O'Rin of the Water

Location Mibu Village
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Malcontent
Sabimaru (piercing)
Loaded Umbrella
Mist Raven 
Divine Confetti
Reward 1530 Exp (NG)
Prayer Bead
Breath of Life: Shadow

O'Rin of the Water (水生のお凛, Mibu no Orin) 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.



O'Rin of the Water Location

  • Mibu Village: Found after Large Blossom Tree area, by taking a right turn from the Water Mill Sculptor's Idol
  • This boss is optional, however her fight will trigger regardless of speaking to her or not.
  • Fleeing and resting at the Idol will reset her dialogue.



O'Rin of the Water Rewards


O'Rin of the Water Notes & Tips

  • The Japanese transliteration O’Rin can translate to “Lady Rin” (in the sense of respect and/or affection, but not nobility).
  • Her title "of the Water" in the English version is not a direct translation. In the Japanese version, she is called Mibu no O'Rin which means "O'Rin who lives in Mibu" or "O'Rin who comes from Mibu".
    • On the other hand, the location name Mibu (水生) itself means lit. "Water-Life", that is, a marsh, a lake, or a riverside. Possibly it implies the villagers of Mibu are somehow connected to the Water Gods or Okami.  It is possible that the translation team decided to avoid a direct translation so that players who play the English version can infer that O'Rin is related to Okami.
  • The instrument O'Rin plays is known as a Shamisen.
  • O'Rin is considered an Apparition-type enemy, so using a Divine Confetti will increase damage dealt to her.
  • O'Rin may be a homage to the Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Juunin) character of the same name, Rin (literally the same kanji 凛). This Game Informer interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki also confirms that Sekiro was influenced by Blade of the Immortal.
  • She is weak to the Sabimaru weapon, implying she is Okami or a descendant of one.
  • Floating Passage is an excellent combat art to employ against her, as its quick number of slashes breaks through her posture with ease, and is quickly cast, negating her speed. By maintaining a close distance, or keeping her in a corner, it's possible to stun-lock her for an easy victory.
  • You can use the Loaded Umbrella - Magnet to deflect her attacks more easily, and if you have Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella and Projected Force, you can hit her for great damage.
  • You can use the Great Feather Mist Raven to set her on fire and get behind her when she attacks giving you openings.



O'Rin of the Water Lore

  • O'rin of the Water, Snake Eyes Shirahagi, Snake Eyes Shirafuji, and the enemies found in the Gun Fort are all descendants of the Okami Clan mentioned by various items, which is why they all share a weakness to poison. As explained in the description of the Sabimaru prosthetic tool: "Wielded in wars of old, the blade's blue rust was used to drive off inhuman Okami warrior women. Even now, it is likely to be effective against their descendants."
  • The connection O'rin shares with Jinzaemon Kumano is nebulous, at best—while the items Jinza's Jizo Statue and Bundled Jizo Statue seem to imply a familial connection (Jizo Statues, according to their description, are enswathed "to express feelings of parental love,"), there is absolutely no other mention or information available in-game regarding how O'rin, Jinzaemon, and the character Lord Sakuza mentioned by O'rin might be related.



O'Rin of the Water Strategies

Video Strategies

Strategy Write-up

Old Deathblow Method: Before triggering her fight, it is possible to knock her from her standing position by jumping on her head (single jump - not double jump/stomp). After doing so, you will be able to perform a deathblow from behind her without needing to deplete her health as if in stealth. NOTE: this is now patched  and you cannot get a free deathblow this way.

New Deathblow Method: Before triggering the fight, one can get behind O'Rin and then throw a ceramic shard, opening her up for a deathblow for about half a second.

Fighting O'Rin traditionally requires either learning her combo timing or having very quick reflexes. She hits hard but after successfully parrying/dodging her full combo she will allow a couple counterstrikes before going ethereal and retreating. As soon as she phase shifts and retreats use that time to heal if needed. Trying to run away to heal can lead to a quick death due to her being able to close in on you from almost any range inside the arena. Once you get good at her timing and pull her health down, she's very easy to stagger with repeated attacks.

Due to O'Rin's unpredictable movement, staying still and focusing on deflections without performing counter-attacks is a viable strategy. She attacks frequently enough that you can deal a deathblow without damaging her health, and when you aren't moving she is much easier to track. The largest damage she takes to her posture is jump kicks off her in response to her Perilous sweep attacks. Consistently landing these will result in her posture failing soon. 

Strategy for using Sabimaru Prosthetic:

O'Rin will easily get poisoned by blue rust. Two full combos will always poison her. Run around while she destroyed by the poison, her attacks are easily dodged while sprinting. Deathblow when she has no vitality left for easy execution.

Slow Walk around the Rock strategy:

You can get O'Rin stuck in a passive slow walk on the stairs just after the wooden bridge. From here you can use Nightjar Slash or the Ichimonji to deal heavy damage safely. Be sure to get her down low enough to drop down and deal the final blow before jumping back up.


Cheese Strategy:

Instead of parrying or dodging O'Rin's attacks, one can simply circle O'Rin at a distance (while sprinting). This will prompt O'Rin to close the distance with a short 2-slash combo, after which the player can safely and easily make 1-2 hits before retreating again. Slowly but surely, this strategy can be repeated indefinitely until O'Rin's vitality is depleted.

Safety Cheese Strategy:

O'Rin can be lured towards the idol nearby. If she is lured far enough, she will naturally return to her fighting area. In this state, she will not attack, but only block. The fight is made trivial by getting her stuck on a rock to the right side of the valley, near Jinzaemon. She will slowly walk around the rock, but will be pushed back into the corner from the player's attacks. She will block attacks, but some will go through. A two-hit combo is the most that can be done without her blocking, so simply keep doing that. Over time, her health will deplete, and her posture will break, opening up a deathblow. Repeat the strategy for the second health bar for a victory with minimal effort.



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    • Anonymous

      17 May 2020 08:38  

      The guy that you visited after defeating rin wasn’t there for me so I never got a statue. Anybody know why he doesn’t appear sometimes and how to get him to appear? Thanks

      • Anonymous

        01 May 2020 07:29  

        This was just long, patient fight for me. Learned her patterns, deflect-chained followed by Floating Passage, and jump kick after her sweep. Jump away after you've counterattacked and guard to restore posture. Once I did that, beat her taking only 2 or 3 hits.

        • Anonymous

          21 Apr 2020 01:05  

          I think Jinzaemon was the son of O'rin, his father (presumably Lord Sakuza) tells him never to go into the forest as a child, O'rin says "you've brought this child in his stead" and this Jizo statue has pink instead of red cloth wrapping a child, similar to O'rin's cloth, almost like she's caressing her child after death. Also explains how he is the only one who can hear her music from afar. She could have just lured Sekiro, but didn't. There's a strong connection between Jinzaemon and O'rin.

          • Anonymous

            15 Apr 2020 01:39  

            This game feels like you have to buy a luxury car with the change jar but then you do buy the car with the change jar.

            • Anonymous

              04 Mar 2020 19:23  

              She gave me so much trouble before I remembered the description for Sabimaru. Decimated her after that. I was also at the endgame by then, so....might have had something to do with it.

              • Anonymous

                24 Feb 2020 15:15  

                Had an easy time with her... just use mortal draw an decimate Her life bars. She only hit me 4-5 times with her vanishing thrust. But you can side step that pretty easily with the right timing.

                • Anonymous

                  11 Feb 2020 08:15  

                  I'm surprised to hear that so many people had a lot of trouble with her. I had to try more than once, but I think I killed her on like my fourth try or so? She wasn't substantially more difficult than the average mini-boss up until that point IMO.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Feb 2020 06:03  

                    Floating passage and divine confetti... Don't stop performing the skill, she'll be dead in a matter of seconds

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Feb 2020 23:09  

                      She has massive posture in NG+4 when you have only 14 attack power. And charmless/demon bell, a deflecting-focused strategy just doesn't work for me. Sabimaru poison? Yes but 10 of them for just a half of her health. Then you cant chip his vitality, or only after spacing her. Because, despite what is written in this wiki, you can rarely punish her after a good deflection… At this state, the most difficult enemy in the game for me.

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Jan 2020 23:34  

                        So, replaying this and reaching O'Rin today, I found that merely approaching her from the side- either side- before talking to or provoking her allowed for a free deathblow. Moving directly behind her, the prompt reverted back to dialogue. I spent a long time just circling her to make sure of the consistancy of this. It also took me two attempts to kill her and I was able to do the same thing both times, starting the fight with one free deathblow just for walking up along her side. No ceramic shard needed. Nothing. Anyone else?

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Jan 2020 11:08  

                          I bought Sekiro on release, I always play my first run of a fromsoftware game without any spoiler and because I played too much dark soul I was playing using only attack and dodge, ignoring posture and just chipping at vitality. This boss was the moment this method stopped working, after countless death I couldn't even take the one deathblow against her or the corrupted monk, ended up wasting all my confetti then put the game on hold for months in frustration. I kept reading online that you have to use deflect and playing Sekiro like a soul game make it harder so I gave this fight another shot yesterday and killed her in less than 15 try. Spam those deflect people !

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Dec 2019 02:34  

                            Dont try to fight her without Kuros charm. It is almost completely fu*king impossible on NG+. Absolutely garbage fight, terrible mechanics and extremely poor design. I guess even FromSoft fu*ks up sometimes.

                            • O'Rin of the Water [Sekiro Wiki]18 Dec 2019 20:22  

                              Thus Mini-Boss ist one of the simplest Bosses in a whole game... To kill her you need back off few steps and stand a near stone platform on which ywe we're safe. Now we just wait for her attacks and when come close enough to us that we can strike with the sword of immortality take a hit and repeat it till the end.

                              • Anonymous

                                17 Dec 2019 09:58  

                                I don't know why everyone said she is a hard boss, i kill her in my first try without dropping a single sweat. Heck I don't even realize she is a mini boss because i can't lock on her and you can talk to her. I though she is just a normal NPC, the one that Jinzaemon had been looking for (well she is indeed the woman he had been looking for). So i kinda panicked when the music changed and she took out her sword. No special strategy, i just fight her like i fight a normal strong mobs. (trade hit, parry, evade, jump etc) Her posture is also very low, it's so easy to deathblow her.

                                • Anonymous

                                  15 Dec 2019 14:01  

                                  Deffo worth waiting to get the Piercing Sabiaru (before taking on ths beeatch) makes for any easy first death blow and a couple of Divine Confetti will do it for deathblow 2 before taking on ths beeatch. Also a coupla Gokans can be handy. Using this method I beat her first time (and she skilled be bejesus outta me b4 that)

                                  • 11 Dec 2019 10:45  

                                    Does anyone actually bother with sending Jinzaemon to her when all he does is watch as you get wrecked then gives you a one use item just rare enough that you will never use it. Then he dies dark souls style his quest complete no longer hollow... At least the Dr quest has experience and a few upgrade materials. I can't send the other guy to his doom or even the shady merchant but after he just watches Orin turn me into meat cubes my loyalty wavers.

                                    • 11 Dec 2019 10:24  

                                      No wonder this fight was just a freaking nightmare. She caused no terror buildup so I killed her without divine confetti. Only beat her by using piercing poision on each phase otherwise her health and stamina regen are just endless.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        07 Nov 2019 03:01  

                                        So I started a new sekiro run and I think she has been my hardest enemy since the first run thus far. I think my problem is that the Sabimaru will only poison her ig you equip the PIERCING submodel. Regular sabimaru barely ever gets passed her guard.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          10 Sep 2019 05:59  

                                          She has additional dialogue if you talk to Jinzaemon all the way to reaching her fight and then exhaust her dialog.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            23 Aug 2019 21:40  

                                            this is gonna get downvoted to hell but i really don't understand how folks have trouble with her. no deaths against her. pretty straightforward fight. just poisoning her takes away the majority of her life without having to even touch her.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              11 Aug 2019 11:09  

                                              I was fighting her and she constantly backed up and ended up falling off the bridge, and it didn't give me the prayer bead and Jinzaemon's questline is now busted >:(

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