Sekiro (隻狼), commonly known as "Wolf" (狼, Ōkami), is the protagonist of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Unlike in other FromSoftware titles such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, players cannot customize the player character as freely, being instead set on a course to experience Sengoku Japan as the "One-Armed Wolf" shinobi, Sekiro.
A shinobi who serves Kuro, the Divine Heir. He is highly skilled, with many combat arts and abilities at his disposal, and mastery of blocking, deflecting and attacking. Along with excellent vision and hearing, he is able to sneak around and perform effective Deathblows on Enemies. At the start of this story, he is defeated by Ashina's commander, Genichiro, losing both the Divine Heir and his left arm, which is later replaced by the Shinobi Prosthetic. “The Lord is absolute, protect with your life” is the principle by which shinobi live. The law demands rescue, and vengeance.
See the Story & Lore page for contextual information on the Sengoku period and the overall story of the game.
- A young Sekiro, referred to as the "Starving Wolf", is taken from a battlefield by a man known as "The Owl", who becomes his father and mentor.
- All shinobi are the subjects of their lords, and Sekiro is the protector of Kuro, the Divine Heir. who is the last descendant of a legendary bloodline, and said to house special power within his blood.
- The Ashina clan faces a hopeless challenge, and decides to abduct the Divine Heir in a bid to use his ancestral power.
- Sekiro faces off with Genichiro Ashina in a duel and is defeated, losing his left arm in the process. The Divine Heir is thus kidnapped.
- The Sculptor, or Busshi of Aretera, a mysterious hermit monk with an obsession for carving Buddhist statues, rescues Sekiro and outfits him with a special mechanical Prosthetic Arm.
- Using the Arm and its Prosthetic Tools, Sekiro sets off towards Ashina Castle to find and retrieve his master, killing all and any who might stand in his way.
Sekiro Skills, Techniques and Equipment
The player can slice, thrust and stab to attack enemies; and block, deflect, counter and dodge enemy attacks with Sekiro's basic moves, but obtaining valuable skills, techniques, and equipment are key options to obtain victory in battle.
See the Combat page to understand the main combat mechanics of the game.
- Sekiro uses his katana Kusabimaru as his main weapon, and later the odachi Mortal Blade as a special weapon.
- The Prosthetic Tools equipped on his left arm, costing spirit emblems to use, provide a wide and versatile arsenal. The Prosthetic Arm itself is also equipped with a grappling hook for quick movement.
- The player may upgrade Prosthetic Tools by speaking with The Sculptor and spending Upgrade Materials and Sen. The Loaded Shuriken, for example, is initially a very low damage tool, but as players progress and upgrade the tool they can shoot stronger shurikens that pierce and stun targets.
- Quick Items are very useful in all aspects of the game. Sekiro can consume different items for a variety of buffs and healing effects, and use other items against enemies to grab their attention, distract them, or weaken them.
- Special Skills, such as Combat Arts, Shinobi Martial Arts and Latent Skills can be learned. As with Prosthetic Tools, a few Combat Arts cost Spirit Emblems to use, and only one Combat Art can be equipped at a time. Shinobi Martial Arts and Latent Skills are abilities that are always active once learned.
- Players must find specific Esoteric Texts to unlock Skill Trees, and then invest Skill Points obtained by defeating enemies to unlock Skills.
- While resting at Sculptor's Idols, Health and Posture can be increased by finding and using Prayer Beads, and Attack Power can be increased by consuming Memories of slain Bosses.
- Ninjutsu Techniques, unlocked after defeating certain Bosses, are powerful abilities that have a variety of useful effects once triggered after performing a backstab Deathblow on an unsuspecting enemy.
Notes & Tips
- Voiced by: Noshir Dalal (English), Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese).
- Daisuke Namikawa is also known for voicing Ulquiorra Cifer from Bleach, Mystogan and Jelial from Fairy Tail, Kei Kurono from Gantz, Hisoka in Hunter x Hunter, Goemon Ishikawa XIII in Lupin the 3rd and Momoshiki Otsutsuki from Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
- Trivia: From an interview with Gameinformer in January 2019:
“This is actually using Miyazaki-san's own words – You could think of the previous Souls games as more expanding laterally, and adding breadth to these various options and builds,” Kitao says. “While you are a fixed shinobi protagonist, you do feel like there's a sense of progression, there's a sense of building your own character and finding your own playstyle, and experimenting with this throughout the game.”
- The name "Sekiro" derives from two differente words:
- "Seki", which comes from "Sekiwan", an old japanese term for person missing an arm.
- "Ro", which comes from the kanji for "Wolf".
- Together, they can be read as "One Armed Wolf", which fits with the motif of the main character, known as Wolf, losing his arm.
- In-game, Wolf receives this name from the Tengu of Ashina.
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