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How To Beat Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths)

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How To Beat Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths)

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Check out this Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice guide on how to beat the Guardian Ape boss in Ashina Depths. Info includes gameplay tips, recommended Prosthetic Tools & Items, moves & attacks.

How To Beat Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths): Boss Fight Guide
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Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths) Battle Strategy Video

Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths) Location

How To Beat Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths): Boss Fight Guide
LocationAshina Depths
Requirement Defeat Guardian Ape in Sunken Valley
Rewards- Memory: Headless Ape
- 2x Prayer Bead
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Recommended Prosthetic Tools & Items

Firecracker

Firecracker

Halfway through the fight, a 2nd Guardian Ape will appear. Use your Firecracker Prosthetic Tool as this 2nd Guardian Ape is much more vulnerable to it. You can easily stun it with the Firecracker, deal damage to its Posture, then defeat it with a Deathblow.

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Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths) Boss Combat Tips

Initiate Battle By Hitting Hanging Ape 3 Times

How To Beat Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths): Boss Fight Guide

The Guardian Ape will be hanging on a wall when you get to its area. Dash forward and hit it 3 times before the battle starts. Be careful not to hit it a 4th time as it will hit you back.

In 1-on-1 Battle, Attack After Guardian Ape Attacks

Guardian Ape Counters After Attacks In 1-on-1 Battle

Aim To Counterattack After Guardian Ape Attacks You

The Guardian Ape opens itself up for various counterattacks after it tries to attack you. After avoiding its attacks, you can land 1-2 hits safely. If it moves to attack you back, you can easily avoid damage by widening the distance between you.

Moves That Provide Attack Openings

  • 4 sword strikes
  • Jump forward slash
  • Large jump attack

Attack 4-5 Times When Guardian Ape Flinches

Attack 4-5 Times When Guardian Ape Flinches

When you deal a certain amount of damage to the Guardian Ape, it'll flinch and be vulnerable to attacks. Take advantage of this situation to land 4-5 hits on it.

Focus Defeating 2nd Guardian Ape When It Appears

A 2nd Guardian Ape will appear once you deal the first Deathblow on the 1st Guardian Ape. Focus fire on this enemy first before trying to defeat the 1st Guardian Ape. Use the Firecracker Prosthetic Tool multiple times to stun and deal Posture damage, then use a Deathblow to kill it.

Use Firecracker To Cancel Large Attacks By 2nd Ape

The Firecracker is a useful tool to disrupt the 2nd Guardian Apes big attacks. Wait for them to rear up to attack you then use the Firecracker to cancel their move out and stun them. You can then move in to deal damage to them.

Guardian Ape (Ashina Depths) Boss Attacks

Attacks List

AttacksDetail
4 Sword Strikes The Guardian Ape will swipe his sword left and right in 4 strikes. Dodge to avoid then hit back once after 4th strike.
2 Continuous Slashes Enemy will do two consecutive sword slashes. You can avoid damage by keeping your distance.
5 Continuous SlashesSimilar to 2 Continuous Slashes. If the Guardian Ape turns after the 2nd slash, it'll continue with 3 more.
Jump Forward Slash Ape will jump forward and body slam on the ground then slash towards your feet. Dodge to avoid damage.
Horizontal Slash Enemy will slash sword horizontally which you can dodge by jumping.
Overhead Swing Attack Ape will lift its sword over its head and swing it downwards. Since you cannot parry or guard, keep distance or step-dodge away.
Large Jump Attack
(Danger!)
Enemy will make a large jump and attack you with its sword. Jump to avoid getting hit by this attack.
Roar
(Danger!)
A roar that will fear you with Terror when you're near it. Keep distance to avoid raising your Terror bar.

4 Sword Strikes

This move is easy to avoid. You can simply dodge opposite direction of the last sword strike.

Perilous Attack - Roar

This is a dangerous move to hang around in. When you see the Guardian Ape preparing to roar, immediately run away. Keeping in the vicinity of the blood roar will raise your Terror bar and you can instantly die when you get hit.

Jump Forward Slash

This is a good move to take advantage of! When the Guardian Ape lands and strikes with its sword, move to the left to avoid taking damage. Then you can land several hits on the Ape after. If you're close to the Ape when he does this attack, just move to the left and deal continuous hits.

Perilous Attack - Horizontal Slash

You can't guard or deflect this attack. The best way to avoid it is by jumping. This move has little opening so it's hard to counterattack. If you jump and land closely to the Guardian Ape, you can do a few hits to it.

5 Continuous Slashes + Overhead Swing Attack

The Guardian Ape will do 5 continuous sword slashes if it turns around after the 2nd slash. You can parry the 5 slashes, then put in a few hits. If it makes toward an overhead swing attack, dodge away from it to avoid getting hit.

Perilous Attack - Large Jump Attack

After the Guardian Ape does a large jump, it'll do a Perilous Attack - a horizontal swing. You can jump or keep your distance to avoid this move. If you're in close range, you can jump to avoid the horizontal slash then step near the Ape to deal some hits of your own.

2 Continuous Slashes

This move is similar to the 5 Continuous Slashes. To tell the difference, if the Guardian Ape turns back after the 2nd slash, he'll continue with 3 more slashes. Since this is a fast move and hard to counter, it's best to wait for another attack opening.

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