Divine Dragon

Location Fountainhead Palace
Deathblow Markers 1
Weakness Lightning
Reward Memory: Divine Dragon
Divine Dragon's Tears
12,000 Exp (NG)

Divine Dragon(桜竜, Sakura Dragon is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Divine Dragon Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Divine Dragon easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like the Divine Dragon are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Immortality Severed" or "Shinobi Execution". You will need to perform multiple Deathblows on them in order to defeat them, and filling their Posture Gauge is the only way to accomplish this. However, decreasing their health will make their Posture Gauge deplete slower and build up faster, assisting you in accomplishing this feat.


Divine Dragon Location

Where to find the Divine Dragon in Sekiro?

  • Fountainhead Palace: Found at the top of this area by praying at the altar with flowing water above the "Sanctuary" idol.
  • This boss is not optional for three out of four endings. 


Divine Dragon Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Divine Dragon in Sekiro?


Divine Dragon Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Divine Dragon Video Strategies



Sekiro Divine Dragon Strategy Writeup

Phase 1 - Old Dragons of the Tree

In the first phase the player doesn't fight the Divine Dragon directly, but the Old Dragons of the Tree (白木の翁たち, White-wooden Old Men) which is a very simple fight. As the enemies move very slowly and do not charge directly at the player.

Avoid direct contact with the enemies, as they cough a poisonous gas. Simply stay away until the trees appear and grapple to stand on top of them. Then using a plunge attack Deathblow on one of the many enemies, preferably aiming at one in the middle of the pack, as the Deathblow causes Sekiro to spin the victim around, dealing massive damage to the others nearby. Repeat this until all enemies are dead.

Phase 2 - Divine Dragon

In the second phase the player finally faces the Divine Dragon (桜竜, Sakura Dragon). It is not possible to directly strike it, and attemping to approach it in close range will cause the Divine Dragon to summon a mighty gust that will push the player far away.

In order to damage the Divine Dragon, the player needs to run towards the trees that are charged with electricity (this is easy to spot as they will have a yellowish sparkle on them) and grapple up to them. Once done, Sekiro will be vaulted very high in to the air; when this happens press the attack button (R1/RB/LMB) to hit the dragon with spear of lightning. Repeat this process, being careful not to grab the lightning when he blows Sekiro backwards, otherwise the damage will likely be fatal.

The Divine Dragon has only two attacks: an overhead slam that can be easily avoided by running to either side or blocked; or a perilous ground-level sweep which you need to jump over. Both attacks are long range as they emit shockwaves that reach high distances. Holding down the dodge button to run is the easiest way to avoid its damage, and jumping when it uses the sweep attack.

Once its Posture gauge is full, the trees will vanish, and the player will need to "survive" until they reappear, after about 60 seconds. Keep a safe distance, deflecting, jumping, running and generally avoiding all of the Divine Dragon's agressive attacks until a lightning tree appears again, and then strike him one final time; Sekiro will be launched directly over him, where the player can approach to finish it off with a Deathblow.

Upon defeating the boss, the writing "GRACIOUS GIFT OF TEARS" will appear on the screen. (Gracious Gift of Tear also being the true name of the crimson Mortal Blade)

Sekiro Divine Dragon Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1 - Old Dragons of the Tree
Simple Punch Block or Dodge/Side Step
Tree Sprout Running away
Phase 2 - Divine Dragon
Overhead Slam Block or Dodge/Side Step

Ground-level Sweep (Perilous Attack)

Jump (jumping over)

Phase 3 - After depleting the Posture Gauge


Berserk Attacks

Block, Dodge, Jump, Run - generally avoid



Divine Dragon Lore

  • The Divine Dragon continues the recurring theme of missing its left arm, just like Sekiro, Sculptor and the Demon of Hatred (on his main body, at least - he has a smaller pair of arms higher up on his neck). Being also called Dragon of the Everblossom suggests that the missing arm could be connected to the severed branch brought by Takeru from the Divine Realm - which became the Everblossom tree in the Ashina Castle and is later stolen by Owl.
  • Old Dragons come in two versions - coughing grey/white (same color as the mark of stagnation on Sekiro's head) and healthy black (killing healthy ones does not decrease boss healthbar). The big tree appears to be withered and dead during the first phase, but after killing the sick dragons the tree rejuvenates.
  • The Old Dragon's hacking/coughing may imply they are a physical manifestation of the spreading Dragonrot (being wooden dragons that are literally rotting) or are at least affected by it.
  • The implication is that Sekiro is in fact cutting the rot from the tree (like a surgeon would amputate an infected limb to save the rest of the body), allowing Sekiro to fight the true, healthy Divine Dragon rather than its rotting offshoots. 
  • The dragon's serpentine design is typical of Japanese dragons Tamatori And The Dragon which are conventionally connected to water. It is not native to Japan but the amalgamated form of "naga" dragons in the Buddhism legends, "lóng" dragons in the Chinese mythology, and great-snakes in the native Japanese mythology. This design is consistent with the in-game description that the Divine Dragon is originated in the west.
  • The dragon is associated with the Sakura Tree The Sakura Tree
    . In Japanese, the Divine Dragon is called Sakura-Ryu (桜竜) or the Dragon of Sakura.
    • It can be a symbol of the "new" (non-ancient) elements of the Divine Dragon, as the dragon came from the west and is not an ancient Japanese deity. While cherry blossom (sakura) is now regarded as the national flower of Japan, it was not so until the start of the Heian period (794). Before that, plum blossoms (ume) had been considered as the symbol of Japan. Since Sekiro is set in the 16th century,  the divine status of the Divine Dragon as a Japanese god counts only less than 1,000 years, which is far younger than the native gods/goddesses of Japan.
  • They are called 淤加美 (okami) in Japanese, derived from one of the ancient spellings of Kuraokami, a dragon deity of rain and snow from Japanese mythology, born from the blood of the slain god Kagutsuchi. More modern spellings are a bit more obvious as to what the names supposed to mean: 龗 (okami) means "water dragon" and 闇龗 (kuraokami) means "dark water dragon." It's likely that the Divine Dragon (called the Sakura Dragon in Japanese) is inspired by Kuraokami. 


Divine Dragon Notes & Trivia

  • The sword that the Divine Dragon wields is based on the seven branched sword, one of the oldest relics of Japan. The sword was originally forged in China (possibly in the East Jin dynasty) and then acquired by the kingdom of Baekje, Korea. Later a Baekje crown-prince presented it to a Japanese emperor/empress. This historical fact matches well with the in-game lore that the Divine Dragon is not native to Japan and originally came from the west.
  • The Divine Dragon is unkillable and its body is described as "eternal". Sekiro instead uses the Mortal Blade to slice into its left tear duct to obtain the Divine Dragon's Tears inside after stunning it with lightning. 
  • After the final lightning attack, the player has an infinite amount of time to collect the Divine Dragon's Tears. the dragon will never get up, and the player can spend as much time as they want in the divine realm.
  • It is completely possible to deflect the non-periolous sword swipes of the dragon and fill it's posture meter. However, it will never be able to go completely full, nullifying the possibility of performing a deathblow on it. Even if Sekiro throws the lighting at it, it will simply not be possible to fill its bar until the last lighting bolt is thrown.

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    • Anonymous

      04 Jul 2021 20:36  

      It missing its left arm like Sekiro and has a scar on its chest like Kuro. Could it be that it shares the wounds of those tied to the Dragon’s Heritage…

      • Anonymous

        05 Jun 2021 15:45  

        Welcome to the Divine Dragon comment section. You'll find people who enjoy this fight and a dude who screams about how bullcrap this boss is and insults other by calling them beta males down below. You may leave your angry comment or agreement here.

        • Anonymous

          17 May 2021 17:27  

          Best 'gimmick' boss Fromsoft ever did. Presentation is phenomenal here. And it makes sense it's not a difficult fight - you're not here to kill it. You're here for a gift of tears, but while you're here, you also end up cleansing out the rot from it (the smaller funny looking guys in phase 1), reawakening it to its full, shining glory.

          It may be fighting you, but you are doing it an immense favor while receiving something in return.

          • Anonymous

            25 Nov 2020 11:53  

            the lore theory on its missing left arm is pure bs. I mean once you're stating it to be immortal/eternal and literally a god and Takeru just just ripped off his arm? bs

            • Anonymous

              29 Oct 2020 22:30  

              The guide doesn't stress this enough, this should be the VERY FINAL LAST Boss you kill before you are certain of your ending.
              I love the boss fight, but killing the dragon will directly get you into final stage of game.
              The guide should stress it more that the game changes after this. Like you can't give Kuro any more more items because he is the final boss area now..

              • Anonymous

                10 Aug 2020 15:31  

                Oh come on, genichiro comes back 30000 times, but a literal god and one of the best fights in the gang has one healthbar

                • Anonymous

                  14 Feb 2020 20:01  

                  Damn… I died for the first time against him in NG+6! He surprised me with a random Lightning on the ground, and then I lost a second time, I was in the air to reverse the Lightning, but at the same moment I got touched by his Wind, so I wasn't able to reverse the attack… Shame on me, I was too confident ^^

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Jan 2020 11:30  

                    The most beautiful boss fight I've ever seen. I didn't feel as if I was actually fighting it, it felt as if I was earning it's approval to take its tears. I didn't see it as an enemy, I saw it as a powerful and graceful creature that is beyond my understanding. A truly divine experience.

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Dec 2019 14:30  

                      Interesting tidbit about the fight not actually mentioned in the page; when the divine dragon howls and summons wind to blow you away, it actually pushes you back in the direction Sekiro is facing. So you can look away from him to negate the push back and easy headway to the lightning.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Oct 2019 13:48  

                        Interesting fact . The dragon has its right eye closed and a scar under the lower eyelid. The hero takes tears damaging the gland of his left eye. So someone was already collecting tears from his right eye.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Oct 2019 22:00  

                          The old tree men aren't even called dragons in the Japanese version of the text. Very strange localization decision.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Sep 2019 19:04  

                            the white dragon of the tree are sick/old or dying while the black ones are healthy... The divine dragon is white as well, its missing an arm, and its chest seems partially split open... so is the divine dragon sick and dying when you fight it???

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Sep 2019 19:01  

                              it burrows its head into the ground and makes a biting like motion sometimes. And also sweeps its blade in a diagonal curve, never seen anyone hit by those two though, but can anyone tell me what the part when it plunges its head below the clouds does?

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