Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut Make sure to include new myths. Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the base game, Mythic Tales tells tales of Japanese folklore, sending Jin on epic quests to unlock legendary items. Gosaku’s Armor and Tadayori’s Armor are just two of many examples. New to Iki Island are the Sarugami Armor and the Legend of the Black Hand Riku. This is how to unlock Sarugami Armor in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
The Tale of the Black Hand Riku
Once you arrive at Iki Island, you’ll be free to travel anywhere you want. Unlike areas of Tsushima that are locked by the course of the story, Iki Island is very open. However, we recommend that you complete the main story named Jin from Yarikawa before embarking on Mythic Tales.
Open yours Journal, tab down Myth, and follow the Legend of the Black Hand Riku. Follow the Narrator Guide and listen to the story of Black Hand Riku, a ruthless pirate who was overthrown by his crew. Thankfully, his cursed Sarugami armor saved his life, but the mutiny left him blind. The captain had to rely on his pet monkey to lead the way to safety. Riku started to sound a lot like Captain Barbossa from But the pirate of the Caribbean.
Jin’s journey will take him to the base of the Thunderhead Cliffs and descend into a dark cave on the northeast coast of Iki Island. While exploring the cave you will find lots of flaming arrows and unlit braziers. Shoot braziers to light the path and explore caves. You’ll get notes along the way, presumably written by Riku himself. The records tell of a man who became one in the dark, obsessing over the treasures he collected. Out with Captain Barbosa, come to Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
Jin finally confronts Riku himself, claiming that he has been “reborn in the dark.” We’re guessing out with Gollum, and with Bane. Either way, Riku uses the same moves you’re used to in boss battles. Like most duels, you’ll use the Stone Stance to fight. Attack blue and dodge red attacks.
Be careful when you lock your sword with Riku. He’ll follow up with a quick attack that can be prevented if you know it’s coming. Also, watch out for a whirlwind attack and dodge back to get out of range.
After being defeated, Jin will reclaim Riku’s armor for himself. Its description reads: “Improved with the power of a terrifying monkey spirit, exposing its owner to risk and danger.” The description is a great nod to what the Sarugami armor does.
While wearing the Sarugami armor, your normal attacks are negated, but your perfect shield becomes a triple attack sequence. The Sarugami armor, in a sense, powers up your perfect characters with the Heavenly Strike ability. Perfect dodges also deal damage to nearby enemies. You will see a significant increase in your resolve profit and your perfect dodge/dodge window is wider.
Upgrading the Sarugami armor to level four will increase the negation by a large amount. It also expands the dodge/perfect dodge window even further and blinds enemies with perfect dodging instead of damaging them.
So is Sarugami worth it? Yes, but only if you level up anyway. Moreover, you have to be a skilled player to take advantage of it. Otherwise, you are fooling yourself. You’ll find yourself counting on ordinary goods when they leave you. However, upgrading the Sarugami armor and opening that window a little more will make it easier for you to use.
Wisely, you’ll want to equip any buff to add to the perfect parry window, overall defense, and profit deal. Here are some good ones to use:
- Amaterasu’s charm: Killing an enemy restores a moderate amount of health.
- The charm of the Mashira Treasuren: When you hit your heels, your perfect dodge and dodge window will be extended for a limited time. Works for six seconds. (This charm is unique to Iki Island and can be upgraded by finding and completing the Monkey Sanctuary.)
- The charm of broken barriers: Breaking down and defending enemies gain 15% negation.
- The charm of resilience II: Mainly reduces damage taken when 50% health or less.
- Hachiman’s Support: Killing an enemy restores a small amount of health.
Aesthetically, Mashira’s Petals’ Caress headband and Bite sword set match the basic blue color of the Sarugami Armor. You can find both of these items on Iki Island. What good is Ghost if he doesn’t look trendy?