It's no secret that you can hunt the fish for treasure carp scales, but there is an item that's found at various vendors that upon completing them will give you the ability to upgrade your attack power with just skill points. The steps to obtain said item are a little obtuse, so we'll be going over all of the steps required to get the cherished mask item.
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Sekiro: Shadows Die mask locations guide
This guide will show you the mask piece and all the Treasure Carp scales you'll need to buy the necessary mask pieces you need to upgrade your attack power. A note before going in however, if you are going for then "Shura" ending - as detailed in our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice endings guide - you'll be missing out on one of the three mask pieces.
Treasure Carp Scales in Sekiro
Before even contemplating grabbing the masks, you'll need to be hunting these colourful fish, you will need to ensure that you have obtained the Mibu Breathing Technique. This is a passive ability that's a reward for defeating the Corrupted Monk - which you can get the strategy to defeat her in our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Corrupted Monk guide. With this technique, you can dive underwater in order to hunt for any treasure and kill the Treasure Carp hiding beneath the surface, or loot any Treasure Carp Scales lying around at the bottom of any body of water. There's more than enough to buy the mask piece, but below are all the Treasure Carp and Treasure Carp Scale locations:
- Dragonspring - Hirata Estate - There's a live one to the right side of the bridge, and three more live ones around where the vendor is. A fifth scale can be located to the left of the bridge close to the shore in the rocky area, not far from the start of the bridge.
- Bamboo Thicket Slope - Hirata Estate - Two more are either side of the bridge close to this location, where a spear enemy guards the path forward.
- Sunken Valley - Riven Cave - Search the lake near this location for two live carp and one discarded carp scale.
- Ashina Castle - Castle Entrance - This one is only available after Ashina Castle is attacked by Shinobi. In the moat, there is one random carp swimming around and one discarded carp scale.
- Ashina Depths - Mibu Village - A vendor sells two of them for 500 sen each. Head backwards until you come across a stream with a Lone Shadow enemy, as there's another discarded scale here.
- Ashina Depths - Mibu Village - Grab the Water of the Palace item from Fountainhead Palace, then give it to the man in the temple near the Corrupted Monk fight. Rest, then defeat him to earn five scales.
- Ashina Depths - Water Mill - From the Idol, jump into the river past the water wheel and swim to the end.
- Temple Grounds - Senpou Temple - From the Idol, jump down towards the buildings in the direction of the waterfall. There should be a pond with two carp inside.
- Fountainhead Palace - Mibu Manor - From the Idol, head forwards and to the left, dodging all the enemies you see. You should see a hole in the floorboards in the top left corner. Swim through it to reach a room with three discarded scales. This is where the Water of the Palace item is.
- Fountainhead Palace - Flower Viewing Stage - A huge number of them to be found here. Head into the water from the Idol and dive down. There are two discarded scales and two live ones at the bottom, while a third live one is by the slats holding the building out of the water and a bunch of discarded ones are in the sunken house nearby. There's also two more treasure carp swimming close to where you found the cluster of scales.
- Fountainhead Palace - Flower Viewing Stage - Feed two Precious Bait to the Great Colored Carp for four more scales. They can be found in the nearby waters. Make sure you do this before feeding it the Truly Precious Bait, received from the pot vendor by the Dragonspring Idol (for spending seven or more treasure carp scales), as the Great Carp will meet its maker if you do this.
The three mask pieces are found via three separate merchants. They do sell other things, but these are among the most valuable. When you receive the final piece, you'll then be able to upgrade your attack using skill points. Since it's pretty late-game when you receive this, the main purpose of it is to bolster the wolf for any new game plus playthroughs you wish to do in the near future. You will need five skill points to level up your attack each stage, but the option is there and enemies can be farmed pretty easily for skill points. You can look at our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice skill point farming guide for more on the best locations to farm for experience. Below are the three vendor locations and the cost required to purchase the relevant mask piece
- Hirata Estate - The vendor is in the river where you first enter the memory via the Dragonspring Idol. Dive into the river and head to the right hand side. On a small crag of rocks. there is a pot with a man inside of it. He'll only trade it for 7 Treasure Carp Scales - more on those later.
- Abandoned Dungeon Entrance - This vendor who is next to the Scupltor's Idol wants 5000 sen for the second part of the mask. My tip here is just to farm some weaker enemies until you have the necessary capital.
- Fountainhead Palace - Accessible via the Palace Grounds Sculptor's Idol, backtrack a little bit until you pass through the doors onto the bridge. Turn right and go to the waterfall where you'll see a grapple point in a cave just beyond the sakura tree. Head inside, past the lizards and you'll see a pagoda. Jump onto the roof and off of it and the second pot merchant should be nearby. He'll ask for 12 Treasure Carp scales, but there are plenty of them in this area. If he dies before you buy the relevant carp scales, the Hirata Estate merchant will take on his items.
With that, that's all you need to know about the mask and treasure carp. Head to our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice endings guide if you'd like to know what you need to do in order to achieve the game's best ending, or ourSekiro: Shadows Die Twice boss for tips for all the bosses and sub-bosses.