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Sekiro Bell | Should I ring the bell in Senpou Temple?

The Sekiro Bell is a mysterious landmark in a game packed to the rafters with oddities and curios that (probably) want to stab you in the face. But this one doesn’t do much harm, despite the ominous warnings. If you’re wondering whether you should ring the bell in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, then we’ve laid out all of your options, as well as helping those who’ve done the deed and want to turn off Sinister Burden too.

Sekiro Bell location

The Sekiro Bell is located at the head of Mt. Kongo in the Senpou Temple region of the game. To get there, you need to go through the Abandoned Dungeons and battle your way through the Senpou Temple Grounds.

Should I ring the bell in Sekiro?

If you want to die even more than usual and, in effect, get to the Sekiro New Game Plus (in terms of difficulty anyway) early then, sure. That’s because ringing the bell places the Sinister Burn curse on the One-Armed Wolf, which not only increases the difficulty of all enemies, whom can now hit harder and take more damage, but the loot also improves, with more Sen raining down and the chances of better items drops raising exponentially.

However, as you’ll soon see, you can always dip your toes in the water if you want to as it can be reversed at any time. Essentially, ringing the bell in Sekiro is a risk-free move.

How to turn off Sinister Burden

Easy! While you might be a little spooked by the Sinister Burn notification when it first arrives, all you need to do to turn off Sinister Burden is head in to your Inventory and use the Bell Demon item. That’ll revert the difficulty back to “normal.”

Should I use the Bell Demon item?

If you want to keep the harder difficulty then, by all means, keep the Bell Demon at arm’s length. If you fancy less of a challenge, you can use it and be safe in the knowledge that you’re always free to get another Bell Demon by ringing the bell in Sepou Temple whenever you wish.