The 11 Hardest 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice' Bosses
We are ranking the hardest Sekiro bosses of all time! While every single boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is challenging in their own way, some bosses are so unrelentingly difficult it has made the game earn a reputation for being one of the hardest games of all time. Featuring only the toughest, the most difficult, and the most infuriating boss encounters in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this list showcases mandatory bosses, and mini-bosses. No matter what kind of approach players take, these bosses challenges players in ways they have never expected and will undoubtedly send them back to the closest Sculptor's Idol.
Every boss on this list have earned their place for their vast damage dealing move set, multiple boss phases, and a unique arena where they can unleash their skills. In fact some of these bosses are notoriously well known in the community and are considered to be some of the hardest bosses in the entire Soulsborne series. Not only does every boss on this list has a name that strikes fear in the hearts of players, but their move sets forces players to adapt, and learn in ways they have never thought of. What are the hardest Sekiro boss have you faced numerous times?
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- 147 VOTES
Demon of HatredPhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
One does not simply defeat the Demon of Hatred, they merely survive him. Many bosses in Sekiro are designed to teach players new methods of combat and mechanics that can and will help them win battles every time, but this couldn't be further from the truth with the Demon. The battle against the Demon of Hatred forces players to throw everything they have learned throughout the game out the window; gone are methods of deflecting, blocking suddenly stacks posture at a breakneck speed and reduces players' ability to counter, and players are given a minuscule margin of error throughout the fight with countless attacks that will one-shot Wolf if they land. To many, it feels there is no mastering the Demon of Hatred, just survival against him.
- 245 VOTES
Isshin, The Sword SaintPhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
Nightmarish in his unrelenting and never-ending onslaught, Isshin, The Sword Saint is widely regarded as not only one of the hardest bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but of the entire Soulsborne franchise, and for damn good reason. A horrifying culmination of every boss Wolf has seen throughout the game, players will need to overcome this ludicrous 4-phase fight consisting of the widest array of attacks and counters the game has to offer, all while being attacked at the swiftest and most aggressive pace in the entire game. This battle is not for the weak of heart, and for those who fail, the climb back up to the top of the mountain is daunting, but for those brave few who can win, the reward is arguably the sweetest of the entire franchise.
- 319 VOTES
Isshin AshinaPhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
A phenomenal appetizer to who would eventually go on to be a final boss, the battle against Isshin Ashina oftentimes gets overlooked by his masterful counterpart, but this fight is one for the ages. This 2-phased fight radically varies from section to section. Beginning at his first phase as a very powerful yet graceful foe, Isshin offers a wide array of combos that all begin with the same first blow, keeping players on their toes as to what could come next. Throw in three unblockable attacks and his use of the Ichimonji and suddenly this battle seems fraught with danger. Then, his second phase is unleashed, and all hell breaks loose. Lashing out a massive slew of brand-new fire attacks that all have one-shot potential, it takes timing and dedication to master this battle.
- 429 VOTES
Guardian ApePhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
Erratic patterns matched with an ungodly level of speed and aggression make the Guardian Ape a daunting foe, however, when this is paired with a complete overhaul of the gameplay mechanics, suddenly this beast of burden becomes too much for even the most veteran Soulsborne player to handle. While Sekiro has rewarded players for flexing and metering aggression, the Guardian Ape forces players to keep a distance, dodge, and play with a much more passive approach. This drastic change of strategy on top of the incredibly hard deflecting mechanics against his flying fists and insane reach on grapple attacks causes the utmost frustration. This 2-phased blitz of battle is unique in its radical difference compared to the rest of Sekiro.
- 524 VOTES
Lady ButterflyPhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
Wildly varying in her difficulty depending at which point players face her, Lady Butterfly ranges from one of the most difficult bosses in the entire game, to simply a worthy challenge. Given the ability to face her whenever the player so desires, those who are patient and wise enough to level up will see this fight become exponentially simpler in doing so. Even then, however, her blistering speed and magical combos are a lethal combination, and will have no problem taking down even the highest leveled players. Her 2-phased onslaught concludes with a blistering battle against her skeletal minions in addition to the battle against her, and with a massive health bar, this fight is one that is all but guaranteed to take a while.
- 633 VOTES
Genichiro AshinaPhoto: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware
Widely acclaimed as the turning point from stereotypical Soulsborne gameplay into something uniquely its own, the battle against Genichiro Ashina is what makes Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Sekiro. One of the first battles players partake in, and a recurring one at that, players are forced to not only learn Genichiro's attacks but also shift from typical Dark Souls attack and run/dodge mechanics to a more deflecting and parrying playstyle. Even while players learn these techniques, however, Genichiro's laundry list of attacks and counters on top of his masochistic bow and arrow attacks keep this fight fresh and daunting.