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Description

Blackhat Badger (黒笠のムジナ) is a merchant hiding inside an house near the Old Grave of Ashina Castle.

He will later appear in Senpou Temple, where he'll employ Wolf's help to fly a kite so that he could cross the valley. He'll be then found in the Sunken Valley Cavern, mourning over the tomb of his child.

He will be last found back in Ashina Castle, after the final invasion of the Central Forces: fatally wounded while defending a kid from the invaders, he'll gift Sekiro his precious Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon.

Location

Progression #1

Ashina Castle (Upper Tower - Ashina Dojo)

Climb to the top of the castle and defeat Genichiro.

Ashina Castle (Upper Tower - Kuro's Room)

Exhaust Kuro's dialogues until he'll task Sekiro with interrogating Isshin about the Mortal Blade and proceed as requested.

Ashina Castle (Old Grave)

Purchase the Iron Fortress.

  • Be mindful that once this item is bought, upon reloading the area he will stop acting as a merchant for the rest of the playthrough.

Senpou Temple (Main Hall)

Interact with the Illusive Hall Bell and fight the Folding Screen Monkeys to obtain the Puppeteer Ninjutsu.

Senpou Temple (Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo)

Equip the Puppeteer Ninjutsu and perform a Backstab Deathblow on the Assassin guarding the kite machinery to take control of him: he'll run up to the machinery and fly the kite higher.

Grapple onto the kite to cross the valley and reach the Sunken Valley Cavern.

Senpou Temple (Sunken Valley Cavern)

Talk with Badger.

Ashina Castle (Old Grave)

After defeating the Divine Dragon, Badger will be found nearly dead before the gate to the bridge where the Ashina Soldiers and Central Force Agents are fighting: speak to him and then collect the Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon from his corpse.

Progression #2

Fountainhead Palace (Fountainhead Palace)

Upon defeating the Corrupted Monk, the Dragon's Tally Board she drops will unlock new items at every merchant.

  • Since Badger won't be a merchant anymore by the time this progression is achievable, it will only apply from New Game Plus onward.

Progression #3

Ashina Outskirts (Outskirts Wall - Stairway)

Complete Anayama's questline (see his page for in depth info) to acquire the Promissory Note, which will discount by 10% the cost of every item sold by merchants.

  • Since Badger won't be a merchant anymore by the time this progression is achievable, it will only apply from New Game Plus onward.
Wares
Yashariku's Sugar.png
Yashariku's Sugar
Sugar Candy made in Senpou Temple, sustaining Yashariku's blessing. Halves max Vitality and Posture, while granting a large Attack Power Boost.

Bite the candy and take the Yashariku stance to impart its inhuman benediction. Forbidden at the temple, this candy was distributed far and wide in exchange for donations towards costly undying research.

Sen.png 130 Stock: 3
Bite Down.png
Bite Down
Secret shinobi drug, blue in color.

When times call for death by one's own hand, samurai turn their swords on themselves as a matter of pride, while shinobi demand a swifter means. Simply crush in the back teeth to die. Nothing more is required. Resurrection is not limited after use.

Cost: Sen.png 30 Stock: 2
Iron Fortress.png
Iron Fortress
An iron fan made in the far west.

Can be fit into the Shinobi Prosthetic to become a working Prosthetic Tool.
Experienced iron-ribbed fan users can deflect arrows and even bullets using this tool.
Passed down through generations of assassins serving Senpou Temple, it wouldn't be surprising if the next owner decided its weight was impractical.

Cost: Sen.png 1600 Stock: 1
Anti-air Deathblow Text.png
Anti-air Deathblow Text
Compendium on the shinobi Martial Art, "Anti-Air Deathblow". Skill unlocked upon acquiring this item.

"A technique which serves the shinobi who is not bound by the earth in battle. Leap towards an opponent who has exposed himself in mid-air, and strike, killing him before he hits the ground."

Cost: Sen.png 1200 Stock: 1
Eel Liver.png
Eel Liver
A miraculous drug capable of banishing lightning offered at the Ashina Clan Altar.

Greatly reduces the amount of damage received from lightning attacks, as well as the "Shock" status abnormality. Lightning is a force of the gods. Eels, while small, are relatives of dragons. Even a god's force can be suppressed, though probably not for long.


(unlocked by the Dragon's Tally Board)

Cost: Sen.png 50 Stock: ∞
Divine Confetti.png
Divine Confetti
Confetti imbued with a divine blessing made for driving away apparitions.

The paper is made ceremoniously, whereby pulp is spread thin using water from the exalted Fountainhead. As the gods bless the waters, so too will the confetti bless one who basks in its touch, allowing attacks to connect with apparition-type enemies.

(unlocked by the Dragon's Tally Board)

Cost: Sen.png 300 Stock: ∞
Snap Seed.png
Snap Seed
Fumewort seeds that make a loud noise if you snap them. Useful for breaking the effect of illusion techniques. If an illusion occurs, it is because someone created it. To crush the phantoms and return to reality one must defeat the creator of the illusion. Snap seeds can be of great help in that regard.

(unlocked by the Dragon's Tally Board)

Cost: Sen.png 80 Stock: ∞
Scrap Iron.png
Scrap Iron
Iron dregs mined in Ashina.

Widely used for basic reinforcement, it can serve as a base material for Prosthetic Tool upgrades. Ashina is burdened with thick snow and infertile land, but the scrap iron dug from her soil is anything but crude.

(unlocked by the Dragon's Tally Board)

Cost: Sen.png 150 Stock: ∞
Black Gunpowder.png
Black Gunpowder
Black grains forming the base for gunpowder.

Material used in alchemical prosthetic Tool upgrades, including those of an explosive and occultic nature. Even the most mundane form of gunpowder has a wide variety of applications.

(unlocked by the Dragon's Tally Board)

Cost: Sen.png 150 Stock: ∞

Behaviour and Tactics

  • Perilous Attack.pngPerilous Grab:: jumps up then attempts to catch Wolf. If it connects, he jumps at Wolf and twists his head back, dealing a great amount of damage.
  • Poison Attack.pngPoison Splash:: empties a satchel of poison in front of himself creating a pool on the ground.
  • Chasing Slice: moves to the side with a wide slash.
  • Chasing Stab: moves forward swiftly with a stab of his dagger.
  • Dart: rolls sideway and then spits a splinter.
  • Evasive Somersault: rolls to either side, evading attacks.
  • Evasive Spin: spins in the air to the side.
  • Jumping Stab: jumps towards his target with a stab.
  • Jumping Uppercut: jumps up, slashing his dagger upwards.
  • Slash: slices with his dagger horizontally, sometimes twice.

Fights like a Rat.


Related Items

+514 Skill Experience Sen.png 58
Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon.png
Mibu Pilgrimage Balloon
(Dropped at the end of his questline)
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Rot Essence: Black Hat


First encounter Badger: ...Told those morons to give it a rest. But they don't, they just keep sending more. Such a pain in my... Huh? You one of those nightjar cronies?

Wolf: ... No.
Badger: Course not. There's something different about you. But I'd say you're in the same line of work. The name's Blackhat Badger. What's yours?
Wolf: .........
Badger: Heh, a real sociable one, aren't we? First this stubborn lot, now a down-in-the-dump shinobi. And then those Ashina boys raising hell outside. Could this day get any better?
Wolf: ...You're a fugitive?
Badger: Something like that, sure. By the by, I'm a little out of pocket these days... Been waiting for someone like you to show up.

"Talk" before purchasing Iron Fortress Badger: Now, if you ask me... This iron-ribbed fan has your name written all over it. With this, you won't pay arrows or bullets no heed. Never know, it might even hold against cannon fire.
Leaving Badger: Well, I'll be here. Raking in the profits. Come back anytime you like.
Second encounter Badger: Heheh... This here dive ain't half bad. Got clientele coming in left and right. All are welcome! ... Well, as long as they got the cash.
Leaving (generic) Badger: So long.
Greeting (generic) Badger: Ohh, well look who it is. Need something?
"Talk" after buying the Iron Fortress Badger: Heheh. You hear about this one? Rats've been swarming into Ashina Castle these days. You know the ones I mean... But there's this hell-bent old-timer, cutting 'em up like it was nothing.
"I know" Wolf: Was he wearing a Tengu mask?

Badger: Ahh, so you did see him.
Wolf: Yes. We spoke.
Badger: Heheh... Well, ain't you just full of surprises. I'm impressed he let you keep your head.

"I hadn't heard" Wolf: I hadn't heard.

Badger: Is that right...? At the big castle gates where that Gyoubu demon fella was... There's a watchtower, on the side near serpent valley. You should find the old bastard there.
Wolf: You're well informed. Badger: That's 'cause I take a keen interest in saving my own skin. That old geezer... Got a feeling he don't discriminate between badgers and rodents.

Leaving after buying the Iron Fortress once Genichiro is defeated Badger: Well, that's that... Thanks to your patronage, I'm a wealthy man. Enough to make arrangements, at least. Thinking I may be leaving soon.

Wolf: Where to?
Badger: Senpou Temple up on Mt. Kongo. There's all sorts of rats 'round here these days. Got a feeling things are gonna get real ugly real soon. So it's about time I tied up some loose ends.

Greeting afterward Badger: In other words, I'm closing up shop.

Badger: I got some business to take care of at Senpo Temple. Take care of yourself, ya hear?

Attacked Badger:
  • Whoa!
  • Gyaa!

  • Damn you!
  • That stings, you moron!
Turned hostile Badger: Well, well... If that's how it's gonna be...!
Killing Wolf Badger: No different from the rest... You cause trouble, you see where it gets ya.
When killed Badger: Ughhhhh.... You...piece of...
First encounter when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.

Wolf: You're ill...
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...


Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.
Wolf: Dragonrot...?
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...

Leaving when infected with Dragonrot Badger:
  • (Wheezing)
  • (wheezing and coughing up blood)
Greeting when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheezing with cough)
"Take coughed up blood sample" Wolf: I'm taking a blood sample.

Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze... Cough, cough.)
Wolf: ... Now to bring this to Lady Emma.

First encounter (if not met before) Badger: Huh? You're a shinobi, right?

Wolf: ...
Badger: ...Can't answer that one, eh? Still, I'd wager we're in the same line of work. They call me Blackhat Badger. I got a spot over at Ashina Castle, but... I'm here on some business. What brings you to the temple?
Wolf: ...
Badger:...Oh ho, the strong, silent type huh.

First encounter (if not met it Ashina Castle) Badger: Huh? So you made it out this way, too.

Wolf: You?
Badger: Heheh, like I said. Loose ends.

Before flying the kite Badger: What are you doing here?

Wolf: ...
Badger: Over there... I need to cross to the other side of the cliff, but I'm fresh out of ideas.
Wolf: There's no way to cross?
Badger: If you had a shinobi kite, that'd do it. But it ain't easy keeping the kite afloat. Especially when you're an amateur with cargo to spare.
Wolf: I see...
Badger: There's an assassin below the cliff who handles the kites. If he could keep that thing in the air... It'd be risky but it just might work. Thing is, he won't take a bribe. I ask ya, what's the world coming to?

Talking again Badger: You see over there...? I'm trying to figure out a way to get to the other side... There's this little tyke below the cliff who flies the kites. If he could keep that thing in the air... It'd be risky but it just might work.
"Say nothing" Wolf: .........

Badger: Give me strength... I just wanna get this business seen to...

"I have an idea" Wolf: The old lady said,"Wind the puppet, fly a kite"

Badger: ... One of those old crones? You can't take what they say lightly. In fact... There could be some shinobi technique. Making others do your dirty work. Mind control, y'know? Maybe that's what she was talking about.

After flying the kite Badger: Heheh. The Puppeteer Technique, huh? First time I've seen it. Not bad... not bad at all. Heh. Thought I'd finally see you crack a smile... And with that, I can attend to my personal matters. Thanks, pal.
Talking again Badger: Heheh... That Puppeteer Technique of yours really is something. Now I can use the kite to get across to ravine. Appreciate it.
Attacked Badger:
  • Whoa!
  • Gyaa!

  • Damn you!
  • That stings, you moron!
Turned hostile Badger: Well, well... If that's how it's gonna be...!
Killing Wolf Badger: No different from the rest... You cause trouble, you see where it gets ya.
When killed Badger: Ughhhhh.... You...piece of...
First encounter when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.

Wolf: You're ill...
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...


Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.
Wolf: Dragonrot...?
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...

Leaving when infected with Dragonrot Badger:
  • (Wheezing)
  • (wheezing and coughing up blood)
Greeting when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheezing with cough)
"Take coughed up blood sample" Wolf: I'm taking a blood sample.

Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze... Cough, cough.)
Wolf: ... Now to bring this to Lady Emma.

Talking Badger: Well, well, if it isn't old chuckles.

Wolf: Did you take care of your business?
Badger: That I did, all thanks to you.
Wolf: Whose grave is this...?
Badger: This? It's ah... It belongs to my kid.
Wolf: I see...
Badger: After the little runt passed away... All the grunt work I used to do just didn't cut it. Experiments with rejuvenation, kidnapping, the responsibilities of a Blackhat... Everything to do with this temple was just rubbing me the wrong way.
Wolf: So that's why you quit?
Badger: ...That's right. Anyway... That about wraps things up here for me. Guess I've got nothing else to do but head back to Ashina Castle. Be a damn sight better than this place.

Talking again Badger: Well... That takes care of my business here. I owe you one. Guess it's about time I headed back to Ashina Castle. Oh, by the way. You probably figured already, but... Ashina, you know... She reeks of charred corpses and gunpowder something fierce. The rats are flooding in like you wouldn't believe. You watch yourself out there.
Attacked Badger:
  • Whoa!
  • Gyaa!

  • Damn you!
  • That stings, you moron!
Turned hostile Badger: Well, well... If that's how it's gonna be...!
Killing Wolf Badger: No different from the rest... You cause trouble, you see where it gets ya.
When killed Badger: Ughhhhh.... You...piece of...
First encounter when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.

Wolf: You're ill...
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...


Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) Look who it is.
Wolf: Dragonrot...?
Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze...) (Heheh.) Damn... Things have taken a bad turn...

Leaving when infected with Dragonrot Badger:
  • (Wheezing)
  • (wheezing and coughing up blood)
Greeting when infected with Dragonrot Badger: (Wheezing with cough)
"Take coughed up blood sample" Wolf: I'm taking a blood sample.

Badger: (Wheeze... Wheeze... Cough, cough.)
Wolf: ... Now to bring this to Lady Emma.

Talking Badger: Ugh...

Wolf: Badger...
Badger: Look who it is... I couldn't take it. Too many rats. Swarming in out of the woodwork... Isshin must've terrified 'em.
Wolf: ...
Badger: That's why... I gone and done something a little out of character.
Wolf: What happened?
Badger: Those mangy rats... They were closing in on a little kid... Heh... So... So I saved him.. Now look at me. Guess the great Blackhat Badger's story ends here...
Wolf: .........
Badger: (Heheh) I gotta thank ya... Take what you want...when I'm gone... Heheh... I would give it to ya now...but...but....

Notes

Cut Content

  • It is revealed through some text files in the game that there was going to be another way to cure Dragonrot, that involved Wolf giving the cure, a medicinal drink, to those affected by the disease:
Cut Dialogue
First encounter Badger: Oi, guvnor! You there! Mister shinobi, sir! I got this shop over 'ere! Stop by for a spell, eh? Cheap as chaff, just for you!
"Talk" Badger: Guvnor! Oh guvnor, I reckon a steel fan would suit you right. With this, you'd have neither bow nor pelter to fear. Why, even cannon fire would ba-ba-BANG right off yer noggin'! I tell thee. Guvnor!
Second encounter Badger: Welcome, welcome! Now now, please, buy the whole lot. Buy the whole bleedin' shelf.
Unknown Badger: By the way, guv, did you spot any of them scoundrels with the wooden cone hats? Persistent buggers, they are! I'd much sooner fill me pockets with gold than fill buckets with blood, ya know? So I left the sorry lot. Tell you what guv, if you had a hefty axe, you could split them wooden hats in two... If you spot any, give 'em a good stickin', would ya? For me?
Leaving Badger: Off home are we, guvnor? Drop in any time!
Leaving without buying the Iron Fortress Badger: Off home are we, guvnor? Highly recommend the steel fan, guv. Do drop by if you change yer mind.
Leaving after buying the Iron Fortress Badger: Oh yes! Only the finest for you, guvnor! The deep black steel matches your steely gaze! Ahh, I do love it when everyone walks away happy! Come again! Come again!
Unknown Badger: Huh...? What're you doing? Just when the kite was finally up and flying...
"Give Dragonrot Pellet" Wolf: Drink...

Badger: (Gulps) (Sigh of relief...)
Wolf: You should feel better soon.
Badger: (wheezing) Heheh... The great Blackhat Badger wasn't quite himself for a while there. Sorry to have troubled ya.

Cured of Dragonrot Badger: Well, if it isn't my favourite customer. I appreciate what you did for me before. That rot put me out for a spell... But thanks to you, I couldn't be better.
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