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. 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.



Lone Shadow Longswordsman Location



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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 thrus 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 Strategies

Video Strategies


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

      12 Jan 2021 00:53  

      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

        03 Dec 2020 06:10  

        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

          18 Jun 2020 23:29  

          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

            16 Mar 2020 01:58  

            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

              01 Mar 2020 21:34  

              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

                27 Dec 2019 20:08  

                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

                  09 Jul 2019 14:24  

                  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.

                  • 10 May 2019 14:59  

                    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

                    • Anonymous

                      06 May 2019 07:02  

                      The ones guarding mist raven and the one outside mibu village are just regular mooks you see later in the game. You don't call all of them lone shadow longswordsman.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 May 2019 08:22  

                        If you’re struggling on this guy or any of the enemies/bosses like him I have one very useful tip I learned by accident. Their final kick in that long combo of kicks they do is actually a thrust and therefore can in fact be Mikiri Countered. It’s incredibly easy to do so as well.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Apr 2019 14:25  

                          where is this boss in mibu village? i'm pretty confused can't find any references to this anywhere else either.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Apr 2019 05:32  

                            Actually beat him the first time, even without a stealth deathblow (I not only screwed up the stealth deathblow, but him him and missed his dialogue) After beating my head on Genichiro for so long that I gave up, this guy was simple to parry. I wound up fighting the camera more than him--stay out of the corners or you'll be blind and he'll just keep beating on you.

                            • Anonymous

                              05 Apr 2019 17:49  

                              Beat him my first try (somehow) I found like 90% jumping around instead of deflecting/dodging really helped, firecrackers, and the sugar that boosts attack. If he’s gonna jump I’m gonna jump too.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Apr 2019 12:53  

                                I dropped down and took one life from him, then immediately slammed him with the axe, and 2 sword strikes. That added 1/4 to his posture bar right off the bat. Then it was just a matter of attacking until it looked like he was almost out of range (from him backing up to try to kick) and then blocking 2-3 of his sword strikes then double jumping off him to cancel his perilous attack and I had him done in like 6 tries and he was almost full health still when I got the deathblow

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