The Key-Shaped Ward is a quest item in Genshin Impact that players need during the Cleansing Defilement quest, a part of the Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual main questline, to perform the Cleansing Ritual near the Kamisato Estate in the Inazuma region. 

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The Cleansing Defilement is one of those quests in Genshin Impact where you get no quest marker or clear information on how to progress. You just get the objective to “Complete the Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual (0/3).” To progress the objective and the entire Cleansing Defilement quest, you need the Key-Shaped Ward. 

In this Genshin Impact guide, we share the exact location and details on how you can get your hands on the Key-Shaped Ward. 

Where to Find Key-Shaped Ward

Key-Shaped Ward Location | Image Credit – Hritwik

You can find the Key-Shaped Ward in the northeast part of the Kamisato State by scanning the Stone Kitsune found at the roots of the big Inazuma Cedar tree using the Memento Lens gadget. 

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Once you have the ward, go to the Sacred Sakura location, solve the lantern puzzle and defeat Ochimusha to cleanse the area.

Also, keep in mind, that the Cleansing Defilement quest is complete only when you perform the Sacred Sakura cleansing ritual at Chinju Forest, Araumi, and Kamisato Estate. 

How to Unlock the Cleansing Defilement Quest?

The Cleansing Defilement is the third quest in the Sacred Sakura Cleansing Ritual questline of Genshin Impact. Players can start this questline by talking to an NPC called Kazari, near Konda village. To get to the Cleansing Defilement part, players have to complete two sub-quests called A Strange Story in Konda and Sacrificial Offering.

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That’s it for now. Make sure to check out our coverage on the Genshin Impact version 2.7 update.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play gacha-based role-playing game currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Android, and iOS.  

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