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How to Defeat the Top 7 Most Difficult Bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

If you guys haven’t heard by now, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is not only destroying the gaming scene, but it is also, I daresay, destroying gaming controllers near you.

Sekiro was made by From Software, which is also responsible for the hell that is the Dark Souls franchise which we all know and love…to hate. With complex controls and even more complex enemies, Sekiro takes you for a ride like you’ve never seen in the ‘Sengoku Period’ of Japan.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Boss Guide

In this article, we show you how to defeat the top 7 most difficult bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. If you haven’t played this game yet, be advised, this article WILL contain spoilers, and blood…lots of blood.

1. Guardian Ape/Headless Ape

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Location: Sunken Valley – Bodhisattva Valley

Rewards: Memory: Guardian Ape (Strength Upgrade), Slender Finger

Strategy: This boss contains two phases.

Phase 1: The Monkey

  • He is not able to block your attacks
  • Avoid his high damage grapples
    • 1st grapple – contains a sweep attack that can only be dodged by jumping.
    • 2nd grapple – he charges at you then bodyslams.
  • As red attack icon shows, remember to always jump
  • Best strat is to stun with FireCrackers every 20-ish seconds
  • Once stunned:
    • Run behind him and throw as many standard sword attacks as you can
    • Combat arts are too slow
  • When he staggers, keep hitting him until he runs away
    • This occurs 3 times
  • He can fart poison and throw poisonous poo at you
    • Keep antidotes in your quick items

You cut his head off…then what?

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Phase 2: The Headless Monkey and his Huge Sword

  • Contains completely new move set and becomes a lot more powerful
  • Only 2 moves that give you an opening to attack
    • First move – He raises his sword in the air attacking from top to bottom
      • DEFLECT it as soon as it lands. He staggers as you stand below his belly attacking him as quickly as possible.
    • Second move – he leaps forward attempting a single powerful strike
      • Jump over him then land 2-3 basic attacks before blocking again.
  • Avoid the headless ape unless he uses these two moves
  • If the ape jumps in the air, prepare to jump as he comes back down
  • You can also jump over his area-wide sweep attack after he lands the jump
  • Lastly, make sure to have the pacifying agent consumable handy
    • He will instantly kill you if your terror gauge fills up.
    • Avoid the red terror fog by unlocking the camera from your enemy and run away!

It’s ok…we won’t judge you.



2. Headless Ape and his Lady

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Location: Ashina Depths

Rewards: Bestowal Ninjutsu, Guardian Ape Immortality Severed Trophy/ Achievement, 2 x Prayer Beads

Strategy:

  • Same as second phase headless ape, but slower
  • Contains two health bars that deplete quicker as you are stronger by this point
  • He’s slower and doesn’t attack as often as before
    • Block his chain attacks then go crazy with basic attacks as you revolve around him.
    • Since he’s slow to turn around, you can really get some damage in
  • After you deplete his first health bar, he will run away to call his lady
    • Attack him while he’s calling
  • The second ape is very weak
    • Throw Firecrackers at her then go for the instant execution
  • Again, repeat the same process as before with the headless ape
  • Be sure to run away when he uses the red terror mist
  • Once he’s defeated, execute him one more time to rip out his spine.

Easier said than done right?


3. Great Shinobi Owl

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Locations: Ashina Castle – Upper Tower

Note: To unlock this ruthless battle, once reaching the tower rooftop, you can choose to “break the iron code and stay loyal to Kuro.”

Reward: Memory: Great Shinobi (Attack Upgrade), Aromatic Branch

Strategy:

  • Contains Several heavy attacks that leaves him vulnerable when dodged perfectly
  • If he attacks from the left w/ sword
    • Dodge forward left
  • If he attacks from the right w/ sword
    • Dodge forward right
  • Dodge under his sword to get behind him > Whirlwind Slash Combat Art > Repeat
  • When he jumps in the air
    • Dodge forward twice to get behind him > hack away
  • If you’re low on health  
    • Use Firecrackers to stun him so you can heal
  • Try to stay close to him as he will quickly run after you if you try to run away
  • Repeat Whirlwind Slash as you dodge his attacks

Phase 2 – Poison and Smoke

  • Attack him as he’s about to use smoke as he’s vulnerable
    • When he uses poison
      • Stay away from the poisoned area
      • Block attacks until poisoned area vanishes
  • Same dodge and attack strat applies in the second phase

Take that, Dad!


4. ‘True’ Corrupted Monk

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Location: Fountainhead Palace

Note: To unlock this fight, you must have chosen to stay loyal to Kuro after defeating the Great Shinobi Owl. Exhaust the dialogue between you and Kuro then head to the Ashina Depths > Wedding Cave Door. Can be transported to Fountainhead Palace from the tent.

Rewards: Memory: True Monk (Attack Upgrade), Dragon’s Tally Board (Unlocks New Items in Merchant Shops), “Corrupted Monk” trophy / achievement.

Strategy:

  • The True Corrupted Monk has 3 lives
  • The first two lives can behind taken quickly from stealth kills in the trees.
    • Once you enter the arena
      • Grapple onto the tree branch on the right > onto the second > then the third branch behind him.
      • If you’re fast enough that he doesn’t notice, you can stealth kill him.
      • Immediately grapple back to the trees as he enters his second phase.
      • Stealth kill him again from the middle tree branch.
        • He will be invisible but will be standing in the middle of the bridge.
        • You will need to be very fast.
    • One life left
      • Throw Firecrackers > normal attack from behind > Firecrackers > Repeat
      • 8 Firecrackers should be enough to kill him for good.
      • Otherwise, you can run away from his spinning attacks > hit him once > repeat.
  • Useful items
    • Ako’s Suger
    • Ungo’s Sugar
  • Mortal Blade Combat Art is quick useful for this fight as it contains unblockable damage.

5. Isshin Ashina

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Location: Ashina Castle – Upper Tower

Rewards: Memory: Isshin Ashina (Attack Upgrade), One Mind Skill (Combat Art), Shura Ending

Strategy: This fight begins immediately after defeating Emma.

  • Use the Shadow Rush Combat Art for this fight
  • Memorize the following:
    • Stand where he can’t hit you but close enough where your attack can connect
    • Use Shadow Rush
    • Jump Back
    • Run Away
    • Repeat
  • Isshin cannot block this

Second Phase:

  • Isshin starts to use fire moves
    • Straight fire shot – just run to the side
      • Wide fire shot – stay behind fire and charge Shadowrush once
      • Flames Everywhere! – Stand where there are no flames then jump towards Isshin as he will be attacking you immediately. This will dodge the attack.
      • Use this time to get behind him and attack him a few times.
  • Useful Items:
    • Pellets
    • Ako’s Sugar

6. Demon of Hatred

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Location: Ashina Outskirts

Note: Spawns after you’ve defeated the Divine Dragon.

Another note: This dude totally sucks.

Rewards: Memory: Hatred Demon (Attack Power Up), 2 x Lapis Lazuli (highest-grade upgrade material)

Strategy:

  • 3 Health Bars
  • Will kill you in two hits
  • Always stay aggressive and close to the Demon. Never run away.
  • He does huge AOE fire damage if you aren’t sticking right to him.
  • Contains 3 phases of melee and ranged fire attacks
    • If you stay close, these phases won’t be too drastic
  • RUN
    • Run towards the enemy until you are in range to strike
    • Always run to the right.
    • Keep running until the Demon does his fiery melee attack
    • If you are close enough, it will always miss.
    • After he misses, run behind him to the right > hit him twice then let him jump away.
    • RUN towards him again and to the right.
    • Let him miss his attack
    • Run around him to the right > hit him twice
    • Repeat
    • Once behind him, 2-3 safe attacks then prepare to evade surprise attacks
  • Never try to dodge his attacks
  • Always run
  • Keep lock onto the Demon at all times
  • On the third phase
    • Use Malcontent Whistle
      • Stuns him up to 3 times in a row taking 60% of his health
  • The Demon of Hatred has insane AOE attacks that are practically impossible to dodge if you’re too far away from him.
  • Stick to the aggressive strat.
  • Check out this SUPER CHEESE Strategy to defeat The Demon of Hatred.

7. Isshin, The Sword Saint

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Location: Ashina Castle – Ashina Reservoir

Note: If you don’t pick the Shura Ending, then you’ll get this bad boy in all 3 of the OTHER endings. So…have fun with this one.

Rewards: Memory: Saint Isshin (Attack Up), Dragon Flash (Skill Combat Art)

Strategy:

  • Useful Items
    • 10 x Healing Gourd
    • 3 x Pellet
    • 1 x Divine Grass
  • 4 Phases
    • First Phase: Genichiro
  • Quick to kill
  • Remember to keep attacking him unless…
    • He jumps
    • You see him deflect (orange flash)
      • Only Jump away for red-warnings
  • Run Behind him > attack from behind
  • Once he deflects your attacks, counter his
  • After you counter, attack until he deflects
  • Repeat

Second Phase: Isshin (Sword Only)

  • Break his posture quickly
    • Always attack twice then deflect > repeat
      • He will always deflect after two hits
    • He does 3-5 sword strikes always ending with a strike upwards
  • He sheaths his sword for sweep attack
    • Run away to the left to get out of reach
    • Quickly get behind him
  • He pushes you away to stab
    • Mikiri counter the stab to break his posture quicker
  • Breaking his posture is more crucial than health depletion
  • Alternatively, you can use Shadowrush Combat Art

Third Phase

  • Always run to the right
  • Isshin jumps
    • You run towards him on the right side to get behind him
    • One stab from behind then run away > repeat
  • Only attack when he jumps > hit him once > run away > repeat
  • Refrains from trying to block any of his moves
  • Just run in wide circles to the right
    • He will miss if you do this
  • You will need to be far enough away from him so he uses this jump action

Fourth Phase

  • Same as Phase 3
  • Exploit the jump attacks and hit him once > repeat

A Breath of Life

In this article, we explained the nitty-gritty details of how to defeat the top 7 most difficult bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Along with some cheesy strategies of course.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an amazing game with an equally impressive storyline and gameplay. We had such a phenomenal time exploring this world and every boss that got in the way of it.

We hope this guide was helpful to you and look forward to hearing what you guys think!

Special thanks to OffGamers for the guest blog submission! Read more by OffGamers!

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Posts Impressive Sales Numbers

The latest unforgiving entry made by From Software, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, appears to be a critical and economic success. Activision, the publisher of the title revealed the sales numbers for the game so far, showing that Sekiro has already sold over two million copies.

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Over 2 Million People Love To Torture Themselves

This news is pulled from a post on Activision's website that reveals Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sold two million copies across all of its platforms including Xbox One, PC, and PS4 in only 10 days. The announcement was also quick to note that the game was sitting at a 90 Metacritic rating across all platforms as well.

Sekiro Pulls an Audience

Sekiro was a massive hit on Twitch as well. It brought in 631 million minutes watched on its launch weekend. In only a week the title went on to be viewed for 1.1 billion minutes.

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Activision's VP of Product Management and Marketing, Michelle Fonseca, was impressed by players love of the game. "The fans have made Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice one of the most incredible game launches of 2019 thus far," Fonseca said. "The game has performed well on all platforms including PC and we’re excited by the continued support from gamers and critics alike. It has been gratifying to see the enjoyment from fans when they overcome each challenge."

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. If you're in the mood for a challenging but rewarding game we highly recommend you check it out! For all the latest on all things From Software be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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