Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi

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

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. This Complete Seven Ashina Spears - Yamauchi Shikibu Toshikatsu Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Yamauchi Shikibu Toshikatsu 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.

 

 

Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Location

Where to find Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi in Sekiro?

  • 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

What do you get from defeating Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi in Sekiro?

 

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 Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears - Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi 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

      Fought and lost against him 20 times or so. Did other Bosses in the meantime. Only he was left on my todo list and I did the following.

      - Sneak left into the house and put a Deathblow from behind
      - set him ablaze with spring loaded flame vent
      - while he is burning, double jump at him, 2x normal attack when on the ground, double-jump again, repeat

      - if you got away and he's chasing: set him ablaze again, double jump and normal attack

      I finally beat him. God I love these bossfights

      • Anonymous

        If I were to make a demo for this game, it would be the entire Ashina Reservoir area leading up to this miniboss fight. Such a good demonstration of the game's stealth mechanics in the area, and the one-on-one fight mechanics on the miniboss.

        • Anonymous

          It's kinda funny to think about now how incredibly difficult he was in my first run. I died to him probably more than to any other enemy or boss (excluding The Sword Saint and normal Isshin), even with just one healthbar. But as I've gotten better in the game, I've started to really enjoy the fight and now it feels like I'm making as big of a fool of him as he did of me on my current playthrough. As a tip I can basically just say that keep low to medium distance and all other attacks are pretty good for parrying and/or punishing except for the big jumping slam during which you simply have to quickly move to his side and you actually do get a few hits worth of punish that he won't be able to block. Also, as opposed to what some people are saying here, the mikiri is super-useful, even if he usually does another hit right after it, because if you parry that second hit, he goes stumbling for a moment when you can easily get some nice punish in. So all in all, don't get mad if he's still super-hard for you, when you get better at the game, I promise you there will be a time when you can dish out all the bent up aggression on him.

          • Anonymous

            You don't need to clear out all the nearby enemies. You can just sneak past them and then stay near the little building with the item in it and you won't be bothered (at least for Yamauchi, the other guy has a body guard right next to him but you can just stealth deathblow him anyways)

            • Anonymous

              This boss totally annihilated me, 360 attacks, long reach, tracking, and about 90% of HP lost on every hit, insane.
              The only way I were able to kill him, is by throwing oil then using flame vent, then hitting him a few times, wait until flame effect ends, repeat.

              • Anonymous

                Why is there enemy spam around every single ****ing miniboss in the game? I could count the amount of bosses that don't have 5+ guards around them on one hand -- this guy especially sucks becase he's pretty hard, the fight would be fun if I didn't have to take 5-7 business days to clear out the arena every time I die if I don't want to risk a random musket shot in the butt or a sudden katana lurching from the side of my screen.

                • Anonymous

                  Do NOT mikiri counter against him. When he throws you off the spear it will stun you for a little bit, and that couple miliseconds are enough for him to get a whole another attack in.

                  • Anonymous

                    I really just wish falling of the edge didn't reset his deathblow markers. You get one marker off, get his health low, use a couple gourds but still have plenty of healing left --- and then he spear****s you off the side of the cliff and now, even though you are alive and still have a resurrection left even, you have to start all over.

                    • Anonymous

                      Yeah you can't stunlock him with the axe, spring loaded or otherwise thanks. Ungo's sugar makes zero difference.

                      • Anonymous

                        from should learn where to place their "bonfires", even if you avoid them, one can still spot you while doing the deathblow to him. i dont have any problems agaisnt the boss, just those 2-3 minutes wasted each time i retry

                        • I cheesed him so hard and beat him on my first try. When I went to the temple, I didn't see him at the steps and proceeded to enter via the hole in the wall to see if anything was different from when you free Kuro. I was about to exit the front and was like who TF is this boss and got the stealth deathblow. Then I left back throw the hole and attacked him from the cliffs on the side by tossing oil and roping to the anchor point on the cliff and quickly using flame vent. I'd get a few slashes in, hop back over, then rinse & repeat. He didn't even attempt to dodge the oil, and fire really got his posture meter up, so this was a pretty quick & easy cheese.

                          • Anonymous

                            God I wish mikiri counter had its own icon. Some things that are clearly thrusts don't work for mikiri counter, other things that aren't thrusts do.

                            • Anonymous

                              Mobs everywhere that will annoy you during combat. High-range hits that will kill you instantly if your health bar isn’t full. Pretty painful boss you wanna quit fighting after 3 tries, unlike most bosses in these games which you want to keep fighting

                              • Anonymous

                                I miss the first time he terrified me and gave me headache. Now he's one of the easiest miniboss I have no hit in ng+1 and ng+2. Same story with ashina spears 2.

                                • Anonymous

                                  fricking mikiri counter misses half the time other than that it is a fun fight but its just so tedious to time the mikiris and it missing just frustrates me

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This guy legit took me longer to beat than any of the actual bosses, but that's mainly because of the time of the game during which he appears. Even when you get a stealth blow off, he has a fat vitality bar, fat posture bar and nasty combo's with long reach that absolutely **** you up when they connect. Blocking doesn't really help because he plows through your posture like a madman. If you dont deflect and respond to his perilous attacks properly, there's no chance in hell that you're beating him without cheese.

                                    Though I must say: Nothing felt quite as good as revisiting this guy when I had more practice and realizing that he had become easy.

                                    • I do 1deathblow on him and then 1 can of oil then fire and attack him then i run in to the house where kuro was he is just out side the doorway then i throw oil on him and the fire and attack do this untill he is dead works great for me if he comes in to he house go out the back side go around till you get to the door if he is stil in the house just throw oil on him then fire and attck til he is dead.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Really hard fight, and I think I would like it quite a bit, if he didn't do so much damage. Strategywise, I found that trying to cheese him with tools was pretty fruitless since he recovers posture pretty fast, so I ended up just attacking him very aggressively, forgoing most of the opportunities for mikiri and instead dealing vitality damage. Most of his perilous attacks can be interrupted and the only thing that caused trouble was the non perilous sweep, which you can just jump over.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          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

                                            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

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

                                              • Anonymous

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                                    • 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.

                                                      • 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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          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

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • 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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        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

                                                                                          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:)

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            When i first tried to fight this guy i realized how difficult it was gonna get so I ran down on the cliffs to the left of the temple to escape. 5 seconds later Shikibu fell off the cliff. At first I laughed so hard but then I realized I didn’t get my prayer bead. I thought it was impossible for enemies to fall off cliffs and such but now ill never get that one bead :(

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              You know it's a Soulsborne game when the strategy guide for the hardest bosses are filled with cheese strats

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                If anyone is having too much trouble, I tried something that worked well and is risk free. I cleared everyone in the area, except for the big guy with the hammer. Proceeded up to Seven Ashina for the first deathblow from behind. Immediately ran to the Hammer guy to mind control him. He agrooed the samurai and kept him busy while helping with vital/posture damage as I attacked the samurai from behind. To avoid getting hit by the hammer I sniped the samurai with the charged phantom kunai while he focused on the dude with the hammer. Proceeded to deathblow. Finished.

                                                                                                • This suggestion worked like a charm, made the fight trivial:

                                                                                                  One other way: 1) pop a protection/attack sugar 2) stealth kill him to take on e 3) normal attack twice, attack with the axe once - repeat until he is dead

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Cheesy way to beat him: Clear the entire area out, go up the left for the free deathblow, then lock on and literally sprint away, run back to the flat open area. When he gets down there, sprint around him out of range, as he finishes a combo, sprint towards him (if his side is open sprint during his combo), and hit him with a Double Ichimonji. If he doesn't block the second attack, just hold sprint and sprint away from him, if he does block the second attack, dash backwards and be ready to deflect/block, when you're safe out of range start sprinting again. I was making barely any progress on him, stumbled on this and beat him without taking a single hit, doing nothing but sprinting and Double Ichimonji.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This is by far the most dog***** boss I've ever had to deal with in any video game. The headless was easier than this bs and so was butterfly and the ninja and every other boss in this game. ***** this guy.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Funny Cheese Strategy: Stealth Attack the first Deathblow as always, then proceed on double jumping on the top of the boss, basically you jump on top of his face, jump kick him to the face, then land on the ground in front of him and do one or two R1 attacks. Rinse and Repeat and finish with second Deathblow. Just be aware that he will move around with this strategy so don't do it against the main stairway and aggro additional mobs.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          i can't begin to describe how broken i felt after spending over an hour on this guy, dying for the dumbest mistakes over and over again, and my only reward is a clip of a little boy whining

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Sneak attack for first death blow. Then Lure him up the stairs then jump off tree side (not cliff) and put your face to the stairs. have him be just above your head. He will keep attacking but mostly not hitting you and stay up on the stairs. block til he finishes an attack then hit him. or if you have Ichimonji use that. Either slowly take his health down or fill up his posture. Thats how I got him.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              One other way: 1) pop a protection/attack sugar 2) stealth kill him to take on off 3) normal attack twice, attack with the axe once - repeat until he is dead

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Best tactic I found against him : first stealth kill him, then run away to the Idol gate, he starts walking back, rush him, get 2-3 attacks first, go back, and then start using Shinobi Firecracker, get 3-4 attack on him, another Firecraker, and so on. If you spam quick enough, he lose a lot of health and should fill the Posture Bar by the time you're out of charges.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Exploit tactic. Lure him into the house and then to the edge of the hole in the wall. He might moving away or stay still throughout the battle as long as you stay in 1 spot If he moving around then try to lure him near hold again. All you need to do is hanging on the ledge of the wall and keep attack him repeatedly until his health is at 1.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    If you lure him into the tower he comes out from, then run outside, he'll just walk back and forth in front of the door, which lets you do charged attacks and use axe/spear/fire/etc. And then run out

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Keeping your distance and using the Mikiri Counter to build posture damage felt like a good strategy. Sekiro staggers after doing this though, so don't try to attack after. Sometimes he will try a follow-up strike after you which you can parry to make him stumble forward, giving you time to do a charged strike and another swing after. Or, if you can manage to keep doing this, you can lead him back to the gate near where the Sculptor's Idol is. His AI will leash and start walking backward. At this point, he won't attack you but just attempt to block as he walks backward. If you strafe around to his left hand (your right) you can get in two normal swings. He will stagger and then start leashing again after turning around, at which point you can repeat until dead.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Every time I mikiri counter him it shows the animation but literally does nothing to his posture or health... Am I doing something wrong?

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I just tried to keep distance and dogde. Attack with loaded spear & nighjar slash when there was a opening. I mostly got *****ed over when he corned me or when i got stuck on stuff trying to doge.

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