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Sekiro - Tips for Beginners

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A summary of tips for beginners in Sekiro. This advice can lead to a smoother experience early in the game.

General Tips for Beginners

Draw in Items

Collect items dropped by enemies by drawing them in. This is done by pressing and holding the □ button on PS4 or X on Xbox. Items can't be collected without doing this.

Jump Directions

You can't stop or change direction while jumping. Be careful when jumping atop a cliff as being reckless can cause you to fly off in the wrong direction.

Game Controls

Use Healing Items

Remember to use the Healing Gourd and pills often. However, if you do not reach a Sculptor's Idol before a boss area, you will be unable to replenish your Healing Gourd charges. Be mindful of your path and what lies ahead before using your healing items.

Gourd Seeds and Healing Gourd Information

Combat Tips for Beginners

Use Sneak Attacks

If you manage to sneak up on an enemy, you will be able to perform a Shinobi Deathblow without regard to their Posture. This is extremely advantageous since you will immediately cut them down. Always try to kill enemies, as you want to end battles as quickly and safely as possible.


If you crouch, enemies will have a harder time noticing you. When you try to approach an enemy from behind by running, it is likely that they will notice you before you can kill him. As such, it is better to move slowly to your target while crouching.

Attack when out of the enemy's view

Minor enemies are not too sensitive to sound. That said, their eyes are always open and they will attack anything that enters their field of vision. Always be aware of where enemies are facing.

Engage When Prepared

Battles will be easier if you take the time to position yourself well. Only engage after ensuring your footing and your place on the battlefield.

Use the Sculptor's Idol to Reset Enemy Alertness

Rest at a Sculptor's Idol to reposition any alerted enemies. Doing so while the enemy is a distance away will reset their alert level.

Tips for Battling Strong Enemies

About Strong Enemies

The strong enemies referred to here are different from bosses, but they are still powerful foes. They are a larger size than normal enemies, have red eyes, and unique names.

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How to Battle Strong Enemies

Weaken by Using Shinobi Prosthetic Tools

Some enemies can be weakened using specific Shinobi Prosthetic Tools. For example, Chained Ogre can be dealt with using the Flame Vent, since it is weak to fire.

Use Shinobi Deathblows

There is a Shinobi Deathblow point on top of a strong enemy's HP gauge. You will not be able to defeat it by just depleting its HP, you instead needing to perform a Shinobi Deathblow to finish them off. You must raise their Posture stress gauge, so it is important to know how to deal Posture damage.

How to effectively raise an enemy's Posture stress

Posture Recovers Slowly at Low HP

Posture recovers more slowly after you or an enemy has taken significant damage. This means that reducing your foes' HP allows you to disrupt their Posture as well.

If the enemy's HP falls to 9, its Posture will immediately break. Of course, you will need to land a Shinobi Deathblow to finish it off. Some players prefer to defeat bosses this way.

Things that Beginners Should Unlock Early

Using Skills

How to Learn Combat Arts Quickly

Advance the main story to the point where you can access the Sculptor's Idol at the Hirata Estate. From there, you can go to the temple and talk to the Sculptor to get the Shinobi Esoteric Text. After obtaining it, you will be able to learn Combat Arts from the Sculptor's Idol.

Practice with Hanbei the Undying

You can practice Combat Arts by going to the Dilapidated Temple and talking to Hanbei the Undying. Practice fighting here and master different techniques.

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