Unlocking Sekiro’s Hard Mode in the First Playthrough
Ring the Bell at Mt. Kongo
You can temporarily activate Hard Mode during the first playthrough by reaching Mt. Kongo during the main story.
|1||At the area where you fight General Tenzen Yamauchi, run to the right until you reach a small hut at the end of the path.|
|2||Go to the back of the hut then use your grappling hook to get to the tree branch ahead, then jump and hang on the ledge to the right.|
|3||Jump down and head inside the cave. Run straight and then go right to reach the Demon Bell.|
|1||When you reach the skywalk at Senpou Temple, where the Armored Warrior is waiting, you will find a strange bell in the area to the left near the Sculptor’s Idol. Ring it to activate Hard Mode. You will also obtain the Bell Demon Spirit.|
|2||Enemies will be much stronger in Hard Mode, though they will have higher item drop rates as well.|
|3||To deactivate Hard Mode, use the Bell Demon Spirit item you obtained after ringing the bell.|
Additional Information on Hard Mode
Resting at a Sculptor’s Idol does not turn off Hard Mode
The only way to deactivate Hard Mode is to use the Bell Demon Spirit. When Hard Mode is active, you will be able to see a red demon mark below your HP Gauge.
Advancing through the main story can be very challenging when you are in Hard Mode. Use the Bell Demon Spirit when things get too rough to reduce the difficulty. Enemies won’t have many buffs when you have the Bell Demon Spirit, but bosses will deal more damage. Make sure you use the item before fighting a boss to erase its effects.
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