What are the best skills in Sekiro: Shadows Die?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice presents a more stylish stealth action game on the From Software formula that emphasizes skill and precision with every encounter. Your character's skill set is quite flexible for various scenarios and play styles so here are some of the best ones to check out.

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    #1Breath of Life: Light

    Breath of Life: Light

    Breath of Life: Light is one of the best skills in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a latent skill under the Shinobi Arts Skill Tree that recovers vitality when performing a successful deathblow.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Chan Wang
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "My most favorite skill in Sekiro: Shadows Die. Lets me jump in the middle of a pack and not worry as much because i'll be regaining health as I deathblow. But I honestly think that Mikiri Counter is more useful."
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    #2Emma’s Medicine: Potency

    Emma’s Medicine: Potency

    Emma’s Medicine: Potency is a latent skill under the Prosthetic Arts skill tree and requires 4 skill points to unlock. It is an essential sekiro skill for survivability as it increases the healing effects of recovery items.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Wayne Wagner
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Definitely a must-have skill in Sekiro, it affects the healing gourd and given the scarcity of Gourd Seeds, this is really needed."
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    #3Mikiri Counter

    Mikiri Counter

    Mikiri Counter is a defensive skill in the action-adventure video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a skill under the Shinobi Arts tree that allows the countering of enemy thrust attacks by stomping on their weapon.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Andy Su
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "You should definitely invest in this skill early in the game, one of the best active skills in Sekiro: Shadows Die. You can avoid injury and allows you to give a strong counterattack."

DID YOU KNOW?

Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of From Software came from a poor family? His family lived some 100 miles south-west of Tokyo. His parents could not afford to buy books so he had to borrow from the library. Even though some of the books were too advanced for him, he enjoyed reading them. He would use his imagination to fill out the parts he could not understand. From Software has been responsible for some of the most regarded games in the industry. The dark fantasy adventure Demon's Souls and its spiritual successor, Dark Souls. These games take you to a dark world of monsters and fiendish traps. Add to this, punishing difficulty that requires precision and skill. You have the formula for some of the most atmospheric and challenging games out there.

After the critical success of these games, Miyazaki went on to work on their next game, Bloodborne. Its world has moved from the past games' fantasy medieval setting. This time, it's in the dark and horror-filled Victorian era. This take on the horror game genre was a departure from the company's usual type of games. It was another critical success for From Software with fans across the world praising it. In a short time since, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice released to the world. It's a slight departure from the company's usual games. It's a stealth action-adventure game that features a stylized and colorful world. It's also a much more forgiving game but still requires skill and precision to win. The Sekiro skill tree is also quite generous allowing for various play styles. From Software can do no wrong and it's pretty exciting what game they come up with next.

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    #4Ichimonji

    Ichimonji

    Ichimonji is an offensive skill in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a combat arts skill under the Ashina Arts skill tree for 2 skill points. It's a heavy overhead sword strike that deals heavy posture damage to the enemy.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Abel Salas
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Ichimonji is easily one of the best weapon arts in Sekiro: Shadows Die. It deals heavy posture damage and forces most enemies to block or outright interrupts them, the only drawback that I can see is probably its speed."
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    #5Ascending Carp

    Ascending Carp

    Ascending Carp is a skill in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and is a latent skill under the Ashina Arts skill tree for 2 skill points. It increases posture damage upon a successful deflection of an enemy attack.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Bryan Cooper
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Ascending Carp is definitely the best skill to apply when you're defending. It boosts the posture damage done directly from deflecting. Not the best skill for me in Sekiro: Shadows Die overall but definitely helpful."
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    #6Suppress Presence

    Suppress Presence

    Suppress Presence is a skill in the action-adventure video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a latent skill type under the Shinobi Arts skill tree. This can be unlocked by spending gained skill points at a Sculptor's Idol.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Ernesto Salinas
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Suppress Presence is one of the skills that you should get first in the game. It makes it harder for your enemies to detect you. Tho, i'll still choose Mikiri Counter as the best skill in Sekiro."
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    #7Mid-air Deflection

    Mid-air Deflection

    Mid-air Deflection is a skill in the action-adventure video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a Shinobi Martial Arts skill under the Shinobi Arts skill tree. This can be unlocked by spending gained skill points at a Sculptor's Idol.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Jack Matthews
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Very useful skill to gain, you need to buy the Whirlwind Slash to unlock it tho, It alows you to block enemies attacks while jumping which mostly happens when you deals with ranged enemies"
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    #8Grappling Hook Attack

    Grappling Hook Attack

    Grappling Hook Attack is a skill in the action-adventure video game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is a Shinobi Martial Arts skill under the Prosthetic Arts skill tree. These skills can be unlocked by spending gained skill points at a Sculptor's Idol.

    Game Elements

    Free

    Frank Rice
    Written on April 8, 2019
    "Grappling Hook Attack is really helpful when dealing with certain bosses like Gyobu, Ogres, and Guarding Ape. Not the best skill or maybe an essential in Sekiro but it makes fights easier."

Summary

Best What are the best skills in Sekiro: Shadows Die
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Breath of Life: LightGame Elements 17 Free
2Emma’s Medicine: PotencyGame Elements 13 Free
3Mikiri CounterGame Elements 10 Free
4Ichimonji Game Elements 3 Free
5Ascending Carp Game Elements 3 Free
6Suppress PresenceGame Elements 2 Free
7Mid-air DeflectionGame Elements 2 Free
8Grappling Hook AttackGame Elements 1 Free
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