Where to Begin in Ghost of Tsushima’s “The Iron Hook”
Get Access to Taka’s Grappling Hook
- Travel with Yuna to the Forge
Jin tells Yuna about the people he convinced to join their cause as they walk to the forge. Despite her deep appreciation for Jin’s assistance in saving Taka, Yuna is making it known that she does not wish to aid in the rescue of Lord Shimura. It’s purely a matter of trying to keep Taka out of harm’s way.
The grappling hook can be obtained by contacting Taka in the forge. In the midst of Taka’s explanation, Jin is interrupted by Ryuzo’s voice.
Ryuzo and Straw Hats ride to Fort Yatate
Head to the Fort:
- Speak with Ryuzo
- Travel with Ryuzo
- Travel to Fort Yatate with the Straw Hats
The group will be riding closer to the fort when the game suddenly cuts to a new location. Jin observes that simply approaching the front gate of the fort will result in failure. With his new tool in mind, he decides to sneak in by scaling the cliffs.
- Reach the cliffside
- Grapple up the cliffside
Jin must utilize the grappling hook he recently acquired to slingshot from one perch to the next. Jin will typically find a branch or stump with a red and white rope knotted around it as a grappling point when he has to traverse space. Use the hook by jumping and pressing R2. If you stick to the trail up the cliff, you can’t possibly go wrong.
Before jumping, keep an eye out for the R2 symbol, which indicates that there are two consecutive grappling spots. Stumps protruding from the rock face are a feature of certain larger climbing walls. Pressing R2 after launching off the foothold initiates a grapple.
Attack Fort Yatate and Free Straw Hat Prisoners
If Jin climbs to the top of the cliff, he will have a commanding view of Fort Yatate below. Jin can use the grappling hook on any pole, so keep an eye out for ones that look like telephone or power poles.
- Free the Straw Hat prisoners (six total)
Jin can play up the ‘Ghost’ element, sneaking his way through the fort undetected, or he can attack the first Mongol he sees, igniting a large battle. Both routes should be carefully avoided due to the guard towers’ archers. Listen carefully for any approaching Mongols.
Jin needs just follow the sound of the inmates’ singing to find them. Two of the Straw Hats are locked up in a bamboo cage near the fort’s guard tower. There will be two cages here, with a bear residing in the second one. Players can cause some confusion by shooting the lock on the left cage before letting out the first two Straw Hats. It’s expected that the freed bear would murder at least two Mongols before it’s put to death.
Just beyond the first enclosure are two more cages housing Straw Hats. A trail can be found just beyond the watchtower, leading down some rocky ledges. Jin will be able to scale a sizable boulder and survey the area, gaining a clear view of the bamboo pens beyond. Get rid of the local Mongols and set free the last four Straw Hats.
Clear the Fort of Mongols:
- Defeat the Mongols
- Signal Ryuzo
You may usually find the Straw Hats congregating by the bottom gate. At this point, Jin must send a message to Ryuzo to inform him that the initial phase of the mission was a success.