Sculptor's Idol


Idols crafted by The Sculptor, found across the land. They provide a moment's respite even in a hostile environment

Sculptor's Idols(鬼仏,Demonic Buddha) are the Checkpoints of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Much like Bonfires worked in Dark Souls and Lamps in Bloodborne, idols are found and unlocked throughout the world. Resting at a Sculptors's Idol will replenish the player's White Spirit Emblem inventory up to their Spirit Emblem Cap (15, at the start of the game) if they have any in storage.


Sculptor's Idols in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

"Sculptor's Idols serve as a checkpoint and can be found throughout Ashina. Resting at a Sculptor's Idol will completely replenish vitality and restore one use of Resurrection. Additionally, Quick Items and Spirit Emblems in your storage will be added to your current inventory.

With some exceptions, resting will also revive defeated enemies."


Idol Usage

  • Commune with a sculptor's idol to Rest. The last Sculptor's Idol you rested at acts as a checkpoint.
  • Sit at the idol to activate it and restore your health.
  • As you are restored, any Spirit Emblems you have in storage will be returned to your inventory, up to your Spirit Emblem Cap. 
  • Travel: Warp to other Sculptor's Idols.
  • Acquire Skills: Use Skill points to unlock Skills and Skill Trees.
  • Enhance Physical Attributes: Upgrade your Vitality and Posture Gauges with Prayer Beads
  • Enhance Attack Power with Memory.
  • Enhance Attack Power with skill points. (after acquiring all pieces of the Dancing Dragon Mask, can be carried over to NG+ and beyond)
  • Cure Dragonrot for all NPCs(require completing Emma's quest line, have to redo for every NG+ cycle)


Locations of the Idols


Ashina Outskirts

  • Dilapidated Temple
  • Ashina Outskirts
  • Outskirts Wall - Gate Path
  • Outskirts Wall - Stairway
  • Underbridge Valley
  • Ashina Castle Fortress
  • Ashina Castle Gate
  • Flames of Hatred

Hirata Estate

  • Dragonspring - Hirata Estate
  • Estate Path
  • Bamboo Thicket Slope
  • Hirata Estate - Main Hall
  • Hirata Audience Chamber
  • Hirata Estate - Hidden Temple

Ashina Castle

  • Ashina Castle
  • Upper Tower - Antechamber
  • Upper Tower - Ashina Dojo
  • Castle Tower Lookout
  • Upper Tower - Kuro's Room
  • Old Grave
  • Great Serpent Shrine
  • Abandoned Dungeon Entrance
  • Ashina Reservoir
  • Near Secret Passage


Abandoned Dungeon

  • Underground Waterway
  • Bottomless Hole

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo

  • Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo
  • Shugendo
  • Temple Grounds
  • Main Hall
  • Inner Sanctum
  • Sunken Valley Cavern
  • Bell Demon's Temple

Sunken Valley

  • Under-Shrine Valley
  • Sunken Valley
  • Gun Fort
  • Riven Cave
  • Bodhisattva Valley
  • Guardian Ape's Watering Hole


Ashina Depths

  • Ashina Depths
  • Poison Pool
  • Guardian Ape's Burrow
  • Hidden Forest
  • Mibu Village
  • Water Mill
  • Wedding Cave Door

Fountainhead Palace

  • Fountainhead Palace
  • Vermilion Bridge
  • Mibu Manor
  • Flower Viewing Stage
  • Great Sakura
  • Palace Grounds
  • Feeding Grounds
  • Near Pot Noble
  • Sanctuary


  • The Sculptor’s Idols were all carved and by The Sculptor (his name in Japanese, Busshi, literally means “Sculptor of Buddhas”). In his workshop at the Dilapidated Temple, you can see dozens of malformed, unfinished, or discarded Sculptor’s Idols.
  • In Japanese, the Sculptor’s Idols are labeled 鬼仏,meaning “Demonic Buddha”. Talking to The Sculptor reveals that he finds himself only able to carve “Buddhas that are an incarnation of wrath.” Note that "the Buddha" in this sense does not necessarily refer to Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (he himself is rarely depicted with more than two arms) but includes other figures in the Buddhist mythology.
    • A common theme for Buddhistic statues is Ashura (originated from Asura in Hinduism and Ahura in Zoroastrianism), often shortened to Shura. In the context of the Buddhist mythology, the Ashura are demonic gods which have six arms and were initially wrathful and violent against Gautama the Buddha. They were later persuaded by Gautama and became one of the Eight Deities to protect the faith of Buddhism. Ashura's wrathful faces represent their constant battles against the enemies of the Buddha, so they are technically benevolent gods after the meeting with Gautama.
    • Nevertheless, in the daily language, the term Ashura (especially its shortened form Shura) often indicates burning malevolence and simple violence (as in Sekiro). Every Sculptor’s Idol has six arms, indicating that they are likely depictions not of the Buddha but of a Shura, foreshadowing events later in the game.
  • Wooden-Buddha-idols-everywhere is likely based on the activity by Enku, a sculptor-monk in the 17th century. Enku's idols are poor in aesthetic quality but nevertheless his idols are highly revered because during his lifetime pilgrimage, he carved out more than 120,000 idols so that even impoverished people can get Buddha idols. On the other hand, in stark contrast to the Sculptor's work in Sekiro, almost all idols carved by Enku are smiling.


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    • Anonymous

      My theory is that while the Sculptor's idols are a game mechanic as checkpoints, lore wise they are not actually there in the world except from the Dilapidated Temple. But Sekiro is reminded of them at various spots during his journey and it gives him a moment to rest and recover his strength. My reason for this is that there are idols in places the Sculptor could never have ever gone to, mainly the Fountainhead Palace.

      • Anonymous

        These idols ARE made by the Sculptor, it is obvious because of the way they look (wrathful). In the start of the game, when the Sculptor mentions a buddha that was carved by the True Sculptor, he is NOT REFERRING to the temple idol in the courtyard. He is referring to the small golden Buddha inside the temple where you can pray to interact with memories of Hirata Estate. The golden buddha is shaped like a real life Buddha idol, and is made of gold. The sculptor's buddha's are always carved of wood ( or stone im not sure) and they have multiple hands making tormented poses. These are the idols Sekiro can travel and rest at. The "True Sculptor" I am assuming is either a true Buddhist sculptor who was not sinful like the Sculptor, or the sculptor is just referring to Buddha, the god being the True Sculptor.

        • Anonymous

          Seems those idols were not made by the Busshi of the dilapidated temple. just think about those idols exist in the Fountainhead Palace...... Not sure if he could be there without Divine Heir's help and those items

          • Anonymous

            Pretty sure the Idols restore Spirit Emblems to the maximum cap your character have (mine is 20 since I've already finished the game).

            • Anonymous

              So, can anyone confirm that in the last stages of the game, when Ashina is on fire. AFTER YOU KILL THE DIVINE DRAGON! Are some of the Idols in Ashina Outskirts forever unavailable until NG?

              • Anonymous

                Fountainhead Palace is missing a few sculptor Idols. Fountainhead Palace Vermillion Bride Mibu Manor + Flower Viewing Stage + Great Sakura + Palace Grounds + Sanctuary

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