Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Trophy Guide

About this Game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Publisher

Activision

Developer

From Software

Release Date

22 March, 2019

Console

PlayStation 4

Time to Plat

50h+

Platinum Difficulty

Very Hard

Online Trophies?

No

Difficulty Trophies?

No

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Trophy Guide and Road Map for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Check out my Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Platinum Trophy Review for my thoughts on the game, and for insights into what it was like earning the Platinum Trophy.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a From Software game that refreshed the “Soulsborne” formula by focusing on combat that relies more on blocking and parrying rather than running away until you see an opening. It’s still very much a From Software game, however, and is extremely punishing until you learn to “git gud”.

Your first playthrough is going to be a rough time for the most part. You’re weak, have very little gear, and no upgrades which can severely limit Sekiro’s quality of life. If you stick with it though, you’ll definitely learn better skills, both in game and out, but I’m sure you know what to expect from a From Software game by now. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a game that is intended to be played many times and, as such, is a perfectly acceptable way to go about earning the platinum. However, if you’d like to get it over as fast as possible, then you’re going to need at least 2 playthroughs. 

Phase 1 – Play the Game, Collecting Everything Before Defeating the Corrupted Monk & Guardian Ape.

You should absolutely just take the game at your own pace, however, it is advised that you be careful about defeating both the Corrupted Monk and the Guardian Ape as doing so will change the game world and many minibosses will despawn, making it impossible to collect everything in your first run. If you do end up killing both without realising or before you checked out this guide, then as long as you don’t pick up the items they were guarding, you should be fine to go around collecting things.

Please check out these related guides for where to find all Prayer Beads, Gourd Seeds, Prosthetic Tools, Combat Styles, and Lapis Lazuli.

It can be difficult finding where to go and what to do next in From Software games. If you’re struggling, then follow the progress path for this phase below while consulting the above guides.

Progress Path for Phase 1

Ashina Outskirt / Outskirts Wall – Gate Path

  • Defeat miniboss General Naomori Kawarada for Prayer Bead #1 and Gourd Seed #1
  • Find Loaded Shuriken Tool
  • Find Shinobi Firecracker Tool
  • Collect Young Lord’s Bell Charm from old woman in broken down house

Ashina Outskirts / Outskirts Wall – Stairway

  • Defeat miniboss Chained Ogre for Prayer Bead #2
  • Collect Gourd Seed #2
  • Defeat General Tenzen Yamauchi for Prayer Bead #3

Ashina Outskirts / Ashina Castle Gate

  • Defeat Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa (Man Without Equal Trophy) for Prayer Bead #4
  • Buy Gourd Seed #3 from merchant for 1,000 Sen
  • Collect Ashina Arts Combat Style
  • Defeat Flaming Bull for Prayer Bead #5

Hirata Estate / Estate Path

  • Defeat Shinobi Hunter Enshin for Prayer Bead #6
  • Find Flame Vent Tool
  • Find Loaded Axe Tool

Hirata Estate / Bamboo Thicket Slope

  • Find Mist Raven Tool

Hirata Estate / Main Hall

  • Defeat Juzou the Drunkard for Prayer Bead #7

Hirata Estate / Audience Chamber

  • Collect Prayer Bead #8
  • Defeat Lady Butterfly (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Ashina Castle / Ashina Castle

  • Defeat General Kuranosuke Matsumoto for Prayer Bead #9
  • Do side quest so you can buy Gourd Seed #4 for 1,000 Sen

Ashina Castle / Ashina Reservoir

  • Defeat Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi for Prayer Bead #10
  • Defeat Lone Shadow Longswordsman for Prayer Bead #11
  • Find Loaded Spear Tool

Ashina Castle / Abandoned Dungeon Entrance

  • Buy Prayer Bead #12 for 1,400 Sen

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower – Antechamber

  • Collect Prayer Bead #13
  • Collect Gourd Seed #5
  • Find Sabimaru Tool

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower – Ashina Dojo

  • Defeat Jinsuke Saze for Prayer Bead #14
  • Defeat Genichiro (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Ashina Castle / Old Grave

  • Find Loaded Umbrella Tool

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo / Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo

  • Collect Gourd Seed #6

Senpou Temple, Mt Kongo / Shugendo

  • Defeat Armoured Warrior for Prayer Bead #15

Senpou Temple, Mt Kongo / Temple Grounds

  • Defeat Long-Arm Sen’Un for Prayer Bead #16

Senpou Temple, Mt Kongo / Main Hall

  • Defeat Sliding Door Monkeys (Man Without Equal Trophy)
  • Collect Temple Arts Combat Style

Ashina Depths / Poison Pool

  • Defeat Snake Eyes Shirahagi for Prayer Bead #18
  • Collect Prayer Bead #19

Ashina Depths / Hidden Forest

  • Collect Prayer Bead #20

Ashina Depths / Mibu Village

  • Collect Gourd Seed #7

Ashina Depths / Water Mill

  • Defeat O’Rin of the Water for Prayer Bead #21
  • Collect Prayer Bead #22
  • Defeat Corrupted Monk (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Ashina Depths / Mibu Village

  • Backtrack to collect Prayer Bead #23

Senpou Temple, Mt Kongo / Temple Grounds

  • Backtrack to collect Prayer Bead #17

Sunken Valley / Under-Shrine Valley

  • Collect Prayer Bead #24
  • Collect Gourd Seed #8

Sunken Valley / Sunken Valley Idol

  • Defeat Snake Eyes Shirafuji for Prayer Bead #25

Sunken Valley / Gun Fort

  • Defeat Long-Arm Centipede Giraffe for Prayer Bead #26
  • Collect Prayer Bead #27
  • Find Divine Abduction Tool

Sunken Valley / Bodhisattva Valley

  • Defeat Guardian Ape (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Ashina Depths / Poison Pool

  • Backtrack to defeat Undying Ape (Man Without Equal Trophy) for Prayer Bead #28 & #29

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower Antechamber

  • Defeat Unchained Ogre for Prayer Bead #30

Ashina Castle / Great Serpent Shrine

  • Defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga for Prayer Bead #31

Trophies You Should Unlock at the End of Phase 1

Revered Blade

Received the ‘Kusabimaru’ from Kuro

Shinobi Prosthetic

Acquired the Shinobi Prosthetic

Memorial Mob

Encountered the Memorial Mob

Resurrection

Returned from the dead using ‘Resurrection’ for the first time

Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa

Defeated “Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa”

The Phantom Lady Butterfly

Defeated “Lady Butterfly”

Genichiro Ashina

Defeated “Genichiro Ashina”

Guardian Ape

Defeated the “Guardian Ape”

Folding Screen Monkeys

Caught the Folding Screen Monkeys

Guardian Ape Immortality Severed

Used the Mortal Blade to sever the Guardian Ape’s undying

Corrupted Monk

Defeated the “Corrupted Monk”

Phase 2 – Meet the Owl at the Top of Ashina Castle and Choose to “Break the Iron Code, Stay Loyal to Kuro”

It’s now safe to defeat the Corrupted Monk and Guardian ape (and collect the items they were guarding). Once they’re dead, return to Ashina Castle and confront the Owl. Choose to stay loyal to Kuro and then fight the Owl.

This is quite a difficult boss fight, but after a few attempts you’ll understand his move set a bit more and will be able to predict what his next move is based on his animations. Here’s a few tips on surviving this boss fight: 

  • Don’t get discouraged if you end up getting stuck on this boss fight
  • Just stay in his face, be aggressive, and try to parry as many of his attacks as he can
  • Jump over his perilous sweeps and press blank a second time to bounce off his head to inflict a good chunk of posture damage.
  • The Combat Skill, Ichimonji, does good posture damage
  • He will throw up a smoke cloud that prevents you from healing, however, it’s very easy to dodge
  • He will sometimes throw gunpowder and strike it with his sword. You can dodge back and then run in as soon after it explodes to get some hits in before his animation ends

Just keep with it and you’ll defeat him eventually. Once he’s dead, you’ll then want to start working on gathering the necessary items for all three of the “good” endings. Check their specific trophies below.

After you defeat the Divine Dragon you will return to Ashina. Make sure you travel to Ashina Castle Gate to fight the Demon of Hatred before you go fight Sword Saint Isshin. The Demon will drop Lapis Lazuli and is required for the Man Without Equal Trophy.

Again, if you’re struggling to find your way then follow the progress path for this phase below.

Progress Path for Phase 2

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower Dojo

  • Defeat Lone Shadow Vilehand for Prayer Bead #32
  • Choose “Break Iron Code, Stay Loyal to Kuro” and defeat Owl (Man Without Equal Trophy)
  • Prepare for Purification and Return Endings (check out the endings guide)

Hirata Estate / Dragonspring Bridge (second visit)

  • Talk to Noble Pot merchant for Treasure Carp Scales quest

Hirata Estate / Bamboo Thicket Slope (second visit)

  • Defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga for Prayer Bead #33

Hirata Estate / Main Hall (second visit)

  • Defeat Juzou the Drunkard for Prayer Bead #34

Hirata Estate / Audience Chamber (second visit)

  • Defeat Owl (Purification Ending)

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo / Temple Grounds

  • Collect “Holy Chapter: Infested” (Return Ending)

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo / Main Hall

  • Collect “Holy Chapter: Dragon’s Return” (Return Ending)

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo / Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo

  • Collect “Fresh Serpent Viscera” (Return Ending)

Sunken Valley / Bodhisattva Valley

  • Collect “Dried Serpent Viscera” (Return Ending)

Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo / Inner Sanctum

  • Collect “Frozen Tears” (Return Ending)

Fountainhead Palace / Vermillion Bridge

  • Defeat True Corrupted Monk (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Fountainhead Palace / Mibu Manor

  • Defeat Sakura Bull for Prayer Bead #35

Fountainhead Palace / Great Sakura

  • Defeat Lightning Throwing Enemy for Prayer Bead #36
  • Collect Prayer Bead #37

Fountainhead Palace / Palace Grounds

  • Defeat Defeat Divine Dragon (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Ashina Castle / Kuro’s Room

  • Collect Mushin Arts Combat Style

Ashina Castle / Ashina Reservoir

  • Defeat Shume Masaji Oniwa for Prayer Bead #38

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower Dojo

  • Defeat Ujinari Mizou for Prayer Bead #39

Ashina Castle / Old Grave

  • Defeat Shigekichi of the Red Guard for Prayer Bead #40

Ashina Outskirts / Ashina Castle Gate

  • Defeat Demon of Hatred (Man Without Equal Trophy)

Trophies You Should Unlock at the End of Phase 2

Peak Physical Strength

Upgraded Vitality and Posture to their limit

Ultimate Healing Gourd

Fully upgraded the “Healing Gourd”

All Ninjutsu Techniques

Acquired all Ninjutsu Techniques

All Prosthetic Tools

Acquired all Prosthetic Tools

Great Shinobi – Owl

Defeated “Great Shinobi – Owl”

Father Surpassed

Defeated “Great Shinobi – Owl” at the Hirata Estate

Great Coloured Carp

Defeated the “Great Coloured Carp”

Great Serpent

Defeated the “Great Serpent”

Gracious Gift of Tears

Defeated the “Divine Dragon” and obtained the “Divine Dragon Tears”

Demon of Hatred

Defeated the “Demon of Hatred”

Phase 3 – Defeat Sword Saint Isshin

Once you have finished preparing for the three good endings and have defeated the Divine Dragon, you will be automatically returned to Kuro’s room. After speaking to Emma she will tell you that Kuro was kidnapped. Head to the same “hidden” door in Ashina Reservoir that you used in the game’s prologue and buckle up for a tough fight.

Before you can fight Sword Saint Isshin, you must first fight his grandson, Genichiro, for the last time. This fight is pretty easy. He’ll always open up with a Mortal Draw attack, just run up to him before he gets to pop it off and hit him with your own Mortal Draw, then jump on his head and hit him with the Mortal Draw again. Repeat until he dies, it shouldn’t take more than a minute or so.

Now, Sword Saint Isshin will show up. This is one of the toughest fights in the game. His first phase is pretty standard. He’ll have a sword and with a little bit of practise, it’s easy to parry and block his attacks. However, with his second phase he’ll get a spear and start chasing after you rather quickly. You can either try to run circles around him and wait for him to do his leaping attack so you can get a few good hits in, however, I found this tactic to be rather inefficient as he has a follow up attack with some insane tracking and distance.

Instead, I’d advise you to spend some time, and lives, learning his move set and the timing of his attacks so you can properly parry them and break his posture bar. It’s definitely the most reliable way to kill him.

His final phase is pretty much exactly like his previous one, except now he has lightning attacks. Hopefully, you’re a pro at deflecting these attacks by now, because it’s the best way of breaking his posture bar as fast as possible.

After you have defeated Sword Saint Isshin, pause the game and then choose to quit. Use PS+ or a USB to back up your save. Then boot the game back up and talk to Kuro, choose one of the three endings and watch until the credits. Then redownload your backed up save file and go for the next ending and then the next.

Progress Path for Phase 3

Ashina Castle / Ashina Reservoir

  • Defeat Genichiro and Sword Saint Isshin (Man Without Equal Trophy)
  • Save and backup save file
  • Choose Purification Ending
  • Choose Immortal Severance Ending
  • Choose Return Ending
  • Start New Game+

Now it’s time for NG+. Make sure you’ve finished collecting everything you need such as Prayer Beads, Gourd Seeds, Tools, Combat Styles, and Lapis Lazuli.

Trophies You Should Unlock at the End of Phase 3

Sword Saint Isshin Ashina

Defeated “Sword Saint Isshin Ashina”

Purification

Attained the “Purification” ending

Immortal Severance

Attained the “Immortal Severance” ending

Dragon’s Homecoming

Attained the “Return” ending

Phase 4 – The Shura Ending, Grinding for the Last Upgrades & Mop Up

Make sure you collect 4 of the 6 Lapis Lazuli in this playthrough. Play until you meet the Owl in the tower, save and backup your save file, and then choose to Forsake Kuro this time. You will have to fight Emma and then Isshin Ashina. This fight is different from Sword Saint isshin. Instead of a large open field, you have to fight him in a small closed off tower. His moveset doesn’t help as he can cover a lot of distance rather quickly which makes healing tricky and during his second phase, he has huge AoE fire attacks. Just focusing on learning his move set since it doesn’t really change between phases, but once you get to the second phase, bombard him with your firecrackers to prevent him from getting off his fire attacks.

Once you’ve endured enough punishment and defeated Isshin Ashina, you’ll unlock the Shura ending trophy. Only thing you need to do now is reload your save from before you spoke to the Owl. Follow the Immortal Severance ending and defeat the Divine Dragon. Once you’re back in Ashina, ignore Kuro and Emma and go to the Stairway Idol so you can farm XP and Materials so you can fully upgrade your Tools and purchase all Skills.

Progress Path for Phase 4

Ashina Castle / Upper Tower Dojo

  • Save and backup save file before talking to Owl
  • Choose “Obey Iron Code, Forsake Kuro”
  • Defeat Emma and Isshin Ashina (Man Without Equal Trophy)
  • Reload Save
  • Collect 4 Lapis Lazuli

Fountainhead Palace / Palace Grounds

  • Defeat Defeat Divine Dragon

Ashina Outskirts / Outskirts Wall – Stairway

  • Farm XP and Materials to fully upgrade Tools and Skills
  • Visit any areas you haven’t been to yet
  • Plat Get!

Trophies You Should Unlock at the End of Phase 4

Isshin Ashina

Defeated “Isshin Ashina”

Shura

Attained the “Shura” ending

Man Without Equal

Defeated All Bosses

Lazuline Upgrade

Used Lapis Lazuli to upgrade any tool to its limit

Master of the Prosthetic

Upgraded all Prosthetic Tools to their limit

Master of the Arts

Grasped the inner mysteries of any combat style

Height of Technique

Acquired all skills

Ashina Traveler

Traveled to all areas of the game

Sekiro

All trophies have been unlocked

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