Lone Shadow Vilehand

Location Just past Upper Tower -Ashina Dojo (possibly after collecting both ingredients)
Weakness Puppeteer Ninjutsu
Reward Lump of Fat Wax
Prayer Bead
1840 Exp (NG)

Lone Shadow Vilehand is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Lone Shadow Vilehand Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Lone Shadow Vilehand 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.


Lone Shadow Vilehand Location

Where to find Lone Shadow Vilehand in Sekiro?

  • Ashina Castle Upper Tower - Ashina Dojo: This enemy will be located in the Ashina Dojo along with a single Lone Shadow Shinobi hiding to the left of the doorway.
  • This fight takes place in the same area as the Ashina Elite - Jinsuke Saze mini-boss fight.
  • This boss is optional.


Lone Shadow Vilehand Rewards

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

Lone Shadow Vilehand Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Lone Shadow Vilehand Video Strategies


Sekiro Lone Shadow Vilehand Strategy Writeup

Vilehand is accompanied by a purple assassin to the left of the entrance. As such, it is advised that you to stealth walk behind the assassin on your left and backstab him, greatly easing the difficulty of this battle. Additionally, one can use the puppeteer ninjutsu on the assassin, during which you (and your puppet) can deal a great amount of damage to Vilehand while he is distracted.


Puppeteer strategy

A way to beat this miniboss very easily is with the puppeteer ninjitsu. simply use it on the enemy in the same room as Vilehand and then attack him in the back while he's distracted by the enemy. then run away until the other enemy attacks him again, then hit him in the back again, repeat this and you'll easily deal a lot of damage to Vilehand. if you want to do this the entire fight, just backstab and use the Ninjutsu technique on the enemy every now and then to fully heal him. this makes Vilehand incredibly easy, and you'll be able to kill him without even deflecting a single attack.

Running in circle strategy

Another way to beat him is to run in circle until he tries to hit you. Since Wolf is running faster, you are able to hit him after each one of his attempts with a swinging blow from behind.

Sekiro Lone Shadow Vilehand Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter
Phase 2
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter




Lone Shadow Vilehand Lore

Lone shadows are the Interior Ministry's most trusted agents. each lone shadow is said to have a speciality, and this one specializes in poison.


Lone Shadow Vilehand Notes & Trivia

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.


Lone Shadow Vilehand Image Gallery



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    • Anonymous

      Don't be discouraged from trying to fight both Shadows at once, that's not really as Impossible as it might during the first few attempts. If you don't stand right between them but instead create some space, they take turns attacking much more often than attack both at once. Sometimes one of them would just walk around doing mostly nothing.
      Some easy opportunities for attacking might be thrusting at a Shadow during his kick combo, throwing shuriken when they jump or using weapon arts in the air after dodging a sweep.

      • Anonymous


        Fextralife, proving that theres a guide even worse than powerpyx

        • Anonymous

          I found a way to cheese this fight, you just need the ceremonial tanto. you start off by puppeting the enemy on the left and every so often backstab the purple guy, not the boss, and press r1 after backstabbing again, this reseted the puppet timer so I managed to have my puppet fight the whole battle for me. If you run out of spirit totems just use the item above to get enough for another puppet ninjutsu. Stay out of the way of them fighting, just do thrust attacks from a distance

          • Anonymous

            I tried cheesing this guy with a puppet and eventually took down one of his bars. After that he went to the far left of the arena and completely vanished. I thought to myself that maybe that's how the fight was supposed to play out (this is my 1st playthrough) especially since the music stopped. After a bit he suddenly reappeared in the same zone of the arena but now with 2 health bars instead of 1. Luckly I somehow managed to beat him still but that was complete bs. I don't even know if that's a bug or actually intended.

            • Anonymous

              For those of you who invade in dark souls...

              Every boss with two enemies in this game feels like a host with phantoms. Remember that the next time you summon phantoms as someone invades you. Please git gud people, and don't let others beat your battles for you. Thanks.

              • Anonymous

                The original Japanese name is actually "Forbidden hand". Also some people joked about his title being "Lone shadow" and he is not alone. The orignal Japanese title is "Long shadow Sect", so it's the name of the group.

                • I lured 6 Ashina samurai into Vilehand's chamber before entering. They beat the crap out of him. I just had to wade in to perform the 2 deathblows between running away from samurai who lost focus on their mission.

                  • Anonymous

                    Get the first deathblow by use of pupeteer ninjutsu. Then fry the bastard with oil and flame vent, three times. Finish him with a 2 or 3 combos. Job done

                    • Anonymous

                      U can also just spam mortal blade and doge left after assassinating the purple guy u deal good damage with it and usually don’t get hit while doing so since the mortal blade has better range than him

                      • Anonymous

                        You can make this fight very easy if you’re struggling, take out the other guy that’s in the room first. Save and quit as the boss fight starts, then when you load back in sneak attack the vilehand. Proceed to run around the room and bate his poison fist attack, don’t stop running for a second, as soon as he does his fist attack hit him then continue to run around the room and wait for the opening.

                        • Anonymous

                          I did some research On vilehand. It turns out that his name in Japanese roughly translates to “wipes with left”. During this time there was no toilet paper, which means his poison attack is actually him wiping feces on Sekiro and poisoning him with E-coli.

                          • Anonymous

                            I saw distortion2 do a speed run where he killed the extra ninja in the room, quit game and then you can sneak up and take one of his deathblows, this is easier than using puppeteer in my opinion.

                            • Apart from the puppeteer ninjitsu, the easiest way to beat him without any damage is to run in circle. He's very quick, but he won't run as quick as you would. You just run in circle, and when he tries to hit you, you punish him with a swinging blow from behind.

                              • Anonymous

                                So, I've been trying to poison him with Sabimaru, and while I'm not confident of this, it seems he's either immune or very resistant to poison. Can anyone confirm?

                                • Anonymous

                                  If you keep dodging to the right (around *his* left), he basically can't hit you with most of his attacks. Since all of his leg attacks are from his right leg. You might even catch him with a Mikiri Counter when doing this. Luckily his arena is large enough to make this a fairly simple way of taking him down once you get the timing. I suspect you could do this with all the Lone Shadows, but most of them are in smaller arenas, at least that I've seen.

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