Lone Shadow Longswordsman

Location Ashina Reservoir
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools

Loaded Axe
Loaded Spear
Loaded Umbrella - Magnet

High Monk

Mikiri counter

XP NG: 215
NG+: 1935
Reward Prayer Bead
Scrap Magnetite

Lone Shadow Longswordsman is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Lone Shadow Longswordsman Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Lone Shadow Longswordsman easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes.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.



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Lone Shadow Longswordsman Rewards

What do you get from defeating Lone Shadow Longswordsman in Sekiro?


Lone Shadow Longswordsman Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by Mick “Ricepirate” Lauer
  • You can do a Stealth Deathblow on this enemy if you go past the first entrance to the well, and drop down on his head.
  • You can use either the Sabimaru or the Loaded Axe Prosthetic Tools to "stunlock" this enemy. Using Ungo's Sugar is recommended if you use this method.
  • Because the camera angle is so bad during this fight, using the Loaded Umbrella - Magnet can make this fight much easier. Simply turtle with it by holding R2 and press L1 to deflect his attacks. If you have Projected Force you can attack in between his combos.
  • The Loaded Spear can be used to hit him from long range, which is very useful. The Loaded Spear Thrust Type or Spiral Spear are the best to use here for the most damage.
  • His kick is counted as a thrust attack, as such mikiri counter can be used on it.
  • His sweep attack can be avoided using high monk, it will also inflict verry high posture damage.



Lone Shadow Longswordsman Lore

  • Lone shadows are the Interior Ministry's most trusted agents. Each lone shadow is said to have a speciality, but this one seems to not have any special talents. This swordsman was sent to assassinate Sekiro.
  • In the original Japanese release, this character's name includes the title "太刀足" (Tachisoku, "Sword Kick"). The implication is presumably that his kicks have the strength of a sword strike.



First Encounter:

"...he said I'd find a cowardly wolf here. No sign of him though."

"...a broken and incompetent shinobi living in disgrace. I hope to see such a man for myself, but it seems I'm out of luck."

"And if he truly cannot die, I'm sure I'll run into him at some point..."

If you talk to him for the second time:

"Oh... you... Are you the wolf... he spoke of?"

"You don't look all that cowardly..."

"That matters not. They say you're immortal... Let's see if that's true."

If you run past him:

"Hey, you there. Are you the wolf they spoke of?"

"That matters not. They say you're immortal... Let's see if that's true."

If you start the fight with a plunging attack from above or without first talking:




Lone Shadow Longswordsman Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Lone Shadow Longswordsman Video Strategies



Sekiro Lone Shadow Longswordsman Strategy Writeup

You can rip one health bar off this guy if you head past the initial well entrance and find the hole a little way after. This will allow you to drop onto him.

Then you'll need to deflect many attacks, trying to dodge his kick attacks when possible, as these do a lot of Posture Damage. Use dodge counter attacks whenever possible to chip away his Vitality, as this allows you to more easily fill his posture bar. His Death Kick can be Mikiri Countered, dealing considerable posture damage to him.

The Loaded Spear helps a lot with this fight, as it allows you to strike from far away, where you are save from long reaching attacks. Shinobi Firecrackers can also be used to keep him on the defensive.

 Another option for this fight is using the oil-urns and the flame-vent prosthetic. This leaves the Lone Shadow Longswordsman ignited and lets you hit him 2 - 3 times in his recovery-animation. 




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    • Anonymous

      I just missed the sneal attack and cheesed him super easily through both health bars.
      My VIT: 13
      ATK: 3

      Recipe: Whirlwind slash, immediately jump (NOT DODGE) backwards, rinse and repeat. I had to heal quite a bit, but that was mostly due to my own sloppiness. Best of luck! -Casual

      • Anonymous

        the very first boss that shows how absolutely ****ing cancer can be combination of horrible camera in FS games and tight arena on top of no Iframes and complete collision block from this guy

        • Anonymous

          The suggestion to use the axe is correct. I munched an Ungo's Sugar, stealthed him from above, and then just wailed on him with the axe prosthetic. Made sure to juke out of the way of the one perilous attack he threw my way, maxed out his posture bar with maybe four or five axe swings, and then got him with the second deathblow. You gotta keep on him or else is posture will recover, just wail on that RT until he's stunned.

          • Anonymous

            Okay, so finally beat this guy after 10+ tries.
            A couple pieces of advice for first runners, if you fail the jump sneak attack you can lure him down the corridor and escape to deaggro him and use a sneak attack while he’s walking back.
            The most important thing though do your best to stay near the middle of the wider room and don’t let him push you into a corner or fight him in the corridor because then the camera gets really annoying.
            I know most people have mentioned how bad the camera is but still…
            Good luck guys

            • Anonymous

              This guy is harder than the damn ape. My trick to beat him ended up being the axe. Poise through his hyper armor kicks and quickly fill up his posture.

              • Anonymous

                Think my copy of the game has a bug that affects this fight. Can't do any kind of deathblow on him until I aggro him. It doesn't really throw me off or anything, if anything it makes the fight kinda funny cuz he calls me a bastard when I put some dirt in his eye, but I figured it might be worth noting.

                • Anonymous

                  When first time I learned I can mikiri his leg thrust I beated his a** to ground the next try. Still he has the hardest thrust to parry(I don't even know if you even could) for parry only runs.

                  • Anonymous

                    Beat this guy first time cause I found out you can mikiri counter his kick. It's really easy to see coming, combine that with the stealth drop and he's not that hard. For first time players I can see it being tough without stealth deathblowing him for half his health, but in the end of the day the job of a shinobi is to win.

                    • Anonymous

                      This guy cracks me up. He went all the way over to the starting area because he heard Sekiro was being a big wimp, and he wanted to see for himself.

                      • Anonymous

                        My dumbass thought of talking to him the second time thinking he may not be hostile despite having an HP bar and two circles

                        • Anonymous

                          He is not physically even bothered by the axe or the spear, he deflects the spear automatically and just walks through my axe attack, is there anything that ACTUALLY phases this guy or what?

                          • Anonymous

                            This guy basically fights like the Interior ministry ninja, the one guarding the Mist Raven tool at the Hirata Estate. Only difference I noticed is that his killer heel drop move chains into a combo, compared to the estate ninja that only does it once. Even if you don't have the Firecrackers at this point, shuriken can be used to pin him down or interrupt his attacks and force him to block. His perilous sweep always comes from the right, so dodge to the left, his heel drop can be avoided by dashing under him and then keeping distance. Keep the pressure on him to build up his posture bar and use Mikiri counter as well, and he's as good as dead.

                            • Firecrackers are much more of a weakness for him than literally any of the tools listed. Just go Firecracker Stun, Mortal Draw, dodge the kick, Mortal Draw, repeat till dead

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