Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa

Location Ashina Reservoir (after set ablaze)
Weakness ??
Reward Prayer Bead

Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.


Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Location

  • Found right after the "Ashina Reservoir" idol, after the castle enters the final attack phase.
  • This boss is optional.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Rewards



Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup

Getting rid of the samurai general early:

As there is a respawning samurai general in the same arena, using the Finger Whistle prosthetic tool to lure him away and backstab him before fighting the mini-boss himself, makes the fight a lot more manageable. Using the upgraded finger whistle for a delayed sound also makes it easier to move away so you won't get spotted yourself. This can also be combined with the Puppeteer Ninjutsu, giving you a strong ally for the fight. The mini-boss will instantly aggro on to you once you attack the samurai general this way.
Alternatively, one can also use a consumable Gachiin's Sugar to sneak directly up to the general undetected.

Pupeteer and double backstab strategy(no sugar or upgraded whistle required):

It is possible to backstab Oniwa after the samurai general, making the fight trivial with pupeteer. You'll want to start the fight from the secret passage idol. To get there from the Ashina Reservoir idol, go to the branch that is on the left side of the battlefield(you'll need to run past the fight) and from there grapple over and make your way towards the passageway from the beginning of the game, which now has an idol in front of it. Rest there to reset the fight, and make your way back to approach from that branch. Now stealth and walk only a little bit into the fight area, going along the cliff on the right of the branch facing the enemies. The general will yellow triangle spot you. Now hang off the cliff. Wait for the general to approach and eventually turn back around, and then run up and backstab + pupeteer him. If done right you will be far enough from Oniwa that he will not be alerted. Now backstab him as well and finish up a relatively easy one bar fight with pupeteer assistance. Just approach Oniwa from the opposite side of the puppet, and only attack when he turns.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter
Phase 2
Example Attack Example Counter
Example Attack Example Counter



Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Lore


Shume may be a close relative of Gyoubu, as they share a last name and both use long bladed spears. However, Oni roughly translates to "demon" in Japanese. Given that, in the english dub, Gyoubu is referred to as "Gyoubu the Demon" in an eavesdrop conversation, it's possible that "Oniwa" is a title or nickname rather than a family name.

Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Notes & Trivia

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.



Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      17 May 2019 10:59  

      Strategy: There is a near dead foot soldier lying around, use him to trigger blood mist to stealth kill the small samurai, now you can fight a fair 1V1. Strategy 2: Ready the fire vent, rush to the cliff, wait for him to thrust attack, Mikiri counter, deflect the follow up attack, fire blast charge blast him down the cliff.

      • Anonymous

        22 Apr 2019 06:30  

        Quick aggressive strategy: pop a Gachiin’s spiritfall and run behind the general. Deathblow him and puppeteer him. Then, run to the sitting bro and hit him, deathblow and puppeteer him as well. Then move to safety and pop a Ako’s Spiritfall to increase posture and vitality damage. While spear bro is preoccupied with the puppets, do double ichimonji attacks and you’ll quickly fill up his posture and get a deathblow. If you’re quick enough you can keep one of the puppets alive for phase 2 and then pop another Ako if necessary and quickly double ichi him and don’t let him lose his posture damage again otherwise it’s hard to get it back up.

        • Anonymous

          21 Apr 2019 00:41  

          Here is a strat that i used to beat him in about a minute: 1. Use a gachiins sugar and kill the general next to him, then quit out of the game. This will reset the boss and your position. 2. Sneak up on the goon to your left and kill him, (Make sure you have the ninjutsu bestowal, you can get from killing the headless ape and his wife after snake eyes shirahagi, this will require you to kill the guardian ape). 3. Activate bestowal and the red sugar (i forgot what it was called) or even better, a yasharikus sugar. 4. Perform a backstab deathblow on oniwa. 5. Be as aggressive as possible. If you are aggresive, you can cancle out his perilous attacks. The only attack to watch out for is the spin to win attack, which you can just deflect.

          • Anonymous

            17 Apr 2019 02:33  

            To cheese the second phase... just get on the branch (hope he doesnt fall), throw oil, flame vent, hit a bunch of times, dash back to the branch, repeat.

            • Anonymous

              09 Apr 2019 09:29  

              A strategy that worked for me was using the samurai as a puppet, then spamming the jump kick stun the whole time. You just have to watch for the overhead spin attack he does.

              • Anonymous

                08 Apr 2019 02:29  

                Use a sugar, stealth around to the right then puppeteer kill the sword guy, Boss is ultra weak to the sword enemy and will spend most of the time on the ground after being knocked over. When the sword enemy is about to expire (Usually after you have gotten your first deathblow) REPUPPET him and do the same again. This made the fight so easy for me I didn't even get hit. Is this cheese or by design?

                • Anonymous

                  07 Apr 2019 20:18  

                  You can run ahead to the next idol, turn around and walk around the fence to backstab the general without a sugar. -shlumpco

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Apr 2019 09:12  

                    OMG! I HATE THIS BOSS AREA!! the bloody fire always gets me, its like if its not the fire, im stuck in a corner ffs.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Apr 2019 16:38  

                      Gachin sugar, backstab sword general. Immediately go to the half-dead guy that's sitting near a wall on your left. Execute him with the bloodcloud ninjutsu when the General is near and use that opportunity to backstab him for 1 of his health bar. Easy fight afterwards.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Mar 2019 01:52  

                        Me after defeating this boss: "Well that's tough and fun, i wonder if there will be harder bosses than this.." And here i am stuck for 2 days on Isshin The Sword Saint, help

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Mar 2019 07:40  

                          I actualy did most of this fight while on the branch. The sword guy eventualy will manage to hop on the branch and you can pull him quite easyly into the abysss. Sometimes he will even fall by himself. Now, once he has fallen, jump back to solid ground and imediataly run to the enemy sitting next the stairs and use pupeteer ninjutsu on him. Make sure you have either the firecracker or the axe so you can back the puppet as both of you team up to make the first deathblow happen. Once the puppet dies, go back to the branch and make sure to keep the distance of the strong spear atacks, since they are going to kill you if you fall into the abyss. Once he uses one of his strong atacks, you can counter with the running claymore move and imediatly dash back with circle. Repeat and eventualy his vitality will depleat.

                          • 29 Mar 2019 16:11  

                            Gachiin sugar to backstab the sword guy, sprint to the branch and hook over to the other side, run until the health bar disappears, meaning he miniboss has stopped combat. Tadah, you can now start with a backstab by going back to the branch. Although, be warned, he can be extremely slow at getting back in position.

                            • Anonymous

                              27 Mar 2019 20:56  

                              just go to the branch to the left as soon as you can and the general will run toward you and fall off, also gives you spirit emblems for the rest of the fight

                              • Anonymous

                                27 Mar 2019 19:26  

                                There’s a grunt to the left of the stairs going down to the fight, let them detect you wait 2 seconds then kill and backstab the grunt, use the bloodsmoke then backstab the sword dude

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