Sekiro Shinobi Prosthetics Location Guide: Where And How To Find Every Tool
By Phil Hornshaw | @philhornshaw on
Combat in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is about clashing swords and other weapons--unlike other action games where you might strike to damage enemies, in Sekiro, you're trying to break their defenses to deal a killing blow. You have more than just your sword to do that with, though. There's also the Shinobi Prosthetic, the replacement arm you receive early in the game that has special capabilities. Scattered throughout the land of Ashina in Sekiro are tools you can add to the Shinobi Prosthetic, giving you a variety of new weapons to gain advantage over your enemies.
You don't just get most Shinobi Prosthetic tools as you complete the game, though. As in From Software's other titles, these special weapons usually require you to seek them out or complete special tasks. Some you can purchase, some you'll find hidden off the beaten path, and some come from taking down tough bosses. To get them all, you'll need to search everywhere.
If you're missing any prosthetics, we've got you covered--here's what you need to know to find every single one. And should you need more help, you can check out the rest of our Sekiro guides, including 14 tips to stop dying so much, and how to beat the Chained Ogre, Jozou the Drunkard, and the Blazing Bull.
Shuriken Tool--Ashina Outskirts, Outskirts Wall-Gate Path
You'll get this one relatively early, in the Ashina Outskirts area as you progress through your first level. You're in the right spot when you hit a battle with some wolves with a cliff to your left, a gate in front of you, and a Sculptor's Idol on your right on a ledge above you. If you activate that Idol, you'll find it's the Outskirts Wall--Gate Path location. From here, hop inside the small gate building ahead of you, go inside, and turn left. You'll find a corpse of a ninja dressed as a bird (one of the Nightjar clan you'll encounter later), from whom you can take the Shuriken.
Robert's Firecrackers: Shinobi Firecracker Tool--Ashina Outskirts, Outskirts Wall-Gate Path
This one is almost immediately after the Shiruken, but it's easy to walk right by it and not find it again until after your first big boss fight with Gyoubu the Demon. Head through the Outskirts Wall--Gate Path area and progress until you find a blasted-out house with an old woman inside. She'll give you a bell you can use as an offering back at the Dilapidated Temple. Keep going along the path here until you see another gate ahead of and below you, with stairs just beyond. Before the gate wall, look left for a place you can grapple up to. Turn left when you reach the grapple spot and you'll be able to climb up even higher. At the top of this stone tower is a Memorial Mob merchant in a tent, who will sell you the Firecrackers for 500 sen. Grab them, because they're very useful for briefly staggering and distracting a variety of enemies.
You can also find a Memorial Mob merchant after fighting Gyoubu the Demon. From the Gate House Sculptor's Idol, look back across the field where you fought Gyoubu toward where you first entered. You'll see a set of stairs upward at the far end of the field. Climb it and head around the building to the right to find the merchant, and your second opportunity to buy Firecrackers.
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Fire Barrel: Flame Vent Tool--Hirata Estate, Estate Path
If you return to the Dilapidated Temple with the bell you found and offer it to the Buddha statue beside the Sculptor, you'll be transported to the Wolf's memory of a place called Hirata Estate three years earlier. The Estate is being attacked by enemies and is on fire, and it's here that you'll find three prosthetics, most of them a little hidden. The first is the Flame Vent. Work your way through the level until you find a Sculptor's Idol that marks the Estate Path area. You'll see a road ahead with some enemies, and at the end of it, a locked gate you can't cross. Instead, hop over one of the walls on the right side of the path to find an alternative route. You'll keep pushing past enemies and houses until you reach an area with a couple of long rows of huts, with enemies patrolling. Move through here until you find a campfire with several enemies gathered around it. Clear them out and check the fire to discover the Fire Barrel, which can be fitted to your prosthetic to make the Flame Vent.
Shinobi Axe of the Monkey: Loaded Axe Tool--Hirata Estate, Estate Path
Smashing tough-to-kill enemies and those with heavy defenses requires a heavy weapon. Right after you find the Flame Vent in Hirata Estate, the path will take you past an injured samurai who tells you to find a Shinobi Axe hidden in a nearby shrine. Follow the path forward until it forks to the left and right. On your right, you'll see two enemies standing at a gate, on whom you can eavesdrop. Instead, though, turn left and hop up on the wall on the left side of the area. In the yard beyond, you should see two enemies talking near a small shrine building. You can eavesdrop on them, then take them out. Check the shrine to discover the Shinobi Axe, which you can load into your prosthetic and use against enemies with wooden shields and hats to break their defenses.
Mist Raven's Feathers: Mist Raven Tool--Hirata Estate, Bamboo Thicket Slope
The Mist Raven is one of the best prosthetics in the game, but it's tough to come by and pretty well hidden. Continue through Hirata Estate until you fight and kill the Shinobi Hunter to reach the Bamboo Thicket Slope area. From the Sculptor's Idol, progress forward until you can jump up to the left with the grapple. You'll see the river beside you here. Swing up ahead and then jump into the water and swim ahead, under the bridge. You'll find a landing on the right side of the river where you can get out, and a small cave opening blocked by bamboo that you'll have to slash through. From here, wall jump up to the top and you'll reach a three-story pagoda you might have heard mentioned by a character you can run into in the Estate Path area. You'll have to fight a tough Shinobi enemy here, though. If he gives you too much trouble, try running by to snag the Mist Raven from inside. This prosthetic tool lets you teleport behind enemies when they're about to hit you, and can be very helpful in boss fights.
Gyoubu's Broken Horn: Loaded Spear Tool--Ashina Reservoir
This one requires you to beat the Blazing Bull to gain access to Ashina Castle. You'll find yourself at the Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol, which puts you in front of a set of stairs up to the castle keep, with a path to your left over the water. Grapple to the left; you'll see a bridge ahead of you with enemies on it. One of them holds the Gatehouse Key you'll need in just a few minutes, so kill them both and then return to the Idol. Walk forward to the base of the stairs up to the keep and hang a left. Head through the door on the right and drop down to reach Ashina Reservoir. You'll recognize this area from the tutorial section way back at the beginning of the game, before you lost your arm. Remember the house you sneaked underneath to eavesdrop on two guards inside? That's the building you want, but now you have the key to open it. From the Ashina Reservoir Sculptor's Idol, it's ahead on your left, up the stairs. It's surrounded by enemies, though, including a guy behind the wall on the immediate left who'll ring a bell to alert everyone of your presence. Once you've cleared the area, unlock the door with the Gatehouse Key and you'll find Gyoubu's Horn inside.
Sabimaru--Ashina Castle, Upper Tower--Antechamber
Technically, the Sabimaru is just at the top of the stairs from the Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol, but you can't open the door from the outside, so you'll need to go around. Climb the rooftops to reach the Upper Tower area (this is where you'll run into all those Nightjar guys mentioned earlier; good luck). When you reach the Sculptor's Idol for Upper Tower--Antechamber, head forward until you reach a big wooden room with walkways. If you look down between the walkways, you'll see you can drop down onto a bunch of enemies at the bottom. Use a drop deathblow to take out the samurai in the blue kimono first, then clear out the other three enemies, and check the nearby treasure chest. The Sabimaru blade is inside, and you'll be able to unlock the front door of the castle.
Iron Fortress: Loaded Umbrella Tool--Ashina Castle, Old Grave
Like the Sabimaru, this one is tough to get to directly, and requires you to reach the Upper Tower--Antechamber area and drop down to the Ashina Castle keep's first floor. Once you get to the spot with the Sabimaru, you'll be able to unlock a door that leads to the back of the castle. Exploring this area will eventually lead you to the Old Grave Sculptor's Idol. From the Idol, look over the ledge to your left. You should see a big building with a hole in the roof. Drop down and jump through the hole to discover Blackhat Badger, a Senpou assassin with a big iron hat on. He'll sell you a handful of things, including the Iron Fortress item. Save up for it, because it creates a big shield that's easier to use for deflections than your sword.
Large Fan: Divine Abduction Tool--Sunken Valley, Gun Fort
You can't avoid this one. When you head through Sunken Valley after completing Ashina Castle, you'll eventually hit the Gun Fort, a spot covered in gun-wielding enemies. You can mostly sprint past them (and you'll probably need to) in order to get inside to the Gun Fort Sculptor's Idol. From there, continue forward until you hit the Long-Armed Centepede Giraffe mid-boss. Kill it--you can do it just by parrying all its attacks until it tires itself out and breaks its Posture--and then claim the fan from the statue nearby. The Divine Abduction tool can "spirit" people away, which is something you'll need for a side quest over near the Senpou Temple.
Finger Whistle Tool--Sunken Valley, Bodhisattva Valley
This is another unavoidable Shinobi Prosthetic Tool you'll get for advancing in the game. When you hit the Bodhisattva Valley Sculptor's Idol, you'll be right beside a big boss fight that needs completing: the Guardian Ape. Defeating the ape reveals the contents of its stomach--a slender finger with holes in it. Fit that to your Shinobi Prosthetic to get the Finger Whistle, which you can use to drive animals crazy, or to lure enemies toward you so you can assassinate them.