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How to Beat Genichiro Ashina

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Find out how to defeat Genichiro Ashina boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in this guide. This includes his battle moves, gameplay and combat tips.

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Genichiro Ashina Location

Genichiro Ashina Location
LocationAshina Dojo
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Rewards

Memory: GenichiroPermanently increase Attack Power
Bloodsmoke NinjutsuNinjutsu Technique that turns the spraying blood of a victim to smoke.

No Recommended Tools

Although prosthetic tools can be used on Genichiro, they open you up for counterattacks on his end. This is extremely risky against an enemy as quick as he is.

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Genichiro Ashina Boss Fight Tips

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3 HP Nodes, 2 Phases in the Fight

3 HP Nodes, 2 Phases in the Fight

Initially, Genichiro will have 2 HP Nodes, but in fact he has a total of 3. There's a second phase to the boss fight against him with brings up the required Deathblows to defeat him to 3.

Balance of Being Aggressive & Defensive

Balance of Being Aggressive & Defensive

Fighting against Genshiro will require you to be both aggressive and defensive. You can't be too much of either as it can get you killed or his Posture Meter will continuously deplete.

Get a Sense of His Combos, Attacks

Get a Sense of His Combos, Attacks

Parrying Genchiro's attacks will require you to be familiar enough with how many strikes he'll make and it's ranges. By observing his attack patterns, you'll also learn his openings where you can attack him.

Lightning Reversal Technique Requires

Lightning Reversal Technique Required

In the final phase against Genichiro, he'll start calling lightning to attack you. Countering it requires players to learn the Lightning Reversal technique.

Learn Lightning Reversal from the Ashina Dojo

Learn Lightning Reversal from the Ashina Dojo

After beating Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze, you'll have access to the Ashina Dojo. There is a scroll at the far end of it that you'll need to read to learn the Lightning Reversal technique.

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Genichiro Ashina - Boss Moves & Abilities

AttackDescription
Arrow Roll AttackGenichiro will fire an arrow, roll forward, then swing his sword
Jump Overhead StrikeJumps up and swings his sword downwards as he lands
9-Strike Combo9-strike combo that can either end in a overhead sword strike or an arrow attack
5-Arrow Rapid AttackShoots 5 arrows in quick succession
Thrust Perilous AttackAn unblockable sword thrust attack
Sweep Perilous AttackAn unblockable attack that sweeps in a circular motion
Palm Strike Perilous AttackAn unblockable attack that ends with a grab
Leap Strike Perilous AttackLeaps and thrusts his sword forward
Lightning Strike Perilous AttackHurls a bolt of lightning at the player

Interrupt Arrow Roll with an Attack

Interrupt Arrow Roll with a Strike

When Genichiro is rolling forward, he is in a vulnerable position. Strike downwards to interrupt his role and do damage to his health.

Block Overhead Strike & Mikiri Counter the Thrust

Block Overhead Strike & Mikiri Counter the Thrust

One of Genichiro's patterns is that after doing an overhead strike, he will do a perilous attack right after. If he does his thrust attack, use the Mikiri Counter to catch him off guard and attack him.

Dodge Backwards to Escape 9-Strike Combo

Dodge Backwards to Escape 9-Strike Combo

You're free to parry the 9-strike combo, but it's risky and could end up with you having a full Posture Meter. It's better to just dodge back once he starts to swing forward.

Block 5-Arrow Rapid Attack

Block 5-Arrow Rapid Attack

The 5-Arrow Rapid Attack is extremely quick, making it really hard to dodge. Keep your guard up instead once he jumps into the air, signaling the start of the attack.

Mikiri Counter the Leap Strike Perilous Attack

Mikiri Counter the Leap Strike Perilous Attack

One of the biggest openings of Genichiro is when he does his Leap Strike Perilous Attack. Use your Mikiri Counter and attack him once he's caught off guard.

Use Lightning Reversal with the Lightning Stike

Use Lightning Reversal with the Lightning Stike

When Genichiro calls forth lightning, jump in the air immediately. If you get hit, press your attack button to direct the lightning back at him! This will deal a ton of damage.

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