Sakura Bull of the Palace

Sekiro Sakura Bull of the Palace Mini-Boss Guide
Location Fountainhead Palace
Weakness Shinobi Firecracker
Reward Prayer Bead
A Beast's Karma

Sakura Bull of the Palace (宮の桜牛, Sakura Bull of the Palace, Miya no Sakuraushi) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Sakura Bull of the Palace Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Sakura Bull 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.


Sakura Bull of the Palace Location

Where to find the Sakura Bull of the Palace in Sekiro?

  • Fountainhead Palace: Found Fountainhead Temple area, by taking a left turn from the Flower Viewing Stage Sculptor's Idol
  • This boss is optional.



Sakura Bull of the Palace Rewards

What do you get from defeating the Sakura Bull of the Palace in Sekiro?

  • Prayer Bead
  • A Beast's Karma - It's worth killing this boss as defeating it awards you a Latent Skill that increases your max Spirit Emblems on hand to +1, allowing for the possible max of 20 on hand.
  • 19786 XP without Kuro's Charm (NG+7)



Sakura Bull of the Palace Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Sakura Bull of the Palace Video Strategies



Sekiro Sakura Bull of the Palace Strategy Writeup

This enemy can be made easier, or even trivial, by using stealth. Rather than approaching him head on you can grapple up to the roof to the left of where the Great Carp breaks the bridge, where there will be 3 Noble Warriors on guard. Alternatively, you can also jump up the broken wall to the right and reach the rooftops this way, which lets you avoid these enemies entirely.
The bull will start to walk around the corner of the small area he starts in as you approach. You can jump down and perform a stealth deathblow from the roof, which will take about a third of the bull's vitality. The rest of the fight is largely similar to the Blazing Bull: you can either stay behind him to avoid his attacks, or attack his head, which deals much more damage.

Be careful not to lure it too far away, as it can de-aggro and return to where it started, recovering to full health in the process.

This boss can be defeated instantly by using firecrackers to startle him while he is unaware. However, there is a bug that causes him to freeze in place when you remain undetected after he has gone into panic mode. To prevent this, deal any damage to him while he is panicking, and he will run into the wall, instantly becoming stunned and vulnerable to a deathblow.


Sekiro Sakura Bull of the Palace Attacks & Counters

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Phase 1
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Phase 2
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Example Attack Example Counter



 Sakura Bull of the Palace Lore

  • The Okami are pale and bluish, consistent with Asian depictions of the dead Japanese Ghost/Yurei Buddhist Hell "Naraka". The nobles live in an area overgrown by roots which I believe depicts the Japanese underworld "Ne-no-kuni", which betokens something like "land of roots". The Okami were likely all once human and turned into these beings by imbibing large volumes of Rejuvenating Water. The idea of an aroma of the Divine Realm likely stems from two preceding Dark Souls items: "Fragrant Branch of Yore" and "Aromatic Ooze". The latter likely reincarnated as some form of noxious, white slime Hideous White Slime.
  • Gigantism in Dark Souls was often a result of devouring souls, which in Sekiro are sakura colored [1]. The Rejuvenating Water springs from the Dragon's Blood and it begets Stagnation and Undeath. The water has affected the Sakura Bull, plaguing it with colorless skin and a skeletal face. The great tree branch on the head of the bull is likely related to the great sakura tree of the Divine Dragon.


Sakura Bull of the Palace Notes & Tips

  • Notes & Tips go here


Sakura Bull of the Palace Image Gallery

Sekiro Sakura Bull of the Palace Mini-Boss Guide



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    • Anonymous

      07 Nov 2020 16:29  

      If you use divine confetti or lotus umbrella to deflect its attacks, it doesn't do any damage to you. Not completely sure about the divine confetti though.

      • Anonymous

        04 Oct 2020 19:12  

        The first thing I thought of when I first saw this bull was the huge horribly mutated bear from Annihilation.

        • Anonymous

          09 Aug 2020 22:11  

          got him to one hit left and the dude just ran for the hills, turned the corner, and regenerated all of him health and posture instantly. SMH

          • Anonymous

            26 Jun 2020 23:26  

            I jumped down and hit him with firecrackers, then he ran into the wall and he instantly lost all his posture, and then I killed him.

            I think I broke the fight

            • Anonymous

              09 Dec 2019 12:33  

              While in stealth and unnoticed, try using the Firecrackers on it's ass as it walks away from it's initial starting path to make it run into the wall across from it. If you try this when it has passed around the corner, it may just run all the way forward, calming down eventually and attacking you with all it's might or possibly even de-aggroing.

              • Anonymous

                22 Sep 2019 16:58  

                Do the whole roof thing, but fight it head on. Literally. Hitting its head does almost triple damage and it gives a chance for you to stun the bull. Hit him 1-2 times after. his combo and deflect. He will hurt you through the deflect, so some rice is suggested for constant healing. Firecrackers are essential.

                • Anonymous

                  12 Sep 2019 13:41  

                  Sneak to it from the roof, Firecrackers before it notices you, then attack once immediately. For some reason, if you just Firecracker it, it will jump once then glitch and freeze. I ran through my whole supply of Firecrackers at different points on it's path to try and figure out why it wasn't working. I think it's because it technically hadn't noticed me, so the game didn't consider it in combat and the frenzy behavior is only allowed to happen in combat.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Aug 2019 21:27  

                    Lol this f****ng A$@hole ran away when his HP got low. All the way away. To De aggro and rest the fight. . . TWICE

                    • Anonymous

                      28 May 2019 20:37  

                      There's a lot of stuff missing here so I'm going to write down what I know. The aerial deathblow does no damage to the Sakura Bull. Attacking the head seems to do much more damage than anywhere else. Guarding and even deflecting attacks deals chip damage. Divine Confetti is effective

                      • Anonymous

                        15 May 2019 21:41  

                        Decent boss but... we need more lore theories. The blazing bull made sense as an experiment/desperate measure but this one seems a bit out of place. Is it a normal bull who drank the water and transformed? (same pale skin as the nobles) Are the branches imbued with the divine confetti effect? Was it to drive some apparitions away? (we can mention the shichimen warrior near the waterfall)

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Apr 2019 06:45  

                          I hit it with the mortal blade and it started jumping around, ended up ramming into a wall, filling it's posture meter instantly and stunning it, allowing for an easy deathblow.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Apr 2019 10:13  

                            If you sneak up behind him, throw firecrackers just as he's turning around to face you, and then run behind him (so you're out of the way), he will rear-up and run into the wall. His posture meter fills up instantly and he loses his balance, with no damage having been given, and you can simply walk up to him and do the death blow. If you want to fight him normally, I'd suggest deflecting over dodging, as his posture meter fills up real quick with consistence deflections.

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Apr 2019 01:20  

                              puppeteer the okami warrior that can do thunder attack near sculptor Idol, take him to the bull, watch them fight each other. One thunder strike from the okami warrior hits the bull around 1/3 of its health.

                              • Anonymous

                                06 Apr 2019 21:43  

                                Idk what happen but I literally did not even touch him(until deathblow). He some way some how ran into the wall and then his posture meter maxed out so I ran up and just dealt the death blow. I again did not hit him, block him or anything. He hit ME then I dodged his second strike and he hits wall and boom deathblow. It happen for anyone else??

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Apr 2019 05:12  

                                  Divine confetti + 2 hits of purple fume spark and it's over in less than 10 seconds. Posture bar jumps to almost full on second spark.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    03 Apr 2019 08:36  

                                    This bull is a jerk. We were fighting along the pathway and after spending 3 confetti and having him down to a sliver of vit he ran to his spawn spot. By the time I reached him he de-aggro'd and was back at full health. Luckily if you cleared the rooftops you can land a deathblow from there so I aggro'd him again and ran back to the hook point. Since he followed you get a clear shot as he tries to go back to his spot.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      01 Apr 2019 15:29  

                                      As soon as I started the fight he rammed into a wall and his posture meter went to 100% and I killed him. It's complete random, but the easiest way to do it.

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