Anti-Air Deathblow Text


Compendium on the shinobi Martial Art, "Anti-Air Deathblow". Skill unlocked upon acquiring this item.

"A technique which serves the shinobi who is not bound by the earth in battle.

Leap towards an opponent who has exposed himself in mid-air, and strike, killing him before he hits the ground.

Anti-air Deathblow Text is a Key Item in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It is used to learn the Anti-Air Deathblow skill.



 Anti-Air Deathblow Text Usage

  • Unlocks the "Anti-Air Deathblow" skill, which allows you to naturally perform a deathblow on an enemy when they're jumping or otherwise moving in mid-air, no matter what their Posture is.
  • Possibly does not work on Lady Butterfly, as she jumps too high for you to catch her with it.
  • Does absolutely work with the Shichimen Warrior mini-bosses, but only if you have divine confetti.
  • Works against Okami Leader Shizu, use the grapple to close the gap then leap towards her during her while she's setting up a spike.



How to Find Anti-air Deathblow Text

  • Bought from Blackhat Badger when he's in Ashina Castle, near the "Old Grave" Sculptor's Idol
  • Available from the Offering Box in the Dilapidated Temple for 2200 Sen after Blackhat Badger has closed his Shop.


Anti-air Deathblow Text Notes & Tips

  • Best used on enemies that jump around a lot, as the Deathblow ignores Posture.



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    • Anonymous

      06 May 2019 14:56  

      Does anyone know if you can use it on that hatred demon at the end? Right before he jumps you can see a death blow marker pop up. I have died hundreds of times on this guy trying to figure it out.

      • Anonymous

        05 May 2019 21:01  

        Managed to pull it off by accident on a bare-handed monkey when he lunged at me. The article really needs to be updated with a list of enemies this works on.

        • Anonymous

          22 Apr 2019 06:35  

          Wasn’t able to use it properly though my entire play through. Did it once on Shichimen warrior, but that’s it. It would be great if someone actually explained how to use it! Interior ministry ninjas are susceptible to this, I even saw a deathblow marker. Once! Over like a 100 ninja fights. I am still using shuriken against jumping enemies, much more reliable.

          • Anonymous

            06 Apr 2019 09:01  

            Suuuuuuuuuper finicky. Enemies designed for this move (double bladed *****ers) still will only get the Deathblow "red highlight" icon in rare situations when you and them are both mid-air AND heading directly towards one-another. "Mid-air" jumps for enemy knife throws don't seem to count either.

            • Anonymous

              04 Apr 2019 20:05  

              Also works on the creepy mini centipede guys in the caves or even in the boss fight with the one at senpoo temple. Just jump and the hit marker will show up for the backstab. Now anyone know if you can use this while the undead monkey throws his poo at you?

              • Anonymous

                31 Mar 2019 09:30  

                No idea how to active this. People say they just have to be in the air put ive tried this on roosters while they are mid air and all I do is a basic attack.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Mar 2019 22:06  

                  So I forgot to buy the skill from the guy. I both tried killing and letting him be. I progressed his quest line up to the point when he's at his son's grave but no matter how long I wait or how far I go, this thing just doesn't want to appear in the offering box. Does anyone know why that happens? I'd really like to get this skill and try it on some boss.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Mar 2019 02:59  

                    If you're trying to use this against a Shichimen Warrior, you have to have divine confetti active as well.

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Mar 2019 13:34  

                      Simply put, if you can catch an enemy in the air, you can perform a deathblow, there is NO NEED to break their posture, works even on mini-bosses:

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Mar 2019 03:36  

                        It's a normal deathblow, but now. If an enemy is in the air. you an execute it. you can try for yourself on a chicken. Parry it when it does a air attack, jump and attack it. in command terms: R1 -> X -> L1 The enemey needs also to be able to recive deathblows.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Mar 2019 06:21  

                          Been trying this against butterfly but haveing no luck to activate. You would think a boss that is in the air most of the time would work with this

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Mar 2019 05:51  

                            When is the appropriate time to use this skill? I've tried using this against enemies who are in the air but haven't been able to trigger it

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