How to easily beat Ashina Underwater Headless in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an incredibly challenging game, and a lot of the time you have to either upgrade skills or purchase items from vendors. However, the most difficult part of the title has to be the boss battles. A lot of the enemies attack without much force, but sometimes you run into exceptions like the Underwater Headless in Ashina Castle.

Throughout the campaign, you come across a number of Headless enemies, but once you gain the ability to dive underwater by defeating the Corrupted Monk's apparition, you can find even more. These ones − there are three of them from what it seems − are quite challenging because they're underwater. The Ashina Underwater Headless is probably the easiest one because you need to just swim around him in circles and hit him a few times after he stops shooting projectiles.

You can follow the steps below to easily beat him in a few minutes after you've initiated the fight. Luckily, he only has one health bar so you just have to do it once.

  • If you have Divine Confetti, use it before jumping into the water because you'll be able to do more damage for a few moments. Don't leave the water or wander too far away into the other side of the pond or his health will reset.
  • Make sure you have the Mottled Purple Gourd because you'll need it to reduce Terror.
  • Swim around in circles by pressing B while having him selected to avoid his projectile Terror attacks and Terror homing missiles.
  • Once he stops shooting you, swim to him directly and hit him a few times. Don't get greedy and immediately swim back to a safe distance and begin circling him again.
  • Keep repeating this process whenever he stops attacking.
  • This Headless has a suction unblockable attack so make sure you maintain the distance seen in the video.

It took us quite a while to figure out how to beat this boss, but once we did, it was rather easy. Hopefully this walkthrough will help you just as it helped us.

In our review, we said, "It's definitely harder than Dark Souls, but the sense of satisfaction you feel after defeating powerful titans is a reward in itself. The more you play, the stronger you become. The story and gameplay take you in new directions, but Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's difficulty may limit its appeal. Unlike previous FromSoftware games, it lacks multiplayer so you can't summon allies to help you."

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.