Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut comes with a sake basket full of new content. Players will adventure to Iki Island, where they will delve deeper into the Sakai clan’s backstory. They will also have access to a number of new abilities, mechanics, and challenges that will develop their legend beyond what Ghost could have imagined. Archery Challenge is a new version that allows players to test their skills. Spread across Iki Island, these challenges are more than aim and shoot. Here’s how to pass the Archery Challenge in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
What is Archery Challenge?
There are eight Archery Challenges spread across Iki Island. After completing the first challenge, you will unlock the Charm of Concentration, a small Ranged Charm. Concentration gradually increases your focus as you level up. Concentration is Jin’s ability to slow down time and execute accurate headers.
In each Archery Challenge, Jin will face a set of red lanterns placed at different distances in front of him. He will have three timelines to beat, which you can consider bronze, silver, and gold. Each “medal” will earn you points into Charms.
- Bronze: 22 seconds = 1 point
- Silver: 15 seconds = 2 points
- Gold: 7 seconds or less = 3 points
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? No, it is not. Most players should be able to shoot targets in less than 15 seconds after a few tries. However, doing it in seven seconds is not possible without the right equipment and settings. Even then, you’ll have to prove you’re better than Sensei Ishikawa and the legendary Tadayori himself. Here are all the best tips and tricks we could think of to win the Archery Challenge in Ghost of Tsushima Director Cut.
First and foremost, you’ll need to return to Tsushima Island and complete the Legend of Tadayori, a mythological tale featured in Act I of the main story. Jin will learn the story of a legendary archer who single-handedly defended Azamo Bay while wearing an armor blessed by Kami. Like every other Myth, it’s a great story, and we won’t spoil it any further. However, pre-reading will screw up the end bonus and what it does.
Once done, you’ll unlock Tadayori’s Armor, which enhances your Archery skills, especially fire rate, reload speed, and concentration. Fully upgraded, Tadayori’s armor will increase your reload speed and focus by 30% by two seconds. It will also restore 50% of the concentration gauge whenever you hit the head. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to the Iki Island Archery Challenge. You’ll want to upgrade Tadayori’s Armor to level three for best results. However, it maybe done with level two. Tadayori’s armor also makes for some great archery photo in Photo Mode.
Unlock the charm of efficiency
Next, you’ll need to complete The Sensei and the Student, the second story in Sensei Ishikawa’s storyline. As you compete, you’ll unlock the Charm of Efficiency, a small ranged charm that increases your download and reload speed by 15%. Combine this charm with Tadayori’s armor to increase reload speed by 45%.
Level Up Concentration Charm
Without all the luck in Tsushima by your side, you won’t be able to hit the gold in the Iki Island Archery Challenge, even with all the buffs Tadayori’s armor has to offer. Go around and level up your Charms as much as you can by gaining silver in all eight challenges. Then go back and use your enhanced focus time to earn gold.
Enable aim assist and target lock
Yes, these things exist, and you will stone yourself for not knowing about them. Target assist locks onto targets when you aim near them, and target lock allows you to move past targets while aiming.
To enable aim assist: Pause > Preferences > Accessibility > Aid Aid > On
To enable target locking: Pause > Options > Game > Target Lock > On or Swap on Defeat
Targeting assist is self-explanatory and makes Jin’s life 1,000% easier when it comes to archery. (It even works in Legend mode). To use the target key, press Upward on the D-Pad to switch between targets. If you convert Swap on Defeat, you will automatically switch targets when the first one dies. For the sake of the Archery Challenge, it’s best to do it manually. With aim assist enabled, Jin will compensate for the arrow drop as long as you draw the bow backwards. Switch targets as soon as you let go of the arrow to save valuable time.
Even with both of these enabled, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll switch between goals perfectly. Sometimes the targets are too far apart and you’ll have to aim close to them to lock. However, when you start shooting at a target cluster, the target lock becomes active.
Pre-target right or leftmost target
With aim assist and target lock enabled, aim ahead to the left or rightmost target while the timer counts down. As soon as it says “Go!” Shoot your arrows. You can even try the metaphorical gun jump to save time. The worst thing that can happen if you shoot too soon is having to restart the challenge.
It also helps practice how far you have to draw your bow to hit each target. If the target is closer, you may only have to partially draw the bow. Remembering which target to withdraw in full will save you valuable time.
Use your concentration
Even with all the right gear and aiming assist, you still can’t shoot and swap between every target for seven seconds. You have to use your concentration meter, and even then, you’ll find yourself hitting 7.3 or 7.1 seconds. Knowing when to use your concentration meter is key.
Shoot the first two targets without focusing. Then activate focus by clicking R3 and shoot as many targets as possible before running out of targets. When it runs out, shoot any remaining targets.
How to find the Archery Challenge
In addition to stumbling upon them naturally, Jin can use Guiding Wind to take him to the nearest uncharted Archery Challenge on Iki Island. This new feature can be unlocked once you’ve reached Iki Island. Under Skill , scroll down Probe, and unlock the Wind of Concentration ability. Make sure you have a technical point to fall back on.
Once unlocked, scroll back Map tab and press The right on the D-Pad to set a new Guiding Wind target. Selection Concentrated wind, call your horse and start your Archery Challenge adventure in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
We also have a separate guide on where to find every Iki Island Archery Challenge.