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Sekiro guide: Prayer Beads, Necklaces, and leveling up Vitality and Posture

Enhance Physical Attributes with magic jewelry

A treasure chest in Sekiro containing a Prayer Bead FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

Sekiro isn’t a role-playing game, but it has RPG mechanics. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Prayer Beads to create a Prayer Necklace and level up your Vitality (and Posture).

If you played a Dark Souls game or Bloodborne, you’ll know that that developer FromSoftware usually gives you stats like Strength and Endurance to manipulate. Sekiro is different. The Wolf only has two stats: Vitality (which includes Posture) and Attack Power. You’ll need four Prayer Beads to increase the former (and a Memory to upgrade the latter).

How to find Prayer Beads and level up Vitality and Posture

Sekiro prayer bead item
A loose prayer bead in Sekiro
FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

After you beat certain enemies in Sekiro (typically mini-bosses), you’ll receive a Prayer Bead. You can also find them in the world. They’re often in treasure chests hidden in out-of-the-way areas that you have to explore to find. (You can see one of those in the image at the top of this guide.)

Sekiro increase Vitality and Posture FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

Collect four Prayer Beads, and when you visit a Sculptor’s Idol, you can use the Enhance Physical Attributes menu item to combine them into a Prayer Necklace. Do that, and you’ll receive a 1-point boost to your Vitality (and Posture).

Sekiro stats Vitality and Posture FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

You can see your new stats at the bottom of the Equipment tab in Sekiro’s main menu.