Senpou Temple Arts Skill Tree

  • Unlocked From: Senpou Esoteric Text
  • Esoteric Text Location: Located in a shrine at the very top of the Senpou Temple, Mount Kongo. Enter a cave to the left of the Main Hall Sculptor’s Idol to come out onto a cliff with a pagoda, and the text lies within.
Name Cost Prereq Use
Praying Strikes 2 N/A Combat Art that allows you to use several arm and elbow strikes without being counterattacked
Virtuous Deed 3 Praying Strikes A Latent Skill that improves the amount of Sen and drop rates from enemies.
Praying Strikes – Exorcism 3 Praying Strikes A Combat Art Upgrade that adds a finishing strike to Praying Strikes to knockback foes.
Most Virtuous Deed 4 Virtuous Deed Further increases the amount of Sen and item drop rates from enemies.
Senpou Leaping Kicks 3 Virtuous Deed A Combat Art that combines an anti-air leaping counter kick followed with several more kick attacks.
Devotion 3 Praying Strikes – Exorcism A Latent Skill that improves the time that Buddhist candy is active for.
High Monk 4 Senpou Leaping Kicks A Combat Art Upgrade that adds sword slashes and more kicks to the Senpou Leaping Kick, finishing with a jumping forward kick.

5 Best Skills to Get Early

There are many skills to choose from in Sekiro, and some may help you out early in the game more than others.

Mikiri Counter This move lets you counter an incoming unblockable thrust attack by dodging into the attack, as opposed to dodging away. If you meet it head on, you’ll deal impressive posture damage – which can instantly defeat lesser enemies. Even the biggest bosses all have tells for their thrust attacks, and you can rack up posture damage fast on them by being ready to counter them each time – especially when paired with the Shinobi Eyes skill.
Suppress Presence Suppress Presence makes it harder for enemies to become aware of you when sneaking – which can make assassination attempts much easier. Minibosses in general usually have a better chance of sniffing you out – so having a better sneaking ability means a better chance to get in behind them and start the fight by shaving off one whole health bar.
Breath of the Life: Light Each time you perform a deathblow – whether in stealth, from above, or after breaking their posture or vitality, you’re guaranteed to recover some health in the process. While this won’t help you all that much against a 1v1 boss battle, it will absolutely help you tear through the legions of goons in your way, and can be used in quick succession against weak enemies like dogs that die in a single hit – since you have a few seconds after an enemy is killed to follow up with a deathblow so long as the red dot appears.
Chasing Slice With this, you’ll be able to follow up when using either the Loaded Shuriken, Firecracker, or Spear to quickly dash up and attack – which is great both for closing the distance on ranged enemies, and it’s an excellent one-two punch for interrupting an enemy’s attack with the tool, and getting in close for a slice before they can start guarding. In particular, try using the chasing slice with a shuriken on a leaping opponent to send them crashing down into your waiting blade, or use the firecracker to stun a group of animals and dash into them all at once – or focus on their handler before the animals recover.
Ichimonji The Ichimonji is a equippable Combat Arts that lets you perform a powerful overhead strike that not only deals great damage – but has a big added bonus. With it, you’ll deal immense posture damage, and also recover your own posture at the same time, making it a great move to unleash when your foe is open to retaliation. You can even hold down both bumpers to unleash a slower and much more powerful attack, but you may want to either be sure your opponent won’t hit you first, or lure them into running straight into your attack.

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