Juzou the Drunkard(うわばみの重蔵, Juzou the Drunkard or Juzou the Python for a more literal translation) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Mini-Bosses 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.
He can be fought with the aid of the nearby NPC Nogami Gensai, who is likely to die during the fight. No reward is given for keeping him alive, however. If you talk to the samurai NPC before starting the fight and snuck trough the building on the left, you can backstab Juzou while Nogami is doing his speech
Juzou the Drunkard Location
- Hirata Estate: Found in the area immediately following the Hirata Estate - Main Hall Sculptor's Idol.
- He can be found again in the same location when revisiting the Hirata Estate memory while going for the Purification Ending.
Juzou the Drunkard Rewards
- Unrefined Sake (first time only)
- Prayer Bead (first time only)
- 212 Exp / 255 Exp without Kuro's Charm
- Guards the Hirata Audience chamber where there is a hidden shinobi wall leading to another Prayer Bead.
- 2,120 Exp (New Game Plus)
- Heavy Coin Purse (New Game Plus)
- 3816 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+2)
Juzou the Drunkard Rewards (Hirata Revisited)
- Prayer Bead
- 2,295 Exp
Juzou the Drunkard Notes & Tips
- A similar (and optional) mini-boss, Tokujiro the Glutton, can be fought after the Hidden Forest Idol in Ashina Depths.
- A similar (and optional) mini-boss, Shigekichi of the Red Guard, can be fought in the Ashina Outskirts near the end of the game in the area just past where the player fought the Chained Ogre at the start of the game. Shigekichi uses fire rather than poison-based attacks and wears armor that can be stripped away using the Loaded Spear.
- Juzou himself can be fought a second time when revisiting the Hirata Estate memory using the Father's Bell Charm while going for the Purification Ending. This version features different allies, including a white-hooded ninja and this time there is no friendly NPC to fight with you. Juzous and the ninja can be eavesdropped for additional lore on the Hirata attack.
- In the game's collectible artbook, Juzou (and possibly Tokujiro) was referred to as Shura Samurai.
- Juzou can be set on fire rather easily, and helps to eat away at his rather large Vitality pool.
Juzou the Drunkard Lore
- As per Seventh Prayer Necklace description, Juzou the Drunkard used to be an unrivaled sumo wrestler that has once served "a great feudal lord". He was later dismissed after giving to drunk and fell to a life of brigandry. As such, he was dubbed Juzuo the Drunkard.
- He is referred to as "Lord Juzou" by the bandits outside the shrine to Buddha where the Shinobi Axe of the Monkey can be found, implying he is the leader of the bandits attacking Hirata.
Juzou the Drunkard Strategies
The most effective way to defeat Juzou is by thinning out some of his bandits on the left-hand side and then clearing out all other enemies besides Juzou, avoiding him until this is done. When facing Juzou, play defensively, deflecting his slower and more telegraphed attacks to build up his posture bar while avoiding his perilous sweep and grab attacks.
During the fight he will drink and coat his blade with poison. Use this downtime to dash towards him and use counter attacks to chip away his health; the Chasing Slice Prosthetic Art is particularly useful to close this gap when used in conjunction with the Loaded Shuriken, and it is a good alternative from counter attacks when being too far from Juzou. Additionally, Nightjar Slash works much the same way, closing the gap rather quickly. So consider using it for this fight.
When fighting Juzou without the recruiting Nogami Gensai, dodge often and be sure to strike him when he drinks from his jug or coats his weapon. You'll need a good mix dodging and deflecting in order to beat him, and you should consider stepping into some of his slower more telegraphed attacks in order to build his Posture Gauge.
Using the aid of Nogami Gensai
If the fight is done by requesting the aid of the NPC Nogami Gensai from the start, he will prioritize the other bandits instead of Juzou, which can be useful to isolate Juzou from the other enemies. Alternatively, the player can opt to wait and request his aid once knocking out a bar of Juzou's health with a Deathblow, allowing him to fight at full force. Keep Juzou in between Sekiro and the Nogami and just alternate attacks to keep the NPC alive and quickly defeat Juzou.
Exploiting Juzou's AI
It is possible to put Juzou into idle mode if Sekiro runs through the fenced hallway on the left side of the arena, typically standing in the doorway of the small house. This can be useful to separate him from his followers, giving a chance to pick them off. Doing this also allows for a single stealth Deathblow, making the battle much easier. Be aware that this only works once, as putting him into idle mode again will cause him to recover all healthbars.
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