Folding Screen Monkeys

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Location Senpou Temple - Main Hall
Weakness Shinobi Firecracker
Stealth/Gachiin's Sugar

Memory: Screen Monkeys
Puppeteer Ninjutsu
3,000 Exp (NG)

22,500 (NG++)
37,500 (NG+4)

Folding Screen Monkeys (見る猿、聞く猿、言う猿、, Seeing Monkey, Hearing Monkey, Speaking Monkey, ) is a required Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Folding Screen Monkeys Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Monkeys encounter easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. This boss fight based on the Four Wise Monkeys which embody the principals of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, do no evil." You must kill in total all 4 monkeys that share a single health bar that is reduced by 25% upon killing a monkey. You will receive the Illusive Hall Bell quick item which allows you to reset the positions of the remaining Monkeys and yourself. This is  more of a game of cat & mouse than an actual fight as the monkeys will run away from you, however each time a monkey is startled one or two monkey apparitions will be summoned to attack you. Upon killing the final monkey you will be transported to the Inner Sanctum.

Folding Screen Monkeys Location

Where to find Folding Screen Monkeys in Sekiro?

  • Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo Main Hall: After defeating Genichiro Ashina and asking Isshin Ashina where the Mortal Blade can be found, interact with the table in front of the giant Buddha statue to be transported to the boss arena: the Hall of Illusion.

  • There are four monkey bosses in total:

    • The "See No Evil," monkey in the Purple Robes will run away from you when it sees you approaching. It has really good vision, but poor hearing.

    • The "Speak No Evil," monkey in the Orange Robes will alert all other monkeys when it spots you, which causes all of them to flee. It has poor hearing and vision.

    • The "Hear no Evil," monkey in the Green Robes will run away from you when it hears you approaching. It has really good hearing, but poor vision.

    • The "Do No Evil," monkey in the White Robes, which is invisible, will follow you while making spirits that attack and inflict Terror. This monkey will leave glowing footprints indicating where it has been. Being invisible, it is a play on the oft-forgotten "Fourth Monkey," of the original "Three Wise Monkeys," proverb and mythology.


Folding Screen Monkeys Rewards

What do you get from defeating Folding Screen Monkeys in Sekiro?

  • Memory: Screen Monkeys
  • Puppeteer Ninjutsu
  • 30,000 (NG+3) with Kuro's Charm
  • 3,000 Exp (NG), 22,500 (NG++), 37,500 (NG+4), 67500 (NG+7 without Kuro's Charm)
  • The Folding Monkeys guard the way to The Divine Child of Rejuvenation and the Mortal Blade she holds. 


Folding Screen Monkeys Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Folding Screen Monkeys Video Strategies



Sekiro Folding Screen Monkeys Strategy Write-up

Gachiin's Sugar and Firecracker Method: Upon loading in, turn around approach the ledge and attack the invisible monkey. Use Gachiin's Sugar, run towards the bridge and grapple on the roof to kill the orange monkey. Next grapple to the center tree and use Shinobi Firecracker on the green monkey to stun him. This allows you to kill him before he runs away. Finally, grapple onto the left tree branch, grapple to the roof above, and head left. The purple monkey will run into the building, follow him down and use firecrackers once you land to stun the final monkey. Attack and kill him to finish this boss fight.

You will be summoned into the Hall of Illusions on a pier facing the Abyssal Hall. There are two Folding Screens in front of you depicting the four Monkeys: the "See No Evil," Purple Robed Monkey; the "Speak No Evil," Orange Robed Monkey; the "Hear No Evil," Green Robed Monkey; and a blank screen meant to indicate the presence of a fourth, invisible "Do No Evil," Monkey. If front of you will be the Illusory Hall Monk, who you can speak with to discern how three of the four monkeys function: the Purple Monkey will flee from you when he spots you; the Orange Monkey will alert all other monkeys when he spots you, causing them to flee; while the Green Monkey will flee when he hears you. (He does not explain how the fourth, Invisible Monkey, works however.) Once a Monkey has been killed, its depiction on the Folding Screen will show the monkey facing away from you.

Each monkey has a set starting position and will be reset to that position upon ringing the Illusive Hall Bell Quick Item. Those positions are as follows: The "See No Evil" Purple Monkey will be atop the second rooftop on the left; the "Speak No Evil" Orange Monkey will be on the rooftop above the Illusory Hall Monk; the "Hear No Evil" Green Monkey will be seated on the tree in the middle of the Abyssal Hall, behind the Illusory Hall Monk; and the Invisible Monkey will always start/be located right behind the player's initial spawn point in the Illusory Hall.

  1. Upon spawning in, immediately turn around and swipe once to knock the Invisible Monkey out of its invisibility. If you miss, simply use the Illusive Hall Bell again to reset the position of all the monkeys. Doing this/killing the Invisible Monkey first makes hunting the rest of them less tedious, as you won't have to deal with the Terror-inflicting Monkey Spirits the Invisible Monkey summons.

  2. Once you've finished off the Invisible Monkey, ring the Illusive Hall Bell again to reset the level. Immediately dash towards one of the two Folding Screens in front of you to hide from the Orange Monkey. Once the enemy alerted icon disappears, rush towards the temple and grapple towards the roof above the Illusory Hall Monk. Here, kill the Orange Monkey immediately, which will cause the Purple Monkey to flee. Ring the Illusive Hall Bell, again.

  3. The Orange and Invisible on the Folding Screens should now be facing away from the player. Run forwards and make a left towards the Roaring Hall, the room filled with water. Turn right and go out the door and up the stairs you will now be in the second building, beneath the Purple Monkey. Go left out of the second building into the Light Hall, a room containing 4 statues and a note on the far wall. Interact with the door to the right of the note to open it; this will allow a wailing wind into the building that we will need later. Go to the center of the room, look up, and grapple once so you are on the Octagon-shaped ring above you. Face your character towards the second building so that the grapple point on that side of the roof is selected. Grapple, then sprint towards the Second Building Rooftop to find and kill the Purple Monkey with a flurry of R1 attacks. Ring the Illusive Hall Bell to reset.

  4. The OrangePurple and Invisible Monkeys on the Folding Screens should now be facing away from the player. With only the Green "Hear No Evil" Monkey remaining, head toward the Illusory Hall Monk, and turn left towards the room filled with water. Next, turn right towards the second building on the left, and then turn right again to head through the hallway. Halfway through the hallway on the left, interact with and ring the large bell you find, then sprint towards the central tree, grapple to the branch on the central tree behind the Green Monkey, and finish him off with a flurry of R1 attacks.

  5. When the last Monkey is killed, you will see the "SHINOBI EXECUTION" screen.

  6. After killing the final monkey, you will be automatically transported to the Inner Sanctum and receive your rewards!


Sekiro Folding Screen Monkeys Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Monkey Apparition The Invisible Monkey will periodically summon ghostly monkey apparitions to attack you. The Purple Monkey will summon 4 monkey apparitions if it is startled by the player. These look & behave similar to the wild Monkeys found around the Senpou Temple. Monkey Apparition attacks deal physical damage and cause Terror build-up. Monkey Apparitions do NOT disappear after ringing the Illusive Hall Bell.



Folding Screen Monkeys Lore


Folding Screen Monkeys Notes & Trivia

  • The Japanese name of the boss more heavily hints at there being four monkeys to find, as it lists three monkeys with a blank space after the comma after the third monkey, hinting again at the invisible monkey following you.

  • This boss fight is based on a Buddhist/Confucian interpretation of the "Three Wise Monkeys," maxim, wherein each monkey represents the principles of: "See no evil; Hear no evil; and Speak no evil."

  • The Fourth Monkey, alternatively referred to as "Do no Evil," or "Smell no Evil," is less often cited as part of the proverb, but still shares its origins with at least a Confucian interpretation of it.

  • According to Wikipedia: Though the teaching had nothing to do with monkeys, the concept of the three monkeys originated from a simple play on words. The saying in Japanese is mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru (見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる) "see not, hear not, speak not", where the -zaru is a negative conjugation on the three verbs, matching zaru, the modified form of saru (猿) "monkey" used in compounds. Thus the saying (which does not include any specific reference to "evil") can also be interpreted as referring to three monkeys.

  • Similarly: the Monkeys are sometimes said to go by the names: Mizaru (See Not); Kikazaru (Hear Not); Iwazaru (Speak Not); and Shizaru (Do No [Evil]), though this is often a byproduct of non-Japanese interpretations of the proverb and its associated mythology.

  • Like the Guardian Ape, the brown-furred Ape appearing in the Headless Ape fight, and the Monkeys found in the Sunken Valley Passage, the Folding Screen Monkeys are most likely based on Japanese Macaques.

  • Although the Illusory Hall Monk claims that previous visitors have come into the Hall of Illusions, no corpses or human remains can be found throughout the area.

    • Due to the way he talks, the claim specifies only one visitor with a purpose, and says that that visitor (essentially) disappeared - which could be an allusion to the fourth, invisible monkey. Him being someone with something to "Do" would also make him a good pun on "Do No".



Folding Screen Monkeys Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Loaded Spear is HUGE help in defeating the Folding Screen Monkeys Boss, especially the green one when it tries to run away from you after you ring the big bell. Thank me later.

      • Anonymous

        we get puppeteer ninjutsu after defeating the folding screen monkeys. so they were puppets. probably killed and made puppets by the ochi no miko chick. but she sure dressed that fact up beautifully lol

        • Anonymous

          Oh no! These enemies can flee from me as I approach melee range, it's not like I can 3-hit kill them with charged shuriken anyway

          • Anonymous

            i thought that the yellow footsteps are from the purple soul monkey then i turn around and i get hit i got where i got hit and i search to google how to beat this looking easy monkeys turned out to be hard and i know what to do i beat them stupid momnkeys

            • I felt like an idiot when I found out the footsteps are actually coming from the 4th monkey and hit accidentally. Well free memory I guess and most importantly Mortal Blade.

              • Anonymous

                I love how it being the silliest and easiest 'boss' in the game still rewards you with not only the memory of an extraordinary(lol) foe but also with one of the best skill the puppeteer ninjutsu. As if the whole section was a joke by from just like the mist noble.

                • Anonymous

                  I've noticed a glitch that occurs sometimes after the fight. If you kill the last monkey in a dark area then Wolf's eyes will glow as if they have the night eye effect in the Inner Sanctum.

                  • Anonymous

                    So I tried playing this like a hide-&-seek puzzle instead of darting around like the incarnation of speed Sekiro is, and it's pretty fun sneaking up on the monkeys instead of chasing them. What I did was basically show myself, get them to run away, and see if they are in a nice place to sneak up on. The orange monkey should the easiest to kill and should be your 1st target. If you can flank him unnoticed, it should be easy to sneak up on him with just the suppress presence & sound passives that you can learn or even a gachin sugar alone. To kill the green one, you need a gachin sugar on top of the sneaking passives and to get behind him like the orange monkey. The purple monkey is the most straight forward because you can corner him into 2 places where he is blind. And the last one just follows you around. Personally, I like letting it follow me for awhile, because while I do know where it is, I like having fun as if I didn't know. I also used ash to keep them in place because they react to it like any other mob, and then killed them with Ashina Cross. it was fun, like throwing a net over them. If you don't run around the place chasing the the monkeys like a madman, this 'boss fight' will be several times less frustrating and more enjoyable. It is a puzzle after all. No need to get riled up.

                    • Anonymous

                      Am I the only one who spent half an hour on this?? I thought for the longest time the 4th monkey’s noises were just ambience fit for a monkey boss battle, and the first time I saw its footsteps I thought they were mine hahaha took me a while to solve it. I thought that monkey was genius

                      • Anonymous

                        Kind of lame "puzzle" boss. You can open the one door to make it dark in that room for the sight monkey, and the waterfall room is loud for the hearing monkey. One is invisible, and you can hear him follow you, so I used X against a random wall around a corner and waited a moment then slashed at the air to get him revealed. One monkey also likes to hide up in the attic of the big building in the back, accessible by the stairs on the right of that building. If you're stuck, just stealth and stop/move slowly around to find where the monkeys are. And use the binocular to help

                        • Anonymous

                          The invisible monkey summons ghostly monkey illusions? Hum… no. If you kill him first, you have still some of them coming.

                          • Anonymous

                            It is wrong. The 4 Monkeys name in Japanese are: 見る猿、聞く猿、言う猿、見え猿. It is from the text get from the monkeys memory before you turn it in at the idol. It is Miruzaru, Kikuzaru, Iuzaru and Miearu. There is no Shizaru here...

                            • Anonymous

                              Green Monkey: Chase it to the ledge behind the bell by grappling to the tree and then to the bell walkway. Ring it to stun the monkey, then grapple up to the ledge to finish it off.

                              • Anonymous

                                So I bum rushed the three visible ones and just assumed that phase 2 was an endless spawn of purple monkeys where i had to kill a certain amount. Spin to win until a bunch of em are dead, and i got my shinobi execution.

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