Gyoubu Oniwa (鬼庭刑部雅孝, Oniwa Gyoubu Masataka) is a required Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bosses are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Shinobi Execution" or "Immortality Severed".
Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa, also known as Gyoubu the Demon (鬼刑部, Demon Gyoubu), is found in the Ashina Outskirts Castle Gate Fortress, and was originally revealed during one of the first trailers of the game, although the name was not known at the time. Gyoubu has 2 health bars that must be removed before a finisher deathblow can be performed.
The weapon he uses is a long spear known as a Yari, specifically Katakama-yari (片鎌槍).
Gyoubu can be killed by using what is called "Gyoubu skip" - this method is not the intended way of killing him but if you want an additional challenge in new cycles researching how to do this might provide some entertainment.
Gyoubu Oniwa Location
- Gyoubu Oniwa is found at the very end of Ashina Outskirts in a large arena, just past the Ashina Castle Gate Fortress Sculptor's Idol.
- This boss is not optional. He must be defeated to advance the story.
Gyoubu Oniwa Rewards
- Memory: Gyoubu Oniwa
- Mechanical Barrel (first time only)
- 1000 Exp
- 15000 Exp / 18000 without Kuro's Charm (New Game Plus)
- 22500 Exp / 27001 without Kuro's Charm (NG+2)
- 30000 Exo (NG++++)
- 52500 Exp (NG+++++++)
- 67500 Exp / 81000 without Kuro's Charm (NG+7)
Gyoubu Oniwa Strategies
This boss is very aggressive and the strategy for him is not difficult. The weakness of this boss is Shinobi Firecracker; you can learn that beasts are easily startled by eavesdropping on the soldier mourning over his dead horse Kokage in the Castle Gate Fortress. When Gyoubu Oniwa approaches, you can use the Shinobi Firecracker to stun his horse dealing a large amount of posture damage leaving him vulnerable to attacks for a short time.
You want to stay as close to him as you can, generally, and deflect as many attacks as you can. Deflecting his attacks will fill his Posture Gauge very quickly. Even if you miss time some of your deflects and are Posture Broken, you will still be fine because he rarely strikes when this occurs. Just keep deflecting and blocking and you'll get him down easy.
When he starts galloping away, sprint after him and use your Grappling Hook in order to pull yourself back to him rapidly. These attacks are much harder to deal with if you do not do this, so be sure to grapple whenever you can.
If you defeat the boss you will see the writing "SHINOBI EXECUTION" upon the screen.
Attacks & Counters
|Standard Combo (Overhead, Downward Slash, Long Overhead)||This combo is very common if you stay close. The first attack is easily deflected, the second one is very fast and can be deflected, but is more worth blocking. The final overhead is also easily deflected, and if deflected will cause Gyuobu to stagger.|
|Charging Ground Sweep||Gyoubu will charge in a circle, dragging his spear along the ground. This attack is perilous and cannot be blocked, thus it is best to jump over it. It can start very unexpectedly, and catch you off guard. This attack most commonly occurs after his "triple hit charge", but can happen at any time. Can be grappled to.|
|Figure Eight Charge||Gyoubu will charge towards you, spinning his spear in a figure of eight pattern. Can be deflected, but is hard to judge.|
|Triple Hit Charge||Gyoubu will charge at you, keeping his spear in line with his horse. The spear will hit three times, and is moderately hard to deflect. If you block this attack, it is likely to break your posture, but Gyoubu rarely capitalises on this, making it a decent option.|
|Detaching Sweep||Gyoubu will do this when far away from the player. The tip of his spear will detach, and he will swing it round in a wide circle on the end of a rope three times. It can be both blocked and deflected. Unlike most ranged attacks in sekiro, deflecting this will damage gyuobu's posture. Gyuobu can be grappled to while performing this attack.|
|Late Charge||This attack is hard to see coming, but once you know what happens, is easy to deflect. Gyoubu will charge at you, holding his spear upright, seemingly just moving around. He will charge slightly past you, then flick his spear back to hit you once.|
|Concealed Flick||If you are on Gyoubu's right flank, he may do an upwards flick of his spear, similar looking to the start of his charge sweep. This attack is hard to forsee, and he will most likely do it if you nullified his standard combo. After doing this attack, he usually charges off and does either his stationary or charging sweep, so be ready to sprint and grapple for easy damage.|
The horse will leap straight up into the air, with Gyoubu bringing his spear down as he lands. He will do this twice. While it's tempting to try and avoid the attack by dodging, standing your ground and deflecting the spear will deal a large amount of posture damage to him.
Gyuobo will detach his spear head from the shaft and launch it forward on a rope with a thrust. Despite the thrusting motion of the attack it can not be Mikiri countered, however, it can be deflected.
If the player is positioned directly behind Gyuobu, his horse will quickly raise both its hind legs and kick.
Gyoubu Oniwa Lore
"As I breathe, you will not pass the castle gate"
- Gyoubu was taken in as an Ashina warrior after his group of infamous bandits were defeated by Isshin. He eventually became Genichiro's most trusted retainer.
- The spear he uses against Sekiro was previously owned by the samurai Shuzen Tamura, who Isshin defeats in battle during the game's opening cutscene. Isshin gifted the spear to Gyoubu after his horn-spear broke during the rebellion.
- It's possible he is one of the Seven Ashina Spears, as he is a high-ranking warrior and uses a unique spear in battle.
- He is most likely based on Yoshinao Oniniwa and/or his son Tsunamoto Oniniwa (or Moniwa), two of the greatest generals of the major daimyo warlord Masamune Date. Oniniwa in history and Oniwa in Sekiro have the same kanji characters 鬼庭.
- Like Gyoubu, Yoshinao was a formidable warrior even in his later years. At the age of 73, he command an army at the front-line and killed many enemies.
- In Japanese, the clan name Oniwa or Oniniwa (鬼庭) roughly translates to "the garden of demons." This is why Gyoubu is referred to in the English dub as "Gyoubu the Demon" in an eavesdrop conversation.
- His character can be also inspired by Yukimura Sanada (真田 幸村), a Japanese samurai warrior of the Sengoku period. He was especially known as the leading general on the defending side of the Siege of Osaka. He rode a horse during battle, same antler helmet, used the same long spear (Yari), has the same 前立て (crest) design. He may also be inspired another famous samurai by Tadakatsu Honda (本多 忠勝) but the 前立て (crest) does not match.
- Gyoubu's true personal name is Masataka (雅孝), according to the Japanese version. In feudal Japan, a personal name is rarely used in order to address an upper-class person, since doing so is considered very rude. Instead, court titles like "Gyoubu" are virtually used as personal names.
- "Gyoubu" was a historical Japanese court title given to members of the Ministry of Justice. In the Sengoku and Edo periods, even samurai who do not have the position in the Court used this title as their false personal names. The title was most famously held by the historical "Gyoubu" Yoshitsugu Otani (大谷 吉継), a 16th century samurai and ally of Mitsunari Ishida (石田 三成).
- Gyoubu's horse is named Onikage (鬼鹿毛), translating from Japanese as "Demon-like Bay Horse".
- There are two famous legends for Onikage in Japan.
- Oguri-Hangan, a mythical person in medieval Japan, is said to tame a man-eating horse called Onikage.
- Nobutora Takeda, the father of Shingen Takeda (one of the two strongest warlords in the Sengoku period, along with Kenshin Uesugi), also had a great horse called Onikage.
- It may be also a self-homage to the previous products of FromSoftware. A demonic ninja named Onikage (鬼陰, "Demonic Shade") is one of the primary recurring antagonists in the Tenchu series.
- There are two famous legends for Onikage in Japan.
Gyoubu Oniwa Notes & Trivia
- Voice by: Andrew Morgado (English), Kosuke Takaguchi (Japanese), Alfonso Signorini (Italian).
- Kosuke Takaguchi is also known for voicing Darunia from Hyrule Warriors and Falco Lombardi / Wolf O'Donnell from Star Fox 64, Star Fox Zero and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- As the fight begins, Gyoubu will take some time to introduce himself, leaving him momentarily vulnerable to attack. Doing this will cause him to abruptly stop his introduction, and speak the line "Move in haste and die, brat"
Gyoubu Oniwa Image Gallery