The Seeds To Success
Death comes quickly in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, so one of the most helpful tools you have at your disposal is the Healing Gourd--a refillable healing item. At the start, you'll only have one use per refill. However, by finding Gourd Seeds, you can increase that number.
In total, there are nine Gourd Seeds scattered throughout Sekiro's Ashina, allowing you to increase your Healing Gourd uses to 10. Once you've found a Seed, you must give it to Emma in the Dilapidated Temple in order to increase how many times you can use the Gourd.
Although it isn't necessary to do, upgrading your Healing Gourd is very helpful for surviving both the hardest of Sekiro's bosses and the ever-growing divide between Idols in the late-game areas. So even if you don't find all nine, you should at least go for a few. In the following guide, we list the location of every Gourd Seed and include images of their locations for all but one. The final Seed, the ninth, doesn't have an accompanying image, as we feel its location gets a little too close to spoiler territory.
Only the first two Gourd Seeds are located in Sekiro's starting area. So just know that Gourd Seed number three and beyond go into light spoiler territory. We've kept it as spoiler-free as we can, but we do have to list the names of some of Sekiro's mid to late game locations, as well as those of certain enemies and bosses, in order to provide accurate directions. The following guide lists all nine Gourd Seeds in the order they can be found/earned. However, the order does not need to be followed.
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Location 1: Ashina Outskirts - General Naomori Kawarada
You'll run into the first Gourd Seed fairly early in the game, but you'll have to fight for it. In the Ashina Outskirts, you'll find a hulking samurai near the Gate Path Shrine known as General Naomori Kawarada. This miniboss requires two death blows to defeat, but doing so rewards you with a Gourd Seed.
Location 2: Ashina Outskirts - Outskirts Wall (Stairway)
The second Gourd Seed requires you defeat a miniboss as well. You'll find the challenging Chained Ogre in the Ashina Outskirts near the Outskirts Wall (Stairway) Idol. Defeating him disperses the fog gate that blocks you from continuing onwards. Once you have, grapple up to the opening in the building. Immediately turn left once you're inside and you'll find the second Gourd Seed on the floor--a suitable reward for downing one of Sekiro's most difficult early game enemies.
Location 3: Ashina Outskirts - Memorial Mob
Once you've overcome its guardian, Gyoubu Oniwa, the entirety of the Ashina Castle Gate is open for you to explore. Travel to one of its two Idols and head up the stairs that are opposite of where you first encountered the boss. You'll find a tower that houses a mysterious masked man who offers you a side quest to "kill some rats."
Outside and to the right of that tower is the second location of the Memorial Mob. This merchant sells one of the Gourd Seeds for 1,000 sen. Also, if you happened to miss the first Memorial Mob, take this chance to buy Robert's Firecrackers--for 500 sen--from this second one, as it allows you to unlock one of the best prosthetic tool upgrades in the game. Plus, it's really going to help with the next boss you'll have to fight, the Blazing Bull.
Location 4: Ashina Castle - Fujioka The Info Broker
Sekrio's fourth Gourd Seed must also be purchased. From the Ashina Castle Idol, go up the stairs and make a right from where you fight miniboss General Kuranosuke Matsumoto. A grapple point will take you onto the rooftops. Continue north until you finally reach a tower that blocks your progress and drop down. There, you'll find Fujioka the Info Broker, a merchant who offers a variety of wares and also promises to give Wolf information in exchange for safe passage outside of the castle. Talk to him and he'll eventually show up as a merchant at the Dilapidated Temple. The Gourd Seed he's willing to sell costs a whopping 2,000 sen.
As an important NPC, Fujioka can catch Dragonrot. Although you can continue to buy items from him even if he's sick, you cannot complete his quest line if he's caught the disease. So you might need to find the cure for Dragonrot if you've resurrected one too many times.
Location 5: Ashina Castle - Upper Tower (Antechamber)
The fifth Gourd Seed is actually fairly simple to find, you just need to overcome all the trials and tribulations that precede reaching Ashina Castle as well as "the rats" who protect the castle's rooftops. Once you reach the Upper Tower (Antechamber) Idol, just grapple up to the palace roof--you'll now be near the enemy that most likely surprised or killed you when it exploded. The Gourd Seed is nearby for you to loot.
Location 6: Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo - Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo
Gourd Seed number six is found in Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. Travel to the Idol of the same name and continue forward to the very large building. Can't miss it. Grapple up into the rafters and then squeeze into a hole hidden in the building's ceiling--it's located on the left.
You'll immediately know when you've found the right place. After heading down some stairs, you'll discover a group of worshipping monks who are praying to a mummy. At the mummy's feet is a Gourd Seed. Grab it and run, because not only will the mummy attack you when you get close, but it will start barfing up killer crickets. Leave the creepy god to its bizarre worshippers.
Location 7: Sunken Valley - Under-Shrine Valley
The seventh Gourd Seed is hidden in the first area of the Sunken Valley. Once you've reached the Under-Shrine Valley Idol, continue onwards into the actual valley. Eventually, you'll find a place where you can grapple across the canyon to the other side. Do so, and then climb the ledge on the left. Keep going and you'll run into the Gourd Seed hidden away in a corner.
Location 8: Ashina Depths - Mibu Village
The second to last seed can be found near the Mibu Village Idol, which is near the end of the Ashina Depths. Travel into the village and head for its center. There, you'll find a massive tree with several items scattered amongst its roots, one of which is the eighth Gourd Seed.
Location 9: [Spoiler]
The very last Gourd Seed is located in the final area of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Mentioning the name of said location and describing how to find Gourd Seed number nine would be a massive story spoiler--one we feel is best experienced blind. If you really don't care, and want to find the ninth seed, then watch our Gourd Seed location guide video. It does showcase the final Seed's location, but again, we think it's best you just discover this one on your own. You're pretty much guaranteed to run into it.