Corrupted Monk

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Location Ashina Depths, Fountainhead Palace
Deathblow Markers 1 (Illusion Version); 3 (True Version)
Weakness(es) Lazulite AxeFistful of AshSnap Seed (Mibu Village Version)
Shinobi Firecracker (Fountainhead Palace Version)
Reward(s) Memory: Corrupted Monk (Mibu Village)
Mibu Breathing Technique (Mibu Village)
Memory: True Monk (Fountainhead Palace)
Dragon's Tally Board (Fountainhead Palace)

Corrupted Monk (real name Yao) (破戒僧, Depraved Monk)  is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Corrupted Monk Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Corrupted Monk easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like the Corrupted Monk are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Immortality Severed" or "Shinobi Execution".

The Corrupted Monk can be fought twice throughout the game: once with just one health bar and then again with three depending on the chosen ending. 

Corrupted Monk Location

Where to find the Corrupted Monk in Sekiro?

  • Ashina Depths - Water Mill: At the very end of Mibu Village, guarding the entrance to the Wedding Cave. Defeating this boss is required to collect the Shelter Stone.
  • Fountainhead Palace: She will be faced at the start of this area. Defeating this boss is required to proceed further into the palace.
  • Depending on the player's choices throughout the game (i.e. what ending the player is pursuing), the fight against the True Corrupted Monk at Fountainhead Palace may be automatically skipped entirely and inaccessible, making the boss optional. The Ghost Version found in Ashina Depths is required regardless of the ending desired. 
  • Featured boss in the Gauntlet of Strength: Severance.

 

Corrupted Monk Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Corrupted Monk in Sekiro?

Mibu Village (Corrupted Monk Illusion)

Fountainhead Palace (True Corrupted Monk)

 

 

Corrupted Monk Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Corrupted Monk Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Sekiro Corrupted Monk At Mibu Village (Illusion Monk)

The player must fight the single health bar illusion version in Mibu Village of the Ashina Depths to collect the Shelter Stone in order to proceed through the story. She is not an Apparition type enemy, so Divine Confetti will not deal extra damage to her however she is an illusion so, Snap Seed, Fistful of Ash and/or Lazulite Axe can be used to briefly stun her; with that in mind, it is possible to perform stunlocks and prevent any counter attack. If the player has the Phantom Kunai with swarming upgrade, this does a lot of damage. With the tanto to provide another 15 emblems, the Monk can be brought to about 25% health with Phantom Kunai alone. It may still be worth trying without the swarming upgrade. The Snap Seeds can also be used to significantly lower the Monk's health.

In this fight, the Corrupted Monk has a lot of health and takes very little Posture damage. Because of this, the only effective way to defeat her is to chip away her health by attacking when she is wide open, usually after her many swipe attacks. She has two perilous attacks, the sweep can be jumped, and a thrust that can be Mikiri Countered. Also, the Monk tends to use single big moves when Wolf is at mid range, jumping in for one air hit and two ground hits (let the landing cancel the air attack lag), then jumping away to mid range works well.

Many of her attacks have high ending lag, meaning the player can use this to their advantage and deal direct damage as she recovers. She has two jumping attacks one with a sweep and another with an overhead slash, which the player can run below and attack her exposed back; for the overhead slash, the player can also sidestep and strike as she lands.

One of her most dangerous attacks is a upwards slash that goes through Sekiro's defenses, meaning it cannot be blocked; however it can be deflected, though the timing is very precise. Another attack that should be avoided is a continuous spinning attack with the Naginata, which can quickly exhaust Sekiro's Posture gauge; since the area where she is fought is wide open, the player can run away when she performs this attack. She tends to perform this attack when away from the player, and has a higher tendency to do so if the player uses any consumable (such as the Healing Gourd).

The player will receive the Memory: Corrupted Monk and Mibu Breathing Technique Latent Skill upon defeating this boss.

 

Sekiro Corrupted Monk At Mibu Village (deathblow strat)

(Works in earlier versions, need to confirm on v1.03) On top of the stairs on the boss stage, right besides the stone door, there are 2 monoliths (one on each side). Get the monk close to one of the monoliths with her back facing it. Use a firecracker to stun/Bait her into a jump attack and run towards the monolith. Jump towards the monolith and use the monolith to double jump backwards towards the monk. Lock on mid air and the aerial deathblow red circle should appear. If done right, you can instantly down her from full health to 0.

(Works with v1.04) Using the same strategy above, but instead of jumping on the monolith approach very close to the monk from behind and using Aged Feather Mist Raven combined with Contact Medicine to teleport upwards, the deathblow red circle should then appear. It might be necessary to try multiple times from very close up to get the right angle, she should not be alerted if you fail the first time.

Sekiro Corrupted Monk At Fountainhead Palace (True Monk)

The True Corrupted Monk will be fought at the entrance to the Fountainhead Palace. She must be defeated in order to proceed further into the palace. The boss will have 3 health bars that must be removed to be defeated.

Phase 1

This phase is very similar to her illusion fight at Mibu Village, however, she takes significantly more Posture damage, which makes deflecting far more effective. She also has less health, considering there are 3 health bars. The same strategy of  the Mibu Village fight can be employed here, as she has the same attacks. She tends to use her perilous attacks more often, though; additionally, she doesn't use her whirlwind attack until the third phase.

In this phase and all subsequent ones, she is susceptible to the Shinobi Firecracker, which can be used to briefly stun her; however, this is best used on the third phase.

Phase 2

At the start of this phase, the Corrupted Monk will disappear, and the area will be enveloped by mist. She then proceeds to summon three shadow illusions of herself to each attack the player three times. The shadows disappear in between attacks, making lock-on difficult. The shadows do not need to be defeated in order to the illusion to be dispelled; the Monk will eventually end the illusion  and return to fight the player. However, she may cast the illusion again if the player is unable to deal the second Deathblow swiftly. If you are having trouble avoiding the shadows, killing yourself with a Bite Down pill will instantly dispel them.

It is possible to perform an aerial Deathblow on the Corrupted Monk as she casts or dispels the illusion by positioning Sekiro on the tallest tree near the temple and jumping down when the Corrupted Monk appears in a squatted over position. Doing this will immediately end second phase. This is best done the moment after the player Deathblows her in the first phase, by grappling the nearest tree branch and proceed to grapple to highest branch, located on the left side of the bridge (with your back to the Idol). From there, look down to see the true Monk and standing in the middle of the bridge; if so, plunge attack her from here. This branch is also extremely useful for dodging the spirits she summons during her second phase, as only the first one seems to be able to hit you there, and not often.

The rest of her moveset remains the same as the first phase; so employ the same tactics.

Phase 3

In this phase, a demon centipede will erupt from her body through her neck. She retains most of the moveset from the first phase, but is far more aggressive than before; on the other hand some of her attacks are a bit more telegraphed and predictable. In this phase she tends to use overhead attacks as a finishing move.

Notably, she gains a new perilous attack where the demon centipede spews toxic goo in front of her, which can inflict Terror. It is advised to sidestep or use the jump kick when she uses this and retaliate, as this attack has a quite lengthy ending lag. Another attack involving the centipede is a toxic cloud; however this is not a perilous attack.

In this phase she uses the whirlwind attack seen in her fight at Mibu Village. Simply run away when she starts spinning.

She is very susceptible to the Shinobi Firecracker in this phase. Simply use the Firecracker, hit the Corrupted Monk 3 to 4 times, and use the Firecracker again, essentially stunlocking her.

Living Force with the flamethrower also works very well; the burning state procs easily and does significant posture damage.

After depleting her third bar, make sure to perform both Deathblows when prompted to finish her for good. The player will receive the Memory: True Monk and the Dragon's Tally Board Key Item upon defeating this boss.

"Cheesing" at Fountainhead Place

As of update 1.03 you cannot deathblow the Corrupted Monk at the beginning of the fight. There's an extremely easy way to deal with the boss by exploiting its AI. If the player grapples the high tree behind the Corrupted Monk, a Deathblow can be used on her, essentially allowing to skip the second phase. This can be done as soon as the second phase starts, as she will disappear to summon her shadow illusions and return to the same starting point when dispelling it.

In the third phase, since Corrupted Monk doesn't gain resistance to "stun" effects like the Shinobi Firecracker and the Fistful of Ash after being hit, you can cheese the boss by stunlocking her with these items and hitting her between them (firecracker, 2 hits, firecracker, 2 hits, firecracker, 2 hits, etc.) until you deplete her posture or health bar.

Another way of  "cheese" her is to attract her to the last tree of the right side of the stage (near to wall) in the start of the battle, basically when she appears in the stage, go back to the tree on your left (on your right if looking where you came from) and walk in the corner in the right side of the tree as if you were going to fall off the cliff (but you dont fall unless you jump). Do this until she starts attacking you, then jump to the cliff aiming the wall where you jumped, after that, wall-jump the wall to force her to perform the third hit of the combo and let the wolf fall. If done correctly, after you respawn it will be buggy at the edge of the precipice, and you can safely attack her.

Another of achieve the same result is jumping to the cliff and land on the another side of the tree, but in the most of the time the bug will not happen.

Immediately when the phase 2 starts, Fistful of Ash or Shinobi Firecracker and always don't let her teleport (recommended to use Ako's Sugar and/or Divine Confetti).

In the third phase, most of the time she will fall from the cliff and die. But he can also bug and can't die, and it can also happen to she still be bugged on the corner. 

Sekiro Corrupted Monk Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Thrust Attack Mikiri counter
Example Attack Example Counter
Phase 2
Illusion attack Deathblow when revealing herself
Example Attack Example Counter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corrupted Monk Lore

Corrupted Monk Notes & Trivia

  • The illusion version of this boss is one of two bosses that doesn't end with a special execution.
  • The Fountainhead Palace monk can be poisoned with the Sabimaru in phase 1 and 2, but not in phase 3.
  • Upon confronting the Memory: True Monk in order to increase Sekiro's attack power, it is revealed that she was the guardian of the Fountainhead Palace before being possessed, and that her name was Priestess Yao.
  • She is based on a Japanese folk story of Yao Bikuni (八百比丘尼, "eight-hundred (years) Buddhist priestess"). The story begins with a fisherman who once caught a strange fish with a human face (Japanese mermaid-like creature called Ningyo, whose flesh is said to grant a long life). He served its meat to guests, but the guests were wise and hid the meat in their robes to avoid eating it. One man was drunk on sake, and returning home he thoughtlessly gave the meat to his daughter and she ate it. The daughter would later marry, but she stayed young as her husband grew old and died. After marrying and widowing again and again she eventually became a Buddhist nun and wandered various countries. But everyone she knew always died, she came to hate her immortality and her life was filled with emptiness and suffering. At the age of 800 years she finally died despite her immortality, having simply lost the will to live. The story is know as a cautionary tale for those who fear death and wish for eternal life.
  • The Corrupted Monk is depicted as wearing a Hannya (般若) mask, often characterized by two sharp horns, metallic eyes, and a leering mouth. The Hannya mask is used in noh and kyōgen Japanese theater, as well as Shinto ritual kagura dances. It portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy.
  • The Corrupted Monk is found during the beta version of the game, which was playable at E3, Gamescom and TGS.

Corrupted Monk Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Pretty nice boss. Now that I've beaten the game quite a few times, I think she's actually the one boss that constantly gives me most trouble, and I think that's because (aside from firecracker-cheese) the only fairly consistent way to beat her is to simply deflect. Unlike most human-sized bosses, her perilous attacks are uninterruptible (a strategy I consistently use to win Genicihiro, for example), and she has quite a few very quick attacks, some of which make her jump back quite a distance as well. So with that in mind, my advice to new players or just players that are struggling with this fight and don't want to cheese it, is to take it easy, you can break her posture effectively with just deflecting, so just do that and you'll be fine. Every single one of her attacks can be deflected (except for perilous attacks and the third phase centipede terror breath, which is a very good attack to dodge and punish), so just do that and you'll fill her meter pretty quickly. With all of the deflect-upgrades, I think you can do each phase in maybe a minute or half a minute even.

      • Anonymous

        You can fight the Mibu village version before fighting Genichiro, while the other two bosses (Folding Screen Monkeys and Guardian Ape) are unavailable - the bell isn't on the table in Senpou Temple if you haven't talked to Kuro, and you can't enter the Sunken Valley without the Gun Fort Key she gives you (in NG+ you can activate the kite before fighting the bosses, but the Great Serpent isn't on the cliff yet, you need to take the Gun Fort path and attempt to cross the rope bridge in order to trigger the Serpent attack for it to be visible there).

        • Anonymous

          played sekiro for 8 hours straight and the combination of trying to kill her, then trying to kill owl, then trying to kill her AGAIN gave my ****ing left hand cramps from blocking so much. **** this game i love it so much

          • Anonymous

            So I beat that one "young dude" at the end of the Hirata Estate revisited and then I encountered this boss... poor lady had no idea what was coming her way. My favorite encounter by far to deflect!

            • Anonymous

              From the section about "cheesing" her true form: "If the player grapples the high tree behind the Corrupted Monk, a Deathblow can be used on her, essentially allowing to skip the second phase."

              I'm pretty sure this is intended, which is why the first death blow was even possible at some point. If it weren't, Corrupted Monk would be the only boss in the game with three proper phases that don't contain any lightning attacks to make things easier on the player.

              This reminds me of Ceaseless Discharge where there's a unique death animation for getting him stuck in the gate, which wasn't removed in the remaster, yet to this day players insist it's a cheese.

              • Anonymous

                After the struggle with illusion version, I was very demotivated when I reach the Vermilion bridge and she jumped forward with 3 lifes. But after few attempts I realized, that she is much easier there. Also I acidentally killed her instantly by plunge attack in her second phase, in my victory attempt. I thought it was bug then, but there it is stated, that it is legitimate technique.

                • Anonymous

                  If you find the spin attack hard to deflect then one helpful tactic is to look to the right instead of the monk herself. As soon as you see the blade press to deflect.

                  • Anonymous

                    Easy pattern overall, just the shadow phase is a bit challenging, but you can just grapple around without the need for the cheese. Stylish boss, but one for the ego cause you can first try her at this point with your deflecting experience.

                    • Anonymous

                      If you are struggling with the shadow illusions of the True Form in Fountainhead Palace, there is a little cheese. As soon as she disappear, run to a corner of the stage and defend, facing away of the corner ofcourse.

                      • Anonymous

                        As of 10/16/2021, there exists a bug that can occur that will skip her 2nd and 3rd phase if you get her locked in the cheese spot by the tree on the right after the entrance. I don't know if anyone else has ever experienced this, but once I cheesed her into the tree spot and did the first deathblow, she eventually disappeared about 3/4 into her second health bar. I have no idea why this happened, I initially thought it was the start of the second phase as described in this article, but she didn't come back and I was rewarded with her memory and the Dragon's Tally Board. Has anyone else had this happen?

                        • Anonymous

                          if you struggle against illusion version you might try what helped me:get corrupted blade and tanto as well as try to stack all of the soul perks,before the fight use tanto and pallet to refil hp,when the fight starts swing cursed blade two times,then depending on the patten you might wanna dodge before 5th spin and repeat two cursed strikes,this way you will both build its vitality damage and her posture gage,when you run out of souls use tanto again and refil your HP with flasks,if you did this with all the cursed swings hitting it should be in about 25% hp,then all you have to do is fill the posture bar and win or use confetti and kill it
                          and i wasted on this thing more tries then the final boss before even thinking about using CB

                          • Anonymous

                            am i the only one who thinks the illusion monk was easier than the true monk? i beat the illusion monk my second try but the the true monk had me fighting her for at least an hour
                            maybe i’m just missing something

                            • Anonymous

                              just bought the game last week
                              at the true corrupted monk
                              my strat is to jump from point to point with the grapple during the illusions in the second phase. you do occasionally get hit but I can also say I saw the red-kill dot appear (but was unable to use it)k, so fyi as of the date of this post it appears 2nd-stage cheese is possible...

                              • with an umbrella, projected force, and dragon blood tanto, this boss is 100% trivialized. just tank all atacks with the umbrella, project force attack when she's done, and then run away to bring down your posture, rinse, repeat.

                                • Anonymous

                                  That was amazing fight. If you really get into it, the back and forth becomes rhythmic. Haven't finished the game yet but this fight might be my favorite as of now.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    If you cheese this boss you’re lame

                                    One of the best fights in the game if you do all 3 stages properly

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I love this boss but I wish it wasn't three phases long. Just the second phase and third phase would've been enough imo

                                      • Anonymous

                                        this boss is pretty much trivialized by spamming the handful of ash and following up with the mortal blade

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I really enjoyed "True Monk" battle. I defeated her with acceptable style.
                                          With "Corrupted Monk" I had a bad time.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            The Infested still confuse me a bit... So unlike Dragon Heritage, it doesn't appear that the Infested drain life from mortals upon reviving, do they? Otherwise, "killing" them without the Mortal Blade would spread something like Dragonrot.

                                            Instead, the centipedes continuously revive the host until removed and are slain with the Mortal Blade. So are the hosts technically still "mortal," but merely puppeteered by the centipedes? Similar to those afflicted by Dragonrot, the infested mummies of Senpou vomit a sap-like fluid, which makes me think it contains the rot within the host, whom continuously degrade to the point of losing their minds, but are never permitted to "die." Except in rare instances, some monks pass on as if suddenly aware of their corruption, like the two high priests that give you the holy texts...

                                            I would have posted this under one of those items, but their pages don't get trafficked as much. Anyone else got any insights/interpretations?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              In Mahayana Buddhism, there's the concept of Arhat monks who achieve nirvana to become Buddha, but are actually slightly corrupted because they fail to help elevate the rest of the world into enlightenment.

                                              A lot of Sekiro's story seems inspired by the transition of Mahayana ideology into Zen Buddhism, with Buddha being affiliated with Dragon Heritage. Like the Dragon Heritage, Buddhism emerged far to the west of Japan, but the warring periods transformed Buddhist practice into a political tool, exhalting lords as spiritual figures. I suppose this is similar to the reasons for the Divine Child wishing to restore the Dragon Heritage to west.

                                              The Fountainhead Palace perfectly illustrates Arhat, belonging to those graced with immortality, but who have become so engrossed in their purity that they become paradoxically impure. Senpou Temple suffers a similar corruption, having bastardized the Divine Heritage even further, even going so far to regard their enlightenment as a science, hunting down candidates for their experiments.

                                              If the Corrupted Monk is like Arhat, then the Divine Child is Bodhisattva, which is a person on the verge of nirvana, but refrains from it in order to help others achieve the same enlightenment. Oddly, once you achieve nirvana, you can no longer communicate your wisdom with others, which also makes sense regarding how isolated Fountainhead Palace is.

                                              (I hope I made it clear enough that I'm not saying Sekiro is 1:1 with Mahayana Buddhism, but that it kind of helps to understand the world it presents. Unlike a certain SOMEONE *cough Rakuyo cough*)

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Ok I just beat her, pretty easy for a main boss, just climb the trees and stealth deathblow her in the second phase and throw fireworks at her in the third.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  If anyone’s having trouble with the illusion one, just use snap peas until about half health were they stop working the use the phantom Kunai with tanto finish her off no need to worry about her posture

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I wonder what it was like to be one of the first people to fight a boss before there’s anything that can give you advice

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      is the second phase skip intentional? They did fix the first phase skip so I'm assumming the second phase skip is not a bug?

                                                      • Wait. What. She was easy as hell... I expected her to be way harder... Man, I shouldn't have used the FIrecracker, the first phases were a cakewalk and her last phase was way less aggressive than expected, it just took me 2 tries...

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          either i’m loony or the second time around fighting the corrupted monk was easier than the first. granted i went through 9 gourds, 3 pellets and all my powders, i did it on my 2nd try

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            anybody else find the glitch where the corrupted refuses to die? it keeps refilling the health bar and then kneeling like the fountainhead boss would when summoning clones. Killed it 5+ times with no result. ended up having to relaunch the game.

                                                            • Im on the corrupted monk the one in Mibu Village the thing i found out and nerver seen anyone talk about is that phantom kunai take a lot of damage to her and since im out of snap seeds this is a good choice atleast i think so.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                How did someone figure out about aerial death blow at start of 2nd phase? Id never have thought about it in a million years

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  LOL I love the piece of advice for Phase 2 there, "If you're having trouble with her illusions, just ****ing kill yourself."

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Illusion version: ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw. ash, mortal draw.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      When you enter the fight. On the left, you can jump over bridge's fence. Monk can't jump so she will detour around the tree jump back, she will turn around and chase you again when she near jump over the fence again and use mortal blade. Start all over for easy kill.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        despite what some of the below comments say. this fight is a perfect example of what i love about this game. They have long combos that punish you if you try to dodge them or block all of it forcing you to deflect. this is reinforced by the pauses in between attacks that let you get combos off if you deflect the attacks. the satisfaction earned from deflecting an entire string of combos and getting a empowered mortal blow which shreds at their posture is a feeling words cannot describe.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          So I just beat this boss, and from what I can tell, whether the illusion is an Apparition or not, it does take more damage when using the Divine Confetti, and when using the Mortal Draw. Seems important to know!

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            It's honestly a pretty easy fight once you figure it out: Phase 1: just keep deflecting everything, jump over and kick her sweeping perilous attack, mikiri counter the thrust, I didn't even bother fightning her, her posture just went up and I used deathblow Phase 2: still the same concept, when she summons those shadows just stand near either wall of the arena and keep holding block, don't do anything, after that just keep deflecting and letting her kill herself.. Phase 3: you should have saved all your spirit emblems for now, just keep using firecrackers and hitting her 4 times, repeat.. I did this like 8 times and it got her down to 0 HP.. Just like with most bosses.. go there and just try to keep deflecting everything so you learn the patterns, most of the time that's all that's required (there are of course exceptions where deflecting doesn't do anything).

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              You can ichimonji the***** out of her :D the leap attack leaves her stunned for a longer time than it does you, and blocking it doesn’t damage your posture too much. In the third phase, it’s even easier while she’s terror puking :D you can even get in some double ichimonjis if you’re fast enough

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Hugging the wall at either end and holding your guard will prevent all damage during 2nd phase illusion move. Divine Confetti, Akos Sugar, and Firecrackers for 3rd phase. In my experience, Monk only throws the unlockable back swing if you attack after the monk guards you, so be mindful not to spam attack when the Monk has their guard. Other than that, learn the moveset and rely on deflections for tons of posture damage in those first two phases. Defense wins the fight.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I figured out an easier way to beat the illusion fight that doesn't involve cheese (at least easier than whittling down the health). While she does recover posture pretty fast, its only REALLY fast if you use Mikiri counter on her thrusts. If you instead dodge to the side for those and attack, you can eventually get her posture down enough to deathblow, assuming you deflect a lot in a row for a while. Her health was just over half full when I did the deathblow, so it should save a lot of time.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Made me uninstall (the illusion one). It was kinda the breaking point after hours and hours of witnessing what is essentially not difficulty, but bad game design. Camera problems, unblockable attacks that aren't signified with the red kanji, bosses (this one specifically) pulling off chains of attacks without breathing room for getting in hits, one-hit-wrecker damage-sponges, forcing aggression but punishing it at the same time, ridiculous death penalty... Shame. I loved the setting, the environment, and the way combat felt when it worked (humanoid enemies, mini-bosses and bosses). Uninstalled, never looked back. Got better things to do than git gud at bad game design marketed as a 'hardcore experience'. But hey, at least now y'all get another comment to stroke your 'git gud' d*ck on.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      snap seeds don't do anything, what a*****pile of a game, full of half assed ideas and everything boiling down to the same boring mechanic, reaction based deflections

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        It's amazing and super thoughtful of From to implement the 2nd phase cheese. If you could compare this boss fight to any other in the Soulsborne games, it would be Ludwig. Awesome AF 1st phase, but you're likely to get wrecked in the 2nd phase because it's so different. So for the Corrupted monk, they split the 1st phase into 2, made the 1st half a total cake walk, kept the 2nd half largely identical, and added a cheese method to skip it, all so people can get to the proper 2nd phase easier and have time to practice with that. Take that stupid journos, how's that for accessibility?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          For anyone who chooses not to cheese phase 2 and has trouble deflecting her shadow strikes, here's some advice. Settle on either end of the bridge and point the camera to the other side while also having Sekiro face the camera. When you see her 1st shadow, turn around and immediately deflect. Either your timing will be dead on or close enough for you to get the hang of it with a few more tries. The 2nd shadow attacks a second after, and the last shadow's attack lands in about 1.5-2 seconds. She also often uses the 3rd attack in her normal mode too, so using the silhouette as a tell makes it easier to see it coming. The timing is tight but you should be able to get the rhythm after a few tries. Also I often see her use those specific jump attacks to swipe at the branches, even though I don't actually grapple over there. Has this happened to anyone else?

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I'm sorry, but this website makes no sense to me. Where are you getting this information from for the "Corrupted Monk Lore" section? None of that stuff sounds accurate fails to properly explain anything about the character or the ACTUAL lore in the game. All this is going to do is further confuse people on the game. What is the deal with this?

                                                                                            • the moveset in third phase doesn't really differ from the other ones? did you actually fight her without cheesing? the moves differ A LOT not just the speed of them... don't know who writes all that wiki stuff but it's full of bull*****for nearly every game

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Plunge attack at the beginning of phase 2 no longer works! It must have been patched, I tried several times and it wouldn't give me a deathblow marker when she reappeared and I leapt off the branch. I even tried sneaking up behind her. Thankfully the firecrackers and fistful of ash stunlock still works, I was not having fun with this corrupted gal

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I had a great result with the following technique. You might want to add it to your guide. 1: Buff yourself with Akos Sugar (Or Yasharikus Sugar if youre brave enough) and Divine Confetti (Its not required but still grants a damage buff). You can do the buffing right in front of the stairs as she will be triggered by reaching the highest level of the arena 2: Equip a fistful of ash as item and Shinobi Firecracker 3: - run towards her - hit her 3 times - throw ash - run behind her (She will be able to block / parry attacks from the front) - hit her 3 times - repeat You can do this 10 times without taking any damage. After you depleted the ash just use the Firecracker with the same pattern just replacing the ash. Youll get her almost dead, if not fully dead. You might want to rebuff yourself with Akos Sugar. I managed to defeat her with just 1 Sugar and 1 Confetti.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The Japanese version of the True Corrupted Monk memory straight up says she's Yaobikuni ("真の名は八百比丘尼という" ), there's no ambiguity there. Kinda confused why the translator(s) chose to translate it into "Priestess Yao" - did they not know about the Yaobikuni story, or did they figure the non-Japanese players wouldn't know about it?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      But why monk? You can hear clearly a woman laughing and in other languages it has been translated to the equivalent of nun...

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        In Japanese folklore it’s possible for Yokai or bad spirits to form purely from someone’s emotions being strong enough, so it’s possible the Corrupted Monk shade is just a sort of first defense Yokai born from Yoa’s Strong desire to protect Fountainhead

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          So there’s an interesting Reddit thread on who/what corrupted monk is. Highly recommend finding it as it’s extremely well written, but the gist is that she’s likely Okami (the Mask she wears is related to a kind of older Japanese theater/play, and the masks the other Okami women in Fountainhead wear are also associated with the same theater. They even perform dances associated with it), and the fact that her memory calls her Priestess Yoa is likely a reference to the legend of Yoa Bikuni (literally meaning “800 year old priestess/nun”). Yoa Bikuni was a priestess that ate the flesh of ningyo, which is a sort of Japanese mermaid, put simply. The flesh of the ningyo granted her immortality. Meanwhile, Corrupted Monk guards Fountainhead. Which houses the giant carp. Which can be considered a ningyo. On top of that, the Rejuvenating Waters come from Fountainhead, and eventually end up in the area where we first fight Guardian Ape (as evidenced by the carp showing up there when you kill it). The Guardian Ape is also clearly corrupted as evidenced by the same centipede as our Yoa (something else that’s interesting is that insects, arachnids, and stagnant water all mostly represent corruption in Shinto). So it’s possibly Corrupted Monk are the flesh of a previous great carp and achieved immortality through infestation because of it. Very interesting stuff!

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Easy cheese strategy for the illusion: firecracker, R1, R1, (until you're out), then fistful of ash, R1, R1 (repeat until dead). Took me exactly 8 firecrackers and 10 ash on NG.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              1st phase is easy. 2nd phase doesn't exist. 3rd phase is hard as balls. you can try and stunlock her or you can be hard headed like me and run circles waiting for her to use attacks with long cooldowns.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Hardest part of Fountainhead Monk was figurine out which death blow was coming. Mostly just block and dodge the jump attack in the first phase and get two hits in. These bosses always manage to sneak in a hit after any combat art so I just shut it off. Use the firecracker once or twice during first phase just to get the bar going. I death blowed second phase. Third phase I used the combat art Mortal Draw, slashed till I got hit and then healed up. Needed a few purple gourds, too.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Wasted all my divine confetti and snap seeds. Tried firecrackers and the butterflies. Finally, I decided to switch to Mortal Draw and used that after a Fistful of Ash. Beat it on the first try. Saved my Rice till the end and just backed up, blocked, and waited for openings.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    There is a big with the real version. When she does her overhead attack, both blocking and deflecting do nothing. I still take full damage and get knocked down. no clue what causes this.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Thought she was an absolute cakewalk on my first playthrough... figured it would be the same for NG+ but holy*****, she seems to be on another level the second time around. Never looked up the cheese method or I would have done it, but the key for me was playing super defensively, grappling constantly during the illusions (or using a snap seed), and then using a combo of mist raven and mortal draw to deal some vitality damage during phase 3. The important thing is staying defensive, even when her posture is close to breaking. I had so many attempts where I would just get a little carried away trying to push her over the edge, only to have her kill me every time. Counting can seriously help too - 5 counts on the windmill attack and then she rests - that kind of thing.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        You can use snap seeds to dispell shadows in her second phase. I don't know how this information can be useful while you can easily skip the second phase but just wanted to write it since phase 2 information on this wiki page don't mention it.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          True Corrupted Monk truly is a cakewalk if you grapple up to the top left branch and plunge attack to skip second deathmarker, then all it takes is fistfuls of ash (cannot stress that enough) and firecrackers to stunlock the entire third phase! It took me sooooo many attempts doing this blind but just like most bosses there is definitely an easy way to fight her.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Just wanted to say that her move-set imitates that of the naginata wielding Okami in the Fountainhead Palace. Whoever is the original remains to be discerned.

                                                                                                                            • This was a bit annoying, but the cheese mentioned in the comments and description has helped, using the aerial assassination in phase 2 and the ash/firecracker in phase 3 made it cake. Here is me doing phase 3:

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Just fought the illusory monk on my second playthrough, and it must have been the longest single phase boss fight I’ve ever fought. I must have spent about 20 minutes, all my gourds, pellets and rice. I did play pretty defensively and only used snap seeds but I don’t remember the fight being so dragged out nearly as much the first time round

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Not sure what's wrong with me, but i thought this fight was incredibly fun. The last phase gave me some trouble and generally i think i could have done better. But overall it felt really fun and rewarding. I would even say it was one of my favorite boss fights.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    At the Mibu village, the divine confetti definitely does work, visibly deals more damage. The mist raven attachment was very good for this fight, allows you to get behind the monk consistently and deal vitality damage quickly.

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