On this page of the guide to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice we explain all about the locations that contain special items called Prayer Beads. Collecting them allows you to gradually increase the vitality and growth of the hero. This increases your chances of survival in the subsequent, more complex battles of the game.
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- How to use the prayer beads?
- Ashina Outskirts
- Hirata Estate
- Ashina Castle
- Senpou Temple
- Sunken Valley
- Ashina Depths
- Fountainhead Palace
How to use the prayer beads?
Every time you have to wait until you earn 4 beads prayer. Only then return to any Sculptor's Idol. Select from the camp menu the parameter of development of physical attributes of the character (in the picture above - Enhance Physical Attributes). Confirm your decision at the end. You will receive a Prayer Necklace.
The consumption of each set of four prayer beads increases two important parameters of the hero - his lifespan and the maximum level of growth (you can receive more enemy attacks before you get frustrated).
Beads can be found in the loot of a defeated boss - General Naomori Kawarada. You can't miss the confrontation with him during the exploration of the Outskirts.
Beads drop from a defeated boss - Chained Ogre. You can't miss the confrontation with him during the exploration of the Outskirts.
Beads drop from a boss - General Tenzen Yamauchi. It is located in the fortress, where you have fought the Ogre mentioned above. Theoretically, he can be bypassed, but it is better to deal with it.
You find the beads after the destruction of the main boss Gyoubu Oniwa. Stay on the same site (Ashina Castle Gate Fortress) and go to the stairs leading to the entrance to the fortress. As shown on image above they are adjacent to the huge battlefield where you fought the boss.
Go to the fortress, where the hero will meet NPC - Tengu of Ashina. After you finish talking to him, stay indoors and start climbing. To reach higher floors of the building use a hook with a rope.
You must eventually reach the attic of the fortress. Here you will find in the picture a large chest - it contains the beads.
Beads drop from a boss - Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen. You can't miss the confrontation with him while exploring Hirata mansion.
Beads are found in the loot of another boss - Juzou the Drunkard. You can't miss the confrontation with him while exploring Hirata mansion.
The beads are located inside the building, where he reaches the statue of the sculptor called Hirata Audience Chamber. Explore the surrounding rooms and corridors. You should find a rotating wall as in the image. "Glue" to its back, and press the interaction button, so the wall turns with the hero 180 degrees.
There are some small boxes in the new secret place. You are most interested in a large chest shown in the picture.
Prayer Bead 4
The only way to get the Prayer Beads is when you try to unlock Purification ending. Wolf must go back in time. New bosses will appear in the Estate. The fourth Prayer Bead is dropped by Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer.
Prayer Bead 5
The only way to get the Prayer Beads is when you try to unlock Purification ending. Wolf must go back in time. New bosses will appear in the Estate. The fourth Prayer Bead is dropped by Juzou the Drunkard
Important Note: try to get to the beads 1-6 during the first visit to the castle of Ashina. As a result of the events that take place in the final part of the main plot, some of the bosses that drop prayer beads may disappear. You'll lose the chance to get those secrets.
Beads drop from a boss - Blazing Bull. You can not miss the confrontation with him, as it happens immediately after you first get to the castle.
Beads are in the offer of the merchant Memorial Dungeon Mob - he resides next to the sculptor idol called the Abandoned Dungeon Entrance. You can get to the trading camp by exploring the area to the left of the main courtyard of the castle and avoiding along the way, among other things, an overgrown enemy with a large bell. Beads cost 1400 gold.
Beads can be obtained by a defeated boss - General Kuranoske Matsumoto. He guards (with archers) the main entrance to the castle with long central staircase.
Beads are left behind by a defeated boss - Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi. This boss guards a cabin on the edge of a cliff, in which you found Kuro during the prologue of the game. The house is easy to reach, starting your way on the idol by Ashina Reservoir.
Beads are the loot of the boss - Lone Shadow Longswordsman. Getting to it is quite difficult. You should start with the idol in Ashina Reservoir and go left. Avoid all enemies. Close with the enemy, which could alarm other enemies in the zone, there is a gap and a narrow passage (as shown on the picture).
After a few steps, you will find a friendly NPC (Jinzaemon Kumano). The boss is in the catacombs that are below and you can start the battle by jumping on him (image above). In case of additional questions, please visit the Bosses section of our Sekiro game guide.
The beads are left behind by a defeated boss - Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze. This boss resides in the dojo of Ashina Castle (Ashina Dojo sculptor idol, Upper Tower). You can get there on the way to where Genichiro Ashina is staying or during the later exploration of the castle (it depends on the chosen rooftop route where Genichiro is staying).
Beads can be obtained only at the final stage of the main storyline of the game, after the Ashina Castle will be attacked, and there will be new enemies everywhere. The item is left by the boss - Lone Shadow Vilehand. He appears in the same room, in the dojo, where you fought with Jinsuke Saze and got the sixth bead.
Beads can be obtained only at the final stage of the main storyline of the game or after its completion. Ashina's Castle must be attacked, and new enemies must appear in it. The item is dropped by the boss - Chained Ogre (identical to the one slain in Ashina Outskirts). Monster is in the room on first floor of the castle.
Prayer Bead 9
This Prayer Bead can only be acquired during the game's finale or after you beat the story. Ashina Castle must be attacked by the enemies - this will spawn new enemies. This Prayer Bead is dropped by Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer. Reach the castle's back, cross the bridge and follow the path to Sunken Valley. The mini-boss is in the last building near the Valley.
Prayer Bead 10
You can find Prayer beads in one of the rooms adjacent to the sculptor idol Upper Tower - Antechamber. Find two armor pieces near the wall. Between them there is a stack with weapons and a chest with small loot. Take interest in the wall between armors. Stand backwards to it and by using the interaction button move to secret room.
After you get to the secret room you can move towards the chest. There you will find another Prayer Bead.
Beads can be obtained only after defeating the Divine Dragon boss in the Fountainhead Palace. After returning to Ashina Castle you have to defeat a new Seven Spears Ashina - Shume Masaji Oniwa boss. He resides in the Ashina Reservoir.
Beads can be obtained only after defeating the Divine Dragon boss in the Fountainhead Palace. After returning to Ashina Castle you have to kill the newly spawned Ujinari Mizou boss. He spawns in the Ashina Dojo in Upper Tower.
Beads can be obtained only after defeating the Divine Dragon boss in the Fountainhead Palace. After returning to Ashina Castle you have to defeat a newly added Shigekichi of the Red Guard boss. He spawns near the sculptor idol Old Grave on the backyard of the castle.
Beads are left behind by a defeated boss - Armored Warrior. The opponent can be met on the big bridge during crossing of the mountain road, even before reaching the main buildings of the temple. Armored Warrior must fall into the abyss to be defeated. Soon after you get rid of him you will get a message about obtaining the beads.
Beads are the loot of a boss - Long-arm Centipede Sen'un. This is an additional boss who is in a large lower building in the main part of the temple (image above).
Upon reaching the building, you can deal with a few small monsters, and then start a duel with the boss through jumping down on him and taking away his first red marker (in the picture above).
In case of additional problems with finding the lair of this monster, check the Bosses section in our guide.
Beads can only be found after unlocking the dive option. This is possible only after defeating Corrupted Monk in Ashina Depths -more on this topic can be found on seperate page of our guide: Can I dive after being in the water?.
Go to the sculptor idol of the Temple Grounds. Next to the statue is a small pond.
Jump into the water and dive. The bead is at the bottom of the container, which is next to large sunken statue (as shown in the image).
This Prayer Bead is in the first secret location in Sunken Valley. You can get there during your first visit Sunken Valley. Turn right and use the grappling hook to reach the ledge in the distance. Next, you have to bounce off of the vertical wall, climb a stone ledge, and move forward while hugging the wall.
The secret area is presented in the picture above. The game informs you that you are back in Ashina Outskirts. However, this location is more like a part of Sunken Valley - the only exit lead back to that location. The Prayer Bead is inside one of the containers.
This Bead is dropped by Snake Eyes Shirafuji, one of the mini-bosses. Snake Eyes Shirafuji sits near a large stone head. You will come across his camp shortly after you reach the part of Sunken Valley where your character gets shot by multiple marksmen.
This Bead is dropped by Long-arm Centipede Giraffe, one of the mini-bosses. You can find him in the first room you visit after activating Gun Fort Sculptor's Idol.
This bead is in the caves located below the lair of the mini-boss described above. Stay in the room where you faced Long-arm Centipede Giraffe. Jump into the hole in the floor (see the picture).
In the caves, turn right twice and use the grappling hook a few times. Reach the area presented in the picture above. Eliminate the monsters and then take the Bead out from one of the containers.
Beads is dropped by the boss - Snake Eyes Shirahagi. He is located on the territory of the Poison Pool, to which you will get immediately after the first time you enter the Ashina Depths.
Beads can be obtained just after exiting the Poison Pools. Use the path from the picture above (it was guarded by the boss Snake Eyes Shirahagi), but don't immediately enter the large cavern where the another boss (Headless Guardian Ape).
Instead of doing so, turn left and find an attachment you can jump to above your hero- as shown in the image. Pull your hero to it and move through the cave. Get up as soon as possible to climb up. Bounce and jump between walls to get to the next area.
You will be located on the back of a big sculpture. Pull yourself to its head. On the top of the head you can find a chest with Prayer Bead. You can easily slip and fall down from the head of the sculpture. So try to make another jump to aim and take the perfect position.
Beads 3 and 4
Two sets of beads are dropped by a boss - Undead Guardian Ape. With this monster you can fight in her lair next to the Poison Pool, BUT before it's appearance in a huge cave you need to kill in advance the "usual" Monkey Guard in the Sunken Valley.
Beads are the loot from a boss - Tokujiro the Glutton. You can find him during exploration of the second part of the Hidden Forest. You will get to this location after using grappling hook on one of the trees and jumping to the next stone shelf.
Beads drop from a boss - O'Rin of the Water. You can't miss the confrontation with this spectral enemy. You are duel with her after leaving the Village of Mibu. When you reach the location of the Water Mill.
You may find the Beads during your way through the last part of the village just after defeating O'Rin of the Water. Stay on the main path until you reach a big single building. On the right from the closed doors you can enter under the building.
Explore the area under the building. Locate the rotary element of the floor. Interact with it to enter the building. Use the side exit of the building, rotate around in 180 degrees and pull yourself with a grappling hook. Prayer Beads is located in the attic.
Beads lie in a small chest in the Mibu Village. You must first defeat the Corrupted Monk in Ashina Depths so that you unlock the ability to dive. Then go back to the village and go to the big water reservoir. Find a large black box at the bottom of it, shown in the image
Beads drop from the boss - Sakura Bull of the Palace. You can find the bull after unlocking the sculptor idol Flower Viewing Stage. You have to turn back and explore the area between the building and the rocks. Overgrown bull hides around the corner.
Beads drop from the boss - Okami Leader Shizu. It stands on one of the large branches of a giant tree adjacent to the sculptor idol Great Sakura. Defeating this boss is required to be able to swim in the area.
You can only find beads after defeating the Okami Leader Shizu boss described above. Jump into a large water reservoir on the terrain of the palace and dive. Search for a large chest in the bottom of the reservoir.