Snake Eyes Shirahagi

Location Ashina Depths
Deathblow Markers 2
Useful Tools Flame Vent
Shinobi Firecracker
Mist Raven
XP NG: 1030 NG+: 2833
Sen NG: ?? NG+: 468
Reward 1x  Prayer Bead

Snake Eyes Shirahagi (蛇の目・白萩, Snake Eyes Shirahagi) 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 Shirahagi Location

  • Ashina Depths: can be found in the Poison Pool area of the depths guarding the fog wall which leads to the Guardian Ape's Burrow and Hidden Forest.
  • This mini-boss is not optional. You must defeat her in order to progress to the Hidden Forest. 
  • Both mini-bosses are armed with highly customized Hiya-zutsu (an early example of man-portable artillery), which they can fire in quick succession. Also much like their "Snake Eye" name implies, they have superior vision and can target the player with pinpoint accuracy both on ground and in the air beyond visual range once detected. Although at closer ranges their shots can be blocked (at high cost to posture), at longer ranges Snake Eyes employs fin-discarding bo-hiya (gunpowder propelled rocket/sabot) which can only be blocked by the Loaded Umbrella.



Snake Eyes Shirahagi Rewards


Snake Eyes Shirahagi Notes & Tips

  • While their name literally means Snake Eyes (蛇の目), this term is most often used to refer to a bull's eye pattern ◉. This play-on-words is likely in reference to their marksmanship skill; their names can thus also be as read Bull's Eye Shirahagi/Shirafuji.
  • Fuji and Hagi are both the name of a type of flower in Japanese. The prefix Shira simply means white.
  • You can Backstab Deathblow one health bar off this Mini-boss.
  • Using the Flame Vent is very effective, particularly the Flame Blast attack of the Spring-load Flame Vent.
  • This Mini-boss can be stunned effectively with the Shinobi Firecracker.
  • You can use the Mist Raven to get behind her and attack into her back.
  • Unlike Shirafugi, she is not effected by Poison of Sabimaru so it is not recommended.
  • You can lead her to the poison pool and then hide to cause her to stay in the poison and slowly take damage. This drains her vitality bar over a course of several minutes enabling the player to deathblow her easily.


Snake Eyes Shirahagi Lore

  • The Snake Eyes are an elite group of warrior women inhabiting the Gun Fort of the Sunken Valley. Their two greatest warriors, Shirafuji and Shirahagi, guard each of the entrances to the Fort—with Shirafuji guarding the topmost entrance, while Shirahagi guards the bottom-most entrance to the Fort, respectively.
  • Shirahagi, Snake Eyes Shirafuji, O'rin of the Water, and the enemies found in the Gun Fort all descendants of the Okami Clan  Okami Clan mentioned by various items, which is why they all share a weakness to poison. As explained in the description of the Sabimaru prosthetic tool: "Wielded in wars of old, the blade's blue rust was used to drive off inhuman Okami warrior women. Even now, it is likely to be effective against their descendants."
  • Unlike other descendants of the Okami, however, Shirahagi seems to have gained an immense tolerance for poison due to having lived at the bottom of the poisonous Ashina Depths.
  • Their many bandages are probably for treating lesions caused by imbibing the Rejuvenating Waters, much like those exhibited by Zombies of the Abandoned Dungeon Zombie Patient. In previous titles, bandages often indicated lesions caused by either or the Scourge of Beasts Cleric Beast - Vicar Amelia or the gradual Hollowing of Undead 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 Shirahagi Strategies

Video Strategies

Strategy Write-up

From the Poison Pool Idol, grapple onto the Buddha Hand and then to the edge of the land nearby. Run towards the right enemy and use a death blow on her. Attack the remaining rifle enemy and sneak towards Snake Eyes Shirahagi. Use a sneak death blow on her, wait for her to get up then use double Ichimonji. He will usually follow up with a grab attack do dash back twice and counter attack her. From here players can use Shinobi Firecracker, attack twice and repeat until he is defeated. Staying close will cut down on the chance of her shooting you but will increase his grab attempts. Players can deflect his attacks to damage his posture.

Strategy One:

This boss can become quite easy once you use this cheese method, there is a Sculptor Idol at the back of the area that you can use to heal etc. Once you rest there go around and kill all the gunners, there are two by a tent on the left, one on the far right, just past where you came in on a wooden structure, one in the middle (has a cannon) and the boss who is by the fog gate. Leave the boss alone for now and you can even leave the guy in the middle alone, after you kill all the other gunners draw the boss into the poison swamp on your way back to the Sculptor Idol, there is a grapple point above the idol, after grappling jump up the cliff to a small perch area where you are safe from the boss' attacks. Stay there as the boss' health slowly depletes, you can go away and come back if you want but remember to jump down and deliver a deathblow, once you've done this, go back up to your spot and wait again for her health to deplete before finishing her off.


Strategy Two:

Since Shirahagi has such a high damage output, it's best to minimize your time fighting her by taking away a life-bar doing a sneak deathblow. This can easily be achieved without alerting her to your presence by rushing from the Poison Pool Sculptor's Idol towards her. This idol can be found on the left side of the cavern (entering it from the Ashina Depths Idol entrance) behind a cliff and a Buddha statue. Once you rest at the idol, you can go to the nearest tent with the two minor gunners and take them out. If Snake Eyes Shirahagi sees you, you need to rest and try this step over again. After taking the gunners out at the tent, you can sneak around Snake Eyes Shirahagi (your left side, her right side) and come behind to deliver the sneak deathblow. It is not necessary to use a Gachiin's sugar, but if you're having trouble with the tactic you can try using one. 

Use of sugars is additionally recommended to minimize damage taken and maximize damage dealt; although not absolutely necessary. Once you get her down on health, trying to break her posture is easier than downing her health.

Be warned that the other enemies can be alerted to your presence when fighting Shirahagi, and players can only kill the two minor gunners by the tent closest to the Poison Pool Idol before doing the sneak deathblow, since Shirahagi will most likely see you and attack. Her aggro range exceeds the size of the cave so, once she spots you, it's impossible to make her lose track of you unless you rest at an idol. This strategy is especially effective being used right before using the strategy One as seen above. 

Strategy Three:

This is a way to speed up Strategy One. 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 Ceremonial Tanto to recharge if you didn't use a stealth kill before. This can be done anyway actually and you don't need to cheese her into poison water.

Strategy Four:

This boss cam easily be beaten by, backing them into the ledge, preferably the one next om the statue to the left. Once the boss against the ledge, they cannot back step away to shot you, be aggressive to slasher when she tries to shot. This will limit her to effectively 2 attacks, her kick and her grab. The kick will be followed up with a shot that can be deflected or dodged. The grab can be handled in the same way. be sure to get right back in her face and attack after dodging away. other than that spam the attack button to chip away at her posture, this strategy is quick and if done right will require minimal healing.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Feb 2020 16:49  

      Only miniboss or boss in NG+ that has taken more than 3 attempts. Ended up puppeteering all 3 cannon dudes to get it over with.

      • Anonymous

        26 Jan 2020 16:59  

        Is it virtually impossible to poison this retarded boss on ng+ or something? I've spent 22 emblems with my piercing sabimaru - and nothing, no effect completely.

        • Anonymous

          06 Aug 2019 03:37  

          These guys and all the gunner enemies seem pretty heavily inspired by the lepers from Princess Mononoke. The bandages, guns, everything.

          • Anonymous

            22 Jun 2019 06:20  

            If you use puppeteer ninjitsu on one of the cannon wielding enemies on the cliff or the platform they'll do most of the work for you.

            • Anonymous

              16 Jun 2019 11:24  

              Erm, they're not firing bo-hiya rockets; for one thing, real life bo-hiya were designed to stick OUT of the barrel, as shown in the actual wiki link. Also, hiya-zutsu are actually just matchlock muskets that have been modified to fire bo-hiya; the Snake Eyes (like the other Sunken Valley folk) are wielding what seem to be hand cannons, which were basically small cannons on a stick that were used across much of Eurasia before the invention of the matchlock.

              • Anonymous

                14 Jun 2019 13:00  

                Shirahagi can be completely cheesed since she seems to take damage when she walks around in the poison lake area, I’m not sure why and it seems to be a bit irregular but if you really want to, you can just sit and hide at the entrance of the area.

                • Anonymous

                  16 May 2019 18:37  

                  I defeated this boss with very easy method. First backstab deathblow the boss, then alert the guard near her so the will attack you. Stay close to the her, if you shot by the guard she will get shot too, this will dealt high posture damage on her. Just do it two times and her posture will be very high. It's really easy to defeat her afterwards.

                  • 10 May 2019 14:27  

                    “...armed with rapid-fire, belt-fed, auto-muskets and advanced build-in target acquisition and tracking modules enabling them to engage the player with pinpoint accuracy both on the ground and in the air beyond visual range once detected.” I-I’m sorry?? Did I accidentally click on the Halo Wiki??

                    • Anonymous

                      06 May 2019 18:12  

                      When she does the pull back motion when doing her grab, you can actually deflect it. I find it to be a more reliable and constructive way of dealing with it. I don’t know if that’s common knowledge but I didn’t see it here when I skimmed the page.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 May 2019 07:30  

                        Shadowrush was very effective for me. Just one stealth blow then cheesed her with shadowrush by the fog door also if you get lucky the cannon guy can take a lot of her health.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Apr 2019 01:01  

                          Unfortunately the cheese method seems to be patched out, the second time I fought her she didn’t take any poison damage from the swamp even after chilling in there a good 4 or 5 minutes

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Apr 2019 22:25  

                            Another cheese strat: kill the two gunners, then lure the boss to the tent next to where they stood. Get her to walk onto the top, and quickly go underneath and stand to one side of the tent. If you stand on one of the sides that doesn't have a ramp, she will try to hit you with her combos, yet every attack will miss except for the gunshots (which can safely be blocked as they will be the only source of posture damage you will be taking.) Between her combos, you can jump straight up and slash her either once or twice (depending on the combo used). It takes a long time because the jumping slashes don't hit hard. But it's safe, and was how I killed her the first time in NG and then again in NG+. Just keep jumping and slashing her after each combo and you can then go up and deathblow her when she is low enough.

                            • 23 Apr 2019 19:56  

                              Important note about this fight. If you beat Guardian Ape prior to fighting Shirahagi, the entire arena will change, and the gun enemies will instead consist of three cannon wielders. I can only assume that beating Guardian Ape is what triggers this. It actually makes dealing with the group much much easier

                              • Anonymous

                                20 Apr 2019 23:59  

                                Their little kick is one of the most frustrating attacks in the game imo. It doesn't deal that much damage, but tt's insanely fast and has hyper armor, breaking your combo. Also having to stand back up everytime feels humiliating.

                                • Anonymous

                                  16 Apr 2019 17:32  

                                  cheese: kill the shotgunner and pull her, retreat to the high ground near the idol and make her stay in the poison. she will get poisoned and deplete her vitality; you will have to go close, do a few blocks and attacks for deathblow. do this twice

                                  • Anonymous

                                    15 Apr 2019 15:58  

                                    You can just run past her to the idol, rest, and then hide on the hand of the buddha close to the idol. She will stand in the poison, won't shoot, and eventually, die

                                    • Anonymous

                                      09 Apr 2019 15:07  

                                      If you have the puppeteer ninjutsu before fighting her, you can pop a Gaachin's sugar and stealth kill most of the adds in the room. The mob with the big cannon in the middle of the room (in front of Snake Eyes) can be puppeteered to help. One cannon shot has a tendency to knock down Snake Eyes for you to move in for some easy damage. It is worth noting that one shot from Snake Eyes can kill your new friend though. Easy way to get through at least one health bar.

                                      • 07 Apr 2019 19:52  

                                        How is it possible that a gentle tap of their guns deals almost as much damage as a shot right in the the face. Seriously they hit almost as hard, if not harder as the final boss.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          07 Apr 2019 18:36  

                                          This fight's biggest issue is the hitbox of the grab. It is a really bad hitbox. The fight is certainly doable despite that, but it makes it harder to judge whether or not you're close enough to get hit.

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