Blazing Bull

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. 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

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



Blazing Bull Rewards



Blazing Bull Strategies

Video Strategies

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.


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.



Blazing Bull Image Gallery


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    • Anonymous

      10 Sep 2020 04:07  

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

      • Anonymous

        17 Jul 2020 09:52  

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

        • Anonymous

          09 Jul 2020 20:13  

          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

            07 May 2020 10:13  

            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

              09 Mar 2020 14:20  

              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

                04 Mar 2020 11:23  

                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

                  21 Feb 2020 21:15  

                  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

                    02 Dec 2019 03:31  

                    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

                      18 Nov 2019 15:53  

                      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

                        05 Nov 2019 02:42  

                        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

                        • 29 Apr 2019 16:29  

                          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

                            26 Apr 2019 12:42  

                            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

                              18 Apr 2019 02:38  

                              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

                                16 Apr 2019 09:42  

                                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

                                  15 Apr 2019 23:31  

                                  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

                                    13 Apr 2019 19:26  

                                    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

                                      13 Apr 2019 03:05  

                                      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

                                        06 Apr 2019 14:46  

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

                                        • Anonymous

                                          06 Apr 2019 09:38  

                                          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

                                            04 Apr 2019 20:05  

                                            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.

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