Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – How to Defeat Guardian Ape (Boss Guide)

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Guardian Ape Boss Fight

After going through Gun Fort and ending up at Riven Cave, you’ll notice a grapple position directly above you and the idol. After whipping yourself up onto the ledge, follow the path down and continue until you reach another idol: Bodhisattva Valley. Just north is the arena.

First Phase

It’s recommended to be aggressive on Guardian Ape despite the amount of area they give you in the arena. Upon entering, rush towards him and get a few swipes in before his opening animation ends. At the end of the animation, he usually does a right slice, so be on the look-out for that.

Continue to step-dodge to his backside, getting in a few hits before he ends up turning around. If you’re having trouble dodging, I’d recommend hitting him once and then running to reposition before you hit him again.

Feces Throw

One ability is that he throws his feces. You’ll notice him retreat a far distance back and reach behind him. Once this happens, rush towards him quickly. You’ll dodge the throw and be able to get in a few slices before he reorients himself.

If you do end up getting hit, it’ll deal a massive amount of damage and poison you. If you’re having troubles with this part, it’s wise to carry a few antidotes on you in the rare event that you get poisoned. It also helps with his flatulence ability, but that’s pretty easy to avoid.

Sweeping Grab

At certain points through your combat, his left arm will sweep downwards to grab you. This does a lot of damage, so be sure to jump the second you see that ability come up. It’s recognizable by the red symbol floating above your head if you weren’t sure.

  • Fireworks can work well to stun him for a couple seconds.

Second Phase

After you slice the Guardian Ape’s head off, you’ll notice that he gets back up and carries a sword now. This can actually be finished easily with a bit of patience and understanding how his abilities will end up landing.


You’ll notice the red-colored symbol appear above your head. At this point, you’ll want to run away as fast as you can. This causes fear and once your fear bar is filled, you’re dead for good. This happens fairly often but it’s also quite easy to avoid.

Belly Slide Slice

He’ll get a slight running start before diving forward. He’ll send his sword sweeping. If you’re good at timing this, you can just jump over it and slice him a couple of times before he gets back up. Careful, he’ll most likely do his shrieking ability soon after.

Continue to knock his health down and you’ve done it.

Written by Wendy

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