Great Shinobi Owl

Location Ashina Castle
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Shinobi Firecracker
Loaded Umbrella - Magnet
Loaded Shuriken


Thrust attacks

Reward Memory: Great Shinobi
Aromatic Branch
6000 Exp (NG)
12000 Exp (NG+)

18000 (NG++)

Great Shinobi Owl (大忍び 梟, Great Shinobi Owl) 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.


Great Shinobi Owl Location

  • Ashina Castle: Found after the Ashina Castle area, after it got invaded by shinobi. You can get there  by taking the same way you used to get up to the Genishiro Ashina fight at the Upper Tower - Ashina Dojo Sculptor's Idol.
  • If you choose to stay loyal to Kuro, you engage in a fight against Owl. Otherwise you fight against Emma instead.
  • Please see Owl (Father) for another boss that you may also face in Hirata Estate while working towards the Purification Ending. See Endings for more information
  • This boss is not optional if you choose to serve Kuro.



Great Shinobi Owl Rewards



Great Shinobi Owl Strategies

Video Strategies

Strategy Writeup

NOTE: This boss is capable of using a powerful Mikiri Counter which deals massive (often fatal) damage. As such, it is advised not to use thrust attacks unless Owl is open to counterattacks.

In phase 1 you want to bait him into doing 3 things. First is the 2x shuriken throw and overhead jump attack. When he does this you want to dodge or deflect the shurikens and sidestep the attack and then counterattack. Running directly behind Owl will allow you to make an extra attack before he is able to block again. Be wary, though: Owl also has an attack where he quickly throws a single shuriken, followed by a devastating sweep that deals high posture damage. Be sure not to confuse the two!

Second, you want to hit him when he tries to hit you with the green cloud that prevents you from healing and buffing. Sidestep and then strike, but make sure you don't get debuffed. You want him to keep doing this maneuver, and he will cease to do so if you get affected. However, the Divine Child of Rejuvenation's Rice is not prevented.

Lastly, you want to bait him into attacking with a two hit attack that starts from his right and then the second will be back to his left. You want to deflect the first strike and then dodge through the second and then punish him. Do not attempt this if the attack begins on his left, as it is much harder to dodge through this combo.

In phase 2 you want to do the same things, only you need to run away when he does the smoke. If you are not debuffed then he will usually try to debuff you here, which is easy to dodge. If you are debuffed, however, you will have to dodge a much stronger attack.

 Alternate strategy: Owl is, like Wolf, without super armor on his special moves. It is possible to use a normal sword swing to knock him out of his jumps, shuriken throw, anti-healing bomb and gunpowder throws. Attacking twice so that the second attack produces the deeper sound (enemy deflects you), then parry one sword swing from him, then repeat. If he attempts a non-sword move he usually will be interrupted by your attack.  It's quite possible to literally push him in a corner and pressure him to death in both phases. This works especially well since he will still try to dash back away from you occasionally, which results in him essentially jumping in place because he's against a wall, giving you some free hits. When your posture is low, back off quickly and block a short while to recharge, then go back in.  You may find this much easier than handling his large repertoire of moves when he is given space.

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



Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Shinobi Charm Owl tosses a charm into the air that releases a green mist upon touching the ground. This attack does not damage the player however if the player is touched by the mist they will be unable to use healing items (Healing Gourd, Pellets, etc.) for 30 seconds. This is often used to end combos performed by the Owl
Backflip He leaps off of you and throws shuriken in your direction. Parry the first blow and the shuriken
Running Slash Owl runs towards you and performs a single strong slash.
4-slash Combo Owl performs 4 consecutive slashes with his sword. This attack is often followed by a Shinobi Charm.
Shuriken Throw & Flip Owl will throw 2 shuriken then flip towards you in the air and then perform a single downward strike with his sword
Shuriken Slash Owl throws a shuriken at the player immediately followed by a running slash. Similar to the Chasing Slice Shinobi Martial Art
Stomp (grab) Owl will raise his foot into the air then stomp down pinning the player to the ground and stabbing them trhough the chest. This attack does massive damage and cannot be blocked and does not have a Perilous indicator.
Phase 2
Backflip Same as in phase one but he does throw poison. Keep away from the area and keep some antidote by hand
Shinobi Charm It still prevents using items. That includes antidote.



Great Shinobi Owl Lore

His real name is revealed to be Ukonzaemon Usui.

One possible theory is that he could somehow be related to the "Usui's Forest" mentioned in Lady Butterfly's Phantom Kunai.

Dying to him in combat makes him recite the Iron Code including the third rule: "One! The parent is absolute. Their will must be obeyed. ...Yet I'm sensing some insubordination" "Two! The master is absolute. You give your life to keep him safe. You bring him back at any cost. ...At this rate, you'll lose him again" "Three! Fear is absolute. There is no shame in losing one battle. But you must take revenge by any means necessary! ...I wonder if you've got it in you - to bring me down." 

Great Shinobi Owl Notes & Trivia

If you attack with a thrust attack or a charged attack from the Loaded Spear prosthetic tool, Owl will mikiri counter it and perform a deathblow on Wolf.

You cannot apply a weapon buff such as Divine Confetti or Bestowal Ninjutsu prior to the fight as Sekiro will automatically sheath his sword when approaching Owl to initiate dialogue. You can however apply buff right in the border of the arena on the outside of the railings.



Great Shinobi Owl Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      18 Mar 2020 03:47  

      I was wonder about OWL, he´s too giant man and he could stealth and deadly. Other thing its that he might be from Ainu people in japan, they have a very specific visual and culture and maybe its the place that him could came from.

      • Anonymous

        22 Feb 2020 20:39  

        Suzaku's Umbrella is really useful in NG+ upwards, forget about Mortal Draw. I find that the Mortal Draw strategy doesn't do enough damage to justify the amount of Spirit Emblems it uses (3). Even with using Tanto first, you have only 8 attacks with it. Compare that to Projected Force Suzaku Umbrella (1) and you have a clear winner. The Projected Force following the Umbrella animation damages Owl through his guard. I didn't think of dousing him in oil beforehand, but by doing that, you can even burn him with it, dealing even more damage.

        • Anonymous

          17 Feb 2020 04:21  

          I think they should have interchanged the names of the 2 boss fights of the Owl. In Hirata, he deploys all his "great shinobi" technique. In his first encounter, he just "daddies" you, with mikiri counter, crackers, and a daddy speech. As your adoptive father, he makes you the Lesson : "First..." " Second…" "Third…". Dad, Im not a child anymore! I dont like his fighting style but the devs captured the point of the "father" figure in it.

          • Anonymous

            15 Feb 2020 03:12  

            That firecracker move is kicking my butt. I can keep him on lock just pressuring him into a corner with well-timed deflections and dodges, but that one move and its guard-piercing damage, even on a deflect, is ripping me a new one. Half my vit, a chunk of posture, staggered, and knocked across the arena. Turns a good run into death. Anybody got any tips for countering it? Will I finally have to actually use the umbrella for its intended purpose?

            • Anonymous

              07 Feb 2020 17:14  

              Keeping your distance, Gokan's spiritfall, deflections, firecracker and well-timed shadowfall are your best friends. Second phase, backing him into a corner and staying extremely agressive works well. Otherwise, be patient and chip away at his health. He doesn't actually have any perilous attacks. Only heal / Gokan when he throws down his little green smoke bomb.

              • Anonymous

                06 Feb 2020 04:32  

                At the dojo idol use the ceremonial tango once, then deathblow the purple shinobi on the left when leaving the idol room. Use a pellet to fully heal if you want. Then go to owl and abuse his long recoveries with mortal draw. His health melts so quickly this way.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Jan 2020 02:51  

                  Ok, so I beat Owl in a straight fight after about 6 or 7 tries. First & foremost, the Mist Raven cheese technique doesn't work anymore. I tried that route about 10 times and Owl either fights his way out of the corner between the statue and the door by knocking you back, or jumps off your head to get past you. You just can't interrupt his attacks like the videos show. My method for both phases was the Vitality route. I would deflect everything he threw at me, and only attack during the opening after his two shuriken & flip slam (Shuriken Throw & Flip). Deflect the shuriken and then side step about 0.5 seconds after he's airborne (right as he starts downward). Once he lands, hit him with the charged thrust attack. Then, eiither backstep or jump to the right immediately after your attack lands because he will use a slash or stop attack right after and it's hard as hell to block effectively that quickly behind an attack. This method doesn't really fill his posture gauge well enough to score a death blow, but the thrust attack will whittle his Vitality down fairly quickly. Also, the Mortal Draw technique will take roughly 1/8th to 1/10th of his health off with each strike and scores you decent posture build up, so it's good to have it on hand either to finish filling his posture gauge or to get a chunk of his health knocked off. I used it towards the end of the fight when I was down to one gourd charge and no other health items because I sure as hell wasn't gonna lose that close to the end of the fight. Just be forewarned that the openings he leaves to use Mortal Draw are few and will most likely get you hit with a Shinobi Charm. Do what must be done, Loyal Wolves.

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Jan 2020 13:57  

                    Just defeated owl, my stratagy was to stay at a mean distance to him and being aggressive, 2 deflect hit 4 deflect hit and sometimes keep even keep deflecting then sit out. Had to put my brain into this one, his shuriken are helpful, first phase i did ichimonji and in the second mortal draw. But deflection is the way my friends as his posture may recover but he is also a aggressive dude

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Jan 2020 00:04  

                      Everytime I corner him like a little ***** and then he uses his firecracker and recovers all his posture, this is bull*****

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Jan 2020 09:25  

                        Just a little tidbit I discovered. When you fight Owl and get into his 2nd phase for the 1st time, it is possible to attack him with Nightjar Slash and not trigger his 2nd phase. There is a timer though, and the fight will automatically start again if you don't do anything.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Dec 2019 03:22  

                          I feel kind of weird for beating this guy on my first try. I psyched myself up so much after being told about him and braced for a third form only to win shockingly easily.

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Sep 2019 14:19  

                            Ashina Cross and Mist Raven are your friends. Fun fight, extremely challenging and a little bit frustrating hahah. This guy puts the "git gud" in "git gud noob".

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Jul 2019 18:57  

                              I'm not proud to admit it but this is the boss that caused me give up on this game. I couldn't git gud :'(

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