Isshin, The Sword Saint

sword saint
Location Ashina Reservoir
Weakness

Shinobi Firecracker
Loaded Umbrella (First & Second Phase)

Mist Raven (Final Phase)

Burn

Sakura Dance (Final Phase)

Reward

Memory: Saint Isshin
Dragon Flash
20,000 Exp (NG)

25,000 Exp (NG+)

 

   

Isshin, The Sword Saint (剣聖、葦名一心; Kensei Ashina Isshin; Sword Saint, Isshin Ashina) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Isshin, The Sword Saint Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Isshin easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Bosses like The Sword Saint are special, dangerous Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Immortality Severed" or "Shinobi Execution". You will need to perform multiple Deathblows on them in order to defeat them, and filling their Posture Gauge is the fastest way to accomplish this. However, decreasing their health will make it so their Posture Gauge depletes more slowly, assisting you in accomplishing this feat.

See Isshin Ashina for the NPC version. This page contains endgame spoilers.

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Location

Where to find Isshin, The Sword Saint in Sekiro?

  • Endgame Ashina Reservoir: Found down the tunnel at the Near the Secret Passage Sculptor's Idol.
  • You have to fight Genichiro, Way of Tomoe first. If killed by either Genichiro or Isshin you have to fight Genichiro again.
  • This boss is not optional if you choose to serve Kuro when talking to Owl. See Endings for details
  • See Isshin Ashina for the NPC version and Isshin Ashina (Boss) for another ending fight.

 

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Rewards

What do you get from defeating Isshin, The Sword Saint in Sekiro?

 

 

 

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Boss Guide Strategies

Isshin, The Sword Saint Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Strategy Writeup

Phase 1: He will start as Genichiro, Way of Tomoe. The fight will be pretty standard as the 3rd phase near Kuro’s room on the rooftops. Aside from the big, black Mortal blade swings he starts with. You can dodge behind him during the first swing and get easy hits in, staggering his second set of swings. He will lunge, and with enough distance, Mikiri counter makes this fight simple. He only has one Vitality bar, and once you deathblow him, a cutscene will play as Isshin steps out of him.


Isshin Phase 1: He will start a decent distance away from you. His main attacks will be a rather quick. One of his main ones being a double slash with considerable distance. He will sheath his sword and it will flash white, then he will dash and double slash. Deflecting both attacks is an option however, you can run backwards and sprint to the side. Once he slashes he is open for a quick two hits. His main slashes are a three to four hit combo, delaying between each hit. A thrust for an easy Mikiri counter, which will be telegraphed as he will end up in the thrust position before committing. Along with these attacks, he will do a long range wind attack, which can be dodge by running sideways as you can get a couple free hits on him this way as well. And a close range, full screen sweep, giving you just enough time to sprint backwards before it goes off. Once you get the deathblow in phase 1, he may continue to attack for a second before stomping the ground to begin phase 2.


Isshin Phase 2: Phase 2 is a massive difficulty increase from phase 1.Once he stomps the ground, he will do knockback damage, but not Vitality damage. Pulling a spear and swiping it in a tight circle around himself. If timed correctly, you maybe be able to get a hit or two in before he begins his assault. Along with the spear, he will have a short sword with him, along with a rapid fire gun. During this phase, he will keep the wind sweep attack, using it randomly throughout the fight. He will be consistently more aggressive, moving towards you if you make too large of a gap, firing the pistol if the gap gets too large. Making a large gap, you may be able to bait him into using a thrust that can easily be Mikiri countered. He will do large, heavy hitting overheads, usually one after another that can be deflected at the cost of heavy posture damage. Dodging sideways as he descends from the overhead, you can easily dodge the hit and get a few hits in yourself. After Isshin deflects one of your blows, sometimes he will jump backwards and make a sweep at you with his spear. Right as he does this, dodging into the attack (towards him) will allow you to get several hits on him as well. Be careful doing this, as he may do another overhead directly after. Dodging can keep distance, as much as he may spam the gun, is the easiest way to bait him into thrusting, easy overhead dodges, and breaking his posture overall. NOTE: Using the Loaded Umbrella will save you from taking ANY vitality or posture damage if you are struggling to dodge/deflect some of the perilous attacks (unless he is using lightning, which doesn't come until phase 3) AND Isshin will take considerable posture damage if you are using the umbrella to deflect!! You can use the umbrella to help cheese your way through if other means are not working for you. Deathblow on this phase will move him into phase 3.


Isshin Phase 3: Almost the same as phase 2, except he has three new attacks. One being a large swing, in which he covers his spear in lightening and swings it at you. You will want to get close when he does this and jump, as to deflect it directly back at him for big Vitality and posture damage, along with a flurry of free hits. His second attack will be similar to his phase 1 long range wind attack, the main difference is instead of it being vertical, it will be more of a distance slash attack. Third new attack will be adding lightning damage to his large overhead attacks. You can deflect the lightning, although the timing can be difficult. Strategy will be the same as his phase 2 fight. Bait out the Mikiri counter along with his lightning attack, and this phase should go smoother than phase 2. Upon giving him the final deathblow, do not miss the Mortal Blade deathblow, or you will have to go at his third phase again.

If you defeat the boss you will see the writing "IMMORTALITY SEVERED" upon the screen.

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Attacks & Counters

Attack Indicator Counter
Phase 1
Charged Attack, Vertical Force Wave Isshin puts his sword back into the sheath and readies a stance. A glint will show on the hilt. After a delay he will strike downward with his sword, launching a wave of force infront of him. After another short delay a second wave of force will be launched forward following the same path. Deflect, then dodge second force wave.  Waves can be deflected fully but will leak damage if blocked. It can be interrupted by a full charged strike of praying strikes exorcism.
Ashina Cross Isshin puts his sword into its sheath and after a short delay steps forward towards the player and makes two very quick slashes with his sword. Press deflect twice without pause as soon as you see a flash of light at his hand. If trying to avoid this attack entirely, be sure to run as far as possible.
Ashina Cross Cancel If the player is very close to Isshin when he is readying "Ashina Cross" he will cancel the attack by quickly smacking the player with his sword, then following up with a perilous sweeping attack. He will also do this after the player repeatedly deflects his attacks.  Deflect the initial hit then jump and stomp. Block or attack when coming down as he will counterattack immediately unless forced to defend.
Ichimonji Double Isshin will raise his blade in a ready stance and perform an Ichimonni double. If the player deflects the first hit Isshin will stagger, then immediately transition into "Charged Attack, Vertical Force Wave". Since "Charged Attack,  Vertical Force Wave" is far more difficult to deal with, it is best to simply dodge or block this attack. The attack can be sidestepped, by doging to one side of Isshin.
Distance Slash If the player is far away from Isshin and/or uses an item Isshin quickly dash at the player and slash them. Make sure that you are far enough away that you have time to react or that it simply cannot reach you.
Phase 2
Charged Attack, Horizontal Force Wave Isshin will sheath his sword and charge an attack. After a short delay he will quickly swing his sword in a spinning motion causing a large force wave in a circle around him. Wait for a moment, then deflect as soon as Isshin begins to move his arm. Alternatively, you can instead sprint and then jump toward him, then jump again on his head. This will allow you to get 2-4 free hits on him as you descend from the jump and after landing, and his slash will not hit you since you're in the air. Alternatively if you are close, it can be interrupted by a full charged praying strikes exorcism.
Charge Attack, Double Projected Force. Isshin will sheath his sword and charge an attack, After a short delay he will make two slashes in the player direction launching discs of force with each slash. The discs will deal damage through your block in not deflected properly. The attack is easy to dodge and it is recommended you do so as deflecting the discs will not affect Isshin's posture.
Leaping Slam When far away from Isshin and/or using an item Isshin will leap into the air and slam down with his spear. He will then follow up this attack with either a sword strike or he will pull out his gun and shoot at you. Deflect the slam then counter attack. Regardless of what he does after the slam he will either get hit or block your attack.
Retreating Sweep Isshin will leap backwards into the air and sweep in front of him with his spear. He usually does this after blocking/deflecting several of the player's attacks. This attack comes out very quickly and is difficult to deflect. Deflect, or quickly dodge forward for a free hit.
Glock O'Clock

When at distance Isshin will pull out a Glock 19(really a matchlock pistol) and shoot at the player several times, he will often then follow up with a large thrust from his spear.

If simply blocked, the bullets can damage your posture very heavily. It is recommended that you learn how to deflect them (it should be noted that the last bullet is slightly delayed so caution should be made not to get your posture broken). Mikiri counter the following thrust, or jump attack if it's a sweep.
 Phase 3

All attacks from phase 2

Same description

Same counter

Lightning Slash

He will jump into the air and lightning will converge on him. He will then launch the lighting at the player with a sword swing.

Jump into the air and use lighting reversal, mist raven, or Sakura Dance to redirect the attack at Isshin, this will stun him.

 

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Lore

  • The reason why this younger version of Isshin appears is due to Genichiro using the Black Mortal Blade on himself, as a sacrifice, to bring his grandfather back from the underworld. As described by the Black Scroll key item, the Black Mortal Blade: "is said to hold the power to open a gate to the underworld. It is through this power that it creates life."

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Notes & Trivia

  • Voice Actor: Andre Sogliuzzo (English), Tetsuo Kanao (Japanese)
  • The Japanese honorary title of Kensei (剣聖) is only given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship. The literal translation of kensei is "sword saint", which implies a higher degree of perfection and moral dimension than the more commonly used "sword master" (剣豪, kengo). The title is not to be confused with the term "swordsman" (剣士, kenshi).

 

 

Isshin, The Sword Saint Image Gallery

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Bosses
Corrupted Monk  ♦  Demon of Hatred  ♦  Divine Dragon  ♦  Emma, the Gentle Blade  ♦  Folding Screen Monkeys  ♦  Genichiro Ashina  ♦  Genichiro, Way of Tomoe  ♦  Great Colored Carp  ♦  Great Serpent  ♦  Great Shinobi Owl  ♦  Guardian Ape  ♦  Gyoubu Oniwa  ♦  Headless Ape  ♦  Inner Father  ♦  Inner Genichiro  ♦  Inner Isshin  ♦  Isshin Ashina (Boss)  ♦  Lady Butterfly  ♦  Owl (Father)

 




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    • Anonymous

      Chad isshin: dosent run away, Fights like a man, compliments you when you kill him, taught emma how to fight, looks like a cool samurai, has a ****ing glock 19 and a cool spear, funny dialogue when you die by him.

      Virgin elden beast: runs away across the map, spams magic, fights like a coward, looks like a stupid fish, no cool phase 2 dialogue. No guns no cool lightning attacks, simps for marika and radagon.

      • Anonymous

        4th try against this boss and i made it to the last phase with only 10% posture remaining. Then couldn't get to the last phase for the next 10 tries. What this means? Its a **** boss determined by luck

        • Anonymous

          Tough boss, but not nearly as tough as people seem to think he is. Incredibly easy when you figure out how to parry.

          • Anonymous

            Damn this chad was the biggest gaming challenge i ever had, i died to his phase 2 so many times i learned to beat genichiro and the 1st phase without taking damage almost every time. Its crazy how much this boss is forcing u to git gut, other bosses compared to him now feels like common soldiers from beginning of the game.

            • Anonymous

              I like to imagine for lore reasons, instead of a glock, isshin has like 50 already loaded flintlock pistols and just cycles through them very fast.

              • Anonymous

                This guy...
                Kicked my ass for many many many attempts...
                I'm a pretty chill and calm dude but this guy had me cursing and half shouting at my tv! X'D
                After a long time of trying I had to refill my resurrection bars and went to the Fountainhead Palace to kill a bunch of Okami warriors.
                Jumped into the bigger groups and fought as many at once as I could for a solid 20 - 30 minutes.
                It will warm you up and you'll get into the zone when it comes to focus.
                After I started easily dominating the larger groups without too much trouble/healing and my resurrection bars were full I went back to the final boss and somehow I completely dominated him without needing a single resurrection...
                I guess my tip for those that are struggling here: Go fight groups of Okami warriors and get your focus going, than go back to the final boss and try him again.
                I think you'll find him a lot easier this time around ;)
                Good luck and kick ass!

                • Anonymous

                  Petition to change this article into "welp ur ****ed kid, idk memorize some patterns, throw some bombs or some **** but keep trying"

                  • Anonymous

                    This guy kicked my butt for a good 90 minutes until I finally got him. Thank goodness he uses lightning in his third phase... I don't think I could've handled another phase like the second.

                    • Anonymous

                      Finally beat him after countless tries. I was moaning and complaining the entire time about how it was way too hard, but it's doable if you can just grit your teeth and keep going. Try it out for 20 minutes, come back the next day, try again for 20 minutes, then the next day, etc. You don't need items except healing and the metal shield umbrella.

                      For people having difficulty:
                      Phase 1 (Genichiro): Constantly attack, parry only when you need to. Don't let up at all, you'll beat him fairly quickly if you're hyper aggressive.
                      Phase 2 (Isshin): He seems insanely fast with his attacks, but it's all timing. This phase is the hardest to break through imo and feels impossible, you just have to die a lot and memorize his animations and it'll eventually click when to parry his attacks. Attack sparingly. For the attacks that seem impossible to dodge (the ones with the white trails), use metal umbrella.
                      Phase 3: Don't attack much. Just parry the whole time and bide your time. You should use parrying to beat this phase imo and only attack/be aggressive in order to keep his posture from depleting. Use metal umbrella again when he does the attacks with the white trails that are hard to dodge.
                      Phase 4: Same as phase 3 but for lightning reversal - when you see it coming, hold L1 to block, then jump while still holding L1 and spam R1 to deflect. It takes time to feel comfortable doing it but after a while it's not so bad.

                      In the end even after beating him I still think the boss is too hard, it's exponentially more difficult than anything else in the game imo. It's one thing if they gradually ramped up the difficulty, but this boss is just crazy compared to everything else to me. It wasn't fun to learn to me the way guardian ape was fun to learn, but I guess that's just preference.

                      • Anonymous

                        you suck at this game if you can't beat him before even entering the arena first try using a dance dance revolution pad with your eyes stapled shut and being permanently deafened using braille to predict his attacks.

                        • Anonymous

                          Just beat him and I have some tips for anyone who was stuck like me.

                          For Edgy teen and Isshin's first phase, you must stay close to them and attack.
                          Edgy teen will have 3 types of counterattacks when he deflects you :

                          - jump : parry the jump. If there is no perilous attack, parry the next one as well. If you see a perilous attack, look at his position. If you can see his head turning, that means it is a sweep and you need to jump and kick. Otherwise, he will thrust and you need to mikiri.
                          - sword combo : deflect them all it is the same combo as before. If you deflect it all, he will automatically thrust afterwards. Free mikiri.
                          - simple sword : deflect it

                          Sometime he will also put out his bow. If you can hit him first, that's okay. Otherwise deflect the arrows and he will thrust.

                          To counter his mortal blade attacks, go behind him and unleash an ishimonji, it will cancel it.

                          Isshin first phase

                          Same thing. Attack isshin and watch it when he deflects you.
                          - seething his sword : prepare to deflect and then immediately jump as he will do a sweep attack. Punish him with a kick
                          - ishimonji : deflect it then run to the left around isshin and dodge. Punish him with a few hits in the back
                          - small thrust : isshin will attack you with a deflectable thrust and then unleash a perilous attack which is also a thrust and therefore free mikiri
                          - simple sword counter : he will attack 3 times. Deflect them all and then attack.

                          2nd and 3rd phase
                          Stay globally at mid-ranfe from him and equip the fire umbrella if you have it. If he jumps at you, deflect with the umbrella and unleash a follow-up attack. This will make his posture go way up.
                          If you need to heal, run away and wait for him to unleash a combo on his own to heal safely.
                          If he swings his halberd around, stay at mid range and wait for the perilous attack to mikiri.
                          Try to deflect all other combos and don't forget to guard as much as you can to avoid posture break
                          2nd phase will be definitely longer than the third because the third gives you lightning attacks which will destroy his health and posture. So do the same tricks and just counter the lightning properly and you should get phase 3 easily. Good luck :)

                          • Anonymous

                            I love it when I try to mikiri counter but instead of countering my guy just dashes straight into his sword. I still can't tell if it's a glitch or not

                            • Anonymous

                              So, after dying, Isshin kicks back in the underworld and watches Raiders of the Lost Ark, and realizes there are better ways of fighting swordsmen.

                              • Anonymous

                                I really wanted to like this fight but in the end I am really sorry to say that I didn't. It speaks volumes that most guides to this boss basically consist of "in the 2nd and 3rd phase just bait the leaping slam attack, hit him once, repeat"

                                • Anonymous

                                  Finally beat this boss, I truly had a blast at being the best at running in circles and hitting like a wet noodle, time to uninstall, good luck all !

                                  • Anonymous

                                    New Inner Isshin Moves:
                                    1st Phase
                                    Mortal Draw Wave: Use Pheonix Lilac Umbrella to completely block, no exceptions, THIS WILL OHKO! The first move he performs, charges attack and has three strikes. First two seems to have the same timing as his Ashina Cross. If hit, will be knocked back and hit by the third strike/second wave. May have replaced vertical force wave/dragon slash.
                                    2nd Phase
                                    Can now cancel 5-hit spear combo to bum-shot you.
                                    New Perilous BS: He raises his sword and you will get a perilous warning. While it's possible to jump this, the timing is far to tight and can leave you vulnerable to his follow-up. Use Mist Raven to dodge left or right. This allows you to dodge the vertical slash or mikiri a spear thrust. After raising his sword, he charges forward with two strikes and an uppercut into the air, followed by the slash or the thrust. This can also OHKO. Will use it in 3rd phase so try to trigger more lightning strikes. If you don't have his rhythms down, you will run out of spirit crests!

                                    For a proper challenge; face Inner Genichiro before Inner Isshin to make up for the clown Genichro fight.

                                    • Ok, seriously, what is the lore reason for Isshin to be packing a Glock??? It bugs me every time I fight him. I keep trying to find a still where you can see the gun fully but haven't had any luck so far. I just wanna see how the devs animated this thing

                                      • Anonymous

                                        parry the overhead spear attack, attack twice and run
                                        bait his thrust and mikuru it, attack once and run

                                        genichiro is a joke and first phase is easy, these are for the 2nd and 3rd phases

                                        • I fully thought they'd pull the good old "easy final boss" trick again with Genichiro. Nice way to end like it started and all.. So I didn't take this fight seriously at all.

                                          I was quickly shown why this was a mistake

                                          • Anonymous

                                            i dont get the majority of things in this comment section, anyone who says they didnt have that hard of a time gets dislike bombed and if u say genichiro bad u get free likes, i had a stupid amount of trouble on isshin mind you (he took me like 3 months of on and off play lmao-) however starting with genichiro each time feels like a good way to get you warmed up for the fight. after too long of trying at isshin i would end up frying my brain and dying to geni, once that happened i knew it was time to stop. he's a good way to judge if you're doing better or worse, atleast he was for me.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              You should be able to absolutely annihilate Genichiro by now, although if you're having trouble with his Mortal Blade attacks just run behind him. You'll never be hit.

                                              That or turn into a turtle...

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I finished sekiro for the first time now. I was hating the fact that I had to fight Genichiro every time I died to the old man, but I ended up enjoying it, give you a moment to breathe and think as you beat this miserable sexy man.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  It took me 18 tries to beat Isshin and I just want to thank the Mist-Noble for forcing me to git-gud and learn how to play the game.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This fight is made way more frustrating than it could have been by Genichiro. Having to skip two cutscenes and kill Genichiro while making no mistakes (otherwise you start the rest of the fight at a disadvantage) gets very old very quickly.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      High Monk is recommended against him. On P1, you can do the whole combo after a sweep or the wide 360 slash, even the slow kick. On P2, stop after the 2 sword attacks and isshin's response to your offense shrinks down to only 1 attack, that if deflected can follow up with the one that he charges for a little bit then runs to your left. From there, you have time to pop a sugar or heal. From far away, he can either jump attack, which can be deflected, do a sword-spear-thrust combo, and in P3 he can do the dragonflashes

                                                      If the response attack is not deflected, it's followed up with a spear attack

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Things I hate about this fight:

                                                        - Genichiro
                                                        - Idol too far from the boss arena
                                                        - Loading screen too long if you die
                                                        - Cutscene EVERY TIME
                                                        - Genichiro

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Remember he's your enemy now. "Hesitation is defeat" is how you die by recklessly running into everything.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Healing tips: In phase 1, you can heal any time you want by backing off - Isshin is happy to keep strolling. In phase 2 and 3, he will follow you relentlessly and occasionally shoot at you, but it's still possible to heal safely. 1 - always run at an angle so that his bullets miss, and 2 - block his attacks with terrain. If he's following close, drag him through one of the rocks. He'll usually attack the rock in frustration, letting you add distance and/or heal. If he's far away, you can even hide on the other side of the hill in the middle of the arena. Once you learn how to shake him, you can apply healing/sugars/confetti whenever you want without issue. Just don't run off a cliff.

                                                            Hunting for help on the internet, I found two decent tips if you plan to fight him up close. 1 - Hit twice, parry thrice. Aggressively attacking him establishes the rhythm, and you can almost always attack twice safely (with the exception of when he jumps away, swinging his spear in an arc, during phase 2/3). He usually counters in sets of three, often using a delayed third attack that is nasty if you're not waiting for it. After parrying thrice, you can usually resume attacking. 2 - If he charges up his windy bits, pull out the loaded umbrella and follow with projected force. He does this infrequently enough that you can use the umbrella every time without running out of emblems, and it is a very safe response.

                                                            Lastly, one tip of my own: if you are fighting him up close, but have to run away to heal, it can be hard to find an opening to get back in there. The best one I've seen is to bait his jump attack and try to dodge under it. You can then hit him in the back and resume pressuring him. If you miss the dodge, though, he follows up the jump attack with a sweep that has decent range... so I usually keep running and try again later. A better ninja could probably parry it or jump attack, but dashing sweeps are tough (for me).

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Strangely enough, this guy isn't even FromSoft's first "old guy final boss who flies all over the place screeching and shooting a bad-ass gun at you" in their library. In fact, he's the third

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Isshin in phase 1, like a lot of guys with swords in this game, can have his attacks severely limited if you stick to a pattern of attacking until he blocks. In his case, after blocking your attack he almost always retaliates with an easily parryable swing. Attack right after parrying, until he blocks again and the cycle can continue until his posture is gone.

                                                                If he does retaliate, right away, pause for a brief moment, and then try attacking again, but the key is to stay on him, never letting him gain the distance he needs to launch a more deadly attack.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I like how even though Isshin warns him against giving in to emotion, the start of this fight where he practically growls at Genichiro is the most emotional we see Sekiro throughout the whole game—fear, sorrow, and anger for Kuro all at once.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Phase 1: aggressive play
                                                                    Phase 2: hit once and parry all to keep the posture building
                                                                    Phase 3: sakura/mist raven for lightning reversal
                                                                    This is is my no damage strat with bell demon and no Kuro's charm. Also interrupt the mortal draw with fire crackers. Donnot use ichimonji double in phase 2 & 3 as he will jump away.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      If it wasn't for having to fight Genichiro every reset, this guy would be a near perfect fight in my eyes. The setting, progressive difficulty spikes, and the music really do the final boss justice.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This absolute chad of a legend was surprisingly not as terrifying as I had imagined. Fighting through Genichiro and that quick draw swordsman from the castle really felt like they prepared me for this one. Still by far one of the best bosses I've faced and if I wasn't so stunned by the atmosphere and music, I think I might've been able to beat him on my first try.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I adore this boss. I love how it fits the image of the samurai ending their battles swiftly and aggressively. If you stay in his face with constant attacks while parrying all his attacks, his posture bar fills up quickly, vanishing quickly if you don't keep up the pressure. And if you fail with the parries, you will die quickly. While most of the boss battles encourage constant in-your-face engagement, this one especially demands it. I hit his health bar maybe a total of five times.

                                                                          I just don't like Genichiro the God damn speed bump for when I die. It like I die I go "I can't wait to face Isshin", then Genichiro shows up and I'm like "Oh yeah, you again. Alright, get out of my way."

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This doesn't seem to be mentioned, but phase 2/3 is made much easier if you're always in his face. To keep up with him whenever he backs off, just throw your best shuriken then chasing slice. It's almost guaranteed he won't block, either, making his posture fill up in no time. Add lightning reversal and you'll have made the fight almost something resembling easy

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              This boss fight just screams "We can't stop remaking Bloodborne" Oh boy, the somewhat friendly, ex murdering old man is the hyper active, long/short ranged weapon, gun wielding final boss. Having to go through feudal Japan's most disappoining grandson, just to fight Gehrman, Orochimaru, and DMC Dante's love child is a bit excessive.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Its all fun until he unleashes the hiten mitsurugi on you and constantly reminding you “ hesitation is defeat”

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  If it took you more than 2 tries to beat this boss you completely suck, the game is training you for this fight the whole time lol

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I found the shuriken to be the most useful prosthetic for this boss. Its perfect for interrupting and closing ground with the following slash. It makes it easy to stay in his face throughout all phases of the fight.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Genichiro ruins this fight so hard in my opinion. Like genichiro is clearly not meant to be a tough opponent he only exists to make the player think, “ah yes the first boss of the game is also the final boss.” So why do they make it so that I have to fight genichiro every time? Please why couldn’t they have just removed him after the first fight before he summons isshin? Genichiro makes the run back way more tedious then it should be and therefore makes the fight more tedious then it could have been. I don’t mean to sound babyragey. I’m in my fourth play through. Just expressing my opinions :)

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Ichimonji can be used to interrupt almost all charged wind attacks and genichiro's mortal draw, it also lowers your posture meter a lot.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I feel weird after defeating him. Was expecting more of a challenge as the internet describes. Interestingly he end up being one of my easiest bosses in the game. Took me just 4 attempts. Maybe the players who played it right the game really prepared them throughout the game for this boss.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I just beat Ishiin and found a fool proof way to defeat his phase 2 and phase 3. Place some distance between you and him. When he rushes in, you simply walk forward, he will do an overhead strike in the air with his spear. When he is mid air, simply dodge forward. This will put you behind him or two his side and his vdownward slash would miss and hit the ground. Follow up with a single mortal blade attack and leave. Repeat this for all of phase 2 and 3. Just note that there may be times where he shoots his gun when he rushes in. You will hear a clicking sound, simply run left to avoid all bullets and run away to reset the distance.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              You can get through most of the game without using mikiri counter, but you cannot get through this fight without it. If you're having trouble like I did, git gud at mikiri counter and this fight will be very doable.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I struggled with him with no significant progress, barely understanding his movesets. Then I decided to mute the music and I listened to the sound effects only. Tried to feel the rhythm of the deflects, memorize every sound he makes before the big windups to hear the differences between his special attacks. It helped a lot, I reached his last phase with barely any hit taken. He kicked my ass, but from this point it was only a matter of practice to defeat him. Now he's my new favourite From Software boss.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  To those who might be having trouble with his second phase, the Glock/Halberd Saint phase, Use Lazulite Sabimaru on him. Its surprisingly effective against him.

                                                                                                  He is somewhat weak to poison. Sabimaru seriously hurts his vitality.

                                                                                                  The Rapid Attacks of the Sabimaru is the ONLY Prosthetic tool that can instantly stunlock him. And those attacks go through his guard.

                                                                                                  Use the LAZULITE Version of the Sabimaru. You'll have to unleash two full combos of the Lazulite Sabimaru to bring his health down to half.

                                                                                                  Then just use your deflects to break his posture. If you cannot time your deflects, just keep using Sabimaru combos on the openings you can get to destroy his vitality with Poison.

                                                                                                  Use the Ceremonial Tanto if you run of of Spirit Emblems.

                                                                                                  In the final phase, use lightening reversal to destroy his Vitality.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I died in third phase because the *****ing camera, it just randomly decided to stop locking on and he killed me.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      One of the best bosses I've ever fought in any fromsoft game but honestly Owl Father gave me much trouble than him. He's my second best humanoid boss fight. To those complaining, didn't play as the game designers intended and didn't dance with his swordplay, maybe just maybe, STOP BEING A LITTLE B*TCH, MAN UP, AND LEARN TO DEFLECT

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Devil bro also does a shotgun type blast from his gun when at close range, followed up by a sweeping perilous attack. I know this and yet still can not avoid it.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Im still struggling with phase 1, i love soulsborne but i hate the amount of different reactions to attacks you gotta do, block, deflect, dodge mimikri counter, jump, its so tiresome. I like a challenge but i just don't know if I have what this takes

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            i just did fight this guy for the first time I took him down on my first try without knowing any of he's attacks patterns!
                                                                                                            I FEEL LIKE IM ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I kinda hate how they have given him the glock attack, most of the fights are anime-like fantasy stuff but keep some sort of cohesion. And here we have a guy in sengoku period pull a literal semi automatic gun, at least they could have bothered to have him shoot with two hands just picking new matchlock pistols from his sleeve or under his clothes.
                                                                                                              But overall, the fight is really awesome, the finisher is quite cool but it would be better if we would see him actually beheaded or just had a camera move so that we wouldn't see the beheading take place if that would be too difficult to animate.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Love this bossfight, my only issue with it is the tediousness of getting there:
                                                                                                                Run down hallway
                                                                                                                Load cutscene
                                                                                                                Skip cutscene
                                                                                                                Kill Genichiro as warmup
                                                                                                                Load cutscene
                                                                                                                Skip cutscene
                                                                                                                Beat first phase fairly easily
                                                                                                                Die in 2 hits in second phase within a couple seconds
                                                                                                                Start over

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I hate to say it but over 100 hours on my first run through unlocked everyskill I can but I just cant beat this guy, never played a game that has defeated me let alone this many times

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    There is one huge problem with this fight: it's way too easy to cheese. Just run around and wait for some attack windows and get a hit or two in. Yes, it's going to take a while, but for the easily frustrated and those who just want to beat the game - it works.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I know I'm gonna get hate for this but I just killed him first time. Yeah I watched the whole video strategy but I am in honest disbelief. Bare in mind it took me the whole of an evening to kill Demon of Hatred

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Putting the boss in a field of waist-high grass with various hills is a very artistic choice. It's also inexcusable ineptitude on the part of the game designers, given their various *****ups with the camera. Being hit by an attack that was obscured from view is artifical difficulty. Bad boss. Almost as inexcusably awful as the demon of hatred, or the guardian ape's first stage. Someone needs to find out who made the choice and punch them repeatedly.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          im today years old when i learnt that with a mortal blade you can bring someone from the dead. i didnt even tried to understand the story before

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