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. This Complete Ashina Alite - Jinsuke Saze Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Jinsuke Saze easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. 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

Where to find Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze in Sekiro?

  • 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

What do you get from defeating Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze in Sekiro?



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.
  • His signature two-slash move, Ashina Cross, is difficult to deflect by just tapping L1 twice. It's easier if you hold L1 briefly and then tap it again when you hear the first impact.
  • 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 Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Video Strategies


Sekiro Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze 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 - Jinsuke does heavy and quick damage but have low health. Run towards him 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

      26 Mar 2021 17:02  

      He's not based on Tanetsune Sase, he's based on Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, the founder of a style of sword fighting that involves drawing your sword! I mean that's even where they got the name!

      • Anonymous

        15 Feb 2021 23:52  

        Just wait for his bam bam attack then time two parries. It is very satisfying also very easy due to his posture being ****ed in four or so parries.

        • Anonymous

          29 Oct 2020 21:20  

          When he attacks, jump forward on his head then get a couple of attacks in. Just jump forward to dodge his attacks. Be the aggressor.

          • Anonymous

            10 Jun 2020 14:50  

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

            • Anonymous

              06 Apr 2020 23:30  

              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 14:51  

                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 17:28  

                  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 06:41  

                    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 12:15  

                      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 09:52  

                        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 03:58  

                          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.

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