Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo

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Location Ashina Castle
Weakness Flame, Block, Great Feather Mist Raven
Reward 1x Prayer Bead
2,905 Exp (NG)

Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo (葦名流・水生氏成, School of Ashina - Mizuo Ujinari) is an optional Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Ujinari Mizuo 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 - Ujinari Mizuo is a red-eyed Ashina Samurai found in the Hidden Dojo beneath Isshin Ashina's room in Ashina Castle after returning from the Divine Realm. He wears the blue robe associated with Ashina Samurai and carries a katana on his left hip. His primary method of fighting is to use the Ashina Stance and dash towards the player before quickly unsheathing his blade to perform a quick upwards and downwards slash.

Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo has 2 health bars that must be removed before he is defeated. Upon defeat he will rewards the player with a Prayer Bead and experience.


Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Location

Where to find Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo in Sekiro?

  • Ashina Castle: Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo is located in the hidden dojo below Isshin Ashina's room after returning from the Divine Realm. This room was formerly guarded by three Nightjar Ninja prior to defeating Genichiro Ashina and during the Shinobi assault one could find a Nightjar Ninja and Lone Swordsman Shinobi clashing.
  • Upon entering the dojo either by the stairs from Isshin Ashina's room or from behind (even while under the effect Gachiin's Sugar) this enemy will immediately aggro to you. If you then de-aggro him by running away he will return to his original position but can now be backstabbed without issue.
  • This is an optional boss.


Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Rewards

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Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Video Strategies

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Sekiro Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Strategy Write-up

Much like other red-eyed enemies, he is stronger than a regular Mini-Boss. His attack are extremely simple and straightforward when compared to other enemies, but their true power lies in speed and strength, which can quickly overpower the player.

This is fight is very similar to the one against Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze, which was required prior to facing Genichiro Ashina atop the Ashina Castle. While the same strategy can be employed, Ujinari's attack power is vastly superior to Jinsuke, so extra care is advised.

While Ujinari will attack the player the moment they enter his room, it is possible to exploit his AI and cause him to return to his starting point and make him susceptible to a Stealth Deathblow. In order to do so, simply aggro him and run back up the stairs through the sliding doors near the Ashina Dojo Sculptor's Idol; the battle theme will fade and he will lose interest shortly after. When returning to face Ujinari, he won't automatically attack the player upon entering his own, instead becoming vulnerable to a Deathblow.

Defeating Ujinari is a battle of patience and quick reflexes. Always hold block during this fight, as the area is small and limits the movement of Sekiro; if needed, bait Ujinari to the corridor prior his room, as it has more space to move around. Be careful when moving while not blocking, won't need to be running around and if you get caught by his attack with 17 Vitality without deflecting or blocking it, you will die! Watch for Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo to perform his quickdraw technique (indicated by a gleam from his blade) and dash left or right to avoid the attack and get in a single hit of your own (chargedattacks seem to hit reliably). If your attack gets deflected, be ready to dodge his jab followed by another quickdraw.  Repeat until his health is lowered to zero opening him for a deathblow.

Ujinari's most dangerous attack is his Ashina Quickdraw, where he sheats his blade and assumes a drawing stance (indicated by a gleam from his blade), proceeding to unleash a flurry of extremely fast attacks once the player approaches. These attacks inflict both massive Vitality and Posture damage, and can break Sekiro's Posture easily even if it is at zero, meaning it will go through his defense; being caught by all the attacks without blocking and with less than 17 Vitality will result in instant death. When he is about to attack, dash sideways to avoid it and counterattack (the charged thrust deals a good amount of damage). If the counterattack gets deflected, be ready to dodge his jab followed by another quickdraw. Repeat until his health is lowered to zero opening him for a Deathblow. The Loaded Umbrella is very useful to parry this attack, as it will break his stance and leave him vulnerable to retaliation.

When his health is nearly gone, the Loaded Shuriken can be used to remove his last sliver of health, allowing for a Deathblow without having to risk getting in close.

"Cheesing" with Fire

Since Ujinari is a red-eyed enemy, he is very vulnerable to fire. Because of this, the Flame Vent, specifically the Okinaga's Flame Vent, can be used to deal massive damage to him, especially when combined with Oil to make him more susceptible to Burn.

Start by doing the aggro losing method described above, by drawing his attention and then flee to make him return to his starting position and make him vulnerable to a Stealth Deathblow. After backstabbing him, throw the Oil as soon he gets up, and proceed to use the Okinaga's Flame Vent (by pressing the R1/RT once and then proceeding to press and hold), which will stunlock him. If done correctly, and depending on how many Spirit Emblems the player has, it can deal 70% to 80% of Ujinari's Vitality, making the rest of the fight much easier.

If you have acquired the Mist Raven's feather and upgraded the prosthetic tool to the Great Feather Mist Raven, this fight can be made exceptionally easy.  Simply activate the tool when he attempts to strike and you will not only teleport behind him but also leave a burst of flame that will exploit his weakness as a red-eyed enemy. While he is stunned by the fire, you can lay into him with repeated strikes doing massive damage.  As he does not have an excessively large health pool, you should have plenty of spirit emblems to completely defeat him with this method.

Alternatively, a very effective way to handle Ujinari is to use Sparking Axe prosthetic tool. Since Ujinari approaches the player slowly, you can keep your distance and swing at Ujinari to land the Sparking Axe attack in front of him - you do not have to hit Ujinari. Ujinari will be startled by fire, and you can then freely land strong hits, make distance and repeat the move. You can also startle if you need to refresh Spirit Emblems or recover. It is sometimes safer than Okinaga's Flame Vent because the Flame Vent slows Sekiro's recovery movement. The battle ends fairly quickly.

Cheesing With Enemy NPCs

Thanks to the purple shinobi that have overrun Ashina Castle, you don't even have to fight Ujinari yourself - they can do it for you! By luring the one by the antechamber idol and the one in the back room along the way to the boss room, you can just sit back and watch them do all the work for you. All you have to do is step in to perform the deathblows.  While this is happening, feel free to take potshots at the boss (thrusts are good), but be careful not to harm your "allies' - and try not to get hit by them either! Once the purple shinobis have gotten rid of his last health bar, wait for them to be finished off by the boss so you do not have to worry about them later. Once your friends have died, finish Ujinari off by hitting him once more to activate the last deathblow (to stay safe you can use a Phantom Kunai to hit him from range).

Deflect to Win

When you see his hand move for the quickdraw, double-tap block to deflect both hits and deal massive posture damage to him (that seemed to work better for me than waiting to see the "gleam"). The guy spams ONE move at you, so it's not too hard to learn the timing and take advantage of it. Resist the temptation to dodge, as he's liable to do the fake-out instead and then hit you while you're in recovery. Use the umbrella prosthetic for deflection to make this even easier.


Sekiro Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Ashina Fake Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo will dash and grab the handle of his sword but he does not attack. He will not attack but if the player tries to avoid the fake he will immediately perform the Ashina Quickdraw often unable to be blocked as the dash animation frames will not allow you to block. You can tell whether it is a fake or quickdraw based on whether his sword gleams when he grabs it.
Ashina Quickdraw Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo will assume the Ashina stance with his blade sheathed. If the he reaches for his sword and handle of his blade gleams, he will then slide towards you and quickly draw his blade performing a vertical upwards then downwards slash. This attack can kill you at 17 Vitality if not deflected or blocked. By defending this attack the player will receive a large amount of health & posture damage. Deflecting this attack is possible but extremely risky. It is best to avoid this attack by dashing left or right then performing a single hit on the enemy. Repeat until dead.
Quick Jab Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo will slide towards the player and perform a quick jab with his left hand. This most often occurs after he deflects the player. Almost immediately he will follow a jab with his Quickdraw attack. To avoid this attack dash in a single direction twice, to avoid the jab and incoming slash.
Phase 2
Phase 1 There does not seem to be a noticeable change in Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo attacks between the 1st and 2nd phases of the fight.
Example Attack Example Counter


Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Lore

  • Those with Red Eyes are dangerous, and filled a with rage that is difficult to control through the power of man alone. They do, however, fear the flame above all else. This loathing of flames is shared by the undead inhabitants of Mibu Village.
  • Red Eyed Carp are considered incomplete creatures, but their eyes are said to be everlasting.

Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo Notes & Trivia

  • If approached from behind while stealthed you can eavesdrop on Ashina Elite - Ujinari Mizuo for additional dialogue:

"...Lord Isshin, I will be borrowing this. Please watch over me... We, the Ashina clan, will win this battle..."

  • Although it is initially impossible to sneak up on Ujinari Mizuo (he automatically detects Sekiro's presence when he gets close enough), if the player then runs away and de-aggros him, when Ujinari Mizuo returns to his starting position he will stand facing the wall and can be sneaked up on and deathblowed. 

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    • Anonymous

      Spinning (R2+L1) Suzaku's Umbrella completely potato's this guy. Spin it during his Iai-flurry, then wail on him while he cowers. Pop a confetti/Ako's if you want, but (at 12 attack on NG) it's overkill.

      • Anonymous

        Is this a bug? I ran past him unlock the idol. Now he no longer exists, even if I come from a different idol. I never even hit him once.

        • Anonymous

          I found that sprinting at him right away and getting a fully charged sparking axe blow (fire damage) let me stun him for long enough to keep hitting him with it until his posture bar was completely full. After that, just spam L1 whenever the sword shimmers.

          • Anonymous

            It's better to wait for where he steps in for the Ashina Cross to time the flash effect to deflect, you want to have a little bit distance so you can give yourself a chance to time it. If you spam the deflect button he is more likely to hit you with the first strike and you'll perfect deflect the second but your health will get wittled down, opening you up for attacks when trying to heal. If he kicks you don't worry about your posture because if you perfect deflect the possible follow up Ashina Cross you won't fill out your gauge.

            • Anonymous

              Flaming Loaded Umbrella. It creates fire upon activation and spinning so yeah. As he attacks just pop umbrella, he will be stunned for a couple of seconds. If you don't have great reflexes, this can help immensely. Hope this helped someone ;)

              • Anonymous

                Resurrection mod turns this enemy from an elite into an elitist; thinking it's an infallible move, he'll start phase 2 spamming ichimonji for years lol

                • Anonymous

                  initially tried to fight this boss with prosthetics, but didn't get the same results compared to well-timed deflecting with sugar. took a few tries to get the rhythm and rek'd him

                  • Anonymous

                    pop a stealth sugar, run up behind him to get him to stand up, run away til his health bar disappears, go back and get a free backstab, use umbrella deflect when his sword shines and wail on him, repeat. Easiest miniboss in the game.

                    • Anonymous

                      Maybe it was just my case, but with the demon bell he was impossible to parry. I enjoy beating bosses by posture without the use of most prosthetics with the exception of the shuriken (i'm not saying they are easy or that i'm op or some ****, just that i enjoy fighting them that way) but i couldn't get the timing right for this mother****er nor his cousin. I died at least 20 times in a row and didn't get any better, didn't see where was my flaw.
                      The only thing that worked at the very end was to not block and stand still, simply pressing L1 to deflect, not before or after, only when he attacks. That seems to piss the **** out of him, and he keeps doing the double slash over and over without moving sideways or backwards, like waiting for you to fail or back down, so if you manage to deflect all of the 8 or 10 slashes straight and the 8 or 10 that come after the first deathblow, the fight ends in 15 seconds. I was desperate, but It was fun as hell at the end tho

                      • Anonymous

                        Leaping Spear charge attack works wonders here. Even with the long recovery you have plenty of time to run in and land a few swipes.

                        • Anonymous

                          Why is it called "deflect" if you still take damage? Also, another recycled boss? Really? This game is a 6/10 at best. GOTY is essentially like the Oscars at this point, utterly useless.

                          • Anonymous

                            You can actually get all 4 of the ninja dudes on that floor to gank him, just make sure they don't take any damage to the ashjna dudes who were over the maps, and that they keep following you, and you get an easy gank squad

                            • Anonymous

                              these Ashina Elite basically killed themself with Ashina combat arts, just posture damage them with deflect and you will be fine

                              • Anonymous

                                Leaping Flame spear stuns him and then Ashina cross. Back up. Do it again. Throw an oil first just to be safe.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Beat this boss on my first try because he was exactly like the Jinsuke guy in the dojo, spam L1 to win the moment his sword gleams. Easy, didn’t even do anything but stand around waiting for him to attack, guy practically killed himself.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Mr. Mizuo is like a more demonic version of Jinsuke Saze; I mean, yeah, he’s another one of those glass-cannon types with little posture like his early counterpart, but he still hurts like Hell. I couldn’t understand why he could take more than half my health away, until I realized it’s because of those damn Red Eyes.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Open flame umbrella as he takes his sheathed swings. You'll deflect both, and he gets spooked by the fire. Practically fills posture gauge instantly.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        this guy is strange. all his attack hit thru block and u cant spam deflect because it will parry only 1 of his attacks at best. only way is perfect timing the double tap before his attack but its a split second. roasted this guy with flame vent

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