We all know that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a difficult game, but thankfully there are ways to gain the advantage against it. With every four prayer beads you locate in the game, you’ll be able to craft a prayer necklace which will increase your maximum vitality (hit points) and your posture. The only problem is that a lot of these are in the possession of bosses or hidden throughout the world, so you’ll need to know where to go to get your hands on all 40 of them. Spoilers ahead!
How to craft a prayer necklace
Prayer necklaces are created at a Sculptor’s Idol. Once you’ve found four prayer beads, you’ll be able to turn them into a prayer necklace and increase your vitality and posture. All you need to do is:
- Sit at any Sculptor’s Idol.
- Choose the ‘Enhance Physical Attributes’ option.
- Confirm your selection.
That’s it! Now you have an edge against whatever boss (or random enemy) stands in your way next.
All Prayer bead locations in Sekiro
To make your life easier, we've separated the Prayer Beads by location. Click on the location you want to read up on below to jump to that part of the article!
- Ashina Outskirts
- Ashina Castle
- Ashina Castle - after shinobi attack
- Ashina Castle - after
- Hirata Estate - first memory
- Hirata Estate - second memory
- Senpou Temple
- Sunken Valley
- Ashina Depths
- Fountainhead Palace
Ashina Outskirts prayer bead locations
There are six prayer beads in Ashina Outskirts. They are located:
Ashina Wall - Gate Path
The first prayer bead is held by General Naomori Kawarada, who will halt your progress through the Gate Path. He’s the first enemy in the game with two health bars, so you may have some trouble with him at first. Defeat him and you’ll also get a Gourd Seed, with which you can immediately upgrade your healing gourd. So he’s well worth the effort.
Outskirts Wall - Stairway
A chained ogre waits for you in the stairway area of the Outskirts Wall. Remember: red-eyed monsters hate fire.
Outskirts Wall - Stairway
Soon after the red-eyed
Tengu Temple - Attic
After defeating the horseback boss Gyoubu Oniwa you’ll be able to access the temple containing the Tengu of Ashina. Climb this temple and grapple right to the top to find a chest containing another prayer bead.
Ashina Castle Gate - Blazing Bull
Continue into Ashina Castle after fighting Gyoubu Oniwa and you’ll soon come face to face with the Blazing Bull. He can be tough, but stick to his rear and keep running around him and you’ll have him beat in no time. He drops a prayer bead for your troubles.
Outskirts Wall - Staircase (After Blaze)
After Ashina is set ablaze you’ll be able to find Shigekichi of the Red Guard beyond the Outskirts Wall. He holds a prayer bead. Kill him for it.
Ashina Castle prayer bead locations
There are six prayer beads in Ashina Castle. They are located:
Ashina Castle - Stairway
General Kuranosuke Matsumoto holds one. He stands at the top of the stairway heading into Ashina Castle. He’s surrounded by goons, so we suggest taking them out first.
Ashina Reservoir Well
If you travel back to the pit you wake up in at the very start of the game you’ll encounter Lone Shadow Longswordsman. Fog doors will keep you trapped with him in a fairly cramped arena, but defeating him will net you a prayer bead.
The optional boss Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi can be found in the Ashina Reservoir area. Defeat him for a prayer bead.
Abandoned Dungeon Entrance
The Memorial Mob merchant near the entrance to the Abandoned Dungeon will sell you a prayer bead for 1400 sen. He’s located right by the sculptor’s idol in the area.
Upper Tower - Antechamber
There is a chest containing a prayer bead behind a hidden wall in the antechamber of the Upper Tower. It’s guarded by blue monks and the door lies directly between two suits of
Upper Tower - Ashina Dojo
Defeating Ashina Elite - Jinusuke
Ashina Castle - After shinobi attack prayer bead locations
There are three prayer beads available in Ashina Castle after it is overrun by shinobi. They are located:
Great Serpent Shrine
This prayer bead is only obtainable before Ashina Castle is set on fire. So make sure you attempt to retrieve it before then. You’ll need to defeat Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer to get hold of it.
Optional boss Lone Shadow Vilehand appears in the dojo after the shinobi attack Ashina. Defeat him for another prayer bead for your collection.
A chained ogre waits for you at the bottom of the Upper Tower. Kill him and his prayer bead is yours.
Ashina Castle - After blaze prayer bead locations
There are two prayer beads available in Ashina Castle after it has been set ablaze. They are located:
After the blaze begins you’ll be able to find Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa waiting for you in the Ashina Reservoir. Like his brother-in-arms, he holds a prayer bead.
There is a hidden dojo beneath Isshin Ashina’s room. You can access it before the fire is started to encounter various enemies, but once Ashina is aflame you’ll find a new red-eye enemy, Ashina Elite - Ujinari
Hirata Estate - First memory prayer bead locations
There are three prayer beads available in the first memory of Hirata Estate. They are located:
Bamboo Thicket Slope
You’ll find a shinobi hunter on the Bamboo Thicket Slope, named Enshin of
Proceed through Hirata Estate to the main hall courtyard and you’ll find the infamous Juzou the Drunkard. Defeat him and his cohort and you’ll be rewarded with a prayer bead.
Hirata Audience Chamber
Close to the Hirata Audience Chamber Sculptor's
Hirata Estate - Second memory prayer bead locations
There are two prayer beads available in the second memory of Hirata Estate, accessed through the Father’s Bell Charm.
Return to where you found Owl during the first memory and you’ll be met by Lone Shadow Masanaga the Spear-Bearer. He’s tough, but he’ll give you a prayer bead. Which seems fair.
You thought you were done with Juzou the Drunkard? Think again. He has another prayer bead for you.
Senpou Temple prayer bead locations
There are three prayer beads to be found in Senpou Temple. They are located:
Shugendo Sculptor’s Idol
Continue on up Mt. Kongo and you’ll soon come face to face with the Armored Warrior on a bridge. He’s
Proceed to the Temple Grounds to face Long-Arm Centipede Sen'Un and gather up another prayer bead for your collection.
There is a latent skill called Mibu Breathing Technique which allows you to dive underwater. You may have already found the pool with the treasure carps inside, but once you get the ability to dive down you’ll be able to find a prayer bead, too.
Sunken Valley prayer bead locations
There are four prayer beads located in the Sunken Valley. They can be found:
Under-Shrine Valley Sculptor’s Idol
This one is a little hard to find and requires some
Sunken Valley Sculptor’s Idol
Snake Eyes Shirafuji waits for you near the Sunken Valley Sculptor’s Idol and she’ll reward you with a prayer bead if you can defeat him.
You’ll find Long-arm Centipede Giraffe in the Gun Fort, clutching a prayer bead. Cold dead hands and all that.
Straight after the Long-arm Centipede Giraffe
Ashina Depths prayer bead locations
There are eight prayer beads to be found in the Ashina Depths. They are located:
Snake Eyes Shirahagi can be found in the Poison Pools, carrying a prayer bead with your name on.
This one requires some more grapple action. After the Snake Eyes Shirahagi battle, look for a grapple point above you before heading down into the large pit. Follow the path and bounce up the wall until you find your prize. It’s a prayer bead, in case that’s not clear.
Optional boss Tokujiro the Glutton can be found in the hidden forest and will reward you with a prayer bead on his defeat.
Before you can face the Headless Ape in the Ashina Depths, you’ll need to take down the Guardian Ape in the Sunken Valley. That’s no easy task and neither is his Headless brother. But destroying the monstrosity will net you not one, but two prayer beads. Good luck.
You’ll find O'Rin of the Water in the
Proceed past where you fought O'Rin of the Water and cross a bridge to find a house. To your
Here’s another prayer bead that requires the Mibu Breathing Technique skill. You’ll find a chest at the bottom of the lake in Mibu Village which, surprise surprise, contains a prayer bead.
Fountainhead Palace prayer bead locations
There are three prayer beads available in the Fountainhead Palace. They can be found:
Remember the Burning Bull? His brother can be found in the Fountainhead Palace and will grant you a prayer bead on his defeat.
Great Colored Carp Lake
This prayer bead is guarded by two Headless and a giant, diseased skeleton. You’ll find this fun party down at the bottom of the Great Colored Carp Lake. If you’re swift, you can grab the prayer bead and get out before your three new friends rip you to pieces.
Okami Leader Shizu likes to throw lightning at newcomers to the Fountainhead Palace, but he’s a friendly chap really. Okay, maybe not, but he does have a prayer bead for you if you can defeat him.