Guardian Ape

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
4000 Exp (NG), 13,000 (NG+), 19,500 (NG++)

Guardian Ape(獅子猿, Lion Monkey) is a required Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bosses are special 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 depletes 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 trough the neck of the beast.

The Guardian Ape has two (2) health bars that must removed in order to kill this boss. During the first phase of  the fight 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 first deathblow to this will enemy will decapitate it using the large blade through its neck. As an immortal being the ape will now resurrect and 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 Phoenix's Lilac 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

  • Sunken Valley Passage: Found in a pool of water near the Bodhisattva Valley Sculptor's Idol.
  • This boss is not optional.


Guardian Ape Rewards


Guardian Ape Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Write-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. 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. 

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. It's 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 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 siting 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.

  • 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.


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    • Anonymous

      18 May 2019 17:10  

      I fought this guy three times and I always wondered where he kept getting those huge rocks from. And then on the fourth attempt I found out he was pulling them straight out of his ass. And that they werent the poison status makes sense ( ._.)

      • Anonymous

        18 May 2019 17:04  

        Oh, you thought being killed by a chicken was embarrassing ? Wait till you get***** on and farted to death

        • Anonymous

          14 May 2019 11:47  

          Lore Theory: Notice how the howl attack is telegraphed by the Headless Ape holding his severed head against the stump of his neck. This gesture is very similar to how the Finger Whistle is used and causes Terror build-up. I think that this works like a reverse Malcontent Prosthetic Tool where the voice of rage is so powerful in the Ape's open neck that it harms living things.

          • Anonymous

            11 May 2019 04:47  

            You will never not notice that phase 2 Guardian Ape moves like a centipede. I feel bad for whichever dev had to program that.

            • 11 May 2019 00:55  

              Would’ve been nice if they gave us a checkpoint at the “Shinobi Executed” message instead of having us fight an only slightly weaker version of the same boss after the molestation we suffer in Phase One, but hey, “git gud”

              • Anonymous

                07 May 2019 11:22  

                So, nobody got an idea how that sword got stuck in him in the first place? seems to me like someone ("something" probably seeing the size of that sword) fought the ape and ended up dead but managed to stick the sword in it's neck. I think a piece of the lore is missing here...

                • Anonymous

                  03 May 2019 17:42  

                  Jsyk, the Sculptor refers to the previous owner of Kingfisher as “he.” “When he’d blow through that ring, it would fill the valley with a somber melody…”

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Apr 2019 09:25  

                    I’m on my second play through, and I just got to the ape idol. I don’t have the mortal blade on me. Is it possible to kill the second phase of the ape without the mortal blade?

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Apr 2019 01:52  

                      Is it possible to sever immortality right after this fight? I didn't try but it seems very weird lore wise that Sekiro would somehow "forget" to use the mortal blade on the centipede. Of course you wouldn't be able to get the second fight but it would make more sense that way, and then it would feel like you get punished for neglecting to finish it off properly.

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Apr 2019 20:23  

                        Cant lie,i hate this boss first phase,the only boss phase i actually hate in this game.I hate it since i first time pass it,nothing changes on ng+7.

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Apr 2019 22:31  

                          Just a note. Any Umbrella can block it's terror shriek with no terror buildup. Tested it with the first one and it worked so I'm assuming that all the others work too.

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Apr 2019 04:05  

                            I can't edit this page. Please will someone change "brap" to "fart" and "braping" to "poisonous fart". I'm not sure why the word "fart" wouldn't be allowed? Braping sounds very dodgy, however.

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Apr 2019 15:50  

                              Just beat him without using light attacks/combat skills (it’s part of a dumb challenge I’m doing). It was surprisingly easy, actually. What you’ll need: 1 upgraded flame vent (as long as it has the charge-up, not including the lazurite upgrade), 1 loaded spear, 3 ceremonial tantos, and 2 good kickers. Granted this was on NG+something, so my stats were maxed out: 10 gourd seeds, 20 spirit emblems, 20 vitality, 99 attack power. I’d be willing to bet it can be done on lower levels, though, considering bosses have less health, and I don’t believe attack power effects the flame vent, so you’d probably need less uses on say NG+1. I might be wrong, though. Anyway… Phase 1: bait any attacks with significant cool-down, like when he flops around on the ground, finishes his combo with a body slam, or after slinging poop (granted you run under him in time), then charge up the blast of the flame vent. This takes a good chunk of health, and you can charge it up again while he’s panicking for even more damage. This will be your primary method of attack, but you’ll want to save a few emblems for phase 2, so once his HP is almost drained, resort to hopping on him. It doesn’t do much damage at all, but for me he only had a sliver of health to go anyway, so I was able to empty his health gauge this way and open him for the deathblow. Phase 2: deflect, deflect, deflect. Seems intimidating at first, but he actually has some of the most readable attacks in the game. If you deflect him enough times, he’ll go for either the ultra big sword slam, or a series of sword slams that ends to much the same effect. (Be careful of his combo into a short Terror scream!) Deflect this move for the long stun, then ram your spear down his throat and yank out that ugly bugly. Should only take about five times, as it greatly reduces both HP and posture (can’t remember which drained first). You can also hop on him after his high jump sweep attack for good posture damage, too. If all your prosthetics were used efficiently, you can likely defeat him with a few emblems to boot. Then it’s all over for the smelly Ape. The redux is even easier despite the mate showing up, since all you need is the loaded spear and to bait the slam attack, ignoring the mate entirely save to avoid/block her big slam attack. Though I suppose you can flame vent her to death, but it’s a waste of time and resources imo. I don’t think I took any damage outside use of my tantos, so it was probably the easiest no-light-attacks fight I’ve had yet. Also can we start being able to separate paragraphs again ok thx bye

                              • Anonymous

                                17 Apr 2019 02:53  

                                I recommend using a [fully-charged] Gouging Top on him from afar when he does the Terror attack. Does decent vitality damage, roughly comparable to a sword strike. By far the most cost efficient use I've found for spirit emblems in round 2.

                                • Anonymous

                                  14 Apr 2019 02:06  

                                  For phase 2 a good strategy is to run towards the right side (ape's left) as that part is pretty much defenseless, his usual four hit combo wont touch if keep sticking to his left. Also help he does the tripping over attack.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Apr 2019 21:18  

                                    It was the only boss that I got first try on my first playthrough... Something about him is veeeerrryy similar to dark souls bosses.

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