Guardian Ape

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Location Sunken Valley Passage
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools (Phase 1)
Shinobi Firecracker
Flame Vent

(Phase 2) 
Loaded Spear
Loaded Umbrella
Reward Memory: Guardian Ape
Slender Finger
XP NG: 3000
NG+: 13000
NG++: 19500

Guardian Ape (獅子猿, Lion Monkey, Shishizaru) is a required Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Guardian Ape Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Guardian Ape easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like the Guardian Ape are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Shinobi Execution" (or other message, in certain circumstances). You will need to perform multiple Deathblows on them in order to defeat them, and filling their Posture Gauge is one way to accomplish this, as well as depleting their health. Decreasing their health will also make it so their Posture Gauge refills more slowly, assisting you in accomplishing this feat.

The Guardian Ape is an immortal being that guards the Lotus of the Palace. It has white fur with a red scar running vertical from the top of its head to its left cheek through its left eye. The Ape has large, sharp claws on its hands and feet. There is no fur covering Ape's buttocks. Noticeably, there is a large nodachi-style weapon running through the neck of the beast.

The Guardian Ape has one vitality bar shown, and you will be dealing with a beast-type enemy that roams around the arena on all fours. You can easily stun the beast using the Shinobi Firecracker. Dealing the deathblow to this enemy will decapitate it using the large blade through its neck.  The writing "SHINOBI EXECUTION" will then appear on-screen; however, this is a sequence intended to decieve the player into believing the encounter has ended.

As the ape is an immortal capable of surviving decapitation, it will soon resurrect and reveal a hidden second vitality bar. It will fight you with the sword used to decapitate it in its right hand, and its severed, still living head in its left. The ape is no longer a beast-type enemy and has become an apparition-type enemy. The Guardian Ape (headless) is not affected by the Shinobi Firecracker, but will now take additional damage from Divine Confetti, the Mortal Blade, and--in specific instances--the Loaded Spear. The Loaded Umbrella can be used to block the terror status from the blood scream which allows you to capitalize on this opening.

Defeating the Guardian Ape unlocks the Headless Ape boss fight in the Ashina Depths

Guardian Ape Location

Where to find the Guardian Ape in Sekiro?


Guardian Ape Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Guardian Ape in Sekiro?

Guardian Ape Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Guardian Ape Video Strategies



Sekiro Guardian Ape Strategy Write-up

Pro-Tip: As for most bosses, Shinobi Firecrackers are a good option to disrupt the boss allowing you to get hits in. Mortal Draw is also a good option while the boss is stunned due to it's high damage and how long it takes Guardian Ape to get back up. 


Phase 1

The key to this phase is to stay close to the Guardian Ape, and bait it into attacking. The vast majority of its attacks can be blocked, so defend and wait for its combos to finish before attacking. While this is not overly hard, reading the combos can be a bit tricky at first.

Be wary to its body slam attack, where it jumps on its back and proceeds to thrash the ground. When it does that, try to stay away from its arms and hit his head.

Its most dangerous attacks in this phase are its hand swipe grab and its body slam grab, both unblockable. To avoid the hand swipe grab, simply jump; for the body slam grab, dodge as it jumps.

Another vicious attack is a poisonous poo, which when thrown inflicts massive damage and instant poison status. However, this attack is very telegraphed as it jumps high before throwing the feces; simply run below as it jumps and retaliate, as its recovery from this attack is quite lengthy. Additionally, it also has a fart attack which is often used when Sekiro is behind it; while this doesn't inflict instant poison, it fills the poison status bar considerably.

Occasionally, the Guardian Ape will jump back and unleash a roar. A prompt to use the Grappling Hook will appear, allowing Sekiro to close the gap and causes a brief stagger.

Finally, being a beast-type, the Guardian Ape is very susceptible to the Shinobi Firecracker, which can be used to briefly stun it. The Flame Vent is also very effective, inflicting flame status and having a chance to knock it down.

Phase 2

In this phase, its attacks are much easier to deflect and will inflict more posture damage compared to the previous phase, so try to deflect as much as possible. However, it is advised to stay far from the Guardian Ape as its attacks have higher range. Only move in close to deflect attacks when its health is low, so that you can build up Posture.

Be mindful of its sword swipes that cover a wide area. Don't stay on top of it attacking for too long. Attack it a few times after its combos and back away.

The Guardian Ape has a very telegraphed attack where it lunges forward with a swipe while falling on the ground, leaving it very vulnerable. To capitalize on this, jump over as it dives and strike it in the air, following with a full combo.

Another attack that can be exploited is its large overhead attack, that be deflected; this has quite a large window of opportunity, and once deflected it will inflict massive stagger, allowing for a quick flurry of hits before the Guardian Ape recovers. Also, when it is down, using the Loaded Spear and directly attacking its neck will allow to pull out a centipede and do massive posture damage.

Its most dangerous attack is a battle roar, which unleashes shockwaves that fill up the terror meter, meaning it can inflict Terror status, which instantly kills Sekiro. Despite being focused on terror build-up, the Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella isn't required, any Loaded Umbrella type prosthetic will completely negate the scream. In New Game+ only Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella can still be useful with Projected Force, as the slash will temporarily be buffed with a Divine Confetti effect. Note that this buff will override and cancel any other buffs on your sword, such as actual Divine Confetti or Living Force.

Since in this phase the Guardian Ape changes from a beast-type to an apparition-type, the Shinobi Firecracker does not affect it. The Flame Vent is still is effective, inflicting flame status, but it doesn't knock it down. 

A long but safe strategy is to constantly hold down the run button, and kite the ape around the arena. When the ape dives, leap over the ape and swing three times. As soon as you hit the ground, start running from the ape again. 

Sekiro Guardian Ape Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
close range attacks: rapid slamming, 2 grabs All slamming attacked can be blocked, try to deflect all of them. first grab, it will swipe the floor from left to right, you must time your jump correctly in order to dodge it, second grab, it will jump and attempt to grab you, you must time your dodge to avoid this ( do a double dodge, tap the button twice, just to be safe)
status attacks: poisonous farting, poisonous poo

When his back is turned, if you attack him there's a chance he's gonna fart, inflicting heavy poison build up. Quickly dodge away from cloud to avoid poison. This attack is always followed by him running away, jumping high in the air, and throwing you his poo. Dodge close to him at the last second to avoid poison build as this leaves him open for a few attacks

Phase 2
Sweep attack: Jumping sweep He jumps high into the air and does a sweep attack upon landing. You can jump into him as he lands and kick him, dealing posture damage and forcing him to do an overhead slam.
Overhead slam After deflecting hits from certain combos, or mid-air kicking him after his jumping slash he will go for a delayed overhead slam. Successfully deflecting this attack will stun him and leave his neck exposed. Using the Loaded Spear will briefly pull out the centipede within dealing high posture damage. (You need to hit R2 twice to pull back with the spear)
Scream Upon putting his head back on his neck he lets out a scream, dealing damage and building up terror if you're too close. Either make distance when you see it coming or use a Loaded Umbrella to negate it.



Guardian Ape Lore

  • The Guardian Ape is an ape who became undying, or infested, by some means. This caused it to grow very old. Its mate, however, did not, and died while the Guardian Ape kept living for many years. However, the Guardian Ape wanted another mate, and tended to the lotus of the palace carefully, since the aroma of this flower would attract a new mate. however, the Guardian Ape's potential love life was cut short by Sekiro, as the Guardian Ape was killed by him. It does appear to find a new mate in the second encounter with a simple call and without the aroma of the lotus, but that too is cut short by Sekiro.

  • According to the description of the Slender Finger item, along with dialogue told you by the Sculptor should you give him Monkey Booze: the Guardian Ape is most likely responsible for the death of the character "Kingfisher," who was a female shinobi that once trained in the Sunken Valley with the Sculptor when the hermit was still a master-less shinobi. Why the two parted ways (as the Sculptor expresses surprise upon you returning the Slender Finger to him) and how the Guardian Ape came to kill Kingfisher are still a mystery, however.
  • The skeleton of an ape can be found in the small cave right above the Guardian Ape's Burrow, where one Monkey Booze can be found.  Is very likely it is the remain of the Guardian Ape's former mate. The booze is possibly an offering to the dead (either from the monkey sitting besides it, or from the Guardian Ape itself).  


Guardian Ape Notes & Trivia

  • During Phase 1, this boss is a beast-type enemy, thus the Shinobi Firecracker stuns it and deals additional Posture damage, while using Oil and the Flame Vent prosthetic tool can set it on fire and inflict the Burn status. During Phase 2 of the fight, however, the Guardian Ape becomes an apparition-type enemy, and thus will only take extra damage from Divine Confetti.
  • If you attack under the effect of  Divine Confetti while the Guardian Ape is screaming, you'll hear a special sound and visible white slashes will appear each time you attack (especially noticeable when using Combat Arts). It's really dangerous to do without having resistance to Terror or on low health, so make sure to have Mottled Purple Gourd or Pacifying Agent beforehand.
  • During Phase 2, if you parry the Ape's overhead slam attack and stun it, then use the Loaded Spear's "pull" attack by activating the spear twice, you can actually pull the centipede out from the Ape, dealing high damage to its health and posture.

  • The Finger Whistle Shinobi Tool does not work on the Guardian Ape

  • Like the Folding Screen Monkeys and the monkeys found throughout the Sunken Valley, the Guardian Ape is most likely based off the Japanese Macaque, meaning that it is not actually an ape but an oversized monkey.


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    • Anonymous

      This guy destroyed my ass over 20 times, and at one point I even started failing to get to phase 2, which I could otherwise do almost reliably. So I took my own advice, went to bed, came back the next evening and did him in on the third try. I did run around like a retard for most of phase 2 though.

      • Anonymous

        just run lol. he can't hit you for ****. kinda reminds me of how I beat Blazing Bull. They both stop aiming at you after first hit

        he put quite a spectacle, I have to admit

        • Anonymous

          tips for phase 1:
          *if he backs away and starts walking back to you really fast, he's gonna do the leaping grab, sprint directly backwards.
          *he will 99% of the time do a slamming strafe attack after his sweeping grab in close range.
          *if he has that sitting ending move after one of his attacks, there are 2 possibilities, A: continue into a double slam-sweep chain or B: stand up and fart, running away into **** throw
          *if he does an uppercut with his left, he can fall onto his back, which he will always chain into a flailing attack, which he does 2 slams both sides, careful as his whole body becomes a hitbox.
          *I avoid the **** throw attack by sprinting to the right/left, then jumping after/as he throws. (you might be able to not have to jump, but idk)

          tips for decapitated phase:
          *if you are right up to him after he does an attack he will 65% go into scream, which you can dodge by simply running backwards.
          *you can also notice when the scream is coming because he'll "suck air" into his neck before he puts his head on. (at least that's what i assume he's doing)
          *his sword attack chains switch depending if you perfect deflect them or not. if you do, he will do a severe delay after it by going into a new 'retaliation' attack chain.
          *the only time you can do the prosthetic spear trick (reliably) is after he lands on his sword arm and his neck is level with sekiro.
          *the 2 times where you can reliably get him into the spear trick position is after deflecting his big sword slam attack, and after deflecting a full 'retaliation' attack chain (sometimes).

          • Anonymous

            So I'm at the max NG+ scaling now and I can tell you something about this boss.
            Whilst I've found this boss relatively simple during my two first runs (NG, and NG+1), I can assure you this boss becomes by far the hardest boss of all at high NG cycles.
            At max NG+ scaling, a lot of his attacks will one shot you. Both his grabs are instant death even at max health with all health upgrades.
            His jump slam will take off 90% of your health so if you are not maxed, you will die.
            This boss has the most brutal scaling of all the bosses which makes it become harder at every cycle you do.

            I'm not complaining, just giving a bit more insight about how this boss evolves through NG cycles for those wanting to pursue the max NG+ scaling.

            • Anonymous

              Not ashamed to admit I did the entirety of phase 2 running away and abusing the **** out of his dive attack to jump and punish with some chip damage, rinse and repeat for 20 min. My sprinting finger was sore at the end.

              • Anonymous

                I spent over 30 mins fighting this giant idiot jumping out of the way of his attacks and while 'jump left' keeps you safe from almost everything he does, it's also a terrible tactic because you don't get to punish. It also gets you killed in phase 2.

                • Anonymous

                  this stupid ass monkey kept throwing a tantrum every time i got close to him by just shitting his ****ing pants or crying like a little ***** ****ign stupuid monkey

                  • Anonymous

                    Took me around 5 tries. I watched a video by ONGBAL and he had a great method that absolutely shreds this big ass monkey's phase 1.

                    At the beginning, get either a Yashariku or Ako's sugar, and then go rush towards the boss. If you have ceremonial tonto, use it once for some extra spirit emblems and heal with pellets beforehand.

                    Then just walk up to the ape, throw a firecracker (long spark preferably) at its face, and then mortal blade its ass. If you use Yashariku, you can pretty much fill up his posture with two strikes. If you use Ako, use three. If his posture isn't broken, just swing your sword a couple of times and it should be done.

                    Second stage is relatively trivial, although I was never able to spear the centipede and had to use my first Jizo statue. I ended up finishing him by destroying his health bar, so I guess my deflection wasn't on par here.

                    • Anonymous

                      This boss fight is awesome, but really not the hardest once the second phase starts. I beat that entire section with no heals all, even though used 5 sips in the first phase. Fun, but very predictable sword swings. (Maybe should be expected for a headless monkey...)

                      • Anonymous

                        Imagine killing the strongest shinobi in japan, spending years training your skills, only to get killed by monkey fard

                        • Anonymous

                          idk if anyone has said this but the scream terror attack in phase 2 has a much smaller radius if you're behind the ape. you can stay close and then just run around back when he's about to start

                          • Anonymous

                            On paper this should be one of my most despised bosses in any FS game ever, because
                            - has multiple status effects, one of them being an insta-kill
                            - multiple grab attacks and I just suck at avoiding them
                            - clearly based on the bloodletting beast from Bloodborne and has animations from the shark enemies too and I hate both of them in that game
                            - goes against the core gameplay elements of the game

                            But, actually, this is easily my favourite fight in the game! The animations, sound effects, the ost, the surprise second phase, the fact that it is not just another human enemy all combined to make this the most memorable and fun boss encounter in the game. Unfortunately this boss too got recycled and such an interesting mix wasn't a sign of more interesting bosses to come, but all that don't lessen the impact this first encounter left on me.

                            • Anonymous

                              Heard this boss was really difficult and was one of the hardest fights in the souls series. I did not have any real problem with him surprisingly, he had only two attacks that were a problem for me and he seemed to rarely do them alongside the fact that they were both in his first phase. His second phase was much easier than the first since I realised pretty quick that parrying his long windup slam with his sword gave you a huge window to just whale on him alongside him being more predictible in his second phase. I managed to beat him first try. Whether it was freakish luck or just the boss being overrated In terms of difficulty, I have no idea.

                              • Anonymous

                                True cheese method: take ako/yashariku and confetti and tanto,then firecracker instantly and move to his left leg and attack 4 times,run and bait grabs then whirlwind slash,also whilwind slashafter the combo which ends with jump,spend some time then firecracker and 5 hits to left leg and if stunned keep attacking until he retreats,the firecracker will only stun again after something like 30 seconds,it's ineffective before the 30 passes.
                                For phase 2 ako confetti deflect to hell bait overhead then spiral spear

                                • This boss slapped me more than the sword saint. After finishing the game I decided to no-damage him in reflection of strength to take the damn revenge(almost did it,firecracker cheese and 2nd phase delfect+spiral spear)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I'm not seeing anything on this page mentioning how he has a weak spot on the left (his right) side? I'm pretty sure it's just that you have to hit on an angle to hit the sword in his neck (phase 1 obv), but yeah I think most of you have realised that's a spot where if you hit it twice he'll get temp stun, then hit a third time and he'll fall back and run away for a bit then do the poop combo.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      See, this is the !@#@!# that drives me up the wall with Fromsoft games. How would I ever know to use a SPECIFIC PROSTHETIC at a EXACT SPECIFIC TIME after an EXACT SPECIFIC MOVESET.

                                      Like, give me a break. Theres 'hard' and then theres 'just !#@%ing stupid'.

                                      This is stupid.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This guy has like two "end the fight immediately" attacks for me. I hate this game so ****ing much let me finish it plz jsjdhsj

                                        • Anonymous

                                          So the protip is to bring the umbrella upgrade you can only get by first getting the item this boss drops. Thanks.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Flame went burst in 1st phase when he's done his combo and idle

                                            Loaded spear pull to pull out the centipede in 2nd phase

                                            This does the trick so well, and don't be afraid to go near him, his attacks are very easy to deflect, if you feel like you can't, just hold guard. Then he's exhausted you can cut him as much as you like

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Setting his fur on fire, scaring him with Firecrackers, pummeling him with Mortal Draw, and finally pulling out the centipede with the Loaded Spear. For the first time in FromSoft's history, it feels like you're actually fighting a giant beast with appropriate methods if you know what you're doing. How this awesome boss fight and Demon of Hatred can exist in the same game will always be a mystery to me.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Wow i just fought this dude for the first time, easily beat the first phase then started walking around trying to figure out where i needed to go, then i realized the fog gate thing wasn't gone and at that moment he got back up and proceeded to whoop my ass

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This article says to bring the phoenix lilac umbrella for the fight. You cannot unlock the Phoenix lilac umbrella until you get the finger after defeating this boss. I do think any umbrella works for the scream attack against build up, just figured I'd point this out in case anyone is confused when they see that recommendation.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Phase 1, you can block every normal attack, so do that and try to hit your parries. Baiting the fart by being behind him is a great tactic because he always follows with the poop throw, which is his most easily punished attack, literally just hold down sprint when he reaches behind him and run at him locked on. His jumping grab is complete BS, its hitbox extends behind him, you will literally teleport into his hands. It's easy to dodge if you're already sprinting when he goes for it, you can just strafe it, but if you're guarding, spam jump back and you've got maybe a 30% chance of avoiding it. His vitality threshold for a stagger is actually really poor, so you don't have to play particularly greedy, you'll hit it soon enough with just chip.

                                                    Phase 2, umbrella and spear will give you a relatively easy fight. Start with umbrella and be prepared to switch. When he raises his head up, he's going to scream, so dash at him if you have time before getting under your umbrella. If you're close you can punish here. His sword combos have awkward animations but once you've seen them a couple times you'll get the hang of it. You need to hit these parries because it forces his slam. Parry the slam and switch to spear for the centipede tug. Get this twice with chip damage and you win.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      From an anon tip found here, and I second that, Whirlwind slash, as simple as it may be, closes some distance and tears the Ape up. Divine confetti during the second phase, and any umbrella to block that aweful terror screech bs, and he’s actually pretty easy

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        While the poop throw can be punished, if you're too far from the guardian ape you can jump just as he throws the poop at you to evade his attack.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          what a boss i struggled in his first phase but manage to kill him . second phase wasnt that hard to be honest i killed him the first try but yea fun boss

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I have to say flame vent is a bit of a gamble given how much he moves around during phase 1 but if it does put him on fire it's a really good opportunity.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Whirlwind Slash worked wonders for me, was kind of a cheese for me

                                                              I can't get my head around this game mechanics, still thinking of dark souls and bloodborne

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This has got to be one of the coolest and most twisted boss fights ever.

                                                                Can’t believe I waited this long to play this game!

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  First phase, learn moveset and attack 1 to 4 times during openings. Just sprint but stay close enough that monke doesn't feel the need to charge at you. Firecracker is op here. Second phase, deflect every attack and avoid perilous.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Don't get fooled you can deflect every melee attack in phase 1 except grab. Initially phase 1 was pain for me too because when i first saw a huge ape my mind switched into souls mode. I ran like an idiot and thought of parrying never came in mind because its so irrational to parry huge ape hands. Then i realized every damn attack can be deflected and the grab is actually a sweep then it turned from an soul boss to sekiro boss. So its better and faster to fill its posture than to deplete vitality in phase 1.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      His grab attack is broken, just like a lot of other mechanics in the game. If the back of his wrist grazes you, that's a successful grab and you are now dead.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Whoever wrote this guide is dumb

                                                                        Phase 1 if you try block you’re going to get posture broken immediately

                                                                        Just deflect

                                                                        • First Phase: Oil & Okinaga’s Flame Vent + Living Force melted him. Dodge his grabs (jumping away or to the side worked for me) and you’ll be fine.

                                                                          Intermission: Healing Gourd, Mottled, Divine Confetti and make sure you have the Umbrella equipped.

                                                                          Second Phase: Block/Defelect what you can or run. Attack during the openings. Use the umbrella to block the terror attack and strike.

                                                                          He’ll be down before you know it. :)

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            First phase:

                                                                            - keep your distance
                                                                            - close the distance when he reaches his ass to throw the poop
                                                                            - hit him twice + firecracker + hit him twice, spinning attack
                                                                            - repeat

                                                                            Second phase:
                                                                            - keep distance
                                                                            - wait for him and parry in time
                                                                            - parry the attack when he goes standing, then he falls -> hit him hard or preferrably with the spear
                                                                            - repeat

                                                                            easy fight :)

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Secret second phases are a plague. Remember when Fromsoft used to respect their players instead of stringing them along?

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                After 10 days, i finnaly put him down!
                                                                                Just luck i guess
                                                                                1 phase run around , lots of openings
                                                                                2 phase deflect,deflect spear jank , punish dives.

                                                                                • FYI you can deflect anything that doesn't inflict a status effect (the fart and dung throw come to mind) and stuff that's explicitly undeflectable (the red mikiri symbol comes up) so if you see an attack coming up in the first phase, just go for it and try to deflect it. After finally just saying **** it and learning the deflection timings it got so much easier and I defeated him on my, I think, 5th try without Kuros charm.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I like how it has an almost human face (more so than other monkeys, particularly the nose), but you can't tell if it's a human that became a monster or if it's a monkey that is somehow becoming human. Though it is located in Boddhisattva Valley, and boddhisattvas are monks on the verge of nirvana who refrain from becoming buddhas to help elevate other beings out of their karmic debts. I guess it implies that by drinking from the fountainhead waters, it elevated its spirit in some way, affecting its form? Even if it also ended up ingesting immortal flesh, infecting it with the parasitic centipedes...

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I was dreading this boss due to the hype around him, but ended up beating him on first try. I had a friend tell me about the spear trick with the centipede in phase 2. That's what makes this game special to me. The bosses and levels are unforgiving and tough, but once you learn a few tricks, almost all are manageable. None are unfair for the sake of being unfair. Now, the second version of Guardian Ape with the wife...that one took me a few tries. :P

                                                                                      • If anyone needed some help, first as you go towards Guardian Ape in phase 1 and wait for him to turn around then use firecrackers. (Any firecrackers would work I think) After that if you use it one more time you notice after hitting him he will be able to crush you and deal damage and to avoid that go to his right side and just attack. The ape will always fall down you after using firecrackers on him after the 2nd time so be weary of that, wait for his combo's to end to use firecracker's, note that he has 2 attacks that can not be blocked, first is the grab you can dodge easily by jumping and the second grab is the the one where the ape jumps toward you but that can be countered by going around him and you get 2 extra hits or maybe even 3! In phase 2 he will probably use a scream attack at the start always to avoid it just run as far as you can out of it, or you can use the umbrella prosthetic, you may have notice that he wields a sword but don't be scared of it. You can deflect him easily now just keep deflecting until he does that overhead slam and just deflect it since it is slow and the ape will go down and you will have the opportunity to use the loaded spear any version will work I think, just press R2 two times if you have the normal one if you have the thrust type you can hold R2 then press it again to release as you do that, you will notice his posture filled up a lot and then see a centipede coming out of it's head. Now he still has 2 attacks that can not be block the first one is the sweep but it can be easily dodged by jumping the second one is where the ape jumps and he will do a sweep attack if I'm not mistaken, you are able to jump to dodge it too. Sorry for the bad English but I hope this has helped anyone.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          What sucks about this fight is the first phase grab attacks. To avoid the low grab you must jump asap upon seeing the symbol but if he does the jump grab you're screwed. It's a guessing game.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I think this is a really easy fight even without cheesing. I got really hyped for this fight because I've been told that it's incredibly difficult. I ended up defeating it 2nd try, same for Headless Ape fight. Maybe NG+ will make me eat my words.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              "However, the Guardian Ape wanted another mate, and tended to the lotus of the palace carefully, since the aroma of this flower would attract a new mate. however, the Guardian Ape's potential love life was cut short by Sekiro, as the Guardian Ape was killed by him. It does appear to find a new mate in the second encounter with a simple call and without the aroma of the lotus, but that too is cut short by Sekiro."

                                                                                              FOREVER ALONE

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Kind of reminds me of fighting the Sanctuary Guardian, but in Kalameet's arena. Thankfully no lightning on the water BS, and doesn't take 10 minutes of baiting attacks to block, lol. Might be one of my favorite bosses.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Mortal Draw works quite well on the first phase, a well timed 2-hit mortal draw will stun the Ape and then you can get in more hits or sometimes stun lock him with another follow up mortal draw. I was able to dash right up to him at the start of the fight and do a jumping mortal draw, with follow up attacks / stunlocking I am able to get him to half health right off the bat. If you stun him twice with mortal draws he rolls over then gets up and runs away.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    After spending 3 evenings finally learning how to parry against Genichiro, this guy actually felt like a pushover. You can just constantly outrun him, bait the same, easy-to-counter lunge moves, slice a little bit of his unnecessarily large health bar and repeat. Took 1 try to learn his moveset and 1 round to kill him.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This dude dont wanna die, first I cut his head off and then hr gets back up. Then I kill him again but cuttin the centipede. I end up in his cave and he still alive. I kill him and his hoe and then the ****er still alive.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        F*ck the spirit emblems, its needed for tools,ninjutsu and ninja arts and the game only let us use few, we cant even add or buy during boss fight f*ck this sh*t

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