Ghost Of Tsushima Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Ghost Of Tsushima Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Ghost of Tsushima Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure Guide Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:24:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Gyozen's Lost Scrolls and Oni Treasure are two collectibles needed to complete feats and unlock a handful of class items, sword kits, and emotes in Ghost of Tsushima Legends. They also reward you with 

Unlike the base game, these are the only collectibles you'll need to scrounge up in the co op multiplayer expansion. Though finding them isn't exactly hard, Legends isn't very clear on how they appear. 

In this Ghost of Tsushima guide, I'll go over how to find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls and Oni Treasure, as well as the class items, swords kits, and emotes they unlock. 

How to Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure

Both collectibles can only be found in Legends' two-player co op story mode on silver and gold difficulty. They cannot be obtained on bronze difficulty. Silver difficulty unlocks after you've reached a Ki score of 25

Gyozen's Lost Scrolls and Oni Treasure appear in every tale, so it doesn't matter which tale you choose of the nine available. But they appear in random chapters within each tale, and they only appear once per tale. If you move on from a chapter without picking them up, you cannot go back and get them for that playthrough. 

Luckily, Legends tells you when a Gyozen Scroll or Oni Treasure chest is a chapter. A bonus objective will appear on the left-hand side of the screen. 

Gyozen's Lost Scrolls

Gyozen's Lost Scrolls look like, well, scrolls and are engulfed in a twinkling blue light. They can be somewhat difficult to find because they don't show up when you use Focused Hearing. You have to seek them out manually. 

You can usually find a chapter's Gyozen Scroll in a Mongol Yurt, lean-to, stable, etc. All of the ones I've found have been under some type of cover, anyway. I've not found any on carts or on rooftops, though some have reported finding some there. 

Oni Treasure

Oni Treasure can be found in large treasure chests adorned with an ornate horned mask. They can appear literally anywhere in a chapter, but they stick out like a sore thumb, so they're hard to miss. If you can't find the Oni Treasure chest in a chapter, you can use Focused Hearing to locate it. It will have a white glow around it, just like other interactable objects.

You cannot open these treasure chests alone, even if you are skilled enough to play through silver difficulty by yourself. Oni Treasure chests require two players to open.  

But be prepared to fight. A group of tough enemies and Oni spawns on top of you every time you open an Oni Treasure chest, so it's best to clear the stage of enemies before opening it. 

What do You Get for Collection Gyozen's Lost Scrolls and Oni Treasure? 

Though your rewards won't show up until the story completion screen, Gyozen Scrolls will award you Essence and Oni Treasure will award you with Rare or Epic gear. This gear shows up in the "Rewards" section to the right of your objectives at the end of a run. I've not played gold difficulty yet, so it could also reward you with high-level or legendary gear. 

Collecting enough scrolls and opening enough treasure chests will reward you with vanity gear and emotes for each of your classes. You can keep track of your progress by viewing either the Kami Friend and Collector feats in the feat menu, or looking at your class items, sword kits, and emotes in the "Character" submenu in the Legends main menu. 

It's worth noting that Gyozen Scrolls and Oni Treasure only count for one class/character at a time regarding vanity items. For example, if you pick up a scroll or open a treasure chest as an Assassin, it won't count toward your Samurai, Ronin, or Hunter vanity items. However, it will count towards your sword kits and emotes for all classes.  

Below is the list of items and emotes you can unlock with each collectible, including the class each item or emote is for and how many scrolls or oni treasures are required to unlock them. 

Class Items (Scrolls)

  • Overgrown (Ronin) x3
  • Shadow Ginko (Ronin) x10
  • Oni Gold (Samurai) x3
  • Shadow Ginko (Samurai) x10
  • Carved Gold Fan (Hunter) x3
  • Shadow Ginko (Hunter) x10
  • White Kappa (Assassin) x3
  • Shadow Ginko (Assassin) x10

Class Items (Oni Treasure)

  • Oni Red (Samurai) x3
  • Winter Ginko (Samurai) x10
  • Carved Shadow Fan (Hunter) x3
  • Celestial Ginko (Hunter) x10
  • Overgrown Shadow (Ronin) x3
  • Celestial Ginko (Ronin) x10
  • Red kappa (Assassin) x3
  • Celestial Ginko (Assassin) x10

Sword Kits (Scrolls)

  • Heavenly Falcon (all) x1

Sword Kits (Oni Treasure)

  • Sea Dragon's Wing (all) x1

Emotes (Scrolls)

  • Yes, my Lord (all) x3
  • Exhausted (all) x5
  • Let's go (all) x10
  • Kanpai (all) x20

Emotes (Oni Treasure)

  • Please (all) x3
  • Banzai (all) x5
  • Hooray (all) x10
  • Monkey Dance (all) x20

That's all you need to know about how to find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls and Oni Treasure in Ghost of Tsushima Legends. If you found this guide helpful, please consider giving it a share! And if you're looking for more on GoT Legends, be sure to check out our other guides over in our tips hub

Ghost of Tsushima Baku the Voiceless Location & Items Guide Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:37:26 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Ghost of Tsushima's Baku the Voiceless is a new vendor added in the recent 1.1 Legends co op multiplayer update. Baku sells a large list of new items, from armor and armor dyes to hats and charms. These items can be purchased with Ghost Flowers, a new currency in Ghost of Tsushima Legends.

Baku the Voiceless can only be found in Ghost of Tsushima New Game Plus, which is only after beating the game for the first time. It doesn't matter what difficulty you beat the base game on. 

Where to Find Baku the Voiceless in New Game Plus

Baku can be found as soon as you begin New Game Plus. In fact, the first Tale you receive, the Echoes Between Worlds tale, shows you where to find Baku. 

For easy reference, Baku can be found in Ariake prefecture at the Ariake haiku. This is just southeast of Kashine Forest and northwest of the Golden Forest.

Once you find them, you'll be able to fast travel to their location at any point in the game to buy more unique items with Ghost Flowers. 

Baku the Voiceless Items List

Here's a list of everything available from Baku the Voiceless in Ghost of Tsushima Legends, how many Ghost Flowers each item costs, and their in-game descriptions (for charms). 


  • Deadly Rival's Attire (Ryuzo) — 25 Ghost Flowers
  • Archery Master's Attire (Sensei Ishikawa) — 25 Ghost Flowers

Armor Dyes

  • Traveler's Attire (Winged Wayfarer) — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Sakai Clan Armor (Legacy of Guardians and Oceanic Valor) — 15 Ghost Flowers each
  • Kensei Armor (Duel of Lights and Sanguine Autumn) — 15 Ghost Flowers each
  • Gosaku's Armor (Bright Defender) — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Tadayori's Armor (Flowers of War) — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Ghost Armor (Avenging Spring) — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Broken Armor (Dark Survivor) — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Fundoshi (Fancy Fundoshi) — 15 Ghost Flowers


  • Charm of Carnage: Makes combat bloodier — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Curse of Frailty: Successful attacks kill you, iron will disabled — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Curse of Misfortune: You will never gain resources or ammo from fallen enemies — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Curse of Exhaustion: Actions that use resolve cost twice as much — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Steadfast Fire: Greatly increases the length of time you can use the way of the flame — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Distraction: When performing Iron Will, wind gusts and hornets will distract and damage enemies — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Ghostly Fury: When you are damaged, your ghost kill streak loses one kill instead of resetting. You can kill one additional enemy in Ghost Stance — 15 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Heavenly Rebuke: On performing heavenly strike, there is a chance for lightning to strike a nearby enemy — 25 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Blazing Flame: The way of the flame inflicts additional damage. Heavy attacks spread fire to nearby enemies — 25 Ghost Flowers
  • Charm of Canine Recruitment: If you sneak up on a Mongol dog, you can pet it. The dog will then become your ally, stealthing and fighting alongside you against enemies — 25 Ghost Flowers


  • Shadow Tengai — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Dark Betrayers Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Bloodstained Betrayers Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Koi Straw Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Kitsune Straw Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Bone White Straw Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Mosaic Straw Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Graceful Marsh Straw Hat — 5 Ghost Flowers


  • Trickster Wolf — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Beast of Prey — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Midnight Snarl — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Jade Elder — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Ancient Dragon — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Majestic Samurai Clan Mask — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Timeworn Oni — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Ocean of Blood — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Adachi Dragon Mask — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Sarugami's Wrath — 10 Ghost Flowers
  • Elegant Ghost Mask — 10 Ghost Flowers

It's worth noting that some minor charms make the game harder, while some give you new buffs to make encounters easier. 

How to Get Ghost Flowers

Ghost of Tsushima Ghost Flowers can only be obtained in new game plus; they are a new currency added in the Legends update.

To find Ghost Flowers, you'll need to complete tales, liberate outposts, and complete haikus, bamboo strikes, etc. Here's a rundown of activities and the number of Ghost Flowers they award on completion. 

  • Major Tales (gold diamonds) — 5 Ghost Flowers 
  • Mythic Tales (blue diamonds) — 5 Ghost Flowers
  • Minor Tales (white diamonds) — 3 Ghost Flowers
  • Major outposts (large red diamonds, logging camps, farms, etc.) — 5 Ghost Flowers 
  • Minor outposts (small red diamonds, such as camps, etc.) — 2 Ghost Flowers
  • Collectibles (bamboo strikes, haikus, hot springs, fox dens) — 1 Ghost Flower 

And there you have it: how to find Baku the Voiceless in Ghost of Tsushima Legends. Now you know what they sell and how to get Ghost Flowers, too! If you found this guide helpful, please consider giving it a share. And for more on Ghost of Tsushima, check out our other guide content over in the game's main tips hub

Ghost of Tsushima Legends Classes Guide: How to Master Each Class Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:36:27 -0400 John Schutt

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends lets you play a distilled version of the core game, where combat and stealth take the forefront, leaving the vast open-world of Tsushima behind. You play as one of four Ghost of Tsushima classes — Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, and Assassin — each specializing in one part of Jin Sakai’s skillset. 

We covered the bare basics in our How to Start Co-op guide, but this tips article is a deep dive into what you can expect when you jump into the fantastical realms Ghost of Tsushima: Legends offers. At the end, you'll be able to pick the best class for your playstyle. 

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Class Basics

Though each Legends class has a specific set of unique abilities, they all share a few core competencies you’ll be familiar with from the base game. Some mechanics are now tied to your gear rather than being unlocked through the skill screen. 

Here's what is universal to each class: 


Though the sword style you use is limited by the katana you have equipped, all of the abilities in the Samurai tree from the base game are present, horse mechanics notwithstanding.


Every class can move between cover points, tall grass, etc.


Every class has the ability to stealth kill enemies when undetected, whether on the ground or in the air.


Every class can make use of the game’s movement mechanics: walking on ropes, mantling, etc.

Ghost Weapons

Though certain weapons like blow darts are locked to the stealthier classes, every Legends class can use kunai, smoke bombs, bows, throw dirt and caltrops, etc.

Putting it all together

Much of the gameplay in Legends revolves around the proper usage of all these essential skills. The key to success at higher difficulties lies in combining the basics and specialized abilities and tools.

Put briefly, timing is everything, as Ghost Weapons and class skills go on a cooldown once used. You’ll only have access to a single consumable ammo type as well, and you’ll need to use it sparingly and effectively. 

Each class has an Ultimate ability as well that you use by pressing "L1+R1," expending three Resolve points. You gain resolve through kills, parries, dodges, and Assassinations, and certain upgrades to weapons increase your Resolve reserves. A well-timed Ultimate can turn the tide of a bad situation or ensure your team’s failure if you’re off by a second.

Note: This guide covers the special abilities of each class, as, by endgame content, you will have every unlockable ability at your disposal.

The Samurai Class


A Samurai is Legends' frontline fighter, the tip of the spear, so to speak. They’re built for survivability and damage output but have little to offer in the way of stealth beyond the abilities described above.

Class Skill 1 (Spirit Pull)

By empowering their blade with Spirit Pull, a Samurai drains the lifeforce of one nearby enemy at a time, refilling their health in the process. Judicious usage of life drain keeps a Samurai in the fight even if he’s taken a few hits.

Class Skill 2 (Explosive Strike)

Trade out life drain for additional damage with Explosive Strike, which causes an explosion to rock your enemies every time you're hit. You give up survivability for pure damage potential.

Ultimate (Hachiman’s Fury)

After a brief chant, the Samurai can deal heavy damage to up to five nearby enemies. You will need to aim the ability with the control stick if you want to attack different foes — or you can keep attacking the same enemy multiple times.

Best Samurai Class Strategies

How you play the Samurai class in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends comes down to how comfortable you are with the combat.

If you want extra safety, Spirit Pull will keep you in the action and add a cushion if things start to go sideways. If you’re confident in your ability to avoid damage, using Explosive Strike will let you put down even the tankiest foes much more quickly, but you’ll be punished harder for any mistakes.

Hachiman’s Fury, like all the Ultimates, has both an offensive and defensive use. If you want to start a difficult encounter with fewer enemies to keep track of, open with the ability. You can also use this ultimate to close out combat quickly and with low risk. 

If a teammate goes down and there is no good way to cover your revive, using the Hachiman's Fury to give yourself some space is more important than saving the entire encounter by yourself. In Legends, you live and die as a team. Lone wolf play does not serve here.

The Hunter Class


Focused almost entirely on both the long- and half-bow, a Hunter relies on fast reflexes and even better aim. Legends encounters take place almost exclusively in close quarters, but Hunters excel at thinning the herd from afar and keeping your enemies off-balance while you’re in the thick of things.

If you’re playing with a teammate you can trust, post up on a vantage point and rain death. Just know that arrows are a finite resource, and you’ll have to get your sword dirty eventually.

Class Skill 1 (Staggering Arrow)

Both Hunter abilities center around crowd control, but the first, Staggering Arrow, is a purer expression of the tactic. No matter how close or how far you are from your enemies, a single use of this skill with send groups of them tripping over themselves for a good few seconds, leaving them all vulnerable to attack.

Class Skill 2 (Explosive Arrow)

Exactly as it says in the name, the Explosive Arrow ability sends out an arrow that explodes on impact, dealing mild stagger damage, higher AoE damage, and setting enemies on fire.

Ultimate (Eye of Uchitsune)

The Hunter Ultimate is as easy to understand as it is deadly. Upon use, you will automatically target up to five enemy heads. As long as they stay within your line of sight, and once you loose your arrows, you will be hitting headshots with all the increased damage and effects that entails.

Best Hunter Class Strategies

The Hunter is effective up close and from a distance. They can be especially useful at higher difficulties where enemies have more health and abilities you might not want to deal with up close.

If you’re playing a Hunter, always open an encounter with about half the arrows in your quiver. Save most of your special arrows for finishing tougher enemies.

Staggering Arrow is best used defensively, as it buys you and your teammates time either to mount a counter-attack or to recover lost ground. Explosive Arrow can be used to either open or close an encounter because it is the more aggressive, DPS-focused option.

Eye of Uchitsune is, as most Ultimates are, something of a Get Out of Jail Free ability. If you need to thin a herd at the beginning of a big wave or make some space for a dangerous revive, the arrows will strike true.

The Ronin Class


The Ronin is as close to a pure support class as Ghost of Tsushima: Legends has, with a myriad of healing and recovery abilities at the ready to keep your team in the fight.

They have access to all of the basic skills, making them a powerful frontline fighter and bulwark against failure all in one. Still, you don’t want to be in the thick of things all the time, as you can’t use your abilities while downed.

Class Skill 1 (Spirit Animal)

You call forth an ethereal hound to fight by your side, distracting and damaging enemies and leaving them open for attacks from you or teammates.

Class Skill 2 (Healing Incense)

You create a healing aura around yourself for several seconds, healing yourself and allies for as long as the ability lasts.

Ultimate (Breath of Izanami)

Probably the most powerful Ultimate, Breath of Izanami revives all of your teammates and, fully upgraded, gives them life regeneration while burning enemies nearby when they revive. The ability functions regardless of distance, so even if you’re in one of the larger areas and your entire team is spread across the arena, you can get them all up and back into fighting shape.

Best Ronin Class Strategies

Ronin should not focus on running in first, nor should they be purely defensive. Their class skills only add value in close quarters, so you’ll want to stay close to your allies whenever possible.

Remember that your damage as Ronin is somewhat limited, as you only have your basic abilities to rely on there. Caution is imperative, as your team will rely on you to keep them topped off and ready for battle even in the harshest fights.

Choosing between Spirit Animal and Healing Incense comes down to how much of a support you want to be. Spirit Animal is a great distraction and creates more openings than you might expect, but it doesn’t do much damage and disappears after a short timer.

Healing Incense is a better option at higher difficulties, as it allows you to save a Healing Drum use for emergencies by becoming a small one yourself. 

Breath of Izanami has two primary uses. Either ensure you don’t fail a mission or give a mid-combat pick-me-up that keeps downtime to a minimum. You’ll need to use your best judgment on which is more appropriate at a given time, but only use it aggressively if you’re confident the team won’t squander the regeneration.

The Assassin Class


Assassins are stealth personified, and what they lack in upfront fighting ability they make up for by thinning enemy forces without them knowing until it’s too late.

Their skills offer the most overall utility and provide options for both offense and defense. Your upfront damage isn’t exceptionally high, but couple the damage buffs from Critical Strikes and the ability to vanish on command, and the Assassin can clear entire rooms without breaking a sweat.

Class Skill 1 (Toxic Vanish)

The Assassin vanishes and deals Stagger damage to every enemy in the vicinity. Other classes will thank you for the easier stun, and you’ll be able to land a free critical strike.

Class Skill 2 (Group Vanish)

Best used in the thick of battle with teammates all around you, Group Vanish turns you and your teammates in the vicinity invisible, with all the benefits that entails.

Ultimate (Shadow Strike)

Much like Hachiman’s Fury, Shadow Strike hits up to five enemies with critical damage, killing low-level mobs outright and softening up bigger targets for later butchering. 

Best Assassin Class Strategies

There are two phases to an Assassin’s gameplan. Before combat starts, you will want to clear every low-level mook you can from the field. Use your invisibility liberally to move from cover to cover. Then, once you can’t one-shot anything else, deal significant damage to the highest-value target in your way.

Once combat starts, your job is to confound your foes and make sure your allies stay alive through liberal use of Vanish and Shadow Strike. The same rules apply as Hachiman’s Fury, but with your extra invisibility, you can freely revive a teammate and possibly save your Ronin an Ultimate use of their own. 

Those are the core strategies for each of the four Ghost of Tsushima: Legends classes. Use these lessons well, and nothing will be able to stand in your way. For more on the new co op, multiplayer update, check out our other GoT guides! If you found this tips article helpful, please consider sharing it! 

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Survival Mode Guide Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:55:43 -0400 JosephYaden

With the release of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, players have been enjoying the free expansion's four-player cooperative mode. Though Legends has a story mode (and eventually a raid), you'll likely be spending much of your time in Survival Mode, which pits you against wave after wave of enemies with the goal of lasting until the end while defending capture points. 

Legends' Survival Mode is quite challenging, especially on the harder difficulties, but there are many things you can do to prepare for the fight. In this guide, I'll highlight some tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of Survival Mode in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends

Pay Attention to Your Ki

As with many Games as a Service, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends includes a ranking system that dictates your character's overall power level. In Legends, rank is called Ki, and it can be viewed above your character's head from the main menu. 

Your Ki is determined by the gear you have equipped, so jump into the Character menu to see what you have available. Gear has different rarities; the higher the rarity, the more useful an item is, and the higher Ki level it has. 

You won't be able to play Survival Mode on the harder difficulties unless your character is at the appropriate Ki level. With that in mind, make sure to always check your gear after a match to see if you have anything new. 

Don't Forget to Stock Up Between Rounds

There are Healing Drums and Ammo Stations for you to make use of throughout each map. However, beginner players can neglect to stock up between rounds. This is a careless mistake that can set you up to fail.

It is worth mentioning: there are a limited number of Healing Drums and Ammo Stations available, so you should ration them out throughout the match. It won't do you any good to waste them all before the tougher rounds.

Another important point is that aside from Healing Drums, Ammo Stations also provide health. So if you're low on health and Ammo, make use of the Ammo Stations to kill two birds with one stone. Use your Focused Hearing (press on the touchpad) to spot these interactable stations easily.

A note on Healing Drums

Remember to stand right next to the Healing Drum so it'll replenish your health. If you're too far away, it won't work. 

Positioning is Key

At the start of each Survival round, enemies will begin to take over a random defense point. A yellow circle will appear beneath the name of the location that's being captured, and you'll want to make sure you arrive before the enemies begin to take it over.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to position yourself in the best spot before a round begins, making it easy to get to any of the three defense points. All four Survival maps feature grapple points that are great for getting around, so use them instead of taking the long route on foot. 

If you're too far away from the capture point, it could leave your teammates in a bad spot. Remember that if an enemy captures a point, you'll lose a portion of your total health for a while, so do your best to get to each one quickly. 

Make Sure You Ping Enemies and Interactable Objects

Again, many Games as a Service feature a ping system, and Ghost of Tsushima: Legends continues that trend. To ping, press "R3" while aiming with "L2." This is a simple tip, but it's a tactic that many beginners fail to utilize.

It's smart to ping a Healing Drum, which will only heal you if you're standing near it. So ping the Drum to let your team know to gather around. Or maybe ping in the direction of a wave of enemies to notify your team where to look.

There are numerous ways to use pinging effectively; just make sure you get in the habit of pinging as often as necessary. 

Sometimes Your Team Will Need to Split Up to Defend Multiple Points

As you play through a Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Survival match, enemies will begin to capture various points simultaneously. It can be tempting to gang up on one group of enemies with a full team, but for the sake of efficiency, you'll want to spread out to cover more ground.

Even if you aren't the best player, or if you don't have great gear, it's still recommended to pinpoint an additional capture point that is being contested. As long as you're in the circle, it won't get capped, so at the very least, hold out until your teammates come to help.

Towards the later rounds, all three points may be contested, so spread out and do your best to hold down a point while you wait for backup. 

Buy Items From the Shop and Use Them At Opportune Moments

Another aspect many players ignore is the shop found within each stage. It's indicated by a tall white beam that shoots up into the sky. Here, you'll find the following useful items (along with their cost):

  • Refill all Ghosts' Ammo  200 
  • Regenerate Ghosts' Health  400
  • Summon a Spirit Bear  500
  • Ignite Enemies Near Ghosts  400

Keep in mind that all of the above items have a cooldown of up to three rounds, so you can't spam the same item over and over again. But you can learn to use them efficiently as you play.

I tend to avoid wasting money on more ammo, as you can find ammo easily around the map. Typically, I opt to always have health regeneration to use it in emergencies (by pressing up on the D-pad). By the time I use it, the cooldown time has usually passed, allowing me to buy another. 

Save the Spirit Bear for the boss rounds, and whichever teammate hasn't purchased an item can either Ignite Enemies Near Ghosts or grab another Spirit Bear if one is available. The main point is that you should coordinate with your team and spread out who buys what. 

Take a Look at the Feats and Try to Complete Them

From the main menu, press "R1" to tab over to the Feats section, which contains a slew of challenges. These Legends challenges give you rewards upon completion. Make sure you check them so you're aware of what you need to do, as many Feats are easily completable, even for low-level players.

Also, don't forget to check your Feats after each match because you'll likely have credit for completing at least one, especially within your first few hours of play. 

Embrace the Grind

As it stands, there isn't a ton of content to dive into just yet in Legends (though it's tough to get too mad since it's a free update). Because of that, you'll need to play the same four Survival missions over and over to earn new gear.

Make sure to complete the Daily Challenges, which are located on the bottom left of the main menu, and continue to equip the best gear possible to ensure you outlast your enemies.

You can also earn certain gear from the Ghost of Tsushima: Legends story, and you'll gain credit for completing feats for doing so. Eventually, you'll have high-level gear that will allow you to play on harder difficulties in Survival Mode.

Now that you understand those basic tips, you should be well-equipped to start leveling up and overcoming Survival Mode in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Getting through Survival Mode is certainly no easy task, but a little preparation goes a long way. For more on Ghost of Tsushima, check out its hub page, and if you found this guide helpful, please consider giving it a share! 

Ghost of Tsushima Legends: How to Start Co Op Multiplayer Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:01:28 -0400 JosephYaden

Cooperative multiplayer has been added to Ghost of Tsushima with its latest major update: Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Alongside New Game+ and other additions, such as charms and classes, Legends offers a robust multiplayer mode that feels fleshed out, especially since it's free.

However, you might be wondering how to actually get started with Ghost of Tsushima co op multiplayer since the game doesn't make it immediately clear how to do so.

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to play with your friends (or strangers) online in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends

Getting Started

Once you've downloaded the latest update for Ghost of Tsushima and boot up the game, the main menu will feature a new option that reads "Enter Legends Mode." Click this, and you'll be prompted to start one more download from the PlayStation Store (don't worry, it's quick and free).

Keep in mind that you need PS Plus to play online with other players in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. If you're just starting the base game for the first time, you will need to complete the intro section first before accessing the main menu. 

After you select "Enter Legends Mode," you'll watch a couple of cutscenes before starting an extensive tutorial section. This tutorial takes around 15 minutes to complete. It goes through most of the game's mechanics and is presented in a way that's great for those who haven't played before or those who need a refresher. 

Complete the tutorial, and make sure you pay attention to the new features, like pinging targets, using emotes, finishing moves, and reviving. After this, you'll get to choose your starting class. 

Choosing Classes in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends

After the tutorial section of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, you'll be prompted to choose your starting class. Keep in mind that you aren't locked to the class you choose first, but you will have to earn the ability to use other classes by ranking up.

The classes are as follows:

  • Samurai  "Blood and steel are second nature to Samurai, who charge into battle with gleaming armor and katana poised to decimate their enemies."
  • Hunter  "Hunters rain death on their foes from afar, using a variety of arrows with precise aim and consummate skill."
  • Ronin  "The resourceful Ronin call on the spirits of nature and a wide range of abilities to support and heal their battlefield allies."
  • Assassin  "Masters of stealth, poison, and underhanded tactics, Assassins embody the darkest aspects of the Ghost."

Starting a Match

Now that you've selected your class, you'll finally be taken to the main screen of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Here, there are a few different options for you to browse through, like character customization, and different challenges for you to complete.

To start a match, select "Play Now," and you'll come to a screen with four choices.


Quickplay starts a match in either Story or Survival (though Story Quickplay isn't unlocked right away). Selecting Quickplay throws you into a random scenario, so head to the sections below if you want to choose which maps or levels you play on.

If you select one of the Quickplay options, you'll be taken to a screen that allows you to select your difficulty and gives you the ability to matchmake by pressing left or right on the D-pad. 

Below that is the dedicated Story section of Legends, which, again, allows you to select a difficulty and choose whether you want to matchmake. When you start, only Bronze difficulty will be available. You'll need to level up more to gain access to harder difficulties.


Next, Survival gives you four different scenarios to experience, all of which can be played online with random players or friends. We have a dedicated Survival guide coming in the next few days, so be sure to check back (or bookmark this guide) for tips specific to Survival. 


You'll also see a Challenge mode below Survival, but that section hasn't gone live quite yet. Developer Sucker Punch will be updating the game with more content, including a raid, in the coming weeks. 

Playing Co Op Multiplayer with Friends

To play Ghost of Tsushima co op multiplayer with friends, click on the Social option from the main menu of Legends, and you'll see everyone who's online. Your party can have up to four players total, denoted by "Party" in the top right.

After you get players in your party, you can go into Play Now to start a match. If you want more people in your party, you can matchmake to find additional players to join.

And with that, you should have everything you need to start playing Ghost of Tsushima: Legends co op multiplayer with friends. It takes a little while to get it going, but once you do, it's a ton of fun. For more on Ghost of Tsushima, consider checking out our other guides, and keep checking back in with GameSkinny for more coverage on Legends in the coming days!

Ghost of Tsushima: How to Find the Kensei Armor — The Six Blades of Kojiro Fri, 31 Jul 2020 23:49:23 -0400 John Schutt

If you've seen any of the Ghost of Tsushima trailers, you've seen the Kensei Armor, one of the pieces of Mythic Gear scattered across the game. The version in the trailers and this article's header is the first upgrade, both the main armor and hat.

Acquiring the armor is one of the most involved quests in the game outside of the main story, and it's based entirely around the duel mechanic: six swordsmen, six duels, the Six Blades of Kojiro.

How to Start the Six Blades of Kojiro Quest

To begin your quest to the Kensei Armor, you need to be in Act 2 of the main story. Head to Umugi Cove hidden in the western forests of the second part of the map. You'll find a musician playing a shamisen near the back of a bar on the left side of the village.

Once you've spoken to the musician and heard his story, you'll be sent on the next leg of the quest: dueling five Straw Hat Ronin all over the map.

How to Find and Beat the Five Ronin

The Straw Hats you'll need to duel are all over the main area of Act 2. Their tactics are essentially the same, from movesets to health values.

Where to Find the Six Blades of Kojiro

Duels for this quest have a unique icon on the map: a man with a katana in a battle pose. Their locations are below.

Duel Among the Spider Lillies

This duel is easy enough to spot. The ronin waits just on the west side of the lake in a field of red flowers. On the map itself, the duel location is just north of the Field of the Equinox Flower label.

Duel Under Autumn Leaves

You'll need to follow the coast to reach this one, as the Straw Hat is at the base of a cliff beneath some orange-leaved trees. The duel is to the southeast of Castle Shimura, your main objective in Act 2.

Duel in the Drowning Marsh

Another simple search. You'll find this Straw Hat in a fetid marsh on the southern shore of the second area. A sickly white fog clouds the area. Go to the southern end of the Old Kanazawa Marsh to find the duel.

Duel Under Falling Water

This one's a little tricky, as the ronin is at the bottom of a waterfall cliff. Head to the northern part of the area, and you'll be able to climb down. The duel location is just east of Lucky Genzo's Inn.

Duel of Crashing Waves

Another tricky one. You'll need to head south of the location and make your way down the cliffs to the water's edge. The duel location is east of the Old Toyotama Hills and the Cloud Ridge Shrine.

How to Beat the Ronin

The ronin here guys are fast, hit hard, and they can be unpredictable.

First, you'll want to have the Samurai Clan armor you receive as part of Masako Adachi's questline, upgraded if possible. The armor reduces the damage you take, and at later upgrade levels, it grants you Resolve every time you're struck. 

Make a point to go into each of these fights with a full Resolve meter, as well. You're probably going to get hit at least once, and even on Normal difficulty, three hits is all it takes for the ronin to take you down.

Hopefully, you've been practicing your parries using what we talked about in the our Ghost of Tsushima parry guide. Check it out if you need tips.

The ronin use every attack type in the game, including the blue unblockable that you can parry and the red unblockable you need to dodge. Some of their attacks are stabs you can sidestep, but if they look like they're going to charge you with their sword at their side, be ready to dodge backward, as this is their tell for a spin attack that will clip you if you're too close.

If the ronin raise their swords into a standard Stone Stance pose, they're likely to be using regular attacks with easy parry timing.

The blue stabs come in two varieties: one big attack and three smaller, quicker ones. You can parry either, and I suggest you do, because if you dodge the first poke, the second is fast enough to hit you no matter how much you mash the dodge button.

Play it carefully, and you shouldn't have too tough a time with the five Straw Hats. Again, the only difference between them is the location of their arenas. 

Finding Kojiro

With the five Straw Hats dead, head back to the musician in Umugi Cove, and he'll reveal Kojiro's location, the eponymous sixth blade. Here's the exact spot where the duel takes place.

How to Beat Kojiro

In many ways, the five ronin were training you to fight Kojiro, the owner of the Kensei Armor, and the toughest fight of the six.

His attacks are mostly the same as theirs, but his attacks are all faster. He's also more likely to parry anything you throw at him, either after a dodge or otherwise.

Parrying and whiff punishing are crucial in the fight, and so be sure to learn all the tells from the five Straw Hats so beating Kojiro doesn't become a lengthy endeavor. You can also grab several deflection techniques to help you here. 

If parrying is out of the question, you have a couple of options. You can learn what attacks to dodge and which to block and only attack when Kojiro presents an opening. You could also interrupt his slower attacks before they land. This second strat staggers Kojiro for a brief period, letting you get in a few swings of your own. 

A third, non-parry strategy is to attempt breaking his guard using Stone Stance, but this tactic is only doable if you've upgraded the Stone Stance tree all the way. You need the extra speed the final unlock provides. 

Don't get discouraged if the first few fights don't go your way. Kojiro is a monster, but he's beatable with speed, skill, and plenty of tenacity. 

Once you beat Kojiro, the Kensei Armor is yours. It's primarily a debuff set, causing your enemies to deal and receive up to 50% more damage from Ghost weapons. It also empowers your Ghost weapons themselves, and increases Resolve gains by up to 30%.

Be sure to change the armor's appearance with "Triangle" in the Outfit screen if you want the look we saw in the trailers. 

White and Black Armor Dye for the Kensei Armor

Take your look to another level by visiting the Black and White Dye Merchants. Both have a special vanity item for the Kensei Armor. Check out our guides to the White Dye and Black Dye Merchants to discover their locations.

White Dyed Kensei Armor

Black Dyed Kensei Armor


And that's how you get your hands on the Kensei Armor and complete the Six Blades of Kojiro Mythic quest. It's an incredibly useful set, and it looks great, as well, so show it off in photo mode. Check out our other Ghost of Tsushima guides, as well as our review

Ghost of Tsushima White Leafed Tree Location Guide Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:04:06 -0400 JosephYaden

In Ghost of Tsushima, you'll come across mysterious locations, shrines, and points of interest that are begging to be discovered. One specific example is the White Leafed Tree, which is part of The Heavenly Strike side quest.

However, the game doesn't specifically tell you how to find the White Leafed Tree, so in this guide, we'll give you its exact location, as well as the rewards you get for finding it. 

The Heavenly Strike Side Quest

While it is possible to find the White Leafed Tree while exploring the world separately, your first interaction with it will likely be as you attempt to complete The Heavenly Strike mission. 

To start the mission, you'll need to talk to the musician in the River Falls Bridge area, to the northeast of Brown River Gorge in the Komatsu section of Izuhara.

Talk to the person, and you'll have a couple of objectives to overcome, like speaking to a woman and searching a watchtower. After the watchtower, you'll be prompted to locate the White Leafed Tree. 

White Leafed Tree Location

If you're in the middle of The Heavenly Strike mission, you should be aware of the tree's general location. Use the map above for guidance.

In essence, you need to head to the start of the Plum Blossom Shrine, which is located to the north of Brown River Gorge.

From the Plum Blossom Shrine torii gates, head up the path until you reach a burning pile of wood blocking your path. Take a left up the alternate route and follow the linear path, jumping across tree branches and squeezing through the rocks.

Keep jumping across the tree branches, and go past the broken, burning bridge. At this point, you'll see the shrine ahead, with the White Leafed Tree on the right. 

Jump across the gap to the right of the shrine and squeeze through the rocks that sit right beside the tree. When you arrive, you'll need to survey the area to discover the White Tree Grove

Rewards for Finding the White Leafed Tree

Depending on when you reach this area, you'll have two different rewards. The first, and most obvious, is that discovering this area is necessary to complete The Heavenly Strike mission.

Finding the White Leafed Tree will lead you to the White Leafed Grove, which is just past the halfway point of the quest. Completing the quest will reward you with the following:

  • Minor Legend Increase
  • The Heavenly Strike technique
  • Heavenly Falcon sword kit

Alternatively, if you come back to this area before the start of the quest, or after you've finished it, a corpse will appear with supplies, and you'll be rewarded with a Technique Point for searching the body. 

Related Content

That's everything you'll need to know about finding the White Leafed Tree in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, visit the links above, and stay tuned for more in the coming days.

The Best Techniques in Ghost of Tsushima Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:19:02 -0400 John Schutt

Techniques are the backbone of combat in Ghost of Tsushima. Without them, all you can do is dodge and attack: no special moves, no fancy counterattacks, no sneaky kills from the shadows.

While the game’s Technique trees are straightforward enough, there are several you’ll want to focus on acquiring early and using often, as they make the game both more satisfying and generally more fun.

This guide details the best Techniques in each tree, with a particular focus on early- to mid-game pickups.

The Best Samurai Techniques and Skills

Samurai skills come in two primary flavors: deflection and evasion.

  • Deflection — Focuses on parries and redirecting attacks
  • Evasion — Focuses on avoiding damage
    • Some techniques in this tree deal damage
The Best Deflection Techniques

Deflect Arrows

The first skill you’ll want to learn in the Deflection tree is Deflect Arrows. Archers might not be able to take much damage but put enough of them in the right spot, and they’ll kill you faster than almost any other enemy in the game.

Deflect Arrows makes archers instantly obsolete. As long as you hold "L1," they can’t touch you, no matter how many there are or where they’re shooting from. Even point-blank, you’ll be swatting arrows and fire arrows from their bows with ease. 

Resolved Parry

Next on the Deflection tree is Resolved Parry. If you’re set on taking your enemies head-on, you’ll want the extra resolve buildup this Technique provides.

Perfect parries are better here, but don’t let that stop you from going for the safer option. You’ll gain Resolve either way, and that extra healing use could save you from an early grave.

Check out our Parry Guide for more on how to maximize your parry potential.

The Best Evasion Techniques

Dodging Slash

The first Evasion Technique you’ll want to pick up is Dodging Slash. The game says it’s useful against slow opponents, but that’s an understatement. This Technique is useful against every enemy in the game, bosses included.

Timing your dodge can be a little tricky at first, doubly so if you’re unfamiliar with an enemy’s move set. Once you know when to dodge most attacks in the game, Dodging Slash will become a mainstay of your arsenal for both its simplicity and effectiveness regardless of circumstance.

Perfect Dodge

Your other important Evasion Technique is the final one you gain access to: Perfect Dodge. This Technique follows a similar logic to the perfect parry.

Take on a little extra risk for the chance at a free killing blow. Thankfully, the input for the follow-up can be either a light or heavy attack, so all you need to focus on is nailing the timing.

The Best Stance Techniques

There are 16 Stance Techniques in Ghost of Tsushima, but I think there are only two real difference makers no matter where you are in the game. The Stone Stance, the first one you can use, is an excellent general-purpose Stance, but there’s nothing about it that stands out.

The two Techniques you want are Water: Surging Strikes and Wind: Spear Defense.

Other options have more utility in certain situations, but these two abilities have the most overall benefit. That’s because they make two of the most annoying enemy types in the game child’s play.

Water: Surging Strikes

Water: Surging Strikes is the premier anti-shield Technique. Even without upgrading it, you’ll break shield guards left and right, and it’s a great DPS tool to boot. The later nodes in the tree only make it better.

Wind: Spear Defense

We talked about Wind: Spear Defense in the parry guide, but it bears repeating that this Technique completely nullifies every spear attack in the game and leaves your enemy open for easy damage.

So long as you’re in Wind Stance, a well-timed light or heavy attack will parry the spear-wielder, sending him reeling behind you and creating an opening where before there was only pain.

The Best Ghost Techniques

Like Samurai Techniques, your Ghost skills come in two varieties: weapons and tactics.

The Best Ghost Weapons


You can never go wrong with Kunai, as the world is filled with easy-to-find refills and enemies drop them on death frequently enough.

You’ll want to spring for Serrated Blades as soon as you can. You don’t have to upgrade your carrying capacity much: Three serrated Kunai will decimate almost any enemy group in the game. Even those that don’t die will have broken guards, leaving them open for a quick kill.

Explosive Powder

Your next Ghost Weapon purchase should be Sticky Bombs. You can upgrade them to use Explosive Powder if you like, but even on their own, these things hit like a truck and can win fights before they begin.

Damage, knockback, blinding — Sticky Bombs can do it all, and when upgraded, they’re a guaranteed kill against almost anything they stick to.

The Best Evolving Tactics

Paradoxically, one of the Evolving Tactics Techniques you want is more samurai oriented than Ghost oriented. Pick up Improved Standoff Streak to cut through up to three enemies (with one stroke each) and gain a healthy chunk of resolve.

Pair this ability with the fully upgraded Sakai armor you receive as part of the main quest, and your Standoff Streak goes up to five kills in a row. That deletes most wandering patrols, and even an empty Resolve meter won’t know what to do with all the extra gains.

Chain Assassination Master

Learn the Chain Assassin Master Technique if stealth is more your game. You'll get three instant kills in a row, plus the ability to get away scot-free.

Combine this Technique with Smoke Bombs, and you can Chain Assassinate in the middle of combat, getting three points of Resolve and the means to escape at almost zero risk.

Related Content: 

Those are the Techniques we favor when it comes to making your early progress in Ghost of Tsushima, as they will serve you throughout the entire game. Whether they’re get-out-of-jail-free cards or outright deadly, you can’t go wrong with these choices. For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out the links above.

Ghost of Tsushima Black Dye Merchant Guide Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:32:04 -0400 JosephYaden

Part of the fun in Ghost of Tsushima is customizing your character to fit your playstyle. Not only that, but you can tinker with your gear to suit your cosmetic needs, as well. One of the ways you can do that is by visiting the Black Dye Merchant, who  as his name suggests  sells black dyed gear for you to use.

But how does this merchant work and where is he located? In this guide, we'll show you everything you need to know about the Black Dye Merchant in Ghost of Tsushima

Black Dye Merchant's Location

Unlike the White Dye Merchant, who you can visit very early on in Act 1, the Black Dye Merchant isn't available until you reach Act 2. You'll need to free Lord Shimura in the "A New Horizon" mission to access the middle part of Tsushima Island called Toyotama.

The Black Dye Merchant is located in a small cave in Kawamata Village, in the middle of Toyotama on the east side. When you approach, you'll likely have to defeat some patrolling Mongols. Use the image above for guidance. 

Enter the cave and you'll be able to speak with the Black Dye Merchant. Remember, once you've located him, you can fast travel to his location from then on. 

Purpose of the Black Dye Merchant

The Black Dye Merchant sells gear that is dyed black, such as bows and different armor. Some items are inaccessible until you complete certain missions, which are notated next to that item within the merchant's list of wares.

Like the White Dye items, you'll need to pay for Black Dye items and armor sets in flowers instead of the usual currency.

Finding Flowers to Craft Black Dye Equipment

Flowers are a common resource found throughout Tsushima Island. Always make sure you pick them up by pressing "R2" as you come across them while exploring or traveling between objectives.

You can find a larger supply of flowers in the Shinto Shrines, so keep that in mind if you're having trouble getting your hands on them naturally. 

There are Merchants who can dye your equipment other colors, as well. You can find them on the map as denoted by their ability to sell Vanity Gear

Related Content

That covers everything you'll need to know about the Black Dye Merchant in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, visit the links above, and stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Ghost of Tsushima Ghost Armor Guide Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:08:49 -0400 Serhii Patskan

The ghost armor set is one of the best and most valuable pieces of gear in Ghost of Tsushima. It's perfect for those choosing stealth over pure action. However, getting the ghost armor set can be tough, as you need to go through one heck of a mission. 

First, you need to complete the first act of the main story campaign. Then, during the second act, you must reach the "From the Darkness" quest. From there, follow our guide below.

How to Get Ghost Armor in Ghost of Tsushima

Speak to Yuna

After completing "The Fate of Tsushima" quest, you will need to speak with Yuna, who will temporarily grant you the Ghost armor set for a new mission, "From the Darkness". To keep the armor, you must complete the quest. 

Enter the Castle of Shimura

After speaking with Yuna and getting the Ghost Armor, you'll need to enter the Castle of Shimura completely unnoticed or the mission will fail. Here is the best way to do it:

  1. Approach the bridge to your right
  2. Use grapple to grab the hooks near bridge
  3. Jump on the rocks under the bridge
  4. Walk over the fallen tree
  5. Climb up the rocky cliff
  6. Use grapple again to move up a level
  7. Enter the first keep of the castle

Inside the castle, you must go to the top floor. But there will be enemies on your way, which you need to eliminate as quietly as possible. Once that's done, use ladders to reach the top floor.

Pass Through the Garden

Go to the second floor of the tower and survey the area of the castle from the balcony. After surveying the main points, which will reveal a Poison marker on your map, you need to pass through the garden into the main keep:

  1. Use ropes stretched between roofs
  2. Kill the archer in the second watchtower
  3. Use another set of ropes in the next area
  4. Reach the Poison marker

Try to attack the guards from behind. This will help you stay unnoticed throughout this part of the mission. Finally, posion the guards by pressing "R2" when prompted.

Kill Ryuzo

Before entering the main keep to fight Ryuzo (the area's boss), it's a good idea to change your armor to something more fitting for the long melee battle ahead.

Ryuzo will use two main types of attacks:

  • Red Attack  This cannot be parried, so the only way to avoid it is by dodging.
  • Blue Attack  This can be parried using the Unyielding Sword Parry technique.

Between each attack or combo, you will have a short window to deal damage to Ryuzo. But other than that, rely on dodging and parrying as much as possible.

When the boss is dead, you will get to keep the Ghost armor set as a reward.

Related Content

That's all you need to know on how to get the Ghost armor in Ghost of Tsushima. Check out more Ghost of Tsushima guides right here.

Ghost of Tsushima How to Parry: An Expert Tips Guide Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:20:21 -0400 John Schutt

Learning to how to parry in Ghost of Tsushima is a foundational skill. It can and will save your life early in the game, and understanding its nuances in the late game will make even the toughest fights manageable. Parrying isn’t the easiest technique to learn or master, but once you know the basics, all you have to do is put them into practice.

That’s what this guide is all about: how to parry, how to make parrying easier, and where to practice your parrying skills early so you can spend the rest of the game honing them to a razor's edge.

The Very Basics: Parry Timing

Perfect your parry timing by practicing against low-level enemies.

To parry in Ghost of Tsushima, press "L1" about a quarter- to a half-second before an enemy’s attack lands. Any sooner and you’ll leave yourself open. Later and you’ll have already taken a hit, making the parry attempt worthless.

Parry timing is relatively specific and somewhat depends on your game’s framerate. Usually, I found I needed to add an extra quarter-second before I pressed "L1" to allow for input delay. In practical terms, give yourself a little more than half a second to parry.

The best way to get the timing down is as simple as it will be brutal. Once you’re out of the opening sequences and the open-world map is available to you, go to the nearest encounter area and forget stealth altogether.

Instead, rush in headlong and get a few enemies to attack you. Kill a couple to give yourself some breathing room, then start trying to parry. You will fail a lot, and you will die a lot, especially on Ghost of Tsushima's hard difficulty setting.

Don’t let that slow you down, though. The muscle memory you build early on will pay dividends in the late game, where even the easier bosses hit like trucks but offer plenty of parry bait for you to exploit. A few missteps at the beginning are a small price to pay.

Getting the Timing Down

As for getting the timing down, stick to fighting the enemies in bright yellow shirts. Their weapons don’t deal as much damage as the better-armed Mongols, and their attacks are slow and easy to predict.

Set yourself a consecutive parry goal, say three in a row without taking damage. Once you achieve that, start mixing it up a little bit — parry into counter-attack into more attacks back into a parry.

Take your time and practice for a little while. Alternately, you can bum rush through the map, cutting a bloody swathe through every Mongol outpost, practicing your skills the whole way.

How to Parry a Spear

Stance menu showing wind: spear defense.

Spear enemies in Ghost of Tsushima will be the bane of your existence for at least several hours. Their primary attack comes with a red glow, and there is no way early on to parry those. You can only dodge them. Some attacks have a blue light on them, and you’re not parrying those either, at least at the start of the game.

To parry a spear, you need access to the Wind Stance. To earn that, you need to observe and kill around 18 leader enemies scattered across Tsushima. Leaders are clad in full armor and usually carry a shield. Here's a full run-down on how to observe leaders and get stance points. 

Once you unlock Wind Stance, you need to spend three Technique Points to gain access to Wind: Spear Defense, which allows you to cancel out a spear thrust with an attack of your own.

The parry timing against a spear is different than against a sword, and the most consistent way I found to do it was to parry with a heavy attack just as the enemy begins to wind up.

Though it occurs much less frequently, the unblockable blue spear attacks do happen, and you gain a counter to those much earlier.

Technique menu showing unyielding spear parry.

Unyielding Spear Parry will cost you four technique points in the Deflection tree, but because you’ll deal with red spear attacks so much more often, I think your points are better spent elsewhere.

Where to Find the Parry Charm

Charms are powerful equipable items that can drastically change how you play the game, or at the very least, make your life easier. There’s one such charm for parrying as well.

Menu showing Charm of Mizu-No-Kami.

Known as the Charm of Kagu-Tsuchi, the item widens the timing window for parries and dodges. If you mastered the default timing, this charm will almost seem like cheating, as it’s incredibly generous, even on perfect parries.

You’ll find the Charm of Kagu-Tsuchi in the Spring Falls Shrine at the northernmost part of the opening area, here:

Spring Falls Shrine map location Ghost of Tsushima.

Once you reach the top following a brief platforming section, you’ll have easy access to the charm once you pray at the shrine. Give it a spin. I think there are better options that open up more playstyles, but if you want to become a parry god, Kagu-Tsuchi will provide.

Related Content

And that’s just about everything you need to know about parrying in Ghost of Tsushima. We’ve got more on the way, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our other guides by clicking the links above.

Ghost of Tsushima White Dye Merchant Guide Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:58:21 -0400 JosephYaden

Want to play Ghost of Tsushima in style? If so, you should consider locating the White Dye Merchant, who offers a variety of white dyed equipment, weapons, and armor for you to purchase. 

In this guide, we'll show you where to find the White Dye Merchant, what he offers, and how to get the crafting materials for those items. 

White Dye Merchant's Location

A black and white map showing the location of the white dye merchant in Wanderer's Pass.

The White Dye Merchant is located in Wanderer's Pass, which is to the northwest of Kashine Forest and east of Kashine Hills. This area is in the northwestern sector of Izuhara. Use the image above to pinpoint his location.

When you arrive at Wanderer's Pass, you'll need to climb up to the top of a large hill, and look for a wooden structure where you'll find the merchant. He's close to a Bamboo Strike point, next to a fire. 

The nice thing is that once you've located him, you can fast travel to the merchant from then on. Also, keep in mind there is another Dye Merchant who sells black dyed items, but we'll cover that in a separate guide. 

Purpose of White Dye Merchant

Jin Sakai wearing a Ronin Attier after being dyed white.

So now you've found the White Dye Merchant. Go up to him (grab the flowers right next to him first) and talk to him by pressing "R2". Here, you'll see a list of items he offers, from bows to various armor types.

When you make your selection, be aware of the cost of the item, as these merchants don't use regular money. For example, the Ronin Attire Armor costs 10 flowers. Hold "X" to craft and purchase the armor. 

Finding Flowers to Craft White Dyed Equipment

Jin picking flowers in a field. Flowers are currency for dye merchants.

Always pick up flowers as you make your way between quests or while you're exploring the world of Ghost of Tsushima. You don't even have to get off your horse to grab them  simply press "R2" to collect flowers.

Flowers are found throughout the world, but if you need to get a large number of them quickly, head to the Shinto Shrines. Here, you'll find lots of flowers, as long as you're willing to climb to the top.

There are various Merchants that have the capability to dye your equipment other colors, too. So if white isn't your style, search for locations that feature Merchants that sell Vanity Gear. 

Related Content

With that, you should have everything you need to know about the White Dye Merchant in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, check out the links above, and stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Ghost of Tsushima: How to Observe Leaders Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:34:15 -0400 JosephYaden

Although Ghost of Tsushima heavily emphasizes engaging in combat head-on, sometimes taking a more stealthy approach can work in your favor. Specifically, taking time to observe Mongol leaders before attacking can not only give you the upper hand, but there's a reward for doing so as well.

In this guide, we'll go through how to effectively observe leaders in Ghost of Tsushima, where to find them, and what you get for doing so. 

Where to Find Mongol Leaders

Jin Sakai hides in tall grass behind a mongol camp.

Mongol leaders are located in enemy camps. These are locations that are jam-packed with enemies and require you to eliminate them in exchange for resources, Legend increases, and Stance progress.

You'll know you're in the right area if you see a list of objectives in the upper left corner. There will almost always be an objective that requires you to eliminate the Mongols, along with bonus challenges.

Don't confuse these areas with small groups of Mongols wandering across the land. Although you do get rewards for defeating those small groups, we haven't come across any that include Mongol leaders that can be observed.

Once you do find a camp, stealthily make your way into it, either via a broken fence or from a rock that you can drop down from. You'll want to position yourself in such a way that gives you the best vantage point of the area.

Make sure you sneak in, as opposed to initiating a Standoff. While the Standoffs certainly look cool, they will alert everyone to your location, thus negating the ability to observe leaders.

Mongol leaders are bigger enemies that typically wear heavy armor, possibly in red or gold colors. Press on the touch-pad to enter Focused Hearing mode. This will help when identifying enemies. When you've spotted the leader, make your way closer to get a better look.

How to Observe Leaders

Jin crouches on a roof observing a Mongol leader.

Get close enough to a Mongol leader and the game will prompt you to "Observe Leader" by holding in "R2". You have to hold it down for a few seconds to get credit. Keep in mind, the leader will probably move around while you observe them, so make sure you remain hidden throughout. 

Once you fill the bar, the game will notify you that you've observed them. From here, you're free to land a stealth attack.

Benefits of Observing Leaders

Jin defeats a Mongol leader for a stance point.

Aside from simply getting the jump on these powerful enemies, observing leaders is something you should always try to do because it grants you an additional Stance point

These Stances offer different techniques for you to use, each focusing on a certain enemy type. Stance points are used to unlock new attacks for each stance. 

You gain one Stance point for defeating the leader, but you'll earn an extra one if you observe them first, so always try your best to do that. If you get spotted before being able to observe them, you can restart the checkpoint from the pause menu.

Sometimes, getting the game to register that you're close enough to a leader can be finicky. There were times when we were right behind an enemy leader and the game wouldn't prompt to observe the leader.

If this happens, leave the area and go somewhere else for the time being. After the game has saved, the area giving you trouble should have reset itself, and it will hopefully trigger the prompt to observe leaders. 

Related Content:

That's everything you'll need to know about finding and observing leaders in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, check out the links above, and look out for more in the coming days.

Ghost of Tsushima: How to Get the Longbow Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:07:58 -0400 JosephYaden

After you acquire the Half Bow in Ghost of Tsushima, you might want to get your hands on something a little more powerful with more range. Luckily, there is another bow you can find, called the Longbow

Unlike the Half Bow, the Ghost of Tsushima Longbow is totally missable, and it can only be found by completing a specific mission. In this guide, we'll show you how to find the Longbow, and we'll go through its features, as well as how to use it.

Where to Find the Longbow in Ghost of Tsushima

Speak to a musician in Hiyoshi Springs to start the Longbow quest: The Curse of Uchitsune.

In order to get your hands on the Longbow, you'll need to complete The Curse of Uchitsune quest, which can only be initiated after you've finished the following quests:

  • The Tale of Lady Masako
  • Blood on the Grass
  • The Warrior's Code
  • The Tale of Sensei Ishikawa

Once you've completed those four missions, head back to Hiyoshi Springs and look for a musician to the northwest of the main structure. He'll tell the tale of a cursed bow, which will trigger the beginning of The Curse of Uchitsune quest. 

This mission serves as a lengthy scavenger hunt in which you must follow blue flowers to lead you to the next destination with a clue as to where to go next.

The first one will send you to a tomb, where you'll discover a painting of an island. After you exit the tomb, you'll come across an enemy who warns you not to look for the bow. Ignore his warnings and continue following the blue flowers.

Jin standing on a rock looking at an island with a Japanese art piece of the island superimposed.

When you finally reach the island, which is located northeast of Izuhara, you'll find another painting  this time of a mountain. Again, the same enemy as before will warn you not to keep looking for the bow. Fast travel to Sensei Ishikawa's Dojo to continue your search for the bow.

The dojo is close to the mountain, so use the wind to guide you there, and continue following the flowers.

Jin standing on a cliff looking at a mountain described by an art piece.

After you make it to the mountain, you'll come across the legendary Longbow sitting in plain sight. But of course, when you pick it up, a boss fight is triggered against an enemy named Tengu Demon, and he's quite difficult.

Jin fighting the Tengu Demon on a beach in Kurosawa black and white mode.

After you defeat the boss, you'll finally have your hands on the Longbow. You can swap between it and the Half Bow with the d-pad after you hold in "L2".

How to Use the Longbow

The longbow symbol alongside description text for the bow: high damage and zoom, but long draw time.

In many ways, the Longbow is much more effective than the Half Bow, though both have their pros and cons. The Longbow deals higher damage and has more range, but it is slower and takes longer to draw. You cannot crouch while using it, but its damage allows you to pierce enemy armor.

You use it the same way as the Half Bow. Use "L2" to draw the bow and "R2" to pull back on an arrow. Release "R2" to fire. Remember, you still have to adjust for drop distance, so make sure you aim above your target to ensure it lands.

Like the Half Bow, the Longbow allows for an ammo variant. You can equip explosive arrows, which are unlocked alongside the Longbow. Draw your bow and use "triangle" to switch to explosive arrows.

Related Content:

That covers everything you'll need to know about getting and using the Longbow effectively in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, check out the links above, and stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Ghost of Tsushima: How to Get the Halfbow Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:41:06 -0400 JosephYaden

In Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch's latest open-world adventure, you play as a samurai with an arsenal of weapons at your disposal. Though you'll be using plenty of swords throughout your journey, bows will make an appearance, as well. One of the earlier bows you can get your hands on is the Half Bow, which will certainly come in handy for eliminating foes from afar.

But how do you get the Half Bow? And how does it differ from the Longbow? In this guide, we'll show you everything you'll need to know about Ghost of Tsushima's Half Bow, from how to get it to the effects it has on your enemies. 

Where to Find the Half Bow in Ghost of Tsushima

A screen showing the halfbow and a description of its moderate damage and speed.

The nice thing is that you get the Half Bow pretty early on and it cannot be missed. You'll gain access to this weapon during The Tale of Sensei Ishikawa mission, a main storyline quest that opens up right after the prologue. 

In the mission, you'll meet Sensei Ishikawa and will face off against a handful of enemies. Around halfway through the mission, Ishikawa will introduce you to the bow and give you a little tutorial on how to use it. He promises to let you borrow it if you can prove you know how to use it. 

How to Use the Half Bow

Jin Sakai standing with the halfbow on his back in an open area surrounded by yellow trees.

Using the bow works like you'd probably expect: Hold "L2" to draw your bow, and press "R2" to pull back on an arrow. Releasing "R2" will shoot the arrow ahead. In Ghost of Tsushima, you'll need to lead your shot and account for drop distance, more so than you might anticipate. 

As the training segment shows, the farther away a target is, the higher you must aim to ensure your shot lands. Luckily, you've got unlimited ammo throughout the training segment, but missing your target will trigger some verbal abuse from Ishikawa. 

After you've completed this section, you can find arrows on the bodies of dead foes, and you can purchase them from vendors, as well. The Half Bow can be upgraded to allow for higher arrow capacity  up to 16 arrows. By default, it starts with eight. 

You can also equip fire arrows to the Half Bow by completing The Way of the Bow quest (unlocked after you finish The Sensei and the Student and The Past Never Passes). 

Keep in mind, this isn't the only bow in the game. You can also get your hands on the Longbow, which works a little differently from the Half Bow. We'll cover more on the Longbow in a separate guide, but the main difference is that the Half Bow is slightly inferior to the Longbow, at least when it comes to damage output. The Half Bow has a shorter range than the Longbow, making it less effective against enemies. 

However, the Half Bow does allow you to equip fire arrows, while the Longbow has its own, separate ammo types. Each bow is useful in their own ways, but we recommend you get your hands on the Longbow as soon as you can. 

Related Content:

That covers everything you'll need to know about getting and using the Half Bow effectively in Ghost of Tsushima. For more on GoT, check out the links above, and stay tuned for more in the coming days.