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Like a Dragon: Ishin

Substory 52 - The Wood Cutter

Jarrod Garripoli

Substories are the wackier stories in the Like A Dragon series, to offshoot the more serious tone of the main story. You will first unlock the ability to do Substories in Chapter 2, although they aren’t shown on your map, so you will need to fully explore each map to find them. This page will give a walkthrough of The Wood Cutter Substory, found in Fushimi.

Where to Start The Wood Cutter in Like a Dragon: Ishin

(1 of 2) Go here in Fushimi to find the wood cutter

Go here in Fushimi to find the wood cutter (left), Speak to the man on the ground to start the Substory (right)

You will be able to find this Substory in Chapter 2, after rescuing the Shinto Priest. When exploring Fushimi, locate the South Yashikimachi area in the southwest portion, where you want to look south of the Hanako shop. There will be a man here, sitting on the ground, who you will want to talk with to start the Substory.

How to Complete The Wood Cutter in Like a Dragon: Ishin

The older man hurt his back while chopping wood and laments that no one will really help out someone like him. Of course, this is where you come in, as the old man coerces you into helping him. This will start the Wood Cutting minigame, with the goal for this Substory being 20 pieces of wood. It should be noted that if you do well on this minigame, then you will get it done much more quickly. However, you can’t really fail at the minigame, as you can keep going until you finish the maximum amount of wood you are allowed to chop.

The only thing you will need to do for the Wood Cutting minigame is press a single button. Ryoma will raise the axe above his head and whenever you see it shine, that is when you will want to press the DualSense-ButtonCross/Xbox-ButtonA-Filled button on your controller. There is a catch, though, as the more successive hits you do, the faster the speed of the chopping. It does seem to cap out at around a 20 combo or so, meaning if you can find the rhythm to it, you can easily reach the max amount of logs to chop.

(1 of 2) Wait until you see the axe glow before hitting the button

Wait until you see the axe glow before hitting the button (left), If you fail, then you will miss the log (right)

Of course, if you don’t get the right timing on the swing of the axe, then you will revert back to the slowest speed and need to do the successive hits again. There is no failing, though, as mentioned above, so you can just keep going. Also, for the Substory, you only need to chop 20 logs to complete it. Outside of the Substory, the maximum amount of logs you can chop at one sitting is 100. Upon chopping 20 logs, he will give you 100 mon for each one (2,000 mon total), as a reward.


Objective Rewards
Helped the old man chop some wood 2,000 Mon, Unlocks Wood Cutting minigame, 150 Virtue
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  • Guide Release
    17 February 2023
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    20 March 2023
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Like a Dragon: Ishin is set in 1860’s Japan during the Bakumatsu era at the end of the Edo Period. Take up the sword of Sakamoto Ryoma, framed for killing his father, and restore honor to his name while dealing with the political intrigue that he gets thrown in to. This guide for Like a Dragon: Ishin contains the following:

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