Sekiro: Shadow's Die Twice is tough as nails - perhaps From Software's toughest game to date - requiring some genuine skill and a real shake-up of the tried-and-tested methods you might have used in the Soulsborne games gone by.
Our Sekiro walkthrough and this Sekiro guide hub are here to help though: below we'll gather each individual guide page we have for the game plus every step of our (currently in-progress) walkthrough, including a Sekiro boss guide and boss list taking you through bosses, mini bosses and any key moments in between.
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Sekiro walkthrough - our Sekiro boss guide and boss list
Our walkthrough is still very much in progress for now, as are our standalone guides to the game's various mechanics - keep checking back for more in the days following launch, but for now here are they key pages we've got for you so far:
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Ashina Outskirts
- Sekiro Leader Shigenori Yamauchi fight - how to beat and kill Yamauchi
- Sekiro General Naomori Kawarada fight - how to beat and kill Kawarada
- Sekiro Chained Ogre fight - how to beat and kill the Ogre with fire
- Sekiro General Tenzen Yamauchi fight - how to beat and kill General Tenzen
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Hirata Estate
- Sekiro Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen fight - how to beat and kill the Shinobi Hunter
- Sekiro Juzou the Drunkard fight - how to beat and kill the Drunkard
- Sekiro Lady Butterfly fight - how to beat and kill Lady Butterfly
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Ashina Castle
- Sekiro Gyoubu Oniwa fight - how to beat and kill the horse boss Gyoubu
- Sekiro Blazing Bull fight - how to beat and kill the Blazing Bull
- Sekiro General Kuranosuke Matsumoto mini fight - how to beat and kill General Matsumoto
- Sekiro Ashina Elite Jinsuke Saze fight - how to beat and kill the Ashina Elite
- Sekiro Seven Ashina Spears fight - how to beat and kill Seven Ashina Spears Shikibu Toshikatsu Yamauchi
- Sekiro Lone Shadow Longswordsman fight - how to beat and kill the Lone Shadow Longswordsman
- Sekiro Genichiro Ashina fight - how to beat and kill Genichiro Ashina Way of Tomoe
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Senpou Temple
- Sekiro Armored Warrior fight - how to beat and kill the Armored Warrior
- Sekiro Long-arm Centipede Sen'un fight - how to beat and kill the first Long-arm Centipede, Sen'un
- Sekiro Folding Screen Monkeys fight - how to find and kill all four Folding Screen Monkeys
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Ashina Depths
- Sekiro Snake Eyes Shirahagi fight - how to beat and kill the first Snake Eyes, Shirahagi
- Sekiro O'rin of the Water fight - how to beat and kill O'rin of the Water
- Sekiro Corrupted Monk fight - how to beat and kill the first Corrupted Monk
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Sunken Valley
Sekiro boss list and walkthrough - Return of Ashina Castle
- Sekiro Great Shinobi Owl fight - how to beat and kill the Owl
- Sekiro Emma and Isshin Ashina fight - how to beat and kill Emma and Isshin Ashina
Sekiro boss list and walktrhough - Fountainhead Palace
- Sekiro True Corrupted Monk fight - how to beat and kill the Fountainhead Corrupted Monk
- Sekiro Divine Dragon fight - how to beat and kill the Divine Dragon
Much more to follow!
Sekiro guide hub - all our Sekiro guides in one place
Like our walkthrough above, our list of Sekiro guides is still growing, and you'll see plenty more pages spring up here over the coming days and weeks.
Here's what we have for now.
Sekiro guides - systems and tips
- Sekiro tips and tricks for beginners and returning experts
- Sekiro Skills explained - Skill tree, best Skills, how to grind Skill Points, find Esoteric Texts
- Sekiro combat system explained - Posture, Perilous Attacks and how to Deflect
- Sekiro Dragonrot cure explained - how to cure Dragonrot, Rot Essence's effect on NPCs
- Sekiro ending steps: Best ending Return, Purification ending, plus Shura and Immortal Severance explained
Sekiro guides - collectibles and locations
- Sekiro Treasure Carp Scale locations - where to find all Treasure Carp Scales
- Sekiro Prayer Beads location list - all Prayer Bead locations and where to find them
- Sekiro Divine Confetti farm route, method and locations - how to get Divine Confetti easily
- Sekiro Snap Seed locations - all Snap Seeds and how to find and use them
- Sekiro Prosthetic Tool locations - all Shinobi Prosthetics including Firecracker, Sabimaru, Umbrella
Sekiro boss battle advice: key things to know about how to get through Sekiro: Shadow's Die Twice's bosses
Our walkthrough above focuses primarily on boss and mini boss fights, and so most of the time it's all about combat.
With that in mind, here are a handful of key things to know, or just generally bear in mind, when you're diving into boss fights or working your way through the game. Combine these tips with the specifics we run through in each of our boss pages above, and you'll be off to a flyer.
Sekiro boss fight pointers
- Bank the next Skill Point - If you know you're in for a boss or mini boss fight, and there's a Sculptor's Idol nearby, it's worth grinding out a few grunts until you reach the next Skill Point. You lose all your progress to the next point each time you die, so don't risk all that XP and just get the last few kills to tick yourself over before you take the next big bad on.
- Top up on Pellets - There's a vendor fairly early on, shortly after the second mini boss General Naomori Kawarada (on the far left of the next area, listen for the crow sounds to guide you to him). Use vendors when you see them and don't be afraid to fast travel back to them before boss fights to top up. A handful of Pellets can make the difference, and that Sen's got to be spent on something!
- Invest your Sen in Light Coin Purses - That said, if you have a load of Sen burnig a hole in your pocket then if you're not spending it on items, buy Light Coin Purses with it from a vendor. It sounds silly, but these can be 'activated' when you need them, and store Sen safely - you don't lose Light Coin Purses on death, but you do lose half your Sen.
- Be more agressive than you're used to - We cover this more in our Sekiro combat system guide, but it feels uncomfortable being aggressive in a game that's so punishing of your mistakes, but it's necessary. Know your rock-paper-scissors matchups for Perilous Attacks and how to counter them, get a read on your enemy's roster of attacks and prepare yourself mentally to attack, dodge, jump, and deflect at the right times. There'll be few major fights where you won't need to do all of these at some point.
- Practice, practice, practice - Don't ignore that friendly training zombie near the Dilapidated Temple. Every time your learn a new skill or make some significant progress, take the time to visit him and practice it. Set yourself a rule, like "don't leave until you can finish every new training excercise without taking damage", and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes to your combat throughout the game.
- Use everything at your disposal, but don't rely on it - You'll find that a lot of bosses and general battles can be cheesed. Dousing enemies in Oil and then setting them on fire with a Prosthetic, for instance, or relying on the Firecracker Prosthetic to stun bosses and get some free hits in. These are all worth using, along with the items that are handed out along the way, but don't rely on them. If you use them as a crutch, you'll soon hit a boss that's immune to them, and then without the time spent mastering the foundations of combat, you'll really struggle.