Snake Eyes Shirafuji

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Location Sunken Valley
XP NG: 1030 NG+: 2833
Sen NG: 106 NG+: 468
Deathblow Markers 2
Weakness Sabimaru 
Shinobi Firecrackers 
Reward Prayer Bead

Snake Eyes Shirafuji (蛇の目・白藤, Snake Eyes Shirafuji) is a Mini-Boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This Complete Snake Eyes Shirafuji Mini-Boss Guide gives you strategies on how to beat Snake Eyes Shirafuji easily, as well as tips, tricks and lore notes. Mini-Bosses are special Enemies that are uniquely named and have two (2) or more health bars. This means they require at least two (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.


Snake Eyes Shirafuji Location

Where to find Snake Eyes Shirafuji in Sekiro?

  • Sunken Valley: Found on a platform on the way to the Gun Fort Sculptor's Idol right after the Sunken Valley Sculptor's Idol

  • This boss is optional.


Snake Eyes Shirafuji Rewards

What do you get from defeating Snake Eyes Shirafuji in Sekiro?



Snake Eyes Shirafuji Mini-Boss Guide Strategies

Sekiro Snake Eyes Shirafuji Video Strategies


Sekiro Snake Eyes Shirafuji Strategy Write-up

Since Shirafuji is a descendant of the Okami Clan, she is extremely weak against the Sabimaru prosthetic tool. It only takes 1-2 full combos to inflict her with the Poison Abnormality, which will then trigger a puking animation allowing you to damage her vitality to about 50% and build up her posture to about 75%. The item Fistful of Ash also helps a lot since it prevents you from being stunned out of Sabimaru's buildup animation (Tested with a Improved Sabimaru)

Note that you can also sneak her by coming back from the Gun Fort Idol.

Strategy One:

This is a way to speed up the primary strategy. As long as you can target Snake Eyes, wait for her to shoot and then use Phantom Kunai with long press of the attack button. It will do huge damage to her and you should be able to do one life bar without running out of spirit. Use the spirital knife to recharge if you didn't use a stealth kill before.


Sekiro Snake Eyes Shirafuji Attacks & Counters

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

Cheese Method:

When you enter the platform and face Shirafuji, to your left is a descent. Lure here above said descent to the rocks and wait for her to start a attack animation. Simply fall down onto the descent and watch her still attacking you from above. Now almost every attack from her will miss you besides the gunshot. You can jump attack twice after every attack animation it will take a while but it gets the job done.




Snake Eyes Shirafuji Lore

  • The Snake Eyes are an elite force of women who command the Gun Fort, with Shirafuji guarding the top entrance of the fort while Shirahagi guards the bottom entrance of the fort.

  • Their bandages are probably to treat lesions caused by imbibing the Rejuvenating Waters, much like those shown by Zombies of the Abandoned Dungeon abandoned dungeon zombie lesions thumb1.  The Rejuvenating Waters corrupt men to the point that they no longer live as men, instead they become monsters incapable of feeling pain or fear.

Snake Eyes Shirafuji Notes & Trivia

  • While their titles can be literally read as Snake Eyes (蛇の目), in Japanese this term is most often used to refer to a Bull's-eye pattern of ◉. This play-on-words is likely in reference to the marksmanship skill of the Snake Eyes characters, meaning their names could then also be read as Bull's Eye Shirahagi/Shirafuji.

  • Fuji and Hagi are both the name of a type of flower. The prefix Shira simply means white in Japanese. 
  • You can Backstab one health bar off this Mini-boss.
  • The guns used by Shirafuji and Shirahagi, as well as the other Okami gunners in general, are ishibiya (石火矢), very early light cannons introduced to Japan from China around the 14th century.


Snake Eyes Shirafuji Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      just spam sabimaru boom boom boom, posture meter goes sky high, but make sure to stealth blow first running down from the gun fort. after the stealth deathblow instantly do a ichimonji double, then sabimaru spam, you'll finish in no time

      • Anonymous

        Killed me more times than Genichiro, and then was immediately followed up by the easiest boss in the whole game.

        • Anonymous

          I just defeated her in my second try without the use of any prosthetic tools. Use the hold block method, where you hold the L1 button to block, and when she attempts to attack, quickly press L1. This makes her posture decrease slowly, while you are not getting any damage.
          When she starts to shoot, dodge away, so you can hit her twice. If you block the shot, it gives you some posture damage, and she is attacking you right away.
          When she does the o.p. grab attack, also dodge away. This also gives you the opportunity to hit her once or twice.
          By having a lot of patience, you can beat her this way.

          • Anonymous

            If your playstyle does't involve a lot of prosthetic tools/items, this miniboss can be one of the hardest in the game. She's optional (unlike Shirahagi in the swamp later on), so run past her and continue on with the Gun Fort. Fight her later after unlocking the idol after the Gun Fort, or much later when you have more HP.
            I'm on an NG+4 run and Shirafugi continues to be one of the only minibosses that surprise me with how tricky she can be. Her hits can usually be blocked/dodged easily, but missing even one can be a death sentence.

            • Anonymous

              you can get a free deathblow!
              go past her shimmy along the wall, run to the bridge but turn back quick as the snipers will shoot at you. if youre quick and quiet enogh shell be yellow. wait a secound and you can sneak up and get a free deathblow. now just diont die.

              • Anonymous

                Urgh for someone who seems to be specialized in ranged combat, she sure hits like a truck up close. Just beat her in ng+ charmless and I'm now traumatized by how fast and devastating her swings are.

                • Anonymous

                  I've been messing around with the game, and found out you can sneak up behind her for a free deathblow like Shirahagi. There's just a few extra steps that you need to do. 1st you run past her and shimmy along the cliffside til you're across but hidden from the other snipers at the Gunfort. Then you use Bite Down or Hiddent Tooth to kill yourself and come back. Optional to use a Gachiin, but at this point you just sneak behind her and get that free deathblow. Not a mindblowing discovery, but it's pretty cool to find out you can still cut her health down half if you want to.

                  • Anonymous

                    I died so many times to her until I used the poison blade and killed her first attempt. Use the poison blade. It melts her.

                    • Anonymous

                      For anyone who was stupid enough to trow her out of the plattaform like I did, just travel back to any idiol and she will respaw and you can kill her and get the prayers, no need to do it in NG+

                      • Anonymous

                        I found an easy way to cheese her: right behind where she is standing there is a small stone ledge. Lure and trap her on the corner of the ledge, then wait for her kick attack. Once she starts this attack, simply step back (don't sprint) and hit once. If you manage to do it right, she should only do kicking attack and nothing else and you could easily cheese her to death. Both healthbars, tested by me, discovered first try.

                        • Anonymous

                          SEKIRO IS NOT IN THE SAME UNIVERSE AS DARK SOULS!!!!!!!!! seriously you adding stuff up that is just a coincidence

                          • Anonymous

                            Pretty easy kill: firecracker then ichimonji double, if you do it twice should fill her posture all the way and you can deathblow, mixed with deflects the fight goes fast

                            • Anonymous

                              ok so i killed her buy pushing her down the cliff and i know there is no honor in that but who cares?? but the problem is that i did not receive my prayer bead !!!! WTF?? Where the f*&k is my prayer bead?? it took me a day to make that happen.

                              • Anonymous

                                Jump attacks are great on her. She has little defense against them. Just be sure not to launch yourself off the cliff. Sabimaru would probably be a more effective method, but I didn't know that at the time. Launched myself off about 3 times before I beat her. Also her warning attack is a grab not a sweep. Learned that the hard way. Had her one hit from dying on one of my attempts and she blew my face off.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I saw her then I fled but this dumb mother*****er tried to follow me except he just committed suicide and i didn't get the prayer bead. ***** this dude honestly.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I've noticed that the Jump counter is kinda buggy on her. At least once every fight, when I jump dodge her sweep attack (the one where she shoots you in the stomach for 70% of your health if you get hit), I still get hit by it. I've even been hit in mid air at times. Anyone else experiencing this?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      One word: Sabimaru, the dude gets his posture broken almost imedietally and the poison also helps and even better is that it reset in the second phase so you can just do the twice and basically reduce him to a***** stain.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        1030xp on NG? I started a new game after finishing once, not as a NG+ but plain old NG, you can give back kuros charm too, but I just beat this boss charmless and got... 987xp, WTF??? Does kuros charm, on top of everything else, reduce the xp from enemies? I thought it increased it!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This boss can also be Steath Deathblowed by sprinting past her and making it to the Gun Fort sculpture inside the mountain. Once there you can stealth kill all the small enemies and make your way back across the bridge and wall hug the wall back to the boss and simply crouch beside her on her back right and approach slowly for a Deathblow.

                                          • I found that the aggressive approach was far easier. 1. Stun with Fistful of Ashe. 2. Charge up the Spring-load Axe and get extra hit right after. 3. Dodge back once and charge up your Ichimonji (Combat Art) 4. Rinse, Lather, Repeat. As long as you stay in her face, her posture bar will fill up after doing the above a couple of times.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              She seems to get locked in her kick animation on occasion, which I was able to exploit by repeatedly hopping on her head until her posture broke. Twice. If you notice she keeps kicking but not firing her gun after, I suggest you get up close and start hopping.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                As you're grappling up to her ledge, lock on and run towards her as soon as you land then get a subimaru combo in. Deflect if you don't see the red symbol or jump and jump attack her if you do. Repeat the subimaru combo at a safe point and you'll see her vomit, so you can land some more precious Vitality hits. This should pretty much fill her first bar with just a few more hits required. Rinse and repeat, always jumping over her perilous attack (although this also works for most attacks). If she steps back to make some distance between the two of you, either close the distance if your health is fine or use cover to heal up.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I managed to push her off the edge of the cliff using the flame vent, however I did NOT receive her prayer bead. I am at 39 and about to finish my first play through. Hopefully she drops it in NG+

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I didn't know about sabimaru's effectiveness but oil + flame vent was a decent alternative to reduce vitality quickly at the beginning. It's also possible to wreck her with double ichimonji "frame traps" (if you see what I mean).

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