Long-arm Centipede Giraffe

giraffe (5)
Location Sunken Valley
Weakness

 Poor Posture
Shinobi Firecracker
Loaded Umbrella - Magnet

Reward Prayer Bead
Yellow Gunpowder
EXP 778 (NG)
? (NG+)

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe (長手の百足・ジラフ, Long-Arm Centipede - Jirafu) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Long-arm Centipede Giraffe easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are 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.

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Location

Where to find Long-arm Centipede Giraffe in Sekiro?

  • Sunken Valley: Gun Fort, this is right by the Gun Fort Idol, in the next room 
  • This boss is not optional, you must defeat this boss to access the Sunken Valley Passage.

 

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Rewards

What do you get from defeating Long-arm Centipede Giraffe in Sekiro?

  • Yellow Gunpowder
  • 1x Prayer Bead
  • 13654 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+7)
  • After beating them in the Sunken Valley location, look for a gap in the floor to the left of the statue. The gap contains items as well as a a small secret passage that ultimately leads to a cavern where another Prayer Bead is located.

 

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sekiro Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Strategy Writeup

This boss is a tutorial on block dancing which is a technique that any player uses to virtually avoid damage from rapid attacking enemies, block dancing is performed by spamming the block button which in turn should cause you to parry all of the Centipede Girrafe's flurry of attacks. He also sometimes starts or end his combo with a sweep attack. Since his sweep is the only other attack he uses, it should be easy to predict. 2 rotations of deflects spams and jumps will trigger the deathblow. Repeat once more to finish him.

Due to the speed of his attacks, there may be a risk of Sekiro's posture breaking during Centipede Giraffe's second or (if he's able to execute one) third barrage. An effective way to recover posture is to dodge away immediately after a barrage ends, then spend some time guarding; Ichimonji is not recommended.

Using Fistful of Ash and Shinobi Firecracker will be able to give you time to get an attack in but it may throw off your timing. 

Easy method (Gokan's Sugar)
If encountered early, or if the player has not found many prayer beads to increase their posture, this fight can be hard without good deflection skills. Eating a yellow Gokan's Sugar candy at the start of the fight to increase Wolf's maximum posture makes surviving his flurry of attacks much safer. When he finishes his combo and goes for a perilous attack (always a sweep) simply jump over it and jump again at him to deal posture damage. 

 

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Claw Flurry (Right) - When Long-Armed Centipede Giraffe raises his right arm (player's left) to attack he will attack with a 4-5-1 pattern (4 slashes, pause, 5 slashes, pause, 1 slash).  Upon deflecting the final slash he will retreat a considerable distance then perform his Two-Claw Sweep. Deflect his attacks using the 4-5-1 pattern. As he retreats, stay in place & prepare to jump to counter his Perilous attack.
Claw Flurry (Left) - When Long-Armed Centipede Giraffe raises his left arm (player's right) to attack he will perform 3 quick slashes immediately followed by his Two-Claw Sweep. Deflect the three attacks and then immediately jump to prepare to counter his Perilous attack.
Two-Claw Sweep - Perilous attack (sweep). Long-Armed Centipede Giraffe draws both arms back, then lunges forward, sweeping them at your feet. Jump to avoid his attack, then jump again on his head to inflict a large amount of posture damage. You can also attack once while falling to inflict vitality damage. DO NOT attack twice as Sekiro's attack animation will sometimes prevent you from deflecting his next attack.
Phase 2
Claw Flurry - Same as above. However, Long-Armed Centipede Giraffe may "mix in" a Two-Claw Sweep rather than performing the full sequence of attacks. Deflect or block the standard attacks, but be on the lookout for a sweep.
Two-Claw Sweep - Same as above. Jump to avoid his attack, then jump again on his head to inflict a large amount of posture damage. You can also attack once while falling to inflict vitality damage. DO NOT attack twice as Sekiro's attack animation will sometimes prevent you from deflecting his next attack.

 

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Lore

  • Centipede long arms are the chiefs of the centipedes. These centipedes will seek out a leader and often change loyalty. Long Arm Centipedes have their name from their large talon-like weapons.
  • Their bandages are probably to treat lesions caused by imbibing the Rejuvenating Waters, much like those shown by Zombies of the Abandoned Dungeon abandoned dungeon zombie lesions thumb1. In previous titles, bandages were signs of lesions caused by either or the Scourge of Beasts huntsman brick troll concept art thumb1 or Undeath bandaged hollow prisoner lost bastille concept art thumb1. Both of these pathologies involve necrosis, losing one's mind, and potentially mutating. The Rejuvenating Waters corrupt men to the point that they no longer live as men, instead they become monsters incapable of feeling pain or fear. In the Dark Souls franchise, both centipedes and bandages carry associations with Pyromancy.
  • Lore Theory: Unlike Long Arm Centipede Sen-Un, This miniboss does not seem to claim any centipede followers. since it is said that centipedes choose a leader and often change loyalty, it is possible that Long Arm Centipede Giraffe was once a leader of centipedes, but his followers chose Long Arm Centipede Sen-Un as their new leader, leaving Long Arm Centipede Giraffe without any followers.

 

Long-arm Centipede Giraffe Notes & Trivia

  • This Mini-boss's Posture Gauge fills extremely fast, especially if you Counter off his Perilous Sweep Attack, so focus on deflecting.
  • Be sure to perfectly deflect the last attack in his chain in order to get him to do his Perilous Sweep Attack. This seems to trigger it.
  • You can use the Loaded Umbrella - Magnet to deflect his attacks extremely easily.
  • Mist Raven can be used to get behind him mid combo, giving you an opening to attack.
  • You can use the Shinobi Firecracker to stun him and hit him a few times.
  • The name of the mini boss is controversial. "Giraffe" in the English version does not make sense, as he does not look like a giraffe. In the Japanese version, he is called "Jirafu" (ジラフ), but there is no such Japanese name or word, so it is equally confusing. 
    • One possible explanation is that Jirafu (in the Japanese version) is an anagram of Shirafuji, a valid Japanese surname. According to the Sixth Prayer Necklace, "The Centipedes will seek out a leader, often changing names out of loyalty." So possibly his master is Snake Eyes Shirafuji, and he changed his name to express his loyalty towards her.
    • The second possible explanation is that Giraffe actually means Qilin, a sacred horse-like creature in the Chinese mythology. In Japan, a giraffe is often confused with mythological Qilin, and both are expressed by the same word kirin (麒麟). Jirafu in the Japanese version is the Japanese romanization of the English word "giraffe".
    • The third possible explanation is Jirafu in the Japanese version can be actually pronounced as Jiro (ジロー) which has exactly the same sounds as Jiro (次郎; lit. "second man" or "second son"), a very common male name in Japan. In the medieval form of Japanese orthography, "afu" is pronounced as "ō" (long vowel). However, the real archaic orthographic form for Jiro is Jirau (ジラウ), not Jirafu (ジラフ).  Jirafu happens to have the same pronunciation as Jirau (Jiro in real pronunciation and modern orthography), but it is merely coincidence. So this explanation is also not decisive like other two theories.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      I was just casually walking then proceeded to see this abomination scraping at itself and just walked away wishing I saw nothing

      • Anonymous

        Giraffe was the easiest mini-boss I’ve ever killed, spam L1 when he does his flurry, attack, and spam deflect again until you riposte him. OOOORRR, if you don’t want to do that method, just run around and bait this man’s attacks and get a couple of hits again, rinse and repeat.

        • Anonymous

          counter counter counter counter SPACE counter counter counter counter counter SPACE counter.
          then sweeping perilous attack, jump to avoid it.

          • Anonymous

            If you fight Sun-Un first as a lot of people will Giraffe is a joke in comparison - no adds, no fire.

            Though both long arms are really easy once you understand how to deflect

            • Anonymous

              i was forced on how to parry more properly. you guys are right, he was easier to kill if parries were more well-timed, chipping his posture greatly

              • Anonymous

                Y'all, there's really no need for the Dark Souls and Bloodborne "lore" connections. Put that under trivia, maybe, but that doesn't connect their lore. Lore is universe-specific, and there's no concrete reason to think any of the game universes are the same.

                Most that needs to be said is that they wear bandages like the Snake Eyes, and that they're probably also slightly mutated in the same way from living in such volatile environments. After all, why else would one guard the Gun Fort serpent shrine?

                • Anonymous

                  Yes, but only if the giant snake is there, and it only appears after you try crossing the bridge. If you jump down from the passage in senpou temple without killing the snake you'll just die.

                  • Anonymous

                    It says you have to beat him in order to progress, but couldn't you access Sunken Valley Passage via the flying kite in Senpou Temple?

                    • Anonymous

                      Yo, so I went to fight this guy... And like... he didn't attack me, he just keppt throwing some firebombs forward while I was standing by his side, and he didn't attack even when I hit him, not too dissapointed since i've fought him multiple times already, but still pretty strange. Anyone knows what might have heppened?

                      • Anonymous

                        I'm in the cavern underneath his arena and I can't seem to go forward, one path leads to an empty cliff, and the other path is to low for me to crouch under, any help?

                        • Anonymous

                          I just beat this guy and found out that if you beat him after killing the illusion monk 1st, ghosts of the Ashina fencers will spawn in to gank you. You can use the Puppeteer Justu to pull an uno-reverse and counter gank them with the boss.

                          • Anonymous

                            That jump scare man, one second im walking down the bridge and the other theres some ugly mf in standing in my face. Also tmw when defeating a boss litterally means spam the block/parry button, I was always joking about killing gundyr by parry spamming but this is next level

                            • Anonymous

                              It's funny, the first few times I went into this fight, he killed me within mere seconds because I was terrible at parrying and tried to play very aggressive, using Subimaru and Living Force to reduce his actual health. Then I changed my approach to playing completely defensive and it worked just fine.

                              • Anonymous

                                just parry. get the gokans sugar if your having trouble with him breaking your posture. kind of a one note boss once you figure out that all you need to do is parry and jump sometimes and wait for the deathblows. I think this boss should have come earlier actually. he's a really good way to show people that you REALLY want to learn how to parry to succeed in this game

                                • Anonymous

                                  Man, the first one was easy. Now i gotta fight one in a room the size of a coffin. Suck a stupid *****ing enemy placement.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    What got me to finally kill him is the Gokan Sugar and learning his 4-5-1 claw slashing. My trouble was knowing when to stop deflecting blows and posture filling up. After I understood the attacks better, he wasn't a challenge anymore.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      even if i deflect, my posture bar fills up very fast and i'm left open. what part of this parry mechanic am i missing?

                                      • I don't know what triggered it, but on my NG5 run this boss didn't attack once, all he did was act like it was crippled and started throwing bombs frontally, in groups of 3 or 5 alternating. Just in case someone can provide more help, these are the more notorious things I've done: - NG5 cycle. - Rushed to Gun fort before being able to get the key. I got here before going anywhere else. - Genichiro is still alive. - I didn't kill anything that was optional, with the exception of a few random monsters on the way here. I also noticed there were no shadows, during my previous run I got nightjar shadows along the way, and samurai as soon as the boss died. Maybe there are some triggers that affect not only this boss, but also others? Can you confirm this wasn't a bug?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          “Giraffe saw himself as a leader, but his followers chose Sen-un over him” —The cave beneath Giraffe’s arena is full of centipedes, so maybe this is just their “nest,” and Giraffe stays above to protect them?

                                          • Most likely a glitch but last time i encountered him he only threw those firebombs the small centipedes also use without ever doing anything else. Anyone else had that?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Why do they claim this boss is not optional? You can get to the other side of the sunken valley from Senpou Temple by solving the kite puzzle, can you not?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Super easy cheese strat: loaded umbrella - magnet, block with holding R2/RT when his flurry begins and press L1/LB 3-4 times to spin the umbrella and then just double jump on him when he does the sweep right afterwards. Do this twice and his posture meter should be full then deathblow. Credits to FightinCowboy for this strat.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  God this game. I'm 46 years old. It hurts to spam L1 a million times in 2 minutes From. Please don't make another game like this one.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    It was funny, a long on going joke where the translation bot for the dev's goofed up and translated the name to giraffe. Nobody at the office had the heart to tell them, but they noticed after a while and went with it.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Oh! His name is literally Giraffe! That explains so much, I kept wondering how he was related to the animal Giraffe and have seen a couple threads talking about how it could be mistranslated or something lore based.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Maybe it was a bug, but only attack he used was explosives, that make no harm at close distance, so I had to spam RB only

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Japanese his name is 長手の百足 ジラフ (Nagate-no-Mukade Jirafu), before more people come here suggesting it's Kirin. It's not. His name is Giraffe.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            those 2 Centipede are easiest bosses in all game, just spam l1 to parry and then when he sweep attack, just jump to damage his posture. then deadblow.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              So using all the information here: spam L1 parry as much as possible to take a chunk out of his posture and then toss ash or fireworks after he crawls backwards to make him flinch. then use double ichimonji to take another big chunk out of his posture and then immediately get ready to start another round of parries. in stage two it's the same thing but keep on your toes and jump when you see an unblockable attack or toss ash if you think it'll hit. takes less than a minute when you get a flow going, and it took me a couple tries because of frustration

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Is this guy’s name a translation error? The name doesn’t seem to match its physical description at all.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I got overwhelmed the first time I ran in, as usual, since I didn't know it was a miniboss. Second time was easy. Literally mash block/parry while he's slashing at you, and when he does his swipe attack jump over him, and repeat until his posture has been wiped out. Probably one of the fastest mini bosses I've killed without a stealth attack.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Heres my strat. First phase: Parry as many attacks as you can. Dont react to the visual que of the attack just go with his rhythm. Then run to him and jump the perilous attack and jump on his head. Immediately after use fireworks. He will hit like once but trust me it's worth it. While he is stunned hold the block button to regain your posture quickly. If you think you have time to, then go ahead and chug a gourd. Keep doing this untill you get the death blow. Phase 2: Here he will do a perilous pretty randomly durring his attack chain. Use this to head jump and firework if you need to regain your posture or your health. Do what you did in phase one but be very very careful not to get hit by the suprise perilous. This is a battle of paries, head jumps, and posture guarding. If you can get this down then this fight will be a cake walk.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      The camera is so *****ed up in this battle. Since he just continuously pushing you into a wall when attacking, its ending showing me his crotch which is not helping deflecting his flurry of attacks. Really how many games they need too design too fix this bug with a camera? Its just should clip through a wall or other object and make its transparent. Thats pretty simple right? I remember its being there since Demon Souls or earlier?

                                                                      • Equip: Ichimonji-double , firecracker , Yashariku's Sugar The boss will be stun-locked for the whole duration so you don't need to dodge or worry about your health. Use the sugar and remember the duration is rather short so you have to kill him fast. then go close to him and use firecracker, followed by Ichimonji(only once, don't do the follow up attack). Repeat this 4 times. At the fourth use, do a full Ichimonji-double and this should break his posture for you to finish him. Repeat this for his 2nd life, it should cost you a total of 16 emblems.

                                                                        • Literally press L1/LB as many times as you can during combos, not kidding, just spam it hard. You'll have a better chance than trying to time it. The perilous attacks are not random on this guy, he uses them when you block the last attack in the combo. 2nd phase he uses the other perilous attack after two to three attacks of his other moveset combo.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The perilous attack only seems to happen if you deflect the LAST hit of his 8 attack combo - even if you only block everything else (provided you have the posture). At the perilous attack just jump on him and he's done - although he has 2 different patterns in phase 2

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              So this boss seems impossible until you realize you can punish his attack spam. If you deflect each of his attacks in the combo you can deathblow him in a couple of his combos. It seems kinda hard at first but once you get the pattern down it's surprisingly easy.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                This thing is probably the worst mini in this game, like Jesus Christ why do I have to fight him in a closet when his moveset is R1 spam and a perilous attack that he almost never uses.

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