Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi

Location Ashina Reservoir
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Loaded Axe
Loaded Umbrella - Magnet
Spring-load Flame Vent
Shinobi Firecracker

NG: 465
NG+: 2325

Reward Prayer Bead

Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi (葦名七本槍・山内式部利勝, Ashina Seven Spears - Yamauchi Shikibu Toshikatsu) 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.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Location

  • Found in the Ashina Reservoir area in the same temple where you meet the young lord at the beginning.
  • This boss is optional.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Rewards


Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Notes & Tips

  • You can Stealth Deathblow one Marker off him, if you sneak around behind him on the left cliff.
  • Mikiri Counter works very well against this Mini-boss because he does several different Perilous Thrust Attacks, so make sure you have it and use it on them. Be ready to Deflect afterward, because sometimes he'll follow up with a swipe attack, that if you Deflect perfectly, you send him stumbling and you can get in some free hits.
  • You can use Ungo's Sugar and the Loaded Axe to stun lock him and kill him very quickly. Alternate R1 and R2 when using this method.
  • The Loaded Umbrella - Magnet, can be used to great effect on this Mini-boss because it blocks against Perilous Thrust Attacks and with Projected Force allows you to deal substantial damage while turtling.
  • The Spring-load Flame Vent can set this Mini-boss on fire very easily by holding R2 when given an opening. Use this to help build up Posture.
  • Much like the Loaded Axe, you can use the Shinobi Firecracker to stun lock him and get a very easy kill if you alternate attacking and Firecracker.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Lore

  • The game features 3 of the Seven Spears of Ashina in Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi, Shume Masaji Oniwa and Gyoubu Oniwa.
  • "The Seven Spears of Ashina were pivotal in Isshin's coup. He awarded the lance to none but his most loyal samurai. Yet now, only a few of the Seven remain." - Final Prayer Necklace
  • He is likely based on Ujikatsu Yama-no-uchi (or Yamauchi) (山内氏勝), one of the most trusted generals of the warlord Moriuji Ashina.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Strategies

Video Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Strategy 1: You can easily stealth up behind him and do a stealth deathblow that will take one of his health bars away. He does a 4 hit attack, where on the 3rd and 4th attack, he does a long wind up before the attack, use this chance to get behind him and deal some damage. It is not ideal to deflect his attacks as he deals a lot of posture damage. He has two Perilous attacks, a sweep, and a thrust attack. The sweep is easily countered but for the thrust, he tends to throw you off and follow up with an attack if you use Mikiri counter and if you make a mistake it can one-shot you.

Strategy 2: This mini-boss fight is set around the tower where you rescued the young lord at the start of the game. When you arrive to this area DO NOT attack this boss head on, rather go down to the left and use the path that you used to get to the young lord, sneak into the tower and pull of a deathblow to Shikibu from behind. After this follow up with a few attacks before jumping back down to the lower area that we used before. Since there are invisible walls around this boss fight you are safe from his attacks and he cannot reach you from the arena. go over to the bit where you start climbing up (the first ledge) and when you look back to the arena you should see a grapple point, coax him over to that point and throw an oil at him, then grapple over and use flame vent as soon as you land (having the skill Mid-air Prosthetic Tool can help making sure he get burnt before he deals damage). This will stun him as well as doing damage to him, giving you the chance to hit him a couple of times before he gets back to fighting you, when he goes out of the stunned position, jump back down and repeat the process. After doing this 3-5 times he will be ready for his second deathblow and you can finish him off.

Strategy 3 (Firecracker): Start the fight with a deathblow and follow up with either Ichimonji or the Axe tool. Do your best to avoid his Perilous attacks by evading them. Use dodge counters to whittle his health so his posture won't regain so quickly. During his slower attacks use the Shinobi Firecracker to stun and counter attack him. You will be able to attack twice then stun him, although at times, you may have to trade blows so have high health.

Strategy 4 (Jumping): He is very susceptible to jump attacks. If you continuously double jump it will stun him and then do two normal attacks he will continuously be stun locked. He can only escape if he raises his spear in the air. When he does this, don't jump and instead use firecracker or another tool to restun him and repeat.



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    • Anonymous

      20 Jan 2020 00:32  

      I didn’t kill him the first run, got every other prayer bead doing the purification route, and then went to ng+. I went back to him and I didn’t get a prayer bead... later in the game I killed the other one after ashina is on fire and didn’t get a bead (my thought process was that maybe the bead would be on the 2nd one killed, idk lol). So with every other bead collected, idk why I couldn’t get his in ng+. Anyone got any ideas?

      • Anonymous

        02 Jan 2020 06:31  

        He’s super easy if you have the spear. Run him to the double doors to the area. He’ll start backing away. Use the spear to pull him and roll back as he attacks. Rinse and repeat until he’s through the door. Then walk to the opening of the door and attack in the direction of the other door. You’ll corner him there and he’ll keep trying to walk away. Just spam R1 and he’ll just sit there and take it.

        • Anonymous

          01 Jan 2020 21:11  

          With the jumping strategy- how do you know if he's gonna raise his spear? Cos it's a very fast paced action.

          • Anonymous

            30 Oct 2019 08:03  

            A little fun translation note; "Shikibu" is actually a title basically meaning "Minister of Ceremonial Affairs" (referring to 式部省 / "Shikibu-shō", or "Ministry of Ceremonial Affairs").

            • Anonymous

              10 Sep 2019 01:31  

              Miriki counter DOES NOT WORK on the stairs if you are below him, tested multiple times and he hit through the counter any time I was below him. Hopefully this saves someone the brain aneurysm this caused me.

              • Anonymous

                19 Aug 2019 22:51  

                Pull off the backstab, then pull him up to the stairs, then jump down. He will try and attack from above but won’t be able to hit you, and can’t seem to work out how the stairs work. You can just jump slash him from the side of the stairs until he’s ready for the second deathblow.

                • Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi [Sekiro Wi11 May 2019 00:44  

                  You guys don't need to do all of this cheesing and stuff. All you gotta do is dodge INTO him on pretty much everything. His spear's range works against him this way. The tactic with the axe works too, but I wouldn't recommend that unless you're doing a speedrun. Fight him legit, it's more rewarding.

                  • 10 May 2019 14:36  

                    The amount of invisible walls where you fight him make the battle *****ing laughable. If you keep him on the stairs, BOTH SIDES are invisible walls, along with how small and restricted the room already is, and how many grapple points there are to run and get a breather. Only difficult thing about him is his long chain that breaks posture in the first few hits and his ability to counter the Mikiri Counter till his posture is near breaking.

                    • Anonymous

                      29 Apr 2019 22:44  

                      I jumped on the tree branch to the left and used the spear to drag him onto it, he instantly slide off to his doom.

                      • Anonymous

                        21 Apr 2019 05:06  

                        If you continuously press circle to dodge into him, then almost all of his spear moves move below you, so it’s easy to kill him if you sneak up behind him and take out his first deathblow, then destroy his posture and attack whenever you have an opportunity.

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Apr 2019 03:27  

                          A really fun way to fight this guy in NG+ is to clear out all the people below but the one samurai guy facing the wall at the bottom of the stairs, then puppeteer ninjitsu him and fight him 2 on 1. You could even do that in a first playthrough if you wait long enough in the game to fight him. Pretty much as close as we can get to a DS summon in Sekiro.

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Apr 2019 14:57  

                            I accidentally found out that the basic attack from the Loaded Axe interrupts his winding up attack. The "flourishing" he starts doing previous to his three hit combo that usually won't stop no matter how much you attack him with your basic katana.

                            • Anonymous

                              16 Apr 2019 03:42  

                              I don't know if anyone has already posted this but I found a very easy way to beat this guy without any special tools. Once you sneak round behind him and get a backstab to remove one deathblow run back up the stairs towards the tower and wait for him to follow you. Once he has followed you most of the way up the stairs jump off them and hide beside them. You are completely safe here though he will continue to spam attacks in your direction. When you feel it is safe jump once and slash twice, it's painfully slow, but you will wittle his health down, eventually you'll be able to death blow him again, this is the hardest part ... And it's pretty easy, just jump up and rebound off the wall to get on top of the stairs then just line up the red dot of awesome death and cut away. Enjoy your bead :)

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Apr 2019 08:16  

                                After the first deathblow, use hit and run tactics. Going at him head on is usually too risky since his attacks will break your posture easily even if you do a good job partying and dodging his huge spear is a crapshoot due to its range. Mikiri is almost useless here since he pushes you away and often follows with a counter. So just run around and bait him and hit him whenever he slams his spear into the ground. If you're low on life and managed to get him to maybe half, you can cheese the rest of the fight by tossing oil and then hopping off to the left and lure him to the grapple point, grapple and blast him with fire as soon as you land and smack him a couple of times and jump off again. Repeat a couple of times and he's basically done.

                                • Anonymous

                                  14 Apr 2019 06:29  

                                  I found that being hyper aggressive killed him the easiest the only attack he could poise through was his sweep attack like thing not the actual sweep attack but some strange other attack but even then just move to the right and he can’t hit you so just do Ds3 pvp rules on him basically

                                  • Anonymous

                                    10 Apr 2019 17:32  

                                    I'm on NG+ and I didn't kill him on NG, so I killed him now instead but he didn't drop the last prayer bead.. help

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