You’re Jin Sakai, one of the samurai who failed to repel the Mongolian Invasion at Komada Beach.
Having survived the ordeal, it’s up to you to liberate the island of Tsushima from the newly minted Mongolian tyranny.
To achieve your goal, you’ll be equipped with your trusty blade, oodles of guilt, and the chance to strengthen yourself by completing Bamboo Strikes.
These are optional mini-games that, if performed properly, can raise your Resolve, which in turn allows you to perform stronger moves in battle and recover health at the press of a button.
Here’s how to find all of them.
How do Bamboo Strikes work in Ghost of Tsushima?
As you’re trotting through Tsushima, you might run into Bamboo Strikes: small manmade objects that will initially consist of three bamboo stalks and four wooden pegs.
Their location will be denoted by large white flags featuring a silhouette of the Bamboo Strike.
You can complete a button-pressing mini-game at each Bamboo Strike to expand your Resolve, the yellow-colored energy gauge located below your health bar.
Increased resolves allows you to perform more special moves in battle and to heal more aften.
If you can complete them all, you’ll also receive an exclusive cosmetic item, the Sacred Mountain Messenger, a mask resembling a Monkey’s face.
(If you’re having trouble completing Bamboo Strikes, make it infinitely easier with this one simple trick.)
This is every Bamboo Strike located in the first area you’re able to explore, Izuhara.
Hiyoshi Springs Bamboo Strike
This will likely be the first Bamboo Strike that you find.
It’s in Hiyoshi Springs.
Look for it in the center of town.
You’ll organically encounter it during the story tale titled: Tale of Sensei Ishikawa.
Ariake Bamboo Strike
You’ll find this Bamboo Strike located southwest of Houren’s Pasture and northeast of Kii’s Pond.
It’s right on by a big house adjacent to a creek.
Tsutsu Bamboo Strike
You’ll find this on a large bank by the Rustling Bend river, located in Izuhara’s southwestern area.
Azamo Bamboo Strike
This is located in the Azamo Bay area, within the town’s eastern section.
Before you can challenge this Bamboo Strike, you’ll have to complete the Act 1 story required Tale, The Broken Blacksmith and the subsequently unlocked optional Tale of Tsushima, Unfinished Business.
Kashine Bamboo Strike
This is located at the peak of the mountain found in Wanderer’s Pass.
The White Dye Merchant is in close proximity to this Bamboo strike.
Komoda Town Bamboo Strike
This one is located in Komoda Town’s southern end.
Komatsu Bamboo Strike
On the western side of Tsutsu, you’ll find Komatsu Forge.
Colorful banners in the village’s southwestern area will denote this Bamboo Strike’s location.
You’ll naturally pass through this area during the eighth story Tale, Hammer and Forge.
This is every Bamboo Strike located in the second area you’re able to explore, Toyotama.
Akashima Bamboo Strike
From the ashes of Act 1, you’ll enter Act 2.
Upon entering, the first thing you’ll encounter will be this fresh Bamboo Strike.
It’s located right by Fort Ito.
There’s also a lighthouse in close proximity.
Otsuna Bamboo Strike
When you decide to head to Jin’s home in Act 2 for the story tale Ghosts From the Past, look right outside the Sakai Manor to find a Bamboo Strike.
Kushi Bamboo Strike
This is located smackdab between Benkei’s Falls and Little Monkey’s Pond.
Head northeast of the former or southwest of the latter to find this one.
Umugi Bamboo Strike
This Bamboo Strike is by Umugi Cove’s beach.
You’ll naturally be in proximity of this Bamboo Strike during the Act 2 story Tale, A Message in Fire when you first go to meet Goro.
Yarikawa Bamboo Strike
During the Act 2 story Tale, The Walls of Yarikawa, you’ll gain the ability to enter the Yarikawa Stronghold.
Head to the very back of said stronghold to find the Bamboo Strike
Kubara Bamboo Strike
This one is located slightly north of Lord Shimura’s Hunting camp and northwest of Turtle Rock Shrine.
You’ll naturally be near this one during the Act 2 story tale, Fate of Tsushima.
This is every Bamboo Strike located in the third area (and final) you’re able to explore, Kamiagata.
Endless Forest Bamboo Strike
This one can be found on the Kin’s far eastern side, right on the edge.
On the map, it’ll look like a large “C” shaped land indentation.
Kin Bamboo Strike
You can find this located on a small island in a lake north of the Kin Sanctuary.
It’s also close to a Pillar of Honor.
1.Sago Bamboo Strike
Take your clompers all the way to the top of the Derelect Mine location to find a hillside cliff.
It’ll be south of a Mongol Territory camp and North of Bitter Hills.
If you’re having any trouble completing these Bamboo Strikes, make sure to check out our simple trick to Bamboo Strike success.
You’ve finished every Bamboo Strike available and earned yourself some resolve and the Sacred Mountain Messenger mask!
You’re a certified samurai.
Ghost of Tsushima is now available for PS4.