Gyoubu Oniwa

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Location Ashina Outskirts
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Shinobi Firecracker
Reward Memory: Gyoubu Oniwa
Mechanical Barrel
1000 Exp (NG)
15000 Exp (NG+)
22500 Exp (NG++)

Gyoubu Oniwa (鬼庭刑部雅孝, Oniwa Gyoubu Masataka) is a required Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Sekiro Gyobu Oniwa Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Gyobu easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like Gyobu Oniwa 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.

 

Sekiro Gyoubu Oniwa Location

Where to find Gyobu in Sekiro?

  • 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

What do you get from defeating Gyobu Oniwa in Sekiro?

 

 

Gyoubu Oniwa Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Gyobu Oniwa Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sekiro Gyobu Oniwa Strategy Writeup

  • Pro tip: How to beat Gyobu easily? Bring Firefrackers!

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.

Sekiro Gyobu Oniwa Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1/2
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.
Jumping Attack

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.   

Detaching Thrust

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.

Horse Kick

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.

 

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

 

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    • Anonymous

      I just found out that you can interrupt his introduction, glad I never did tbh, that would be rude. Still killed the hell out of him though

      • Anonymous

        >Finish Elden Ring
        >Think i'm ready for Sekiro, it can't be that hard after i beat Malenia
        >Die a lot but keep my pride
        >"First boss should be easy"
        >This guy wipes the floor with me 10 times and makes me sit the **** down before i beat him

        This is gonna be a journey and a half

        • Anonymous

          I did alot of research and i have come to a conclusion that this is lady maria of the astral clocktower. Its quite hard to tell, since he never says what his name is in the game.

          • Anonymous

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            • Anonymous

              Has this boss been patched or something? The mine don't stop galloping around instead of staying near to me as shown in the video.

              • Anonymous

                He isn’t a difficult boss once you’ve beaten him, but it’s always a fun one. Main tip I can say aside from Firecrackers help is to always take advantage of the grapple hook opportunities, and try to learn to deflect his spear because that can build up posture. Getting under and behind him is also easy to do

                • Anonymous

                  Saddens me to no end that his phase 2 music doesn't seem to play when facing him as a reflection of strength.

                  • Anonymous

                    Gotta love that this is the first boss. Sure he can be really hard when you first fight him, but the game teaches you to deflect and not just to dodge.

                    • Anonymous

                      gyoubu MY NAAME IS GYOU- sekiro shut up gyoubu doing his triple attacks gyoubu FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

                      • Anonymous

                        Just started my NG+ playthrough, my guy finished his big announcement... then galloped himself off the cliff...

                        • Anonymous

                          GYOUBU MASATAKA ONIWA MASATAKA GYOUBU MASATAKA ONIWA MASATAKA GYOUBU MASATAKA ONIWA MASATAKA GYOUBU MASATAKA ONIWA

                          • Anonymous

                            Been stuck on this boss for over a year now. Seriously considering suicide if I cant beat him by Christmas.

                            • Anonymous

                              The only remaining use I had for fextralife was looking up character dialogue so I can think about lore, but even that is gone now.,

                              • Anonymous

                                Ridiculous, over powered, and unfair boss. Unblockable attacks that require PERFECT reflexes, massive amount of health. Terrible game design. Deflecting does nothing anyway. I’m done with this garbage game. Yeah, come at with the little git guds, I don’t care.

                                • Anonymous

                                  "rarely attacks when this happens"....we're not playing the same game. he attacks and kills me while im laying on the ground helpless and cant mov e with sweeping and overhand blows every single time he breaks my posture.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    he attacks every time he breaks my posture and when he does the circle sweep with his spear and the prompt comes up to grapple him the game wont let me.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I did the skip, however he was just running in circles and wouldn't jump off the ledge. Was the skip patched?

                                      • I did a Sekiro playthrough a while back. There was this one boss who rode a horse and wielded a spear. I can't remember his name for the life of me though...

                                        • In all honesty, i got mad respect for this dude. He put his heart and soul into his battle and fought to his last breath. Rest in Peace Gyoubu.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Discovered a little tidbit while making some videos. After killing Owl, the area after the Ashina Gate Idol, i.e. the Outer Keep, becomes closed off. If you use the Gyoubu skip to bypass it, you'll find all the enemies normally there are now gone.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              We know his name, but we don't know if he has an actual surname. Masataka is probably his given name, and both Oniwa and Gyoubu seem to be titles.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                He seems to be resistant or immune to fire crackers when he is charging,mid attack and such (I could not get his horse to startle once after I got the intial)

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Gyobu skip has been patched out as of 1/3/20. You can't get high enough to reach the top of the wooden tower and Gyobu destroys it immediately if you try

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    My name is Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa. I'm 33 years old. My pagoda is in the northeast section of Ashina, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as a gate guardian for the Ashina Castle, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm sake and doing about twenty minutes of horse-riding before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last battle. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself by not letting anyone pass through the castle gate like a Shinobi, that would cause me to lose my breath during battle. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Therefore, as I live and breathe, you will not pass the castle gate!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Actually, from what I can find, "Oniwa" does seem to be a legitimate Japanese surname. Also, the manga confirms that he was indeed the Ashina's Minister of Justice (and refers to him as "Oniwa Masataka" [Eastern naming order]), so we can pretty safely assume that "Gyoubu" is indeed just a title.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It may just be me, but it seems like he is much more aggressive if you attack during his introduction compared to if you listen through.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          The fact that he has the mechanical barrel means it was used in the mechanism that allowed him to throw his spear and retrieve it via rope line. Seeing as he is super proficient at using Tamura's cross-blade spear, the weapon was probably outfitted with the mechanical barrel already when it was awarded to him by Isshin. This means that some time after Isshin killed Shuzen Tamura, Isshin tore off the mechanical barrel from Sekijou's prosthetic. This means Sekijou has been the Busshi of Aredera for at least 20 years.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Well Something have they patched because now his almost immune in phase 2 against firecracker. And he does attacks that dont show up in video and its much harder now

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Can the perilous spear thrust be mikiri countered? It's the one where the spear is thrown like a javelin and pulled back by the rope.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Gyoubu: MY NAAAAAME IS GYOUBU MASATAKA ONIWA! Me: He's telling us his full name before the fight. That's not a good sign.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  After beating Lady Butterfly this guy was a total joke of a boss. Fire Crackers and the grapple attack obliterates his posture, I felt kinda disappointed.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I don't know if it's only in phase 2, but I had Gyoubu do an attack I don't think is listed (I've just added it to his list of attacks) where the horse just jumps straight into the air with Gyoubu attacking as he lands (he then did the same move a second time). Deflecting it did pretty large posture damage to him.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      His horse sort of nudges you slightly as you're sitting there stabbing Gyoubu, as if to say "get away from him". Kinda sad :(

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Weird that it's set up that horses are afraid of loud noises right before, but then you get the firecrackers after.. smells of cut content

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I've struggled with jozou and yamauchi tenzen but this was fairly easy. I'm stuck at lady butterfly and the headless crazy in the cave at the mountains. I came here to learn if he is the first boss thats why the fight was easy...seems not

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            How is everyone beating him with firecrackers when the merchant who sells them is actually past the boss fight ? Am I missing something... ?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              it is said that he is a retainer, and all the Ashina Spears are formal samurais and hold military authorities. Im really not sure if he is one of the Ashina Spears

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Me after defeating this boss: "Well that's tough and fun, i wonder if there will be harder bosses than this.." And here i am stuck for 2 days on Isshin The Sword Saint, help

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  He's pretty easy, but damn this boss was so much fun! I can't wait to face him again new game+ where hopefully he's a bit harder

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I beat him pretty handily with the grapple attack skill (and obviously the firecrackers), but this boss is completely unforgettable for me. The man is an honest legend

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Much easier than some of the minibosses. I struggled against Juzou the Drunkard or the Chained Ogre, but beat him first try.

                                                                                      • They might as well combine the 'mini-boss' and 'boss' sections into one. The 'mini-boss' sounds like it'll be just a bump on the road. First real one, one shot god ogre with a massive health bar :D

                                                                                        • yes! just got it! carefully moving around blocking attacks (dodging got me killed all the time). when i could grapple i pulled my self toward him and hit him once or twice. than block and use a firecracker and hit him some more. rinse and repeat. oh yeah the first time... i forgot to press R1 for the shinobi execution because i was so thrilled that i killed him... i can confirm he will wake up if you dont execute him right away XD. so dont be like me... execute his sorry ass XD

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I jumped off the clif in the back of the area and he followed me. We both died, but the game still recognized it as a win.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              This boss has special dialogue if you revive multiple times. 1st revive: "oh ho, you're still standing. I`Il strike you as many times as it takes..." 2nd revive: "Still you stand? Genichiro has many burdens... And I consider you one of them. "

                                                                                              • Easy boss compared to the first one. Just stay at safe distance from the horse and his spear, dodge to your left, grap him as soon as you can. You can hit him 4 or 5 times, then use fire cracker, and hit him again.

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