Headless

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Location Ashina Outskirts, Ashina Castle, Sunken Valley, Fountainhead Palace
Deathblow Markers 2 (Ashina Outskirts, Ashina Depths, Sunken Valley)
1 (Ashina Castle, Fountainhead Palace)
Status Abnormality Terror
Weakness Divine Confetti 
Malcontent
Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella (with Projected Force)
Reward Ako's Spiritfall (Ashina Outskirts) XP(NG): 812
Gokan's Spiritfall (Sunken Valley) XP(NG): 2640
Gachiin's Spiritfall (Ashina Depths) XP(NG): 1840
Ungo's Spiritfall (Ashina Castle) XP(NG): 1960
Yashariku's Spiritfall (Fountainhead Palace) XP(NG): 2840

Headless (首無し, Kubinashiis a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Sekiro Headless Guide features all Headless Locations, special tactics and videos on how to defeat Headless easily, as well as tips, tricks, weaknesses and lore notes for the Sekiro Headless mini-bosses.

 

The Headless are large, pale-bodied apparitions with no head, from which they get their namesake, wearing only a fundoshi. They wield a large glowing purple blade which they use to attack.

The Headless are highly resistant to normal blades; the most efficient way to kill a Headless is by using a Divine Confetti which will allow your blade to harm them for a significant amount of damage. The Headless surround themselves with a black mist that stops those near them from sprinting or dashing, this can be dispelled by attacking them consecutively and dealing enough damage with a Divine Confetti empowered blade. Their attacks and abilities inflict the Terror  status.

Mini-Bosses like Headless are special Enemies that are uniquely named, and have 2 or more health bars. This means they require at least 2 Deathblows in order to kill, they are generally much more difficult than normal enemies, and they drop some of the best loot in the game.

 

Sekiro Headless Location

Where to find the Headless Mini-Bosses in Sekiro?

  • Ashina Outskirts (Ako): Found near the Underbridge Valley Idol. Head back up and along the cliff until you reach a small shrine with a note. Use your Grappling Hook to jump across and then turn back to the cliff. Jump across and grab on to the ledge and shimmy across it to the left. Then drop down and head inside the cave to find Headless. 
    • Alternate Route: Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo : From the Bell Demon's Temple Sculptor's Idol, go back to the room with the centipede enemy, and then press up against the rotating wall (has a figure of a man) to fight this Headless.
  • Sunken Valley (Gokan): From the Under-Shrine Valley Sculptor's Idol. Turn around and grapple across the gap there will be two rifleman to kill. From the rifleman double jump and climb the wall across the small gap. Jump up another wall then hug the next wall and shimmy across the ledge. This is a previously-inaccessible location in Ashina Outskirts. Run past or defeat the three phantoms and dive into the body of water to the right. Follow the cave until you can surface. The Headless will be in-front of you in the cave. You cannot reach this enemy until you obtain the Mibu Breathing Technique Latent Skill.
  • Ashina Depths Hidden Forest (Gachiin): Hidden in the mist on the lower level of the Hidden Forest close to the buddha statue. From the monk at the Buddha Statue, grapple to the tree opposite the buddha statue, The Headless will be below you. NOTE: It is recommended to wait until you have defeated the Mist Noble and cleared the area of mist and Spirits. The Headless will remain after clearing the mist.
  • Ashina Castle (Ungo): Found at the bottom of the lake near the Lookout Tower just prior to the Old Grave Sculptor's Idol. You cannot fight this enemy until you obtain the Mibu Breathing Technique Latent Skill.
  • Fountainhead Palace (Yashariku): At the bottom of the Great Carp's lake to the right of the Flower Viewing Idol.

 

 

Headless Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Headless Mini-Bosses in Sekiro?

Ako's Spiritfall (Ashina Outskirts)

Gokan's Spiritfall (Sunken Valley)

Gachiin's Spiritfall (Ashina Depths)

Ungo's Spiritfall (Ashina Castle Tower Lookout)

Yashariku's Spiritfall (Fountainhead Palace)

 

 

Headless Notes & Tips

  • IMPORTANT: Without Divine Confetti, Headless fights can be much more difficult.
  • Damage without Divine Confetti effect gets reduced in 10 times.
  • IMPORTANT: The Terror Status Abnormality can be cured with Pacifying Agent. You can unlock Fujioka the Info Broker who sells them if you continue on until Ashina Castle before facing Headless and similar enemies, or find these across the world. 
  • It is recommended to not attempt a Headless fight if the player does not have at least 2 Divine Confetti and 2 Pacifying Agents, at the very least.
  • Mottled Purple Gourd can be used to reduce Terror build-up significantly.
  • Loaded Umbrella and specifically Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella  can be useful for Headless fights as its deflect prevents any Terror build-up. The Projected Force skill, when used in conjunction with this version of the Umbrella, will add the Divine Confetti effect, eliminating the need for it.
  • Malcontent can stun Headless, allowing you to get free hits in, but only three times per fight.
  • A known bug when fighting a Headless is that if a Deathblow  is preformed on it right as it starts to turn invisible, it will remain invisible until it is killed or the fight is reset. This bug is also present if Malcontent is used to stun the Headless right before it starts to turn invisible.
  • The bug can also follows if he appears behind th player when he's invisible, he will strike down the player and shove it's hand through the rectum to grab and pull their head backwards.
  • Headless are one of the few enemies in the game that you cannot use Stealth Deathblow on.
  • Parrying the sword swings of a headless 4 times in a row will cause it to disappear and reappear behind you to attempt a grabbing perilous attack which is easily avoided and highly punishable.
  • The underwater Headless fights are considerably easier for these reasons:
    • They require 1 deathblow instead of 2
    • Your movement is not limited by the mist created by the Headless above ground.
    • You do not need Divine Confetti to fight them. This is possibly due to the fact that you can't use most items underwater.
    • It is possible to use Divine Confetti prior to going underwater, which makes the fights fairly trivial.

 

Headless Lore

  • Lore Theory: It is implied that the Headless are apparitions of the warriors the sugar candies are named after. This can be inferred by the first line of text in their respective Spiritfall items: "Fallen, headless spirit of..."
  • Lore Theory: If the Headless executes a successful grab, it is possible it pulls out Sekiro's "shirikodama" - a mythical ball said to contain a person's soul, which is located inside the anus. This behavior is from another mythical Japanese creature called the “Kappa,” which could be found in water. This may explain why there are headless underwater as well.

 

 

Sekiro Headless Mini-Boss Guide & Strategies

Sekiro Headless Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sekiro Headless How to Fight, How to Beat, and Cheese

--Regular Confetti Strategy--

For this fight, you'll need Divine Confetti to deal considerable damage to this mini-boss. To start the fight, you'll want to jump and land as near as possible to the him to begin dealing early damage while he's "waking up". Attack him as fast as you can because the Headless won't be attacking in the first few seconds (even though it looks like it's winding for an attack). During the fight, the Headless will cast a mist around him that will slow your movement. To negate the effect, continuously land blows and that will disperse the mist surrounding him. Headless also has an attack where he becomes invisible, only to reappear behind you and perform a grab attack. When this attack commences, quickly turn around and start swinging. Your successful hits will pull him out of the invisibility cloak. His attacks are slower than average and easily deflected, but he also launches sweep attacks, so be ready...

Fighting the Ashina Outskirts' Headless is best reach through from the Demon Bell Idol located in Senpou Temple, Mt. Kongo. Right before starting the fight buff yourself with the following: Divine Confetti to deal damage, Pacifying Agent to resist and remove terror, Pellet to minimize health damage, and an Ako's Sugar to deal extra attack damage and posture damage. The reason for the Pellet is coming from this specific way may cause the Headless to attack early although it seems to be uncommon. Alternatively, popping the Pellet create a small buffer window where if your deflect wasn't perfect it will recover your last health. Jump into the center of the arena staying close to the direction you came in so you can quickly lock-on the boss and attack. You can get about 4 attacks in before you need to start deflecting. Most of his attacks are slow that you can chain deflect into attack and repeat until his posture is broken. Deathblow him and pop another Pacifying Agent to remove your terror bar. Repeat once more until he is defeated. The headless may teleport in which case he will almost definitely be right behind you so attack the air behind you to get some early hits in. The Headless likes to chain his teleport into a grab so jump away of dash. The mist he creates will slow you down so it helps to be aggressive to negate the mist altogether. Even attack power 4, this boss shouldn't take too long. - 

 

--NO Confetti / NO Pacifying Agent cheese strategy--

 First, to execute the cheese we need to understand a bit about the way the Headless act. Here are somethings to remember:

  • Headless will never start an attack if you are behind them. "Behind" is actually quite generous here as it seems to be the full 180 degree back arc.
  •  If you are behind a Headless and if it has not started an attack it can do only one thing: turn ~180 degrees. The direction he turns depends on if the player is to the right or left of the Headless. The amount rotated is always the same, approximately 180 degrees, only the direction of the rotation changes.
  • Headless will always telegraph their teleport ability. It will start with a normal horizontal swipe. If the player is close enough it will be followed up with the large long lasting 360 degree swiping attack. At the end of this attack the Headless will go invisible and attempt to teleport. It will try to prioritize behind the player; however if the space behind the player is blocked then a seemingly random location near the player (including the front) will be picked. If the player is inaccessible (grappling/on a branch/etc...) then the Headless will cancel the teleport. After a successful teleport the Headless will always try go for his grab attack.
  • Headless will only do his ranged homing attack when the player is at a far range or if there is something blocking the line of the site to the player.

 

All that is needed to execute this cheese understanding 1 and 2. By getting right behind the headless, you can control his movements to perfection with room for error. Whenever the Headless turns he gives a small pause which is enough time for a single attack. Simply attack and then rotate with the Headless. Since you are behind the headless he will never start an attack. To keep this up you will need to hold down the sprint button consistently due to the slowing mist. The only hard part about this is determining to which direction the Headless will turn on his rotate. It will always be towards the player, but it can be a bit hard to determine when you are right behind him. If you are not behind Headless when his rotation ends, he will begin an attack.

The challenge is getting behind the Headless consistently. 3 and 4 help with this. The teleport can be baited by standing just outside the mists range. The telegraph is very apparently once you realize it requires a series of very specific melee swipes to occur. Once Headless teleports he will attempt to do his grab attack, if you are moving forward when he teleport he will always miss and continue to try to grab for several seconds. During these second you can run to the left of Headless (his right) with ease and get behind him and start the cheese.

The teleport is the safest way to begin the cheese strat, but if you can get behind headless during any attack you can start the cheese. Once his attack finishes he will be 100% predictable as long as you are behind him. I found the vertical swipes to be the second easiest. Just make sure you don't get to far to have the headless start range attacks. Maintaining the cheese will take bit of practice to keep it consistent which you may need to do for the harder headless (The one in hidden forest took me about 20 minutes at 4 sets of beads and 2 memory upgrades).


TL;DR: Stay in the 180 degree arc behind Headless and do a single attack, then move, to ensure you are always behind him. This strategy was posted by u/treemakesagame to r/Sekiro on March 24th, 2019. This guide has not been edited other than for formatting, spelling changes and readability for the Sekiro Wiki.

 

Sekiro Underwater Headless Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sekiro Underwater Headless Strategy Write-up

--Mottled Purple Gourd, NO Confetti / Pacifying Agent Underwater Headless Strategy-- 

For this strategy, simply use the Mottled Purple Gourd before the fight starts. No additional consumables (other than perhaps a healing gourd) are required (On the Headless with an extra apparition, kill the apparition first. Do not relent, do not move away from his melee and kill him asap even if it kills you provided you have a Resurrection).

The trick is to never leave melee, ever. Be on the offensive, always. The moment it looks like he's channeling anything or about to do a big swing (be it the Perilous Attack or anything that remotely looks like any kind of channel or cast), dash-swim through it so you end up behind him. While he's channeling his stuff, you can calmly swim back and hit him in the back (or use the time to heal). Mottled Purple Gourd will ensure you cannot die of Terror even if you make a mistake and get hit. Rinse and repeat.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      Him sticking his hand in your ass is not a bug. Zullie the Witch did a good video on it. In mythology the “shirikodama” is the vessel that houses the soul and is said to reside in the anus. The headless is just taking your soul out of your butthole. Which makes him even more filthy.

      • Anonymous

        I am trying to defeat headless with base vitality/posture atk1 belldemon charmless no items by punishing teleport and perfect deflects. Anyone who has pulled this off? My nine healing gourds are not enough for me.

        • Anonymous

          literally jumped out of my seat the first time this guy teleported behind me in the dark and pulled my soul out my anus

          • Anonymous

            I will always hate enemies that require an item you get in limited quantities and that activates only for a short time to beat.

            • Anonymous

              Ungo headless can be cheesed by standing on the edge of the wooden plank that goes into the moat, locking onto the headless from above the water, and spamming the Phantom Kunai.

              • Anonymous

                I feel like malcontent really trivializes these guys, but I don’t care to fight them without it because their slow aura annoys me. That probably makes them my least favorite mini boss.

                • Anonymous

                  In late-game this can actually be a cakewalk. Pop an Ako, Confetti, Pacifying. Purple umbrella + spam r1 (also use ceremonial tanto for extra emblems)

                  • Anonymous

                    Lamest attempt at difficulty ever. From must've ran out of ideas

                    - So what's gonna be the gimmick of this enemy?

                    - Just make everything slow and retarded lol

                    • Anonymous

                      Still can't believe FromSoft give us access to this boss so early in the game. I somehow missed the right part and go straight to this mf and found a shortcut back to idol. My big brain after a few hours in the game and with the ego of a Soul-game veteran thought that was the right part. Of cause got **** up and had to go beating Lady butterfly. Beat her and also got 3 confetti. Went back, beat him with 1hp left then realized he's optional on wiki. **** me.

                      • Anonymous

                        i was playing with randomizer and decided to replace every single enemy in the game with the headless.
                        that was extremely terrifying.

                        • Anonymous

                          Some advice for anyone having trouble with these, mottled purple gourd, divine confetti, yashariku's (sugar/spiritfall), then run in, use Malcontent, then just start swinging, you'll probably either break their posture or health before they even attack, death blow, use Malcontent again, repeat.
                          Used this strategy in the late game with 13 attack power on basically every non-water headless and it turned them into an absolute joke.

                          • Anonymous

                            Stop posting bullshit about "Git Gud", or "go play something else" you scumbag "fans."

                            Some people will never be able to do what you can do, and they aren't "selfish", or "entitled" for wanting to be able to beat a video game they bought in the privacy of their own homes.

                            Who the f-uck is selfish here? The disabled fans who just want to experience the game in a way that is actually fun, or the elitist b@stards who are smugly satisfied with their own accomplishments and lying to themselves and everyone else about not only the game, but life itself?

                            NOT EVERYONE'S BRAINS, AND BODIES ARE MADE THE SAME YOU LYING "GIT GUD" SCUM. Your experience playing Sekiro isn't going to be identical to every other humans on the planet! How ignorant do you have to be to assume that?! Easy modes, or mods to make the game easier if necessary literally doesn't affect you in any way since Sekiro has 0 pvp whatsoever anyway! How DARE you tell disabled gamers who wanna play to
                            **** off, and "play another game" as if nothing could be done?! As if nothing SHOULD be done?! If you want the game to be harder for you then make it harder for yourself. Don't demand the world play the way you do!

                            • Anonymous

                              What poorly designed copy and paste mini bosses. I wish we got to fight the warriors themselves instead of their shitty spirits.

                              • Anonymous

                                For Ungo's Headless (Ashina Castle Moat), I just kept dashing around it to avoid the white strand things it fired until it performed a melee. After that, I dashed in and attacked once, then ran away like a ***** to repeat the process. Got hit a few times, but as long as you keep on dashing youre bound to get in a heal sooner or later, and you can stall indefinitely to lower terror. Took a pretty long time, but it works!

                                • Anonymous

                                  I have always despised these sorts of enemies in From's games that practically require annoying to get consumables like Confetti.
                                  Sure, you can kill them without it, but it's so ****ing annoying. Just a big damage sponge and your mobility is limited as hell.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    this boss is a joke once you learn a deflect doesnt make your terror meter go up, add the terror gourd to the list and woah, much better.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I'd personally recommend just moving in for the real one first in the underwater fight, because then you can attempt it *with* divine confetti, which you'll want to apply before entering the water. Then just swim at the real headless and start frantically swinging your sword. This usually works pretty well for me, although I sometimes needs a few attempts for it to work, because if you accidentally get caught in multiple shots at the same time, you'll probably die.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This is one of the few enemies in the game I genuinely think are atrocious. Terror is an awful mechanic no matter where its used, and here it builds up like crazy and takes half an hour to go down if you don't have pacifying agents or don't wanna waste them. Took me until probably my 10th playthrough before I even TRIED killing one.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I find the underwater headless are pretty hard since you can't heal and can't use items underwater. If you leave the water, the headless health will back to normal and you'll have to start again

                                          • Anonymous

                                            "It is possible to use Divine Confetti prior to going underwater, which makes the fights fairly trivial." - bullshit.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              These guys and the other apparition enemies with the terror balls and terror beam are incredibly simple once you have the purple umbrella shield.
                                              From trying them early in the game to progressing enough to get the umbrella, it's a complete 180 in difficulty.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                what if these were the other 5 seven ashina spears because there were only 2 left right? and they were heroes of ashina which is close in that seven ashina spears were the most loyal and honourable of samurai, veterans that isshin thought to award with a high position of power and a spear, of course they dont have spears so there are bullet holes in this statement

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Hardest bosses in game ranked from one to eight
                                                  1. Demon of Hatred
                                                  2. Headless 1
                                                  3. Headless 2
                                                  4. Headless 3
                                                  5. Headless 4
                                                  6. Headless 5
                                                  7. Isshin Sword Saint
                                                  8. Owl (Father)
                                                  This is my list

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Any boss that forces you to use a limited amount of items to beat it can get ****ed, this is just an exercise in frustration, the only boss I absolutely despise in this game, and there's ****ing five of them -___-

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      While I understand the lore significance of these 5 bosses, holy **** does it diminish the rest of the game.

                                                      It's like Sekiro itself is a perfectly well cooked steak given to you at a well-known restaurant. Then the addition of the 5 headless is akin to your waiter taking a fat ****ing dump on your dinner

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I haven't seen anyone mention this but if you have the lazulite flame barrel and use the prosthetic attack for jt you don't need confetti (at least for the land ones)

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I deleted the game after this 1 lol it’s a game not a job how can u enjoy this bs it’s should be a requirement to play a demo digitally before purchasing because I would of never spent a dime

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            underwater ones are the worst, dont waste you confetti or any items, swim dash in, get a hit, then gtfo. just keep a cool head and itll be down in no time

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              For Yashariku (Fountainhead), if you kill the lesser twin first, it seems like won't respawn unless you rest or fully die (the underwater ones normally recover HP quickly if you move out of their aggro zone).

                                                              Beat Gachiin first to get the stealth buff spiritfall, then use it, Mottled Purple Gourd and Divine Confetti on some land close to the fight (e.g. the roof where one of the carp keeper's daughters was). Buffed like this, you can swim down to the lesser twin and mash attack to kill him without alerting the main one (it seems to have only about half the HP of a 'normal' underwater headless and dies very fast). Then you can return to the surface and rebuff the same way if needed, or use Ako's Spiritfall instead for an attack buff.

                                                              It is possible to kill both in one Divine Confetti but it might depend on luck for what attacks they use so that you can break their posture.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I just wish they didn't limit your attempts and practice by requiring so many consumables... which is a theme in a lot of Sekiro's fights, but at least all non-apparition enemies *can* be beaten with reasonable effort without any consumables

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Wow, have you guys seen their attack where they start flying, and then try to land on top of you? I was shocked, lol.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    This was noted by someone on the youtube video but use Gachiin's sugar/spiritfall and you can get through most of the fountainhead fight without having to deal with the apparition. I only had to dodge one or two attacks from the apparition from a distance and was able to take out the main headless with one confetti

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      These are probably my favourite mini-bosses in the game for a bunch of reasons:

                                                                      A) They actually need preparation. You can't just waltz in without confetti and pacifying agent. So unless you're in for a hell of a lot of pain, use these.
                                                                      B) The slowing effect means you actually have to think when dodging and deflecting. Only the case of the terrestrial ones, but still a cool mechanic.
                                                                      C)Horrifying as all hell. We all saw some disturbing **** in From games, but these... these are special, especially given the lore behind them. Really serves as a reminder of how ****ed up demons and ghosts were in Japanese mythology, even if these are just inspired by them.
                                                                      D) Yashariku is my favorite, since the "illusion" one that's close to it is actually his twin brother that supposedly was never born. Ties great to the whole "halves your hp" mechanic that the sugar and spiritfall has.

                                                                      Now, I honestly don't understand what some people complain about. This is a From game, you cannot expect to R1 spam every single mob and then just brag you won the game. There are multiple tools that affect apparitions, the whistle and the upgraded shield comming to mind first. You have all the tools you need to beat these pretty early (confetti, agent), and you get even more tools to make them trivial later. You can even farm the confetti from the samurai in the castle. Plus, the rewards are actualy relevant, since you can sell the candy and make money while using the spiritfall.

                                                                      TL;DR: Git gud, stop complaining.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Here’s a tip most people don’t know about: The Headless does not have to disappear in order to be able to grab you, if you simply have your back turned to him, he can execute a grab attack. Also, once the red kanji symbol appears, he can grab you from anywhere, even if you are facing him.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Honestly these fights feel very dumb. Legitimately done they're needlessly hard and if you cheese them with sth like the umbrella they're literally pointless. It's a shame they thought they were good enough to be implemented five times in the game

                                                                          • Fountainhead Palace: There is sunken house's rooftop above water just before them (where there is a lady that asks you to open the palace's door for her) so you can buff Divine Confetti and Pacifying Agent before diving in. Then just B swim there and cheese as much as possible of the non ghost one before it runs out. Might even kill him still buffed if you're good enough in avoiding the attacks and projectiles from both.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              use thrust attack on the underwater duo in fountainhead palace. It deals more damage to them and allows you more time to recover and dodge they sword waves.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Wtf I couldn’t kill any (terrestrial ones) in my playthrough. Way too hard! Now learning they’re weak to confetti, I killed all of them in 1 go... wow wish I figured it out sooner... ps my lilac umbrella/projected force combo doesn’t give me confetti effect???

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  If you're struggling with this or shichimen warrior seriously invest in the lilac umbrella and the projected force skill. You don't even need confetti, just spirit emblems and maybe the tanto if you have none of the emblem capacity skills. You could fight multiple headless at once and you'd probably be fine, lilac umbrella also negates the movement slow.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This thing will more fair if they remove build up terror on a successful deflect and only add terror build up on blocking and making their attacks faster will make these little sh.t less annoying to fight against.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Something I just found out today after finally mopping up all these ugly mothers is the two in the water at the Palace share the same life. Kill one the other goes down.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        The Headless fights are so horrifying because they require more resources than the average miniboss (multiple divine confetti and pacifying agent/purple gourd. confetti is especially rare in NG), their attacks are so unpredictable (sometimes slow, which makes deflects hard, and sometimes they're really fast), honestly disturbing perilous attacks (you know), the slowdown effect that makes the whole ordeal feel like a genuine nightmare, their unnatural animations and, well, lack of head, the terror build-up that makes blocking useless... i never fight these dudes beyond NG. They never fail to make me sweat bullets, even if I have 500 divine confetti and no EXP and Sen to lose.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I just fought the headless, on my third try. I defeated him, granted I had lilac phoenix umbrella. Really thats all you need and the tanto. Just get behind the ***** wait and then strike. You do really well, you don’t need divine confetti unless you don’t have the shield hat. Also he does jump in the air to get closer to you, its not an actual attack but it can be one. When he does this however he is easier to hit so that is a really good opening as well. Also if you need to heal or tanto. Just run away and get distance. I fought the one near the buddha and monk that was dying with the giant bonfire.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I just cannot kill this thing. It always just teleports behind me then instantly does the insta-kill grab. There's no warning that it's coming and it can't be guarded, deflected or dodged. It seems the only option is deflect the main attacks until your terror bar is nearly full, back up to heal that status and hope you don't get grabbed or hit again. The video seems to be pure luck, that strategy is getting me killed every time. You can't get away with only two conffetti, you'll need at least three.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              ANyone noticed that they could actually jump? Very slowly, as if they were flying and then they smash the ground. It happens to me just once after NG+6, in the forest. Now I Wonder how to trigger that, to try a mortal blow when he is in the air. Someone tried this?

                                                                                              • Important tip that's only briefly touched on in the strategy, using the pacifying agent/purple gourd before the fight will buff your resistance to terror, rather than letting the first lot of it stack up faster.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  when you have 10 attack and Malcontent you can just use divine confetti, then Ako and stun lock them, pretty easy

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    If you're having a hard time or ran out of confetti, just get upgraded umbrella (Phoenix's Lilac) and destroy them. No confetti or pacifying agent required. Will need Projected force skill to attack after deflecting.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I decided to take on all the headless right after I got to the palace. The underwater headless are a cake walk if you just swim around quickly and get the occasional jab in. The others I used confetti and akos sugar to beef up my damage and drang a purple gourd to half terror then I charge in get as many hits in before I need to deflect. Perfect deflection is crucial but it's okay to take 2 hits and get out then top off health and purple gourd then get in and start deflecting with 1 hit in between. Their posture builds quickly this way untill I get one deathblow. Then I switch to using the umbrella after dropping his health to about 75 percent and focus of deflecting with it. Shortly after another deathblow and sqiritfall in my inventory

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        This is no boss. This is yet another one of Myazakis terrible ideas after he wasted himself with vodka from his Dark Souls Money. > Make a game that builds upon posture and dodging in ALL fights > Remove both features and call it a hard boss fight. Did the ''Lets put 300 enemies inside a poisenous swamp and add 300 holes to die in'' aka the DS2 team work on this boss?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I think it was adopted from the Chinese headless warrior named pan gu, who died in a war, lost his head, but his eyes are on his belly now... Which is more disturbing

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I dunno about everyone else, but I've come to appreciate the Headless lately. One guy below says that they are counter-intuitive to how the game plays with deflection and movement (i.e kiting an enemy) being the bread and butter, but they are actually one of the best designed, if not the best, mini-bosses in the game. Headless are basically the hard skill check of the game, with the 1st soft check being Genichiro for many. Genichiro is a challenge for people both new to the game and those looking to unlearn their turtle mentality from Souls. Headless does that while also adding 4 layers of pressure; 1st, your movement is taken down a notch; 2nd, every deflect that isn't perfect lands Terror and chip damage; and 3rd, you need at least 2 Divine Confetti to beat him, assuming you can get perfect deflects. On top of all these is the 4th layer; eerie sound design and haunting fight animations, which sets the ambience for what it's like to fight an actual yokai, which put him a league above O-Rin and the Shichimen Warriors. What I appreciate greatly here is that the devs basically designed this guy as a half-troll, half-deserved speedbump to players who run around like naked madmen from Souls speedruns and use hit-and-run tactics cancerously. People who don't like this fight also probably didn't realize you can still jog if hold down the dodge button. And even though he is uber slow and his attacks are well-telegraphed like Gyoubu's, you get punished for not deflecting perfectly or panicking. So fighting Headless is, in a way, fighting without Kuro's Charm with extra steps. Some advice for people to help make this fight easier. Once you get the Pheonix Lilac Umbrella and learn Projected Force, it becomes possible to kite Headless, turtle his terror, and wittle his vitality down without Divine Confetti or Pacifying Agent/Purple Gourd. If you combine this strat with Divine Confetti and Ako, you'll melt through him like cheese. Noteworthy combat arts for this fight are Night Jar Slash and Reversal, since they allow you to gain or close the distance calmly (unlike mashing jump which makes you panic), and Ashina Cross, which closes the distance and, at the cost of 2 SP, deals a truckload of damage when combined with Ako and Divine Confetti, up to 1/6th his health. Aside from all that, you just need to keep your distance when he teleports so he won't try to grab you when he reappears. This will force Headless into an idle state that lasts long enough to get 3-6 free hits before he starts attacking again. From there, it's just a matter of learning his timing to break his posture.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I think the reason the Yashariku headless spawns with an illusionary double is because he had a stillborn twin

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                can't dodge, can't block, no time for items, no way to stun, can't stealth, can't counter, can't win. I beat Genichiro on my first try so it's not like I'm playing the game wrong. I turn and hit it when it teleports, so i don't get hit with the ass rip, but that doesn't matter because I just can't outlast this thing. If i try to heal or remove terrror i get hit by it's long, relentless attack which never stop and it's invincible power makes me too slow to gain any distance. I'm beginning to think that most people that say they beat it have not actually beat this thing, they just skip it and say they won.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I really dislike the Headless. And it's not because they're difficult. I dislike them because they run counter to what Sekiro's combat seems to be about: movement and deflection. When deflection isn't viable, you win with movement. When movement isn't viable, you win with deflection. But neither are viable against the Headless. They limit your movement and deal a ridiculous amount of Terror damage through deflections. They just seem like the wrong kind of enemy for this kind of game.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    If you're one of the land ones, using the Phoenix Lilac Umbrella with Projected Force makes it trivial. You get your full jog speed while its deployed, making it much easier to avoid the bulk of its attacks, and any that do land will not deal any terror damage. When it disappears, make sure the umbrella is deployed and you have plenty of space in front and behind you, then just start walking forward and immediately lock on to the headless. The grapple only occurs if your back is turned and he's close (at which point it's nearly impossible to avoid). This pattern will loop pretty easily and you'll make pretty short work of the Headless as long as you don't waste any spirit emblems. You've plenty of margin of error if you have the Ceremonial Tanto before fighting the Headless on land.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      The underwater one is ez af, literally just spam the dodge button, swimming in a very wide circle around him, then dodge into him for 2 or 3 hits following any of it's attacks as it just stands there for a few seconds. The grab only lands if you're physically in the whirlpool, just circling around constantly as mentioned above will prevent any hits. As a side note: everyone knows that the headless actually, literally anally fist you if they land their grab attacks, but have you guys taken the time to look at the underwater grab? The vaccum sucks your ass to it's hand where you see Sekiro struggle, it's much more graphic. Idk if the creepy giggle still happens, but it still puts the thing up it's ass.

                                                                                                                      • Without Kuros charm and with Ako's spiritfall was able to kill them VERY easy with only 11 attack power. If you're having trouble deflecting attacks jumping backwards works extremely well.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          If the Headless can extract Sekiro's very soul from him, then it means that along with ennemies wielding Mortal Blades, they are the only ones who kill him for good if you game over to them.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Helpful info (i had the bell demon on for all this): you can farm divine confettis VERY EASILY from the blue robed samurai in ashina castle. VERY EASILY. Like, enough that you can feel free and use divine confetti when you're having issues with anything in the game without fear of running out and all the samurai can be sneak killed. Pacifying agent is a guaranteed drop from the common enemies in the abandoned dungeon, you have to kill them twice before they drop the loot, or at least common enough that it feels guaranteed. Ako's sugar has a relatively common drop rate from the monks in senpou temple.

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