There are various vendors hidden all over the world of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Each one has an inventory full of valuable and useful items that might give you the edge as you travel across Ashina. And with a game as tough as Sekiro, it’s best to take every advantage you can find.
But buying everything there is to buy is going to set you back a pretty penny. Even worse, every time you die you’re likely to lose half your coffers. So what are the best ways of quickly accumulating wealth? Read on to find out.
Recover Sen From Fallen Foes
Most enemies drop money when they are defeated. Make sure you use your special shinobi money vortex to vacuum up all the spoils left behind on their bloody corpses. The tutorial makes it quite obvious, but just to be clear: Holding the loot button (square on PS4 and X on Xbox One) and all that gold coin will magically find its way into your pockets. No need to loot individual corpses, which is great when you’re running away from an oncoming mob.
How to Farm Sen in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Some of the most valuable items, such as prayer beads, gourd seeds and prosthetic tools are sold by merchants across Ashina. These things make the game immeasurably easier, or at least give you greater opportunities for success, so they’re worth saving up for. Here’s how.
Purchase Coin Purses
It may seem strange to spend 110 sen on a coin purse that is worth only 100 sen, but it’s the best way of safeguarding your wealth against death. You lose half of your sen when you perish, but these coin purses will survive beyond death. It’s just like buying gold bullion in the real world and hiding it under your bed to retrieve when you come back as a ghost.
Coin purses come in various flavours, ranging from light coin purses (containing 100 sen) through heavy coin purses (500 sen) to bulging coin purses (1000 sen). You’ll come across them throughout the adventure, but merchants also sell them. Buy them when you can. They’re worth it, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
Once you’ve built up a bank of coin purses, you’ll be in a perfect position to grab some of the big ticket items available at merchants.
What’s the (Boss) Rush?
Normal enemies are dangerous, sure, but after a while you’ll learn to avoid or deal with most of the hoi poloi the game throws at you. It’s the bosses (both minibosses and the big boys). They’re going to kick your ass and that’s okay.
But it does mean that any loose sen sitting in your purse when you first enter a boss arena is going to be on the endangered list. If you’ve got a fair chunk of change then it’s best to invest that in something useful than lose it on the battlefield.
Stock up on coin purses and other more expensive items if you can afford it. Even items like sugars are more useful than lost gold, so make the most of your cash before you risk it all.
As a side note, this is true of skill point levels too. You can’t lose a skill point after you’ve gained it, so if you’re close to levelling go kill a few easy(er) enemies to lock in that skill point.
Balloon Your Wealth
There are several types of Mibu balloons and their item descriptions aren’t always super clear. You may already have picked up a few, but you may not have used them yet. It’s time for that to change. The Mibu balloon of wealth can easily help you farm some easy cash.
These fairly common items can have a huge impact. They increase your sen gains by 50% for two and a half minutes. That might not sound like much, but find an area full of disposable enemies and you can quickly make some decent cash.
Ashina Castle and Ashina Reservoir are both great for this. They are both full of enemies that, if you focus, shouldn’t give you too much trouble. Pop that balloon and go to town and you’ll soon be drowning in sen.
There’s a maximum number of Mibu balloons that you can hold at any one time, so there’s no point hanging on to them for no reason. Make the most of your gilded boons.
For clarity, there are a few things to keep in mind when using a Mibu balloon of wealth. It will only affect sen gathered from corpses, so make sure to vacuum up the gold before the time limit runs out. That also means it has no affect on money earnt from using or selling coin purses.
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Where to Farm For Sen in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Now you’re caught up with the best methods for farming money in the game, you’ll need to know where to go to make the most of the game’s financial offerings. Of course, this will vary depending on how far through Ashina you’ve travelled already. Later enemies drop more sen but are harder to kill. Classic risk/reward.
As we’ve already said, Ashina Reservoir is a great place to start and isn’t too far into the game. It just requires you to have defeated the first boss who rides around on his horse. You’ll then have access Ashina Castle and the many and various roads leading off it.
Making your way through the Abandoned Dungeon to Senpou Temple will lead you to another fantastic place to farm for sen. The nearest idol is called Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. You’ll find a whole bunch of monks looking for a fight. They’re not too tough if you don’t let them swarm you and they have a habit of dropping a nice amount of sen. Take them out before you pop your balloon then grab the spoils. You can easily net 1000 sen per go here, so once you’ve done it feel free to rest and try again.
With all of this in mind, you’ll be well on your way to buying some of the most expensive items in the game. They should give you the edge you need to progress through to the end of this super-tough title. Good luck out there.
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