Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut: 10 Things to Do on Iki Island

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut has so many new features in Iki Island that it’s hard to integrate them all in the first part. With a complete overhaul of the fan favorite title of 2020, old players can enjoy the new editions of the game as much as newbies enjoy the full spectacle. So what should you focus on when you finally hit the extension? Here are 10 things you should do on Iki Island first. Warning: minor spoilers ahead!

Shake off the dust

For returning players, especially those who put Ghost of Tsushima for a few months you will want import your PlayStation 4 save and get rid of the dust. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut makes it easy to pick up where you left off. Ghosts the combat mechanics are fairly easy to pick up, even if you’ve played Chivalry 2 all summer. Replayable missions also make it easier to find a group of Mongols. Choose any fortress to hone your samurai skills.

New players cannot access Iki Island until they reach the Toyotama region of Tsushima in Act II of Jin’s Journey. By this time, you have acquired all the combat skills necessary to venture to the island of Iki. However, Iki Island is more difficult than anything you’ve done so far. Additionally, you cannot return to Tsushima until you have progressed to a certain point in the history of Iki Island. We advise you to beat the main story of Tsushima and treat Iki Island as an extension epilogue.

Take in the views

There is a reason Ghost of Tsushima won Best Art Direction at the Game Awards 2020. Scrupulous attention to detail is evident in Japanese art, landscape and architecture. Iki Island carries the torch with awe-inspiring views, dizzying cliffs and flowing water. Photo mode junkies and photographers will have hours of fun posing our samurai protagonist in the foreground of the beautiful landscape of Iki.

Complete Mythical Tales

Jin wearing Sarugami armor with Iki Island in the background.

Mythic Tales returns in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut in two new quests, Jin can continue. These stories explain how players unlock the best gear in the game.

The Tale of Black Hand Riku tells the story of a mad pirate blinded by greed (thus… every pirate). Jin must find him and recover his cursed Sarugami armor. This armor is deadly in the hands of happy parry players, as it essentially combines the techniques of Perfect Parry and Celestial Strike. However, you will no longer be able to perform normal parries. It’s either a perfect parade or a bust.

The second mythical tale is The Legacy of Kazumasa Sakai, Jin’s father. We won’t tell you much about this story, as young Jin’s relationship with his father is beautifully told through Iki’s main quest and Jin’s playable memories. You learn early on that the name Sakai is not welcome on Iki Island, and now you know that Jin’s father is no longer alive.

Jin hears an account of his father’s campaign on Iki and gets advice on where his Sakai Clan horse armor is located. Once recovered, Jin can equip his horse with his father’s armor, one of the most intimidating sets of armor in the game. The armor also improves your Horse Charge skill, a new technique that Jin takes up after arriving. on the island of Iki.

Visit animal sanctuaries

Jin kneels to pet a monkey on Iki Island in Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut.

Animal sanctuaries develop the flute playing mechanics of Ghost of Tsushima. There are three types of sanctuaries – monkey, deer, and cat – with three of each spread across Iki Island. You will use these shrines to upgrade the special charms obtained by finding them.

Jin will sit down with his flute, and an animal will wait cautiously in front of him. You physically lift the controller up and down to play a song from Jin’s childhood, a song his mother taught him. Play well enough and the animal will approach. Jin can stroke his new friend, and we all know how much players love to pet animals in Ghost of Tsushima.

Complete archery challenges

Jin shoots a bow in Ghost of Tsushima.

Archery challenges will put your archery skills to the test. You might think you’re a talented archer, but wait until you have to shoot seven targets in seven seconds or less. Complete these challenges to upgrade your Focus Charm, a new progressive charm that you’ll unlock by completing your first Archery Challenge. The Charm of Focus will expand your focus meter in tenth of a second increments. It might not seem like much, but with 24 upgrade slots you get two and a half seconds of extra focus. Paired with Tadayori’s armor, you watch nearly five full seconds of focus.

Play up to “Jin from Yarikawa”

Jin waits outside the Hidden Dove tournament in Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut.

“Jin of Yarikawa” is your alias on Iki Island. However, it is also one of the first missions of Tales of Iki. Play until this point before fully exploring Iki Island, as you’ll unlock Fune’s Refuge, a village with armor, sword, and bow upgrades. You will also find the Hidden Cove tournament. Most importantly, you can now quickly return to Tsushima Island.

Take part in the Hidden Cove tournament

As for the Hidden Cove tournament, it is in your best interests to play it. You’ll use Bokken Sticks, or Japanese wooden swords, to take on four fighters with unique fighting styles. Each fighter has either a weakness to exploit or habits that you can anticipate and counter. After defeating the fourth opponent, you’ll unlock the Crimson Dye Merchant, which sells some of the coolest cosmetics on the Isle of Iki. He will give you a free item from his shop for your victory in the tournament.

Learn about your past

The first tale on Iki Island is called Journey Into the Past. This quest begins the narrative of Kazumasa Sakai’s campaign on Iki Island, and you’ll learn a lot about your father through Tales of Iki – reliving your father’s memories will better shape the story. We strongly recommend that you play through the five memories before going any further than Yarikawa’s Jin in Iki’s Tales.

You can use the guide wind to take you to these memories. However, you will need to wear Traveler’s Outfit to do so. Each memory puts Jin in his teenager’s body. We learn about the Kazumasa countryside and why the people of Iki Island hate the name Sakai.

Focus on the side quests

Jin crosses Iki Island in Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut on PS5.

Side quests are the bread and butter of any action RPG. Some open-world games suffer from extended side quests for minimal rewards. Ghost of Tsushima achieved the perfect blend of storytelling, travel, and combat for the base game’s side quests. It is the same for the island of Iki.

Since no one on Iki knows you as the Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll be creating a new Legend Counter, allowing you to earn skill points for new mechanics. Look for three dots that appear above the heads of NPCs. These denote rumors that Jin may investigate.

Explore the small islands

Jin plays the flute as Iki Island looms in the background.

The small islands off the coast of Iki hold some of the best rewards in expansion. Since there are no restrictions on traveling to Iki Island, players are free to explore every inch of land from the moment they set foot on the beach.

Travel south to the Saruiwa Peninsula. There you will find an archery challenge and a monkey sanctuary nearby. Climb the mountain in front of you to reach the shrine and upgrade your charm. You will also admire the best view Iki has to offer.

Next to it is Saru Island, where you’ll find a secret bamboo strike and a pillar of honor. We say “the secret bamboo strike” because there is no bamboo to cut. A nearby NPC says he burned it to keep warm. However, if Jin has bamboo on him, he can rebuild and use the bamboo strike.

To the southeast you’ll find Nakajima Island, home to Iki’s only Shinto shrine. You’ll also find Mashira’s Bite, a sword kit hidden in the maze of climbing, crawling, and wrestling.

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