Owl (Father)

Location Hirata Estate Revisited
Deathblow Markers 2
Weakness Bestowal Ninjitsu, 
Mikiri Counter 
Reward Memory: Foster Father
Aromatic Flower

Owl (Father) ( 義父, foster father) is a Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Bosses are special Enemies that feature their own arena, a large and prominent health bar, and a variety of unique moves and abilities. You will need to perform multiple Deathblows on them in order to defeat them, and filling their Posture Gauge is the only way to accomplish this. However, decreasing their health will make it so their Posture Gauge depletes more slowly, assisting you in accomplishing this feat.


Owl (Father) Location

  • In the Hidden Temple, where you fought Lady Butterfly, in Hirata Estate. This is only accessible after doing the steps for the Purification Ending.
  • See Endings for more information
  • See The Owl for NPC version.
  • See Great Shinobi Owl for the version fought at the top of Ashina Castle during the main game.
  • This boss is optional.



Owl (Father) Rewards



  • Talk (must be a certain distance behind Owl to initiate dialogue).
    • "That day... I pulled you from the battlefield, a starving cub... I had no idea what you'd become."
  •  If attacked prior to initiating dialogue.
    • "Very well!"

  • First time player uses a prosthetic tool.
    • "Hmm... The shinobi prosthetic... this was once... Curious device you have there..."

  • Upon killing the player.
    • "Good riddance... starving wolf."
  • After first deathblow.
    • "What a fine specimen you've become, Wolf. Allow me to honor your efforts-- and show you this old Owl's true power!" 
  • When killed.
    • "Defeated by my own son? The feeling is not entirely unpleasant..."

Owl (Father) Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup

He uses many of the same attacks and styles as his earlier battle, but now he's faster and more aggressive. Fortunately for you, he doesn't use poison or the healing block. As always, you should make arrangements--spend money, get a new skill point--and then dedicate some attempts to learning to defend against his attacks. He will usually take one hit then deflect the second. Sometimes he'll merely guard the first hit before he deflects, but it's all posture damage.

He has a short recovery after many of his attacks--use them to punish him once you're comfortable deflecting. When he does his long attack sequence that ends with his gunpowder slash, dodge towards him as he tosses the gundpowder and get behind him to injure him. Sometimes he'll wind up a heavy overhead chop and it's possible to dodge it and punish--but if you get too far away from him while he raises his sword, he'll feint and leap into the air. If you get him with his back to a wall or a corner, you can attack relentlessly and you'll damage him outright or interrupt many of his attacks and movements for a short spell, enough to wear down his health and damage his posture.

Once his health is about half-way down, you can stop actively trying to bait attacks and switch into defense--deflecting all of his attack sequences and the occasional hit will wear his Posture away quickly. When he's on his second phase, run when he turns invisible until he drops out of it, and use Mikiri Counter to defend against his Shadowrush attacks--he most often does one after he throws a larger sweep of gunpowder and after he launches his blazing owl.

In the second phase, use firecrackers to interrupt his attacks and hurt him while he shields his eyes. Otherwise maintain the same principles as the first phase, just be ready for his owl-based attacks and don't be afraid to run from him to make some space for yourself to heal and douse your flames.

If you defeat the boss you will see the writing "SHINOBI EXECUTION" upon the screen.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Phase 1
Zig-Zag Many of Owl's attacks initiate after a zig-zag motion designed to confuse you. After this, he can do any of the following 5 moves:  
Shuriken Throw Owl throws a single shuriken Block, deflect or dodge to the side
Double Shuriken + flip Owl will throw 2 shuriken then flip towards you in the air and then perform a single downward strike with his sword.  Deflect/block the shuriken and dodge sideways to avoid the flip and counter.
Shadowfall Just like your Mushin Shadowfall Combat Art. Owl will charge up for an unblockable thrust, and if it hits, he will jump off and come down with 2 huge slashes.  Mikiri the thrust.
Shuriken Slash Owl throws a shuriken at the player immediately followed by a running slash. Similar to the Chasing Slice Shinobi Martial Art Block/Deflect both. If well timed you can also dodge his slash to the right for a counter opportunitybut it's difficult.
Perilous Sweep Owl will move from the side and perform an unblockable sweep. Jump over it. He can perform the following after this: Jump over it and stay close to him to bait out his overhead slash. Alternatively, jump back so you can jump kick his head and inflict posture damage
Large Overhead Slash Owl will load up for a very powerful overhead slash. If you dodge to the side he will switch to a turning slash. If you dodge backwards he will perform a flip towards you and slash. 

Dodge the overhead slash at the last moment and counter. 

Circling him may be safer than performing a  dodge, as dodging too early prompts him to switch to a quick horizontal attack instead. 

You have time to get one or two hits in while he is charging up.

Backflip Owl leaps off of you. It deals no vitality damage but much posture damage. Deflect to minimize posture damage
Firecrackers Owl throws blinding firecrackers in your face, then makes them explode. He can follow up with either Shuriken Throw, Shadowfall or Shuriken Slash  Dodge backwards to avoid
Running Slash Owl runs towards you and performs a single strong slash. He can perform the following 2 moves after this: Block/Deflect. You can also dodge to the left but you might get hit by the followups.
5-slash Firecracker Combo Owl performs 3 consecutive slashes with his sword, followed by an elbow, followed by firecrackers, which he will slash through.

Deflect/block his slashes, then dodge to the right when he throws his firecrackers for a counter opportunity.

Dodging too quickly after the firecrackers are thrown will cause you to get hit by the follow-up slash, so a momentary pause is needed.  

Double Slash into Perilous Sweep Owl performs 2 consecutive slashes with his sword and ends with a Perilous Sweep. He can perform his Large Overhead Slash after this Jump over it and stay close to him to bait out his overhead slash. Alternatively, jump back so you can jump kick his head and inflict posture damage
Shuriken Slash Owl throws a shuriken at the player immediately followed by a running slash. Similar to the Chasing Slice Shinobi Martial Art Block/Deflect both. If well timed you can also dodge his slash to the right for a counter opportunity, but it's difficult.
Stomp (grab)

Owl will raise his foot into the air then stomp down pinning the player to the ground and stabbing them through the chest. This attack does massive damage and cannot be blocked and does not have a Perilous indicator. 

Owl will likely use this after breaking the player's posture if he is close enough. 

Dodge backwards/safety roll in order to avoid it.
Phase 2
Backflip + Shuriken Same as in phase one but he throws shuriken after.  Block/Deflect both.
Owl Teleport Owl will use his summoned owl to teleport above you and drop down with a slash You can deflect his slash, or just run away/stay away from the owl to avoid
Fire Owl + Shadowfall Owl will summon his owl to his hand and throw an unblockable fire owl projectile towards you, then follow up with Shadowfall.  Jump over the fire owl and mikiri his thrust



Owl (Father) Lore

Lore theory: Owl is implied to be the one who originally killed Wolf during the events of the Hirata attack three years prior to the events of the game. 

The first time Sekiro uses a shinobi prosthetic tool during the fight, Owl will comment on it, recognising it and implying he knew the previous owner, possibly from his time with the Sculptor and Dogan".


Owl (Father) Notes & Trivia

Resistant to poison, burn is effective though.

Unlike when fought in the present at the top of Ashina Castle, this version of Owl does not use the Shinobi Charm to prevent the player from healing.

There is an archer close to the idol who can be backstabbed (jump through the window-like gap in the wall to get behind him), allowing the player to start the boss fight with the Bestowal Ninjutsu. Because Owl will frequently try jumping away from you to escape damage, the extra reach from bestowal lets you keep striking him while he's attempting to evade you. Can be combined with buffs such as Ako's Sugar for additional damage. 




Owl (Father) Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      15 May 2019 14:08  

      A really fun fight I’m surprised it only took me 10 tries, I advise you use the feather for when he uses the owl teleport and just remember, and for flame owl jump forward than dash forward and then r1 until he deflects then it’s your turn to deflect

      • Anonymous

        15 May 2019 11:03  

        I'm in ng+ with 36 attack power. Watched many videos on youtube but still have no chance! Even to kick him into phase two is really hard for me. Any good advices? Dont want to start a complete new game only for him :(

        • Anonymous

          15 May 2019 03:26  

          so in order to fight this guy you have to do a bunch of tedious***** you'd never think of on your first playthrough ... well maybe in a few years when i replay this game again ill fight him.

          • Anonymous

            10 May 2019 05:36  

            After getting good at his move set this might honestly be my second favourite boss in this game. It always keeps you on your toes. The only thing I dislike is sometimes his hitboxes can be a bit wonky, especially when he exists the owl thing.

            • Anonymous

              09 May 2019 22:34  

              If you try and hit him after he throws firecrackers in front of you or jumps from the spirit owl, he disappears (to his spirit owl again) in a very similar visual effect to that of the Mist Raven Prosthetic tool. Maybe it's due to him being a Master Shinobi and knowing that technique, or just an added effect because of his bird spirit?

              • Anonymous

                09 May 2019 00:16  

                I find a fistful of ash works against him, especially if you died already and the battle starts instantly, run in and prepare to throw ash in his fast and you can get 2 hits in. Thats how I get through the first phase, using up all 10 ashes. Then I use firecrackers.

                • Anonymous

                  07 May 2019 10:44  

                  Dragon Flash Technique is an extremely useful tool for this fight. When there is distance between you two he doesnt strafe fast enough to avoid the first hit and the follow up shockwave, dealing considerable hp and posture damage. It will even provoke him into attacking you and shutdown his combos if timed right. Basically you can control the fight instead of letting him do it.

                  • Anonymous

                    05 May 2019 21:09  

                    How much Attack Power did you guys beat him with? He seems literally impossible at 9. Sometimes I get to the second phase, his posture gets to 50%, but I run out of gourds and it's gg.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 May 2019 22:58  

                      My first shot at this boss was without kuros charm. Difficult but doable; the chip damage is what made this harder then usual. I like to trade deflects, so it was a long back and forth. The hardest thing was firecracker: when he does firecracker to get away, just jump back and mikiri when appropriate. But when he does firecracker in his slash combo, DASH TOWARDS HIS LEFT, YOUR RIGHT -- you get 2 - 3 free shots in before he'll deflect. The owl spirit was more annoying than anything as the owl obfuscates his move; the blue crap gets in the way

                      • Anonymous

                        03 May 2019 09:21  

                        This fight is incredibly long if you don't play aggresively. During the first phase, every time he kicks you to jump back, run towards him (not on 2nd phase though, cause he throws shurikens) and slash him at max range. Actually every time he's not close to you, you should run towards him and attack. If he's not blocking you will counter-hit him, cause all of his attacks are quite slow. Be aggressive and you will quickly reduce his health bar while not allowing his posture to regenerate

                        • Anonymous

                          03 May 2019 09:13  

                          a good and easy to perform counter for the Large Overhead Slash is hitting him once or twice, dodging to the side and then High Monk over the slash

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Apr 2019 02:59  

                            Mortal draw really needs to be added to his weaknesses. Even without spirit emblems nothing damages him as much in NG+

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Apr 2019 13:27  

                              Be careful when you use your thrust attack as he can perform his own mikiri counter on you which heavily damaged your posture

                              • Anonymous

                                27 Apr 2019 21:02  

                                Why doesn't the Suzaku Lotus Umbrella prosthetic work against the flaming bird attack? It literally says it prevents damage from fire, but apparently not from birds???

                                • Anonymous

                                  27 Apr 2019 02:13  

                                  weird and useless fact, when he summons to throw his owl spirit thing at you, you can see it turn into a regular owl before being set on fire and launched at you

                                  • Anonymous

                                    26 Apr 2019 21:44  

                                    When he does firecrackers, if you dodge directly beside him it won't affect you, and you can get a few good free hits on him. The timing is a little tricky, but if you get it, it gives you an easy opportunity for dmg

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Apr 2019 05:32  

                                      Realized today that the raven mist is really useful against his blue owl air drop attack. Once the owl flies up above you and the ground around you flashes blue, use the raven mist while keeping still to perform the exact same move he just tried on you. Karma ***** lmao

                                      • Anonymous

                                        24 Apr 2019 02:18  

                                        Mortal Blade does some serious damage on him, even if blocked and without emblems it chips away at his health. Made the fight almost easy by using it with Air Combat arts.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          22 Apr 2019 19:09  

                                          Some improvments - "Stomp (grab)": can also be deflected. - "Firecrackers": you can dodge/run through it chasing the boss instead of running away ( and you can often get one free hit and stop the "Shadowfall" attack. Playing aggressive is better in this fight. - "Perilous Sweep": "Alternatively, jump back so you can jump kick his head and inflict posture damage" - This doesn't make any sense for me honestly... I tryed to replicated it tons of times, I maanged to do it once in like 20 tryes, just out of luck... When you jump over the Perilous Sweep, Owl does a smooth arc movement where he moves on side and then soon after in front of you, so if you jump backwards as the guy who wrote this suggests, nothing would happen, since the boss is in front of you at the end of the jump, not behind you. The best thing to do is just jump staying in place, wait for the frontal slash, dodging at right moment and you get 2 free hits. I kept trying and trying, but what this guy suggest about "jump back" won't work! Prove me wrong with a video, but I've seen lots of boss fights and nobody managed to do what this guy says.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            22 Apr 2019 06:22  

                                            i'm not the one to complain about bosses no matter how tough they are, but i'm with the final prayer bead now and 12 atk power and this motherf*** obliterates me because i got near a pillar, he does an attack that covers half of the arena, the camera goes wild, unlocks him, he hits me without i even understand wth is going on and i die. His version on the Ashina Castle was also pretty irritating because of his shadows die twice washing pole version but there's no reason to complain. A flawed boss fight in my opinion but perfectly manageable, now this one is driving me insane.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              21 Apr 2019 16:26  

                                              if i kill him will i be stuck with the purification ending? I did all the steps to the return endingbut i want his memory.

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