Great Colored Carp

Location Fountainhead Palace
Weakness Truly Precious Bait
Reward Great White Whisker

Great Colored Carp (ぬしの色鯉, Nushi no Koi - Guardian Spirit Carp) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bosses are special Enemies that feature their own arena, a large and prominent health bar, and a variety of unique moves and abilities. 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. Decreasing their health will make their Posture Gauge deplete slower. 

Feeding the Great Colored Carp a Truly Precious Bait  (Pot Noble Koremori's or Pot Noble Harunaga's) will kill it.

Feeding the Great Colored Carp a Precious Bait will grant 1x Treasure Carp Scale the first time, and 3 the second time, from the feeding attendant. If you feed it too much, the feeding attendant will say he doesn't want the great carp to get fat, and will not reward you with more scales (for an unknown amount of time).

The Great Colored Carp will become non-hostile after feeding it Precious Bait. However, feeding it only Truly Precious Bait will NOT make the carp non-hostile.


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Great Colored Carp Rewards



Great Colored Carp Strategies

This enemy has a one-shot attack and can only be defeated by completing its quest.


Great Colored Carp Lore

According to the Great White Whisker the Great Carp is biologically immortal, yet the Fountainhead Palace's Lake is filled with Great Carp skeletons, meaning others have killed it before.

Theory: the current Great Carp is a former okami, evidenced by its numerous humanoid teeth. If true however, it's odd that it doesn't have red eyes like the confirmed former okami carps.


Great Colored Carp Notes & Trivia

Only feed one Precious Bait at a time, then talk to the Noble Father to receive Treasure Carp Scale(s). Feeding more before talking to him, is a waste of Precious Bait items

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.

Great Colored Carp Lore 

  • The Carp appears to be a  brocaded carp of the type Taisho Sanke or Showa Sanke. The Legend of the Dragon's Gate tells the story of carp that may transform into dragons if they can leap up a massive waterfall [4]. As a consequence, carp are considered symbols of success and transformation in Japanese culture. 
  • Nushi (主), the first word in the Great Colored Carp's name although rendered in phonetics, most often indicates "lord" when used in modern writing. However, the ideograph 主 was once also used as a particle in the names of Shinto guardian spirits of nature. These were most often depicted as animals who resided in one place for a very long time and so developed supernatural power.

Great Colored Carp Image Gallery

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Great Colored Carp Feeding 


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    • Anonymous

      26 Mar 2021 02:46  

      If you head to its lair immediately after giving it the truly precious bait without resting at an idol, it seems to go completely docile. I thought it would be gone as I went to loot the items in the cave, almost had a heart attack when it swam up next to me. But then I realized it didn't care, even if I slashed at it with my sword.

      Still gave me the creeps, though.

      • Anonymous

        18 Jan 2021 04:15  

        why does the fat fish got to the bodihistasdas i screwed up by spelling guradian apes water hole i think the bait make him fly until the fish died and landed

        • Anonymous

          11 Feb 2020 06:12  

          Step 1: activate Demon Bell. Step 2: Travel to Fountainhead Palace - Flower Viewing Idol. Step 3: kill the flute noble behind you repeatedly. Step 4: Obtain 2 Grave Wax every 5-10 kills!

          • Anonymous

            31 May 2019 10:05  

            How did the dead carp end up in the Guardian Ape's watering hole? Simple. We are told the waters of Ashina flow from the Fountainhead Palace through the land all the way to that watering hole, so anything floating downstream would end up there. Someone at the palace noticed their pet fish was dead, and flushed it. Case closed.

            • Anonymous

              03 May 2019 20:37  

              I must have found an extra 2 scales (or a bug)? Bought everything from Harunaga, but I have 4 scales left over

              • Anonymous

                23 Apr 2019 19:41  

                FUN WITH TIME TRAVEL 1) Travel to Hirata which is 3 years in the past. 2) Get Truly Precious Bait from Pot Noble Harunaga to kill the GC. 3) Leave the past. 4) Harunaga can’t wait and kills the GC (corpse at the bottom of Fountainhead next to Headless). 5) Harunaga becomes the new GC (has human teeth). 6) Feed precious bait to the Harunaga GC. 7) Harunaga GC dies. Pot Noble kills himself over and over again in continuous time loop.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Apr 2019 14:06  

                  As if Fountainhead Palace wasn’t already one big reference to Bloodborne’s Fishing Hamlet, the Great Colored Carp makes me think this must have been somewhat like the relationship between Kos and the villagers. Go figure we kill it and find its corpse washed up elsewhere (though thankfully this time without a gross man-baby in its guts).

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Apr 2019 20:53  

                    You can feed it 2 Precious Bait at the same time and still get 4 scales you don’t need to talk to the attendant after the first one

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Apr 2019 07:06  

                      You dont need to feed one precious bait at a time. I just did it, fed three bait in a row and got all 4 carp scales.

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