Snake Eyes Shirafuji

Location Sunken Valley
XP NG: 1030 NG+: 2833
Sen NG: ?? 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. 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

  • 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



Snake Eyes Shirafuji Strategies

Video Strategies

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.


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 Zombie Patient. In previous titles, bandages were signs of lesions caused by either or the Scourge of Beasts Cleric Beast - Vicar Amelia or Undeath Undead Prisoner. Both of these pathologies involve necrosis, losing one's mind, and potentially mutating. It's possible the gunner women are a tribute to the pryromancing Witch of Izalith, tied to both chaos and deformity. 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.


Snake Eyes Shirafuji Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      22 Jan 2020 10:12  

      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

        28 Dec 2019 14:34  

        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

          05 Nov 2019 00:25  

          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

            24 Sep 2019 18:50  

            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

              21 Sep 2019 16:13  

              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

                27 May 2019 19:49  

                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.

                • 06 May 2019 11:33  

                  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

                    20 Apr 2019 13:55  

                    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

                      15 Apr 2019 23:37  

                      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

                        12 Apr 2019 22:15  

                        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

                          12 Apr 2019 00:34  

                          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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