Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa

shume masaji oniwa
Location Ashina Reservoir (after set ablaze)
Weakness Mikiri counter followed by a perfect deflect
Reward Prayer Bead

Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa (葦名七本槍・鬼庭主馬雅次, Ashina Seven Spears - Oniwa Shume Masaji) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Seven Ashina Spears -  Shume Masaji Oniwa Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Shume Masaji Oniwa 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 - Shume Masaji Oniwa Location

Where to find Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa in Sekiro?

  • 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

What do you get from defeating Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa in Sekiro?

 

 

Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa 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.

General Fall-Bait Method:

Another easy method to get rid of the general is to just run to the tip of the branch overhanging the abyss to the left, and simply waiting for him to walk off. 

 

Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears - Shume Masaji Oniwa 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

      It's easy except for the other guy sucking his ****, if you're having trouble just go to the branch near the ledge and stand on it and attack, the soldier should fall by himself if you're lucky, after that 1v1 the spear bastard.

      • Anonymous

        this dude's a hoe. i wasted so many spirit emblems trying to pupeteer cheese and then i realized it's way easier to just gaachin's sugar and run up to his sidekick and deathblow. then when it was one on one he was way too ****ing easy. he's only hard if you have to fight two on one, 1 on 1 is trivial.

        • Anonymous

          Really fun mini boss. Much more challenging than other Seven Spears. I gaichin sugar'd deathblowed the samurai and then fought him face to face no cheese after dying to him many times tying to cheese. Really fun to mikiri his delayed thrust attack which can really mess up your timing first time around. And that one move where you gotta deflect and then he thrust attacks you which you gotta mikiri immediately after is really cool. Great mini boss.

          • Anonymous

            the funny part is that the swordsman guy puppet can knock spearman out of the map ending the fight instantly with a force reset

            • Anonymous

              日本人です。初コメント失礼します。
              「鬼庭」と言うのが姓であり、「雅孝」「雅次」が名です。「刑部」は刑罰や裁判を司る役職で「主馬」は馬車装具や馬の管理、輸送等を司る役職です。
              「鬼刑部」と言うのはニックネームであり、鬼の様に強く恐ろしい戦いぶりであることから名付けられました。

              • Anonymous

                another cheese: luring the other general to the tree branch where you can grapple on, let him go hear enough until he actually stands on it, deflect his attack and see him falling to his death. it'll be now 1on1

                • Anonymous

                  Had to cheese cuz he's so annoying here's how, gaichin sugar and puppeteer the samurai then spam monk fist combo on his back and make sure to re puppet so he doesn't die

                  • Anonymous

                    Gachiin right from Ashina Reservoir, walked around them, and stealth killed the sidekick. Went out on the branches to reset, popped another Gachiin and waited for him to stand in his spot. Walked right up and stealth killed the first healthbar. Watch the Mikiri counter because it staggers you for a second, but it's still affective. Hit him with some fire, too.

                    • Anonymous

                      I swear this is like the hardest mini boss in my opinion, he fights like a final boss, he is the final boss!!

                      • Anonymous

                        You can lead the add accompanying Oniwa off the cliff that the tree branch is on. Go to the next tree branch to de-agro the boss and come back to backstab him, and fight him as usual.

                        • Anonymous

                          since the thought of puppetering the general samurai comes so naturally I did 3 times. Each time my puppet will kick oniwa off the cliff near branch with grapple. Its a very funny seen but it happened 3 times and oniwa respawns each time after rest. So puppeteer is wothless at least that was the case of mine.

                          • Anonymous

                            you guys are dumb, the real gamer move is to use a delayed finger whistle with projected force at the dying soldier, when they're close enough backstab shume, THEN use bloodsmoke ninjutsu on the dying soldier to blind them both, THEN switch to puppeteer ninjutsu on the general while he's still blinded. gachinn's sugar, finger whistle, two different ninjutsus, two backstabs. this is how real ****ing ninja fights, none of this kiting and hanging off cliffs ****

                            • The cheese I found on my first ever plathrough was to use gachiin to sneak to general and use him to trigger Bestowal Ninjutsu. Extra hits from ninjutsu stunlock Oniwa interupting him until he can be deathblown. Was able to kill him before ninjutsu run out. GG

                              • Anonymous

                                Mega cheese. First puppeteer the general, then lure Shume near the cliff, if you can do that fast the puppet will do a thrust attack push Shume off te cliff leaving Shinobi Execution

                                • Anonymous

                                  Strategy that worked for me: 1. gaichin sugar backstab general 2. ran away to reset the boss 3. come back and backstab the boss 4. immediately puppeteer the rifleman 5. back off and let rifleman take aggro. 6. oil the boss and sparke axe him a couple times to deathblow

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The main counter is to mikiri him and then deflect the Following move. He wil fell down on his knees, time to hit him in the back. Repeat.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      An easy way, use a Gachinn sugar, target the general with the echo whistle and call him from the top of the stairs. Then move back and hide toward the flaming gate, he will not see you with the sugar active. When he turns to go back down the stairs stealth death blow on him then free stealth death blow on the seven spears also.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Fun little translation note; "Oniwa" is actually a title roughly meaning "Administrator of the Stables" (referring to 主馬寮 / "shume-ryō", or "Bureau of the Stables").

                                        • Anonymous

                                          i got lucky with this fight because when i grappled to the branch nearby, the enemy glitched and fell off the cliff leaving me with just the mini boss

                                          • Anonymous

                                            discovered a semi-cheese tonight (ok, maybe it's a full cheese): equip the spin-to-win axe and fistful of ash. first sneak under the house and around the edge of the cliff to get a free backstab. when he gets up and does his stomp-pose, throw an ash in his face and spin-axe him to the ground. as he gets up, ash him again, axe him again. he'll get a hit or two in, so use an ash as cover for healing. i rinsed and repeated this about 6 times and he was done.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Guys there's an easy way run and pray at the secret door idol then come back and try to sneak backstab samurai guy near to mini boss and use puppetier jutsu he will drain one life point then fight becomes easy moving forward

                                              • Anonymous

                                                This guy is pretty easy when u equip ShadowRush , go to Branch & spam L1+R1 when u reach him just swing at him then return to the branch's furthest so that his spear won't hit you... GG took me exactly 15 seconds to kill him after i first Deathblowed him with my Gachiin Spiritfall... This dude is way easier than the first ****ing Ashina Spears Dude that killed me 12 times lol. Goodluck folks

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I've played through every dark souls multiple times, including bloodborne. This *****ing guy has been tougher for me to kill than most bosses across every game WTF am I doing wrong!?!?!? None of the advise in here helps, I've tried everything and exhausted most items. I can barely even hurt him!!!!!!!

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I read a comment section debate between Japanese people who couldn't decide whether Gyobu's role/title was 'Gyobu', 'Oniwa' or 'Oniwa-Gyobu'. This miniboss helps shed light on the issue imo. 'Oniwa' is possibly taken from the feudal Japanese role 'Oniwa-ban', a high ranking position who was in charge of gathering info and reporting directly to the shogun (including covert info from shinobi), although the 'oni' part is written in Sekiro with the kanji for demon, possibly as a nickname or due to Isshin being fancy with wordplay in his department names. Alternatively, Oniwa could be a surname since a historical figure using those characters exists, although his name was read 'Oniniwa', not Oniwa. 'Shume' is the name of a position (basically means horsemaster). 'Gyobu', probably short for 'gyobusho-ho', also relates to a real role. SO: since Sekiro's Gyobu introduces himself in Japanese as 'Oniwa Gyobu Masataka' and since the format [name]-[title]-[name] doesn't really scan for me, even in Japanese, my opinion is that Oniwa-Gyobu and Oniwa-Shume are both full titles/roles, whilst Masataka and Masaji represent their names. It's not certain, but I was persuaded by an anon comment on bnewg sokuho, so at least one Japanese person in the world agrees which gives me weeb armour.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I did something different so I snuck up and death blowed him for one bar then I went to the guy sitting down and death blow bloodsmoked him and switched to puppeteer and death blow controlled the samurai and smashed his posture it was actually a lot of fun seeing it all come together like that lol

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I don't know why the strategy section makes it seem so complicated, there's a much easier and reliable way to kill the small general. Crouch and walk to the left of the area and then hang from ledge. While hanging target the general and use ANY finger whistle (you don't need to upgrade or anything). He will walk over, not see you, and then turn around and walk back. When he walks back just backstab him. Now you have a fair 1v1 with spear guy. If you used puppeteer ninjutsu or are good at mikiri countering, this boss will be down in no time.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

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

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        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

                                                                          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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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.

                                                                              • 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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Use vault over when you break the other samurai’s posture to do puppeteer ninjitsu on him. Makes the fight much easier.

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