Blazing Bull

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Location Ashina Castle
Deathblow Markers 1
Helpful Prosthetic Tools Shinobi Firecracker
Suzaku's Lotus Umbrella
XP NG: 215
NG+: 2150
Reward Prayer Bead
Shinobi Medicine Rank 2

Blazing Bull (火牛, Fire Ox) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Blazing Bull Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Blazing Bull easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are unique, and have 1 or more health bars. This means they require at least 1 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.

 

 

Blazing Bull Location

Where to find Blazing Bull in Sekiro?

  • Ashina Castle: Found at the very beginning of Ashina Castle
  • This boss is not optional.

 

 

Blazing Bull Rewards

What do you get from defeating Blazing Bull in Sekiro?

 

 

Blazing Bull Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Blazing Bull Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sekiro Blazing Bull Strategy Writeup

The strategy for this fight is to try to stay behind him and bait him into swiping at his side, dodging to stay behind him and then attacking. Every 10-15 seconds he will sort of go berserk and this is a good time to use the Shinobi Firecracker to stun him and get in some attacks. Now attack him from behind once again, repeating this process as necessary. 

An alternate strategy is to bait the charge and deflect. This will briefly stun the bull, allowing the player to get in three  attacks on its head then quickly reposition and back up in order to bait another charge. It may take some practice to get the timing of the deflect down, a beat or two after the bull lowers its head. As the head is the bull's weak spot, this strategy can be used to defeat the beast quite quickly. The player will still take a small amount of damage from the charge and will build up the burning status effect when deflecting. But, this will be minimal on a successful deflect. However, the player should monitor these and heal as needed. It is advisable to lure the bull into destroying all the structures in the area so that the player has a clear view of the arena and does not get caught unexpectedly on any obstruction.

Jump attacks tend to be quite safe against this boss's charge attacks and allow safe repositioning but do limited damage.

Proper positioning (player should be on left side with the enemies between them and the upper right corner where the bull spawns) at the beginning of the fight will cause the bull to kill the two normal enemies as it enters the area, slightly simplifying the fight.

 

Sekiro Blazing Bull Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter
Phase 2
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter

 

 

Blazing Bull Lore

Eavesdropping on nearby warriors indicates that the Blazing Bull attacks friend and foe alike.

 

Blazing Bull Notes & Trivia

On NG, the bull has 3190 total vitality.

The bull takes reduced damage when struck anywhere but the head, the hardest place to strike the Bull safely.

If you die to the two enemies that come to check on the Bull after the fight ends, you will spawn at the Ashina Castle Idol regardless of whether or not you have unlocked it, and you will be unable to return to the boss arena.

If the bull crashes into the wall of the arena during its charge attack, it will be stunned for several seconds. During that time, it's vulnerable to a deathblow.

The Blazing Bull was probably to some degree inspired by the Minamoto army's use of charging bulls with torches affixed to their horns as a shock tactic against the Taira army during the Battle of Kurikara Pass in 1183. Before that, the Chinese warlord Tian Dan used nearly the same technique against a castle which refused to surrender during the Warring States era, however in his case the torches were tied to the bulls' tails.

 

 

Blazing Bull Image Gallery

 

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    • Anonymous

      You can make the first encounter with him pretty easy by locking him on and keep the whole fight the sprint button pressed and just run arround him. Throw every so often firecrackers at him to get a few hits in and then keep running arround him again. Will probably take a bit more time compared to the regular way (whatever that is, still dont know), but pretty save and easy :)

      • Anonymous

        I just stayed on his ass like a horny teen, if you let him get any distance he's gonna charge at you, so stay on that ass! whack whakedy whack.

        • Anonymous

          I managed to kill him with first try. Don't know if i was lucky, but simple soullke dodge worked for me. I jus dodged around him looking for opportunities to stab and that's it.

          • Anonymous

            I had so much trouble trying to circle around to hit his butt, because he turned so fast, and the damage was so irrelevant. It was a lot easier using firecrackers to stun him, then stabbing his face, deflect/dodge, and repeat.

            • Anonymous

              Crappy boss. Got super lucky on him though. Bull had half HP and I hit him in the head once, he stood on his back to legs and then fell over and let me deathblow him. It was in the middle of the arena so I am not exactly sure what happened but I won't complain after 10 minutes of running in circles slapping his butt

              • Anonymous

                Sekiro is fun. No doubt one of my favorite games with one of the best sword combat mechanics ever. But then, there are bosses in this game that do not use swords and they're one of the most boring pieces of **** bossfights in the game. Holy hell this boss is such a ****ing sleeper. The parrying-rhythm-game mechanics is what got me in this game and then they just give us retarded bosses like this guy and the ape.

                • Anonymous

                  the easy method to beat this guy is to do a bloodborne pig move, get up close with his rear, charge up your attack and stab! when stunned do a visceral attack right up that ass

                  • Anonymous

                    Only reason I make the decision to start NG+ every so often is because I forget this guy exists. I've died to this guy more times than I've died to endgame Genichiro, and that's saying something.

                    • Anonymous

                      In my opinion it was easier to learn the deflect timing than to try to dodge the attacks with strange hitboxes. Worst boss so far for sure.

                      • Anonymous

                        Total pain in the butt fight mainly due to the the bull's health pool. If it cooperates it's a dull chip-away-its-health fight and if it's ornery it'll tag you with a wonky hit box for 80% of your life.

                        • Anonymous

                          Man, I really had trouble when this thing used Example Move. It's a good thing I was able to unlock the Example Counter, I can't wait to use it on him!

                          • Anonymous

                            Consultant: This boss looks cool, but you've done this multiple times in your games. The design for this fight isn't up to par.

                            FromSoft :
                            I'll ****in do it again

                            • Anonymous

                              Absolutely one of the worst designed bosses in the game.

                              Now, if you want to get some personal vengeance on this boss, I'll tell you you how. Get yourself the flame umbrella before you go into NG+. When you are forced to face this (and don't want to/can't do the skip for the boss), just equip the umbrella, tanto up. If you need more, Ministry powder and Posture candy, and you'll be okay.

                              Just let the boss come to you, and umbrella spin parry the bull. Over and over. Spam if you want to. The boss isn't designed around the item existing and it utterly hard counters him. If you're good at the umbrella parry and the bull's move RNG is good, you can deathblow him in under 40 seconds, it's so satisfying after all the trouble he gave me.

                              • Anonymous

                                I.. still don't get this boss? It's not hard by any means, just like, hug its rear and slap it next to a wall over and over. It's just.. not a very fun one? Am I missing something, or is it just,, a bit of a lame boss?

                                • Anonymous

                                  It doesn't matter how many times I finish this game, this questionable encounter always leaves me with a bad taste.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Why do they keep that thing around, anyway? What are they gonna do with it? How is it gonna help them in battle?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Damn, imagine trying to use the firecrackers for this boss lmao. Literally just run out to a medium distance, deflect his charge and hit him in the head once he's stunned. He takes way more damage in the head. If you use firecrackers and hit him in the rear, you extend the fight BY A LOT and will make the fight way more aggravating than it is.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I don’t know if it was a glitch but in NG+5 without Kuro’s charm during a Deathblow on one of the enemies in bullpen the bull was able to damage me.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Easy boss fight once you realise you don't need to dodge/deflect anything. Just say locked on and run backwards, running in circles around the bull. After he attacks, get a few hits in if it's safe to do so. Use firecrackers when you get the chance. Pretty straightforward.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            It seems they patched out the Bull Skip. There is now an invisible wall in of front the space where you should be able to kick off the tree branch and aim for the adjacent roof. It's not totally walled off, but blocked enough that it effectively hinders any attempt to that area and skip the Bull. Then again, it might just be because I entered the area after killing Owl. The place is supposed to be closed off and there are no enemies. Can anyone else confirm if this affects the game outside my specific world state?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I don't remember having an unusual amount of trouble with this boss on my first playthrough, but I'm doing NG+ with Kuro's Charm and just getting my ass beaten.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I thought From Software had learned from Pontiff Sulyvahn & Lorian+Lothric that maybe they should pull the camera out during fights where an opponent has high mobility. Sekiro is a great game, but I have to agree with the Reddit and the people above/below: this has to be one of the worst-designed bosses in a Souls-like. Apparently if you've moved a pixel forward when you try to deflect his frontal charge, it'll bypass your deflect/parry entirely... and sometimes it does so regardless of your position. The hitbox on the charge really does not help -- it's actually somewhat out in front of the actual, visible animation and so when he charges you, you can dodge *into* him and counter-intuitively """avoid""" the damage. I expected better: a better fight, a better camera, some better hitboxes, almost like they designed him in a rush to fill off an area that needed *some* kind of climax.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  somehow i stunlocked him in a corner and he kept acting dazed. I didn't stop whaling on him pretty much the whole time. thank God this monster only has one deathblow

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Worst boss in the whole game. At least Demon of Hatred is fair and fun to fight. I thought FROMSOFTWARE would have learned how to avoid making*****ty bosses like this by now

                                                    • I just beat him last night, and it was a pain. I eventually found what worked for me: chase him. When he started charging, I would just sprint after him, and when he would stop to turn, I would run behind him and try to get a running slash on him. When he's not charging, he's like any Souls boss: just stay behind him and time your attacks and dodges. I would suggest you save your firecrackers for when you need to heal, since he doesn't give you much time to do so otherwise.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I did him first time at launch. Didn't find that hard, but I find it too easy now after patch 1.03. Curious to see after 1.04 if it was to balance it back (a bit at least) or it was just because it wasn't easy as they intended after 1.03. They nerfed it too much.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Sprinting makes him a lot easier. Run around his charges, get to his side, attack when he pivots. Slow and tedious, but it works.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            This boss is very simple to beat and easy I think you can skip this boss if you go to the Demon Bell location and instead of going left go right to go to a different area after the bull. I am not sure about this the door may be locked from the other side.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              The only real issue is to have very little time to heal.... I recommend using fire crackers in order to gain some time to heal.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I found it quite easy to learn and use the strategy for it to charge at me then I deflect. It definitely is a lot quicker than the firecracker strategy. I recommend letting the bull clear all the obstacles first before attempting to do so.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This bull sucks. I got him to half of his health, then got shoulder charge, heavy charge (the one with his head on the ground) comboed and killed. The second I clicked resurrect, I got killed straight after standing up. I swear no (mini)boss in any souls game has irritated me as much as this jerk.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    any idea on how to beat the bull with the demon bell active and without using prosthetics, health/power upgrades

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I got the platinum trophy for Bloodborne but I can't kill this panicking cow. Is this boss just that difficult or have I gotten bad?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This one was pretty hard. What worked for me is to avoid trying to dodge the charge and deflect it instead. If the bull is on a rage, use firecrackers to scare it and get multiple hits in. Once you've scared it, it will start circling and repeating the same side head attack, keep sidestepping and landing hits until he goes on a rampage again. Firecracker again at that point and you're set.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          stay to his side and keep attacking. If you angle it right he will keep doing the same attack but he wont hurt you but will push you instead.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This boss is skippable, check the YouTube video made by Fighter.PL, the secret to beating this boss is knowing that you can deflect his charge and stun him for a little. The deflect will chip some of your health but the fight will be done before you lose all of your health. Also attack its head when it’s stunned, more posture damage

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I don't know what triggers it, but you can make the bull rage fill his posture bar. In the first fight, I was jumping and attacking over the charges. I would firecracker when he was being feisty, turn autolock off (because its hard to stay behind cleanly with it targeting his head), and proceeded to pummel him with an occasionaly dodge until he took off again. It was meant to be a safe strat given how much of a nuissance he is when you mess up. Anyway, his health bar was around 25-30% and he just ran off bucking like he was in a rodeo and his posture bar instantly maxed out. Deathblow. Then, when I encountered the one later, I lined up behind him on the roof, popped a sugar, threw a longspark, and dove down to wail on his nuts with wild abandon. Sure enough, after about 5 or 6 hits, he bolted away bucking, instafilled his posture bar. Deathblow. The only similarity between the fights was me popping the firecracker to get plenty of time to get him snipped. I can't imagine sufficient damage there in a short amount of time triggers this response, but I am really at a loss as to what does. Regardless, it makes this obnoxious bastard so cheese easy.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Hands down the EASIEST boss in the game. Died once cuz I didn’t know it was weak against firecrackers. Just keep spamming Deflect and hack away. Use a firecracker and keep attacking. You’ll see the bull rearing and at this point he is completely open. Took me 2 firecrackers and maybe 30-45 seconds to deplete his posture.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  blazing bull**** it doesnt even let you resurrect it is literally corpse camping me so it can hit as soon as possible sometimes ı get damaged without touching it(no visual interaction) and just one hits deals 75% of health or so killed oniwa in first try and after him this is taking 100 tries just an unfair fight overall

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    this fight is just utter***** i am complety understanding on what it supposed to teach you but it dosent work at all

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I tried to use almost all suggestion on the web, but what really works is as others have told: First clear out all other enemies. Then make sure all the wooden barricades is destoryed by the bull. Then lock on to him and when he charges you deflect the attack. This will stun him and allow you to get 3 attacks in. Do this for a little while and his posture will be full before his HP is down and you can get an easy deathblow in. Took me a couple of hours but this is by far the easiest method. See for video guide. (Not my video)

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Least favorite fight so far. I had the most success literally locked on facing his head and dodging his charge. When I was close deflecting/blocking most attacks. In between a block I was going HAM on him.. on his head, ass, side whatever. It was just chaos. I tried not locking and staying behind him but that strat wasn't working for me. Good luck!

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          My advice is contrary to the rest of the advice. Stand toe to toe with him with your guard up and deflect any strikes you can, countering in between. Most all his attacks deflect or can be blocked, and because he's not a samurai, you don't suffer too much when your posture breaks. Spam ichimonji to open his posture.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            My advice is to NOT lock on to this guy. Makes it much easier to hang out around his back legs instead of right behind his head where you can get hit easier.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I needed 3 tries for him. Keep circling him, and keep sprinting. You can use Firecrackers to get more damage out. Slab that bull's ass.

                                                                                              • I love this game, but this fight is something I never want to do again. The perceived goal is a posture fight as you dodge big charges and deflect headbutts to deplete posture, but this big boy will literally miss you even if you dodge into his attacks on purpose to try and deflect them. So, the only real strat that works is to sprint around with it as it bangs its head into the walls and wack its butt. I feel like the point is to practice/teach posture deflection when the enemy throws many successive attacks...but the bull misses...over and over.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  If you stay super aggressive and sprint to his butt at every opportunity, he has no attacks that can hit you. If you get pushed to his side, dodging is usually easy as long as you don't get cornered. Then just go back and slap the booty. Firecracker every now and again for extra damage. Also, should you lose your positioning, jumping can be really effective to dodge some attacks. Watch out for his body during his charging upwards headsmash, the hitbox is absolutely ridiculous and the hump on his back can ruin your dodge if he attacks at the right time. You will take full damage from this if you miss your jump by just a bit. Mash r1 while you're in the air, and sometimes you'll get a hit or two in though.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Try to be super aggressive and keep the boss charging from wall to wall near the fog gate so it doesn't run rampantly. You could even try keep him cornered. Use firecrackers when needed. Took like 5 tries and I'm not good at the game..

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Honestly, Wolf, what are you even doing locking on to the Burning Bull's head? You know that's the burning part, right? Don't you think this whole thing would be way simpler and way more realistic if you just... targeted his ass when you lock on?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Hold the dodge button to sprint. Then use it to keep pace with the bull. Always keep away from head and hit from the flanks.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          try to stay behind him and use your firecrackers when you appear to be in front of him, few attacks to the behind dodge its attack and keep attacking, run after it if it starts to run away, dont let the gap get too big

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