Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Update – 1.03


Balancing Issues Fixed, Tool Alterations + More

Recently, From Software released a brand new update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The update fixes a number of notable bugs and re-balances certain aspects of the game.

The most significant changes come in the form of the amount of spirit emblems that certain Prosthetic Tools use. Word is the changes will encourage a more diverse approach… The Tools that are receiving the alterations include the “Lazulite Sacred Flame”, “Loaded Axe” series, “Sparking Axe” and the “Lazulite Axe”. Various Combat Arts will also have changes to their Spirit Emblem usage, including the “Mortal Draw”, “Ashina Cross” and “Floating Passage”.

As well as Improvements to Strategic Approaches, other fixes to damage and posture damage outputs have been altered as well. For example, the “Blazing Bull’s” posture and vitality have been slightly reduced to improve game pacing and balance time in combat.

Along with the above several other changes and fixes have also been added in the update, check out the full patch notes below:

Release Notes

Improvements to Strategic Approaches
  • Adjusted the efficiency and Spirit Emblem cost of the following to encourage usage and diversity of approach:
    • Prosthetic Tools: “Lazulite Sacred Flame,” “Loaded Axe” series, “Sparking Axe,” “Lazulite Axe”
    • Combat Arts: “Ashina Cross,” “Dragon Flash,” “One Mind,” “Floating Passage,” “Spiral Cloud Passage,” “Mortal Draw,” “Empowered Mortal Draw”
    • Items: “Spiritfall” series
  • Reduced the Posture damage dealt by the first hit of the Combat Arts “Senpou Leaping Kicks” and “High Monk” as it was causing more damage than intended in certain cases. Posture damage dealt in the latter-half of the combo has been increased.
  • Increased the Poison build-up dealt by the Prosthetic Tool “Sabimaru” against enemies that were intended to be weak against it.
  • Increased the drop rate of “Divine Confetti” for Fencers in Ashina Castle.
  • Adjusted loading screen tips and tutorial text, as well as adding new text.
Other Fixes
  • Slightly reduced Posture and Vitality of Blazing Bull in order to improve game pacing and balance time in combat.
  • Lowered the price of information sold by Anayama the Peddler.
  • The Chained Ogre inside Ashina Castle is now Red Eyed.
  • Fixed a bug where “Gokan’s Sugar” and “Gokan’s Spiritfall” were not mitigating player Posture damage taken while guarding or deflecting enemy attacks.
  • Fixed a bug where system crashes could cause save data to become corrupted on PC.
  • Fixed a bug where certain enemies would sometimes stop attacking the player.
  • Fixed a bug where certain actions could not be performed after reconfiguring the controls.
  • Fixed certain bugs that were allowing the player to access unexpected areas, which could result in becoming unable to obtain items or make further progress.
  • Fixed cases of certain text being displayed incorrectly.
  • Improved stability.
  • Improved performance.
  • Other various bug fixes.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Let us know what you think of the most recent update in the comments below!

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