Lore in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice refers to the World Building, Story and Setting of the game. The world of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has the feeling of a fantastical re-imagining of Sengoku-Era Japan, which is built on a large amount of small folklore stories thus the lore would be able to explain the numerous stories that would be told in Sekiro.


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Lore


The time is Sengoku
Beyond the peaks of deep snow, lies the land of Ashina
Sword Saint Ashina Isshin, who in but a generation conquered the realm and begun the country in
the Northern Regions
But that Ashina is now in mortal danger

Isshin’s grandson, and Ashina’s Commander, despairing at their plight secretly told the allies
“There are no usual means left by which to protect Ashina”
“This right here is when we need that prince”

And thus the prince is kidnapped
And a prince he is in name only, without a family or vassals,
but for one single ninja.

This is a tale of stranding,
loneliness between Lord and Retainer.



Sekiro Trailers

Story Trailer - February 2019


English Translation/Transcript:

Narrator: In the closing years of the Sengoku Era, Japan was consumed by perpetual conflict.

Character 1 (War times): What's the matter, stray? Nothing left to lose?. Well, would you look at that. Will you join me, starving wolf?

Character 1 (years later): That day I pulled you from the battlefield, I had no idea what you would become


Tokyo Game Show (TGS) Trailer - September 2018


English Translation/Transcript:

Mysterious voice: 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.

Sekiro: I accept its power.

Ashina Clan Warrior: We meet again, Son of Owl. So, the young lord's shinobi thinks he can stop us?

Young Lord(?): Loyal Wolf. Take my blood and live again.


E3 Trailer - June 2018



Busshi: So you're awake. Looks like death is not your fate just yet.
Some time has passed since I found you: your master still lives but they'll soon make use of his bloodline.
The limb you have lost will give way to something more... useful. You'll learn to appreciate its worth.
Your death won't come easily.


About the Sengoku Era

The Sengoku Era in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the setting that was chosen for the game. The Sengoku Era was a century-long period in Japanese history that was known for its military conflict between social, political upheaval and warlordism where countless leaders of Japan fought each other in a never-ending battle for claiming power and land.

According to an interview from the Washington Post and Hidetaka Miyazaki, Miyazaki mentions: "As we wanted to create a setting in which a ninja character could play an active role, we considered both the Sengoku period and the Edo period. The reason for picking Sengoku over Edo was that the former is an era during the Middle Ages, whereas the latter is closer to early-modern times. A more medieval setting allowed for the impression that various ancient and mystical elements still exist in the world, which is something we found very appealing."

Similar to this, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes place in a re-imagined 16th century Sengoku Period of Japan, where certain parts of Ashina is overrun by formidable leaders hungry for power. Players will take control of Sekiro also known as "The Wolf" who was sent and given a mission to rescue the young divine Heir, Lord Kuro who carries the power of resurrection that is running in his blood.

Later on, Sekiro faces Genichiro Ashina where he eventually fails to protect the divine heir, loses his left arm over Genichiro's blade and is left to die. However, it seems the Gods are in Sekiro's favor as he survives and awakens in a temple with the aid of a mysterious man known as the Sculptor - Sekiro awakens as a vengeful shinobi equipped with a new tool along with a new found power of Resurrection who is on a quest to rescue the divine heir from various forces wanting to use the divine heir's blood for their own intent.

Lore Theory: The Sengoku era spans from 1467 (beginning of the Onin War) to 1590 (Siege of Odawara). The events of Sekiro, however, likely took place at some point between 1576 and 1590, because the antagonist of Ashina is called the Interior Ministry (内府; naifu in the Japanese). More specifically, it can be either 1576 or 1580, depending on who the historical origin of Isshin Ashina is.

  • Nobunaga Oda, the first of the Three Great Unifiers of Japan, held the position of the Interior Minister of the Court (the 4th highest in the hierarchy of the ancient Japanese court system) between 1576–1577. Tomonori Kitabatake, a possible candidate for the historical origin of Isshin Ashina was killed by the assassins of Nobunaga in 1576.
    • Note that Nobunaga also held the Right Minister of the Court (the 3rd highest) between 1577–1582. He was usually called Oda Right Ministry (Oda Ufu; 織田右府) in this period. It is possible that "the Inner Ministry" in Sekiro is an allusion to "the Right Ministry" rather than strict historical reference.
  • Nobukatsu Oda, a son of Nobunaga, held the position of the Interior Minister between 1577-1590. Moriuji Ashina, another possible candidate for the historical origin of Isshina Ashina, died in 1580.

About the Shinobi

"Never forget the Iron Code."

"Looks like death is not in your fate... just yet."

Shinobi in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is another term that is used to identify a Ninja - where during the Sengoku Era, Shinobis equipped with the skills of assassination, infiltration, espionage, and sabotage existed.

In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, players will take control of a Shinobi named Sekiro or The Wolf who is equipped with a Prosthetic Arm, as well as a Resurrective power that separates him from the rest of the Shinobi. He is sworn to follow the Shinobi's Iron Code of protecting the Divine Heir with his life from dangerous forces who are after the power of Resurrection, and possibly reform and save the land of Ashina.

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    • Anonymous

      07 Jun 2019 09:42  

      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

        13 May 2019 20:56  

        Do you guys agree that the Dragon's Homecoming ending is the "real" or "good" ending? I think they could do either a DLC or an entire sequel from that. Wolf and the Cradle going on their quest to find the birthplace of the Divine Dragon. Also, they only say that the Dragon came from the west... Does that mean towards North America?

        • Anonymous

          13 May 2019 20:43  

          Can anyone give an educated guess as to hoe much time passed between Sekiro getting his arm cut off and him waking up, getting back to Kuro at Ashina Castle? I'm confused on this part because it makes it seem like it was perhaps weeks or months, but then there's the day/night cycle that makes it look like just a day or so.

          • Anonymous

            01 May 2019 11:36  

            Hi, i wondering about some gap in lore. How Kuro give us his blood at Hirata, so we can resurrect it later we need a mortal blade to do it? Thanks for answer Quaglog

            • Anonymous

              01 May 2019 05:09  

              What's up with the two female statues that are holding snakes at the serpent god shrine and the end of the gun fort where you fight the centipede guy? The one in the shrine has a stone snake and a broken stomach with blood all over like something came out of it but the other has a real snake that's dead. Is there some Japanese cultural significance to this?

              • Anonymous

                21 Apr 2019 22:14  

                Did Tomoe successfully sever Takeru's immortality? It is mentioned Tomoe failed to get the mortal blade and you need those to kill an immortal, right? However, there are graves with their names found in the Old Grave. Are they empty? Are those two alive somewhere for future DLC? How the heck does one become a Dragon Heir in the first place anyway? Did one just pop out of nowhere or do you need to drink the Divine Dragon's blood/tear or something like that? Are Old Dragons of the Tree previous Divine Heirs? Also, those big dudes... An Ashina soldier called their own Taro Corps. Are they based on Momotaro who came out of a big peach, making them artificial soldiers? And those rats... F them, second only to those supercharged, flying, spinning, sweaty monks.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Apr 2019 02:39  

                  Has isshin known of wolf since owl found him on the battle field because without saying anything to him as tengu he names you sekiro worch means one armed wolf dose isshin know your the son of owl and know everything about you if he hunts shinobi why didnt he kill wolf why did he name him sekiro and in its him to hunt rats together what about sekiro fascinated isshin?

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Apr 2019 17:17  

                    Ok so this is a little different but it's been bugging me. The headless During your fight with any headless every once in a while he will attempt a grab. If he grabs you...well he looks to me any ways that hes reaching far up your rectum and rips out like I'm guessing your spleen or something? And then will proceed to shove what ever he ripped out of you up his own rectum and I am not joking either find it out yourself...dose anyone know much else about the headless and why they have this peculiar behavior?

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Apr 2019 18:47  

                      The armored warrior in mt.kongo on the bridge when you beat him his last word he yells out "Robert"! Who is Robert? Why is the warrior there, any significance?

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Apr 2019 22:26  

                        I thought just sekiro and maybe the sculptor were unique when it came to a prosthetic left arm til I started looking at the other shinobi in the game every single one also has some different left arm and I wonder if anyone know why?

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Apr 2019 22:23  

                          Has anyone else noticed that every other shinobi in the game also has some type of prosthetic or alternate left arm as well? Cause I can't find anything on it or anyone else mentioning it?

                          • Anonymous

                            27 Mar 2019 11:29  

                            Perhaps a detailed look into the Dragonrot and it's lore would be tremendously welcomed on this page. Hmm …. yes, indeed.

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