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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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    21 VOTES

    Isshin, The Sword Saint

    Isshin, The Sword Saint
    Photo: 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. 

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    16 VOTES

    Demon of Hatred

    Demon of Hatred
    Photo: 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. 

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    12 VOTES

    Guardian Ape

    Guardian Ape
    Photo: 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.

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    24 VOTES

    Shichimen Warrior

    Shichimen Warrior
    Photo: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/Fromsoftware

    A ticking timebomb of terror, Shichimen Warrior brings both literal and physical fear to players and is one of the most excruciating battles Sekiro has to offer. This magic casting maniac is arguably one of the hardest mini-bosses in the entire game due to his terror spells. The stacking and time-based elements of these attacks often cause players to panic, as getting hit by one too many of these spells will nearly insta-kill players. Firing a massive variety of Terror Orbs and summoning Fear Auros to overwhelm players, and without purifying agents, death is all but inevitable. This forces players to closely study his attack patterns, but this is also a devastating challenge as Shichimen will constantly teleport around the arena.