Jin Sakai has access to a small but reliable arsenal of weapons to take on the Mongol invaders in Ghost of Tsushima. Before diving into combat, you should acquaint yourself with the controls and unique features of each weapon to make the best use of them in any situation.
|Weapon||How to Unlock|
|Sakai Storm||Equipped by default at the start of Prologue.|
|Sakai Tanto||Equipped by during Jin’s Journey – Act 1: “Warrior’s Code.“|
|Half Bow||Obtained during Jin’s Journey – Act 1: “Tale of Sensei Ishikawa.”|
|Longbow||Obtained after clearing Mythic Tale: “The Curse of Uchitsune.”|
|Blowgun||Obtained during Jin’s Journey – Act 2: “Ghost from the Past.”|
|Flaming Arrow||Obtained after clearing Tales of Tsushima: “The Way of the Bow.”|
|Hallucination Dart||Obtained after clearing Tales of Tsushima: “The Proud Do Not Endure.”|
|Kunai||Unlocked from Ghost Weapon Skill Tree.|
|Black Powder Bomb||Unlocked from Ghost Weapon Skill Tree.|
|Smoke Bomb||Unlocked from Ghost Weapon Skill Tree.|
|Sticky Bomb||Unlocked from Ghost Weapon Skill Tree.|
|Wind Chime||Unlocked from Ghost Weapon Skill Tree.|
Below are brief descriptions of some of Jin Sakai’s weapons in Ghost of Tsushima, including basic controls and the best ways to use them in battle.
The Sakai Storm is your main melee weapon for most direct encounters in the game because of its versatility. By changing stances during combat, you will be able to adapt to various enemies and exploit their weaknesses.
Tapping the L1 button just as your opponent’s attack is about to connect allows you to parry them. This leaves the enemy in a brief stunned state and open for counterattacks. Note that performing a parry also lets you accumulate resolve which is good for taking in multiple foes.
It is also possible to deflect projectiles, particularly arrows, using the Sakai Storm.
You can upgrade the parry into a perfect parry by unlocking it under Techniques (to be confirmed). Time a parry at the last second before your opponent’s attack hits to execute a perfect parry which can be followed up by a powerful counterattack. Significantly more Resolve charges are accumulated this way compared to a normal parry.
Learn to cancel slow attacks.
Canceling your slow attacks into swift strikes is an essential skill to learn for fighting various enemies in the game. Many opponents will take advantage of the slow start-up that some of your moves have and will intercept it before it comes out. By canceling an attack into another, you can surprise your foe and hit them as they come in.
Canceling attacks is also a good way to bait opponents into reacting with something. Observe their behavior as you wind up your slow attack and decide whether to cancel or not.
The halfbow is a ranged weapon that is used for quickly picking off or chipping away the health of foes before they come into melee range. Using the halfbow requires arrows which can be crafted using gathered materials. It is inferior to the longbow in terms of overall damage.
Aim for headshots
Despite being weaker to the longbow, the halfbow is capable of taking out enemies in one shot with a well-placed one to the head.
The longbow is a ranged weapon that outclasses the halfbow in terms of damage and penetrating power. It fires heavy arrows and can knock enemies down in a single shot.
Kunai are throwing weapons used for performing quick kunai kills. They can be bought from a specific merchant in exchange for items.
Smoke bombs are explosives that are capable of stunning nearby enemies upon detonating before releasing a thick veil of smoke around the area. Smoke bombs are useful for securing a quick escape route or for setting up critical strikes against a disoriented foe. You can craft smoke bombs with the necessary materials.
|Select Quickfire Weapon||(hold)|
|Game Controls||Difficulty Modes||Game Length|
|Permanent Events||What to Do First||Upgrading Equipment|
|Exploration Guide||Weapons Guide||Standoffs|
|Resolve System||Stealth Guide||Techniques|
|Legend Level||Mount Guide||-|
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