Ghost of Tsushima: The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance Walkthrough

Ghost of Tsushima: The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance Walkthrough

The traitorous samurai clan of Yarikawa was famed for its Dance of Wrath technique. Now a mysterious spirit has returned to inflict it on the people of Tsushima.

One of the most powerful moves in Ghost of Tsushima, the Dance of Wrath is a powerful series of melee strikes only known by the long-dead Yarikawa samurai clan. We'll show you how to learn it for yourself and uncover the mystery of the clan's return in our walkthrough for "The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance" Mythic Tale.

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The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance Mythic Tale Walkthrough in Ghost of Tsushima

To start off "The Spirit of Yarikawa's Vengeance" Mythic Tale in Ghost of Tsushima, you'll need to look for Yamato, the travelling musician who tells you about all the game's Mythic Tales. We've laid out Yamato's location and how to get him to spawn at our guide here, but you'll find him standing among several corpses, accompanied by peasants followers.

Yamato tells you that the people were supposedly killed by the Spirit of Lord Tokiasa Yarikawa, a former samurai who instigated a rebellion against the Shimura family decades ago, having mastered the deadly Dance of Wrath technique. The Shimura and Sakai clans joined forces to stop the rebellion and Yarikawa was executed, swearing vengeance for his people before he died. Now they leave burnt offerings at shrines in the Yarikawa ruins, supposedly petitioning his spirit to kill those who do wrong.

First Yarikawa Shrine Location

Yamato will explain that the burning flowers tend to release high plumes of white smoke, which should make it easy to find the shrines. A large area around the Yarikawa ruins will be highlighted, where you'll have to search.

The plumes of white smoke reveal your next location, and can be seen from quite a distance. | Joel Franey/USG, Sucker Punch Productions/Sony

The first shrine is to the South-West edge of the circle, just next to a survivor's camp. If you're in the area and don't see it, check the skyline for the high plume of white smoke and follow it to the little shrine creating it.

The message calls for death to Heitaro. Head into the camp itself and talk to one of the peasants by the fire to meet Heitaro, then follow him once the cutscene is over to find out the sad truth.

Second Yarikawa Shrine Location

Once done with Heitaro, you can find a second shrine in the North-West corner of the circle, next to the bridge by the river. It calls for the death of Mongol camp. Follow the wind there to discover that the Spirit got there first. Study the bodies, then talk to the peasant in the bamboo cage. He'll give you a few scraps of information before it's time to find another shrine.

Third Yarikawa Shrine Location

The third shrine is in the very centre of the circle, in the middle of the ruins. Head there to find out that the message has already been taken, then follow the sounds of combat. This won't be hard; the game provides a specific icon to the West for you to follow. Head there and down the cliff to a large, old house. It seems impenetrable, but there's a gap under the wall on the opposite side for you to crawl under. Once inside, examine all five clues spread around the house to get a sense of what's going on and who you're really confronting - a descendant of the Yarikawa who appears to have gone a little over the edge.

The Spirit's lair reveals some of the truth behind their origins. | Joel Franey/USG, Sucker Punch Productions/Sony

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Fourth Yarikawa Shrine Location

The final shrine is actually visible when you leave the Spirit's home, though it's easy to miss. It's directly North from you, you just need to follow the path around to it. This time you find the message, and it's not encouraging - somebody has told the spirit to kill Jin Sakai in the Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods Location

It's possible you passed it when exploring the Yarikawa ruins, but the Garden of the Gods can be found just South of the centre of the circle, a flowery grove filled with statues and its own shrine, also leaving a high white smoke trail. Read the scroll on the shrine to finally meet The Spirit of Yarikawa and begin a duel to the death (make sure you're ready to fight before reading it).

How to Beat the Spirit of Yarikawa Boss Fight Duel

The Spirit of Yarikawa is actually one of the easier fights in the game, despite the ominous appearance and circumstances. She'll make large, telegraphed attacks, almost none of which are unblockable, meaning it's easy to get regular parries and counter attacks. She's also very vulnerable to stagger, so sticking to Stone Stance, using heavy attacks to break her defence, then following up with the Heavenly Strike once she's unguarded can do huge amounts of damage.

Once you've reduced her to almost no health, Jin will reveal he's worked out how to perform the Dance of Wrath by watching her, and will use it to land the final blow. Press L1 and R1 at the same time to perform it, using up three resolve, defeating the Spirit and ending the Mythic Tale for good. You'll know the Dance of Wrath from that point on, and you'll get the "Omukade's Revenge" sword kit, a colourful scabbard with a scorpion on it.

The Spirit isn't that powerful or challenging, using dramatic attacks that are easier to read than most opponents. | Joel Franey/USG, Sucker Punch Productions/Sony

How to Use the Dance of Wrath

The Dance of Wrath costs three resolve to use at any time, and can be triggered as before, by pressing L1 and R1 together. Once activated, Jin will perform three high-damage attacks on the three nearest enemies, usually killing them instantly in the process. It's an expensive, but effective way to end a fight, especially if you need the enemies gone fast (such as saving a hostage).

Why not dance over to some more Ghost of Tsushima content? Mike's review is waiting for you here, or why not enjoy our interview with Daisuke Tsuji, the voice of Jin Sakai himself?

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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