Lady Butterfly

Location Hirata Estate
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Shuriken (when flying)
Reward Memory: Lady Butterfly
Sakura Droplet

Lady Butterfly (まぼろしお蝶, Phantom Butterfly) 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


Lady Butterfly Strategies

Video Strategies


Posture Breaking

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 and acquire the Ashina Arts manual. The Ascending Carp and Descending Carp skills will make breaking her posture much easier and faster.


Strategy Write-Up

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

Attack Counter
Phase 1
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. 
Phase 2
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.

Lady Butterfly Notes & Trivia

  •  Voiced by: Cindy Robinson (English), Tomoko Miyadera (Japanese).



Lady Butterfly Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      10 May 2019 00:27  

      What is the point of having a sculptors idol there after beating lady butterfly? Did I miss something? Help please!!!

      • 08 May 2019 14:29  

        I personally found Nightjar Slash useful, it dodges her Perilous Sweep and hits her before she can guard and, if timed right, it can dodge her airborne Kunai throw and launch you at her for a free hit

        • Anonymous

          07 May 2019 23:21  

          Play it like advanced bloodborne style... spam her with well timed dodge counters...change direction... when she is in air...use not bother about counter or dodge away... if you keep doing this in phase 2...she has no time to spawn illusions

          • Anonymous

            07 May 2019 13:54  

            As being said above....does spamming nightjar slash still works?or has this been really patched after 1.03 ?

            • Anonymous

              06 May 2019 18:20  

              Guys, if you're wanting a very solid strategy, just get the ascending/descending carp latent skills in the ashina skill trees and use a divine confetti on her 2nd phase, the posture damage DESTROYS her. Just r1 as much as you can and deflect when needed. Don't listen to what people say about divine confetti being rare, it's a very common drop from the blue robed samurai in ashina castle. I was having SO much trouble with her 2nd phase, 1st is nothing, then divine confetti had her dead in under a minute. It was like night and day. You're welcome.

              • Anonymous

                28 Apr 2019 19:56  

                She’s easy on NG+, but without Kuro’s Charm and with Bell Demon in your inventory, she’s one of the toughest bosses to consistently deflect and maintain posture. Her moves are rapid, but arrhythmic and tough to predict, save certain combos. The most annoying attack is when she sits on a low wire, then suddenly leaps forward in complete silence. If not guarded, it often would kill me in a single hit, even at full health (20 Vit.). Still, it makes her fight all the more entertaining.

                • 28 Apr 2019 08:24  

                  I think I have stumbled upon a quite obvious inspiration source for Lady Butterfly theme. There is an old Chinese book "Zhuangzi", which has many stories, one of them being "The Butterfly Dream". It's really short so let me copypaste it here: "Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know that he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn't know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou. Between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things." (Source: Wikipedia) Wikipedia also says: " In it Zhuangzi "[plays] with the theme of transformation",[20] illustrating that "the distinction between waking and dreaming is another false dichotomy.". So, butterflies, illusions, dreams and being unable to differentiate them from reality. It fits perfectly into storyline of Hirata and Lady Butterfly. I don't think it has any big lore impact, but it is a nice detail.

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Apr 2019 01:04  

                    Idt Butterfly was bad here...I got feelings she was trying to protect the young lord and or keep him from Owl. Yes it's weird that she has him in an illusion when u first enter the hidden temple, but why would Owl need to fake his own death and send Sekiro to kill Butterfly? Maybe she was trying to take the young lord too for her own gain? Maybe she was betrayed by Owl too? Idk theres a lot about Butterfly that makes me think. Not much to go on with that one though, as in I have no proof or anything.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Apr 2019 03:18  

                      I just did her with the bell demon active, it felt absurdly harder than killing her in normal difficulty l. It is really only a damage buff or does she get added butterflies?

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Apr 2019 22:51  

                        Had some problems with her. Not sure what I was doing wrong but Nightjar slash didn't work for me. So in the end I've kill her with combination of Whirlwind Slash with Firecrackers.

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