Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island All Wildlife Sanctuary locations

Jin may be ready to fight his way through many Mongols to save his home from invaders, even venturing to the new island of Iki in the expansion included in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, but he’s not a cold-blooded killer. He has a sensitive side that is manifested not only in his interactions with the other characters in the story, but also in the side activities that you can undertake. From resting in hot springs or playing the flute, composing haiku, and following foxes to their sanctuaries, there are a number of ways that Jin can gain power.

Iki Island features a new way for Jin to show off his love of nature, as well as earn new charms and a trophy, in the form of animal sanctuaries. By freeing the captured animals from the Mongol invaders and playing the flute so that they gain their trust and allow you to pet the cute little creatures, you can achieve these unique upgrades. There are nine animal sanctuaries in total, divided into three categories for each type of animal: three for cats, three for deer and three for monkeys. Here is where you can find them all.

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Animal sanctuaries for cats

Our first group of animals that we release from the Mongols are cats. By freeing at least two of the three animal cat sanctuaries, you will gain the charm of Nekoma’s hunt. With this charm, when you cast a kunai at an enemy while performing a chain assassination, your range will be extended. The more cat sanctuaries you release, the stronger the effect.

West of the Zasho River

Just on the west bank of the Zasho River and southwest of Fort Sakai is the easiest of the cat sanctuaries. Just approach the little kittens in the open field and play the flute for them to complete it.

East of Old Gambler’s Wood

East of Old Gambler’s Wood and directly south of Kitsune’s Pond is your next cat sanctuary. This one is guarded by more Mongols, so take them out and play the flute to charm the cats for your latest charm upgrade.

North of Barrier Cove

The latter is the sanctuary at the most northeastern point on the map near Barrier Cove, but approaching it from Thunderhead Cliffs is a much safer route. Just cross the bridge here and locate the last group of cats to play for.

Deer animal sanctuaries

Deer are graceful creatures, but also very cautious and tend to run away when approached. However, finding all of the deer sanctuaries is worth it to gain the charm of Sugaru’s sight, which allows you to shoot up to three arrows at a time, which, again, only gets stronger the stronger you are. completed shrines.

Sneaky Hunter’s Forest

To the northwest, just south of the Sneaky Hunter’s Forest, is the first deer sanctuary guarded by a group of Mongols. You’ll spot them from their large campfire, so take them out and befriend these graceful deer.

Crossing the Zasho River

At the eastern end of the map, near the middle, the next group of deer can be found on a small island inside the Zasho River, just north of the Cloud Forest Temple. Cross the water, face the strength of the Mongols and free these deer.

Broken cliffs

The last deer animal sanctuary is free from any combat. All you have to do is go to the far west of Gambler’s Wood, a little south of Fune’s Refuge, and play the flute for your final charm upgrade.

Monkey animal sanctuaries

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

Monkeys have a reputation for playfulness and are very intelligent. These bright-faced monkeys cannot handle the Mongols, however, and will reward you with Mashira’s Protection Charm for saving them. This charm causes the healing to cost an additional resolve, but each time you heal your window to perform Perfect Parry and Perfect Dodge, it is temporarily increased, making these powerful moves easier to perform. Save them all to make it even better.

Raider Promontory

At the northern end of the map, on the small island just off Iki, is Raider’s Headland. The Monkey Sanctuary is on the eastern coast and is free from Mongolian influence. Just take the trip and play a nice song for the monkeys.

South of Smuggler’s Wood

Your next stop is far south of Smuggler’s Wood, along the river coast to the south. There is a whole Mongol camp in Saruiwa Overlook that you also have to contend with, so be prepared for a fight to complete this animal sanctuary.

Mountain in Saruiwa

The final shrine will require you to fully embody a monkey to reach. Throughout the most southwestern point of Iki Island is a mountain in Saruiwa that you must climb. Take your time getting on the platform and climbing to the top, but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with new monkey friends, a great view, and your latest charm upgrade.

If you have completed all of the animal sanctuaries, you will also earn the Chiyoko’s Song Trophy for your efforts.

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