Bamboo Strike Tips
- Go quickly: Selecting each button immediately after the other. No errors’ no hesitation. Getting it correct isn’t enough; you need to be fast.
- Memorize…: quickly memorizing the pattern is key. Some are easier than others. Chunk the pattern to make it easier, example: 3 Squares 2 Triangles.
- or cheat!: if memory isn’t your strength, cheat! Write down the pattern and stare at it as you input the pattern. You can also just take a picture on a separate device or pull up a screenshot of the pattern on a separate monitor.
- Turn on Simplified Controls in the Accessibility Menu: This means “sequences that require a series of rapid button presses will no longer have a time constraint” making it easier to complete the strike.
Below are all the Bamboo Strike locations in Act 1 – Rescue Lord Shimura which is the Izuhara portion of the map.
There’s a total of 6 Bamboo Strikes for you to find on this first area. Completing them will reward you with an increase on Jin’s Resolve.
Ariake Bamboo Strike Location: Houren’s Pasture
How to Get to Ariake Bamboo Strike: Head south through Houren’s Pasture, and just across the river you’ll find the Ariake Bamboo Strike. Press the button sequence correctly three times to upgrade your Resolve.
Hiyoshi Bamboo Strike Location: Hiyoshi Springs
How to Get to Hiyoshi Bamboo Strike: In Hiyoshi Springs, the settlement left to the Hidden Springs Forest, you can find a new bamboo strike challenge. It will be revealed by an NPC that talks to you about trying out your sword in bamboo. Complete the three sets of button sequences and you’ll be done.
Tsutsu Bamboo Strike Location: Rustling Bend
How to Get to Tsutsu Bamboo Strike: Just across the river from Rustling Bend. It will only ask for three strikes, rewarding you with another step towards gaining another Resolve level.
Komatsu Bamboo Strike Location: Komoda Town
How to Get to Komatsu Bamboo Strike: You’ll find the Komatsu Bamboo Strike in Komoda Town.
Kashine Bamboo Strike Location: Wanderer’s Pass
Azamo Bamboo Strike Location: Azamo Bay
How to Get to Azamo Bamboo Strike: There’s a Bamboo Strike inside Azamo Bay. First, you need to liberate the city through Unfinished Business, a side mission unlock after The Broken Blacksmith. Once that’s done, just head towards the “?” in the map.
Below are all the Bamboo Strike locations in Act 2 – Retake Castle Shimura which is the Toyotama portion of the map.
Akashima Bamboo Strike Location: Old Togo Rice Fields
How to Get to Akashima Bamboo Strike: In the southern edge of the Toyotama region, head north past Castle Kaneda to where Lord Shimura leads you to Fort Ito and the lighthouse. Just to the north of the fort overlooking the sea below is a bamboo strike area.
Umugi Bamboo Strike Location: Umugi Cove
How to Get to Umugi Bamboo Strike: On the far southeastern corner of the Umugi prefecture in the Toyotama region, past Lady Sanjo’s Bridge and on the other side of the Umugi Cove settlement, search the coast for the bamboo strike area by the shores.
Yarikawa Bamboo Strike Location: Yarikawa Stronghold
How to Get to Yarikawa Bamboo Strike: Once you have made it into the Yarikawa Stronghold as part of the main quest in the Toyotama region, head up to the right of the steward’s tower at the eastern edge of the stronghold, and you can find this bamboo strike overlooking the sea below.
Kushi Bamboo Strike Location: Benkei’s Falls
How to Get to Kushi Bamboo Strike: Found in the northeastern part of the Kushi prefecture on the ridge of the large mountain leading to the Kubara Prefecture in the Toyotama region, take the path north of Benkei’s Falls to a watchtower with the bamboo strike at its base.
Otsuna Bamboo Strike ✓
Otsuna Bamboo Strike Location: Omi Village
How to Get to Otsuna Bamboo Strike: Technically this bamboo strike is located in the Kubara prefecture in the northwestern portion of the Toyotama region – far north of the Otsuna Prefecture. head to Jin’s home above Omi Village where you obtain your father’s Sakai Clan Armor, and look in the gated courtyard to find the bamboo strike area.
Kubara Bamboo Strike Location: Between Serene Forest and Old Toyotama Hills
How to Get to Kubara Bamboo Strike: Located on the border of the Kushi and Kubara prefectures in the center of the Toyotama region, head up the roads north to the left of Turtle Rock Shrine, and above Lord Shimura’s Camp to find a lone watchtower with a bamboo strike area on the ridge next to it. This is the same watchtower you will meet Lord Shimura when the final missions of Act 2 begin.