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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Items and Posture

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Items

As in previous From Software titles, Sekiro boasts lots of items to find throughout its world. From health pickups to new Shinobi Prosthetic Tools, each location is full of things to collect, so you’ll want to keep a sharp eye out for anything useful. We won’t go into full detail of everything in the game, but below are some basic items that will help you survive the first few hours.

Ako’s Sugar: Temporarily increases your posture damage dealt
Ceramic Shard: A throwable item used to get the attention of enemies
Gachiin’s Sugar: Temporarily makes you harder to detect when in stealth
Gokan’s Sugar: Temporarily reduces posture damage taken
Pellet: Gradually restores vitality (health)
Spirit Emblem: Required to use Prosthetic Tools. Essentially “ammo” for your Shinobi Prosthetic
Ungo’s Sugar: Temporarily reduces damage taken to vitality

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Posture

Posture is the key to combat in Sekiro. In addition to health bars, enemies have posture bars, and you also have both to look after. Hitting an enemy with an attack will deal health damage, but it will also increase their posture meter. The aim is to fill the posture bar, which will render the enemy open to a Shinobi Death Blow — a one-hit kill. The posture bar will fill more quickly as you reduce an enemy’s health, so it’s important to tackle both meters, especially on tougher baddies.

However, you won’t land many of your attacks, as enemies are quick to defend themselves. Attacking while they guard will still damage their posture, but you’ll need to watch out for your own posture too. If they deflect or parry, you’ll take a fair amount of posture damage. Luckily, you can do this to your opponents as well, and it’s a skill you’ll need to master as you play through the game. Sekiro’s combat is all about precision and timing to put your foe on the back foot.

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