Lady Butterfly (幻お蝶, Phantom Butterfly, Maboroshi o chō) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bosses are special Enemies that feature a special display on-screen when defeated, such as "Immortality Severed" or "Shinobi Execution". Lady Butterfly is found in a burning temple, in the Hirata Estate location. Lady Butterfly has two health bars that must be removed before a finisher can be performed.
Lady Butterfly Location
- Hirata Estate: Within the Hidden Temple location, which requires the Hidden Temple Key. The key is found after the Bamboo Thicket Slope Idol, and the temple is within the actual burning main estate.
- You will arrive at the Hidden Temple shortly after defeating the mini-boss Juzou the Drunkard.
Lady Butterfly Rewards
- Memory: Lady Butterfly
- Sakura Droplet (first time only)
- 1300 Experience points (NG)
- 15000 Experience points / 18000 without Kuro's Charm (NG+)
- 22500 Experience points / 27000 without Kuro's Charm (NG+2)
- 81001 Experience points without Kuro's Charm (NG+7)
Lady Butterfly Dialogue:
Re-introducing Herself to Wolf:
"It's been a long time...
Son of Owl."
When Kuro leaves:
"Now then, son of Owl. Shall we dance?"
When asked why by Wolf:
You'll die if you doubt yourself, boy."
Upon first death:
"Hehehe... impressive, boy."
"In that case...
Lose yourself in my illusions."
"Now we're having fun, boy..."
"You're surprisingly skilled, son of Owl."
When Sekiro kills her after saying these words: "Lady Butterfly... Forgive me!"
"You've... gotten stronger... Wolf..."
Lady Butterfly Strategies
Lady Butterfly is vulnerable after most of her attacks. Her ground combos, her dash attacks, and her ground stomp attacks all leave her open if they miss. Use a charge attack on her when she's vulnerable. If she begins to defend, she will imperfectly guard your first two swings and perfectly guard your third--so attack twice then go on deflecting yourself to help drive her posture up. Use the shuriken to drop her out of her aerial attacks and punish her undefended moments. In her second phase, things will be harder because of her extra projectiles and her illusions but the same principle applies. Both of her ground-based Perilous attacks can be jumped over, and the sweep can be punished. You'll be able to damage her with your sword when you land, too. Dedicate a few attempts to learning responses to her moves and getting comfortable with her attacks, and then practice pressuring her.
For a much easier time, beat Gyoubu first so you can acquire both the Ashina Arts manual just past him and the attack boost from consuming his memory. The Ascending Carp and Descending Carp skills will make breaking her posture much easier and faster.
This boss features an extremely agile and elegant moveset, as she uses threads and kunai to set a perimeter that makes it seem as if she is walking on air. Attacking quickly and with deadly precision, players should be mindful of the different combinations of attacks that Lady Butterfly can unleash.
Deflect more than you attack during this fight. Attack only when you can actually hit her, which is usually after a Perilous Attack. During Phase 2, use a Snap Seed to dispel the spirits she summons after snapping her fingers, or otherwise run around the perimeter of the stage in order to avoid both Lady Butterfly and her spirits. (Killing the spirits, which take one hit each, can refund you Spirit Emblems.)
If you defeat the boss, you will see the writing "SHINOBI EXECUTION" upon the screen.
Dodge Attack Strategy
Lady Butterfly can be beaten extremely easily by utilizing the dodge attack, which is performed by attacking immediately after dodging. Spamming dodge/attack rapidly whilst changing the direction of the dodge effectively stun-locks the boss and renders her unable to perform any of her dangerous attacks, with an exception of a few quick attacks that deal small damage. If the boss manages to escape the stun-lock and jump onto the illusory strands, throwing a Shuriken at her knocks her off immediately and deals considerable poise damage. The reason for using the dodge attack is that the damage passes the boss' guard and deals damage directly to her health, therefore slowing her poise regeneration drastically.
Her first phase should be fairly easy using this strategy, the second phase becomes a bit more tricky because of the homing butterflies combined with the daggers and illusions. The second phase can be made significantly easier by using Snap Seed to banish the illusions (keep in mind that she turns the illusions into homing butterflies after some time, so managing their number is crucial). Focus on the illusions first and boss second to avoid being overwhelmed by the butterflies. After dealing with the illusions, return to the dodge attack spam whilst watching out for the occasional butterflies the boss spawns during some of her moves.
Attacks & Counters
|Kunai Throw||All kunai can either be blocked or deflected.|
|Jump into the Rafters||When Lady Butterfly jumps into the rafters, the Shuriken Prosthetic can be used to knock her out of the air and open up a short window. The best chances of knocking her out of the air come with using the Shuriken Prosthetic as soon as she starts to jump, otherwise, she will likely deflect it.|
|Perilous Attack - Above||As soon as you see the Perilous Attack kanji, either dodge or move out of the way slightly. After the Perilous Attack, there will be a short window where you can hit Lady Butterfly. With the right timing, you can also use the Shuriken Prosthetic to knock Lady Butterfly out of the air and open up a short window.|
|Perilous Attack - Sweep||As soon as you see the Perilous Attack kanji, jump and kick Lady Butterfly for considerable posture damage. Lady Butterfly's sweep attack is of a moderate range, so if you're close to her when you see the red kanji, jump on her head. However, if you're far away, you can simply avoid the attack.|
|Illusions||If you have snap seeds, run to the center of the illusions and use it to dispel them. If not, kill as many phantoms as you can. Note that the phantoms provide you with Spirit Emblems. You can also run around the boundaries of the room with minimal chance the illusions will hit you due to their slow attacks. When Lady Butterfly dissolves them to her spell, hide behind a pillar to block them.|
|Example Attack||Example Counter|
Spin to Win Strategy
As of patch 1.03, this no longer works.
Lady Butterfly can be easily cheesed by using the Nightjar Slash Combat Art. Combat Arts are used by holding the block/deflect button and tapping the attack button. If equipped, one can simply spam the combat art. It is also possible to fit a normal attack inbetween the Combat Art spam, meaning Combat Art - Normal Attack - Combat Art - Normal Attack and so on. This will lead her into an almost neverendenig stun-lock. She will mostly just try to block the attacks therefor increasing her posture-gauge. Most can be made out of this strategy if Lady Butterfly is with her back against the wall. It is possible for Lady Butterfly to break out of the stun-lock to get into the air. If that happens just wait for her to jump off and hit her with a shuriken resulting in her falling to the ground and creating an opening for closing the gap.
Illusion Avoidance Strategy
The entirety of the illusion summoning mechanic can be easily avoided. After Lady Butterfly summons the illusions, you can simply sprint around the outside of the arena. The illusions are not typically fast enough to land attacks. The circular motion quickly groups the illusions in the center of the room. The butterflies generated upon the dispelling of the illusions don't track quickly enough to keep up with a full sprint. If executing this strategy, be aware that turning corners when the butterflies are tracking can cause them to hit you. It's best to time your sprint so that you're running the length of the room when they start tracking.
Lady Butterfly Lore
"Lose yourself in my illusion"
Lady Butterfly and, Sekiro/Wolf have encountered each other in the past; she remarks on this by saying, "It has been quite some time son of Owl," before the fight. When consuming her memory, you realize that your foster father employed her to teach you some of the techniques that made you into the shinobi you are today.
Her fighting style is extremely unique when compared to other characters and bosses. She seems to fight like the ministry's lone shadows, with her even deflecting with her leg identical to how the lone shadows deflect with their leg. This style could also be confused with the Temple style that the high monks of Senpou Temple use, since they also incorporate their legs into fighting, unlike the Ashina style or the Shinobi style. This isn't to say that she doesn't use the Shinobi style, as she also uses shuriken similar to the Owl. We can assume that her being Wolf's mentor is the reason why he is able to learn 4 different styles of fighting seamlessly.
Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.
"Butterfly" is a common female name in Japan until the early 20th century. For example, the personal name of Lady No (the wife of Nobunaga Oda) was possibly Kocho ("butterfly") in some accounts. Another famous instance (in a fiction) is the opera Madam Butterfly composed by Puccini, where a Japanense girl Chocho ("butterfly") is the protagonist. In East Asia, butterflies are often associated with illusions and dreams that are indistinguishable from the reality, as in the story of "The Butterfly Dream" in Zhuangzi, 3rd century BC, China.
Lady Butterfly Notes & Trivia
- Voiced by: Cindy Robinson (English), Tomoko Miyadera (Japanese).
Lady Butterfly Image Gallery