Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is probably attracting a lot of new players with its striking feudal Japan setting and promise of bloody shinobi action. One thing these players might not realize is that Sekiro developer FromSoftware isn't big on letting players save their game. At least not in a convenient fashion. Dark Souls fans know this well, and probably expect a mechanic similar to the signature bonfire. For the benefit of both veteran and newbie, we're going to explain how saving works in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
The first thing to keep in mind is that there is no manual save option. Autosave does kick in from time to time but, in keeping with the FromSoftware tradition of making things difficult, Sekiro doesn't allow you to simply pause and save from the menu. Instead, you'll have to rely on the few Sculptor's Idols scattered throughout the land.
These idols are valuable for many reasons. They serve as travel checkpoints, let you buy certain items and skills, and automatically save the game when you visit them. You do have to make sure you actually press the button to sit down and meditate in front of sculpture to trigger a save.
The less ideal way to save is to die. Getting killed without resurrecting puts you back at the last idol you visited, and that activates a save.
Finally, quitting the game from the menu saves it one last time.
There are, as you might imagine, many caveats to Sekiro's autosave system. One of the crueler points of it is that it happens right away when you die. That means your latest save now has you with less money and skill points, the consequences of getting yourself killed.
Another thing to watch out for is that saving doesn't always happen right after you complete a milestone like in most other games. So when you finally beat that boss you've been stuck on, you still have to get yourself to an idol in one piece to save your progress (and rewards!).
The last important aspect of saving is that starting the game after it's been off will always put you back at your last visited idol. So make sure to always end your session at an idol so you don't lose out on any progress.