Great Serpent

Sekiro Great Serpent Boss Guide
Location Sunken Valley Passage
Reward 1st Serpent: Fresh Serpent Viscera
2nd Serpent: Dried Serpent Viscera

Great Serpent (ぬしの白蛇, Nushi no Shirohebi - Guardian Spirit White Snake) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Great Serpent Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Great Serpent easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like the Great Serpent are special, dangerous Enemies that feature their own arena. You will need to perform 2 (3) Deathblows on one in order to defeat him.

The Great Serpent is more akin to an in-game event than a classical boss. You encounter two Great Serpents in multiple areas of the game and must progress through each encounter without dying in order to discover how to eventually kill the Serpent which first ambushes you. (The second Serpent, found near the Toxic Memorial Mob at the bottom of the Sunken Valley, is not killable). Each encounter with the first Serpent must happen in order, or the boss will never progress to its final resting place. As a boss, the Serpent shares similar mechanics to the Great Colored Carp  event/boss fight.



Great Serpent Location

Where to find the Great Serpent in Sekiro?

Instead of one location, the first Great Serpent is met several times throughout the game. Though two of its encounters are optional, in order to kill the Great Serpent that first ambushes you, you will need to encounter it in the following order:

  • Ashina Castle Outskirts: While traveling to the Ashina Castle Gate Sculptor's Idol. (Not optional)
  • Gun Fort/Ashina Depths: Right after leaving Gun Fort, across the rope bridge. (Not optional)
  • Sunken Valley: Reachable later in game through Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. (Optional)
  • The second Great Serpent, which is found in a cave near the Toxic Memorial Mob merchant at the bottom of the Sunken Valley, is not directly related to the first and will stay alive even after you have killed the first Great Serpent. Encountering both Serpents, and killing the first, is required to unlock an alternate ending to the game when on the Immortal Severance path.



Great Serpent Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Great Serpent in Sekiro?



Great Serpent Notes & Tips

  • Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.



Great Serpent Lore

  • The Great Serpents are tied to the alternate method of Immortal Severance proposed by the Divine Child of Rejuvenation.
  • Though no one can really say if there is more than one, a shinobi can only agree with what he saw.



Great Serpent Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Great Serpent Video Strategies


Strategy Write-up

  • 1st Encounter: If you move through the grass, during your first encounter with the Serpent, you can avoid been caught by it while on your way to the abandoned palanquin. Once you find the palanquin, enter it and wait until prompted to deliver a deathblow to the eye of the Great Serpent, which will cause it to flail about in pain--careful, it can still hurt you!--and allow you to escape.

  • 2nd Encounter: Stick to the reeds/plants in the water while swimming toward the the far edge of the lake you've fallen into. There are patches of reeds/plants which will allow you to stealthily hide from the Great Serpent while it's looking for you. With enough health, you can brute force your way swimming to the opposite side of the lake, or take the much safer route of swimming from stealth spot to stealth spot until you reach the opposite shore.

  • 3rd Encounter: After gaining the Puppeteer Ninjutsu, head back to the first Sculptor's Idol for Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. Exit the shack and head toward where the Kite mechanism is nearby, then perform the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on the Rat enemy just before the kite. Your new puppet will unwind the Kite and keep it floating for you, which will then allow you to use it as a grapple point from the tree next to the first temple past where the white and red pinwheels and the Old Hag NPC are located. Use the new grapple point to get to the previously unreachable area across the ravine, then climb up to where the Sunken Valley Cavern Sculptor's Idol is. Past this point, you will be able to jump from a nearby wooden plank onto the head of the Great Serpent resting far below you; simply deathblow it twice to kill it, as it does not fight back.

  • Optional Encounter: The second Great Serpent can be found in a cave just behind the Toxic Memorial Mob. You must use the Puppeteer Ninjutsu on a lone, frightened Monkey near where you find the Serpent in the back of the cave in order to distract it, then run past when its not looking at you in order to grab the item it guards. You cannot kill this Serpent, and it remains alive even after killing the first.

    • Alternatively (1): Getting the item this particular Serpent is guarding can be achieved without use of the Puppeteer Ninjutsu by doing the following--grapple onto the ledge where the Serpent is, then fall immediately after so that you dodge the attack. Grapple back up to the ledge again while the Serpent is recovering from its attack, then sprint away into the house.
    • Alternatively (2): Run towards the serpent and quickly make use of  Mist Raven  when she attacks you. Then sprint into the house.



Great Serpent Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Felt bad killing the first snake. He's just chilling living his life and then you come along, stab him in the eye and ultimately kill him when he is sleeping

      • Anonymous

        if you jump on the snake and not do the deathblow, he just consumes you and you spawn near the toxic memorial mob

        • Anonymous

          None of the wikis seem to notice that Bloodborne had a similar white snake in the cut content…it was really long and stick out of environments just like this one.

          • How many great serpents in the game? Are there two? I killed the one sleeping. So, I went and checked the cave in the sunken valley below and the great serpent there is still alive lol

            • Anonymous

              Just to clarify some things for anyone confused. It is 1 snake, 1. Not 2 snakes, it is one snake. The second time you see the snake with where you left it on the way to the gunfort and it literally has the scar/wound from the time the snake tried to kiss you goodbye and you said "STRANGER DANGER, STRANGER DANGER" and stabbed that mofo in the eye ball socket.

              • Anonymous

                Please help I can't see the snake in the sunken valley senpou temple I have the mortal blade and I didn't notice a guy we could talk to but now he is also not there what should I do

                • Anonymous

                  I have made a discovery. The first serpent does not come back, once you triggered a fight with Gyoubu Oniwa. I did not stab it in the eye while in the palanquin.

                  • Anonymous

                    There is only 1 snake. Check out the eye of the one in the cave, it's clearly bloody. And when u get swallow by it after gun fort it just withdraw to its lair and***** you out. There maybe a continueity error?

                    • Anonymous

                      I think it's pretty stupid that both serpents look the same. How hard is it to open photoshop and fiddle with the hue thingy for a few minutes, jeez.

                      • Anonymous

                        If you don't perform the second deathblow when you jump onto the snake in the sunken valley, it transports you to the snake cavern near the Toxic Memorial Mob

                        • Anonymous

                          What happens if you don't go into the palanquin and don't stab its eye? Will it be resting in the Sunken Valley, perhaps without a bloodied eye?

                          • Anonymous

                            jormungandr!!!! but on a serious note is there two snakes, is there only one snake and its two headed, or is there one one headed snake and the game has consistancy problems with the snake?

                            • Anonymous

                              Interesting thing to note: If you don't kill the first serpent when doing the plunge attack, it will swallow you and bring you to the entrance of the cavern with the dried serpent viscera. Shocked me when it happened by accident. You discover something every day.

                              • Anonymous

                                Anyone knows if something happens when you decide to stay in the Palanquin instead of stabbing the snake in the eye?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Just wanna note that the Fresh Serpent Viscera is NOT the heart of the Serpent but its liver. It's mentioned by the divine heir I think. Anyway it makes me think that it didn't really get killed by Sekiro.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    There appear to be at least two serpents; one unharmed near the Dried Viscera and the other with a gouged out eye. Also all the statues of a Woman embracing a serpent in the Sunken Valley and near the first staff wielding monk in Senpou Temple seem to refer to the act of becoming a Cradle. The Large Fan also seems to connect the statues, Sunken Valley and Senpou Temple.

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