Where to find a tough man in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

If you're looking to be evil, this guide will teach you where to find a tough man to lure to the Abandoned Dungeon for Doujun in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Of all the requests NPCs will make in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the Abandoned Dungeon’s surgeon Doujun will give you the most suspicious by far. Speak with him after the Abandoned Dungeon Entrance Idol and he’ll ask you to find a tough man for his master to experiment on. Whatever his motives, if you want to complete this quest you’ll need to lure some poor sap to the dungeon. In this guide we’ll teach you where to find a tough man in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Where to find a tough man in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Where to find a tough man in Sekiro - Doujun quest
Seems like a trustworthy fellow... © FromSoftware

Doujun in the Abandoned Dungeon will give you the Surgeon’s Bloody Letter, which is a request from a man named Dosaku for “1 tough man. Preferably a strong samurai, or a young, large soldier such as a member of the Taro Troop.” If the bloodstained letter wasn’t suspicious enough, things are only going to get worse from here.

There are two men who fit the description in the Surgeon’s Bloody Letter, and while we’ll detail both below, it’s important to understand the implications of luring them to the dungeon. Should you trick either of these NPCs to visit the Abandoned Dungeon, they will disappear from the game, presumably having died. You won’t be able to continue their questlines, but you will receive a reward and new items at the Memorial Mob merchant. With that in mind, here are the tough men you can choose.

Tough man 1: Jinzaemon Kumano

Tough man location in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Does Jinzaemon deserve this fate? Probably not. © FromSoftware

Location: Ashina Castle - Ashina Reservoir

The first NPC you can lure is Jinzaemon Kumano, a noble warrior who patrols the moat. He can be found near the entrance to the well in which you started the game, reached from the Ashina Reservoir idol. If you’ve already defeated the Lone Shadow Longswordsman, he’ll then move forward to within the Abandoned Dungeon. Jinzaemon is looking for a Shamisen player who’s melody he can here. He’ll pop up again several times throughout the game, and if you complete his story you’ll get a special Jinzo statue. Sending him to the dungeon instead will reward you with 3 Lumps of Fat Wax for use in upgrades. You’ll also be called cruel by the Memorial Mob merchant near the dungeon entrance.

Tough man 2: Kotaro

Kotaro is a tough man you can send to the Abandoned Dungeon
Kotaro is another tough man you can send to the Abandoned Dungeon. © FromSoftware

Location: Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo

Kotaro is a large and sad man you’ll find near the entrance of Senpou Temple. After speaking with the Buddha statue, turn right and jump down the path to find him sitting against a tree. He’ll say he needs to find the “pure white flower” to remember. You’ll find two flowers in the area as you explore Senpou, a red and white flower and a pure white flower. If you want to progress Kotaro’s quest, you’ll need to give him the white flower and obtain the Divine Abduction shinobi prosthetic tool, but to lure him to the dungeon (or the Ashina merchant) give him the red and white flower. Once again you’ll receive 3 Lumps of Fat Wax but lose out on his quest.

Much later in the game you’ll have the chance to return to the Abandoned Dungeon and sneak into the room behind Doujun and see the results of your actions by diving underwater, but many players still don’t consider the sacrifice worth it as you’ll lose out on other character’s stories.

Now that you know where to find a tough man in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, you might want to complete some of the other NPC quests available. Did you manage to find the rats for the Ashina Tengu? We can also point you to all the shinobi prosthetic tool locations.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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