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Sekiro boss guide: Shichimen Warrior (Guardian Ape’s Burrow)

Bring the right tools, and kill it quickly

Sichimen Warrior (Guardian Ape’s Burrow) guide FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

Sekiro’s Shichimen Warrior boss fight near the Guardian Ape’s Burrow Sculptor’s Idol isn’t difficult, as long as you’re prepared. In this guide, we’ll show you how to defeat the Shichimen Warrior using the most effective Shinobi Prosthetic, insanely powerful items, and strategies for a quick, aggressive win.

The best Prosthetic Tools, Quick Items and skills for the Shichimen Warrior (Guardian Ape’s Burrow)

We always try to figure out boss strategies that don’t rely on rare items — or, for that matter, anything you may not have. The Shichimen Warrior is so specialized that we’re comfortable making some exceptions. Here’s what you should bring with you.

Sekiro Divine Confetti
Farm the enemies near the Ashina Castle > Upper Tower – Antechamber Sculptor’s Idol for Divine Confetti.
  • Divine Confetti. This item is helpful for every purple enemy, but it’s so rare that we try not to recommend it. In this fight, we can’t ignore it. If you don’t have two Divine Confetti, you can farm the robed enemies near the Ashina Castle > Upper Tower – Antechamber Sculptor’s Idol. Use a Mibu Possession Balloon to increase item drops and up your odds for the drop. (You’ll earn a ton of Experience Points and sen even when you don’t get what you’re looking for.)
  • Mottled Purple Gourd. Purchase the gourd for 1,800 sen from the Exiled Memorial Mob merchant vender near the Ashina Depths > Mibu Village Sculptor’s Idol. (And that’s not far from this fight, either.) Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s worth it. It has the same effect as Pacifying Agent: increasing your Terror resistance and dissipating your Terror buildup. It works like Healing Gourd, so you can take five swigs and refill it at a Sculptor’s Idol.
  • Pacifying Agent. If you don’t have the Mottled Purple Gourd, use this Quick Item to dissipate your Terror buildup and increase your Terror resistance.
  • Shinobi Firecracker. Our old standby stuns the Shichimen Warrior for a moment, so you can continue attacking. That’s especially effective here because of the extra damage you’ll be doing with your Divine Confetti-infused sword.

Shichimen boss fight tips, tricks, and strategies

Before the fight

Before hopping down into the arena near the Guardian Ape’s Burrow Sculptor’s Idol, do three things:

  1. Take a chug from your Mottled Purple Gourd or use a Pacifying Agent. This will protect you from the Terror buildup you’ll endure while standing near the Shichimen Warrior. Without it, you’ll be dead within about five seconds. (Seriously: five seconds. We timed it.)
  2. Use Divine Confetti, which makes your sword glow purple and allows you to deal significantly more damage (of all varieties) than you’d do with regular attacks.
  3. Switch to make the Healing Gourd Quick Item active. You’ll need more Vitality (health) before you need the items above, so put it a single button press away.

Now it’s time to begin the fight. With the power of Divine Confetti and protection from Terror, your strategy becomes simple: ruthless aggression.

Ruthless aggression

Armed with the power of Divine Confetti and protected from Terror thanks to the Mottled Gourd or Pacifying Agent, you’re a Vitality and Posture-wrecking machine. Charge the Shichimen Warrior, and attack. Throw Shinobi Firecrackers to stagger the boss.

Follow these steps, and you can decimate his Vitality and Posture bars. If the boss disappears, chase it down and repeat the process. Just watch out for the funnel of flame attack (in the second phase). Keep an eye on your meters, too, and drink from your gourds when you need to.

The video above shows you the first Deathblow in our fight, demonstrating in all of 24 seconds our strategy and the Shichimen Warrior’s attacks. We’ll explain what you’re looking at below.

Shinobi Firecracker

Feel free to pepper your ruthless aggression with the Shinobi Firecracker. Attack three times, and then deploy the Prosthetic Tool. That timing allows you to disrupt the Shichimen Warrior’s attacks, so you can continue your assault.

Shichimen Warrior attacks

In this section, we typically talk about a boss’ attacks, how to identify them, and what you should do about them. Our strategies are almost always about fighting defensively. But you don’t really need to worry about the Shichimen Warrior’s attacks. Instead, you need to worry about your attacks because you're on offense (for once).

Glowing orbs

The Shichimen Warrior jumps into the air and conjures floating orbs that can follow and attack Sekiro. Some are small, and others are large. You can mostly run away from and avoid both varieties. Just keep yourself locked on to the boss and run in circles around the Shichimen Warrior (which is how you outrun the orbs).

Funnel of flame

After your first Deathblow, the Shichimen Warrior shoots a funnel of flame from its staff. Just lock on to the boss and run left or right (while closing the distance between you two). It can’t keep up with you.


After you deal a lot of damage — and after you perform your first Deathblow — the Shichimen Warrior disappears and teleports into another area of the arena. When it goes transparent, you can’t damage the boss.

Don’t panic. Just spin the camera around and look for a bunch of those creepy floating head clouds coalescing in an area. When you see it, run there. That’s where the Shichimen Warrior is going to reappear.

Get there, and start attacking again.

Shichimen Warrior (Guardian Ape’s Burrow) drops, items, and rewards

Sekiro Malcontent’s Ring FromSoftware/Activision via Polygon

Defeat the Shichimen Warrior, and you’ll receive the Malcontent’s Ring, an upgrade material for the Finger Whistle Prosthetic Tool. As the item’s description reads:

An old ring well-suited for slender fingers. “Kingfisher” is engraved on the underside. Can be used to upgrade the Finger Whistle Prosthetic Tool.

Wearing this ring as you blow the finger whistle will create a somber tune. The weeping voice is full of solitude and beauty. Possible somber enough to temporarily quell a voice of rage.

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