Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this is, of course, the latest game from FromSoftware, the famous developers behind Bloodborne, The Dark Souls series, Demon Souls, and Chrome Hounds.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is more of a focused affair than a Dark Souls game and is a step in a completely different direction. You play as a named hero that you do not create and you follow him along the adventure.

Here are 10 things you should know about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that the game doesn’t tell you.

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1. Turning Around And Trying Something Else!

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Starting with number 1, you might think Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice seems more linear than other games like this or like from the developers in the past but that’s actually not always the case.

What I’m trying to say is that if you hit a wall and you’re struggling to beat a boss or get past a certain area, oftentimes you have the luxury of turning around and trying something else.

Sometimes, you need to grind out and get a better item or get a new weapon or ability to really give you the edge to beat that boss or maybe you’re just not good enough yet and you need more practice. Even if it seems like you’re stuck and that’s the only way you can go forward initially, a lot of times there’s gonna be more.

The maps are basically a giant labyrinth, so, there’s always gonna be something else to do. Fight another mid-boss, find a little secret item that will help you or get further in the alternate timeline at your camp. What I’m saying is don’t be afraid to turn around from something and come back later.

Either way, whether it’s now or later, you are going to have to throw yourself repeatedly at something in order to beat it, but you’d be surprised on how much-hidden stuff you actually might be missing out on. So, go and look.

2. Firecrackers

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At number 2 let’s talk about firecrackers in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. They’re so important!

For just 500 gold you can buy the firecrackers from the memorial mob vendor. This is hard to find vendor, he’s kind of located on a high cliff to the left of the gate, leading to that chained Ogre fight. If he basically turned backwards after spawning at the Idol closest to the stairs where he lives, look behind you and you’ll see a tent on a far away cliff, that’s where he’s at.

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He’s actually pretty missable because that pathway is in a tough area of the early game. So, go find him, talk to him and buy the firecrackers to make a lot of the annoying encounters a bit easier. Not just fodder enemies though, they’ll even startle and freak out some bosses too, making it an absolute necessity. You can find it in another way in the later game but it’s so much easier if you get them early on, trust me. Go for it.

3. Pay Attention To Your Inventory!

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Pay attention to your inventory and don’t be stingy. Look, you’re not picking up new weapons or armor types in this game. You’re only picking up useful items so you’ll find a lot and some people don’t bother with them or ignore some of them. I’ve seen it happen in souls board games too.

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So, here use ceramic shards to bait enemies out. Often, away from a group. It’s pretty useful I’m telling you.

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Same with the ash, toss it to disrupt some enemies, it can be a lifesaver to confuse them even just for a second. Although, it doesn’t always work so be careful.

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If you’ve got oil, toss it onto an enemy before using your fire prosthetic to make the attack kind of really stick.

Also, those expandable sugars, I’ll just say like you know, figure out their uses and feel for them early because later in the game you’re gonna be needing to use them a lot more.

You can stealth attack on some bosses and mini-bosses, essentially cutting the fight in half. Don’t just square up against them, try to look for a different angle.

4. HanBae The Undying

Obviously, We’ve mentioned it before – Sekiro is very difficult. By now you have seen it online or you’ve experienced it for yourself.

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This game really takes some practice and dying over and over to actually get into a groove with the combat. Now, personally, I think the best way to learn is to take off the swimmies and dive right into the deep end of the pool – fighting enemies. I know that doesn’t work for everyone but to the right of the sculptor, you’ll find HanBae The Undying.

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You might not have paid attention and you just see him and you think he’s an enemy and you don’t want to go up to him or maybe you just don’t realize but he is a kind of zombie samurai who is an excellent tool if you’re still a little shaky on some elements of the combat. He has lessons that teach you how to do specific things and you can essentially have him attack you a certain way so you can practice a certain move set over and over again as you unlock them.

Basically, how I got better in the early areas of the game was every time I unlocked a new move or got a new prosthetic arm upgrade I went back to him and clicked on a new training icon and then kind of work through the move over and over and over again until I got it. Though, I do want to warn you is that he is drastically easier and more predictable than any other enemy you’re gonna find in the game. So, don’t get too cocky after beating his ass a few times.

5. Eavesdropping

Just like with every other FromSoftware games there are certain little mechanics that can sometimes go ignored because you either forget about it or maybe think that it’s useless. And, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has small mechanics like this too.

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Eavesdropping is the big one. Example like this might seem like something so small that it doesn’t even matter, you’re just mashing through random dialogue but it’s actually something worth doing.

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Listening in on an enemy conversation can give you some narrative tidbits or you might actually hear something useful that can help you out, like the location of an item, a hidden area or a tip for beating an upcoming enemy ahead, for example – very early in the game, right before you fight that annoying ogre on the Oshina outskirts stairway. You can actually eavesdrop on a conversation between two enemies and they’ll mention that the ogre is actually afraid of fire.

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Your posture bar and the enemies is the name of the game here. I can’t spend too much time on giving you a deep dive on the entire combat system, but I can give you some tips for managing your guard because it’s the most important thing to protect.

So, If you have the flame vent upgrade at this point and use it on the ogre, It will actually scare him and give you a few crucial seconds to get a few whacks on him. You need to do as much extra damage to him as you possibly can.

So yeah, don’t skip the eavesdropping because it seems like, it’s just filler but if you read closely, you’ll see that people actually have useful stuff to say.

6. Managing Your Guard

Your posture bar and the enemies is the name of the game here. I can’t spend too much time on giving you a deep dive on the entire combat system, but I can give you some tips for managing your guard because it’s the most important thing to protect.

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Now, you may take a few hits and your guard turns into that danger color, so back it up a bit and slow down. Your instinct would tell you to stop holding the guards to fill the meter faster but that’s actually not the case here. Unlearn what you know. You got to do that a lot for this game.

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While holding the guard button, your posture increases faster. Now the loading screen might actually tell you this but still seems like after a hit you got to actually let go of the button and then hold it again to start regenerating but essentially think of it as like holding your sword steady and regaining your composure. Now, the higher your health, the faster it regenerates too. The same goes for enemies though, so be swift. Running also prevents it from restoring so don’t run around like a crazy person thinking that it’s going to bounce back as quick because it doesn’t.

7. Stealth Attack On Bosses

Getting on to some more real, tangible, important stuff. This is huge.

You can stealth attack on some bosses and mini-bosses, essentially cutting the fight in half. Don’t just square up against them, try to look for a different angle.

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Harder enemies have two dots above their health that you need to get through. Now, being a smart sneaky Shinobi can help with this. Always keep an eye on your surroundings and always stay high so you can kind of scout things out. Some mid-bosses can be straight-up dropped down upon at the start of the fight, having their health by sneak attack jumping on them is definitely the way to go.

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For other encounters, you can actually be seen by an enemy and then you can run and hide by breaking the line of sight, and once, the alert goes down and they’ll go back to patrolling or whatever and you can then use that little window to sneak up on them and stab them in the back and having their health which will give you a big advantage for the ensuing fight.

Now, don’t venture off too far when sneaking away though because their health can actually come back if you go too far, but ultimately this is a good thing. You might feel like you’re playing dirty or cheating the game a little bit but it’s an intentional mechanic, it’s in there in the game, they put it there for a reason and you got to do what you got to do to survive in a hard game like this.

8. You Don’t Have To Lose Money When You Die!


As you may have figured out right from the start, when you die, you lose some of that money. Well, here’s a nice trick, as soon as you can find a vendor and buy gold pouches from them.


This is essentially converting your cash into an item so you can open these coin purses and expend it in your inventory to give yourself some coin when you want it. The big thing though, you don’t lose coin purses when you die.

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So, if you keep as much of your money as you can, tied up in these coin purses in your inventory, you don’t lose out on the money when you die and you can just expend them into your wallet when you need to like at a vendor or anytime you want to actually spend it.

And, you’re gonna want a lot of that cash too, because some vendors sell gourd seeds and important stuff that I won’t get into but this isn’t a game where you’re grinding souls or anything like that. You need that currency, so take it seriously and invest in some coin purses.

9. Backflip Wall Jump

This is a very small one but the game didn’t tell me this and I like doing it in certain situations. You can actually do a backflip wall jump, if you jump towards a wall and then for the secondary jump you’ll hold back on the joystick while you press jump again and your hero will do this cool little backflip but land facing in the opposite direction.

Now, I’ve used it do like platforming in a tricky tight area but I’ve really found it occasionally handy almost as like a quick turn. It’s not always perfect for like jumping over an enemy and getting behind them but it is just a good surprise change of direction that can definitely screw up some enemies for a second.

Like I said, It’s just a neat little trick that you can get through most of the game without realizing you can even do it.

10. Unseen Aid And Dragon Rot

I wrote earlier how much losing your money and stuff sucks in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This is why you need to understand Unseen Aid and Dragon Rot, and, how it really works. The game tells you some of this but I don’t think it does the best job.

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Basically, Higher the percentage of unseen aid you have, the more likely you are to get a buff where you won’t lose half your experience and money when you die. Your unseen aid percentage is affected by how much you die, the more you die and resurrect, you are given rot essence items that basically affect more people each time you get one.

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Therefore, the more you die and resurrect, the more NPCs in the world slowly start to die of this dragon rot disease. The more citizens are affected, the less NPC conversation you can have and you can potentially miss out on stuff be it a clue or an item or more.

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Now, thankfully there is a mechanics embedded into the game that lets you use rare items to somewhat cure this stuff i.e get stuff back basically. So, don’t sweat it too much, it does seem really oppressive at first but just know that you’ll be ok.

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Final Thoughts

Really, these are some beginner tips for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, You know stuff that the game doesn’t initially tell you. So, If you got any other tips for beginners if you’re a fan out there, we would love to hear them. Leave comments for people who are just getting started in the game.

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