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Sekiro Prayer Beads | Where to find prayer beads and increase Vitality

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice isn’t your typical Soulsborne title. Take the Sekiro Prayer Beads, for example. They are the game’s main way of increasing Vitality, but appear to be in immensely short supply. So, knowing where to find the Prayer Beads in Sekiro can, without wanting to sound dramatic, be the difference between life and death. While there’s still many crook and nannies to explore, there’s a fairly simple way to increase health early on (known in-game as Vitality), as well as a catch-all method of hunting down Sekiro Prayer Bead locations without fail.

Sekiro Prayer Beads locations

You need four Prayer Beads to level up your Vitality and increase your health in Sekiro. While we haven’t found all of them yet, you can actually do that in the first hour or so, if you’re particularly skilled with a blade. The main thing you need to know is defeating a named mini-boss, signified with a large on-screen health bar, is the key to getting Prayer Beads. Each one you defeat will drop a single Prayer Bead.

The first mini-boss you’ll come up against will almost definitely be Naomori Kawarada. Simply follow the path after leaving the Dilapidated Temple at the beginning of the game and keep going round to the Outskirts Wall where a Sculptor’s Idol awaits. Head through the building to meet the General. Beat him and, yup, a Prayer Bead will be yours.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

Keep following the path round through the Castle grounds (easier said than done, of course) and, eventually, you’ll come across the red-eyed Chained Ogre. Defeating him will drop another Prayer Bead. If you’re having trouble finding him, he’s pretty much next to the “Outskirts Wall – Stairway” Sculptor’s Idol.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen can be found in the Hirata Estate (visit our Young Lord’s Bell Charm guide for more on unlocking the Hirata Estate) only after you’ve eavesdropped on his hut in one of the settlements earlier in the area.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

After that, make your way up the Estate Path to the palacial gate that is flanked by blue flowers on either side with a fog gate at the end. If you alert an enemy, Enshin will come out to meet you. Defeat him to nab a single Prayer Bead.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

Finally, to complete the early-game quartet of Prayer Beads, Juzou the Drunkard. He’s a fair way into the Hirata Estate, and you’ll find him after the flaming temple at the Main Hall of the Hirata Estate which can be accessed via a chimney-style clearing at the far end of a cave filled with enemies.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

Cross the pond and your man Juzou will be there. Defeat the lumbering pisshead to get what should be your fourth and final Prayer Bead. For now, anyway.

Sekiro Prayer Beads

Sekiro Prayer Beads | How to increase Vitality

Sekiro Prayer Beads

This is the easy part! Go to any Sculptor’s Idol and scroll down to “Enhance Physical Attributes.” If you’ve got the four Prayer Beads required, you’ll be able to level up your Vitality. Thank goodness.