The Owl


Location Hirata Estate

The Owl (梟, Fukurō), real name Ukonzaemon Usui (薄井 右近左衛門, Usui Ukonzaemon) is an NPC in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. He is a noble, incredibly experienced master shinobi that adopted a young, orphaned Sekiro during the aftermath of the bloody conflict between the Ashina and Takeru clans. Soon after, Usui became a mentor to the boy and would go on to show him both the ways of the Shinobi and the Iron Code at the heart of his teachings. 

The Owl Information

Associated Quests


  • Example Dialogue Lines
  • Quest Progression optional dialogue

Notes & Tips

  • Voiced by: Darin De Paul (English) Takaya Hashi (Japanese).
    • Takaya Hashi is also known for voicing Toki and Amiba from Fist of the North Star; Kakuzu from the anime Naruto: Shippuden; Muno (Flint) from the Pokémon series; Brewster in the Animal Crossing movie; and Slayer from the videogame Guilty Gear Xrd: -REVELATOR-.
  • His real name, as revealed in the 'Shura' Ending, is Ukonzaemon Usui (薄井 右近左衛門, Usui Ukonzaemon). His first name is Ukonzaemon, consisting of the characters 右, right, 近, close, 左, left, 衛, protect, and 門, gate. His last name consists of 薄, thin or dilute, and 井, well. His surname appears to be a reference to Usui Forest. According to the Mist Raven's Feathers, Usui Forest is said to contain many birds of prey, such as perhaps owls. Ukonzaemon seems to be a variation on a common given name. For instance, Jinzaemon has a similar name.
  • He doesn't actually get to say his full name in either version of the audio. In the Japanese audio, you don't get to hear his full first name, as it comes last, but in the English audio you don't get to hear his full last name, as it comes last instead. Piecing them together allows us to recreate his whole name properly.


    • 20 Jun 2019 06:44  

      Did anyone else notice that when you meet owl in the burning courtyard, he says almost the exact same thing that Eileen the Crow says to you outside the cathedral in bloodborne?

      • Anonymous

        17 Apr 2019 14:48  

        I didn't like Sekiro as much as I thought I would, way too restricting and kinda linear, but holy shieeet fighting *him* is so enjoyable!

        • Anonymous

          10 Apr 2019 22:25  

          Probably inspired by Gut's foster father from berserk, since he takes in a war orphan to mostly exploit and betray, considering fromsoft are huge fans of berserk.

          • Anonymous

            29 Mar 2019 01:33  

            I’ve been a huge fan of your work and site. You always do a thorough job of explains classes and game mechanics, which is greatly appreciated. YouTube had a gaffe this morning that I wanted to point out. There was no need to put (Father) in the video title. It’s a unnecessary spoiler for people that haven’t gotten to that point yet, myself included. Aside from that, keep up the great work. YouTube

            • Anonymous

              25 Mar 2019 09:26  

              He has the 2nd Mortal Blade for some reason before the end boss. I noticed when looking up the endings I missed but I thought people should know and think about how and why for the Owl and End Boss Guy

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