- Stealth should be your first option
I know this seems like a no brainer, but with Sekiro, you will need to stay hidden or you will find yourself overwhelmed by a ton of enemies. The best thing to do is stick to the rooftops, leap down, sneak up until the red dot is visible, and take your foes from behind. This will definitely come in handy when you start facing larger enemies, who can kill you in one or two hits.
- Get the firecrackers
One of the most important tools you can acquire for your Shinobi prosthetic is the firecracker tool. I found that this one tool helped me survive my toughest battles, due to the fact that it was able to disorient my opponents for several seconds, which gave me time to run or at least get a few strikes in. Getting the item, though, is the tough part. You will first have to be near the Ashina castle gate wall, near an enemy that has, essentially, a rocket launcher. At this point you will need to go left, and grapple up a few branches, until you reach the top of a cliffside, where you will see a tent and merchant. When you find this salesman, you will need to have 500 sen, which should be easy to acquire, as long as you have picked up a few coin purses along the way. After purchasing Robert’s firecrackers, you will need to return to the desolate temple, so the sculptor can turn this item into a new tool for your prosthetic.
- Fight the mini bosses
Scattered throughout Ashina, you will encounter higher powered mini-bosses that aren’t necessary to progress the story, but are still important for a variety of reasons. While they are a great way to get a ton experience points that can be used to unlock speeds, they also provide prayer beads, which can increase Wolf’s health. In some cases they can provide gourd seeds that increase the number of healing potions your gourd starts out with when you start from a rest point. While these bosses are difficult, you will be happy when you reap the rewards from these adversaries.
- Master the parry
I found another useful skill that got me out of battles quickly and easily was understanding when to block, so you can trigger the parry. This parry is performed by tapping the block button right before an enemy attack can make contact with your character, which if done correctly, will open the opponent up for a chance to perform an instant kill. The timing on this is very precise, and it takes some time to grasp, but when you do you will be able to dispatch your foes with one kill blows, which not only will end a battle with an enemy rather quickly but could possibly give you valuable seconds to escape an area if other enemies are alerted to your position.
- Watch the posture meter
Another simple tip that goes a long way. When you first start facing regular foot soldiers, you will notice that their blows don’t have much of an effect on your posture, but when you get around to facing the first mini-boss, they can break through your posture in a matter of two to three hits, which gives them the opportunity to land a killing blow on you no problem. While this is not great, and I recommend using the dodge as much as you can, you will be able to do the same thing back, which means that you need to land precision attacks at a quick rate, while dodging and blocking attacks from them, so you can be the one to land that fatal strike.