How to beat Gyoubu Oniwa | Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice boss gameplay guide


Hey Sekiro fans,
this is Dave at Polygon Guides and I’m gonna show you
how to beat Gyoubu Oniwa. That is the horse boss. Alright, first we gotta talk about the best Shinobi Prosthetic
Tool to use against him. You can get this early but
it’s super easy to miss because we totally did. The Prosthetic Tool you’re after is called Robert’s Firecracker and The Sculptor turns it
into the Shinobi Firecracker. You can’t find it though,
you have to buy it. So, you’re looking for
the house where you speak to the old woman who gives you
the Young Lord’s Bell Charm. It’s about halfway between
the Ashina Outskirts and the Outskirts Wall
Gate Path Sculptor’s Idols. It’s not far past from where
you fought the first General. From that house you head downhill, past her son, and just before you reach the gate turn left and grapple up. When you get to the top you
will meet the Memorial Mob. There’s a guy there who will
sell you Robert’s Firecrackers for 500 Sen. If you need money you can
kill enemies in the area or, better yet, you can
find three Light Coin Purses in the hidden room
underneath the old woman. Buy the firecrackers, take
it back to The Sculptor, get yourself the Shinobi Firecracker. Let’s talk about skills. The one skill we recommend actually above all others is cheap
and you can pick it up early. It’s called the Grappling
Hook Attack Prosthetic Art. And it allows you to add an attack after using your Shinobi Prosthetic as a grappling hook, right. So you fly through the air,
you hit the attack button, and you attack while you’re
flying through the air. To get that it’s a little
complicated but it’s worth it. You go to Hirata Estate after you’ve found the Young Lord’s Bell
Charm and you have to get the two Shinobi Prosthetic
Tools hidden there. The Flame Barrel and the
Shinobi Axe of the Monkey. After that The Sculptor will give you the Prosthetic Esoteric Text
that unlocks a skill tree and the Grappling Hook
Attack is a first tier skill that costs a whopping one skill point. It’s not necessary for the fight but it makes it a little easier. Okay, let’s talk about the boss fight. He’s huge, he’s riding a horse, and that makes him intimidating. Here’s a bunch of things to remember before we get into specifics. The first is he’ll come to you. You do not have to worry
about staying close to him, in fact you can mostly
stand still for a lot of the fight if you want to. He’ll even run away periodically and then come charging at
you so don’t seek him out, let him come to you. You can treat him and his
horse as one thing, right. You don’t have to hit him to cause damage, you can hit the horse too. He’s got a lot of
attacks, but you just have to block constantly. This is a reoccurring
theme in our boss guides. But really the worst thing
you can do is get by a boss because bosses have a lot
of attack power, shockingly. Point is you can block. Boy, if you can at all avoid
it, don’t go behind the horse because just like in real life, being directly behind
a horse is dangerous. He’ll kick you and deal a lot of damage if he catches you back there. Alright let’s talk about the first phase. You get into the arena and
he crashes through the gate, so run up and deal some damage while he delivers his arrival monologue. He won’t actually start attacking until he rides away and returns. You could alternatively
wait until he comes to you but you’re
sacrificing free hits there. When he takes off start blocking and wait for him to come back. His attacks put a dent
into your posture bar but it’s cool, you’ll survive it. One of his most common
attacks is a three swinger that ends with an overhead swing. Good news is, after that
he takes a few breaths, so you can block the first two hits and then while he’s yelling
dodge to your right, or dodge twice if you
wanna be really safe, and then you’ll have a couple of seconds to deal some damage, like, I don’t know, two or three swings. Don’t get greedy. The boss fight’s also
a great chance for you to use your new Prosthetic Tool. So when you dodge one
of these big attacks, where he pauses afterwards, fire off the Shinobi Firecracker. When you do that the horse rears up and then they’re stuck stuck for a couple of seconds which means,
that’s right, free hits. Even better, when you use
it he runs away right after, almost all of the time,
not necessarily every time. But what that means is
that you can swing away, and if he runs away, you don’t have to worry about getting hit. One last thing to watch
for is a grapple point that appears when the boss is far away. This is where the
Grappling Hook Attack skill becomes super important. Whenever you see this, grapple toward him, and then at the moment
right before you get to him hit the attack button. So you’re basically getting,
once again, free hits. So the second phase is actually not all that different than the first phase. Everyone of the tactics we
talked about already will work but he does have some new
attacks you wanna watch for. So there’s another grapple point attack that you can have but this one happens when he starts spinning
his spear in a wide arc. Then the tip pops off and
a long chain, you know, it’s a whole big thing. The idea is to jump first
and then grapple over to him. If you can’t jump you can still grapple, but you’ll probably take a
good bit of damage on your way. Like we talked about earlier, don’t forget to use your
Grappling Hook Attack to get some free hits in
when you’re close to him and still in the air. His second new attack is a
red Kanji Perilous Attack. He throws his spear at
you from a distance, then reels it back in. Once again though, a
grapple point appears. When you see a red
Kanji dodge to one side, does not matter which, and
then grapple over to him. Final attack, he’s got a
day-ruining Perilous Attack where he drags his spear and
attempts to grab you with it. If you get caught, he’ll
drag you and toss you around and it’ll cost you half of
your health bar, if not more. So, if you see him coming at you and he’s dragging his spear, just start jumping away. Get out of there. Again, aside from those new twists, the fight remains very
similar to the first half. Keep blocking more than you attack and dodging generally to your right. Use your Shinobi Firecracker
as much as you can. Grapple and follow those grapples with Grappling Hook Attacks. Alright, that is it. Good luck and thanks for watching.


29 Responses

  1. Dyionisis Yhe horned one

    March 30, 2019 5:23 am

    You sure it wasn't to hard for you? If i remember correctly polygon whined about nioh being "too hard,we can't make a walkthrough" and i remember thinking
    "I'm going to never let this die,because polygon is garbage tier"


    March 31, 2019 9:20 pm

    Anyone know how to add the Kunai to the Shuriken prosthetic tool? I have iron and the Kunai. Not sure if i need iron but i cant do anything with the stuff. Maybe need more things?


    March 31, 2019 9:25 pm

    Why blocking instead of parrying? Just wondering. A bit safer for sure but parry lower their posture much faster. Blocking also raise your posture which means they can kill you when its max. Anyhoo thanks for the guide.


    March 31, 2019 9:29 pm

    BTW you can pick up an early weapon art for "free" in Hirata Estate by the guy in the barrel on an island in the lake. Kill fish which gives scales (get 5 scales) and then buy the weapon art from him. Its a 3 step weapon art with 2 slashes when activating it with the 2 buttons (like all weapon arts) but if you push attack button again you get another 2 slashes, and if you press AGAIN you get a final slash. So you can do 2, 4 or 5 hits right after each other really fast. That one can be used when grappling on and deliver 2 harder fast slashes that are done before you put your feet on the ground again. Pretty neat.

  5. HI

    April 2, 2019 3:12 pm

    Damn, thank you for the guide! Beat the boss on first try without dying once (only used gourds and a couple of pellets!)

  6. Siha Rakhet

    April 4, 2019 2:57 am

    Oh my god! This made this fight the easiest boss battle I've had so far! I had a harder time killing the Chained Ghoul? I think that was his name. Anyway thank you so much! I only died once (permanently) and that was because I got super intimidated when I first saw him. xDD Thanks so much for showing where to get the fire crackers too! I totally missed it.

  7. Daniel Headley

    April 5, 2019 2:00 am

    Took me 10 attempts, failed miserably watched your vid and realised I had enough cash to buy the firecrackers…2 attempts later I kicked his ass, so thanks dude.

  8. RobRocks TV

    April 5, 2019 12:31 pm

    been trying to get this for almost a week
    i start off ok
    then i keep getting worse and every time i try he seems to get more rage in him

  9. WirelessFawn3

    May 2, 2019 6:53 am

    An easy way to beat him is to hold block and attack him 3 times the immediately hold block each time he gets spear stuck in the ground. I advise against it as this won't help you learn deflections which is the point of him and make later encounters tuffer. But always doge away from his 2 unblockable attacks, and always grapple in. Dont worry about posture damage as you can always recover before the next attack.

  10. Reginald Sterling

    May 7, 2019 2:41 pm

    Every video says easy..I beat bloodborne all but 2 bosses by myself and I cant get past this guy

  11. Jacob

    June 16, 2019 11:46 pm

    What kind of difficulty is this? He fights literally nothing like this and cant block anywhere near to this degree.

  12. David Ahmad

    September 15, 2019 11:56 am

    I got the firecracker thing but I just ended up not having it anymore. If you can lose prosthetic tools by dying then this game has really hit rock bottom, the punishment for dying is bad enough (considering also how much one would end up dying).


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