General Tenzen Yamauchi

Location Ashina Outskirts
Deathblow Markers 2
Reward Prayer Bead
XP NG: 156
NG+: 2325

General Tenzen Yamauchi (侍大将・山内典膳, Samurai General - Yamauchi Tenzen) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete General Tenzen Yamauchi Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat General Tenzen easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. 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.


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General Tenzen Yamauchi Notes & Tips

  • The Mikiri Counter skill is highly recommended for this Boss because of the thrust attack that he does.
  • You can take off one Deathblow Marker by ambushing him using Stealth. If you aggro him, just get up top and hide until the music stops and then Deathblow him. Note you can only do this once.



General Tenzen Yamauchi Lore

"General Tenzen Yamauchi of the Ashina clan demands a keen eye" - This general is clad in heavy samurai armor, with a horned black helmet and red accented armor. He uses a Nodachi as his main weapon.

The banner displayed in Tenzen's arena, as well as elsewhere in the game, reads "死有之榮無生之辱". This is a line from the Wuzi (呉子兵法), an ancient Chinese text on military strategy. The phrase can be translated as "In the instant of death there is glory, in an empty life (i.e. perpetuating one's life merely out of a fear of death) there is only shame."

Lore notes, information on folklore, etc go here

Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.



General Tenzen Yamauchi Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro General Tenzen Yamauchi Video Strategies



Sekiro General Tenzen Yamauchi Strategy Writeup

Start the encounter by sneaking through the grass to kill the first lesser enemy.Throw a shuriken at the enemy looking in your direction to make him come to you. Run towards the next enemy and take him out. Head towards the left to de-aggro the mobs while we reposition ourselves. Climb the tree to reach the building with the lone short enemy and take him out. Next jump onto the last several mobs and eliminate them. The one with the gun is easy to get rid of before focusing on the sword wielding mobs. This will leave you and the boss alone. Sneak back to where you killed the first enemy and watch the boss movement. Once he turns his back to you, sneak walk towards him to get a free deathblow in. This will greatly help in the fight. Block/deflect his attacks while jumping over his perilous sweeping attack.

This boss has strange timing for his attacks, and it's easy to deflect too early. Be sure to deflect a bit later than usual for max effect.




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    • Anonymous

      18 May 2020 13:18  

      I broke his posture after like the 15th try quite easily by waiting for his attack and beating right before the pulp out of him. this disrupts his move. Otherwise jumping up on the mark is also working perfectly. Staying close was actually easier, because his attacks have a wide reach.

      • Anonymous

        02 Jan 2020 03:53  

        I am unsure why people are saying to do the counter,when that is one of his attacks,one of many (which all at this stage,hit like a truck) tad more,consistant way is use whirlwind,simply stay at a distance,main attacks are that rush and jump to worry of ,you'll slap him once or twice and bypass the guard to a degree but it is not relaying on that thrust

        • Anonymous

          27 Dec 2019 22:50  

          When you are on the ledge after the ogre. Just stand on the ledge and send two shurikens at him. He will go aggro and run past everyone to come up inside the building. Then you can fight him one on one inside. No need to spend timing killing everyone. If you wish you can run away towards the ogre side of the courtyard and hide, when he de-aggros you can just jump back for the first stealth kill.

          • Anonymous

            09 Jul 2019 12:43  

            He has the same last name as the tutorial boss (Shineori Yamauchi) I am not sure if this is a coincidence or a hint to something more

            • Anonymous

              24 Apr 2019 15:56  

              i tend to hit him twice then input a slightly delayed parry to catch his attack. Rince and repeat. His symbol attacks are mostly thrusts so prepare to mikri counter him.

              • Anonymous

                31 Mar 2019 15:51  

                He's real easy to kill after stealth deathblow by just dodging around and getting one or two hits in here and there. No need to deflect at all. The only attack that's tricky to dodge is the rush+flip attack that's weakly telegraphed.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Mar 2019 13:42  

                  Anybody know what the flag he's standing in front of says? My headcanon is it says something like "All Shinobi are Losers" =D

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2019 23:59  

                    Fire. If you have the Flame Vent, you can knock his vitality down real fast by hitting him with it after he does his jumping attack or massive sweeps. Just make sure you run up and slap him when he start glowing white and tries to recover his posture. I...need to get better at parrying.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Mar 2019 02:01  

                      The firecracker is your best friend here. Buy it from the crow, stealth kill Tenzen once then use it at the end of a combo attack from Wolf. It’ll keep him stun locked.

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Mar 2019 11:40  

                        kill the sneaky***** with a gong sitting on the top of a wall on the right of uu, otherwise u will be gangbanged

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