malcontent upgrade material sekiro wiki guide

Finger Whistle reinforced with the Malcontent's ring. Costs Spirit Emblems to use. Can be used to drive beasts mad, and to torment apparition-type enemies.


"Kingfisher" is etched onto the ring. The Kingfisher's cry could be heard along the waterfront of Sunken Valley. Now, she cries no more. 

Spirit Emblem Cost 4

Malcontent is a Prosthetic Tool Upgrade in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, equipped via the Prosthetic Arm and which can be used alongside the primary weapon, Kusabimaru.

These Tools, varying from the Loaded Shuriken to the Shinobi Firecracker, are equipped via the Prosthetic Arm and can be swapped out on the fly, allowing for creative and innovative solutions to the many exploratory challenges the player may face. 


How to use Malcontent

  • In addition to all the earlier benefits given by the Finger Whistle, this upgrade will also stun apparition-type enemies for several seconds, but will also only affect them three times at most.

  • It should preferably be used in the final phase of a boss or mini-boss fight, when most enemies are at their most dangerous. 

  • Works on the Demon of Hatred optional boss and can stun it up three times. After the 3rd use it will enrage the boss and cause it to charge at you.

  • While it can still be used for much the same purpose as the Finger Whistle/Mountain Echo (i.e. to lure enemies or enrage animals), this is inadvisable due to the slightly higher Spirit Emblem cost.  


Where to find Malcontent in Sekiro

Malcontent Notes & Trivia

  • You do not lose access to previous versions of Prosthetic Tools when you upgrade them.

  • The description of the Malcontent, along with the descriptions of the Slender Finger and Malcontent's Ring, each give us the most information available in the game regarding whom it was exactly that accompanied the Sculptor during his time spent training in the Sunken Valley. In this instance, we have the idea of it being the Guardian Ape who was responsible for the death of "Kingfisher," reinforced by the specificity of where her cries were heard, as the waterfront of the Sunken Valley corresponds directly to the area where the Guardian Ape boss is fought.

  • Though her ultimate fate is known (the Slender Finger is "found in the belly of the Guardian Ape," after all), both how this occurred, why the Sculptor and his partner went their separate ways (as the Sculptor expresses surprise upon you returning the finger to him), as well as the full extent of their relationship, is still unknown.

  • The Sculptor after performing this upgrade: 
    "Listen...that finger whistle I've attached to your arm. I'm sure it will play a somber but enjoyable tune. Make sure to use it well."

  • Makes a lower pitched sound than the Finger Whistle/Mountain Echo and changes the visual cue from silver to copper. 



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    • Anonymous

      If you charge it up and use living force to launch it forward, the impact itself will cause the Demon of Hatred to be stun. But since the delayed effect is still present and will set off soon, it will stun him again. Don't use the delayed whistle with Living Force VS that boss.

      • Anonymous

        It should honestly be more useful .
        It works against the demon of hatred and against a few other mobs ( such as headless ) but it won't work against all apparition types for some reason . The guardian ape is immune to its effect , so is the fake monk , so are the apparitions who start spawning after the fake monk has been defeated .
        Definitely a nice tool in its own way but fairly niche .

        • Anonymous

          This plus Living Force is a game changer. Use the charge attack then immediately do a light attack. You throw the delayed whistle in whichever direction Sekiro is facing. Aim it with the monocular if you want precision. I like throwing it behind enemies in front of me. I hide somewhere, check the delayed echo behind them, then sprint over for the backstab when they turn around.

          • Anonymous

            So when you give the Sculptor Monkey Booze, he talks about his training in the Sunken Valley with another shinobi. He tells you that they carried a certain ring—and that when “he” blew through it, the valley was filled with a somber melody. So either there was a mistranslation, or the writers goofed up, or perhaps the “she” described in the Kingfisher description refers to the ring itself and not the owner… Or perhaps the ring was an invention of a certain woman (perhaps an Ōkami tribeswoman), and the Sculptor’s partner somehow came into possession of it?

            • Anonymous

              Works great on Demon of Hatred. See in recent video I posted on Youtube. Sekiro - Malcontent whistle skill - When to use on Demon on Hatred. O'rin is best killed with ako confetti and Shadowrush or shadow fall and deflects. Monk is best killed with confetti Butterly tool and waiting for attack to end and coming in with running slash and 1 more regular slash, followed by turn around run. The warriors is easily killed with buffs and few early slashes and switching to umbrella after he teleports. The only boss that is really good to use this tool on is Hatred. Use the last umbrella until 3rd form and then use whatever skill points you have left minus 2 (for umbrella) to get some extra damage.

              • Anonymous

                using this will stun the Headless for about 2-3 seconds. during this time they still flail around a bit with another sword swing so watch out. there is a visual cue of a golden ring around the Headless' stump to show you that the effect is still active. requires testing on O'Rin, the Corrupted Monk, and the Shichimen Warrior to see if it is also effective.

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