Warrior with trees in the background

A STORM IS COMING

It is the late 13th century and the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations in their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan.

As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes, at any cost, to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.

Before you begin…

Want to feel like you’ve stepped into your very own samurai movie when you play? Set the scene by enabling Kurosawa Mode, inspired by the legendary filmmaker, to change the world to black and white, crank up the wind and apply other subtle changes to visuals and sound. You can enable this option at any time in-game via the Menu.

controller with basic controls displayed

Move left stick
Move camera right stick
Run / Gallop (horse) B button (press)
Crouch N button (press)
Jump S button
Dash A button
Quick attack / Assassinate F button
Heavy attack D button
Block Q button
Aim W button
Select ranged weapon / Ammo W button (hold)
Use quickfire weapon E button
Fire weapon R button
Select stance / Quickfire weapon R button (hold)
Standoff C directional button
Call horse Z directional button
Heal V directional button
Photo Mode X directional button
Guiding Wind / Gestures touch pad button (swipe)
Focused hearing touch pad button (press)
Menu OPTIONS button

Controller with accessibility options

Press the OPTIONS button and then select the Options tab to change your accessibility settings when in-game.

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES

subtitle backdrop option in UI

SETTING OPTIONS DESCRIPTION
Subtitle Backdrop On / Off Subtitle text appears over a backdrop for improved readability.
Subtitle Names On / Off Subtitles include character names.
Subtitle Text Colour White / Yellow / Blue / Red / Green Show subtitle text in this colour.
Large Text On / Off Subtitles and some other text items are larger than normal.
Simplified Controls On / Off Sequences that require a series of rapid button presses will no longer have a time constraint.
Toggle Button Holds On / Off Certain actions requiring button holds can now be toggled using a single button press.
Aim Assist On / Off Improve the accuracy of aimed attacks by auto-targeting nearby enemies.
Projectile Indicator On / Off Display a visual indicator to signal incoming ranged attacks from off screen.
Controller Vibration On / Off Enable controller vibration during specific gameplay events.
Lower Intensity On / Off Combat is less intense, giving you more time to react. Stealth settings are more forgiving, with enemies taking longer to detect you.
Forces Easy difficulty.

Lower Intensity Mode

Lower Intensity Mode is meant to maintain the heart and feel of combat in the game while relaxing several timing-specific elements. This setting enables a range of adjustments:

  • Most enemy attacks that are normally unblockable become blockable. Blocking with the Q button will keep you safe from more attacks than standard combat, though some attacks must still be dodged.
  • Enemies will break off their attack combos after doing damage to you. This gives you a chance to recover before the next wave of attacks. In addition, your heavy attacks will interrupt attacks from Brutes, giving you another way to stop their combos.
  • Enemies will not attack you when you’re using Resolve to heal yourself.
  • Enemy awareness builds more slowly, giving you more time to recover after being spotted.

DISPLAY CUSTOMIZATION

Display customisation option in UI

SETTING OPTIONS DESCRIPTION
Contrast Default / Dramatic Adjusts the contrast of visuals.
Kurosawa Mode On / Off Applies a stylized black and white filter for an immersive, cinematic experience.
(Note: This setting can be enabled as a colour-blind mode).
Enemy Status Bars On / Off Display enemy Stagger meters and low health indicators.

GAMEPLAY CUSTOMIZATION

Gameplay options in UI

SETTING OPTIONS DESCRIPTION
Difficulty Easy / Medium / Hard / Lethal Adjusts the gameplay experience and level of challenge.
Invert Camera (Horizontal) On / Off Switch the direction of horizontal camera movement when using the right stick.
Invert Camera (Vertical) On / Off Switch the direction of vertical camera movement when using the right stick.
Camera Speed Cinematic / Slow / Default / Fast Change the speed at which the camera pans and tilts when using the right stick.

AUDIO CUSTOMIZATION

Audio options in UI

SETTING OPTIONS DESCRIPTION
Subtitles On / Off Show subtitles for spoken dialogue.
Dialogue Volume 1–100 Adjust the volume of spoken dialogue.
Music Volume 1–100 Adjust the volume of music.
SFX Volume 1–100 Adjust the volume of sound effects.
Cutscene Volume 1–100 Adjust the volume of cutscenes.
Controller Audio On / Off Allow certain audio to play through the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller’s built-in speaker.

Traveller’s Attire

The Traveller’s Attire has been enhanced to add new visual and audio cues, such as the visual firefly cue, to hint at nearby collectibles. These cues can replace or augment controller vibration in order to offer a better, more accessible experience.

EXPLORATION

Map of Northern area

Follow the wind

Call the Guiding Wind to help navigate towards your current objective.
As you explore, you can pick any point on the map and follow the wind to find it, such as Tales of Tsushima, specific points of interest, villages or collectibles.

Use animals as nature’s tour guides

Pay attention to animals like golden birds or foxes, as they can lead you to special landmarks or activities.

Hanging from a cliff

Look up

Plumes of smoke on the horizon can mark enemy strongholds, villages, people in need or other things to be discovered.
And keep an eye out for buildings or rock faces that can be climbed, as you never know what you might find at the top.

A helping hand

The citizens of Tsushima may be able to offer valuable information about where you can find people who need help or interesting new locations – so it’s always worth stopping by when you see someone who wants to talk.

COMBAT

Samurai with sword

Stance advantages

Jin can learn different combat stances to counter different types of enemies. You can earn points towards unlocking new stances by defeating or observing Mongol leaders at occupied encampments.

1. You’ll start with the Stone stance, which is particularly effective against Swordsmen.
2. Next is Water stance – which is particularly effective against Shieldmen.
3. Third is Wind stance – effective against Spearmen.
4. Last is Moon stance – effective against Brutes.

Blocking, dodging and parrying

You can hold the Q button to block most attacks, but you’ll need to tap it just before an enemy strikes in order to perform a parry and hit back with a brutal counterattack.
You can also use the A button to dodge an attack altogether and leave enemies vulnerable.

Keep your ears perked

Enemy archers will call out to alert their allies before firing an arrow. Make sure to listen closely so you can dodge them and retaliate.

GEAR

Equipping your character

Wear the right equipment

Each armour option offers unique stats and advantages, so it’s always worth considering the right attire for any given moment. Even after you’ve unlocked a specific armour, you can upgrade it to strengthen its effects, or purchase new dyes to change its appearance and match your favourite style.

Flowers and materials
Materials like bamboo or yew wood, as well as flowers growing across the island, can all help to transform your weapons or armour in different ways.

Charms
Your katana can be customized with various charms to grant different perks and abilities. Earn new Charm slots by honouring Inari Shrines.

COLLECTIONS

striking bamboo

Bamboo Strikes
Bamboo Strikes found across the island help unlock permanent gains to your Resolve meter if you can master them. Concentrate on speed and accuracy, but be careful not to get overzealous; you’ll fail if you miss a button press.

Hot Springs
Hot Springs give you a moment to reflect and will add permanent increases to your health bar. Individually, they aren’t massive gains, but they do add up.

Arriving at a shrine on horseback

Shinto Shrines
Shrine climbs offer rewards of wax wood and major charms if you can make it to the top. Wax wood is a key material necessary for bow upgrades and major charms offer the most substantial perks that you can equip early in the game.

Pillars of Honour
Claim Sword Kits from Pillars of Honour around Tsushima to customize the appearance of your katana and tanto blades.

Fox Den

Fox Dens
Foxes will lead you to Inari Shrines where you’ll earn rewards to help on your journey. Some of the approaches to these shrines are more arduous than others, but the minor charms they offer are worth the detour.

Lighthouses
Reignite lighthouses across the island to give hope to the people of Tsushima and grow your Legend.

Lighthouse

Singing Crickets
Collect Singing Crickets to learn new melodies for Jin’s flute. Swipe left on the touch pad button to play a nice song – doing so can lead to unexpected effects depending on your location.

Haiku
Focus your mind at tranquil haiku spots. Each haiku you compose will reward you with a new headband.

Sashimono Banners
Earn new saddles for your trusty horse by collecting sashimono banner flags from around the island.
For more information about how to prepare for Jin’s journey in the game, check out our beginner’s guide to Ghost of Tsushima™ here.

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