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This sword was offered as a gift to those who preordered Shogun 2 Total War through Steam, but later became available as a random drop to players who hadn't done so.
In the game, killing someone with the Half-Zatoichi will instantly give the wielder their full health back. However, selecting the sword makes the wielder "honorbound," and they cannot sheathe it until the sword has tasted an enemy's blood. In simpler terms: once selected, the sword cannot be switched with another weapon until either the player is dead or they kill an enemy with it. Running up to a weapon locker with it will give the player a few seconds to switch the sword before they are honorbound.
The sword will kill an enemy in one hit if the enemy being struck also wields a Half-Zatoichi.

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