General Kuranosuke Matsumoto

Location Ashina Castle
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Loaded Shuriken
Loaded Spear
XP NG: 280
NG+: 2520
Reward Prayer Bead

General Kuranosuke Matsumoto is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are uniquely named, and have 2 or more health bars. This means they require at least 2 Deathblows in order to kill, they are generally much more difficult than normal enemies, and they drop some of the best loot in the game.



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Location

  • Ashina Castle: Found directly up the stairs, straight in front of the Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol.
  • This boss is optional as you can take a shortcut over the rooftops to a sculptor's idol on the left side of the castle in a window.
  • Accompanied by some guards. 



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Rewards

  • Prayer Bead
  • There is a chest next to his spawn point containing a Divine Grass
  • 4536 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+2)



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Notes & Tips

  • This General hits harder and takes a bit less damage than the previous two.
  • Use the Loaded Shuriken to interrupt his Posture recovery move if needed, and use Chasing Slice to follow up if you have it.
  • The Loaded Spear works great on this enemy, because he has attacks that have poise, making it hard to hit him and get away. Use the Spear to deal damage and stay out of range.
  • You can Stealth Deathblow him once if you kill all the enemies, and then run away and come back.



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Lore

  • Lore notes, information on folklore, etc go here
  • Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup


From the Ashina Castle Idol, head towards the stairs and grapple yourself to the right roofs. Make your way towards the roofs that line the stairs. Near the center will be a grapple point to cross over the stairs and reach the left roofs. Head towards the boss while on these roofs until you can lock on him. Jump down and perform a deathblow. As the boss gets up, kill the rifle wielding enemies. If some of them live, descend the stairs so they won't have a proper angle to shoot you. You may now fight the General at the base of the stairs or lead him to the base as you bypass him and run back to kill the last rifle enemies. Alternate deflect and attacks to quickly whittle his health and posture. Avoid his perilous attack by jumping over the sweep then pressing jump again to damage his posture. Shurikens work well if you time it between his attacks and Shinobi Firecrackers can give you opportunities to get some attacks in.



General Kuranosuke Matsumoto Image Gallery


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    • 08 May 2019 17:18  

      The best strategy for this guy seems to be, to first, take out all the rifle guys with the load shuriken on top the roof, and then stealth killing his first health bar. Other than that, just finish the fight like all the other samurai generals. Still overall a fun mini boss like the other samurai generals.

      • Anonymous

        09 Apr 2019 00:09  

        Wonder if theres any lore as to why this guy drops Unrefined Sake...thats Isshins favorite drink. He's also in an interesting spot on the map and talking to monkeys.

        • Anonymous

          24 Mar 2019 10:51  

          Really straightforward, pretty simple tactics. Get the drop on him and remove one deathblow, then take out the gun adds. Then just dodge, deflect, attack. Repeat until deathblow. Lol only miniboss I was able to kill first go, but I'm bad so *shrug* probably got lucky.

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