Unseen Aid is the name given to the random chance that you don’t lose your Sen and experience points when you die.
And given that Sekiro is one of the most difficult From Software games you can play, you’ll come to hope and pray to see those all-important Kanji characters denoting your second chance! Thankfully, there are things you can do to increase your chances of receiving Unseen Aid, so a solid understanding of how it works goes a long way.
How Unseen Aid Works
Unseen Aid is only relevant so far as it relates to True Death — the permanent form of death as opposed to the option of using a Resurrection if you have one available.
Following a True Death, players will lose half of their Sen and half of their experience, making for quite a tough pill to swallow. Unseen Aid removes that risk entirely.
Your chances of receiving Unseen Aid can be viewed as a percentage by resting at any Sculptor’s Idol, and having respawned at a Sculptor’s Idol when you die, a message will flash on-screen to say you’ve received it (as depicted above). The Unseen Aid chance is automatically set to 30%.
Losing Unseen Aid
Unseen Aid can’t go any higher than 30%, but it can go lower.
The main thing to worry about is Dragonrot — the negative debuff that accumulates as you die, with the sole purpose of punishing you by decreasing your chances of receiving Unseen Aid.
Dragonrot is a bit odd as debuffs go: it presents as a physical item that appears within your inventory called Rot Essence. One of these items decreases Unseen Aid by 15% with each subsequent essence decreasing it by a further 2% (though it’s important to note that Unseen Aid can only reach a minimum of 2%).
How Do I Bring My Unseen Aid Back to Baseline?
You can heal Dragonrot by using the Recovery Charm (an item the player can pick up by traveling to the Dilapidated Temple — check out our guide on the topic here).
The charm enables you to harness the power of Dragon’s Blood Droplets to fully cure yourself from Dragonrot, thus bringing your Unseen Aid back to 30%.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can get around the problem of incurring Dragonrot by simply quitting out of the game before you die and restarting. It’s a bit of a clunky way to go about it, but if you’re really struggling at a particular point in the game, this is a solution to the cascade of negative effects (you’ll respawn back at your nearest Sculptor’s Idol).
I hope this article was helpful in understanding what Unseen Aid is, what it can do for you, and how to maintain your chances of receiving it. If you’re after more Sekiro tips, be sure to check out our other articles, such as our Demon Bell Guide or our article on the Gourd Seed Locations. Good luck!