Shichimen Warrior (七面武者, Warrior With Seven Faces) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Shichimen Warrior Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat the Shichimen Warrior easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are uniquely named, and have usually 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.


Shichimen Warrior Location

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Shichimen Warrior Rewards

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Shichimen Warrior Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

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Sekiro Shichimen Warrior Strategy Writeup

Attention: buying the Anti-Air Deathblow Text from Blackhat Badger will trivialize fights against these mini-bosses, as they allow you to Deathblow them in mid-air regardless of their Posture. However, this deathblow can only be performed if divine confetti is active.

Just like the Headless fight, you'll need at least 2-3 Divine Confetti in order to beat this boss. The fight is pretty straightforward, be as aggressive as possible. When he deflects one of your attacks, he will turn invisible and move backward, DO NOT FOLLOW HIM. You will die if you do. He will reappear again somewhere in the area so keep on circling around until you find him, After reappearing he will shoot a beam on you, to counter this simply deflect the beam, run in again, attack, until he disappears again. Rinse and repeat. If you do this properly he won't be able to do his other attacks. In the off chance where you ran out of Divine Confetti while fighting him, you can still beat it using Prosthetic Tools.

Start the fight by using Divine Confetti and if you like an Ako's Sugar. Jump down the hole and sprint to the boss coming in at an angle to avoid the terror orbs that spawns directly in front of the Shichimen Warrior. Attack the boss several times, backing away once your terror bar is about halfway or so. Depending on your attack power, players may be able to break his terror ring and continue attacking him until he attacks back. Once he teleports he will throw small skulls that will somewhat track; avoid them by running to the side of them. Blocking them will increase your terror bar. If he shoots his terror laser at you pick a direction and continue running at the side to avoid this. Players can deflect this attack also negating the terror buildup; however, if its mistimed you will take chip damage and normal terror buildup. When he uses his large terror ball and triple terror ball, run away from him at an angle.

Alternative Strategy: Later in the game, you can get the Shinobi Tool upgrade Phoenix's Lilac Umbrella. This tool makes the mini-boss very easy for two reasons: 1) the Lilac Umbrella can block all of the Terror orbs, as well as the beam (even while moving); and 2) if you have the skill Projected Force, you can then strike the boss for heavy damage while using the Umbrella which will stun them for several normal attacks. Additionally, landing the Projected Force attack while the Shichimen Warrior is in midair will fill his stagger gauge instantly, leaving him vulnerable to a deathblow. While Divine Confetti is unnecessary with this Shinobi Tool upgrade, but still helps a lot.

Sekiro Shichimen Warrior Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Floating Terror Orbs The Shichimen Warrior sends out a number of blue orbs in all directions. These orbs will slowly converge towards the player. When touching an orb it will pop  dealing damage and induce a small amount of terror in the player. You will need to avoid these and move away when they get too close.
Staff Smack the Shichimen Warrior will swing his staff towards you inflicting damage. This attack can be deflected.
Bullet Souls The Shichimen Warrior will point his staff towards the player and shoot multiple fast-moving projectiles that resemble human faces that deal damage and induce a small amount of Terror. These can be avoided by simply sprinting towards the warrior at a slight angle. You can avoid this attack entirely while standing right next to the warrior as the attacks hit-box begins at the tip of his staff, this allows you to attack him multiple times until the animation finishes.
Jumping Bullet Souls The Shichimen Warrior will jump into the air and fire Bullet Souls at the player. These
Large Terror Orb The Shichimen Warrior will raise his staff into the air and channel a number of souls into a large orb for a short time. The orb will launch at the player at a moderate speed where it will explode upon contact dealing damage and induce a large amount of terror. This can be avoided by running perpendicular to the warrior until it get close at which point you should sprint towards the warrior as the attack cannot make sharp turns. If you are using Divine Confetti you can stun the warrior by hitting it 3-5 times, disrupting this attack animation.
Terror Beam When attacking the Shichimen Warrior he will deflect your attack then slowly walk back and disappear. He will then reappear at a location around the arena  and begin to channel a number of souls into the tip of his staff. After charging he will launch a fast-moving, purple laser towards the player that deals massive damage and induces massive Terror build-up (almost always resulting in a terror proc). This attack can avoided from a distance by sprinting at a slight angle towards the warrior as the beam will be aimed slightly behind your current location while sprinting. If you are close to the warrior, you MUST deflect this attack then sprint towards him to attack (NOTE: even though the attack is a beam you only need to deflect it once to negate all damage).
Phase 2
Phase 1 The Shichimen Warrior will retain all attacks from Phase 1.
Large Terror Orb x3 The Shichimen Warrior will raise his staff into the air and surround himself with a blue aura while channeling a large number of souls into three large orbs for about 5 seconds. The orbs will all be launched toward the player at a moderate speed with a short delay between when they are launched. This can be avoided by running perpendicular to the warrior until it get close at which point you should sprint towards the warrior as the attack cannot make sharp turns. If you are using Divine Confetti you can stun the warrior by hitting it 3-5 times, disrupting this attack animation.



Shichimen Warrior Lore

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Shichimen Warrior Notes & Trivia

  • Prosthetic Tools deals damage to ghost-like enemies.

  • The Guardian Ape's Burrow shrine will not be able to be warped to after severing his immortality. After defeating the Shichimen Warrior located there, the shrine will return to normal.

  • Fujioka The Info Broker will sell you the Valley Apparition's Memo which alludes to the Shichimen Warrior that has appeared in the den.
  • The one in Fountainhead Palace is vulnerable to a stealth deathblow under the following conditions: a)he has not detected you. So approach from the rocks besides him, but kill all the dogs there while you´re still in the water. The one which is standing on the rocks will jump down to you, don´t fight it on the rocks. b) you must jump down onto him from the small protrusion in the rock edge above him, otherwise the deathblow prompt will not appear. In order to fight him without the 2 dogs nearby intervening, kill those before the deathblow, too.
  • If you kill the Shichimen Warrior with a backstab deathblow, you can use Puppeteer Ninjutsu on it.
  • Damage without Divine Confetti effect gets reduced in 3 times.


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    • Anonymous

      03 Sep 2021 03:20  

      Odd scenarios x2....

      Fighting the guardian ape and my ps3 controller FINALLY breaks, from day 1, finally dies, but when I have ~5 hits left on second stage of the boss.

      Quit on keyboard, reload, boss is gone (no ring?) and the s-warior is there.

      TOTALLY air-killed him for one of his dots on his leap attack. he can be air-stabbed or whatever u call it.

      • Anonymous

        24 Jul 2021 01:39  

        Who decided this was a good boss for this kind of game? Massive vitality damage attacks plus curse, and the bonus of an instant kill nearly undodgeable beam attack with a random location teleport. Absolutely lovely.

        • Anonymous

          12 May 2021 04:46  

          One of the most unfair, bullshit bosses. Can't get close, point blank terror AoE kills you. Can't run, his projectiles can't be deflected and inflict terror. Can't get close, he leaps away.

          • Anonymous

            11 Mar 2021 19:08  

            Abandoned Dungeon: first try

            Guardian Ape's Burrow: instant terror deaths every time I get close enough to hit him

            • Anonymous

              28 Jan 2021 22:44  

              He did his disappear trick and I died instantly to terror. No purple orbs or anything. Straight up died of shock after watching some dude vanish. Would've swore out of all the crazy sh!t Sekiro has seen this would've been the least scary

              • Anonymous

                05 Nov 2020 07:31  

                When I fought the one at Fountainhead Palace, my 2nd Deathblow on him was a backstab, and I was actually able to puppeteer him. I’m assuming this works for the 2 others, but I haven’t tested it yet.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jul 2020 22:50  

                  I just want to put something for anyone who went with the Umbrella Strat:

                  Using Projected Force to its full potential, you can't spam it. There will be a time where, after taking enough damage, that the umbrella would flash and smoke. After this happens twice, projected force will be at its full power. I haven't tried seeing the difference between regular Projected Force and the full power one (because I hate this boss), so I don't know if there will be a difference when you strike Schichimen (being right in front of the boss, and thus it takes the hit of both the shockwave and the sword), however, the damage is exponentially better than if you just kept spamming Projected Force

                  You'll also want to try and be as close as possible to the warrior, and if you're right next to it when you use projected force at full power, dealing a massive amount of vitality damage, and filling posture to about half. Even though posture will go down eventually, if you can full charge your umbrella quick enough and find a good window to strike, you can fill posture with a good few hits with your sword even without divine confetti

                  As a side note: if you didn't know that Projected Force used up Divine Confetti, thus needing you to reuse the item, then here it is, because I lost all of my divine confetti to this guy without even knowing until I had 0 left

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Jul 2020 15:12  

                    With a Demon Bell, it seems like they will stop jumping in phase two, making that second AA deathblow borderline impossible. They also start abusing the terrifying bass cannon. Will anyone confirm?

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Jul 2020 23:41  

                      Literally kill them in like 10 seconds with divine confetti and anti air deathblow. Just spam lilac umbrella if he attacks and kill him when he jumps backwards.

                      • Anonymous

                        13 Jun 2020 13:04  

                        Easy even without the Lilac umbrella, literally just strafe his attacks. I wouldn't reccomend doing it without at least 1-2 divine confetti but most of his attacks are very easy to see coming, and thus easy to dodge in the correct manner. Lilac umbrella makes it trivial, to the point where you'll probably no hit it.

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Mar 2020 01:55  

                          I was absolutely expecting this to be a hard fight but nope, two divine confetti and keeping up in his face worked wonders. it helps to have the lilac umbrella or purple gord, or both to deal with his terror beam though. Goddamn.

                          • Anonymous

                            31 Mar 2020 01:52  

                            You can also deathblow the one at the fountainhead palace directly on top of the waterfall he is standing behind, then handle the wolves quickly with some shurikens as they can one shot them to make the fight easier

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Mar 2020 01:41  

                              Some things I learned while fighting the second: When he does that Soul Stream move of his, you have two options: go straight at him in point blank range or run far away as possible. Because if you are even at medium range away from him (like two backsteps away), even if you are currently running, that stream can get you. The best strategy for that is to run straight at him. I have tested and experienced many times that when he is about to do that charge attack, it can never harm you when you are attacking in close range even in front of him. Also do use Divine Confetti for this fight since it will make your damage bigger and with enough strikes his orbs will disappear just like the Headless when you damaged him enough times that his fog will disappear. As much as possible, try to back away from him if he is not doing his charge soul stream attack because those orbs he throws at you especially those big ass ones will give you high Terror build up if you are not careful. So put it simply, this boss was made to test your maneuverability with projectiles and patience.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Jan 2020 19:57  

                                Fitting the Slender Finger into the Prosthetic made the Shichimen at the Ape's Burrow appear for me. I severed the immortality of the Ape and teleported all around to reset the area, but the Ape's Burrow Idol remained accessible for travel. After having the Sculptor fit in the Finger and teleporting once, the Ape's Burrow Idol became greyed out in the travel menu and the Shichimen appeared.

                                • Anonymous

                                  06 Dec 2019 17:40  

                                  am i stupid or does the one in the watering hole despawn if you have fed the great karp one of the especially precious baits?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    13 Nov 2019 16:04  

                                    If the shichimen doesn't show at the burrow, it's because you haven't finished off the Apes corpse after the fight with it ends. The corpse will stay on the ground for the rest of the playthrough, so you can do it whenever. After you finish the corpse you'll have to leave the area. Teleporting to the poison pool isn't enough, which I just did. I think you have to leave the Ashina Dephts, before it shows, because I did that afterwards and now he shows. I am only missing the final boss and hatred of demon, so you can probably do this whenever. Hopes this help some

                                    • 14 Sep 2019 02:53  

                                      I found that using Yashariku’s Sugar with Divine Confetti worked best took no more than a minute for the boss. But this is after having attack power at 13

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