List of Samurai Techniques | Ghost of Tsushima

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On this page we will learn about every Samurai Technique in the game with a description on how it works in Ghost of Tsushima.

Deflection Techniques

Deflection TechniquesDeflection Teachniques follow a skill tree style, requiring the player to unlock the previous Teachnique in order to unlock the next. In the case of 2 skills that both lead to the same next skill, only one skill needs to connect in ordor to unlock it. For example: To unlock Deflect Arrow, you will need either Perfect Healing or Unyielding Sword Parry.

Technique Description How to Use How to Unlock
Deflection.pngPerfect Parry Parry at the last possible second to preform a deadly counterattack. Earns a Moderate amount of Resolve. - (L1) Right Before taking damage
- ☐ or △ to counterattack
1 Technique Point
Perfect Healing Parry.pngPerfect Healing Parry Perfect Parries recover a small amount of health. - (L1) Right Before taking damage 1 Technique Point
Unyielding Sword Parry.pngUnyielding Sword Parry Parry an unblockable attack from Mongol swords. - Attacks marked by blue glinting lines can be parried.
- Can be done in any stance.
1 Technique Point
Deflect Arrows.pngDeflect Arrows Parry incoming projectiles while blocking. - Hold (L1) to deflect arrows. 1 Technique Point
Resolved Parry.pngResolved Parry Gain Moderate Resolve by using a Parry or Perfect Parry. - (L1) to Parrty
- (L1) Right Before taking damage to Perfect Parry
1 Technique Point
Unyielding Spear Parry.pngUnyielding Spear Parry Parry an unblockable spear attack. - Attacks marked by blue glinting lines can be parried.
- Can be done in any stance.
1 Technique Point
Terrifying Parry.pngTerrifying Parry Perfect Parry counterattacks have a 20% chance to Terrify nearby enemies. - Attacks marked by blue glinting lines can be parried.
- Can be done in any stance.
2 Technique Points

Evasion Techniques

Evasion TechniquesEvasion Teachniques follow a skill tree style, requiring the player to unlock the previous Teachnique in order to unlock the next. In the case of 2 skills that both lead to the same next skill, only one skill needs to connect in ordor to unlock it. For example: To unlock Shoulder Charge, you will need either Dodging Slash or Sprint Strike.

Technique Description How to Use How to Unlock
Evasion.pngRoll Roll Acress the ground to avoid attacks. - 〇x2 to roll.
- Extinguishes burning
1 Technique Point
Dodging Slash.pngDodging Slash An evasive strike useful against slow-moving enemies. - 〇, ☐ to dash and strike 1 Technique Point
Sprint Strike.pngSprint Strike Sprint toward your enemy and slash them with a quick strike. - (L3) To sprint
- ☐ To strike
1 Technique Point
Shoulder Charge.pngShoulder Charge Charge into enemies while sprinting to knock them backward. - 〇 While Sprinting to bash 1 Technique Point
Delayed Strike.pngDelayed Strike A delayed quick attack that inflicts extra Melee damage and Stagger damage. -Hold ☐ to initiate pose
Release ☐ to strike
1 Technique Point
Mounted Strike.pngMounted Strike Preform a jumping strike from your horse to tackle enemy and inflict Stagger damage. - △ to strike from horseback 1 Technique Point
Perfect Dodge.pngPerfect Dodge Dodge at the last possible moment to perform a deadly counterattack. - 〇 right before taking damage
- ☐ or △ to counterattack
2 Technique Points

Mythic Techniques

Mythic
Mythic Techniques are special combat moves that can kill many enemies out right and Terrify enmies causeing them to runaway. Unlike other Techniques, Mythic Techniques are unlocked by completing Mythic Tales and not by Teachnique Points.

Technique Description How to Use How to Unlock
Heavenly StrikeHeavenly Strike A Quick unblockable attack that inflicts extra samage against Staggered enemies. Kills may Terrify nearby enemies. -△+〇 to strike
- Uses 1 Resolve
Complete The Heavenly Strike Tale
Dance of WrathDance of Wrath Unleash three consecutive unblockable attacks that inflict high damage.Kills may Terrify nearby enemies. -(L1)+(R1) to initiate
- (L) to choose each target.
- Uses 3 Resolve
Complete The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance Tale
Way of the FlameWay of the Flame Use Incendiary oOil to ignite your katana and burn foes. Kills may Terrify nearby enemies. - (R2)+(DPad➔) to equip
- (R1) to ignite katana
Complete The Undying Flame Tale
Explosive ArrowExplosive Arrow Heavy arrow fitted with volatile powder that explodes on impact. Kills may Terrify nearby enemies. - (L2)+(DPad➔) to select Longbow
- (L2)+△ to equip Eplosive Arrows
- (L2)+(R2) to fire
Complete The Curse of Uchitsune Tale

Exploration Techniques

Exploration Techniques have no really combat use like other techniques, but still can be very useful. They will allow you to use Guiding Wind to points of interest like Hot Spring Locations and Bamboo Strike Locations.

Technique Description How to Use How to Unlock
Wind of Health Follow the Guiding Wind to Hot Springs. - Set the Guiding Wind target in the map 1 Technique Point
Wind of Resolve Follow the Guiding Wind to Bamboo Strikes. - Set the Guiding Wind target in the map 1 Technique Point
Wind of Charms Follow the Guiding Wind toShinto Shrines where you can find new charms. - Set the Guiding Wind target in the map 1 Technique Point
Wind of Inari Follow the Guiding Wind to Fox Dens - Set the Guiding Wind target in the map 1 Technique Point
Wind of Vanity Follow the Guiding Wind to discover items that allow you to personalize your appearance. - Set the Guiding Wind target in the map 1 Technique Point

Related Links

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List of Techniques
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Heavenly Strike Explosive Arrow
Dance of Wrath Way of the Flame
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