Chained Ogre

Location Ashina Outskirts 
Ashina Castle
Feeding Grounds
Deathblow Markers 2
Weakness Flame Vent
Reward Prayer Bead
Shinobi Medicine Rank 1

Chained Ogre (赤鬼, Red Demon) 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.


Chained Ogre Location

  • Ashina Outskirts: Found just after the the Outskirts Wall - Stairway Sculptor's Idol.
  • The first encounter with this boss is not optional.
  • There is a second optional meeting in Ashina Castle after killing the Corrupted Monk and Guardian Ape. To get there start from Upper Tower- Antechamber Idol. Go up the stairs, jump over the railing and grapple to the beam directly above him. Hang from the beam and you can start the fight with a Stealth Deathblow.
  • The NPC found at the Feeding Grounds Idol in Fountainhead Palace is a variant of the Chained Ogre. Attacking him three times will engage the player in combat.



Chained Ogre Rewards



Chained Ogre Notes & Tips

  • You can get a free Deathblow on him, after you kill the nearby enemies, by running away and waiting for him to reset. Sneak up to him afterwards and get in a Backstab Deathblow. It makes this fight much easier.
  • The Chained Ogre is very weak to fire, so using the Flame Vent is recommended. Throwing Oil on him, you can use one Flame Vent usage to set him on fire. This will allow you about 3-4 attacks before he recovers. Try to save further charges of the Flame Vent for when he is no longer burning.
  • You can use the Loaded Umbrella to Block the grab attacks of the Ogre, but you will not be able to use it on the first one since you will not have it by then. Works well for the Ashina Castle version, and NG+ playthroughs though.



Chained Ogre 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.
  • It is theorized that one of the Chained Ogres could possibly be Robert, since they have a western appearance.
  • The Red Eyes of the Chained Ogres signify they were likely experimented on by Doujun.



Chained Ogre Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup

This Mini-Boss is hard to deflect or block, so it is advised that you Dodge mostly. Try not to stay directly in front of him, because his 3 grab animations are deadly. Try to keep circling him as much as possible.

He is weak to fire, but you will most likely not have any when you first get to him. After you get the Flame Vent from the Hirata Estate, this fight is markedly easier. Just use Oil first and then set him on fire, this will temporarily stun him and allow you to deal damage.

If you're in trouble you can use Fistful of Ash occasionally to help you get in some free shots. Only attack once or twice after each move he does, and try not to attack until after he has.

You can also aggro him and then run away and hide and then sneak up on him to Stealth Deathblow off one of his Deathblow Markers.

 I found the best option to beat this boss was to do a 2 hit and run style. Took about 5 minutes total to burn him down. Due to his long wind ups and fast reactions on recovery, 2 hits is the safe way to go about him. If you did some exploring before now, you should have found the merchant with the Shinobi Firecracker, this tool causes him to stagger immensely and give you the chance to land at least 4 more hits. Rinse and repeat this till he is down.

Chained Ogre's moveset is limited to forward attacks. Moving close to bait him into attack, and then dodging forward makes this battle pretty easy. All grabs can be avoided by dodging forward, as well as all his MMA-like moves. Evade and then - as mentioned above - stab him twice. Repeat.

Additionally, after dodging a grab a green arrow will appear above his head allowing you to grapple and stun the ogre allowing for 2-3 free shots.

A really reliable strategy would be to get the stealth deathblow and then use the Flame Vent to get 5-6 free shots. You can also use oil with the Flame vent to guarantee lighting him on fire while without it, it only has a chance of lighting the ogre on fire.  


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    • Anonymous

      30 Mar 2020 04:11  

      Really was expecting more due to all the outcry about this guy, but hes not too bad, the grab boxes are pretty generous.

      • Anonymous

        06 Mar 2020 14:12  

        I struggled with this guy initially as his grabs kept getting me. But there's an easy fix - any time he goes for his perilous, simply RUN backwards. Don't use circle to dodge as he has a pretty big reach. Running works every time.

        • Anonymous

          11 Feb 2020 07:18  

          I don't know about the Robert thing, as I never got the impression that he was a grown man, but I think that due to the very human look of the ogres that they might just be white European men of the same sort of extra-large size shared by a bunch of people/animals in the game but which were experimented on by Doujun.

          • Anonymous

            10 Feb 2020 11:19  

            Easy kill: A . make a 1st death blow from behind. B. Attract him to stair near the 2 warriors you killed first. C . Jump to the next level where he cannot go . D. The left corner has a spot just above the curtains from where u can kill him with no harm E. If he flees, just aggro him again to the corner U welcome

            • Anonymous

              12 Jun 2019 21:32  

              I have killed the Monk and guardian ape, but the second chained ogre does not spawn in hirate castle. Did I missed something?

              • 08 May 2019 17:09  

                "It is theorized that one of the Chained Ogres could possibly be Robert, since they have a western appearance." Nah Robert is the armored warriors kid, not this heaping mass of flesh. Robert is presumably dead due to the theory that he is one of the kids used to try and form a divine child at senpou temple. Though the idea that is a westerner is a valid point as it probably is.

                • Anonymous

                  03 May 2019 06:43  

                  "It is theorized that one of the Chained Ogres could possibly be Robert, since they have a western appearance." ...... what??? That just sounds like a stretch.

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Apr 2019 21:02  

                    This mini-boss visually appears to be a hulking Western man. His blond hair supports this. I think this may be a reference to the historical timeframe the game takes place in, which is within the closing years of premodern Japan. During this time, Japan had just been introduced to sustained interaction with the West, and Japan’s deeply rooted isolationist culture along with the shock of initial interactions likely resulted in many of the Japanese seeing the Westerners as brutish giants. May be a stretch but seeing how many cool history references this game has it’s only a slight stretch.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Apr 2019 00:50  

                      He doesn't really look like a traditional Japanese ogre. Maybe he's just some kooky Scandinavian guy that got chained up by Isshin.

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Apr 2019 18:36  

                        The later Ashina castle interior chained Ogre also gives you a bead and Shinobi Medicine, though it's... Shinobi Medicine 3 at that point, iirc. Someone might want to add that to this page, since we don't seem to have separate pages for different versions of the minibosses.

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Apr 2019 15:40  

                          [Spoilers ahead] Been thinking about all the monkeys in Sekiro, and something the Screen Monkeys battle memory says about how monkeys are incarnations of souls who owed some sort of karmic debt. In that sense, monkeys are perceived less like animals in Sekiro and more like demi-humans. Chained Ogres are also somewhat like monkeys in their movements and their mindless groaning, and the color of their hair and their skin is reminiscent of Japan’s snow monkeys. I guess what I’m getting at is maybe some people are reincarnated as beasts for their sins, while others slowly devolve into beasts the closer they come to being consumed by Shura? Hence why the Sculptor transformed into the Demon of Hatred, or why the Guardian Ape just… exists.

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Apr 2019 09:19  

                            Lure him towards the Sculptors Idol, and hide behind it. Wait until the boss music ends and go back for a stealth deathblow. You can cheese him by standing on the wall left of the gate before the two soldiers you eavesdrop. He will walk through the hole in the wall, where you can hit him in the head, and he can't damage you.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Apr 2019 04:41  

                              His lunging grab attack is somewhat a sweep/grab attack so jumping is actually the best action and the game treats it like a sweeping attack so go break that defense

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Apr 2019 11:17  

                                For some reason, I remember a 20+ year old trick with the butcher boss in Diablo 1 where you get him stuck in the stairs while he's chasing you and spam him with arrows till he's dead. With the ogre, I pretty much did the same thing. First, kill off the 3 soldiers (2 bottom, 1 on top left) and run away from the ogre so it resets so you can get one free death kill while he's resting. Now the key is, get the ogre to follow you to the cliff with the wooden fence on the top left. You can't attack him through the wooden fence and he can still attack you. Get him to follow you to the corner of the cliff (don't fall) behind the wooden fence but there's a point at the corner edge where he can't follow you anymore and instead turns around trying to go around the fence. Anyway, at the moment when he turns around, attack his back once and at most twice, run/slide back (to avoid getting hit), he'll try to follow you but can't so he'll turn away from you, run forward and then attack his back again, run/slide back, repeat. Spam him using this method for 2-3 minutes and he'll be dead in no time.

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Apr 2019 15:53  

                                  There is also a regular enemy variant with one life in Ashina Outskirts near the end of the game, just before the idol that teleports you to Demon of Hatred.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    02 Apr 2019 00:00  

                                    Chained Ogre in Ashina Castle is not Red-Eyed therefore not weak to Fire-based attacks like the other one.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      01 Apr 2019 04:23  

                                      An easy way to defeat him is to kill the spear guy while he's trying to break free, then run from the scene. He will wait for you on the stairs and you can pretty easily sneak around him and get a deathblow in, then you only have to fight him for 1 health bar.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        30 Mar 2019 00:33  

                                        You can also grapple onto him when he does a grapple move that stuns him for a second and allows for one or two free hits.

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