Sekiro Guide: How To Use Umbrella, Sabimaru, Mist Raven, Divine Abduction And Finger Whistle

Master the lesser-known prosthetics in this second part of the guide.
Become a master shinobi with this 'handy' prosthetic guide.
Become a master shinobi with this 'handy' prosthetic guide. Activision

Here are guides to the rest of the prosthetic tools for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. A link to the first part is here, and if you want general tips and tricks that you will need for the bulk of Sekiro, check those out here.


A prosthetic tool that allows you to deflect and block attacks and projectiles much more conveniently, with the use of an iron umbrella. This prosthetic is perfect for players who need to dodge certain attacks that they cannot time correctly, as the window for deflecting on the umbrella is more generous than your sword. The umbrella can be used as a shield for blocking until you run out of posture by holding down the R2 or RT button, but you can actually deflect while still holding it by pushing L1 or LB, allowing you to be an unbreakable shinobi. The umbrella costs one spirit emblem to use, in addition to costing one more per deflect.

PROTIP: The Projected Force skill allows you to instantly follow-up your block or deflect with a cross attack, dealing massive damage AND applies a status depending on the umbrella upgrade (fire or magic). This is one of the easiest and safest ways to deal damage in-game, coupled with the low spirit emblem cost of the umbrella itself.

Notable Upgrades:

Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella – An upgrade for the umbrella that greatly bolsters your defense against attacks from apparition type enemies. This upgrade is very useful for the apparition minibosses, allowing you to tank through their attacks without accumulating terror. Coupled with the Projected Force skill, this prosthetic tool is very capable of dealing with apparition enemies even without the use of divine confetti. Costs one spirit emblem for the initial summon plus one for each deflect.

Suzaku’s Lotus Umbrella – Another upgrade for the umbrella, this time protecting you from fire attacks and other projectiles that can cause the burn status. It is useful in dealing with large groups of enemies at a time, as spinning the umbrella or summoning it for the first time actually has an effect similar to the firecracker prosthetic, albeit at a smaller range and shorter duration. Coupled with the Projected Force skill, this tool will deal massive fire damage against vitality and posture. Costs one spirit emblem for the initial summon plus one for each deflect.


A blade prosthetic tool that primarily deals poison status. It has six hits in a combo, making it useful for wearing down beefier enemies. You can cancel anytime into this combo, and each hit costs one spirit emblem. Certain enemies in the game, like the Okami warriors in the Fountainhead palace, are also extremely weak to poison, making this a good choice for that area.

PROTIP: Upgrading the Sabimaru to any higher tier allows you to cancel out of combos instantly by pressing R1 or RB, which gives you another opportunity to reposition if you need to catch your breath.

Notable Upgrades:

Piercing Sabimaru – An upgrade for the Sabimaru that lets you damage an enemy’s vitality and posture even through their guard state. It is extremely useful for enemies that constantly guard and, coupled with the poison status effect, is guaranteed to bring down most foot soldiers in a couple of hits. The upgrade also allows you to break out of the combo by pressing R1 or RB, which in turn is very helpful to quickly deflect enemies that can power through your attacks. Costs one spirit emblem per attack.

Mist Raven

One of the most underrated prosthetics in the game, simply because players misunderstand how to use it. The mist raven prosthetic allows you to phase through an enemy’s attack by pressing R2, in which Sekiro enters a stance. Any attack made by the enemy during the stance will allow you to teleport to anywhere you push your left stick towards. This is extremely useful for repositioning or clutch moments when you know you can’t time your next block or deflect properly. The stance window is probably the largest in the game, making it very safe to time and use effectively. What’s more, is that if no attacks are made during the stance window, no spirit emblems will be used. Coupled with the Fang and Blade skill, this prosthetic is one of the best counterattacking tools in the game. Costs two spirit emblems for each phase.

PROTIP: If you don’t push the left stick after phasing through the enemy attack you can alternatively press R1 or RB, which allows Sekiro to instantly teleport above the enemy’s head for an attack. Great for dodging attacks with no follow-ups since you are instantly back in the fray.

PROTIP: The Fang And Blade skill applies to the Mist Raven as well, which you can also use to jump back to the enemy and continue pressure.

Notable Upgrades

Great Feather Mist Raven – An upgrade for the mist raven that adds a trail of fire to the dash that happens after you teleport. This deals fire damage and burn status, making it extremely effective against large groups of enemies, or just about any enemy that you can’t time properly. The Fang and Blade follow-up attack makes it even more useful, dealing huge amounts of damage in a very small window. Costs three spirit emblems to use.

Divine Abduction

This tool is perhaps the most situational of them all. While on paper, its effects sound amazing, you will rarely find yourself using it as the windows are not that great. The divine abduction prosthetic covers you in a gust of wind during the first press, and in a second press enemies (except stronger ones like minibosses or bosses) will suddenly face away from you, allowing for instant deathblows. It has uses in some cases where you are surrounded by enemies, but in truth it is much more efficient to just run away from them or use a cleaving spear attack. That said, this tool has a hidden effect in which all monk enemies in the Senpou Temple area are immediately “spirited away” – that is to say, effectively killed – during the prosthetic’s second button press. Costs three spirit emblems per use.

PROTIP: The prosthetic works with the Living Force skill, and imbues your sword with gusts of wind. Attacking enemies with the imbued sword turns weaker enemies away from you, allowing you to pull instant deathblows on them. Still very situational as the cast animations can get pretty long, and you will need to cast it from a safe distance or during very long windows.

Notable Upgrades

Golden Vortex – An upgrade for the divine abduction tool that adds an effect for the second press. Enemies affected by the whirlwind now drop sen and items, in addition to facing the other way, making it extremely useful for farming upgrade materials and sen. For the best results, farm these while in the Senpou temple area of the game. Costs four spirit emblems per use.

Finger Whistle

The last prosthetic tool to be acquired, if you somehow didn’t miss any of the prior ones. The finger whistle is used to sound off and affect enemies; beasts will be enraged and attack anyone in sight, while soldiers and other enemies will be drawn to its sound, which is useful for stealth kills. The prosthetic tool shines during areas of the game where soldiers use beasts with them, causing chaos among their ranks. Costs three spirit emblems to use.

PROTIP: The Projected Force skill works with this prosthetic, making Malcontent a very powerful tool late in the game, especially against the Demon of Hatred.

Notable Upgrades

Malcontent – In addition to enraging beasts, this upgrade allows you to temporarily stun apparition type enemies for up to three times. The stun window is pretty long and can be used to disrupt most of their combos and attacks. It also has the added effect of the delayed whistle, which can be done by holding R2 or RT. This delayed sound can affect only the enemy you are currently locked on, allowing you to separate him from a larger group of enemies. Costs four spirit emblem per use.

So what do you think? Are you going to try to use any of these lesser prosthetic weapons and tools now that you know when the best times to use them are? What prosthetic do you find yourself most frequently using when playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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