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 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



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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    • 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

                        • Anonymous

                          08 Apr 2019 05:20  

                          I found a super cheap cheese method where you bait him up the steps and then you go to the ledge next to the door of the tower on the side with the tree and wheelbarrow and ledge hang. From there you just swat at him and do chip damage until he's down and jump up and do a deathblow lol Super cheap though, found it on youtube and thought I'd mention it for anyone who's lost their patience with this guy lol

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Apr 2019 08:35  

                            The reason why this damn boss is so hard is because the game tries to shove in Mikiri counter as a "LEARN THIS OR DIE" move and then once you have the move down, introduces bosses like this that counterattack for 3/4ths of your health when you Mikiri counter.

                            • 04 Apr 2019 19:37  

                              I've been struggling with this guy for a long time. I tried some of the cheese strategies here in vain. So, I went back to legit fighting. What got me thru was jumping firecrackers and attack, then jumping ichimonji when firecrackers run out. Got him.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Apr 2019 04:15  

                                You can also poison him w sabimaru. Once he is poison jump off the side to where he cant hit you until the poison wears off and climb up and do it again.

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Apr 2019 15:55  

                                  Strategy 4: kill everyone down by the gatehouse except one of the fat dudes, hide until said dude loses you, sneak into the tower, stealth Yamauchi’s first life, run down to the last fatso (granted you’ve timed it right and he’s facing away from you in his walk cycle), puppeteer him, then watch as Ornstein and Smough turn on each other. Refresh the puppeteer as needed (stand behind your ally for another backstab), and try to fit in some hits to Yamauchi’s back between their attacks. Just be careful that you don’t get hit by his backhand, or worse, by your own ally’s maul. Proven to be just slightly effective, if not mildly entertaining!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    31 Mar 2019 23:06  

                                    The hitboxes on this boss are so stupid. He's killed me through the stairs, and even if I cleanly jump over an attack the game is all "that was a thrust, not a sweep, you get hit anyway."

                                    • Anonymous

                                      30 Mar 2019 20:47  

                                      Throw an oil jar to interrupt his attack then flame vent attack. As hes stunned give him three thwacks. Rinse and repeat easy cheesy

                                      • Anonymous

                                        29 Mar 2019 23:51  

                                        Guys, just use spiral spear (OP). Its the only thing that makes this a fair fight, look at his weapon! His attacks arent that distinguisable from a sweep or a thrust. So the close combat is hard. What works is use spear run around him and play the sevenspearlord yourself. If youve chipped him enough off his HP you can start circling him while running, so he misses almost everything except his triple thrust. As soon as he misses attack him from behind. Especially on his overhead swing you can get 2-3 hits. Btw when ashina is burning you can fight him again. Use puppetninjitsu on the other guy while using gachiins sugar. Then there is another guy right behind your puppet use your bestowalninjutsu on him. After youve done as much dmg as possible and youve lost your puppet do the spear and circle tactic again. Spiral spear is better that leaping flame on single target enemies: cost 1 spirit and dmg vitality even when guarding. GL & HF

                                        • Anonymous

                                          29 Mar 2019 17:16  

                                          My tip that worked like a charm for me is to use both Persimmon + Gokan sugar for reduced posture damage. After that focus on mikiri/parrying and the occasional spear until he is dead, dont forget to sneak up on him for the 1st deathblow ofc:)

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