How to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima

Pet the fox in Ghost of Tsushima. Go on, you know you want to.

Move over dogs, because Ghost of Tsushima brings another adorable creature to be loved. If you want to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll need to pay your respects to the spirits watching over you, and usually do a bit of climbing, too. It’s all worth it though, so read on, as not only will you gain a charm as a reward, you’ll also learn how to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima.

How to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima

How to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima
You won't regret learning how to pet foxes in Ghost of Tsushima 
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To pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima, you must find a Fox Den shrine and honor it. There are shrines all over the island of Tsushima, but it’s the smaller ones that’ll give you a foxy guest. As you explore, keep an eye out for a message telling you that you’ve entered a Fox Den area. These spots are marked by a fox head on your map, and indicate that a small orange friend will be nearby. 

Find the fox in a Fox Den and it’ll start running away, leading you to the shrine. You might need to hop between some ledges to follow, but when you make it to the shrine, you can hit R2 to honor the shrine. Once this is done, all you need to do is turn around and look behind you. After you honor a shrine, the fox that led you there will walk back a bit and sit down. You can then walk up to it and press R2 to interact and pet the fox in Ghost of Tsushima. It’s a lovely little moment, and we’ll choose to do it every time we can, even without a gameplay benefit.

It’s worth noting that at a few shrines in Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll be in an awkward position (such as on a cliff face) when you honor it, meaning the fox won’t stick around for a pet. Don’t stress too much if you can’t find your cute companion. Head to another Fox Den and try again!

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Once you know the trick, learning how to pet a fox in Ghost of Tsushima is really easy. Each time you pet one it’ll dance with joy before running off, so be a good friend to nature and give your friend a rub behind the ears. For more tips and tricks, click here to visit the game’s hub page.

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