Being a shinobi in Sekiro isn’t just about stealth and swords. Wolf has a prosthetic arm that you’ll attach various gadgets to throughout the game.
Some of the gadgets are right along your path and hard to miss, but others are out of the way and much less obvious. This guide will help you find all 10 and teach you the basics of using them.
Shuriken Wheel → Loaded Shuriken
This is the first Prosthetic Tool you’ll find. It’s just before you encounter your first boss, General Naomori Kawarada. Look for it inside the gatehouse right above the Ashina Outskirts > Outskirts Wall – Gate Path Sculptor’s Idol.
Shurikens are great against low-level enemies — especially wolves — and any enemy that likes to get airborne, like Lady Butterfly.
Robert’s Firecrackers → Shinobi Firecracker
It’s easy to miss your chance to pick up this Prosthetic Tool early — and you should pick it up as soon as you can. You have to buy this tool from one of the Memorial Mob merchants. Two sell this item: the Crow’s Bed Memorial Mob shortly after your encounter with General Naomori Kawarada and the Battlefield Memorial Mob right after where you face Gyoubu Oniwa (the horse boss).
This is probably the most useful and versatile Prosthetic Tool you can pick up. We recommend it for almost every boss fight — it’s great for disrupting attacks — and especially effective against animals and beasts.
Flame Barrel → Flame Vent and Shinobi Axe of the Monkey → Loaded Axe
We’re lumping these two together because they’re not too far apart. They’re both shortly past the Hirata Estate > Estate Path Sculptor’s Idol on the right side of the path (if you’re facing uphill). We walked through how to find them in the Shinobi Hunter – Enshin of Misen.
The Flame Vent is a great tool against any red-eyed enemy — like the Chained Ogre — or anyone you’d just like to set on fire. The Loaded Axe is ideal for enemies with wooden shields, but it also deals respectable Posture damage in general (especially if you pair it with the Fang and Blade skill).
Mist Raven’s Feather → Mist Raven
The third Prosthetic Tool you’ll find in the Hirata Estate is a lot harder to get to and pretty easy to miss. After you encounter Owl, he’ll send you along the river to find the back passage into the estate. If you head the other way along the river — toward the waterfall — you’ll find a different secret tunnel. At the top, you’ll end up above the Bamboo Thicket Slope Sculptor’s Idol in front of a three-story pagoda. You’ll have to fight a very tough enemy to get inside.
The Mist Raven is a, frankly, weird Prosthetic Tool that took us a long time to wrap our heads around. It’s a defensive tool a lot like the Loaded Umbrella (below). The timing works like a Deflect — you have to trigger it just before you get hit. Then you ignore the hit and teleport in whatever direction you’re moving (or trying to move). If you’re not moving when you get hit, you’ll teleport straight up in the air. This doesn’t guarantee you a Stealth Deathblow like the Divine Abduction (below), but it does create some space between you and your opponent.
Gyoubu’s Broken Horn → Loaded Spear
You’ll find this item near the Ashina Castle > Ashina Resevoir Sculptor’s Idol just before you meet Seven Ashina Spears – Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi. . It’s inside the house you ducked under during the prologue. To get inside, you’ll need the Gatehouse Key that you pick up from a couple guards near the Ashina Castle > Ashina Castle Sculptor’s Idol.
The Loaded Spear is good for enemies wearing armor and anyone you’d like to keep at a distance. The upgrades add some charging and sweeping attacks that open up even more combat options.
Sabimaru → Sabimaru
The Sabimaru is surprisingly easy to miss in Ashina Castle. From the Ashina Castle > Upper Tower Antechamber Sculptor’s Idol, head up the stairs and handle the samurai behind the screen. The next room has two samurai and an old woman patrolling for you to handle or ignore. Jump the railing and grapple to the beam as you fall.
Below you are a samurai and three grunts. Target the samurai and take him out with a plunging Deathblow, and then deal with his backup. Head into the adjoining room, and open the nearby chest to find the Sabimaru.
The Sabimaru is a fast blade that slowly builds up the Poison status abnormality in your enemies. Per the description, it’s useful against the descendants of the “inhuman Okami warrior women” — in other words, female characters. You’ll find it extremely effective against enemies like Snake Eyes Shirafuji or the Nobles in the Fountainhead Palace.
Iron Fortress → Loaded Umbrella
The Loaded Umbrella is arguably the best defensive Prosthetic Tool you can have. You’ll have to buy the Iron Fortress item from Blackhat Badger for 1,600 sen. You’ll find him near the Ashina Castle > Old Grave Sculptor’s Idol. Head down the stairs, then jump to the nearby roof. Drop through the hole to meet Badger.
The Loaded Umbrella and its various upgrades are great defensive tools that let you weather some nasty attacks during boss fights. That’s why we recommend it for the final boss fight. Adding on the Projected Force skill lets you follow using the umbrella with a powered-up attack.
Large Fan → Divine Abduction
Shortly after the Sunken Valley > Gun Fort Scupltor’s Idol, you’ll meet Long-arm Centipede Giraffe. Once you defeat him, you’ll pick up the Large Fan from a nearby altar.
The Divine Abduction Prosthetic Tool is a bit confusing at first. With a charged attack, the Divine Abduction and its upgrades with either instantly kill (in that they disappear) some non-boss enemies, or it will spin them around to face away from you. When they spin, they lose sight of you and become open to a Stealth Deathblow.
Slender Finger → Finger Whistle
Immediately after the Sunken Valley Passage > Bodhisattva Valley Sculptor’s Idol, you’ll face the Guardian Ape (for the first time). The Slender Finger is one of the rewards you’ll get for defeating him.
The basic use of the Finger Whistle is to replace Ceramic Shards — you can target enemies and catch their attention, causing them to investigate the sound. The final upgrade, the Malcontent, lets you stun apparition-type enemies like the Headless and Shichimen Warriors. You can even use it in the very late game boss fight against the Demon of Hatred.