Ghost of Tsushima – Golden Birds Explained – What Do the Yellow Birds Do?

Why do yellow birds follow you in Ghost of Tsushima?

by Diego Perez
Ghost of Tsushima Golden Birds

If you’ve been playing Ghost of Tsushima, then you’ve no doubt seen the golden birds that fly alongside Jin and his horse at various locations across the island of Tsushima. While they may initially appear to be nothing more than visual flair, these golden birds actually serve a gameplay purpose and can lead to you to items and places that will make your journey in Ghost of Tsushima much easier. Keep an eye out for golden birds as you play Ghost of Tsushima. You won’t want to ignore one if you’re lucky enough to cross paths with it.

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What Are the Golden Birds in Ghost of Tsushima?

Golden birds will lead you to places of interest across the island of Tsushima. If you see one while you’re out exploring the open world, then you should absolutely follow it. It will eventually land near a hot spring, bamboo strike, or other optional point of interest that will usually reward you with a new item or an increase to your maximum health or resolve. Because Ghost of Tsushima doesn’t use traditional waypoints or map markers like most other video games, these yellow birds are the game’s way of drawing you to content, missions, and collectibles you would normally miss if you only went directly from main story mission to main story mission.

The yellow birds aren’t the only subtle way Ghost of Tsushima attempts to guide players to interesting locations. The guiding wind acts as your waypoint to missions and other custom destinations you place on the map, and foxes will lead you to their dens where you can obtain more charm slots. Typically, if you come across something that seems strange as you’re exploring the island of Tsushima, you should probably investigate it.

- This article was updated on July 18th, 2020

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Currently serving as an Associate Editor at Attack of the Fanboy, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and The Outerhaven, but Attack of the Fanboy is home to his best work. When he's not editing or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.