Skill Points & Experience are mechanics of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Unlike souls games, Sekiro's gained experience and gold are permanently lost on death when you can't resurrect. Gold is a separate drop from experience that players can obtain. Further, Sekiro features Skills and Skill Trees that are unlocked with Skill Points obtained from collecting experience.

Players should note that there are no Stats, and if they wish to upgrade their Vitality or Posture gauges they will instead need to collect Prayer Beads and offer them at a Sculptor's Idol.

Character Re-Spec: Players cannot re-spec their character.

 

Skill Points & Experience

Players gain Skill Points by gaining Experience, which is done via defeating Enemies and Bosses. There is a "soft cap" beginning after skill point #25 where the required XP is significantly more than the previous 25 points. Also, the XP requirement from 1-25 appears to increase nearly linearly, but after 25 it appears to increase through a power function (often mistakenly referred to as "exponentially"). Simply put, the difference in XP required between skill points increases as you gain them.

Based on the incomplete data on this page, the approximate equation for calculating XP required per level (after level 25) is below, where X is the level:
Required Level XP =  0.02x3 + 2.3608x2 + 39.96x - 1893.5

 

Experience vs Skill Point Curve:

*PLEASE NOTE: Spending Skill Points does NOT reset the curve. i.e. Skill Points are aggregate.

Skill Point Xp to next Lv Total Xp Skill Point Xp to Next Lv Total Xp
0 500 0 64  16170 295973
1 514 500 65  16777 312143 
2 528 1014 66  17396 328920
3 542 1542 67 18028 346316 
4 557 2084 68 18673  364344
5 572 2641 69 19331  383017 
6 587 3213 70 20002  402348 
7 602 3800 71 20686  443036 
8 618 4402 72 21383  464419 
9 634 5020 73 22094  486513 
10 650 5654 74 22819  509332 
11 666 6304 75 23558  532890 
12 682 6970 76 24310  557200 
13 698 7652 77 25076  582276 
14 715 8350 78 25856  608132 
15 732 9065 79 26651  634783 
16 749 9797 80 27460  662243 
17 766 10546 81 28283  690526 
18 784 11312 82 29121  719647 
19 802 12096 83 29973  749620 
20 820 12898 84 30840  780460 
21 838 13718 85 31723 812183
22 856 14556 86 32620  844803 
23 874 15412 87 33532  878335 
24 893 16286 88 34460  912795 
25 1093 17179 89 35403  948198 
26 1300 18272 90 36362  984560 
27 1515 19572 91 37336  1021896 
28 1738 21087 92 38326 1060222
29 1970 22825 93 39332  1099554
30 2210 24795 94 40354 1139908 
31 2458 27005 95 41392 1181300 
32 2715 29463 96 42446 1223746 
33 2980 32178 97 43516 1267262 
34 3254 35158 98 44603 1311865 
35 3538 38412 99 45707 1357572 
36 3830 41950 100 46828 1404400 
37 4131 45780 101 47965 1452365 
38 4442 49911 102 49119 1501484 
39 4762 54353 103 50290 1551774 
40 5092 59115 104 51479 1603253 
41 5431 64207 105 52685 1655938 
42 5780 69638 106 53908 1709846 
43 6139 75418 107 55149 1764995
44 6507 81557 108 56407 1821402
45 6886 88064 109 57683 1879085 
46 7276 94950 110 58977 1938062 
47 7675 102226 111 60290 1998352 
48 8085 109901 112 61620 2059972 
49 8506 117986 113 62969 2187277 
50 8938 126492 114 64336 2252999 
51 9380 135430 115 65722 2320125
52 9833 144810 116 67126 2388674 
53 10297 154643 117 68549 2458665 
54 10773 164940 118 69991 2530117 
55 11260 175713 119 71452 2603049 
56 11758   186973 120 72932 2677480
57 12268  198731  121 74431 2753429 
58 12789  210999  122 75949 2830916 
59 13322  223788  123 77487 2909961 
60 13868  237110  124 79045 2990583
61 14425  250978  125 80622 3072803
62 14994  265403  126  82220  3156640
63 15576  280397  127  83837  

Using Skill Points

Players spend their Skill Points while resting at any Sculptor's Idol. Sculptor's Idols are spread across the game world (much like Bonfires in Dark Souls), so this can be done fairly easily.

Skills are separated into several distinct Skills and Skill Trees: Shinobi, Samurai, Prosthetic, and more. Within the trees, players will find passive skills and active skills called Combat Arts or Techniques.

Some Skills need more points than others to be unlocked, and have pre-requisites. In some cases, Upgrades may be locked behind skill requirements as well.

 

Death and Experience

Players will find that if they die, there's a chance that they will lose 50% of their carried "Sen" (gold) and experience that has not consolidated into a Skillpoint (so anything that is in the experience bar rather than the number).

  • A mechanic called Unseen Aid prevents loss upon death.
  • Players can mitigate their losses by purchasing Purses, that carry their Sen for them.

 

 

Enemy Experience Details

Enemies give varied amounts of XP, and can be farmed to strengthen your character if struggling with a specific section of the game.

 

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    • Anonymous

      21 May 2019 12:29  

      Best XP grinding spot I've found (better than fire-stairway) also requires non-shura ending: Antechamber, kill the Purple Ninja, Drop down to the wooden beam and Idol back. The Ogre (you must not have killed him) is going to kill the 2 red guys while you're using the Idol (looking down ALWAYS killed both for me). NG+3 ~14k xp per run, only problem is the loading screen.

      • Anonymous

        05 May 2019 19:44  

        From my personal experience, the fastest way to farm seems to be from the Mibu Manor idol. Just run through, one-shot each of the nobles, quickly kill the Samurai, and profit big time. It's also fantastic for money farming at the same time.

        • Anonymous

          28 Apr 2019 11:56  

          Best farming spot is the spear guy at the estate when you kill the drunk guy for a second time. On NG I was getting 1700 XP and about 500 Sen, also dropped loads of coin bags and materials too. Easy backstab and the idol (the one on the way to where lady butterfly was) is right next to him.

          • Anonymous

            27 Apr 2019 21:26  

            Best and most low effort farming spot is Upper Tower - Antechamber (SPOILER) after you defeat the Divine Dragon. Kill the purple ninja and reset. Destroy all the walls after your first kill, it's faster than running all the way around. If you mess up and have to fight him, you can either just use your hidden tooth to quick die or spam your sen throw up close to break posture.

            • Anonymous

              24 Apr 2019 10:31  

              does this mean that there is a limit of total 63 skill points you can gain in the whole game? this would mean that you can never reach a strength of 99 AND all skills together...

              • Anonymous

                23 Apr 2019 14:05  

                I found the best grinding point for me on ng+2 it gives me about 9900 xp in less than a minute WITH the kuro charm so you could earn more if you gave it away. After the red guards come and invade Ashina castle, , there will be a chained Ogre in the center room down, dont kill him. Instead spawn at the Old Grave bonfire and go up the bridge and kill the spear guy who is praying that will net you 1823xp. Then jump in the water and swim across and grapple up the platform to sneak behind the red guard that is waiting to attack you from the corner. This gives 2707 XP. Then you should have unlocked the door to the right which leads to the Ogre. Just go by the front and aggro the Ogre which will try break free but then there are 2 red guards in the room that will try attack the Ogre. As soon as the Ogre breaks free and those 2 red guards are around him they will die instantly, giving you 5404 xp. Repeat.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Apr 2019 23:10  

                  Best farming spot is definitely Flower Viewing Stage in Fountainhead Palace, just avoid the nobles playing the flute cus you know what happens if they get you

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Apr 2019 12:51  

                    Another great EXP farming spot, that is about as good as the endgame Ashina Outskirts Stairway (killing the 5 nearest enemies and then resetting) in terms of exp to time ratio, and can also be accessed a little earlier, is at Fountainhead Palace - Flower Viewing Stage. I've done some testing, and was able to consistently run the farming route in roughly 71 seconds, and getting 10095 EXP for each run (That is in NG+, the rate in NG should still be as good, just with less EXP), ending up at about 142 EXP per second, which is just a little less than you would get at Outskirts. Here's a guide for the run: You start at the Flower Viewing Stage idol, turn back form the bridge, and kill the noble right past the gate ( I'd advise to use charged running attacks instead of a deathblow backstab, because it saves time). Then run at the next noble in view, slap him once so he can be deathblowed, but instead use the vault over skill to backstab him and activate the bloodsmoke ninjutsu, allowing an easy backstab on the spear wielding enemy to the left. Immediately pop Gachiin's Spiritfall (Candy should be avoided since they are limited) and head straight up the wooden stairs, towards the wall with a hole in the floor next to it. Move ahead, PAST the bridge, and then turn left to stealthblow the noble near the 2 samurai enemies. Use bloodsmoke on the noble, and then again on the 1st samurai, saving more time by stealth killing all 3 of them. Now when facing the wall they were standing at, head LEFT, around the corner and inside the building killing the noble inside. Head back out and further down the hallway and you should see the next noble through a wooden grid wall. take a right to avoid being spotted by the enemies outside and one shot the noble on the bridge. if you look to your left you should see the next noble. Kill him and head back towards the bridge, but instead of going over it head all the way to the end til you hit the wall (You should not be spotted if your Gachiin. The next enemy to kill is a larger samurai sitting inside the building and can easily be stealth killed from behind if you enter the building from the back. The last noble is right ahead of you and can be dangerous if you don't rush him immediately, because he will start his 'aging' attack as soon as you killed the samurai, so look out for that. Homeward after this, and repeat.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Apr 2019 06:36  

                      you can never lose skill points from xp bar. if you collect 1 point, it won't go back to zero. keep this in mind if you're going to face a boss soon and where your xp is at.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Apr 2019 09:20  

                        Best XP grinding spot I've found is in Ashina Outskirts Stairway after Ashina has been caught on fire. I'm getting around 5500 XP every 30 seconds by quickly stealth killing the 5 guys. (XP scaled for 2nd playthrough)

                        • Anonymous

                          02 Apr 2019 05:51  

                          This page will become unwieldy with all the skill points. I'm at around 38k for the next, still 30 points to complete all trees, none used for attack power. (NG+) Without farming I think you will complete the tree around NG+2 or even +3 depending on how it scales

                          • Anonymous

                            31 Mar 2019 17:35  

                            I'm not sure what level I am, but skill points cost 24275 now. I recommend people plan out what skills they want far in advance. With the exception of High Monk, all of the final combat arts cost a lot of emblems to use and are thus not very rewarding. It would be better to put skills that would go towards those into other skills or into attack power with the mask, especially considering we cannot re-spec at the moment. Poor planning will render NG+s very difficult because you won't be able to increase attack power with any kind of ease.

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Mar 2019 22:35  

                              After a while, ghost enemies seems to appear in old places, usually dead ends or in dark areas, they all give about +620 XP and are quite tough (Ashina castle and above tier) in terms of skills.

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