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. This Complete Genichiro Ashina Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Genichiro easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like Genichiro are special, dangerous 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

Where to find Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

  • 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 but is meant to be a fight the player loses.
  • 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

What do you get from defeating Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

  • There are no rewards for defeating him during the prologue fight in Ashina Reservoir. However, a slightly different cinematic will play.
  • Rewards Memory: Genichiro
  • Rewards Bloodsmoke Ninjutsu 
  • 32401 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+2)
  • 36000 XP with Kuro's Charm (NG+3)
  • 97201 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+7)


Genichiro Ashina Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Genichiro Ashina Video Strategies


Sekiro Genichiro Ashina Strategy Writeup

  • Pro Tip: How to beat Genichiro Ashina easily? Repeatedly spam Shadowrush. This move will slowly chip away at his HP bar without him counterattacking, allowing you to finish him off or more easily fill up his Posture gauge. You may need to block or parry once in a while if Genichiro manages to pull off an attack. Note that this will not work for Phase 2 as Genichiro will be much faster in Way of Tomoe form but the lightning reversals will heavily damage his posture making it relatively easier if you can make it through Phase 1.

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, block 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.


Strategy 2:

In phase 1 health bar 1 & 2:

The Nightjar Slash Reversal can be used to slowly chip away at his health by using the combat art to close distance slash & slice a second time while moving back to safety. In phase 1 he frequently when cornered against a wall, he will jump up and move into his pierce attach & allow a Mikiri Counter. In phase 2 he often uses a sweep instead so jumping back & using another Nightjar Slash is a safer option.

In phase 2, use an Ako's Sugar at the start & immediately use a Mikiri Counter on his pierce attack. At this point, stepping back & using a health item will trigger his long distance pierce which can also be reliably countered with a Mikiri Counter to quickly fill the posture bar & end the fight. Also, keep an eye & use another Ako's Sugar if needed.


Sekiro Genichiro Ashina Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Charged Shot

If idle, Genichiro will always attempt to interrupt healing with a very strong bow attack. He will also attempt a Charged Shot after a Back Kick. Greatly telegraphed and easily sidestepped. It is advised to commit healing while distanced from Genichiro. 

Multiple Arrow Jump

Genichiro fires four arrows during a jump: three in succession while the fourth comes after a short delay. Can be blocked. This attack is usually executed after Genichiro shuffles backward away from an attack.

Backhand Grab Genichiro attempts to backhand Sekiro after a single spin attack with his sword. This attack can only be deflected. It is best to simply back away from Genichiro.
Floating Passage Genichiro executes the Floating Passage Art. After Genichiro perfectly parries Sekiro, he will begin a long string of sword attacks concluding with the Floating Passage. It is advised to only attempt to block or deflect his attacks while at high posture. 
Floating Passage Cancel If Sekiro is far enough from Genichiro, he will instead conclude the Floating Passage combo with an extremely quick bow attack. This attack can be deflected. Genichiro will typically only cancel the Floating Passage after losing a health bar.
Bow into Rolling Slash Genichiro fires either one or two arrows before rolling into a sword attack. Bow attacks can be sidestepped from and the final attack can be deflected.
Slash into Back 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.
Leaping Slam into Thrust Attack After being attacked, Genichiro will launch himself into the air and execute a sword slam. Can be sidestepped for a few hits. If parried, Genichiro will follow up with a Thrust attack that can be Mikiri Countered. 
Leaping Slam into Sweep After being attacked, Genichiro will launch himself into the air and execute a sword slam. Can be sidestepped for a few hits. If parried, Genichiro will follow up with a Sweep attack. Jump to avoid this attack. Genichiro will typically use this attack after losing a health bar.
Phase 2 (Way of Tomoe)
Leaping Slam into Slash After being attacked, Genichiro will launch himself into the air and execute a sword slam. Can be sidestepped for a few hits. If parried, Genichiro will follow up with a horizontal slash attack. This is not a Sweep attack and can be deflected. If deflected, Genichiro will conclude this attack with a Mikiri Counterable Thrust attack.
Sword Dive Thrust Attack If idle, Genichiro will attempt to interrupt healing by charging Sekiro with a sword dive. This can be Mikiri Countered or deflected. If deflected, Genichiro will immediately follow up with a running grab attack.
Running Grab Attack Genichiro charges Sekiro with a grab attack. This attack cannot be blocked or deflected. It is best to run away.
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 preserved his country.

  • Genichiro is the only known pupil of the mysterious Tomoe, a master swordswoman belonging to a clan of the same name. Though whom and what she 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 to 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

      15 Oct 2021 14:20  

      JUST BEAT THIS DUDE FEELS AMAZING. Took me like 20 tries, but now i can do first two phases without taking much damage, there’s an answer to all his moves (jumping over him, mikiri, lightning reversal etc)

      • Anonymous

        02 Oct 2021 09:34  

        After I beat the miniboss I missed the really obvious path to this guy and ended up plaything through a huge chunk of the game up to killing the Corrupted Monk illusion and a bunch of mini bosses.

        I’m kinda sad that I didn’t fight Genichiro right when I could have, because it sounds like he’s a pretty brutal test of skill when you’re not over leveled

        • Anonymous

          26 Aug 2021 02:05  

          Worst boss I have ever faced in the history of all the fromsoft games. All he does is block. If I try and parry and counter, he blocks and then counters. I can continue to parry but his bar doesn't accrue parry-damage as I can't get his health to go down.

          I shouldn't have to spend a Divine Confetti for chip-damage on a non-Terror boss; boooooo Fronsoft. I've beaten the rest of the game as far as I can and this is the most unfair thing I've seen in the game.FU.

          • Anonymous

            23 Aug 2021 19:38  

            What an excellent boss. Just beat this guy for the first time and it became my 2nd favourite fromsoft boss fight after nameless King, pushing orphan of kos down to 3rd. The first attempt I barely managed to get him to 2nd phase, cheesing with oil+flame vent on both health bars then instantly died in 2nd phase. I managed to beat him after ~12 tries, barely taking any damage and with no shinobi tools. My best tips would be to keep pressuring him with 2 attacks and work on your deflect to keep the pressure on. My saving grace was Ichimonji double, whenever he goes for perilous attacks or ranged hits, dodge sideways and do the uncharged ichimonji which also reduces your posture meter. In phase 2 don't forget to start with mikiri counter on his first move, and as soon as you see him raise both arms prepare to jump and block/attack to reflect the lightning. He has a very expansive moveset and I love the aggression that forces you to improve your play style offensively. Strong bloodborne/nioh 2 vibes, both of which I prefer the combat of than Dark Souls.

            • Anonymous

              27 Jul 2021 21:52  

              He asked Sekiro to work for him. If Sekiro has choice to accept that offer, Ashina would have won the battle against Ministry, he can fight along with Isshin, Emma and Genichiro. That would be an awesome way.

              • Anonymous

                13 May 2021 01:59  

                The only thing I hate about this fight is that when he jumps in the air and shoots, his arrows home in on you, making dodging almost impossible, when it should be very easy

                • Anonymous

                  07 Apr 2021 03:01  

                  can someone write what does he say in japanese, when you died for the first time on his second encounter "The power of the dragons blood? then i will kill you as many times" then idk what next

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Jan 2021 13:25  

                    I had a lot of trouble with this boss because I mistime the mikiri counter. I would press the button immediately upon seeing the symbol, dodge then be stabbed. What no one tells you is you have to wait a second. The same thing applies to his charged bow attacks. It's all about timing and aggression.

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Dec 2020 15:29  

                      worst guide ever... only put three types of attack for way of tomoe... he has way more than 3 types of attack.. sweet guide lol

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Dec 2020 02:00  

                        I found a pretty cool and effective strat if you have Living Force. When Genichiro jumps in the air, dodge to the side when he comes down rather than deflect. Once he's on the ground, you have plenty of time to hit him with an uncharged flame vent combustion and follow it up with a series of basic attacks that will get a fire buff from Living Force. I used this strat on a fresh new game when you fight him on the top of the castle. I didn't even use oil and the fight was over absurdly quick. It completely melted his health bars. This might be well known already. I don't know, I just recently got gud at the game.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Nov 2020 11:31  

                          Just beat him for the first time on like the 10th attempt.
                          The great feeling I got from other souls game after beating a boss is missing.
                          Dunno why. I just felt frustrated by the fight. Sometimes I got to the third phase without a problem, sometimes I was dead in 10 seconds after starting the fight.
                          My win felt completely random...
                          Maybe I'm not getting something about the combat. Oh well...

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Sep 2020 20:14  

                            I dont really care for Genichiro as a character, but the way this boss fight was built up is magnificent. First, the game sharpens your deflect/parry game with the Ashina Elite miniboss, who deals tons of damage. Immediatly after, you finally have that long awaited confrontation with the one big nemesis you've been chasing so far. His attacks are a lot slower and forgiving than that of the Ashina Elite, but he gives you very few openings. His movepool is large, but they're all telegraphed very well. Fighting him feels familiar, as it should, and clashing head on is encouraged by a posture bar that both increases and decreases quickly, rewarding you with a quick finisher should you do well enough.

                            So much thought has went into it.

                            • Anonymous

                              14 Aug 2020 21:41  

                              If you're new and struggling with this fight, imo it's because the mechanics of this game haven't "clicked" for you yet. Keep trying because once you kill him, every single time you encounter him later on you'll kill him with no sweat, and in one instance he actually gets harder, it's just you that learned more about the game. Be aggressive, deflect attacks as often as you can, and remember that perilous attacks aren't something you should be scared of, they're opportunities. You can get a deathblow on him when he still has 3/4 of his health. This is the fight that will make you fall in love with Sekiro's swordplay and posture system, so don't give up.

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Jul 2020 02:03  

                                You can easily trivialize his first phase and take no damage whatsoever by doing this: Keep your block up and block literally EVERYTHING (and jump over/dodge perilous attacks) except one specific move -- the one where he attacks once and then runs over to your left and does a perilous attack. Jump over this perilous attack, land at a medium distance and hold X to do a piercing attack. This will alway***** and do damage so long as you get the range right. You can just exploit this one move to get to the second phase with full health and full gourds.

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