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How To Beat Snake Eyes Shirafuji

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Check out this Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice guide on how to beat Snake Eyes Shirafuji. Info includes gameplay tips, recommended Prosthetic Tools and Items, boss moves and attacks, and more.

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Snake Eyes Shirafuji Location

Snake Eyes Shirafuji Location
LocationSunken Valley
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Prayer BeadCollecting four of these Prayer Beads and presenting them to a Sculptor's Idol will increase your attack power or maximum vitality

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The Sabimaru will be extremely effective against Snake Eyes Shirafuji. Inflicting the Poison Status on him will deal damage over time while you wail on him with your katana!

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Snake Eyes Shirafuji Boss Combat Tips

How To Beat Snake Eyes Shirafuji Video

Beat Shirafuji by Breaking His Posture

Beat Shirafuji by Breaking His Posture

With Shirafuji's quick counters, being aggressive is an easy death wish for this boss fight. Stay on the defensive and focus on breaking his posture throughout the fight to open him for a deathblow.

Attack Immediately Upon Entering His Area

Attack Immediately Upon Entering His Area

Don't wait around for him to attack! When you get to his area, you'll have a few seconds to freely attack him as he does his standing animation.

Bait His Melee Attacks by Staying Near Him

Bait His Melee Attacks by Staying Near Him

Shirafuji's gun is a nightmare to handle at long-range, dealing high damage to both health and posture if blocked. Stay near enough him to make him use his melee attacks for you to parry instead.

Study Attack Patterns to Parry Successfully

Study Attack Patterns to Parry Successfully

Shirafuji has only a few select moves that he cycles through. Learning the attack pattern and combos will help you to timing your parry or blocking when needed.

Save Some Spirit Emblems For The Second Phase

Save Some Spirit Emblems For The Second Phase

Despite being a very useful tool to use, the Sabimaru still uses up a Spirit Emblem per use. Take note that Shirafuji has 2 HP Nodes. Save some Spirit Emblems to use the Sabimaru on him during the second phase.

Snake Eyes Shirafuji Boss Attacks

Attack Pattern List

AttackDetails Of The Attack
GunshotA single shot with his gun
3 Gunshots3 consecutive shots are fired as you approach him
Melee > Kick > GunshotA series of close ranged attacks that end in a Gundshot
Close Range ShotsAttempt to shoot you with his gun in close range
Perilous AttackShort range vertical grab attack

Avoid Gunshot By Sidestepping

Avoid Gunshot By Sidestepping

Occurs when you are out of Snake Eyes Shirafuji's reach, and occasionally in close range. Evading to either the left or right side will dodge this attack.

Parry Gunshots for Lower Posture Damage

Parry Gunshots for Lower Posture Damage

Keep pressing your block button as Shirafuji aims and shoots you with the gun. Keeping it up will count as a block that will make you take huge posture damage.

Three Melee Attacks

The attack's motion is not very fast. This can be easily avoided by triggering his first attack then moving back out of reach. The third attack will only occur if he initiates this attack pattern from the left.

Melee > Kick > Gunshot

Melee Kick Gunshot

You can interrupt the attack pattern by immediately approaching Shirafuji after his kick and attacking. This lets you avoid damage, and will stop him from firing the gun. Alternatively, you can sidestep to avoid the gun if you are not confident.

Melee > Gunshot

Melee Gunshot

You can stop him from firing the gun by immediately attacking him after his melee attack. If you are not confident with the timing of his attack pattern, you can easily dodge the gunshot by stepping to either side.

Perilous Attack

Perilous Attack

The Perilous Attack can deal a great amount of damage to you. Since it is unblockable, dodge backwards a few steps. If you move in close after this attack, you can hit him once to deal some HP damage.

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