Welcome, young Samurai. Below, I’ll be talking you through the shit-show that is a Kensei Armour Guide. Please be warned: you need to be very good at parrying.
Alright, so… You’ve got your Gosaku Armour on and you’re looking fly. But what if you don’t really play as an open Samurai? What if stealth is more your game? It is called Ghost of Tsushima after all, right? If this sounds like it applies to you… You need to get your hands on the Kensei Armour. Below is a screenshot of the base stats for the outfit.
The Kensei Armour Guide below will test your patience, determination, and skill. However, if you favour the use of Jin Sakai’s Ghost Weapons while playing Ghost of Tsushima, it’s well worth the effort.
The Kensei Armour Guide Starts With Another Chat With Yamato, The Musician
If you’re just starting out with the Mythic Tales in Ghost of Tsushima, you may not have crossed paths with Yamato yet. If not, you’ll know who this chap is. Yamato is a musician who weaves fantastic tales of myth and magic… and he’s the guy who you need to talk to to start the quest. For the “Six Blades Of Kojiro” Mythic Tale, you’ll find him in Umugi Cove on the South-West coast of Toyotama, the middle section of the map.
After you talk with him, you’ll be treated to another spectacular mythic tale with fantastically-designed visuals. It tells the story of Kojiro, a blood-thirsty Straw Hat Ronin who was essentially kicked out of the Straw Hat group. His armour is said to be blessed by the spirits of death, and in the wake of the Mongol Invasion of Tsushima, he has taken up five students…
Next, You’ll Need To Go And Kill A Bunch Of Guys
In order to face Kojiro, the one who possesses the Kensei Armour, you’ll need to fight your way through his students. The Guiding Wind will have the rough locations of each student, and it wont take long for you to find them. Below, I’ll list each duel location on the map and what it looks like off of it!
There are five duels in total you’ll need to complete before returning to Yamato and uncovering the location of Kojiro himself. Please note that there is no correct order to these Duels. You can complete them at any pace in any order, this is just the order I found myself doing them in!
Fight One: Duel Among The Spider Lilies
Fight Two: Duel Under Autumn Leaves
Fight Three: Duel In The Drowning Marsh
Fight Four: Duel Of Crashing Waves
Fight Five: Duel Under Falling Water
Then, It’s Back To Yamato For More Information
Once you’ve survived that, you need to head back to Yamato in Umugi Cove. Thankfully, he hasn’t moved and you can find up at the back of the cove on the ground level of the building.
From here, Yamato will tell you that you need to head to the Omi Monastery to find your final foe… Kojiro.
Next, Its A Trip To Omi Monastery
When you arrive, you’ll need to find the entrance to the Duel Arena. It’s a little concealed, but you can find it at the back of the Monastery here:
When you get there, you’ll need to pull a little “R2 to slip through the crack” manoeuvre. Inside is where he lies…
Finally… Face Kojiro
Alright. I admit it. It took me a little while to make it through the five Duels before this one, but by the time I reached Kojiro, I was feeling confident. I had my parry timing pretty on-point, and I had mastered the aggressive spam of Circle to evade damage. I’d even switched out to the Moon Stance for quicker Heavy Attacks. Well, on occasion anyway.
Then I came up against this absolute son-of-a-demon. Kojiro is probably the hardest 1v1 I’ve ever had to endure… In recent memory, anyway.
I won’t go into detail in fear I’ll suffer PTSD, or something, but it took me a good two hours to do. I must have seen Jin Sakai take a Katana to the back about a hundred times. And then there was the handful of times where Kojiro would just watch me writhing in the water for ten seconds before finally dying. All the while, I couldn’t even pause and restart from the checkpoint. It was torture.
Somehow, someway, I would always make a mistake just before the third sword-clash. On the few times I did reach it, Kojiro would jest “Are you going to be the one to kill me?” “Fuck off and die!” I would scream back. Not that it mattered… Because he never quite died. Until he did.
I have never felt more elation and joy. I actually had to stop playing and take a breather, I was so dumbfounded at the length of time it took me to complete one duel. I somehow managed to drag out a five-minute encounter into a full session of gameplay. Talk about getting your money’s worth, right?
I went through a lot in those two hours… And I have come out of it (possibly) a better man. If not, I still managed to get the Kensei Armour!
Kensei Armour Appearance
The Kensei Armour appears to be an accessorised version of the Ronin Outfit, much like how Gosaku’s Armour is an accessorised version of the Samurai Clan Armour. You can see it below:
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