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. Bosses are special 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

  • 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


Divine Dragon Strategies

Video Strategies


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 have are charged with eletricity (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)

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.
    • It may have emerged from Fromsoftware's fascination with the Norse world tree Yggdrasil Drangleic Castle - World Tree -   and the Tree of Life of Jewish Mysticism Tree Of Life - Jewish Mysticism, which was equated with the Elixir of Life by 18th century alchemists. Such ideas could have culminated in the massive, misshapen Sakura Tree of The Divine Realm.
  • 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. 
  •  "Okami" comes from Kuraokami, their lightning bolts come from the Vajra of the Shingon Buddhism of Senpou Temple, which means something like "thunderbolt". The Okami are pale and bluish, consistent with Asian depictions of the dead Japanese Ghost/Yurei Buddhist Hell "Naraka". The Okami actually take after the Primordial Serpents of Dark Souls Primordial Serpent Kaathe Mist Noble, which helps clarify why The Old Dragons of the Tree have turned into nāga. The nobles live in an area overgrown by roots which I believe depicts the Japanese underworld "Ne-no-kuni", which betokens something like "land of roots". The Okami were likely all once human and turned into these beings by imbibing large volumes of Rejuvenating Water. The idea of an aroma of the Divine Realm likely stems from two preceding Dark Souls items: "Fragrant Branch of Yore" and "Aromatic Ooze", of which the latter likely reincarnated as some kind of hideous white slime Hideous White Slime.


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 sword that the Divine Dragon wields could also be a reference to the Moonlight Greatsword, a recurring weapon found in multiple previous games by FromSoftware. Both swords have the same color, shoot out similar projectiles and are wielded by a pale dragon without legs (Seath the Scaleless in Dark Souls). The sword has a very glassy look and, given the lightning strikes in the divine realm, it is possible the weapon is actually made from fulgurite (petrified lightning). 
  • 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 it's bar until the last lighting bolt is thrown.

Divine Dragon Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      10 Aug 2020 21:31  

      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

        15 Feb 2020 02:01  

        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 17:30  

          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 20:30  

            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 19:48  

              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

                08 Oct 2019 04:00  

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

                • Anonymous

                  21 Sep 2019 01:04  

                  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

                    21 Sep 2019 01:01  

                    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?

                    • Anonymous

                      31 Aug 2019 16:32  

                      There is a Detail to be considered....otherwise you will try and fail endlessly..like I did : in phase 3 you have to lock on..f*****g lock on

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Jun 2019 19:08  

                        easy but an enjoyable spectacle getting to watch wolf fling blasts of lightning at a 8 story tall dragon like a bad***. it gave me old school n64 boss vibes tbh. the 1st phase is kinda lame though. spam mortal draw till they die pretty much

                        • Anonymous

                          27 May 2019 23:05  

                          Ok. apparantly I can't link to wikipedia articles directly. But just search the wikipedia article on the Fusang tree. It's mythological tree described in ancient chinese myths. Many japanese think the tree is in Japan itself.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 May 2019 05:38  

                            For optimal viewing experience, try turning off the HUD. It’s not like you really need it for this fight, anyway.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 May 2019 16:32  

                              The only boss (and miniboss) I beat on my first try. And I suck. Huge build up to this colossal boss and it was nothing but a giant fart...

                              • Anonymous

                                05 May 2019 22:04  

                                One of the very few “puzzle” bosses than FromSoftware has actually gotten right. Even though the challenge is almost nonexistent except for that phase before the final attack I personally would say it’s a lot of fun. Except the Old Dragons phase at least...

                                • 04 May 2019 18:15  

                                  Go look up 1-hour or 10-hour version of the Divine Dragon OST for your dish washing or homework need. Yuka Kitamura, please have my humble appreciation.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    03 May 2019 20:02  

                                    The Divine Dragon can be cheesed by constantly grappling from one tree to the next and waiting for the next lightning strike. If it starts swinging its sword, just land and get ready to parry, then go back to Spidey-swinging around.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      27 Apr 2019 14:37  

                                      I’m not so sure the Old Dragons have Dragonrot, but rather they’re symbolic of immortals who prey upon the life force of others, like Sekiro’s own dragon heritage allows him to do. Pay attention to the sakura petals throughout the game—they symbolize life force. Petals rain upon Sekiro whenever he resurrects, and fly outward when restoring those afflicted with Dragonrot; Fountainhead Palace is brimming with blossoming sakura trees, nourished by mibu/life water. When we reach the Divine Realm, we find the Divine Dragon’s tree barren and decrepit, and only by slaying the white Old Dragons does the tree blossom again. [Spoiler] this is actually somewhat reminiscent of the Purification ending, in which Sekiro beheads himself, and a plume of petals flows from his neck, symbolizing the restoration of the life he had sapped from the world to maintain immortality [/spoiler]. If anything, the Divine Dragon is suffering from Dragonrot, and only by restoring the life that it sowed does it revive. As for the black Old Dragons, they do seem to be younger branches, but it’s also worth noting that their skin is reminiscent of Genichiro’s lightning-scarred body, implying a deeper connection to the lightning that heralds the Divine Dragon…

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