Emma, the Gentle Blade

Emma, the Gentle Blade
Location Ashina Castle
Weakness ??
Reward None

Emma, the Gentle Blade (柔剣 エマ,  Nyūken Emais a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Emma, the Gentle Blade Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Emma easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like Emma are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Immortality Severed" or "Shinobi Execution".

Emma is part of the Isshin Ashina boss fight that happens if players select to betray Kuro when meeting The Owl at Ashina Castle.


Emma, the Gentle Blade Location

Where to find Emma, the Gentle Blade in Sekiro?


Emma, the Gentle Blade Rewards

What do you get from defeating Emma, the Gentle Blade in Sekiro?

  • Rewards: None



Emma, the Gentle Blade Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Emma, the Gentle Blade Video Strategies



Sekiro Emma, the Gentle Blade Strategy Writeup

For this fight it be best to let Emma start the encounter and for you to react to her. Most of her attacks are multi-hits so don't be greedy trying to get an attack in until her combo is exhausted. When she puts her blade away and it gleams, run away to avoid the attack while circling back to counter hit her.  If you're close to her you can interrupt her Ashina Cross with a sword swing.  Be cautious as she likes to grab often, sweep moderately, and thrust sporadically. Alternate deflecting her combos while chipping away at her health to take her down. Shinobi Firecrackers can be used before her combo or after to get some free hits in if players like.

If you defeat the boss you will see the writing "SHINOBI EXECUTION" upon the screen.


Sekiro Emma, the Gentle Blade Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Single Slash Deflect
Dash Slash Deflect
2 slash combo Deflect
Sword & Hilt Flurry

Deflect, The last attack has a slightly delayed timing. 

Grab Run away and counterattack or go behind her and counterattack
Sweep Jump to posture break or Run away and counterattack
Thrust Mikiri counter or Run away and counterattack
Ashina Cross Backdodge through it or Run away and counterattack or interrupt with an attack.


Emma, the Gentle Blade Lore

If you give her sake, Sekiro asks her about her skill with the blade. She assert that she doesn't wish to harm any human but would like to kill a demon given the opportunity. 

Emma also mentioned that she learned her sword skills from Isshin , and from her move set is clear she has not only mastered the Ashina Arts (as Ashina Cross is the secret technique of the Ashina Style sword arts), but also incorporated her own moves into the style.  

Emma's katana is in "shirasaya," which is a plain and relatively unadorned long-term storage scabbard designed to seal a blade to protect it from oxygen and moisture. Such hardware is not designed for combat and reflects Emma's gentle nature.

Emma, the Gentle Blade Notes & Trivia

You cannot apply a weapon buff such as Divine Confetti or Bestowal Ninjutsu prior to the fight as Sekiro will automatically sheath his sword when approaching Owl to initiate dialogue.



Emma, the Gentle Blade Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      14 Sep 2021 14:23  

      Is it just me or does she take absolutely no posture damage from Mikiri counters? I didn’t fight her until NG+2 though, so maybe that has something to do with it.

      • Anonymous

        01 Mar 2021 18:12  

        How do i beat this boss? The screen just gets blurried when the music intensifies and water seem to get out of my eyes

        • Anonymous

          26 Nov 2020 09:32  

          She can three hit kill and body slams me while my hits scratchs her. Just imagine a doc trained in sword is wiping the floor with a trained shinobi whose father is the master shinobi. Not saying she's hard just use umbrella for her grab and ashina cross and deflect those damn normal attacks but dying to her? Man ftom is really pissing me off with this one.

          • Anonymous

            24 Nov 2020 20:34  

            "i onLY HaVe A pasSiNg INTEReSt iN ThE BlAdE" Floaty gap close and disengage rivaling the sword saint and a ghostly apparition (o'rin). Janky delayed strikes (teehee I only have a passing interest in the blade), ashina cross but her damage is still endgame boss worthy, her long thrust feels like it has better range and shorter startup than ****ing Genichiro's edgelord mode, she can casually flip and throw the Wolf. I was afraid she'd pull out a (double) Ichimonji or Floating Passage. Madlass is probably trying to gouge Wolf's eyes out in the deathblow animation after Wolf stabs her in the throat. What is she even doing watching Owl cut us to pieces on the other routes, go **** his **** up for Kuro or maybe Isshin could get off his ass.

            • Anonymous

              13 Aug 2019 08:19  

              I just spammed jump attacks. one of them hits her everytime and if you immediatly jump again she has only one move that can hit you, which she rarely uses

              • Anonymous

                16 Jul 2019 07:46  

                Tried to do vault over on her maybe get a different deathblow, but Sekiro just jump on her and she was crouched down. Would have been interesting if it were possible to use the puppeteer ninjutsu. But that would be cheesing Isshin.

                • Anonymous

                  26 Jun 2019 19:25  

                  I has question. I'm on the new game because I wanted to do the other 3 endings first and I'm now completing the Shura ending but Emma is not Emma the Gentle Blade for me. Her name is Emma Juken for some reason. I don't know if that is supposed to make her harder or something but she can almost 1 shot me with full 20 vitality.... I do have the Kuro's Charm if that changes anything. Anybody know why her name is different?

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Jun 2019 23:04  

                    You can cheap your way out of this fight very easy, she's powerless against the floating passage technique. Also vs mortal draw (but you'll kinda need the spirit emblems for the next phases).

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Jun 2019 10:43  

                      After deflecting her long combo, do a double ichimonji, then deflect again right after. One of the two ichimonji hits is guaranteed to do damage, both deal posture damage, and most importantly, both hits lower your posture gauge by a generous amount.

                      • Anonymous

                        09 May 2019 10:12  

                        How does Sekiro knows she is skilled with the sword? He never saw her wielding a blade in my first playthrough.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 May 2019 03:46  

                          Staying aggressive and continuously attacking her is the most important thing. Obviously this concept applies to pretty much every boss in the game, but especially so with her. She has an extremely fast forward dash attack that can catch you off-guard if you try to distance yourself, she doesn't have overly complex or fast counterattacks when she deflects you, and as long as you go toe-to-toe with her, you'll be able to react to her Ashina Cross attack and just hit her out of it instead of dodging away. Also, when you see her pose with her sword over her head she's going to do a four-hit combo. Parrying the last hit will allow you to throw her off balance and give you a free thrust attack, but even if you fail the last deflect and she throws you off balance, just immediately face the other direction and charge up a thrust attack. She will always follow up her four-hit chain with her Ashina Cross, and you'll have plenty of time to intercept it.

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Apr 2019 14:55  

                            Tears?! What?! It's the most annoying boss in the game!! The Saint was a joke!!! I would kill her in real life!!! The *****!!!

                            • 24 Apr 2019 11:58  

                              Spiral Spear Cheese She can be easily defeated using only spiral spear, you will use somewhere around 13 emblems, but you will save all your healing items for the upcoming battle, Simply Run around Her and poke her, it seems she gets double the damage if you hit Her just before she attacks, so you will want to aim for those moments to hit her with spear, keep your distance run around and hit her, it's just that simple. But remember, hit Her with the Basic thrust, dont try to do any charged rush with spear or pull Her. If someone could put it in The strategy section it would be nice :)

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Apr 2019 14:27  

                                That moment when you go for the "All boss" trophy and watch Emma get a deathblow from you. Close the game right there and now, become sad. Lay on your bed and think about your life choices and why you do them, then in the dark read the wiki about Emma. Feeling empty. You got gud in Sekiro but you'll never git gud with your feelings. 10/10 FromSoftware.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Apr 2019 14:36  

                                  when she puts her blade away you should attack her instead of running away, she will lose balance and you can even land a free hit

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Apr 2019 13:22  

                                    I wish there was a way to fight her without forsaking Kuro. Such a great fight (and the cutscene before it) with an awesome musical theme. I love Shura ending, but it would be nice if we could have a friendly duel otherwise :)

                                    • Anonymous

                                      17 Apr 2019 01:11  

                                      Now I know why From makes bosses twice as tall as the play character. It's goddamn impossible to see the tells for Emma's attacks.

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