Tengu of Ashina

Location Ashina Outskirts
Ashina Castle

Tengu of Ashina is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Tengu of Ashina asks you to help him clear out the rats of Ashina Castle, and offers to fight with you if you do.


Tengu of Ashina Information

  • Location: Ashina Outskirts, just after the Gyoubu Oniwa fight. Head up the steps and into the nearby building to find him kneeling over a corpse.
  • Progression: Tengu of Ashina moves to the Sunken Valley entrance Ashina Castle - Serpent Shrine Idol, after you first complete Ashina Castle. He leaves you a note letting you know where to find him.
  • Combat: Players may not kill Tengu of Ashina.


Associated Quests

  • He will ask you to help him kill some "rats" (Assasins) and give you the Rat Description.
  • Once you kill the rats up ahead past the next Sculptor's Idol in the right garden-like locale (there are three, but only the lone "rat" with the basket hat is necessary for the quest) return and he will give you the Ashina Esoteric Text. Note that despite being quest targets these enemies will still respawn after resting. 
  • After you beat Genichiro Ashina on top of the castle, Kuro sends you to talk to Isshin Ashina. As soon as you have talked with him, Tengu will move to the Great Serpent Shrine. He will ask if you have mastered any Secret Techniques (the 'ultimate skill' at the end of any skill tree). If you have, he will award you the Mushin Esoteric Text. After this he leaves this area.
  • If you progress the story to when the Ashina Castle first gets attacked by the Interior Ministry, Tengu leaves and a mini-boss takes his place. If you didn't receive the Mushin Esoteric Text from him before then simply go to Isshin Ashina, in his watchtower room,(most likely after the attack is over) talking to him will yield the same line of dialogue, where he asked if you learned any secret techniques, and if yes he will give you the Mushin Esoteric Text.
  • Finally, after obtaining the Divine Dragon's Tears, you can speak to Emma, who will give you the text if have mastered a secret technique but not already received the text from Tengu.


  • Example Dialogue Lines
  • Quest Progression optional dialogue

Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (English), Tetsuo Kanao (Japanese).
    • Tetsuo Kanao is also known for voicing Bui in Yu Yu Hakusho and Sekishusai Yagya in Nioh.
  • It is later revealed that his true identity is Lord Isshin Ashina. He is the one who nicknamed the Wolf  'Sekiro'. 
    • Tengu's cloak and mask can be found  hanging on the wall behind Isshin Ashina at Ashina Castle.
  • Can't catch Dragonrot.

Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      07 May 2019 11:06  

      After Ashina Castle is attacked at the end of the game, I ran back down the forest path that leads to the Great Serpent Shrine (where he asks you if you have mastered anything) and there is now a miniboss there along with a lot of dogs. Long story short, I ran into the room with the Sculptors Idol and found Tengu lying dead on the floor (presumably killed by the new miniboss). It confuses me because I also thought Tengu and Isshan were the same. After getting the text from him I never went back, is it possible he never moved and was killed??? Has anyone else seen this or is it just me?

      • Anonymous

        28 Apr 2019 22:14  

        Its obvious that he is Isshin, why are so many people confused? The first guy to ever name you Sekiro is Tengu, and right after you talk to Isshin for the first time he calls you Sekiro as well, hinting "Hey it was me back then with a mask who gave you your name."

        • Anonymous

          24 Apr 2019 12:31  

          Tengu is not isshin, you can see tengu outside in the roofs after the cutscene where owl and kuro talks if you go out in the roofs and not talk to owl after.

          • Anonymous

            09 Apr 2019 08:48  

            Fun Fact: Tengu is Isshin Ashina. You can see Tengu's Mask and coat at Isshin's room hanging on the wall. Also he's the one that give you the Ashina Esoteric text. When Tengu is on Serpent Shrine, Isshin cannot be found in his room.

            • Anonymous

              05 Apr 2019 19:38  

              His english voice actor sounds VERY FAMILIAR. Either Ds3 or Bloodborne, and can't wrap my head around it! Drives me nuts!

              • Anonymous

                05 Apr 2019 04:41  

                Quick note, Tengu's cloak and mask are NOT hanging behind Isshin at the castle if you've not encountered the Tengu or if you only encountered him once. A friend watching me stream commented on how it was weird that his gear wasn't hanging there later in the game when it was there for her at that point.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Apr 2019 00:54  

                  You have to meet Tengu before Isshin appears in his tower. If you missed him you'll be tasked to go meet him to progress anyways. Emma pretty much tells you to go meet him when you show her the letter. You should only do this if you want to hear a little more extra dialogue from Emma. Other than that, nothing else changes.

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Apr 2019 18:09  

                    There,is a letter addressed to Emma ,in Lord Isshin Ashina room, which mentions that the Tengu will take care of the rats.If you reach it before the boss battle with Genichiro on top of the Ashina Castle.

                    • Anonymous

                      31 Mar 2019 20:36  

                      For me tengu is stuck at first location with the rats, even after i completed the quest, I cant find him in his tower or at the serpent shrine

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Mar 2019 15:56  

                        How do I get back here after ashina is attacked? Demon of hatred is located where gyoubou was so I'm not sure how to get there now, building where the old lady tengu was

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Mar 2019 01:25  

                          Good to note that for his first quest is you have happened to kill the “rats” before speaking to him, he doesn’t make you do it again rather just talk to him once more and you can complete the quest

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Mar 2019 04:46  

                            Maybe not having his hidden identity in a note which could be considered a massive spoiler is a better alternative?

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Mar 2019 18:03  

                              You meet him again at the great serpent shrine. If you have completed the Ashina arts he will give you a new esoteric text.

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