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. 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

      20 Sep 2021 19:16  

      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

        19 Aug 2021 20:33  

        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

          06 Jul 2021 21:14  

          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

            04 Jun 2021 03:05  

            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

              28 Dec 2020 21:38  

              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

                22 Dec 2020 22:08  

                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

                  16 Dec 2020 03:02  

                  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

                    01 Nov 2020 18:33  

                    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

                      09 Sep 2020 22:07  

                      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 03:52  

                        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 14:13  

                          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 04:13  

                            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 09:20  

                              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 05:23  

                                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 15:15  

                                  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

                                    01 Dec 2019 21:31  

                                    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 09:53  

                                      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

                                        04 Nov 2019 20:42  

                                        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 10:29  

                                          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.

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