Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze

jinsuke saze
Location Ashina Castle
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Loaded Umbrella
Sabimaru
XP
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

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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 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 he has 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 manages 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 great posture damage.

Poison Sabimaru - The Sabimaru is this boss' 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' 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 damage, 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 keep your distance and dash close, running clockwise around him, you will always dodge his Ashina Slice. Use the opportunity to sneak in a few attacks, and disengage. Repeat this hit and run tactic until victorious.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      can not wait until i murder this guy so his soul can go rot in the pit of hell for eternity and i can hang his bloody, lifeless body in front of his wife and kids and carve out his guts and crush his skull into a million little pieces

      **** this guy to eternity

      • Anonymous

        When he sheaths his sword for ashina cross, wait until the hilt of his sword flashes and immediately deflect twice. It worked pretty much every time for me. Also works for the final boss.

        • Anonymous

          I struggled so hard trying to match this guys violent force. Then I remembered a shinobi does not meet force with force but rather redirects it against the opponent. I used loaded umbrella to fill his posture gauge and got the two death blows in less than a minute

          • Anonymous

            Went in on a new playthrough. Dimly remembered "something bad" was on the other side of the door from this idol. Oh hell it's this guy! But then... panic deflect, panic deflect.. death blow? Never had an easier time with a boss before and I don't know if I could do it again.

            • Anonymous

              This guy is right at the ceiling of my fast twitch reflex, I can get the parry, just not every time, even though I know it's coming. Guess I'm just ******* old now.

              • Anonymous

                I don't understand why people struggle with this guy, he completely ez even in my first try (had no chance I though he other blue samurai)
                Maybe he fast or anything but his posture is incredible low(like ashina outskirt bald samurai)
                Spam deflect kinda helping if you ask

                • Anonymous

                  i actually stopped playing sekiro because of this guy (and what felt like display lag from my tv making the parry timing impossible), picking it back up and just took him out with the umbrella method: two umbrella deflects = 1 deathblow

                  • Anonymous

                    I don't know what's wrong with me but I could not manage to parry him for the life of me. Instead, I would move away from him to a good range and run at him but just to the side, as if I was trying to end up standing shoulder to shoulder with him. As soon as I get close, I dodge. He would use his double slash every time and miss, letting me smack him with a standard attack. Then I run away to make some distance and repeat over and over.

                    It definitely takes way longer but I could not get parrying to work for me. I dunno. If you're having trouble with deflecting, this might be an option for you.

                    • Anonymous

                      This boss is easy once you find out what his "shtick" is. Don't even bother attacking him as that will probably cause you to get it hit and basically be on shot. Wait for his sword/hilt to glint white then just do an immediate double deflect. 90% of the time he does the double attack so just stand there and go for deflections and the fight can be over in about 15-20 seconds.

                      • Anonymous

                        this guy can be extremly cancer to deal with while at the same time can be easy as hell
                        i died like 10 times trying to deflect both of his strikes(for whatever reason i could parry only one and i always took vitality damage,probably me being a crab)
                        and on 11th this guy just spammed wide slash which absolutely demolishes his posture if you jump on him
                        if your a crab like me probably an easy way without abusing prostetics is just runing around in circles around him with poking him,if you are far enough you should be able to do 1-2 strikes without taking damage from his 2/3 vitality bar combo

                        • Anonymous

                          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

                            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

                              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

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

                                • Anonymous

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

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

                                            • Anonymous

                                              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

                                                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.

                                                • 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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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).

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Just wanted to add my endorsement for mist raven. I tried everything else already mentioned here (tapping parry, dodging left or right, fire, poison, etc.) and none worked for me but with the raven you only need to succeed 3 times (each time you teleport behind him you can get 3 free hits and he's down by the third teleport) for a deathblow. Just repeat again for second life bar. The timing is exactly the same as normal deflect but far less messy since you don't have to worry about him countering or dodging your hits.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Please add mist raven to his weaknesses, you can easily hit him 2 or 3 times after mist raven procs. Just be sure that you are locked on to him

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I’m doing a no-prosthetic run on NG+, and this guy is super weak to Dragon Flash. It’s a little tricky to create the proper distance for the maximum charge, but it knocks out a ton of health and his posture breaks in two uses. The only struggle then is closing the distance once he’s open for the deathblow, but it’s satisfying anyway.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                For the red-eye version, the flame umbrella will deal the usual posture damage, then startle him. Use the follow-through attack to build up burn, back away, repeat, and he should be open then for a deathblow.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Dodging is absurdly effective with him. Just double-tap dodge if you're having trouble timing the parry and instead hack the dude to death; sticking close makes him more often than not rely on his shiny hilt two-swing combo that leaves him wide open over and over. Combine that with relatively weak health and he drops in under a minute.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If you have the "secret" Ashina Cross combat art you can slash him with that from a safe distance iirc 2 or 3 times to get a deathblow [so 4 or 6 slashes total] and the fight is over literally in a minute.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      This Mini-Boss should've been one of the first fights in the game. Really teaches you the value of parrying. You don't have to hit him once to deplete his posture =)

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        beat him quite easily on PC by parrying his attacks, press L1 when you see the shine on his handle... but almost impossible on XB1.. must be a latency issue, when you see the shine, it's already too late to parry (and I did set my TV to game mode) :-(

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          This boss can literally just be cheesed to death with the sabimaru, hes extremely weak to poison and*****ty at deflecting. Youre welcome

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Stay in Dojo to have maneuvering room and bait his attack and run to the left - his double strike attack will miss and you can attack his back once or twice. Rinse and repeat. If you need to heal, run into the second room - you can heal in the left corner as he paths very slowly there. Firecrackers work great as well.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              You don't have to fight him to get outside. At the bottom of the stairs, cut through the paper wall behind the two blue samurai. Run through past the Nightjars, jump out the window. Profit.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Use a gachin sugar before entering his room and hug the left side to sneak behind him for an easy early deathblow.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  IMPORTANT CHEESE: LITERALLY JUST BAIT VILEHANDS INTO HIS AREA AND WATCH THEM KILL EACHOTHER. U BROUGHT 2 WITH ME AND THEY MOBBED HIM WHILE I WATCHED. -hero

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I love how all the strats are umbrella shield and sabimaru. Nobody talks about the Mist Raven tool. I just used that to teleport behind him on each attack, attacked him until he wised up and backstepped, then did it again. Was the safest way to handle it since you just teleport each time you see the flash that starts his attack.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      oddly enough i really like this boss fight, even though it is short. In a dojo, One Elite Samurai vs One Elite Shinobi. One wrong move and it's over

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        In NG+ this dude literally one shots you if you miss a deflect. He's still super easy though. Shadowrush him 1-2x from far away at the start if this fight and he'll posture break in just a few deflects.

                                                                                        • If your deflection timing sucks, use loaded spear thrust type, hold rt to charge at him, then jump back, then hit him again, try to get him with it before he does the 2 slash attack (when you see the glint of his blade when he begins to draw it) or right after. This will carry you through first phase. For second, use what spirit emblems you have left for spear then dodge his attacks and spam whirlwind slash, he should go down quite easy.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Ridiculously easy when you get it, just wait in front of him until he starts unsheathing his Katana and at the correct moment spam your deflect button (tapping it). Repeat this 2 times and Deathblow, repeat another two times and Deathblow for finish. Basically a free Prayer Bead to have.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              As stated by everyone else, this boss is a glass cannon, if you unlock the Shinobi Shadowrush you can literally kill him in 6 uses of it, 3 per phase as that attack can't be guarded.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Just run circles around him. Your pattern should be like single attack, dash to his left, attack and so on. Beware of occasional red kanji attack and you're golden. This guy is total glass cannon, so fight won't be long. Pretty cool design btw.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Didn't try Sabimaru, but parrying his main 2 hit attack with iron fortress wipes of almost his entire posture bar in one shot. So he's weak to a couple of prosthetics.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The ***** is everyone on about? This dude is borderline impossible. Unless I'm somehow WAY further into the game than I should be (I only have the axe, feather, shuriken, and flame cannon, no upgrades, a few skills, and 1 health upgrade and 1 attack upgrade). Seriously, I've tried what everyone has mentioned, and this dude is just unstoppable, he always gets off a hit no matter what I do, and every time I revive, he attacks so damn fast, the game doesn't even have time to register that I input a dodge or block after I revive. This dude is pure bullshit

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      He takes a few moments to stand up when you enter the room, which lets you get some free hits on him. He takes huge posture damage (around 80%) if you parry his draw strike. I wasn't able to get the timing with the sword, but the umbrella makes it trivial. Run in, ichimonji, umbrella -> first health bar down. For the second health bar, just need 2 umbrella deflects. Watch his hand and press the button when you see it close around the sword handle and there's a flash.

                                                                                                      • This boss is INCREDIBLY weak to the Sabimaru. Bait out his draw attack which leaves him open to being combo'd up, watch for the poison to apply, back off and laugh as his health drains to ~25%. he has two health bars so you might run low on Spirit but the poison will do more than enough to just switch off to the spear thrust upgrade and finish him

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This boss isn't required. Going back down the stair case behind the 2 enemies by the window is a destructible wall which will lead you back up on onto the roof on a higher level than encore where you can access the boss that comes after Jimusuke

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