Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of our top games of March this year. You play as a one-armed shinobi in a heavily mythologized version of 16th-century Japan who seeks revenge for his kidnapped lord. Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of the Dark Souls series, you can expect Sekiro to be a fairly challenging experience, to say the least.
So finding the best Sekiro Shinobi Prosthetic Tools can make a huge difference to how you experience the game. Some, like Robert’s Firecrackers, are basically essential in Sekiro and attempting certain boss fights is almost impossible without key prosthetics. Here’s our guide to the best prosthetics in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
The Mist Raven has one of the sleekest looking animations in the entire game. This prosthetic allows you to teleport in any desired direction upon being struck, provided you were in what is known as Mist Stance when you were attacked. The mist stance only lasts a second and is activated using the R2/RT button. Spirit emblems are only consumed once the prosthetic activates. You must use the left thumbstick to direct your teleport, or you will teleport into the air. Needless to say that this gives you the upper hand on dodging essentially teleporting behind or to the side of enemies trying to attack you – which can be useful against multiple swarming opponents, or even slow enemies with big attacks that can’t react quickly to your movements.
The Mist Raven Feathers can be found in the Hirata Estate inside a hidden temple. You’ll need to defeat a purple ninja before you can proceed to loot the item. Give the feathers to Busshi to receive the Mist Raven. It has two upgraded forms, the Aged Feather Mist Raven, followed by the Great Feather Mist Raven. The former allows you to teleport when staggered or knocked down, and the latter incorporates this plus it leaves a fiery trail that can inflict burn damage. Note that the Mist Raven is usable on demand when suffering from poison or burn damage.
This prosthetic is one of the most useful tools for stealth and evasion. Its primary purpose is to use a wind cover to hide Sekiro from enemies by changing their orientation, and even using spirit energy to completely erase weaker ones. To use this, you must first gather a wind vortex by holding R2/RT. Release the winds by releasing the held button, which causes enemies to lose sight of Sekiro and face the opposite direction. This also makes them vulnerable to a deathblow. Note, however, that stronger enemies are not affected by this.
The best upgrade path for this prosthetic is the Golden Vortex that retains the Divine Abduction functionality but adds the ability to instantly loot enemies without killing them. This makes it great for the late game where gold and materials are pertinent to getting items upgraded.
The Divine Abduction is found after the Sunken Valley Idol, at the back of the Gun Fort Shrine and requires you to defeat the Long-Arm Centipede Giraffe in order to loot it.
The Loaded Shuriken arm allows you to fire off rapid projectiles in the form of special throwing knives. and it’s one of the most underrated tools imo simply because of when it is found. Assuming you’re paying attention to your surroundings, this is the first prosthetic tool that you’ll find. After the Gate Path idol, there’s a hole in a building above. Grapple yourself through the hole and on the left is the Shuriken Wheel. Bring it to Busshi to obtain the Loaded Shuriken. The prosthetic is activated by pressing R2/RT.
The Loaded Shuriken doesn’t do much damage and so it’s only feasible against weak enemies if your aim is to kill at a distance. Where it shines, however, is interrupting animations such as those used by some enemies to lower their posture gauge. The best upgrade path is to the Lazulite Shuriken, which is super effective when used in tandem with the chase slice. This variation retains the same use as before but also interrupts animations for weaker moves. You should also note that there is increased vitality and posture damage to airborne enemies.
For those who like to thin enemy groupings, this is the prosthetic for you. Fans of FromSoftware’s past works will remember Pebbles and Alluring Skulls. This is the Sekiro equivalent of those items. The Finger Whistle grabs the attention of anyone Sekiro targets while using it. As a bonus, it causes beasts to attack those in sight including their allies. The whistle is activated by pressing R2/RT.
After defeating the Guardian Ape in the Sunken Valley, he drops the Slender Finger which Busshi uses to give you the Finger Whistle prosthetic. While the Malcontent upgrade is superb for apparition type enemies, the recommendation is to go for the Mountain Echo upgrade as its use case is less specific. The Mountain Echo has the same use as the finger whistle but can delay the sound for five seconds, which allows you to strategically position yourself. Note that as a stealth prosthetic, this can be used while wall hugging.
The Shinobi Firecracker is a great crowd control prosthetic in battle as it allows you to stun almost any enemy in the game! This is good for resetting an out of control situation, calming an aggressive enemy, or giving yourself a bit of breathing room to use a health item or to apply a buff. You may activate this tool by pressing R2/RT. The recommended upgrade path for this tool is the Long Spark as it makes timing less of a hassle. While it doesn’t stun enemies for longer, there is a longer window for the beginning of the stun.
This prosthetic is purchased as opposed to looted and can be bought at either the Crow’s Bed Memorial Mob or the Battlefield Memorial Mob located in the Ashina Outskirts.
It may be a bit strange to wrap your head around the fact that one of the best tools in a game like Sekiro is an umbrella, but you’d be surprised. As the primary focus is on speed, offence, and counter-attacking, a defensive mechanism is a welcome change. Press R2/RT to open the umbrella, which allows you to deflect attacks if timed properly. You may also block attacks continuously if R2/RT is held as holding the button keeps the umbrella open.
The item is purchased from Blackhat Badger, who can be found at a drop down from the Old Grave sculptor’s idol in Ashina Castle. There are three upgrades to the Loaded Umbrella, but the one with the most usefulness across the board is the Magnet variation. With this variation you can press L1/LB while holding R2/RT, to spin the umbrella, which deflects attacks that hit during the spinning animation. Note that this animation is longer than the standard one with the Kusabimaru (main katana).
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a game that focuses on combat and aggressive approaches in order to win. Unlike the previous game titles made by From Software which herald a more hit and run style. There are many ways to approach this game when it comes to combat, and it’s what makes the game a unique experience for each gamer. Different prosthetic tools will suit different playing styles. Nevertheless, it adds to the awesome experience gamers get when facing an enemy, going through them like soft cheese with your tools, and of course, looking cool doing it. Let us know in the comments below what’s your favourite prosthetic tool.