The Way of the Bow

Prerequisite The Past Never Passes
Reward/s Flaming Arrow
Charm of Immunity
Minor Legend Increase
Location Sensei Ishikawaw's Dojo
Quest Giver Sensei Ishikawa

The Way of the Bow is a Side Quest in Ghost of Tsushima (GoT). Tales of Tsushima are categorized as the typical side quests of the game, these are optional where players partake through side activities of the game that advances side plots of the game. Side Quests heavily focuses on stories that revolve around NPCs encountered throughout the game. Completing a side quest rewards Jin with unique items and many more.


An Ishikawa Tale (4 of 9).

Sensei Ishikawa’s traitorous former student, Tomoe, seems to be training Mongol archers for an attack on Hiyoshi Springs. The sensei is filled with remorse for teaching her, but his guilt will save no one. Our only resource is action. I should meet him at his dojo so we can plan a defense.



The Way of the Bow Information


The Way of the Bow Rewards


The Way of the Bow Objectives

  • Speak with Ishikawa
  • Defeat the Mongols
  • Speak with Ishikawa
  • Follow Ishikawa
  • Speak with the Peasants
  • Follow Ishikawa
  • Survey the battlefield
  • Defeat the Mongols
  • Speak with Ishikawa


The Way of the Bow Walkthrough

Return to Ishikawa's Dojo

  • This side quest becomes available after completing The Sensei and the Student.
  • Open your Journal in the menu and track the tale to mark the location of the first objective.
  • Travel by mount or use Fast Travel to Sensei Ishikawa's Dojo. It's on the east side of the map near the Hidden Springs Forest.
  • When you arrive, head towards the Dojo and speak to Sensei Ishikawa who's sitting outside to start the side quest.

Defend the Dojo

  • After the cutscene, prepare for battle against a few waves of Mongol soldiers. You will face a lot of shieldsmen here, so use the Water Stance against them. If you see archers, quickly use your bow and shoot them down.
  • You simply need to survive and defeat the Mongols. Once you've cleared the area, speak to Ishikawa to progress the quest.
  • It seems that the attack was only to slow you down and to draw you away from the real battle. Follow Ishikawa and head to the village in Hiyoshi Springs.
  • When you're near, you'll bump into one of the townspeople. Ishikawa warns them about the attack and instructs them to gather at the inn.

Defeat the Mongol Forces

  • Next, head to the survey point and scout the area ahead. You will obtain the Flaming Arrow here.
  • Simply press the L2 +  buttons to equip the flame imbued arrows.
  • Wait for the Mongol soldiers to attack then shoot them down from afar. Fire the flaming arrows towards pampas grass as well to block their way or to burn them.
  • The best tactic is to shoot them while they charge in, and then finish them off with your melee attacks once they're close to you.
  • You will be switching between Stone Stance and Water Stance here since you'll be fighting shieldsmen and swordsmen.
  • A couple of spearsmen and brute-type enemies will also appear here. Most likely you won't have the appropriate combat stance to defeat these types of enemies. So the best way to take them out is to shoot them with your bow, then use melee attacks once they're near you. Also, make sure to dodge their red unblockable attacks.
  • Once you've killed all the enemies, a cutscene will then trigger and you'll see Tomoe from afar burning the Nagao banner - this completes the side quest.


The Way of the Bow Notes, Tips, and Trivia

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Tales of Tsushima
A Debt Repaid  ♦  A Father’s Choice  ♦  A Final Request  ♦  A Healer’s Touch  ♦  A Helping Hand  ♦  A Mother’s Law  ♦  A Mother’s Peace  ♦  A Place to Call Home  ♦  A Thief of Innocence  ♦  A Wealthy Man Has All He Needs  ♦  Bloodletting  ♦  Caretakers of the Eagle  ♦  Dreams of Conquest  ♦  Empty Baskets  ♦  Fit for the Khan  ♦  Flesh and Stone  ♦  For Tsushima  ♦  Friends in Passing  ♦  Ghosts in the Fog  ♦  Hidden in Snow  ♦  Honor Buried Deep  ♦  Incident at Hiyoshi Pass  ♦  Laid to Rest  ♦  Lost at Sea  ♦  Message in Blood  ♦  Nattou and the Sake Seller  ♦  Peace for the Divine  ♦  Servant of the People  ♦  Silent Death  ♦  The Art of Seeing  ♦  The Birth of Suffering  ♦  The Black Wolf  ♦  The Blood Sutra  ♦  The Burden of Theft  ♦  The Cause of Suffering  ♦  The Conspirator  ♦  The Cost of Fear  ♦  The Cost of Iron  ♦  The Delicate Art of Negotiation  ♦  The End of Suffering  ♦  The Family Man  ♦  The Fool  ♦  The Generosity of Lady Sanjo  ♦  The Ghost and the Demon Sensei  ♦  The Ghost of Iki Island  ♦  The Guardian of Tsushima  ♦  The Headman  ♦  The Husband  ♦  The Impact of Loss  ♦  The Last Warrior Monk  ♦  The Laughing Bandits  ♦  The Other Side of Honor  ♦  The Past Never Passes  ♦  The Proud Do Not Endure  ♦  The River Children  ♦  The Sensei and the Student  ♦  The Sister Betrayed  ♦  The Tale of Yuna  ♦  The Terror of Otsuna  ♦  The Thief  ♦  The Traitor  ♦  The Value of Sake  ♦  This Threefold World  ♦  Three Actions, Three Illusions  ♦  Troubled Waters  ♦  Unfinished Business  ♦  Whispers in the Woods

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