Great Shinobi Owl

Great Shinobi Owl Boss Guide
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, Daishinobi Fukurō) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Great Shinobi Owl Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Owl easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like Great Shinobi Owl 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.


Great Shinobi Owl Location

Where to find Great Shinobi Owl in Sekiro?

  • 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.
  • Featured boss in the Gauntlet of Strength: Severance.



Great Shinobi Owl Rewards

What do you get from defeating Great Shinobi Owl in Sekiro?



Great Shinobi Owl Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Great Shinobi Owl Video Strategies


Sekiro Great Shinobi Owl 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. Unlike his Hirata counter part however, Shadow Rush will not trigger his mikiri counter.

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.



Sekiro Great Shinobi Owl 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
Firecracker Sometimes he will throw black gunpowder that explodes like the Shinobi Firecracker and does damage
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

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." 

For other lore not directly related to this boss fight, see the Owl.

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

      14 Jul 2021 08:38  

      When Sekiro kills Owl, he says "Death of a shadow". Owl has an optional second bossfight.

      In other words, shadows die twice.

      • Anonymous

        25 Jun 2021 00:25  

        The most boring boss in the game. Absolutely predictable, yet doesn't allow you to hit him much, controlling battle. The battle itself consists of one-hit, wait till boss does his thing a couple of times, a couple of deflects and you're allowed to hit him again.
        As I said, absolutely boring and can be hard to deal with for novices.

        • Anonymous

          07 Apr 2021 03:43  

          This is the boss I have the hardest time with. I'm currently on new game plus three. Is there a trick to beating him. I've gotten to the point in which I wait for him to use his shurikin jump attack to get two hits. If anyone has any trick I would be very greatful.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jan 2021 05:26  

            does he have different attacks without kuro's charm? for me he just did the firecracker slash that owl father does

            • Anonymous

              18 Jan 2021 03:48  

              even i didnt encounter this boss i ranked this the most worst dad in the world do you know why 1st after you beat a supa fast old lady you will be stabbed on the back do you know who the one who stab your back its UR DAD 2nd his fighting his own son see WHAT A STUPOID FATHER

              • Anonymous

                13 Jan 2021 00:46  

                Fromsoft needs a quick retry feature. If you're grinding this boss you have to let it load, run out avoiding the purple ninja, talk to owl, let the cutscene load, skip the cutscene... it's just tedious.

                • Anonymous

                  01 Dec 2020 08:38  

                  the first phase firecrackers only seem to come out when he responds to combat arts, or at least floating passage

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Nov 2020 02:49  

                    I like how he's "symbolically" taller during the fight because of Sekiro's view of his father. He really isn't as huge, you can tell during parts away from the fight.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Nov 2020 15:26  

                      Really cool how a lot of his moves are versions of what we can do as Sekiro, you can really see he was his master.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Aug 2020 03:00  

                        his grand plan was break **** at hirata kill his son do all this convoluted crap than ask nicely for immortality

                        • 30 Aug 2020 01:51  

                          Empowered Mortal Draw. Even if your spirit emblems are zilch this skill makes the boss easy. I killed him with the third attempt (I died the second times because of my stupidity!). It’s my first walkthrough. My attack is 8 and vitality is 18. Yep it takes much time to get empowered mortal draw but it’s worth it. You just run around the boss provoking him to throw 2 blades and do his spin attack and hit him with this skill (there are two attacks in your skill and sometimes you shouldn’t do your second swing of empowered mortal draw). It was easy. Lady butterfly I killed after, well, it wasn’t easy, guarding ape wasn’t easy too (in the cave, however, I killed him in one go), so I’m telling you I’m not a super master but this skill makes the fight really easy:)

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Aug 2020 08:28  

                            I was having the toughest time with this boss tries over and over I was having some success with other strategies and then I thought fire that's all you need to use with this boss fire fire fire his health will drain so fast get the skill living Force and use it to enhance your Katana with fire this will cut through him like butter I thought it looked kind of on looking at that big head of hair no wonder he burns right down to the ground in minutes

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Jul 2020 01:01  

                              Has anyone else ever had him do two flips after the double shuriken throw?
                              He just did it to me and it completely threw me off XD

                              • Anonymous

                                19 Jul 2020 15:17  

                                Shame that the opening line to his 2nd phase is skipped over once you get passed it the 1st time. I really like what he says and it adds a lot to the sentiment of the fight and the story behind it IMO. If I were From, there should be a switch that lets us turn them on and off.

                                • Anonymous

                                  06 Jun 2020 02:57  

                                  for some reason this one boss feels like riot games programmed his hitboxes, none of the other bosses are this janky

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