This is a walkthrough for the World Quest, A Strange Story in Konda which is the first part in the Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual Questline. It’ll navigate you through the necessary steps to acquiring the Ward and completing the Torii Gate Puzzle.
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A mysterious, masked shrine maiden is by the strange fox statue, seemingly with something she means to ask of you…
Use the power of Electro on the Sky Kitsune Statue / Look for clues
Once you’ve acquired this Quest, switch over to a Electro Character and perform an attack on the Fox Statue to be able to pick up the item Ward. Proceed into Konda Village and speak with all the locals to gather as much information as possible, then you’ll need to look around the village for three different clues.
Go to each of the yellow circles marked on your mini-map and pick up a Cargo Bag, Purse and List, then return and speak with Chief of the Village, Konda Densuke and give him the items. After your conversation has come to a close, climb to the roof of his home and collect the Konda Densuke’s Notes.
Find the Well Key / Activate Shrine Puzzle
Drop off the roof and head over to the marked area on your map and defeat the small group of treasure hoarders surrounding a broken wooden structure before digging up the Old Key. Walk back to the village and unlock the well and climb down.
Open up the Exquisite Chest for some tasty loot, then continue following the underground path until you get blocked by a barrier. Here you’ll want to climb to the top of the area and interact with the Electrogranum in order to pass through. Now walk towards the Torii Gate and place the Ward into the shrine at the front, then you’ll need to interact with the other shrines to have the correct number above it.
Starting from the left and going around to the right you’ll want four, five, three, two, then pray at the first shrine to bring out the boss, Ochimusha.
Ochimusha’s health will go down relatively quickly, but you’ll need to watch for his three main attacks which will do a fair bit of damage if you fail to dash out of the way. The first will have him point his sword ahead and dash towards you which can simply be avoided by moving to either side.
The Second Attack will have him sheathe his sword for a short period of time, then he’ll do an instant spinning slash. Finally, he’ll lift his sword above his head and perform a downward slash. Once you’ve defeated Ochimusha, speak with the lady from the shrine to bring the first part of this questline to a close.