Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut comes with a sake basket full of new content. Players will venture to Iki Island, where they will delve deeper into the history of the Sakai Clan. They will also have access to several new abilities, mechanics and challenges that will develop their legend further than the ghost could have imagined. Archery Challenges is a new edition that allows players to test their skills. Spread across the island of Iki, these challenges extend far beyond aiming and shooting. Here’s how to beat archery challenges in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
What are archery challenges?
There are eight archery challenges spread across Iki Island. After completing the first challenge, you will unlock the Concentration Charm, a minor charm from a distance. The Concentration Charm gradually increases your focus as you level it up. Concentration is Jin’s ability to slow down time and do well-placed headshots.
With each archery challenge, Jin will be faced with a set of red lanterns placed at different distances in front of him. It will have three timed stages to beat, which you can think of as bronze, silver, and gold. Each “medal” will earn you points for your Concentration Charm.
- Bronze: 22 seconds = 1 point
- Money: 15 seconds = 2 points
- Gold: 7 seconds or less = 3 points
Sounds easy, right? Well, it is not. Most players should be able to shoot targets in under 15 seconds after a few tries. However, doing it in seven seconds is impossible without the right equipment and the right settings. Even then, you will have to prove that you are better than Sensei Ishikawa and the legendary Tadayori himself. Here are all the best tips and tricks we can think of to win archery challenges in Ghost of Tsushima directors cut.
Unlock Tadayori Armor
First, you’ll need to return to Tsushima Island and complete The Legend of Tadayori, a mythical tale available in Act I of the main story. Jin will learn the story of a legendary archer who single-handedly defended Azamo Bay while wearing armor blessed by the Kami. Like all other mythical tales, it’s a great story, and we won’t spoil it any more. However, reading ahead will spoil the final reward and what it does.
When completed, you’ll unlock Tadayori’s Armor, which improves your archery skills, especially notch speed, reload speed, and focus. Fully upgraded, Tadayori’s armor will increase your slash and reload speed by 30% and your focus by two seconds. It also restores 50% of the focus meter whenever you do a headshot. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to archery challenges on Iki Island. You’ll want to upgrade Tadayori’s armor to level three for the best results. However, he can be done with level two. Tadayori’s armor also allows for great archery shooting in photo mode.
Unlock the charm of efficiency
Next, you will need to complete The Sensei and the Student, the second tale in Sensei Ishikawa’s story. While competing, you’ll unlock the Efficiency Charm, a minor ranged charm that increases your nick and reload speed by 15%. Combine this charm with Tadayori’s armor for a 45% increase in slot and reload speed.
Upgrade the Concentration Charm
Without all of Tsushima’s luck on your end, you won’t get gold on Iki Island Archery Challenges right off the bat, even with all the buffs Tadayori’s armor has to offer. Go around and improve your Concentration Charm as much as possible by getting the money in all eight challenges. Then go back and use your improved focus time to dig for gold.
Activate aim assist and target lock
Yes, these do exist, and you will hate yourself for not knowing them. Aim Assist locks onto targets when you aim near them, and Target Lock lets you cycle through targets while aiming.
To activate aim assist: Pause> Options> Accessibility> Aim assist> Activate
To activate target lock: Pause> Options> Gameplay> Target lock> Activate Where Trade for defeat
Aim assist is self-explanatory and makes Jin’s life 1000% easier when it comes to archery. (It even works in Captions mode). To use target lock, press Up on the D-Pad to switch between targets. If you switch Trade for defeat, you will automatically switch targets when the first one dies. For the sake of archery challenges, it’s best to do it manually. With aim assist enabled, Jin will compensate for arrow drop as long as you shoot the bow completely back. Change targets as soon as you let go of the arrow to save precious time.
Even with both enabled, there is still no guarantee that you will switch from one target to the other without a problem. Sometimes the targets are too far apart and you will have to aim close to them again to lock in. However, once you start shooting at a group of targets, the target lock will trigger.
Aim for the far right or far left target
With aim assist and target lock enabled, pre-aim the left- most or right-most target during the countdown. As soon as he says “Go! Shoot your arrow. You can even try to jump the metaphorical gun to save time. The worst that can happen for shooting too early is having to start the challenge again.
It is also useful to practice how far you have to draw your bow to hit each target. If the target is closer, you may only need to draw the bow partially. Remembering which targets require full shots will save you valuable time.
Use your ability to concentrate
Even with the right gear and aim assist, you still can’t shoot and switch between every target in seven seconds. You have to use up your focus meter, and even then you will find yourself hitting 7.3 or 7.1 seconds. Knowing when to use your concentration meter is essential.
Shoot the first two targets without focus. Then trigger the concentration by clicking R3 and shoot as many targets as you can before it runs out. Once it’s depleted, shoot all remaining targets.
How to find archery challenges
Besides tripping over them naturally, Jin can use the Guide Wind to take him to the nearest undiscovered archery challenge on Iki Island. This new feature can be unlocked once you reach Iki Island. Under the Technical tab, scroll to Exploration, and unlock the Wind of Concentration ability. Make sure you have a technical point to spare.
Once unlocked, return to Menu tab and press Law on the D-Pad to set a new guidewind target. To select Wind of concentration, call your horse and go on an Archery Challenge adventure in Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut.
We also have a separate guide on where to find each archery challenge on Iki Island.