Prayer Beads


 A loose prayer bead. Offering 4 of them at the Sculptor's Idol will increase maximum Vitality and Posture.

Currently, the Wolf has (n) bead(s) in his possession.

Prayer Beads are a special Upgrade Material in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The complete Sekiro Prayer Beads Locations Guide to upgrade Sekiro's Vitality and Posture; found around the game or by defeating specific Enemies. Each set of 4 increases Sekiro's Health by 20%. There are 40 in total, meaning you can obtain 200% more health or 3x your starting health.


Sekiro Prayer Beads

Bring 4 Prayer Beads to any Sculptor's Idol to upgrade Sekiro's maximum Vitality and Posture. This can be done a total of 10x during a single playthrough, increasing your max Vitality and Posture by a total of 200%. This carries over to New Game Plus if you missed some during your playthrough.


All Prayer Bead Locations Guide

There are 40 Prayer Beads to collect in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. You must collect all  Prayer Beads in one save (though you can go into New Game Plus) for the Peak Physical Strength trophy to unlock. You can obtain all 40 Prayer Beads in one playthrough, provided you follow the Purification Ending.


Ashina Outskirts (5)

  • 1x Dropped by General Naomori Kawarada upon defeat in the Outskirts Wall - Gate Path.
  • 1x Dropped by Chained Ogre upon defeat in the Outskirts Wall - Stairway.
  • 1x Dropped by Tenzen Yamauchi upon defeat in the Outskirts Wall - Stairway.
  • 1x In a chest in the attic of the temple where you speak with the Tengu of Ashina for the 1st time. You must grapple up the rafters and then wall jump into the attic. You must first defeat  Gyoubu Oniwa before you can access this area.
  • 1x Dropped by the Blazing Bull upon defeat in the Ashina Castle Gate.

Ashina Outskirts - after set ablaze (1)

  • 1x Dropped from Shigekichi of the Red Guard upon defeat, he is located in the courtyard past the stairway gate in Outskirts Wall - Stairway.

Hirata Estate (3)

  • 1x Dropped by Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen upon defeat in the Bamboo Thicket Slope.
  • 1x Dropped by Juzou the Drunkard upon defeat in the Main Hall Courtyard.
  • 1x in a chest behind the hidden wall near the Hirata Audience Chamber Sculptor's Idol. The hidden wall is denoted by a wall scroll at the end of the pathway being patrolled by the Bandit Soldier & Bandit Archer.

Hirata Estate - second memory (2)

Ashina Castle (5)

Ashina Castle - after overrun with Shinobi (3)

  • 1x Dropped by Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer upon defeat at the Great Serpent Shrine. Only before Ashina has been set ablaze.  If missed, it can be bought at the Offering Box near the Dilapidated Temple for 2200 Sen.
  • 1x Dropped by Lone Shadow Vilehand upon defeat in the Ashina Dojo.
  • 1x Dropped by the Chained Ogre upon defeat in the bottom of the Upper Tower. Jump down from the Upper Tower - Antechamber Sculptor's Idol area where two Samurai and an Old Lady are walking.

Ashina Castle - after set ablaze (2)

Abandoned Dungeon (1)

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo (3)

Sunken Valley (4)

  • 1x From the Under-Shrine Valley Sculptor's idol, turn to the right and walk up the hill slightly. Grappling across to tree stump. Kill the two Riflemen. Double-jump and climb up the wall next to them. Hug the wall and shimmy around the ledge. On the other side, drop down to find the prayer bead in the snow.
  • 1x Dropped by Snake Eyes Shirafuji upon defeat near the Sunken Valley Idol.
  • 1x Dropped by Long-arm Centipede Giraffe upon defeat in the Gun Fort.
  • 1x After defeating Long-Arm Centipede Giraffe, there is a hole in the floor to the left of the statue. Crouch and follow the left path to the chasm. Follow the two grapple hooks to the right to the first platform. Look up and to the right for the next grapple point to the next platform. Walk across the platform then look down and to the left for the final grapple point. This item will be on the ground in the center the mini-centipedes and poison geckos.

Ashina Depths (8)

  • 1x Dropped by Snake Eyes Shirahagi upon defeat in the Poison Pools.
  • 1x Past the fog gate guarded by Snake Eyes Shirahagi, just before the drop into the Ape's Den, look up and to the left. There will be a grapple point. Follow the path until the spot where you have to crouch. Go past the first overhang, stand up, turn left, and jump up on the ledge. Follow the path and climb the wall using consecutive wall jumps. Look up towards the statues head and grapple. The item will be on top of the statue's head.
  • 1x Dropped by Tokujiro the Glutton upon defeat in the Misty Forest.
  • 2x Dropped by the Headless Ape upon defeat in the Ashina Depths. You must first defeat the Guardian Ape in the Sunken Valley Passage before you can fight this boss.
  • 1x Dropped by O'Rin of the Water upon defeat in Mibu Village.
  • 1x From the Water Mill Sculptor's Idol go through O'rin of the Water's arena, over the bridge, and up to the house. There is an opening to the right-side of the house's stairs you can crouch under. Go to the left side of the house, look up and interact with the revolving floorboards. Go outside the house and grapple to the 2nd Floor. This item is on the Shrine surrounded by Spirit Emblems. Video Location
  • 1x In a chest at the bottom of the Lake in Mibu Village. This can only be obtained after receiving the Mibu Breathing Technique Latent Skill.

Fountainhead Palace (3)

  • 1x Dropped by Sakura Bull of the Palace upon defeat. Once you make it to the Sculptor's Idol past the courtyard full of flute-playing Nobles, turn left and run down the length of the palace. The Sakura Bull will appear from around the corner once you are about 1/2 way down the length of the palace.
  • 1x located at the bottom of the Great Colored Carp Lake. There is a pit in the lake with 2 headless and a giant skeleton with glowing worms on it. The prayer bead is located around the skeleton. You do not have to kill headless to retrieve.
  • 1x Dropped by Okami Leader Shizu upon defeat at the Sakura Tree. This is the enemy that shoots lightning at you when you attempt to enter the Lake when first reaching Fountainhead Palace.



Prayer Beads Notes & Tips

  • Prayer Beads can only be collected once per save file. Collected Prayer beads are replaced with other items on consecutive NG+ cycles.
  • The player can carry up to 99 Prayer beads although only 40 can be collected per save file.


Sekiro Prayer Bead Necklaces

First Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. The ferocity of Ashina's army is renowned throughout then nation. Its generals are especially talented, every one of them accomplished in the Ashina sword style. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Second Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. In Ashina, there is a towering pink ogre of a man, said to have gone red-eyed and run amok before he was long shut away in a forsaken dungeon... Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Third Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. The bull was a fiery, rampaging beast and nothing more. In the last great war, the corpses of Ashina samurai piled high. Something had to be done. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Fourth Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. Only those who have master the Ashina blade may set foot inside the castle dojo. Isshin will often stop by unannounced, just to keep the students on their toes. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Fifth Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. The gun fort Sunken Valley is command by the Snake Eyes, an elite force of women able to pierce distant targets with might flint cannons and phenomenal vision. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Sixth Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. The Centipedes will seek out a leader, often changing names out of loyalty. Centipedes chiefs are known as "Long-arms," for their large talon-like weapons. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Seventh Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. An unrivaled sumo wrestler once served a great feudal lord. Dismissed after giving to drink, he fell to a life of brigandry. And so he was dubbed Juzou the Drunkard. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Eighth Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. Lone Shadows are the Interior Ministry's most trusted agents. Each of leader Masatsuna Oribe's seventeen born has a specialty, from poison to shinobi hounds.  Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%


Ninth Prayer Necklace

Robert's father came from afar across seas to the south, in search of the Undying. Repelling a thousand blades was a small price for the blessing of rejuvenation... Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%

Final Prayer Necklace

Loose prayer beads strung together in offering to a Sculptor's Idol. Increases maximum Vitality and Posture.

A prayer bead necklace befits the strong.

The Seven Spears of Ashina were pivotal in Isshin's coup. He awarded the lance to none but his most loyal samurai. Yet now, only a few of the Seven remain.

Increases maximum Vitality and Posture by 20%





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    • Anonymous

      19 May 2021 22:56  

      Why does it feels like when my vitality and posture goes up, my enemies are getting tougher, like their damage are increasing as I offer prayer beads

      • Anonymous

        27 Apr 2021 09:26  

        yooo, PSA! The wiki isn't very clear about it but those secret door (in hirata and ashina castle) are shinobi doors marked with a scroll on the wall instead of a silhouette, they're pretty easy to miss

        • Anonymous

          11 Mar 2021 22:55  

          Was missing one for the longest, turns out the wikis outdated. The one they've forgotten is in the poison pool after snake eyes just before ape there's a grapple that takes you to a crouching area, the moment you can stand turn left and look up, there's a grapple point that takes you to a buddha's head that where the bead is

          • Anonymous

            08 Mar 2021 17:01  

            Chipping in with my "I had 39 for ages story"

            Last one was the hidden wall located between the two sets of armor behind the two Blue-Robed Samurai. When I first read this I thought it meant the breakable wall behind the two blue-robe samurai that are beside the staircase up to the dojo which I had already been to so thought I had picked up a bead there. It was only when I went back there and there was no armor that I realised I had jumped to the wrong conclusion.

            • Anonymous

              21 Feb 2021 00:22  

              Important note: if you miss a bead on your first play through, you can’t get it until you get to that specific prayer bead in Ng+

              • Anonymous

                28 Jan 2021 03:34  

                For those who might be missing one like myself, the one prayer bead I was missing was the secret room in the upper tower - antechamber idol. To the right next to the two blues ashina samurai. Spent hours until I remembered that room.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Jan 2021 20:57  

                  I was missing 1, before beating the Divine Dragon and continuing to the Ashina Ablaze section (not counting the 3 you can get during that section). The last one I was looking for was for diving into Mibu Village Lake. Hope this helps others

                  • 01 Dec 2020 08:49  

                    Went thru the whole game thinking i had a glitch. Only killed ONE of the giraffe centipede guys. The one from temple grounds, mt. Kongo where you go up then down the sneaky area then climb over the wall to the other sneaky area is imo/experience the easiest to miss. Esp. given the list above, i was so sure i killed all the giraffes... Ugh... Then i was like, did I really kill two giraffes? And remembered how extra stealthy i was in senpou temples. Snuck past the whole scenario.

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Nov 2020 20:46  

                      This is the one I was missing for 40, it's pretty easy to miss so I am assuming it might be the one you all are missing too: From the Temple Grounds Sculptor's Idol jump into the pond containing two Treasure Carps and dive. This can only be obtained after acquiring the Mibu Breathing Technique Latent Skill.

                      • 24 Nov 2020 07:45  

                        One Prayer Bead isnt mentioned here, the one before the Headless (Ungo) fight in the Sunken Valley (the Spot with the Sniper and 3 White Phantom Samurai)

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Nov 2020 17:36  

                          I've checked, double-checked, and triple-checked every single one of these and I'm still missing a single bead :/

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Aug 2020 19:16  

                            I am at 9 necklaces and and 3 beads, i got one at the offering box along with the kunai thing, but i didn't go to hirata a second time so i am confused. Wasn't i supposed to be missing 2 beads?

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Aug 2020 22:13  

                              There must be a mistranslation, because these look more like bracelets and don't seem like necklaces at all.

                              • Anonymous

                                16 May 2020 18:53  

                                There are so many idiots in the comments, i got all 40 on my first playthrough without even looking any of this up

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 May 2020 12:34  

                                  i got a total of 37 beads, also some you listed are jizo statues which i have 4 and i'm stuck to 18 vitality, so can't i reach 20??

                                  • Anonymous

                                    18 Sep 2019 12:45  

                                    There is one more prayer bead in Ashina Castle – Old Grave(not mentioned in the above list) from Shigekichi of the Red Guard, found after Fountainhead Palace boss.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      15 Aug 2019 13:11  

                                      Always love the Zelda style heart pieces. Much more interesting to explore for the beands rather than farming xp for leveling hp

                                      • Anonymous

                                        10 Jul 2019 02:09  

                                        Actually why are u guys thinking that you have to do the Purification Ending for getting all Beads . You can actually Skip Father Owl Fight to Kill Lone Shadow Masanaga & Jozou's Rematch at thr 2nd Hirata Estate Memory. But with this it surely wants u to Disobey the Iron Code so just go first playthrough Purification Ending & on NG+ do Shura it's actually Easier first than NG+ for the Purification Ending... since their damage output is almost manageable... i also got all 40 Beads before facing Father Owl uptill Shikigechi then i headed back to kill Owl & then proceed to Demon Of Hatred then finish the Purification Ending... For the First Playthrough it surely is the Hardest Ending but also the Most Rewarding for Attack Power upto 14 ( Initial Soft Cap of 340 Vitality Damage ) while from 15-99 is almost Half the amount 340 Vitality Damage... Caping upto 99 Attack Power is somewhere between 590-620 Vitality Damage i think..

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