Lady Butterfly

Location Hirata Estate
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools

Phantom Kunai (when she hovers)

Lazulite Axe

Snap Seed (phase 2 illusion)

Reward Memory: Lady Butterfly
Sakura Droplet

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

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: 
"...Why indeed?
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

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 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.


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.

"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

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    • Anonymous

      23 Sep 2020 21:50  

      They patched out a lot of the cheese. She took me 2 days, but once I finally figured out what would work on her, I got her the next go. This worked for me:

      For phase 1: Stay in mid range and block everything she throws at you. She does very little posture damage, so you dont have to worry about her breaking through. When she does any of the moves where she charges in, block/dodge and then use the opening to strike. After that, move back to mid range again so you're never in range of her sweep. If she does the thing where she stands in the air and jumps back down without doing an attack, sprint towards her and you can get in a free strike as well. Always move back to mid range afterwards. Repeating this tactic should allow you to reach phase 2 without getting hit quite easily (unless you make a very concious slip).

      For phase 2: Wait for her at her spawnpoint in front of the statue and immediatly keep applying pressure, even if she does end up blocking most of it. Again, it's quite easy to block any combo she throws at you and as long as you're close by and attacking often, she'll rely almost exclusively on melee rather than her butterfly shuriken or her illusions. This makes the fight a lot easier. If she does manage to cast her illusion, just run circles until they dissolve into butterflies and shoot at you. Both these butterflies as well as Lady Butterfly her own attacks will all miss you when you run circles, unless you run straight into her. Once the illusions are gone, move back into melee range and apply pressure again. The one thing to keep an eye out for is her perilous sweep, as this time around you are constantly in its range.

      Once this clicked, the fight was pretty doable.

      • Anonymous

        24 Jun 2020 03:27  

        I struggled so much with Gyoubu that I searched around for a different route. Ended up discovering the past area by accident and went through the whole thing before fighting the first intended boss. Honestly, the mini boss was more a pain than she was, but it was still brutal. But I got so much better at the game and I increased Sekiro's stats. When I went back to Gyoubu, I quite literally destroyed him.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jun 2020 14:42  

          Anyone else have the boss respawn after killing her? I killed her already then went back to hirata estate and lady butterfly is there again but only has one deathblow and isnt using illusions in the fight. Not sure if there is any reason to kill her again ( i suck at the game so shes still a headache for me)

          • Anonymous

            02 May 2020 00:36  

            I tend to play very slashy and aggressively. That strategy helps a whole lot with this fight. Got her on my second try, just get in her face with R1 spam and block her attacks. Dodge at the last moment when she's jumping down at you. Shuriken attack with R2 can oneshot her adds in phase 2, don't bother with snap seed nonsense. Shuriken them or one*****them with quick R1s.

            • Anonymous

              04 Mar 2020 11:36  

              But Why? Why does she Attack You? Isn't she supposed to be the good guy, or is she so thirsty of immortality that she planned all of it in order to trick the heir into giving her the Blood, and Who the ***** stabs me with their ***** sword?

              • Anonymous

                05 Feb 2020 16:15  

                Fun fact; her grab attack is a stab aimed at the diaphragm. It may not kill her target outright, but it ensures they die eventually.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jan 2020 19:29  

                  This fight is so interesting in that it’s one of the easiest in the game and yet because it’s the first ‘real boss fight’, it’s a huge struggle first time through. I remember NG it took me ~25 painstaking tries before I finally got her. My next three replays I effortlessly defeated her on my first tries w/out Kuro’s charm. When you return to her after beating the game, you realize how slowly she attacks and how large the time window between attacks is for you to punish her. For those still struggling, my advice is to keep at it and enjoy the grind! It’s more than just memorizing specific move sets: you’re developing skills that will serve you throughout the game and will leave you with a great sense of satisfaction when you finally succeed. Dying hundreds of times to a boss is integral to this game.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Jan 2020 18:17  

                    I’m not gonna lie, found her really frustrating at first, until I learned you can block pretty much all her non-deathmark combos. Just block a string, punish, rinse, repeat through phase one. Make sure you’re where she’s going to land by the statue and smack her up a bit to stop the first spawn of summons. Although, the summons are so slow you can just run the outside of the arena and dodge them and LB’s kunai. When she goes all sacrificial you can pretty easily outrun or block the butterflies with a pillar. Block a string, punish, rinse, repeat. The fight reminded me of Friede in some aspects, kind of a waiting game all about focusing on defence and dodging and getting a few hits in where possible without being greedy or getting frustrated.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Jan 2020 05:33  

                      Dodge attack strategy worked brilliantly. Granted, I'd already beaten a couple other bosses by the time I came back to her, so I'm sure that helped. Anyway, thanks for the tip.

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Jan 2020 18:31  

                        god its gonna take me so long to beat this hag but it's gonna be sooooo satisfying. everyone whining about how hard it is should've read more reviews before they bought they game you know what you signed up for! good luck everyone

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Jan 2020 03:50  

                          The "dodge-hit-dodge-hit" strategy works surprisingly well once you get the rhythm of it. I'd been stuck on this boss for 4 days before I found out about the nightjar cheese, and then got slaughtered about 10 times before I read the part about it not working any more. Once I got the dodge-hit rhythm down, it only took 3 gourd charges and a resurrection (I lost focus and made a dumb mistake) to finally kill the b*tch. To be fair, I did have two prayer necklaces, one attack power upgrade, and 5 gourd charges when I fought her, though. I got all the way to Ashina Elite Jinsuke before I had enough skill/overpowered stats to take out Lady B. Lmao

                          • Anonymous

                            31 Dec 2019 05:15  

                            Well, if the devs goal with this boss was to get people to quit the game mission accomplished. I am by no means a novice, and I enjoy a good challenge, but this is an absolute joke. No boss should have THREE different attacks that take away 80% of your health AND endless armies of ghost zombies AND endless swarms of death wisps. Why not give her invisibility and instant death eye lasers too...?

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Dec 2019 01:44  

                              They could probably make an interesting DLC using her as a player character, have it set in Usui’s forest where you could see more of her backstory and training

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Dec 2019 20:03  

                                What a steaming crock of horse5hit. There’s nothing more fun than trying to beat a difficult boss that requires ultra-precise blocks and attacks with mushy controls that are about as responsive as a snail encased in molasses under ten feet of water.

                                • Anonymous

                                  19 Dec 2019 07:18  

                                  If you immediately attack her when she appears on phase 2 you can prevent her from using her illusion attack, you can potentially defeat her without giving her time to use it but you'll need to be on the offensive always. Keep attacking and using shurikens on her jumps and you should defeat her.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Dec 2019 07:49  

                                    I've found that relentlessly attacking her and tossing a shuriken at her when she flies into the air & flips is an easy way to go about beating her. You don't need to be afraid of her close-range attacks, as deflecting right as you stop attacking or she deflects *you* will net you a perfect deflect and another opening. If she flies into the air and conjures up illusions, just sprint around the boss arena until she dispels them and when the many wisps come flyin' at you, dodge like a madman. I don't mean to say this as a "hardcore gamur" because it honestly feels as if she wasn't intended to be beaten by someone like me, but so long as you aren't passive in any part of the fight... she has no way at all to win.

                                    • 02 Dec 2019 01:19  

                                      The game will actually warn you after several deaths that the memory boss is far stronger than anything in the level where you aquire the memory. It actually recommends coming back later after killing a few main line bosses.

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