Shigekichi of the Red Guard

Location Ashina Outskirts
Weakness Firecracker, Loaded Spear (+Variations)
Reward Prayer Bead

Shigekichi of the Red Guard (赤備えの重吉, Shigekichi of the Akazonae) 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.


Shigekichi of the Red Guard Location

  • Found after the Ashina Outskirts - Stairway Idol on the way to the Underbridge Valley Idol after Ashina Castle has been invaded for the second time.
  • This boss is optional.


Shigekichi of the Red Guard Notes


Shigekichi of the Red Guard Rewards



Shigekichi of the Red Guard Strategies

Video Strategies


Strategy Writeup

Kill all his underlings around him first, turn the last couple with the Puppeteer Ninjutsu. Initiate combat with a deathblow. He fights like a fire-aligned Juzou. Constantly running around him until he drinks or lights his sword or blows fire, then attacking him from behind, will eventually win you the day. Use the Withered Red Gourd and Ministry Dousing Powder to keep Burn effects at bay, and he should go down fairly easily

Alternative (very easy) way: From the Outskirts Wall - Stairway Idol go all the way to the top backstabbing every red guard. Cross the gate in sneak position and backstab Shigekichi to remove the first of his life bars. For the second lure him to the top of the stairs and bait his flame sword attack to make him hit the gunpowder crates standing there. The explosion (run away from it!) will greatly damage his stance  leaving him almost open for the second dethblow if the armor was previously removed with the Loaded Spear.


Attacks & Counters

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Phase 1
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Phase 2
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Shigekichi of the Red Guard Lore

Lore notes, information on folklore, etc go here

Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.


Shigekichi of the Red Guard Notes & Trivia

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.



Shigekichi of the Red Guard Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      03 Mar 2020 03:59  

      theres a barrel outside the doors that when exploded will do massive damage to his posture. go in for the sneak attack, then run to the barrels just out side the door and hope they dont explode with you near them

      • Anonymous

        11 Dec 2019 09:54  

        This guy was cake and the person in the video fights him like a coward. I’m serious. Use the ninjitsu on the fire boi walking up the stairs then wreck him with your sword while flame boii does work. I have the boss walk through the gate where you fight the ogre at the beginning and it was easy pickings

        • Anonymous

          02 Oct 2019 18:14  

          My lore on this guy would be that he’s the long-lost grandfather of both Juzou and Tokujiro. He was a grandmaster to his grandchildren, and was mightier than the both of them combined; he trained his grandsons for years until, finally, they earned his mantle. Few days passed, and they found that Shigekichi was taken by the government as a powerful weapon against anyone who stood in his way; it was when the war on Ashina broke out, and more blood was shed. Both Juzou and Tokujiro have not heard from their grandfather in years, but they hold their strength and size to honour him. It turns out that Shigekichi worked for the Red Guard, lying in wait for any Ashina Elite or Soldier of Isshin Ashina.

          • Anonymous

            22 Sep 2019 22:55  

            I love watching videos of trash streamers. They cheese every boss, and mini-boss possible. They find cheap ways to max their prosthetics easily, and they get almost every bead and seed in the game. Then they get to Isshin. And they quit after 10 mins because the game is too hard.

            • Anonymous

              22 Jul 2019 22:30  

              this guy felt harder than the other sumo wrestlers. he hits like a truck. he stops drinking and using his fire moves when his hp gets low so u have to face him. and he's got a weird kick attack that can straight one shot u with no warning.

              • Anonymous

                02 Jun 2019 06:12  

                The "very easy" way mentioned here doesn't even require you to kill the gunner guards leading up to him. INCREDIBLY easy way to beat him...deathblow from above, loaded spear him twice to remove his armor, then just kite him back through the door near the gunpowder...even if he doesn't use his fire sword, you can bait the other enemies into shooting it, the explosion puts him one hit away from a deathblow.

                • Anonymous

                  17 May 2019 04:35  

                  I think it’s great when players use a ridiculous cheese strategy to make him fall off the map, and then complain when they don’t get the prayer bead.

                  • Anonymous

                    16 May 2019 03:23  

                    By that point you have a lot of experience with his moves so the only thing that could really make the fight difficult is not realizing you can take his armor off (and naturally the amount of enemies guarding him).

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Apr 2019 20:46  

                      Also can be helpful to use the loaded spear. It takes two separate pulls to get his armour off completely, but each time will stagger him for an easy 2-3 hits. Once removed, he takes more damage, making this fight a cakewalk.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Apr 2019 01:08  

                        Watching for when he takes or drink, you can get 2-3 hits in, and then when he lights his sword you can get 1-2 hits in. He seemed to stop doing that once I got him down to around 1/5 or 1/6 of his health left then he would only attack. Watch his moves and you can run in for a hit when he does a bash into a downward swing. Then when he does a single downward slash you can bait him into doing a second quickly after by moving in closer and moving away to avoid it, then run in for an attack. You could also parry several of his hits to take him down at this point but be careful because he does lots of posture damage even if you parry and can easily break your guard and kill you pretty quickly.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Apr 2019 23:44  

                          "Masanaga will be alerted to your presence (regardless of stealth) upon first entering his area, but running away and coming back will allow you to perform a deathblow." that one is wrong, you can climb up on the side of the temple with a Gachiin active without alerting him.

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Apr 2019 20:34  

                            The only issue with this guy is that you have to kill all the mobs around him. The bosses are hard and fun to fight, but having to meticulously murder all the mobs around homeboy only to get killed 20 seconds into the boss fight doesn't make bosses like these very fun to fight. They are just tedious. The fight itself is great, but getting from the bonfire to the boss is a pain.

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Apr 2019 19:35  

                              He can be cheesed by getting his attention then running to the building behind where he spawns. He cannot enter the door and you can wait for him to swing, dash in for two hits, then back out and wait for him to swing again. I would recommend killing all other enemies first though.

                              • Anonymous

                                03 Apr 2019 02:06  

                                His weakness is on his back. Try stay behind and attack his back. Stay away and run around when he swing sword. Just normal strikes with normal blade is enough to kill him.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Apr 2019 21:00  

                                  If you mind control the warrior with a flame cannon on the stairs behind the gates which the boss is guarding you can make the fight easier since that cannon melts his posture.

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