Genichiro Ashina

Location Ashina Reservoir
Ashina Castle
XP NG: 2000
NG+: 18000
NG++: 27000
Status Abnormalities Shock
Useful Tools Shinobi Firecracker
Loaded Axe
Reward Memory: Genichiro
Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu

Genichiro Ashina (葦名弦一郎, Ashina Genichirou) 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 it so their Posture Gauge depletes more slowly, assisting you in accomplishing this feat. 


Genichiro Ashina Location

  • 1st Time - Ashina Reservoir: Found in a clearing after the secret passage near the moat that you take Kuro to in order to escape the tutorial level. This boss is not optional.
  • 2nd TimeAshina Castle: At the very top of the Castle, after the Ashina Dojo Sculptor's Idol, go through the mini-boss, Ashina Elite Jinsuke Saze, and exit from the window to the left; you may also get there by going through the room with 3 Nightjar Ninjas and exit through the balcony after climbing the staircase. Make your way atop the castle to face this boss. After his two HP bars are depleted, he will transform into: Genichiro, Way of Tomoe.



Genichiro Ashina Rewards



Genichiro Ashina Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup

For Phase 1, 2 Health Bar: Close the distance between you two and be ready to block as he may start the fight with a bow attack into a slash. For most of Genichiro normal attacks players can alternate from deflect and attacking. When Genichiro uses his flurry of slashes it be best to just deflect to build up his posture gauge. At times Genichiro may leap in the air, stab the ground and follow up a perilous attack: thrust(1 or 2 health bars left) or sweep (only when 1 health bar left). Dodge away when he leaps to gain some distance from him to better guess which perilous attack he will follow up with.

If he comes running towards you and fires an arrow, sidestep and immediately attack. This will interrupt his sword attack and deal health damage. This is one of most reliable ways to chip his health early on.

For Phase 1, 1 Health Bar: Uses similar moves as Phase 1 but chains them differently. Jump attack will now be followed by either slash or thrust (only thrusts during 2 health bar). After the first deathblow players inflict on Genichiro they will gain a moment to quickly attack him. Dash attacks works to chip away some health while Loaded Axe and Ichimonji/Ichimonji Double can inflict posture damage setting up a slight advantage. He will more aggressive with his bow usage so stay close to him at all times. It is recommended to use shinobi firecrackers into regular attack/ichimonji double during this phase to quickly whittle his health and build posture damage.

If you use healing items, he will use a charged bow attack, sidestep immediately after healing.

Phase 2: Genichiro will start the fight with a leaping thrust attack that can be countered. When Genichiro runs into a spinning slash he has I-frames during this animation so you won't be able to stagger him out of this attack. He will follow up with his flurry of slashes so be ready to deflect. If you are hit with his thrust attack be careful as he may shoot you if you roll away or he will attempt to grab you if you roll towards him. When he holds his katana with 2 hands and crouches he will jump and slash with lightning. Jump after you see the warning, and press attack before you land if you get hit by lightning (this will send it back to him dealing tremendous damage and stunning him).. Once you have taken 20% of his health away you can alternate slashes and Shinobi Firecracker. Start with Firecracker, dash R1, R1, firecracker. Using this you can reduce his health 50% or lower and quickly deflect his attacks to posture break him and defeat him.

In this phase, if you use healing items, he will perform a perilous leaping thrust, which will hit you. Be sure to use healing items only when he's already locked into an attacking animation and you are at a safe distance.

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


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Single & Multi Bow Attack Occasionally, Genichiro will jump into mid-air and shoot you with his arrows. Can be blocked.
Grab Attack When you get too close to Genichiro and he is not preparing for another attack, he may grab you and cause a lot of damage.
Katana Flurry Genichiro's onslaught of slashes is best deflected.
Bow attack + Sword slash Sidestep or block the arrow and immediately attack. It will interrupt his sword attack and deal health damage.
Sword attack + Kick Can block or sidestep. Sidestepping is recommended as the kick can stagger you and Genichiro can follow this combo with a charged bow hit dealing tremendous damage.
Phase 2 (Way of Tomoe)
Leaping slam Block or sidestep and attack immediately after. He is vulnerable after he slams his sword.
Electric slash After the warning, jump in the air. If you are hit by the attack, press attack before you land to deflect electricity back. Does heavy health damage and stuns Genichiro.
Electric slam After the warning, jump in the air. If you are hit by the attack, press attack before you land to deflect electricity back. Does heavy health damage and stuns Genichiro.



Genichiro Ashina Lore 

  • According to the item Remnant: Genichiro: though born to a peasant family (presumably) during the rebellion led by Isshin of Ashina, Genichiro would end up being adopted into the Ashina clan after the death of his peasant mother. As a member of the clan, he would grow to become one of its greatest swordsmen and most respected leaders, but also seemingly became obsessed with pursuing "heretical arts" in order to save both his country and his mother as time went on.

  • Genichiro is the only known pupil of the mysterious Tomoe, a a master swordswoman belonging to a clan of the same name. Though whom and what they/she are/is largely remains a mystery, the following information is available:
    • If you give Isshin the item Unrefined Sake, he divulges that Tomoe was the one who taught Genichiro both the way of the sword and how to harness lightning--a technique she named, and is widely known as: "The Lightning of Tomoe."

    • The item Fragrant Flower Note mentions that: "relatives of the Tomoe once gathered the Fountainhead Fragrance, and arrived at the palace," implying that Tomoe is the name of a clan, and not necessarily the name of one single person.

    • The item Page's Diary explains that a Lady Tomoe--who could either be Genichiro's mentor, or someone else from the clan--was both a part of Lord Takeru's court, and that she knew of the Mortal Blade and its supernatural properties. (The diary explains how, after seeing Lord Takeru attempt to cut himself only for the wound to heal, Tomoe says: "Without it, your blood cannot be spilled.")

    • The skill Spiral Cloud Passage mentions how Tomoe (most likely the same Tomoe who is Genichiro's mentor) developed the technique by studying the "large eddy of distant cloud forming near the headwaters [of] the Fountainhead Spiral," located in the Fountainhead Palace. (The young master referenced in the rest of the text for the skill could possibly also be Genichiro, as dialogue from Emma suggest that Genichiro spent quite some time training near the Fountainhead Spiral.)

      • Similarly, the young master referenced here could also possibly be Takeru, the previous Divine Heir, as Tomoe was said to be Takeru's servant and received the power of Resurrection much like Sekiro did from Kuro. From the Purification Ending, we also know that Tomoe cared deeply about Takeru, which is more fitting to the term: "meant everything for her,".
    • The fighting style used by many of the "Mist-" enemies in the Fountainhead Palace, particularly that of the Archers and Swordsmen, directly parallels the attacks and combos used by Genichiro in both of his forms. This suggests (until official names for enemies are known) two things about Genichiro's mentor that might be true: 1) That Tomoe, and by extension the enemies of the Fountainhead Palace, are all members of the same clan (either the Okami or the Tomoe); or, 2) That Tomoe, and the Tomoe "Clan" referenced above, are a clan distinct from the Okami clan.
      • At the moment, either view is possible based on our lack of information—while the enemies in the "Mist-" enemies of the Palace all use movesets and wear armor similar to Genichiro, their leader is also named Okami Leader Shizu. At the same time, items that mention either the Tomoe or Okami clan also seem to present both clans are distinct from one another, leading to confusion if Tomoe is just one person, multiple people sharing the same  name, a clan in and of itself, or some other kind of Fromsoft lore shenanigans.

Genichiro Ashina Notes & Trivia

  • Voiced by Ray Chase (English), Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese)
    • Ray Chase is also known for voicing Artorius Collbrande from the videogame Tales of Berseria; Eve from the videogame Nier: Automata; Puri-Puri Prisoner from the anime One Punch Man; and the Male Freelancer from the videogame Anthem.

    • Kenjiro Tsuda is also know for voicing Seto Kaiba from the anime Yu-Gi-Oh!; Atomic Samurai from the anime One Punch Man,; Mikoto Suoh from the anime K; Nagasaki from the anime Devilman Crybaby; Bacchus and Silver Fullbuster from the anime Fairy Tail; Maxi from the videogame Soulcalibur IV; and Zeke from the videogame Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

  • The first character in his given name, 弦, gen, means bowstring, while 一郎, ichirou, means first son: a name typically given to first-born sons in a family. (Ironically enough, Genichiro may not be the first born son of the Ashina, as he refers to Isshin as grandfather when speaking about him, which implies that Isshin already had a son when he first adopted Genichiro.)

  • If it isn't exactly obvious due to how quickly it happens: the kunai thrown at you when you first beat Genichiro in Ashina Resevoir, which is what allows him to cut off your arm even if you beat him, belongs to one of the Tengu employed by Isshin and/or the Ashina clan.

  • An Eavesdropping Opportunity found shortly after the Ashina Castle Sculptor's Idol sees two Senpou Sect Assassins ("Rats") reveal that Genichiro is working with the Sect in order to combat the Interior Ministry.

  • When you confront Genichiro at the top of Ashina Castle, particularly eagle-eyed players may be able to spot that during the cinematic where Genichiro is speaking with Kuro, he is looking directly at where one might later find Isshin of Ashina when asked to track the old man down. (This is also where he first refers to Isshin as grandfather.)
  • The long combo attack he uses against you is the Floating Passage combat art, the same one used by certain enemies found in Fountainhead Palace


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    • Anonymous

      18 May 2019 05:07  

      A story dlc showing how he obtained the Black Mortal Blade would be really interesting. They could even give some skill trees where you could try out some new sword and bow abilities.

      • Anonymous

        13 May 2019 02:52  

        There's a cheese no-one has mentioned yet - Whirlwind Slash combat art. It deals chip damage through blocks, has just enough range, and interrupts *some* of his attacks. If you use Whirlwind Slash after each opening, or while he isn't doing anything, you get free safe chip damage. BLOCK IMMEDIATELY after each WS, do not try to dodge or deflect after each combat art. You want to hit him from the edge of your WS range, otherwise you might get countered. Cheeses phase 1, phase 2 he gets some attacks in that must be deflected/dodged the normal way. Being in WS range also baits the jump attack - block then use the appropriate counter to the followup attack.

        • 09 May 2019 15:53  

          Yet another boss where almost every Miniboss leading up to him are harder than him. Not saying that he’s not hard, just the Anime Master under him deals two-hit kills using a two-hit combo.

          • Anonymous

            02 May 2019 01:09  

            is it just me or does this f***er spontaniously become immune to stagger when I'm near death and no revives left? cause he staggers like a drunk when I'm at high hp then when I'm 1 hit from dead and NEED a stagger so I can down a heal quick suddenly that same combo that staggered him 10 times already suddenly doesn't and as I pull out the gourd he kills me...he also seems to know when I'm going for distance in phase 3 cause that's the ONLY time when he pulls out that BS arena wipe shockwave thing

            • Anonymous

              28 Apr 2019 16:04  

              I don't think it's correct that "filling the posture gauge is the only way" to perform Deathblows. Phase 1 I am only using block, roll and Shadowrush. A dozen of these stabs and he gives you the red dots for each of his first two lives. I'm still stuck like a casul on Phase II, but hey.

              • Anonymous

                28 Apr 2019 04:44  

                Anyone have any idea what in the world he did after being defeated? There's a huge gap in the story between that point to when you meet him again and there seems to be no clues as to what happened specifically.

                • 25 Apr 2019 00:10  

                  Added a TON of detailed high-res images to the gallery. Would be awesome if some one could edit the way the pictures are displayed! I'm not so familiar with this editor.

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Apr 2019 22:30  

                    I seriously think the lore about Genichiro trying to save his mother is incorrect. The only mention of her in the game refers to her death. Why would Genichiro be attempting to save her if she had already passed on? If to revive her, why not do so when he had the chance with the black mortal blade? What use would there be in reviving her in the first place? The "her" Genichiro refers to throughout his dialogue may refer to the land of Ashina, it may even refer to Tomoe, but it most probably does NOT refer to his mother.

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Apr 2019 15:06  

                      Is using the loaded umbrella with projected force any good? Just thinking it might help with the arrows. Hopefully I can defeat him within my first 50 tries but I’m not hopeful lol

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Apr 2019 23:18  

                        Incomplete phase 1 moveset. He possesses a move in the first stage of the Ashina Castle fight where he will do an air jump attack followed immediately by a perilous thrust(common in the first health bar) or perilous sweep(common in the second health bar) attack and the sweep can EASILY catch you trying to jump over it after deflecting the jump attack.

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Apr 2019 10:05  

                          i beat this boss fifth try after my second encounter with his other form. he is not that difficult. and i'm not good at this game. No.1 Tip: always stay aggressive in his first form! force him to use a counter attack and deflect. the deflect timer is relatively forgiving. i staggered him out of 2/3 of his attempts to use his bow in close combat. easy hits. dodge his jump attack and you get some free hits too. or you can run around him on the right side and get behind him for some more free hits. only get your distance to heal up. stay aggressive, force a counter, deflect, attack again. No.2 Tip: in his second form i died to his lightning attack the first time. then i equipped Mist Raven and dodged all his lightning attacks. i don't know if i got lucky but i wasn't hit once. otherwise he's pretty much the same like his first form. stay aggressive and he's beaten rather quickly. Mikiri Counter his Thrusts and Mist Raven ftw!

                          • Anonymous

                            19 Apr 2019 09:57  

                            Very fun to fight, it took me half a day to defeat him with just using 2 gourds(big mistakes on phase 2). Because of this boss fight my play style changed drastically from no deflecting to deflect whatever attack you can. For anyone having trouble with this boss, try refraining from using gourds atleast in the first phase to help you improve as to remove the mindset of relying on healing items.

                            • 18 Apr 2019 23:39  

                              About the lore part, Tomoe is an Okami warrior, this is a matter of fact. Also Tomoe is her name(much like Shizu), not a clan. Okami is the species that she is part of, is just a matter of her ranking in the warrior society; most likely a purple garb since blue ones can't use lightning. The Floating Passage art should explain it clearly; she descended the unseen stair way (the straw man elevator most likely) from the palace to the world below, do you see any other warriors in the palace that are not Okami(besides the corrupted monk)? Also the skill's artwork clearly depicts a Okami Warrior Woman, just like those encountered in the Fountainhead Palace, I am really not sure what other proof you would need.

                              • Anonymous

                                14 Apr 2019 16:09  

                                To anyone who listens to music during boss fights, Genichiro has the same rhythm as Rats by Ghost. It helps!

                                • Anonymous

                                  13 Apr 2019 19:39  

                                  Genichiro's grab is actually a backhanded ***** slap followed by a punch straight to the liver. Love the details

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Apr 2019 11:58  

                                    The young master of Tomoe is more possibly Takeru, the previous divine heir, Tomoe was said to be Takeru's servant and received the immortality power much like Sekiro and Kuro, and from the immortality severance ending we know that Tomoe deeply care about Takeru, which is more fitting to the term "meant everything for her"

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