With flamethrowers, axes, spears, etc., the shinobi repair tool is one of the coolest features in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but you can make it even better. If you see Sekiro’s trailer or promotional image showing a flame axe attack, a purple flame and a delivery strike, you may want to know how to participate in the action. In this guide, we will teach you how to upgrade the shinobi prosthetic tool in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
There are many upgrades for each shinobi repair tool, although you can find several prosthetic tools early in Sekiro’s story, and the ability to upgrade them can be unlocked in one step. Before you start buying improvements, you need to beat Gyoubu Oniwa, the rider’s owner who guards the gates of Ashina Castle.
To reach Gyoubu, head to the suburb of Ashina until you reach a large, run-down battlefield. In this vast field, you need to face Gyoubu Oniwa, but we strongly recommend that you first grab Shinobi Firecracker if you haven’t. This will make it easier to beat Gyoubu Oniwa because you can now stagger his horse.
Beat Gyoubu Oniwa and you will collect mechanical barrels, an item that can be used by sculptors. Before you go back, don’t forget to play against Gyoubu in front of the idol to get a permanent damage increase. Deliver the barrel to the sculptor and he will unlock the upgrade path for all shinobi repair tools. Unfortunately, you can’t jump directly to the tools you like, but you need to make a simpler upgrade before unlocking really interesting tools. Scrap Iron and Black Gunpowder are spent on each upgrade, and these rare items can only be obtained by killing certain enemies.
For example, a cannon that fires an enemy in the suburb of Ashina will drop black gunpowder when it is killed, while several guards at Hirata Estate will drop Scrap Iron at the time of death. Later upgrades also required Scrap Magnetite, a rare resource that can be purchased from some merchants or by defeating specific enemies.
Upgrading the shinobi repair tool is a slow process, but if you continue to explore and defeat the challenging enemies, you will be able to unlock some impressive changes in your arsenal. Don’t forget to visit Sculptor often, because he will also give you some Esoteric text, allowing you to unlock special healing powers through skill points.
Now you know how to upgrade the Shinobi repair tool in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, don’t forget to read our other guides on Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice.