective as a shield than a weapon tbh

        • Anonymous

          27 Apr 2019 04:04  

          Considering how many hits it blocks and how many lives it takes throughout the game without breaking it's actually a damn good weapon despite its unassuming design.

          • Anonymous

            05 Apr 2019 17:22  

            This seems to be the shortest katana in the game. Genichiro, Owl, even trash mobs have more range. Oh how I wish the Mortal Blade was an alternate weapon.

            • Anonymous

              26 Mar 2019 18:58  

              Everyone else's sword hits you for over 20% of your health each time, yours hits for less than 5% of theirs. I think this guy's trying to do a broken sword run.

              • Anonymous

                23 Mar 2019 20:27  

                I got a different description. After the bit about finding its way back to Wolf it says “Both sheath and hilt are an unassuming solid black. It’s name means ‘ties with that which is precious’, and it’s said the blade embodies this sentiment.”

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