Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze

Location Ashina Castle
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Loaded Umbrella
NG: 314
NG+: 2826
Reward Prayer Bead

Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze (葦名流・佐瀬甚助, School of Ashina - Saze Jinsuke) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are uniquely named, and have 2 or more health bars. This means they require at least 2 Deathblows in order to kill, they are generally much more difficult than normal enemies, and they drop some of the best loot in the game.



Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Location

  • Ashina Castle: Found in the Dojo, straight ahead from the Sculptor's Idol
  • This boss is optional, you can break a wall next to the two Blue-Robed Samurai on the floor below him and reach Genichiro through Isshin's Tower.
  • Missable. Must be killed before the first attack on the Ashina Castle (after acquiring the Shelter Stone and Lotus of the Palace), or he will no longer be there
  • There is a red-eyed version of the Ashina Elite named Ujinari Mizuo who can be found in the Isshin's Tower at the bottom floor near the end of the game after the second attack on the Ashina Castle.



Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Rewards



Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Notes & Tips

  • Jinsuke Saze practices the real life sword technique Iaijutsu, quickly drawing a sheathed blade and striking in one motion.
  • A Gokan's Sugar can be found in the area just before the fight, hinting at his weakness to deflection. 
  • The Loaded Umbrella works extremely well for this fight because it fills his Posture Gauge very very fast. Time your R2 for when you see the white glint of the blade.
  • Poison does a lot of damage to this enemy, making Sabimaru a very good tool for this Mini-Boss.



Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Lore

  • He is likely based on the general Tanetsune Sase (or Saze) (佐瀬種常),  one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the warlord Moriuji Ashina.



Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Strategies

Video Strategies



Strategy Write-up

Ashina Elite - Jinusuke Saze is a straightforward, but punishing mini-boss that relies on quick and devastating attacks to overwhelm you very quickly. His most used Ashina Slice attack deals heavy posture and vitality damage through a block and comes out extremely fast making the deflect or dodge timing very unforgiving. 

General Strategy

Ashina Elite - Jinusuke Saze uses his Ashina Slice attack very frequently; as such the most straightforward way to approach this encounter is to properly dodge or deflect this attack and counter. Stay within striking distance and wait for him to sheathe his sword. When you see a flash of light appear from the handle either dodge to your right toward him, or attempt to deflect his strikes. Deflecting his strikes deals massive posture damage and should be done if you are able to do so safely. Dodging is the safer choice and will set you up for 1-2 counterattacks. When his sword is not sheathed he will attempt either a combo or perilous attack and you should react accordingly to what he does. 

The Loaded Umbrella or Mist Raven Prosthetic Tool can make this encounter very easy since his attacks or are well telegraphed and deal massive posture with a successful deflect. Use the Loaded Umbrella when his sheathed sword flashes to deal massive posture damage, or use the Mist Raven to move behind him for an easier dodge. 

Whirlwind spam strategy - Ashina does heavy and quick damage but have low health. Run towards Ashina and start attacking directly with whirlwind slash. Keep spamming whirlwind while holding the left analog stick to the left (he'll miss his attacks 50%-75%) even if he manage to get some hits on you. If the boss gets multiple hits (or just a hit for low vitality players) on you, dodge backwards and heal - use firecracker afterwards, dash or chase slice and start whirlwind slash spam again. Use Ako's sugar if you want maximum attack power however Ungo's sugar is recommended so you don't have to heal as much (or get instant death).

Chasing Slice Combo - Jinsuke will deflect your shuriken but not chasing slice. This is a chance to attack, then jump over his perilous attack and step on his head to do large posture damage.

Poison Sabimaru - The Sabimaru is this boss's weakness. After dodging one of his attacks, unleash a flurry of Sabimaru attacks. He will be poisoned even if he guards. Avoid taking hits and let the poison eat away at him, then move in for a deathblow.

Flame Vent - Use oil and use the small window after he uses Ashina Slice to hit him with the Flame Vent which takes out a good chunk of his health while also leaving him temporarily vulnerable.

Loaded Spear - Loaded Spear can be used to cheese this boss's AI. Activating the Spear at close to max range, with his sword sheathed, will cause him start his draw attack as sekiro comes into range. This interrupts his attack, dealing a large amount of health and posture, especially with Chasing Slice. He will the then respond with a sweeping perilous attack which can easily be stomped. Run away, rinse and repeat. 

Hit and Run Strategy - If you take your distance and dash close, running clockwise around him, you will always dodge his Ashina Slice. Use the moment to sneak in a few attacks, and disengage. Repeat this hit and run tactic until victorious.




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    • Anonymous

      10 Jun 2020 20:50  

      Deflecting his double attack is so fast for my middle-aged fingers that it physically hurts. Fun as hell though.

      • Anonymous

        07 Apr 2020 05:30  

        I found that strafing to the left around him works incredibly well. The Ashina Cross attack misses and I can get a hit or two in. The only issue is initiating it. Perfect dodge to the left at first and you'll be golden. Another issue is if he goes to a wall where you can't strafe. Back off and initiate again with the dodge. The big thing to remember is DON'T STOP MOVING TO THE LEFT. The Ashina Cross may look like it will hit you but it won't. I just did this and I didn't get hit by that attack once. Good luck fellow shinobi!

        • Anonymous

          04 Mar 2020 20:51  

          USE THE RAVEN MIST!!! I tried time after time to deflect or dodge to the side, and it just didn't work. Right before I was about to take a break, I remembered the raven mist, and when I used it. the fight became incredibly easy and I killed him first try without taking any hits. Just press R2 as soon as you see the little flash before his attack, and then hit him in the back.

          • Anonymous

            04 Jan 2020 23:28  

            dodge wise,you MUST dodge to the left,backwards and his front step gets you,right and the edge of the blade on the lower arc hits you,jumping is well bad,blocking does zip (basicly reduces you to a 2 shot with slightly more HP)

            • Anonymous

              28 Dec 2019 12:41  

              I tried so many times with the dodge and jab technique but just couldn't get it right, mainly because I was doing it poorly lmao. I'm telling you, deflecting his attacks kills him so quickly it's ridiculous and real satisfying to pull off. Definitely recommend at least trying it if you're good at timing.

              • Anonymous

                18 Nov 2019 18:15  

                I found that you can just dash around him and attack after he does his cross slash. I beat this boss without doing a single deflection. Sure it was cowardly, but it got the job done.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Aug 2019 15:52  

                  Whirling Strike with the axe definitely feels like the most effective strategy. Make sure to use Ungo's sugar before entering the room

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Aug 2019 09:58  

                    I took him down after a couple of tries. Kept sprinting to the left in circles around him, keeping him in the middle of the room and baiting his attack. Then did a running slash, jumped backwards and repeated. Not the fastest strategy but it felt a lot safer than being close to him. Make sure you try out his range so you don't get hit by mistake when sprinting. Also used mist raven when he got a bit too close and it worked like a charm.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Jun 2019 18:05  

                      how to deal with this guy: 1) stay still and look at his sheat 2) when you see the sheat blink/glow, press parry twice 3) repeat 4) profit if you do it properly, both hits will be perfect deflects and he'll kill himself filling his posture bar in 3-4 combos. No need to attack him at all.

                      • 09 May 2019 12:46  

                        Who wrote this xD Left Wall Huh doesn’t work at all, Loaded Axe is a MUCH better tool (I dispatched him in about 30 seconds by posture breaking him with it), and Sabimaru wasn’t helpful at all

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Apr 2019 15:50  

                          A well timed Umbrella parries BOTH his slashes, resulting in nearly instantly filling his posture bar (only need 1 or 2 hits before deathblow), making this fight extremely easy ! Just press R2 / RT right after the sword flashes

                          • Anonymous

                            28 Apr 2019 16:33  

                            He also is weak fire and gets stunned even if not directly with the flame vent prosthetic. Although the easiest way it to just deflect fis draws and jump backwards afterward to avoid his follow up. Tinse and repeat.

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Apr 2019 01:22  

                              Let me just say that you guys don't need any tools to beat this guy. Whenever you see that he's about to do the Ashina Slice attack all you need to do is dodge to the LEFT (if you dodge right you'll still get hit by the horizontal slice) then get in a single dodge attack (he does dodge this sometimes but don't sweat it). Two hits is not recommended, as he will always deflect your second hit and will mostly stun you with his palm jab immediately afterwards. You will need excellent dodge timing to avoid the his attack after he stuns you. Just keep dodging left and getting single hits in, backing off if you're ever in a corner and healing when needed (he can easily be out ranged as he only does the Ashina Slice and approaches very slowly).

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