Shura Ending in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is page relates to a specific ending in Sekiro that is unlocked by a series of choices made throughout the game.



The "Shura Ending" is the quickest cycle to play. 

In Buddhism Asura is a demi-god or titan (a modern translations would be antigod) of addiction to negativity. To be an asura is to be a human obsessed with violence, wrath, anger, and a hunger for fighting. In the context of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a "Shura" is an individual that has lost themselves to the thirst for blood and has no emotional connection to this world beyond seeking the next person to cut down.

Sekiro can become a shura but in doing so loses everything and everyone. 



  • The First Steps To Destruction:
  • Obey The Iron Code:
    • When you are prompted to either break or uphold The Iron Code - Sekiro must follow it to achieve the shura ending.
  • Walk The Path:
    • Sekiro must defeat those who stand before him. There are two unique bosses unlocked by following this path. The First Boss & The Second Boss. (Spoiler Warning)
  • Embrace What You Have Become:
    • Once Sekiro has defeated the bosses he will obtain the final item before finally being recognised as shura. You have done it.... but at what cost?



You will be locked out from the remainder of the game for this cycle. Once you are shura you can no longer progress through the game and will need to start a new game cycle to explore what you have missed.

Completing this ending unlocks One Mind - a combat art skill which might be appealing for subsequent game cycles.


Lore, Trivia, and Further Reading

In traditional Hindu Mythology, Shura are known as Asura. The Asura are addicted to wrath, deception, and violence. They are unable to resolve their issues without violence and are said to be like eagles flying above all and looking down on everything.

The leaders of the Asura are called Asurinda, Asura-Lord, and there are several leaders for multiple factions. The main named leaders are Vemacitrin, Rāhu , and Pahārāda.

It is said that the Asuras celebrated with all the Gods on the night Sakra become its ruler. They celebrated by drinking a wine so strong that when Sakra noticed what they were drinking he forbade the others from taking part. Being drunk and weakened the Asura were unable to resist when Sakra have them thrown out and cast down from where all the other Gods were. Where the Asura now live is referred to as "The Asura Realm".


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    • Anonymous

      While this isnt the first ending I did, I think From should have made it so that if you dont start new game+ when it asks you, you should start before owl and choose to disobey the iron code.

      I've played this game 4-5 times, and I never get tired of it. But it does really suck for people who have chosen this as their first ending, they were locked away from a substantial cool part of the game and have to play all the way through again to get to it. Kinda just feels like bad game design imo.

      • Anonymous

        I got this as my first ending damn, I kinda feel bummed out for all the content that I missed out cause of this quick ending. Now I am doing second run charmless-demonbelled cause momma didn't raise no pussie

        • Anonymous

          That's the first ending I got, I was like "sekiro owes everything to his father, plus he saved his life, he's probably just testing his resolve and will help save kuro later"
          And then, bang, bad ending.

          • Anonymous

            what a badass ending, too bad that second mortal blade and the fire arm don't carry to subsequent ng cycles

            • Anonymous

              Shura Ending is my fav just because of several things. Owl actually acknowledges Sekiro and welcomes him into his plan until irony occurs. Yeah sure Owl is just a pragmatist who really just cares for himself, but seeing this short father-son relationship is pretty cool. Second, Sekiro smiling, even if its barely noticeable after the first fight. Finally, the final few lines of dialogue after the screen just reminds me of the beginning of the game, but instead of a war of survival, we end it off with meaningless destruction. Thanks FromSoftware!

              • Anonymous

                You ever think about how Shura is basically a Lord of Cinder? I mean, even down to the flames crawling up Sekiro's arm as he becomes an indominable force.

                I knew there was a reason I always chose not to link the fire, lol.

                • Anonymous

                  I got this ending because I didn’t want to break the iron code or face Owl cus he looked scary af haha. But straightaway regretted it cus I had to kill Emma and Isshin... good folk I shared monkey booze with dammit! Strangely I don’t feel ripped off despite being an “early” ending and I don’t do NG+. Speaks to how good the game was

                  • Anonymous

                    better do this ending on second playthrough or never at all. dancing dragons mask and dragon tally won't be gone after NG and almost essential. best is to side with kuro than curve into purification ending so you get +1 memo and +2 bead. from this point nothing changes much except some unique consumables but no big deals.

                    • Anonymous

                      I looked up the possible endings and went with Dragons Homecoming for my first playthrough of the game, only because my brother got the Shura ending and I wanted to best that. lol

                      • Personally, this is the true NG ending tbh, a brief tutorial of a sort before you get into the full game in NG+. It’s like the whole NG, Wolf is actually having a nightmare about what he COULD become if he stays on the Iron Code’s path

                        • Anonymous

                          SPOILERS I really have a big issue with this ending I just wanted to obey the Iron Code I didn’t want to kill owl. Not only that but I didn’t know when making the choice that I would be locked from the rest of the game. I also want to know, why do we not get Owls sword that Wolf picks up in the cutscene?

                          • Anonymous

                            I don't know what I did differently during my Shura playthrough but the requirements seem to be a little more than retrieving The Lotus of the Palace and The Shelter Stone. After I got them Ashina castle was not locked out. This is presumably because of the alternative ways you can get to them? When I did it I did not go through Senpou Temple area completely yet, so I did not do the Inner Sanctum part (Folding Screen Monkeys/Mortal Blade). I am going to assume that getting the Mortal Blade is actually a requirement, which isn't stated otherwise in the description. I was not able to get Owl to appear until after I went through that section and got it.

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