Ghost of Tsushima Hidden Altar Locations Map - Honour The Unseen Trophy
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Honour the Unseen is a trophy in Ghost of Tsushima. In order to unlock it, you’ll have to bow at ten hidden altars across the map. It’s one of the hardest achievements to unlock, since the altars aren’t marked on the map, and they’re really easy to miss. There’s a sign next to each of them, but you can’t really notice it from a distance. This guide will help you unlock Ghost of Tsushima Honour the Unseen trophy by showing you ten hidden altar locations.
Hidden altar locations
There are more than ten of them in total, but you only need to bow at ten in order to get the achievement. We’re going to show you the locations of the ones we’ve used – if you’ve already found some, you won’t need to check out all ten of these.
- Hidden Altar #1
- Hidden Altar #2
- Hidden Altar #3
- Hidden Altar #4
- Hidden Altar #5
- Hidden Altar #6
- Hidden Altar #7
- Hidden Altar #8
- Hidden Altar #9
- Hidden Altar #10
Hidden altar #1 – Izuhara Clearing
You’ll find the first altar at Izuhara Clearing, in the north of the Hiyoshi province of Izuhara island, west of the castle. It’s hard to miss – there’s a big tree in the middle of a white field, and the altar is next to it. Bowing there will make a red-breasted bird appear.
Hidden altar #2 – Kashine Forest
The next one is in Kashine, a province on Izuhara island. You’ll find it on the northern edge of Kashine Forest, in an ancient tree that also houses an Inari shrine. Bowing to it will summon a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
Hidden altar #3 – Isonade Coast
This altar is also in Hiyoshi, the northeastern Izuhara province. It’s on the eastern edge of it, on the road leading down to Isonade Coast. There’s a big stone statue of a frog at the altar, and bowing to it will summon an army of frogs.
Hidden altar #4 – Kechi Fishing Village
The next hidden altar is on the border between Hiyoshi and Komoda, on Izuhara. It’s on a wooden pier in the Kechi Fishing Village, west of the Jade Hills. Bowing to it will make a school of fish jump out of the river.
Hidden altar #5 – Kaneda Inlet
You’ll find this one west of the castle on Izuhara, by the Pillar of Honor at Kaneda Inlet. When you bow to it, a cast of crabs will appear out of nowhere.
Hidden altar #6 – Kashine Hills
Another altar can be found in Kashine Hills, in the west of Izuhara. Look for a big house surrounded by pink flowers. There’s a pond in front of it, with an Inari shrine. The altar is next to the shrine, and using it will cause a swarm of fireflies to appear.
Hidden altar #7 – Kashine Forest Graveyard
While you’re in the region, you can look for another one east from Kashine Forest, north of Lake Izuhara. There’s a cemetery there – once you reach it, look for an old, gnarled tree. There will be a Jizo statue under it, and a sign next to the statue. Bow in front of the sign, and you’ll witness a swarm of dragon flies appear out of nowhere.
Hidden altar #8 – Fishing Hut
This altar is in Toyotama, near the mouth of the easternmost river. If you start at Old Kanazawa Marsh and head south, you’ll find a fishing hut on the east side of the river. The altar is on a wooden pier there. Bowing to it will summon a school of fish.
Hidden altar #9 – Omi Lake
The next one’s also in Toyotama, in the Kubara province. You’ll find it on the western shore of Omi Lake, on a wooden pier near a big tree with red leaves. It’s one of those altars where fish appear after you bow.
Hidden altar #10 – Urashima’s Village
The last one is in the seaside mountains of the Kushi province, in the Toyotama region. You can reach it by going to the peninsula north of Urashima’s Village, then following the road up the cliff until you’re in a gorge filled with frog statues. Bow in front of the one with the sign, and a bunch of frogs will appear to keep you company.
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I think there ia one in the kushi Grasslands. the yellow bird took me there and its a bunch of butterflies there but i dont know where to bow
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Ghost of Tsushima Hidden Altars Locations
July 16, 2020 by PowerPyx 19 Comments
In Ghost of Tsushima you must find 10 Hidden Altar Locations for the Honor the Unseen trophy. This guide shows the Hidden Altars you need to earn the trophy.
What makes Hidden Altars unique from other Collectibles is that they are not marked on the map by question marks “?”. The game doesn’t even tell you that they exist, let alone where to locate them.
The Hidden Altars for the Honor of the Unseen trophy have a “bowing-down sign” in front of them. It looks like this:
The Hidden Altars don’t necessarily look like “Altars”, either. They can be literally anything – a pile of rocks, a tree, or boat bridge with the sign on it. They are found at fixed positions in the open world and will be available at all times. None of the Hidden Altars are missable! You can still find them after the story in free-roam.
There are definitely more to find but you only need 10 for the purpose of the “Honor the Unseen” trophy. They don’t unlock anything other than the trophy and don’t even count as proper Collectibles on the in-game tracker. Some even count as Hidden Altars without having the “bowing-down sign”, e.g. several graves of story characters. As long as it triggers an environmental effect, it should count towards the trophy. To make sure they count 100%, only the definitive confirmed ones with a sign will be listed here.
To make sure it counted, you must have seen the environmental effect. If in doubt, bow at the Altars a few times in a row until you’ve triggered the effect.
Region 1: Izuhara – Hidden Altars
Hidden Altar #1 – Effect: Purple leaves appear around you
Hidden Altar #2 – Effect: A bird appears and sits on the altar
Hidden Altar #3 – Effect: Fish jumping in river
Hidden Altar #4 – Effect: Fireflies appear around you
Hidden Altar #5 – Effect: Insects fly around you
Region 2: Toyotama – Hidden Altars
Hidden Altar #6 – Effect: Fish jumping in river
Hidden Altar #7 – Effect: Red Dragonflies appear
Hidden Altar #8 – Effect: Fish jumping in water
Hidden Altar #9 – Effect: Fish jumping in water
Hidden Altar #10 – Effect: Fish jumping in water
Bonus Hidden Altars
Hidden Altar #11 – Effect: Blue butterflies flying around you
Hidden Altar #12 – Effect: A white-blue-red bird appears on the left side of the altar sign on a rock
That’s all the Hidden Altars you need for the Honor the Unseen trophy in Ghost of Tsushima.
For all other Collectible Types, check out the full Ghost of Tsushima Collectible Guide .
July 17, 2020 at 11:31 am
There is also an additional Hidden Altar in Region One – Hiyoshi, located on the right side of the path as you begin the journey to the Mending Rock Shrine. The Altar looks a stone frog and it is situated in a crevice within the cliffs to the right of the path. If done correctly, it will cause dozens of frogs to appear, jumping all around Jin.
July 27, 2020 at 1:15 am
I can confirm this 🙂
July 28, 2020 at 3:23 pm
+1, this was my first one, and still remains such a great surprise ;)
July 18, 2020 at 4:31 pm
Another Hidden Altar is in the first region, left of Kaneda Castle in Kaneda Inlet. There is a Pillar of honor and if you bow in front of it a bunch of crabs will crawl out of the sand.
October 7, 2020 at 12:36 pm
I can confirm this one.
July 19, 2020 at 1:22 pm
Hidden Altar four’s effect is butterflies and fives is fireflies. Maybe it’s’ effect is different if it’s day or night.
July 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm
When you look at the video, for me #4 was fireflies and #5 butterflies. They were both during daytime. They look quite similar, though (glowing insects).
July 27, 2020 at 11:23 am
Thank you for the detailed and well described guide for this game! Awesome!
July 29, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Three easy ones in the first region that you will come across while going for 100% completion. The Pillar at Kaneda Inlet has one of these signs, crabs will come to the surface. The Shrine at Isonade Coast has two more right as you start the descent. Both will produce frogs. I’m not sure that both of these count but they are distinct signs and alters, even if they produce the same result.
July 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Sorry, looks like these may have been mentioned but the location names may help find them easier.
August 11, 2020 at 2:14 am
There is also an unmarked altar of a Buddha that has a blue and white bird land on it at the north end of ‘Old Kanzawa Marsh’ in Toyotama if you are heading northwest through the marsh toward ‘Numanaka Inn’ you cant miss it, its on the road by a crossing.
October 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm
Thanks very much for the locations; I’ve been going mad in this game bowing at everything! ?
October 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm
There are two others on the path to Cloud Ridge Shrine (both are frogs) in Toyotama on the northeast coast (north of Urashima’s Village) and are literally on the path and unmissable.
October 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm
I don’t know if it counts toward the trophy, but bowing at Taka’s grave produces the “hidden altar” blue butterfly effect.
November 27, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Can confirm. I got the trophy bowing in the grave
December 27, 2020 at 10:12 am
Bowing at the Loyal Friend’s Grave is another hidden one where red ash will surround you.
June 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Non sign hidden altar i came across 2. The guanyin Buddha statue at golden temple and graves of masako’s children.
September 7, 2021 at 4:44 am
There is also another one located on the beach above Castle Kaneda. I swam around the backside and came to a beach with a sign. It spawns a bunch of crabs when you bow.
August 20, 2023 at 5:03 am
Once you bow in front your buried horse you will see burning ashes surround you for 3 seconds
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Hidden altar sign
Hidden altars are altars that trigger visual flourishes that can be found throughout Tsushima in addition to marked Inari & Shinto Shrines . The Honor the Unseen trophy is unlocked when the player completes ten (10) different hidden altars. Hidden Altars don't come with any other abilities, skills or techniques and are not counted as Collectibles in the menu.
Hidden Altars can be found in various, often unassuming places marked by wooden signs that show the silhouette of someone bowing. Watch for the signs as you climb Shinto Shrines, complete quests, and liberate outposts. Approach the sign and swipe down on the touchpad to make Jin bow – the visual effect will spawn almost immediately.
Both Taka ´s Grave and the Loyal Friend´s Grave also have visual effects and count as progress towards the trophy even though they lack the usual "bowing sign".
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Ghost Of Tsushima Hidden Altar Locations: How To Get The Hidden Trophy
Scattered throughout Ghost of Tsushima are shrines that create interesting effects if you honor them; here's where they can be found.
By Phil Hornshaw on July 23, 2020 at 2:34PM PDT
The world of Ghost of Tsushima is one in which you'll often show reverence for nature. Making your way to Inari and Shinto shrines scattered across the island is a way to unlock new Charms that can make you more effective in the game, while also often treating you to environmental puzzles and beautiful vistas that can provide an appreciation of Ghost of Tsushima's lush world. In addition to the marked shrines throughout Tsushima, you can also find hidden altars that trigger visual flourishes. Find enough of them, and you can unlock a hidden trophy.
To get the Honor the Unseen hidden Trophy, you need to find and bow to 10 hidden altars throughout the island. You'll find them in various, often unassuming places, usually marked by wooden signs that show the silhouette of someone bowing. Watch for the signs as you climb Shinto Shrines, complete quests, and liberate outposts. While there are more than 10 altars, here's a list of where you can find 10 to unlock the Trophy.
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Golden Temple - Buddha Statue
Kechi fishing village - river dock, tadayori's rest, yoichi's crossroads - cemetery, traveler's rest inn - river dock, kaneda inlet - pillar of honor, old kanazawa marsh - pillar of honor, cloud ridge shrine, omi monastery, omi village - lord sakai's grave.
You'll go to Golden Temple in Ariake as part of the main story in Act 1. While you're there, head up the stairs on the west side of the village to find a large Buddha statue. It's not marked with a sign, but the statue counts as a hidden altar.
Kechi is an occupied farmstead you'll find west of Hiyoshi Springs on the river. The hidden altar is on the dock over the river, but activating it is a lot easier after you've liberated the village from the Mongols.
As you head down to Azamo Bay as part of the Act 1 story, you'll also unlock the Mythic Tale The Legend of Tadayori. Complete the quest (use our Mythic Tale guide for help) to find Tadayori's Rest, a grave marked by purple flowers in Houren's Pasture. In the center of the area is a shrine that counts as a hidden altar.
This is another Mongol outpost, located southwest of Hiyoshi Springs location in the Hiyoshi region. The Mongol camp is right next to a small cemetery. Climb the steps to the highest point of the cemetery, where you'll find a group of statues marked as a hidden altar.
Another outpost west of Hiyoshi Springs, Traveler's Rest Inn is just south of Kechi Fishing Village. It also has a hidden altar spot on the river.
This Pillar of Honor is at the very north of Izuhara, in the Hiyoshi region, just west of Castle Kaneda. Head to the coast in Kaneda Inlet to find a Pillar of Honor there. It also bears a sign marking it as a hidden altar.
You'll find a Pillar of Honor between Umugi and Akashima in Toyotama. Head southwest of the Old Kanazawa Marsh location on the map to find the Pillar in the middle of a field, with the hidden altar sign standing beside it.
There's a Shinto Shrine on the coast of Kushi, north of Yarikawa Stronghold, where you'll find not one, but two hidden altars right next to each other. Find the shrine and start climbing up until you squeeze between two rocks and come across a statue depicting a frog. Bow to that one, then turn right and on your way out, you'll find another frog statue that's also an altar.
Head to Otsuna to find Omi Monastery south of Omi Village. It's a big place, but up the hill from the monastery is a small cemetery. Bow to the large grave there to kick off a musical interlude.
You'll venture to Omi Village as part of the Act 2 story tale, Ghosts of the Past. Just north of Omi Village is the Sakai cemetery, where you'll find the grave of Jin's father. You'll create a haiku at the grave, but it also functions as an unmarked hidden altar.
Warning! This last entry is a story spoiler for the end of Act 2's story. Don't mouse over it until you've completed every story mission before The Fate of Tsushima Tale.
Before you complete the final mission in Act 2, the story will take you to the cliffs outside Yarikawa Stronghold, paying your respects at your friend's grave. Bow here to trigger an unmarked hidden altar, as well.
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Ghost of Tsushima: How to Get & Use a Bow & Arrow
Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most highly anticipated PS4 exclusive games releasing this year. Taking place in the late 13th century, players will take control of the samurai Jin, as he strives to protect his clan from the ongoing Mongol invasion. Here’s how to use the bow and arrow in Ghost of Tsushima .
Getting the Bow and Arrow in Ghost of Tsushima
The bow is one of the few ranged weapons you’ll have access to in the game, and it’s also one of the most useful. It won’t be available to you right at the very start of the game, but you can get it fairly early on.
Once you’ve gotten past the intro mission and have cleared the first few story missions in the game, you’ll have access to Tales missions. One of them tasks you with meeting up with Sensei Ishikawa to liberate a camp, so set that as your active mission and be on your way.
This quest in particular is called The Way of the Bow, and it’s split it up into a few different parts. The weapon is given to you in the very first part, however.
While doing this quest, you’ll automatically be given the bow, and you can keep it on you as a permanent weapon. Later, you’ll get fire arrows, too.
Using the Bow & Arrow
Using the bow is straightforward and easy enough; hold the L2 button to draw, then press the R2 button to release the arrow. It has a good bit of range, but drawing the arrows can be slow, so you’ll want to make sure you at least have some distance between your and your enemies before using it –trying to use it in close combat encounters is certainly not recommended.
It’s best used in stealthier situations, or when you can get the drop on an enemy. Sniping enemies from afar with the bow will allow you to pick off a few before you have to get into open combat with them.
That’s all you need to know about how to use the bow and arrow in Ghost of Tsushima . Be sure to search for Twinfinite or check our guide wiki for more tips and information on the game.
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Ghost of Tsushima Mythic Tale guide: The Curse of Uchitsune walkthrough
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Ghost of Tsushima ’s The Curse of Uchitsune Mythic Tale is either the second or third you’ll encounter, and it will give two powerful pieces of gear to aid in your journey. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to acquire the longbow and the explosive arrow .
Step 1. Finding the musician
At the start of every Mythic Tale, you need to find a musician in the world — rumors from townspeople, especially from the Golden Temple, can help mark the musician on the map. For The Curse of Uchitsune Mythic Tale, head to the Hiyoshi Inn Hot Springs (pictured above). The musician is inside the town.
Talk to the musician there, and listen to his tale.
Step 2. Search the Hiyoshi Coast for blue flowers
This Mythic Tale is one of the trickier ones in Ghost of Tsushima . The game gives you a vague objective and asks you to explore a large area to find the correct location.
Follow the first gust of wind, which takes you to a nearby coast. Travel toward the ocean. When you see blue flowers and the objective becomes a large search zone, you know you’re in the right spot.
If you’re coming here straight from the musician, hold forward and make slight adjustments right. The objective “follow the blue flowers” can be a little deceptive because there are blue flowers everywhere, and it’s easy to get lost.
You’re looking for a large rock in the middle of the forest. The rock has very little flora on it, but there are blue flowers around it.
On the west side of the rock (the side opposite to the ocean), there’s a very small, easy-to-miss opening (pictured in the image below). Go down into the rocky gulch and follow the blue flowers (this is where that objective comes in handy!) to the opening.
You’ll know you’re in the right spot when Jin says that someone has cracked this tomb open. Squeeze inside and investigate the tomb. The painting here is your next clue. Grab it and use it to find your next location.
Step 3. Search Hiyoshi for the island
The painting is your new point of reference, but the game will still point you in the right direction. Note that if you need to see the painting again, you can swipe your finger left on the touchpad.
Crawl out of the tomb and a mysterious figure will tell you to stop what you’re doing. Ignore his ominous message and follow the wind to the coast. You’re looking for an island that resembles the painting, meaning lots of blue flowers and trees. When you reach the objective marker, push forward until you can see the ocean. Keep the cliffs on your right. You’ll know you’re going the right way if you see fields of blue flowers. Look straight ahead and you’ll see two islands — you’re looking for the second one here, the one without the bridge.
Follow the coast until you find a way down — you’ll need to go up before you go down, so just follow alongside the ocean, on the cliff. You’ll eventually run into more blue flowers. Follow them, and you’ll find a smooth path down to the shore.
The island should be right in front of you. Take a swim and enter the cave. Inside, grab another painting and head back outside.
Step 4. Search Hiyoshi for the mountain
The monk will confront you yet again. Continue to ignore him and press on. At this point, you can either follow the wind, or if you can, fast travel to the Hiyoshi Inn Hot Spring. Your new objective is northwest of here. When you regain control of Jin, go forward and up the path to your left. Follow the wind to your next investigation area.
Climb up the cliff and follow the path. Stick to the right and climb up the hill. Keep climbing, into the bamboo stalks. When you reach a path, you can head left for a survivor’s camp.
From the survivor’s camp, head directly south to reach the correct mountain. If you want to bypass the camp, just head south after climbing the rocks up to the investigation area.
Follow the blue flowers onto the mountain — when you see the shrine carved into the mountain, head left. You should see a field of flowers, and a large shrine sitting on the cliff. Walk forward and grab the longbow.
Tengu Demon duel boss fight
When you grab the bow, you’ll pass out and wake up covered in blood, surrounded by birds, and about to fight a dangerous duel against the Tengu Demon. This fight is similar to other duels you may have encountered already.
- Change out your armor to something that offers health, damage, or damage reduction and prepare to duel.
- Parry non-red attacks for an easy opening, and be sure to dodge whenever the Tengu Demon prepares an unblockable red attack.
- Like all sword duels, dying just means you’ll respawn with slightly more Resolve. If you’re struggling with the Tengu Demon, don’t be afraid to die and start over again.
When the Tengu Demon dies, you’ll finish the quest by picking up the longbow and the explosive arrow upgrade.
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Ghost of Tsushima: How to Get the Bow
If you want to be a deadly archer, you'll need to find a good bow and arrow. We'll show you how to get one as early as possible in the game, as well as how to get the more powerful longbow.
You'll begin Ghost of Tsushima with only your sword, so it won't be long before you'll need to find your very own bow and arrows. In this guide we'll go over how to get the bow and arrows , how to upgrade them, and how to get a better bow later on.
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How to Get the Bow in Ghost of Tsushima
How to get the longbow, how to upgrade the bow.
To get the bow and arrows in Ghost of Tsushima you'll need to first complete the tutorial section with Yuna and access the open world for the first time, where you'll be able to traverse Tsushima and discover multiple missions opening up, giving you all kind of options as where to go next. You'll want to check your map and make your way to the Tale in Hiyoshi entitled "The Tale of Sensei Ishikawa". This is a brief quest in which you'll meet Ishikawa, get the half bow, and get a long tutorial on how the bow functions. Once the quest is over, you'll be able to keep the bow and use it in further combat.
If you want all the guides you'd ever need on Ghost of Tsushima, why not check out our full Guides Hub here? Whether it's bosses, collectibles or getting the best armor and weapons, we've got everything you'll need to liberate Tsushima here.
There's actually a second bow you can get, the larger longbow, unlocked as part of the Mythic Tale, "The Curse of Uchitsune." We've laid out how to find that quest here and what the advantages and disadvantages of it are , but to summarize, the longbow is a more powerful form of bow that can hit more distant targets.
If you want to make your bow more powerful, you'll need to find a bowyer, a special kind of merchant who can enhance all your bow's stats for a price. Most major towns and villages have a bowyer (marked by a symbol above their head of two crossed arrows), and they'll require increased amounts of supplies, bamboo, yew wood and wax wood each time you get an upgrade. Both the half bow and longbow can be upgraded in this manner.
If we hit the mark on that guide, why not check out some more Tsushima content here at USG? We've got Mike's review of the game right here , or take a shot and listen to our early thoughts about the game on Axe of the Blood God .
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Ghost Of Tsushima Bow & Arrow Guide - How To Get & Upgrade
Read this Ghost Of Tsushima guide to learn more about longbows & half bows in the game! Find out about bows and different arrows, weapon stats, how to upgrade, and more!
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What are bows.
Dealing moderate damage and draw speed, the half bow is a compact yet powerful tool to takedown enemies from a distance. Well placed shot can even kill enemies in a single shot without alert. The arrows for Half bow is not compatible in using with Longbows.
Using a special Heavy Arrow, the Longbow deals much higher damage and haves a larger zoom compared to its counterpart. This bow specializes in sniping from range, but in return takes longer to draw and prohibits you from crouching while using.
Used exclusively by the Longbow, the explosive arrow packs a devastating blow and ignites any enemies in the vicinity with a fiery explosion after landing the shot.
Attack From A Distance
Jin Sakai will be able to deal damage to targets at range using a variety of weapons. He will have bows and kunais to be able to dispatch enemies without getting too close! This gives Jin another option on how to approach his encounters!
A Silent Option For Takedowns
It seems as if well placed shots can quickly and silently kill enemies. Ranged weapons are a great way for you to take out enemies while keeping stealth! A great option for players who are fighting as the ghost!
Keep in mind that ranged weapons require ammunition to use. Before going into a fight, make sure that all of your ammo is replenished!
Enhance Bows At Bowyers
Jin can upgrade the stats of these bows by visiting Bowyers. These vendors will increase the bow's damage, draw speed, range, stability, reload speed, and zoom. Keep in mind that you will need bamboo and materials to upgrade bows.
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Ghost of Tsushima: How to Get the Longbow
One of the weapons you have at your disposal in Ghost of Tsushima is the Long Bow and here, we'll show you how to find it.
After you acquire the Half Bow in Ghost of Tsushima , you might want to get your hands on something a little more powerful with more range. Luckily, there is another bow you can find, called the Longbow .
Unlike the Half Bow , the Ghost of Tsushima Longbow is totally missable , and it can only be found by completing a specific mission. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find the Longbow, and we’ll go through its features, as well as how to use it.
Where to Find the Longbow in Ghost of Tsushima
In order to get your hands on the Longbow, you’ll need to complete The Curse of Uchitsune quest, which can only be initiated after you’ve finished the following quests:
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Once you’ve completed those four missions, head back to Hiyoshi Springs and look for a musician to the northwest of the main structure. He’ll tell the tale of a cursed bow, which will trigger the beginning of The Curse of Uchitsune quest.
This mission serves as a lengthy scavenger hunt in which you must follow blue flowers to lead you to the next destination with a clue as to where to go next.
The first one will send you to a tomb, where you’ll discover a painting of an island . After you exit the tomb, you’ll come across an enemy who warns you not to look for the bow. Ignore his warnings and continue following the blue flowers.
When you finally reach the island, which is located northeast of Izuhara , you’ll find another painting — this time of a mountain . Again, the same enemy as before will warn you not to keep looking for the bow. Fast travel to Sensei Ishikawa’s Dojo to continue your search for the bow.
The dojo is close to the mountain, so use the wind to guide you there, and continue following the flowers.
After you make it to the mountain, you’ll come across the legendary Longbow sitting in plain sight. But of course, when you pick it up, a boss fight is triggered against an enemy named Tengu Demon , and he’s quite difficult.
After you defeat the boss, you’ll finally have your hands on the Longbow. You can swap between it and the Half Bow with the d-pad after you hold in “L2”.
How to Use the Longbow
In many ways, the Longbow is much more effective than the Half Bow, though both have their pros and cons. The Longbow deals higher damage and has more range , but it is slower and takes longer to draw. You cannot crouch while using it, but its damage allows you to pierce enemy armor .
You use it the same way as the Half Bow. Use “L2” to draw the bow and “R2” to pull back on an arrow. Release “R2” to fire. Remember, you still have to adjust for drop distance, so make sure you aim above your target to ensure it lands.
Like the Half Bow, the Longbow allows for an ammo variant. You can equip explosive arrows , which are unlocked alongside the Longbow. Draw your bow and use “triangle” to switch to explosive arrows.
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This page of IGN's Ghost of Tsushima wiki guide details everything you need to know about the Vanity Gear located throughout Iki Island, including what they are, where to find them, and how to access them. This includes the "phantom" item, Yamaneko's Eyepatch on the coast of the Shattered Cliffs, which requires you to complete a Tale of Iki Sidequest in order to make available to collect.
Every Vanity Item on Iki Island
The Vanity Items are ordered according to their location on the map of Iki Island, rather than their order in the Oufit menu, since they cover several different categories.
Petals' Caress Headband
- Location : Sly Hunter's Forest
The Petals' Caress Headband can be found very early into the game: you'll probably bump into it after going from Survivor's Coast to the A Lost Friend Tale. On the Northern coast of Sly Hunter's Forest there'll be a tall raised rock jutting out of the beach. The South side of it has ledges covered in blood: climb up these ledges and you'll find the body, laying next to a box with the headband in it.
Demonic Archer's Mask
- Location : Lone Spirit Falls
The Demonic Archer's Mask is located in Lone Spirit Falls, at the waterfall to the South-East that overlooks a campsite. Get to the ledge with a Grapple Point tree trunk on it, then check the back of the waterfall for a small gap you can slip through. You'll end up in a small cave with lots of candles and artwork of the Cooper Gang on it. The mask will be here.
The Eagle's Chosen Skin
- Location : Fort Sakai
- Pre-Requisite : Complete The Lightning in the Storm
To find this item, head to Fort Sakai and go to the lower-most gate. From inside the fort looking towards the gate, climb up the wall on your left and check the corner for a ladder. Behind the ladder will be a chest with the Vanity Gear inside.
The Eagle's Chosen is a skin for the Ronin Attire that allows you to dress Jin in the Eagle-marked rags he wore while in the Eagle's custody in The Eagle's Cry Tale.
- Location : Mount Takenotsuji
The Raider Helmet is one of the more involved Vanity Items to acquire, being located at the top of Mount Takenotsuji. You don't need to liberate Fort Sakai to access it however: you actually ascend the mountain by climbing up from either the South-Eastern or North-Eastern sides. We recommend the North-Eastern route as it takes you right past where the helmet will be. In either case, look for the handholds and Grapple Points you can use to get up.
When you're in the area you can walk around in just before the peak of the mountain, head to the left side to find a sign with a figure on it playing the flute. Do as it says and swipe left on the Touchpad: this will cause lightning to strike the ground below: descend to it and open the box in the charred crater for the helmet.
Nekoma's Scowl Mask
- Location : Barrier Cove
The Nekoma's Scowl Mask can be found in Barrier Cove in the North-East corner of Iki island. In fact, it's on the island that the Barrier Cove label is covering on the Map Screen! Head over there and go to the Northern peninsula of the island to find a box on the edge of the cliff with the Mask inside.
Rippling Grace Headband
- Location : Tatsu's Ladder
The Rippling Grace Headband is a Vanity Item in Tatsu's Ladder that can be accessed either by climbing down the waterfall cliffs, or approaching East from the coast. We recommend the coast approach since it's much less involved.
When you get to the bottom of the waterfall, stand on the rock with the sign on it with a bowing figure. Swipe down on your Touchpad to Bow, and a school of fish will crowdsurf a box over to you with the Headband inside!
Prowling Tiger Headband
- Location : East of Katayama Market
This Headband is found at the top of a watchtower in the forest East of Katayama Market, and just South of the Tatsu's Ladder Bamboo Strike. In order to get up, you'll need to use the Grapplehook to pull down a nearby tree that you can walk on to make it up to the top.
Helm of the Lower World
- Location : Fune's Refuge
- Pre-Requisite : Complete Jin From Yarikawa
The Helm of the Lower World is in Fune's Refuge, however it isn't unlocked until you complete the Jin From Yarikawa Tale that docks a Mongol cargo ship in the refuge. Once you've done this, head to the back of the ship and climb through the roof hatch into a storage room. Open the wooden chest here to get the helmet.
Eye of the Explorer Headband
- Location : Shattered Cliffs
To get to this Headband-come-eyepatch, head to the Deer Sanctuary in Old Gambler's Wood on the Western coast of Iki Island. Face West and drop down the ledges of the cliff and you'll come to an area with a dead man on it, where you can pick up the headband.
Raider Jingasa Hat
The Raider Jingasa Hat can be found from the point where you got the Eye of the Explorer Headband listed above. From that point, find the spot on the North face of the platform where you can descend down the handholds, then head North along the beach towards a Raider campsite.
Head around the corner and you'll find a bamboo barricade you can pull down with your Grapplehook. Head inside and pick up the hat from the skeleton chilling in the sand.
- Pre-Requisite : Complete Troubled Waters & Bloodletting
Once you've completed Troubled Waters and Bloodletting , head to the Southern part of the Shattered Cliffs and look for the wooden wreckage near a campfire that's still lit. On the wreckage will be the body of Yamaneko, who you can take the eyepatch from.
Flight of the Dragon Headband
- Location : Cloud Forest Temple
The Flight of the Dragon Headband can be found at Cloud Forest Temple. Specifically, at the very top. Just like with the Golden Forest Temple, use your Grapplehook to climb up the roofs on the corners, and you can find the headband at the very top.
Nature's Rhythm Headband
- Location : Nakajima Island
This headband is found on Nakajima Island, located in the very South-East corner of Iki Island and accessed via a land bridge. When you go through two crawlholes you'll find yourself in an open-ish area. Climb up to the upper area and use the Grapplehook to pull down a nearby tree trunk. Run across it and through the gap at the end of it: here you'll find a box placed precariously on the edge of the cliff, which you can open for the cosmetic.
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