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. 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. You must defeat this enemy to progress through the story.


Lone Shadow Vilehand Location

  • 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


Lone Shadow Vilehand Strategies

Video Strategies

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.


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




    • 06 May 2019 07:02  

      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

        03 May 2019 21:39  

        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

          23 Apr 2019 08:49  

          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.

          • Anonymous

            20 Apr 2019 14:00  

            Weakness: High Monk. Use it during his sweep attack and you’ll knock out more than half of his posture. (This works for like, every sweep attack in the game.)

            • Anonymous

              15 Apr 2019 12:22  

              I dont think im the only one for whom this guy didnt appear for. Could it be because he's the same guy that was guarding the mist raven, and he was already killed in hirata estate? He actually fell off the cliff for me. It's certainly a more interesting explanation than just a bug

              • Anonymous

                04 Apr 2019 22:26  

                I beat him by puppeteering his friend and once I felt like the effect was going to end/he was going to die, I backstabbed the puppet again to refresh the Pupeteer ability which also heals the puppet to the full. I also aided the puppet by attacking the Vilehand from behind. Went quite swiftly and the boss died without killing either of us.

                • Anonymous

                  03 Apr 2019 05:43  

                  It seems like the Puppeteer is the intended way to fight this boss. It’s actually beautiful in a way, his friend so quickly becomes his foe. He is truly the Lone Shadow Vilehand

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Mar 2019 17:51  

                    If you have bestowal ninjutsu use that on another guy and the fight is gonna be easy as pie. Just spam r1 and he will die even before the buff run out

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Mar 2019 09:26  

                      once you beat this guy, you can just rest and then go and backstab the purple guy and rest again over and over. he gives like 300 something xp every time. easy way to grind xp if you were so inclined.

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Mar 2019 06:44  

                        if he didnt gank me, I would give mad respect to him. This motherfecker only has one arm and still kicks ass

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Mar 2019 00:42  

                          Easy strategy is to execute and puppet the guy on the left. You want to stay far from the right keeping your ally far on the left and the boss in the middle like a triangle. If you do this properly you should get aggro and the puppet should hit and the aggro will switch from you and him constantly. You only will get one or two hits in each time and let your friend hit and get aggro. At some point if you are playing aggressive enough you might get a knockdown or finish him to execute the first phase. if you puppet your friend again he should survive the a lot of the 2nd phase with the same strategy. Mind you my run went well where the puppet never got hit and the boss was constantly being stunned or deflected so it went quick. I used one gourd seed (estus) and I didn't even need to. TLDR: Puppet the guy on the left, stay to the right of the boss switching aggro with the puppet. Backstab and puppet your ally again at end of phase one and use same strategy for same 2.

                          • Anonymous

                            27 Mar 2019 00:31  

                            When ninjutsu puppeteer is about to end, you can perform another backstab and reset the timer by using another ninjutsu on him.

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Mar 2019 21:43  

                              Tip: Execute the guy on left side then quit the game to main menu, load back to the game, after that you will be able to do one sneak deathblow on mini-boss.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Mar 2019 15:34  

                                Easy-ish strat: Sneak into the room, hug the left wall. Sneak deathblow the one-arm ninja dude, and use Puppeteer Ninjutsu. Try and stay behind Lone Shadow, whittling down his posture before you can deathblow. At this point, the purple dude will die, so just prepare to spam parry. Got him on 2nd try

                                • Anonymous

                                  26 Mar 2019 01:26  


                                  • Anonymous

                                    25 Mar 2019 00:06  

                                    He is called lone shadow yet there is another purple assassin with him. Fromsoft need to change his title for Ganker Shadow.

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