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 is a special Upgrade Material in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Prayer Beads are required for upgrading Sekiro's maximum Vitality and Posture. They are obtained by finding them in the environment or by defeating specific Enemies. Each necklace of four increases your Health by 20%. There are 40 in total, for a maximum of 10 necklaces, which means you can obtain 200% more health or 300% of your starting health.



Prayer Beads Usage


Where to Find Prayer Beads

There are 40 Prayer Beads to collect. You must collect all prayer beads in one save (you can go into New Game Plus) for the 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.Video Location
  • 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. Video Location

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.
  • 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 around 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. Video Location
  • 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. Video Location

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. Video Location
  • 1x Dropped by Tokujiro the Glutton upon defeat in the Misty Forrest.
  • 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. Video Location

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. Note: If you land a stealth deathblow, you will still have to fight the bull as it does not kill it.
  • 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.
  • Other notes...






    • Anonymous

      21 Apr 2019 14:15  

      It s a great fight but his spirit owl can go ***** itself, it s so confusing trying to read his moves with that blinding light circling you at all times.

      • Anonymous

        21 Apr 2019 03:07  

        For everyone here there are 39 listed not 40 the only one missing here is "Shigekichi of the Red Guard" he is an enemy in ashina outskirts after set ablaze

        • Anonymous

          18 Apr 2019 06:36  

          Im missing one bead and have double checked everything. In ng+ now redoing it. The two possib. I come up with are either a miniboss fell before i knew that wasnt true kill, or im remembering fighting a boss that i never killed then lost the opportunity to go back. Only now assuming him dead because i remem the fight. Im leaning toward the first. Perhaps if anyone else is clueless as to where they miss one this will help with possiblities.

          • Anonymous

            15 Apr 2019 22:26  

            Just saw a YouTube video Rage playthrough with a quick clip that most people are probably missing. Spawn at corrupted monk and go back into the house with the human you give spring water to that turns into a mist noble. Walk out into the opening, jump on the rock and 180° you should see a grapple point to the attic of the house. And the end is a few spirit emblems and the final bead.

            • Anonymous

              13 Apr 2019 06:27  

              Shouldn't it be better if you put Shigekichi of the Red Guard in the "Ashina - After set ablaze" category?

              • Anonymous

                10 Apr 2019 10:10  

                The only beads I'm missing are from the mini bosses at the well, and at the Serpent Shrine. I'm at the endgame and I'm pretty sure they're in the offering box since its glowing. The problem is, the game won't let me pick them up and keeps giving me a message that the box is empty even though it's glowing. I tried resting at the idol and leaving the area and coming back in every way I could, but it's still giving me the message and not letting me pick it up.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Apr 2019 17:37  

                  Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer on ashina castle after overrun with shinobi is missable, you should get it before defeat divine dragon

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Apr 2019 06:12  

                    So if each necklace provides an additional 20% health, would the 10 necklaces provide plus 200% (as stated above) or plus 120%^10? Just wondering as the later necklaces seem to provide more health than the earlier ones.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Apr 2019 03:06  

                      I'm doing the Dragon's Homecoming ending and you can still go to the second Hirata estate, it's seems as long as you don't do the Sakura ending you're fine to do either the Dragon's Homecoming or Purification ending not sure if you can get Immortal Severance ending tho

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Apr 2019 00:33  

                        I had 2 in the offering box at dillapidated temple when I got to the end of the game. I believe they are from 2 mini bosses that you have to face a 2nd time later in the game. The one I know for sure that I didn't kill is ashina seven Spears. Not sure about the other. But I was able to purchase them for 2200 sen each from the offering box. Not sure if this has been mentioned before.

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Apr 2019 23:27  

                          I believe I’m missing the castle gate prayer bead in the attic where Tengu is, but I can’t get back to the area in the endgame. Path from Ashina Castle idol is blocked and same with Underbridge Valley. There’s also nothing in the item box back at Dil Tem. Crap!

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Mar 2019 22:11  

                            "1x Dropped from Seven Spears Ashina rematch upon defeat in the Ashina Resevoir after Ashina has been set ablaze." This is incorrect. It's not a rematch, it's a separate miniboss. It's Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa.

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Mar 2019 18:48  

                              Father owl doesn't drop it. The mini-boss in the burning area where you first met owl 3 years ago drops it.

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Mar 2019 13:28  

                                So if I didn't have Purification ending and didn't get bell from Emma that's mean I can't collect them all?

                                • Anonymous

                                  30 Mar 2019 07:22  

                                  TO ANYONE WHO HAS 39/40! I followed this guide throughout my playthrough, but towards the end I realized I was on track to have 39/40 but I couldn't figure out which one I was missing. MAKE SURE YOU DOUBLE CHECK THE GUN FORT PRAYER BEAD thats after Long-Arm Centipede Giraffe. I had gone through the tunnel once before, and I was convinced I had collected that bead. Buuuut... I didn't. I had actually gone through the wrong way. After you go through the tunnel in the floor to the ledge, look almost straight up and to the right to the grapple point, and follow the points to the right. This assumes this is the bead you're missing, since its easily missed. GL

                                  • Anonymous

                                    29 Mar 2019 04:24  

                                    Hey. Think my game is bugged. I've looked everywhere and watched videos on where they all are but till can't seem to find my last one.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      28 Mar 2019 18:59  

                                      During your second visit in Hirata, you can get a prayer bead from Jozou as stated - but NOT from Owl. The other prayer bead comes from a mini boss named "Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer".

                                      • Anonymous

                                        28 Mar 2019 18:42  

                                        The statement, "1x from Owl(Father) in Hirata Estate 2nd Memory after receiving bell from Emma for Purification Ending." is false. You get two prayer beads from the 2nd memory but the one not listed is from another fight with Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          28 Mar 2019 01:35  

                                          SECOND HIRATA MEMORY, requirement for Purification Ending, but can still do other endings after getting those two 21. Lone Shadow 2: Poisonous Boogaloo - the same place Owl was before 22. Juzuo 2.0, at the same place he was before

                                          • Anonymous

                                            28 Mar 2019 01:13  

                                            My question is can you kill all the bosses in the purification ending and still do the return ending… For instance kill your father get the flower and not give it to Emma and instead give Kuro both dragon tears this way you get all the prayer beads and your father's last memory???

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