Great Serpent

Location Sunken Valley Passage
Reward 1st Serpent: Fresh Serpent Viscera
2nd Serpent: Dried Serpent Viscera

Great Serpent 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. However, decreasing their health will make it so their Posture Gauge depletes more slowly, assisting you in accomplishing this feat.

While this description fits most bosses, 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

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



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.
  • Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.



Great Serpent Strategies

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

      14 May 2019 19:34  

      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.

      • Anonymous

        01 May 2019 05:12  

        Thought I was being clever when I killed the boss and then went to get the dried fruit, only to see the snake still there. I thought there was only one.

        • Anonymous

          21 Apr 2019 21:58  

          After Stabbing it's eye in the first encounter, the snake basically completely ingored me after the gun fort. I'm not sure if it's because she was blinded in that eye and didn't see me, or if it was the Gachiin's Spiritfall I was using at the time (this was done in ng+)

          • Anonymous

            13 Apr 2019 21:04  

            Everyone who felt of the bridge after killing the snake dont worry you can get the items anyway well it is true you cant go back up there but you can buy the items from the little chest at the sculpturers place next to your immortal training partner

            • Anonymous

              13 Apr 2019 15:26  

              You can get past its first encounter by either doing a very lucky dodge, resurrecting or using Ungo's Sugar to reduce damage taken (I'm in ng+ with 9/10 beads, but also bell and without charm active, so idk how feasible it'd be on a first turn) - Just get to the palanquin via stealth and there start running over, it'll try to eat you once but not follow you aimlessly as it does when you half-blind it. I don't know if this can have any consequences, I'm just writing this so that more people can look for those

              • Anonymous

                13 Apr 2019 00:06  

                So i have a little theory that i wanted to share. On the Sekiro wiki there is written that there are 2 great serpents but i don't think that that is correct. I think that there is actually 1 Serpent that have 2 heads, one on each end of it's body. Some arguments 1: After you stab its eye and look on it while you are in the cave you can see that its running away backwards. ( and i don t think "normal" snake would do that") 2 You never see the end of its boddy 3 in the sekiro lore it's told that some people worshiped the Snake God and i m preatty sure that they would realize that theri is more of there gods 4 After you plunge attack its head its body is laying on the mountain but after a while it dissaperd so i suspect that the "other Half of Snake has pulled it to itself. ( it's not some super serious theory just a random stuff that i have come up with while playing the game over and over again)

                • Anonymous

                  12 Apr 2019 22:14  

                  I wonder if there's a furiously masturbating furry dude who made priscilla and this vore bait, or if the entire fromsoft team is just degenerate

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Apr 2019 18:36  

                    After you kill the snake, by any chance, don't go to the bridge to look around, cause you will fall, and there is no alternate way back, than killing the nope.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Apr 2019 22:53  

                      when killing the serpent in the sunken valley if you do the jumping deathblow but not the shinoboi execution afterwards (the second deathblow) it eats you but deals no damage and takes you to the cave where the second serpent is

                      • Anonymous

                        01 Apr 2019 11:43  

                        TIP: if you hit it only once, in hidden cave where u get via kite - u will be moved to serpent cave at the bottom of sunken valley

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Mar 2019 17:10  

                          It’s interesting how Bloodborne’s cut content had a big ol’ white snake tied to the Forbidden Woods, and now we get a big ol’ white snake (or two) in Sekiro. Of course, now it’s a REALLY big ol’ snake… Now that I think about it, Bloodborne’s cut content also featured a lancer on a horse, and now we have Gyoubu…

                          • 30 Mar 2019 01:00  

                            I have a theory: there is just one Great Serpent, but with two heads (like the Catdog from Nickelodeon). When this snake swallows us we get teleported to the cave of 2nd Great Serpent, so the first head eat us and the second head spits us to the cave. What do you think?

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Mar 2019 07:39  

                              I got by the second snake without using the grapple point of ninjitsu by having lots of hp and running by, taking 3 hits, ressing once.

                              • Anonymous

                                28 Mar 2019 13:58  

                                weird, i kill Great Serpent then come back to Toxic Memorial Mob but it gone. is it really have 2 Serpent ??

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 Mar 2019 03:22  

                                  Uwabami (Great Serpent) is not a boss. It's just a scripted and boring obstacle... It looks good and sounds menacing since we're at its territory, but in execution, none of it feels like a challenge.

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