Sekiro walkthrough: A complete guide to FromSoftware's samurai souls

Ashina Reservoir

Ashina Reservoir

Sekiro Ashina Reservoir

From the Ashina Castle Idol go through the gate and immediately left through a narrow passageway then open the door in front of you and the one after it. Turn around and drop down the hole then open the door down here to find the Ashina Reservoir Idol. Welcome back to the tutorial area. 

Go ahead and then jump onto the wall and look right, you should see the building you got your sword from up on a cliff and you can grapple up here to be able to sneak attack the Ashina Seven Spears mini-boss in front of it. Kill him for a Prayer Bead. Looking out from that building and across the bridge you should see the house you snuck under in the tutorial. Go over to it and unlock it to grab the Spear Shinobi Tool.

Go back outside and stick to the right-hand wall until you can hug it, do so and walk around. Talk to the weird NPC but don’t go down the hole he is looking down. Instead, walk past him and look down the hole ahead. Drop attack this mini-boss (this is another purple ninja from the memory) kill him for a Prayer Bead. Go past this area and swim through a passageway until you can grapple up. 

Abandoned Dungeon and Ashina Depths (part 1)

Abandoned Dungeon and Ashina Depths (part 1)

Sekiro Abandoned Dungeon and Ashina Depths

Go forward though this cavern and grab the Bottomless Hole Idol. There is a creepy ghost boss if you fancy your chances but it is optional for now. So, walk forward through the cavern and have a chat to two NPCs one after the other then throw yourself off the edge after the gate. Keep an eye out for grapple points and grab the first one you can. Find and go down the well-lit hole and grab the Ashina Depths Idol. You may have ended up on the wrong one so look to grapple up if you can until you find a room with an enemy and a the well-lit hole in the floor.

Drop down to the platform below and grapple around to your left until you are on top of a Buddha statue. Drop down and grab the Poison Pools Idol (*cough* Blighttown *cough*). We will come back here but now is not the time, warp back to the Ashina Castle idol.

The Path to Senpou Temple

The Path to Senpou Temple

sekiro Senpou Temple

From the Ashina Castle Idol grapple across to the bridge (where you killed the guards for a key earlier) then grapple up the tower. Drop down and kill the Bell Ogre then run past this and grab the Abandoned Dungeon Entrance Idol.

There is another merchant here so stock up if you need to. Go through this area (it is fairly linear) and check the left-hand side for an immensely unsettling NPC. Keep going and you will have to swim to some bandits and continue on for the Underground Waterway Idol. Continue on from this until you find a lift and use it. Have a casual chat with the wall scroll and grab the Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo Idol.

Senpou Temple

Sekiro Mt. Kongo Idol

Exit the temple and hang an immediate right. Jump over to the area you can see and find the NPC next to a tree and have a chat about pinwheels with him (seems like a nice dude, you can bring him a red and white one or a white one later, you can also send him to the creepy NPC in the prison). Grapple down to kill a Rat and fly a flag (not sure why just yet) then go back to the  Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo Idol.

Go forward and make your way grappling through the trees or fighting through the monks. Once you reach the big building at the top of the hill grapple into the rafters then jump up into a hole on the left-hand side above you. From here go down the stairs and grab the Gourd Seed that the monks are praying to. You can fight everything first if you want. Jump out the window here. There is an NPC who wants rice to your right. Sneak around killing enemies for the moment and go to the broken bridge. At the broken bridge look left and up to a grapple point, grapple up to this and climb up until you find the Shugendo Idol.

Ascend up via grappling hook or walking like a peasant until you come to some climbable ledges at the top of a zig-zagged wooden path. Clamber up here and before going into the walkway look around for some pinwheels, you can grab a red and white one here. Enter the walkway and fight the Armored Knight (break his stamina and kick him off of the walkway, the spear may strip his armour but haven’t tested it yet), enjoy your Prayer Bead prize then grab the Temple Grounds Idol.

Senpou Temple Grounds (part 1)

Senpou Temple Grounds (part 1)

Sekiro Senpou Temple Grounds

Warp back to the Shugendo Idol then go up to where there where climbable ledges. If you look along the cliffside and down a bit you will see a grapple point. Running jump away from the cliff at roughly a 45 degree angle and towards the grapple point then grapple, then ledge grab.

Make your way around this bit of cliff and look up and grapple and ledge grab again. Do some more jumps up the walls and there is a white pinwheel here. Go up higher and open the door. Kill the weird Voldo-like Long-Arm Centipede enemy and go through to grab the Bell Demon’s Temple Idol (you can ring this bell if you want, not sure what it does, I didn’t, I am scared).

Go back inside and go into the room on your right and hug the wall with the human outline. Follow the path through until you reach a wider room then stick to the right, ignoring the Headless mini-boss (you can only deal damage using Divine Confetti). Jump up and then grapple up to the ledge above you. Take the left path once up there and grapple up lots to get to an area with some buildings and some lizards. Go into the building ahead of you and open the door to find yourself back by the Chained Ogre was. Yay, awesome world design.This is useful if you want to fight the Headless later on. 

Senpou Temple Grounds (Part 2)

Senpou Temple Grounds (Part 2)

Go back to the Temple Grounds Idol and look past the buildings below you for a pool of water. Jump in and kill the fish for a Carp Scale. Grapple up to the roofs above and head to the cliff face. Grapple up, follow a path and keep doing so until you reach a balcony to a huge building.

Run around this killing everything or dodging them and follow the wall to your right for an opening into the building. Go inside and make your way past the creepy centipede monks to an opening on your left to find the Main Hall Idol. Chat to the monk here for the information you came for. Go back outside and check to your right for a cave.

Go down through the cave until you hit a room with statues in it and check to your left for a small opening you can crouch through. Follow this path until you reach a dead-end and look up and grapple up. Follow this path to a building with a Senpou Esoteric Text. Grapple across to the Main Hall Idol location and warp back to Upper Tower - Kuro’s Room Idol.

Ashina Castle and Black Badger

Ashina Castle and Black Badger

Sekiro idol

Read the note in the room then look left and talk to the Young Lord. Leave the room and drop into the lake behind the castle. Then go right of the palace to a bridge, head back towards the palace and then turn right for a small opening and the Old Grave Idol. Clear this area of enemies as you descend then look for the pagoda with the open top and get inside to meet Black Badger. Buy the Iron Umbrella Shinobi Tool from him in case of heavy rain. If you talk to Black Badger enough he will move to Senpou Temple just before the kite. He talks about flying the kite too which is something that will becomes important later.