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 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 Mizou 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

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Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze Strategies

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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. 




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    • 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).

              • Anonymous

                15 Apr 2019 08:06  

                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

                  14 Apr 2019 11:28  

                  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

                    11 Apr 2019 15:27  

                    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

                      11 Apr 2019 15:23  

                      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

                        09 Apr 2019 22:00  

                        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

                          06 Apr 2019 17:17  

                          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

                            05 Apr 2019 16:01  

                            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

                              03 Apr 2019 22:31  

                              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

                                02 Apr 2019 03:52  

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

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