Jin Sakai is back and better than ever, thanks to the upgraded release of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut. In addition to leveraging PlayStation 5 hardware to improve visuals and performance, Sucker Punch has gone the extra mile by adding a whole new area with this expansion. Set on iconic Iki Island, Jin will have a new quest to complete, one that hits very close to home against this conflicted samurai ghost. However, just like the main game, the main quest is only part of what you can do on this brand new island.
Iki is home to all sorts of side content, including side quests, collectibles, and brand new challenges, like the Archery Challenge. This is kind of a companion to the bamboo challenges from the main game, only instead of testing your skills with the blade you will be given unique tests of your aim and speed with the bow. . Completing the first will reward you with a brand new enchantment, and taking on subsequent challenges will further improve the effect of that charm. Iki is a big place, so we’ll guide you to each Archery Challenge location here.
Unlike the bamboo tests from the base game, where you just have to press an increasingly long series of buttons in the correct order to succeed, the Archery Challenge in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut requires you not only to be accurate with your arrows but also to be fast. Each challenge requires you to hit 22 targets in a certain location, with a different level given how quickly you can hit all of them.
- Copper: All targets hit within 22 seconds.
- Silver: All targets hit within 15 seconds.
- Yellow: All targets hit within 7 seconds.
Obviously, you’ll want to buy gold. However, seven seconds seems completely impossible. And at first, you should probably save your gold tries after you’ve at least earned silver in each of the eight challenges and then try again. The reason is that the Concentration Charm, which you earn doing the first Archery Challenge, increases the time you can remain in focus while aiming, which slows it down. Each challenge you beat increases that time limit more and more.
Other ways to help tackle these challenges include equipping Tadayori’s Armor, which also increases focus time and reload speed, plus any little charms you have to further boost your archery skills your. Finally, if you’re really stuck, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut includes some very handy accessibility options, especially point assist, which will make it much easier to organize your photos.
This Archery challenge is almost impossible to miss as it is so close to where you started when you first arrived at Iki Island. Just a little east from Lone Spirit Falls between the rivers. Some archers will approach you and introduce the rules of the Archery Challenge.
From Yahata Forest on the east coast of Iki, just start heading south. You will quickly encounter a group of archers hitting the target in a meadow full of pink flowers.
On the east side of Kidafure Battleground, the next challenge is on the west bank of the Zasho River. The archers you are looking for are shooting at targets lined up next to a waterfall near a tall grass field.
From the middle of Kidafure Battleground, head south, across small lakes, but not far to the river that flows into Laka Nagata. The archers you are looking for are shooting at the lanterns they have placed at the abandoned huts.
The way to the summit at the northern end of Iki is Raider’s Promontory. The challenge is on the western island, but the path to the real challenge will be inaccessible once you arrive. Instead, take a detour to the left of the path and use some of the grapple points to gain the challenge.
From the north pole to the south pole, go from the Weeping Meadow southwest to the edge of the Senjo Gorge. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see all the vibrant purple trees. Find the archers and take their challenge.
Sticking south and not too far from the previous challenge is the Raiders Memorial. Unlike the others, this one is a little more hidden than the others. This is where you got to know about the memorial to the warriors who were slain by Tadayori Nagao, who you might recall from one of the base game myths. If you haven’t finished that story yet, you’ll need to return to the main game and do so before you can access this challenge.
Once you’ve finished that story and have the Tadayori armor, put it on here and talk to the man at the top of the stairs to unlock this Archery Challenge.
Finally, on the remote southwest coast of a narrow peninsula on Iki is our ultimate challenge. Right between Saruiwa and Sarubashi, this challenge is almost impossible to miss. You’ll find archers positioned right on the beach, waiting to test your skills with bows.
If you land at least a bronze in all eight challenges, you’ll win yourself the Ishikawa Pride trophy, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them all and giving them at least one good shot.