Though you will
face many tough mini-bosses in the early hours of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the first proper boss, Gyoubu Oniwa, is
another challenge entirely. With his high movement speed and long range thrust
and sweeping attacks, Gyouba Oniwa will be your first true test in
understanding Sekiro’s mechanics. In
this Gyoubu Oniwa boss guide, we’ll describe everything you need to know about
this fight, including how to defeat Gyoubu Oniwa for good.
If you need some
quick tips and tricks for many of Sekiro’s
mechanics, check out our beginner’s guide to help get you started.
Gyoubu Oniwa Boss Fight
Gyoubu Oniwa is
found at the end of Ashina Outskirts. From the Ashina Castle Fortress Gate
Idol, you’ll make your way through a small courtyard occupied by a small group
of soldiers, including some with guns. On the upper level of the courtyard,
just next to a rather large gate, you’ll be able to grapple up to the peak of a
roof that overlooks a massive battlefield that is filled with debris and corpses.
Once you jump
down into the field and begin to walk towards the center, it won’t be long
before Gyoubu Oniwa himself rides out atop his massive horse to greet you.
After he introduces himself and describes his accomplishments, he’ll charge at
you with spear in hand, signalling the start of the fight proper.
Shinobi Firecracker Prosthetic Tool
There is one
other powerful tool that can drastically tilt the odds of defeating Gyoubu
Oniwa in your favour: the Shinobi Firecracker Prosthetic Tool. If you
eavesdropped on the crying soldier near the entrance to the battlefield, you’ll
learn that horses are frightened by explosions. Luckily for you, there’s a
prosthetic tool that does just that.
Outskirts, shortly after the Outskirts Wall – Gate Path Idol, there is a
mountain that you can climb with your grappling hook. If you reach the top,
you’ll meet a merchant that sells several items, including an item called
Robert’s Firecrackers for 500 sen. If you purchase the item and take it back to
the Dilapitated Temple, you can get the Sculptor to add the Shinobi Firecracker
to your list of Prosthetic Tools. You can use it to scare beasts, and more
importantly, use it to stun Gyoubu Oniwa in his boss fight.
Gyoubu Oniwa in Sekiro
Oniwa is the first official boss fight in Sekiro,
he’s actually relatively straightforward in design. His primary strength lies
in the reach of his spear and in his mobility, and both can be effectively
countered given the right approach and tools. Patience is key here, as
continually attacking Gyoubu will result in a quick trip back to the idol after
reaches you at the start of the fight, charge forward and interrupt his little
speech by attacking him. He will not attack you while he is talking, and you
should take advantage of that to get a few free sword swings in to get an early
Gyoubu prefers to
ride around you in wide arcs, taking swings at you with his spear regularly
that has a very wide range. Rather than dodging, parry each of his strikes in
order to stay as close to him as possible. When Gyoubu is further away from
you, he’ll have plenty of time to charge at you with his spear that deals a
massive amount of damage if it lands. By staying close, you can mitigate the
number of times he uses that ability.
The best location
I found to fight Gyoubu is near one of the stone walls that are on opposite
sides of the arena. If you can keep Gyoubu’s back to the wall, you’ll have a
significantly easier time scoring hits on him as he lacks the room to move. In
close range, he typically likes to attack two to three times in a row, so get
ready to parry multiple strikes. If you can parry a combo, he’ll be briefly
susceptible to your own attacks. For the most part however, you’ll want to
focus on deflecting his attacks to build up his Posture meter.
Despite your best
efforts, it’s likely that at some point Gyoubu will ride off to create some
room between you two. Fortunately, Gyoubu is one of the few enemies whom you
can grapple from a distance, allowing you to get right up in his face again
without having to worry about dodging an attack. When the green grapple symbol
appears over his head, activate your grappling hook to catch him off guard.
This grapple always creates enough space to get two to three hits on him, and
you’ll never have to worry about him blocking if you successfully pull off this
move. And if you can’t get the grapple pulled off in time, be careful, as this
is likely when Gyoubu will unleash a spinning attack that has a wide area of
effect and deals plenty of damage.
Gyoubu, keep an eye out for opportunities to use the Shinobi Firecracker. Not
only can you score five to six hits on him when you successfully use it, you
can also interrupt his attacks. This time can also be used to back off and use
a healing item if you’re wounded, but I recommend attacking him at this time to
get the most out of the Shinobi Firecracker’s limited uses.
Posture meter is full, you can go in for a Deathblow. Like most bosses, you’ll
need to pull off two Deathblows in order to put Gyoubu down for good. Once you
achieve the second one, you’ll be prompted to perform a Finisher Deathblow,
which is enough to end Gyoubu’s ride for good.
earns you a Memory: Gyoubu Oniwa, which you can use at a Sculptor’s Idol to
increase your attack, as well as a Mechanical Wrist Barrel item that you can
use to upgrade your Shinobi Prosthetic at the Sculptor. Apart from that,
congratulations! You’ve defeated Gyoubu Oniwa, and earned the right to advance
further into Ashina Castle.