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Ghost of Tsushima Mythic Tale guide: The Undying Flame walkthrough

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Climb the frozen mountain and duel for the Way of the Flame

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Ghost of Tsushima’s The Undying Flame Mythic Tale is the seventh and final you’ll encounter, and it will net you a powerful ability for your journey. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to acquire the Way of the Flame.

Step 1. Finding the musician

Speak to the musician to the south west of Mount Jogaku
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At the start of every Mythic Tale, you’ll need to find a musician in the world — rumors from townspeople, especially from the Golden Temple, can help mark the musician on the map. For The Undying Flame, go just south west of Mount Jogaku in the Kamiagata region.

Talk to the musician there, and listen to his tale.

Step 2. Ascend Mount Jogaku

Follow the campsites to keep Jin warm on his journey up the mountain
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The Undying Flame introduces a unique mechanic, found only in this quest: freezing. If Jin wanders too far from the fire, he’ll start to freeze. If you don’t return Jin to a fire or find a new one, he will quickly lose health until he dies.

To ascend Mount Jogaku, you’ll need to pinball your way between campsites. Standing near the fires to warm yourself up, and then moving on to the next camp.

If you look carefully, you can see black dots scattered up and down the mountain. These represent the campfires
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This quest step is pretty easy, as there’s usually only one path toward the next camp. Just follow the path quickly and you’ll find the next fire.

Fire 1

Climb up the rocks here to reach the fire
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Your first camp is just up the cliff, through the field, north of the musician. Climb the rocks and you’ll find the fire.

Fire 2

Cross the bridge and climb the rocks on the other side
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Once you warm up, climb up the rocks in front of you and run over the bridge. Kill the dog on the other side and keep running straight. When you reach another group of rocks, climb it and turn right, up the hill, to reach the fire.

Fire 3

Jump across the gap and climb the cliff to reach the fire in the distance
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When you’re ready to go, stand on the rock next to the fire. You’ll see the next location sitting on a distant cliff. And if you look closely, you’ll find another dog. Shoot the dog to make your path easier.

Run forward and jump into the chasm, using your grappling hook to catch yourself on the tree. On the other side, climb up the cliff to your left to find the next campfire.

Fire 4

Take out the dogs from the safety of your campfire
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Take out your bow and look to your left. Try and snipe as many dogs as you can, as there are several here who will try and impede your progress. You can get most of them before leaving the safety of the fire.

When they’re gone, run left along the path and climb the rocks ahead of you. Keep climbing until you reach some handholds. Use them to climb the last cliff, and you’ll find the next camp, complete with a living samurai. Talk to the samurai while you warm up.

Fire 5

After leaving the samurai, run left and climb this rock structure in front of you
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Take a left from the camp and run along the snowy path. Climb all the way up the large grouping of rocks on your left, and use the tree bridge to walk over to the mountain. Turn left and use your grappling hook to reach the other side of the gap. You’ll find an unlit fire. Light it and rest.

Fire 6

Walk the tightrope and then climb the branch here to reach more grapple spots
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Run forward here, up the rock and across the tightrope. Use the branch to your right to climb, and then grapple onto the stump across the gap. Use the grappling hook on two branches and you’ll reach another unlit camp. Light it and rest.

The dojo

Catch yourself on the stump and climb the cliff to reach the dojo
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Run forward and jump into the pit, using your grappling hook to latch onto the stump in the cliff. Climb up and use the handholds to reach the top of the mountain. Turn right and jump the gap. Climb the rock and you’ll see some lanterns. Walk up the stairs to the dojo. You’ll meet Bettomaru, who will teach you how to light your sword on fire.

Step 3. Pick up the rock

Pick up the rock in Bettomaru’s dueling ring to start the fight
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After you talk to Bettomaru, he’ll ask you to pick up a rock so he can teach you his technique. Follow the quest marker to his dueling arena. Grab the rock and prepare to face the master of flame.

Bettomaru duel boss fight

Bettomaru is easy compared to the Kojiro duel from The Six Blades of Kojiro Mythic Tale.

  • Like always, make sure you swap out your armor to something that focuses on health, damage reduction, or an increase to damage (we used the Sakai Clan Armor).
  • Parry his attacks and dodge his unblockable, red strikes.
  • Bettomaru will occasionally light his blade on fire. This just turns most of his moves red, so dodge and keep striking to reduce his posture.
  • A bit before he’s at half health, Bettomaru will instruct you to ignite your katana by hitting the R1 button. Oblige him.

Continue the duel until Bettomaru has about a third of his health left. He’ll call it and give you some Incendiary Oil — a Ghost Weapon that lets you light your blade on fire during battle, burning your foes.

Step 4. Descend Mt. Jogaku and return to the musician

Don’t miss the shortcut down, which will save you a lot of extra time
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After your duel, you need to descend the mountain. Walk up to the stairs leading back to Fire 6, and you’ll see a white circle. Interact with it, and Jin will automatically teleport to the bottom.

When you load in, return to the musician to finish the quest. In addition to your new Way of the Flame technique, you’ll earn the Izanami’s Grief sheathe. You’ll also earn the Purity of War mask if you’ve completed all the other Mythic Tales.