It turns out that it’s actually possible to upgrade your attack power in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — but you won’t be able to do it until very late in the game. Normally, Skill Points can only be used on techniques / arts scrolls to unlock new abilities. For most of the game, you won’t be able to use Skill Points for anything else. The only way to increase attack power was to collect Memory items from major bosses.
If you manage to find all three pieces of the Dancing Dragon Mask, you’ll be able to spend Skill Points and enhance your attack power even more. Naturally, that’s pretty useful for the end of the game, when you’ll face down multiple incredibly tough bosses. It’s also nice to have for the New Game+ mode, where you’ll be able to bring your more powerful Shinobi in from the beginning. Here’s where to find all three parts of the Dancing Dragon Mask.
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Unlock The Dancing Dragon Mask & Upgrade Attack Power | Secrets Guide
If you’re able to find all three parts of the Dancing Dragon Mask, you’ll combine it into a single item, which in turn unlocks the ability to spend Skill Points on Attack Power upgrades.
There are three pieces of the mask, and each one is sold by a different vendor.
Mask Fragment: Right is sold at Hirata Estate by Pot Noble Harunaga. You can purchase it for 7 Treasure Carp Scales.
Mask Fragment: Dragon is sold at the Abandoned Dungeon entrance, by Memorial Mob. You can purchase it for 5,000 sen.
Mask Fragment: Left is sold at the Fountainhead Palace by Pot Noble Koremori. You can purchase it for 12 Treasure Carp Scales.
The final Pot Noble is in a sort-of secret location in Fountainhead Palace. The palace is the final location you’ll explore in the story, so this mask is only available right before the ending. It’s still worth unlocking, as there are multiple bosses left to fight — including new optional bosses you can find in places you’ve previously explored.
To find the Fountainhead Palace Pot Noble, start from the Palace Grounds Idol and find the Cherry Blossom Tree to the left, past the waterfall. There’s a grapple point above the tree that leads to a path. You’ll find an Idol in an area above the palace, where the Pot Noble is waiting.
You’ll need a total of 19 Treasure Carp Scales to unlock both masks. To find Treasure Carp, you can explore the waters — there are lots of waterways in Hirata Estate, Ashina Depths, Ashina Castle, and Ashina Reservoir. After defeating the ghostly Corrupt Monk in Mibu Village, you’ll be able to more fully explore underwater, and locate even more Treasure Carp.
Even if you’ve collected all the Treasure Carp Scales from the previous areas, there are a total of 19 Treasure Carp Scales to collect in Fountainhead Palace. Don’t waste the scales and save up for the Dragon Mask Fragment!
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