The Sculptor (仏師) is the hermit who inhabits the Dilapidated Temple, where he passes his days carving Buddha Statues. He rescued Wolf after his defeat at the hand of Genichiro and gifted him a Prosthetic Arm to replace the one he lost. Despite his stoic appearance, he'll help Sekiro on his quest to save Kuro by upgrading his new arm, which he calls a "Shinobi's Fang", with the Prosthetic Tools the man brings him and by giving him the Prosthetic Esoteric Text, that he himself wrote, and the Shinobi Esoteric Text.
He's later revealed to be a former shinobi named Orangutan (猩々), who became the new sculptor of the temple to repay his karmic debt. Orangutan trained in the Sunken Valley with his partner, a woman named Kingfisher. He later joined forces with Isshin Ashina to fight for the rebellion. One day, in the aftermath of a fight, while scouting the battlefield, he found a lonely child named Emma, who'll later be adopted by his friend Lord Dogen, a notorious doctor. Driven by bloodlust, Orangutan found himself on the verge of becoming a Shura, but Isshin intervened and cut off his left arm to prevent this. To help him, Dogen crafted a prototype of what will later become the Prosthetic Arm the Sculptor will pass on to Wolf.
As Sekiro returns to the Dilapidated Temple, after the final invasion of the Central Forces, he discovers that the Sculptor has left his home and, when questioned, Fujioka explains that he was heading for the battlefield, muttering about "the flames". Following a trail of burning buildings in Ashina Outskirts, Sekiro finds himself face to face with the Demon of Hatred, the vessel of wrath the Sculptor turned into.
- Dilapidated Temple: sitting inside carving wood.
Progression #1 (Shinobi's Fang)
When Wolf brings the Slender Finger to him, he recognizes it as belonging to his old sparring partner Kingfisher. If Wolf obtains the Malcontent's Ring, once the Sculptor upgrades his Finger Whistle with it, he admonishes the shinobi about the power of its somber melody.
Progression #2 (Battle Sense)
Progression #3 (Honing the Fang)
Bring the Barrel to the Sculptor to unlock the option to "Upgrade Prosthetic Tool" through Purifying Agents.
Progression #4 (Dragonrot)
Should Wolf die four times, the Sculptor will end up afflicted by Dragonrot, but he'll reassure Sekiro that this disease can't kill him as he is no ordinal man. Yet, if not cured, it won't be possible to complete Progression #5 and Progression #6.
Talk with Emma and reload the area to find her tending to the Sculptor: she'll now tell Wolf that she can create a cure to Dragonrot if the shinobi fetches her the blood sample of another infected person.
After fulfilling her request, reload the area to have Emma gift Wolf the Recovery Charm and Dragon's Blood Droplet [x1]: now consuming said item at any Sculptor's Idol via "Dragonrot Restoration" will heal all affected characters.
Progression #5 (Death Wish)
Interact with the statue of the kind-faced Buddha inside the temple to enter the Hirata Estate memory.
Defeat Lady Butterfly.
Upon returning from the memory, interrogate the Sculptor and "ask what the Buddha showed to him" to have him reply that all he can see are incessant flames consuming everything in sight.
After triggering the first invasion of Ashina Castle by the Central Forces, eavesdrop on Emma and the Sculptor, then talk to the former. Reload the area to have her disappear and speak with the Sculptor, who'll tell Wolf he'll be the one to kill him.
Progression #6 (Sake)
If offered different drinks, he will reminisce about what each one reminds him of:
- Ashina Sake reveals Dogen, Emma's foster father, created the Prosthetic Arm as a gift for the Sculptor.
- Dragonspring Sake reminds him of the time he found a young Emma on a battlefield.
- Monkey Booze reminds him of his training as a rogue shinobi in the Sunken Valley with Kingfisher.
- Unrefined Sake provokes him to tell Sekiro that Isshin Ashina took his left arm to save him from turning into a Shura.
|Shinobi Esoteric Text
(Given after Wolf obtains 1 Skill Point)
|Prosthetic Esoteric Text |
(Given after Wolf unlocks three Prosthetic Tools)
|Rot Essence: Sculptor|
|After Waking Up||Wolf: ... What is this?|
Sculptor: So, you're awake. Looks like death is not your fate... just yet.
|First Encounter||Sculptor: What do you call yourself?|
|Asking "How Did I Get Here"||Wolf: Why am I here?|
Sculptor: ... All I did was drag you here. Didn't even know if I was dragging a corpse. Couldn't let you get eaten by a pack of wild dogs.
|Asking About Left Arm||Wolf: My left arm... What did you do to me?|
Sculptor: That is what I call the Shinobi Prosthetic. A fitting fang for a one-armed wolf. Useless when it comes to carving Buddha though. You can have it.
|Asking About the Divine Heir's Blood||Wolf: What did you mean when you said they'll make use of his bloodline?|
Sculptor: I don't know much about him. Except... The Dragon's Heritage. There's a special kind of blood by that name. And that blood runs through your master's veins.
|Leaving for the First Time||Sculptor: You're quite the strange one, yet... Other peculiar visitors have come to this temple. There's one in the clearing to the right of the gate leading off the temple grounds. Two strangers in strange circumstances...|
|Talking (Generic)||Sculptor: No matter what I do, any Buddha I carve is an incarnation of wrath. Thus is the fate of those who owe a deep karmic debt. You'll understand when you try carving one for yourself one day. So... Need something?|
|Talking While Having Young Lord's Bell Charm||Sculptor: I can... hear the ring-ring of a bell chime.|
Wolf: You mean... this old bell? An old woman asked me to offer it to Buddha.
|Talking Before Offering Charm||Sculptor: I've gone and said much too much. Anyway, do what you will. Offer the bell to Buddha, or don't. So... Need something?|
|Offering Charm to Buddha||Sculptor: Close your eyes. Hear the bell speak to you. The bell's chime will stir your throughts... and awaken old memories from their slumber.|
|Awakening in the Temple Once Again||Sculptor: (coughing) So... you're awake. Your death is not your fate... just yet.|
|Afflicted with Dragonrot||Sculptor: (Coughing)|
Wolf: What's wrong...?!
Sculptor: (Cough, cough...)
|Talking while Emma is Treating Him||Sculptor: (Cough) You're.... here too? It's so... busy here today...|
|Talking After Entering the Hirata Estate memory||Sculptor: ... So you're back.|
Wolf: Was that... a dream...? Or was it real? Sculptor: Hmm... Whether it was a dream or it was reality... I have no idea. There is one thing I can tell you... The Great Buddha has seen fit to awaken old memories within you. What you felt, what you remembered... That is what it all depends upon. I’m not sure if what I saw is what truly happened... That's how it works.
|After Defeating Lady Butterfly||Wolf: It appears... As though your old memories have been awakened.|
Sculptor: ...Yes. I saw... the Divine Heir.
|Saying Nothing||Wolf: I understand.|
|Asking What the Buddha Showed Him||Sculptor... What did that Buddha show you?|
Sculptor: Were you listening?
|Talking After Acquiring At Least One Skill Point||Sculptor: Seems to me your battle sense has returned. You're more like a shinobi than before, if only a little. Take this.|
Wolf: What is it...?
|Presenting First Tool||Wolf: I've found one...|
Sculptor: A shinobi tool?
|Talking After Fitting First Tool||Sculptor: If you want more forms for that fang of yours... You'll need to search for more shinobi tools. There's no turning back from this path now. The least I can do is load your arm.|
|After Acquiring Mechanical Barrel||Sculptor: Ohhh... I see you've acquired something quite interesting. A mechanical barrel. It's a mechanism that can serve as the very core of the prosthetic. Hand it here. I'll fit it to the arm for you.|
Wolf: What difference does the barrel make?
|After Fitting At Least 3 Prosthetic Tools To Your Arm||Sculptor: The Shinobi prosthetic... Appears you've taken to it quite well. Here, this is for you. (Gives Shinobi Esoteric Text)|
Wolf: What is it...?
|Talking||Sculptor: If you want more forms for that fang of yours... You'll need to search for more Shinobi tools. There's no turning back from this path now. The least I can do is load your arm.|
|Talking After Obtaining the Finger Whistle||Sculptor: What's that you have there... Where did you get that finger?|
Wolf: The Guardian Ape of the Sunken Valley... I found it in his belly.
|Talking After Crafting the Malcontent||Sculptor: ... Listen. That finger whistle I've fixed onto your arm... I'm sure it'll play a somber... but enjoyable tune. Make sure you use it well.|
|After Defeating Genichiro||Sculptor: Oh, you're here? Need something?|
Wolf: The Divine Heir...
|Talking (Generic)||Sculptor: I've abandoned the path of the Shinobi. Yet I couldn't abandon that Shinobi Prosthetic no matter how hard I tried. I'd never have believed that one such as myself would save another who'd lost their arm like you have... I'm sure it is fate.|
|Talking (Generic)||Sculptor: ......... Ahh.. I'm parched. Could use a cup of tea...|
|Talking (Generic)||Sculptor: Idols are all I can carve.The only Buddhas the wood shows me have... faces of wrath. And I can only carve what I see.|
|When Emma is by the Sculptor's side||Sculptor: I see you're here, too... I'm busy carving my Buddha.|
|After Eavesdropping on Emma Talking about the Central Forces||Sculptor: You'll be the one to kill me.|
Wolf: ... What are you talking about?
|Greeting Afterward (generic)||Sculptor: ......... This temple has too many visitors lately.|
|Talking Afterward (generic)||Wolf: ........ Sculptor?|
Sculptor: ...What? Need something?
|Leaving Afterward (generic)||Sculptor: ...Hey. Don't be afraid to go all out.|
|Talking After Defeating Great Shinobi - Owl||Sculptor: A true wolf... Would choose for himself how to use his fangs. ... The look on your face tells me you've done just that.|
|Hinting at Eavesdropping||Sculptor: ......... Say...|
|Talking After Defeating Owl (Father)||Sculptor: You have a slightly different air about you now. It's as though... you've overcome something.|
|While Emma is tending to the Dragonrot-infected Sculptor||Sculptor: (Cough, cough...) |
Emma: Yes... That should be enough. Thank you, Orangutan.
|After the Central Forces invade Ashina||Emma: Orangutan... The Central Forces are here.|
Sculptor: ... Are they now? They never change their thieving ways...
|Given Dragonspring Sake||Wolf: I brought sake.|
Sculptor: Oh, is this Dragonspring? I'll have some. Hooh.... Dragonspring...? That's fine quality sake. I'll take it then. Now that really hits the spot... There's nothing quite like this.
|Given Ashina Sake||Wolf: I brought some tea.|
Sculptor: (Sniffs) This "tea" smells pretty good. Suppose I'll have some. Oh, I needed that.. This tea reminds me of Emma's father. About Lady Emma's father... Dogen... He was an extraordinary doctor. He was also very well-versed in mechanisms and devices. ... Better put, he was obsessed with mechanisms to the point that it affected his health... He didn't take much else seriously, but I owed him my life... Ah, and we could say that you owe him your life as well.
|Given Monkey Booze||Wolf: I brought something for you.|
Sculptor: ... Monkey Booze, is it? Haaa! It burns the throat, same as ever. This really brings back memories.
|Given Unrefined Sake||Wolf: I brought some sake.|
Sculptor: Don't mind if I do. Hmm...
- If failed to acquire prior to the Sculptor's disappearance, both the Shinobi Esoteric Text and Prosthetic Esoteric Text will be found near his Workshop.
- In New Game Plus, if one has chosen to abandon Kuro's Charm in the young lord's hands, the Sculptor (and later his Workshop) will hold Kuro's Charm, in case the player desires to retrieve it, but it won't be possible to separate from it again for the rest of the whole playthrough.
- His japanese name 仏師 literally translates to "sculptor specialized in Buddha statues".
- In japanese, his old shinobi name 猩々 refers to a spirit with red hair and face called shōjō, that has a particular fondness for alcohol.
- The temple where the Sculptor resides is covered in ofuda, sacred talismans used to repel or imprison evil spirits.
- 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:
|Giving Dragonrot Cure||Sculptor: (Cough, cough...)|
Wolf: I've brought medicine for the Dragonrot. Lady Emma made it.
|After Giving Dragonrot Cure||Sculptor: ........ (Cough)|
Wolf: Any change?
|With Emma||Sculptor: Emma. What are you going to do... with the coughed-up blood of an old bastard...?|
Emma: I'm going to research the Dragonrot. I want to find the cure for it. Orangutan... I'm doing this for your sake, too.