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How To Beat General Matsumoto: Boss Fight Guide

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How To Beat General Matsumoto: Boss Fight Guide

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Check out this guide on how to beat General Kuranosuke Matsumoto boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This includes recommended Prosthetic Tools and Items, his attacks, tips and more!

How To Beat General Matsumoto: Boss Fight Guide
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General Matsumoto Location

General Matsumoto Location
LocationAshina Castle
Rewards- Prayer Bead
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Recommended Prosthetic Tools & Items

Loaded Axe

The Loaded Axe is a useful tool to have in your arsenal in order to deal a fair amount of damage to General Matsumoto. It can also deal posture damage, and can help you break the General's posture for a Deathblow.

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General Matsumoto Combat Tips

Kill Fodder Enemies Surrounding The General

Kill Fodder Enemies Surrounding The General

Four fodder enemies will be surrounding General Matsumoto. It is recommended to go after the fodder enemies first to eliminate any interference from these guys once you fight the general.

Hide Near The Sculptor's Idol To Remove Aggro

Hide Near The Sculptor

After defeating the fodder enemies, run back down the steps, and break line of sight by hiding behind the wall with the Sculptor's Idol. If done correctly, the general will stop chasing you, and return to his original position.

Start The Battle With A Deathblow

Start The Battle With A Deathblow

Once all fodder enemies near the general have been dealt with, start the battle off with a Deathblow. This will effectively remove one of the two health nodes the general has, making the fight easier for you!

General Matsumoto Attacks

General Matsumoto Attack Pattern List

AttackDetails of the Attack
Dash Attack → SliceDashes forward into you, and then slices you while you are staggered
Vertical SliceSlices his big sword downwards in front of him
Jumping Vertical SliceJumps upwards and brings down his blade vertically. Has a long animation
Two Horizontal SlicesSwings his sword from side to side. Attack has a wide range in front
Sweep (Perilous)Will bring his sword down to the ground, and swing it around his feet

Dash Attack → Slice

Dash Attack To Slice

The general will do this attack when you get too comfortable slashing at him in close distance. The best way to avoid this is by only getting a few hits on him, then backing away.

Vertical Slice

Vertical Slice

The general will usually do this move after rushing at you. You can easily avoid this by running away from him, or dodging to the side. There is a brief window where you can hit him a few times after this attack.

Jumping Vertical Slice

Jumping Vertical Slice

Since the telegraph for this attack is quite long, you will be able to react and avoid it with ease. Dodging to the side will let you counterattack him a few times before needing to back away.

Two Horizontal Slices

Two Horizontal Slices

The attack has short, but wide range. Dodge it by moving backwards. Remember that this attack consists of two slices, so only close in on the general after the second slice.

Sweep Perilous Attack

Sweep Perilous Attack

As soon as the Perilous symbol appears, the General will bring his sword down to the ground. Jump upwards to avoid it, and you will have a few seconds to deal some damage to him.

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