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Ashina Castle ~ vs. Sword Saint Isshin

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Ashina Castle ~ vs. Sword Saint Isshin Walkthrough

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Ashina Castle ~ vs. Sword Saint Isshin Walkthrough

Ashina Castle ~ vs. Sword Saint Isshin Walkthrough Chart

No.Procedure
1Exit the castle through the window to the left of Emma & Isshin's body
2Head down the castle by jumping down the roofs
3Move forward through the roof to follow the pink smoke
4Jump to the roof to your right with the smoke
5Go down and enter the opened building at the end of the area
6Drop down and open the door there to get to the Ashina Reservoir
7Optional: Defeat Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa
8Go to the tree trunk on the left cliff side
9Grapple to the platform on your right
10Continue forward then go down to the platform under the next tree trunk
11Jump towards the tree trunk to your right to grapple to it
12Head down the dried up reservoir
13Grapple to the tree trunk there to get to the Near Secret Passage Sculptor's Idol
14Open the gate next to the Idol and head inside it till you get to the clearing
15Defeat Genichiro, Way of Tomoe
16Defeat Isshin, the Sword Saint
17Go to Kuro
18Choose which items to give to Kuro.
WARNING: Whatever you choose will determine the ending

5. Go Down & Enter the Building - Tips

Wait for the Shinobi & Ashina Warrior to Finish Fighting First

Wait for the Shinobi & Ashina Warrior to Finish Fighting First

At the area where the building you need to enter in is, there will be a Shinobi and an Ashina Warrior battling. Don't jump into the fight. Instead wait out for the victor who you can then assassinate.

7. Defeat Seven Ashina Spears - Tips

Possible to Skip Boss Fight Against Seven Ashina Spears

Possible to Skip Boss Fight Against Seven Ashina Spear

You can skip the fight against Seven Ashina Spears if you ignore him and instead head for the branch at the cliff. Grappling away will get you out of his range!

Check Out How To Beat Shume Masaji Oniwa Here!

18. Choose Which Items to Give Kuro - Tips

What You Choose will Determine the Ending

What You Choose will Determine the Ending

As Kuro's dying, you'll be given the choice on which key items to give him. This will determine what ending that you will get. Only the items that you were able to procure will show up.

Items & Their Specific Endings

Key ItemEnding
Divine Dragon's TearsImmortal Severance Ending - Kuro Dies
Dragon's Tears & EverblossomPurification Ending - Sekiro Dies
Dragon's Tears & Frozen TearsReturn Ending - Kuro's soul will be carried by the Divine Child

Possible to Leave Kuro to Get Other Items

Possible to Leave Kuro to Get Other Items

You're free to leave the conversation with Kuro and head out into the world if you need to. This will give you a chance to gather missing key items for the ending. Do note that depending on your progression, some of the key items will be locked out.

Check Out How to Unlock All Endings Here

Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Boss Fight Strategy Guide

Use Puppeteer Ninjutsu on Oniwa's Ally

Use Puppeteer Ninjutsu on Oniwa

Oniwa will have an ally right next to him that will also fight you when alerted. You can use him to your advantage by doing an Assassination Deathblow and the Puppeteer Ninjutsu to turn him against Oniwa.

Consume Gachiin's Sugar to Remain Unnoticed

Consume Gachiin

Oniwa and his ally will be looking at different directions, making it a challenging to sneak up on them. With Gachiin's SUgar, you'll be able to sneak around them and deal a Deathblow before being noticed.

Strike Down Oniwa While He's Occupied with Ally

Strike Down Oniwa While He

Oniwa will focus on which enemy will be attacking him. Whenever he has his sights on his ally, go behind him and get in a few strikes. When he turns to you, the ally will then be able to hit him.

Jump Up During Sweep Perilous Attack

Jump Up During Sweep Perilous Attack

The best way to escape Oniwa's Sweep Perilous Attack is by simply jumping up. As you go down, you can sneak in a few hits on him before he gets his bearings.

Mikiri Counter Thrust Attacks, But Don't Counter

Mikiri Counter Thrust Attacks, But Don

Using Mikiri Counter against Oniwa won't be as effective against others because he will push you back to prevent counterattacks. Remember that you're only doing the Mikiri Counter to break his posture.

Attack Oniwa from his Back

Attack Oniwa from his Back

Whenever Oniwa does his sweep attacks, he'll be vulnerable for a few frames. Go behind him and do a few strikes, then immediately go on the defensive again as he starts to attack.

Genichiro, Way of Tomoe Boss Fight Strategy Guide

Fight with Genichiro is Same as 3rd Phase in Ashina Castle

Fight with Genichiro is Same as 3rd Phase in Ashina Castle

Genichiro will retain the moveset he had at the final phase of your fight against him in the Ashina Castle. Although he won't have his lightning attack, he does have a new move with the Mortal Blade.

Parry Genichiro's Attacks to Break His Posture

Parry Genichiro

The fastest way to defeating Genichiro is by continuously bringing down his posture. As you do, sneak in a few hits to lower his health a little to make it slower for him to recover Posture.

Run Away to Dodge Mortal Blade Strike

Run Away to Dodge Mortal Blade Strike

If you see Genichiro holding on the hilt of his sword, run back! This is the starting animation for his unblockable Mortal Blade strike. The move has a long range so it's best to run back as much as possible to escape it.

Isshin, the Sword Saint Boss Fight Strategy Guide

Check Out How to Beat Sword Saint Isshin

First Phase - Tips

Run Away from Isshin when He Holds Hilt of His Sword

Run Away from Isshin when He Holds Hilt of His Sword

Upon releasing his sword from its hilt, Isshin will rush forward and do 2 overhead strikes. Run back a bit to escape its range, but as he releases the attack, circle around him and attack from his back!

Dodge to the Side During Double Vertical Shockwave

Dodge to the Side During Double Vertical Shockwave

When Isshin does a stance with air circling his sword, dodge to the side to escape the double vertical shockwave he'll release. This will also give you a chance to attack him as he'll be locked into the animation during the attack.

Jump Back to Escape Circular Shockwave

Jump Back to Escape Circular Shockwave

When you see Isshin in a stance with air circling the hilt of his sword, create distance between you and jump when he releases the circular shockwave attack. Run back to close the distance between you and Isshin as soon as the attack is over.

Mikiri Counter Thrust Move then Counterattack

Mikiri Counter Thrust Move then Counterattack

One of Isshin's biggest opening is when he does his thrust move that you can easily Mikiri Counter. He'll be stunned for a second after, giving you time to attack him!

Dodge to the Side Circling Thrust Attack

Dodge to the Side Circling Thrust Attack

Isshin will circle you and do a Thrust Attack that due to its timing can be hard to Mikiri Counter. You can instead dodge to the side and attack him from there.

Second Phase - Tips

Isshin will have a Spear & a Pistol Starting this Phase

Isshin will have a Spear & a Pistol Starting this Phase

Isshin will bring out a spear and a pistol that he will start to use from this phase onwards. The new weapons, along with his katana, greatly changes his moveset, combos, and overall range.

Stay on the Defensive Against Isshin

Stay on the Defensive Against Isshin

With his new spear and pistol, Isshin will become more aggressive in the second phase. Stay on the defensive and focus on parrying his moves rather than attacking.

Keep Guard Up to Lower Posture Damage

Keep Guard Up to Lower Posture Damage

When away from Isshin or while waiting for his attack, keep up your guard to lower your posture damage. This will ensure that when you do engage, you're posture won't break in the middle of it.

Wait for His Spear Thrust Attack

Wait for His Spear Thrust Attack

Isshin's biggest opening is in his Spear Thrust Attack that you can easily Mikiri Counter. The Mikiri Counter will do damage to his posture and while he's stunned, you can attack him to lower his vitality.

Jump Back from Circular Shockwave Attack

Jump Back from Circular Shockwave Attack

Similar to what he does in the first phase, Isshin will have a circular shockwave attack, but this time its range will be longer as it's done with the spear. When he starts a stance with air surrounding his spear, start to move away from him.

Jump to Escape Circular Sweep Perilous Attack

Jump to Escape Circular Sweep Perilous Attack

The Circular Sweep Attack cannot be parried or blocked, but you can jump up to escape it. When you see Isshin start to swing his sword, immediately jump up to not get hit with the Perilous Attack.

Third Phase - Tips

Use Lightning Reversal Against Lightning Attacks

Use Lightning Reversal Against Lightning Attacks

By the third phase, Isshin will have a new lightning attack to throw at you. You can return the lightning back at him by jumping up during the lightning attack, then pressing your attack button! This will do a ton of damage to Isshin and stun him for a few seconds.

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