Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – How to Heal

How to use the Healing Gourd

by Kyle Hanson

Whether you’re doing battle against a tiny little rat or a giant enemy ogre, you’re almost certain to take a ton of damage in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As you watch your health bar dwindle away to nothing you are likely wondering what your best options are. Like FromSoftware’s previous games, there’s actually an easy answer to this. Here’s how to heal in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Early in the game you’re given an object called a Healing Gourd. As the name implies, this is how Sekiro is able to heal himself. At the beginning of the game it only has one use, but you can expand this when you get more Gourd Seeds. Either way, all you need to do to heal in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is to use this item.

You actually have a couple options for how to do this. You can open the menu, head into the inventory, scroll to the Healing Gourd, select it, and use. But you’ll need to heal a whole lot in your time with this game, so you’ll probably want to equip it to your item menu. Open the menu, go down to the quick select options on this first screen, pick any spot, then select the Healing Gourd to add it to this menu. Now you can use this to heal quickly and easily.

Just use the D-Pad to scroll through the items you have in this menu, find the Healing Gourd, and press up on the D-pad to use it and heal yourself. This should fill your health bar quite a bit, especially early in the game. You’ll still need to upgrade it in order to face the bosses that are in your future. But for now at least you know how to heal in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

- This article was updated on March 21st, 2019