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Published June 12, 2019

Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice has come to be known as one of the most challenging games to date and while some gamers believe that this is THE hardest game, it can be said that there are much harder ones than this. I’ve been playing this game for a while and I’ve been through the good and rough patch(es) of the game and as a result I’ve made my own Sekiro tips and tricks.

Let it be known that these did NOT come easy and I had to figure out a lot of it on my own without a guide which is how I play all of my games, but I can assure you that if you’re having trouble with Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice then my Sekiro tips and tricks will work for you. I want it to go on the record that it took me a while to remember that the circle button lets you sprint.

Also, it cannot be argued that you’re going to have your hands full trying to keep from dying but I’ll cover that in the post along with my ‘big guy and a building’ strategy, sprinting along with other random tips. So without further ado, let’s jump right into……..

Where I am

Right now, I’m at the Ashina Estates; a place overrun with scum of every type and I want to go on record as saying that the enemies you encounter here are strong, real strong and having techniques like the Mikiri Counter or the Sprint has come in handy. Incidentally, I was sort of tempted to go back to the ‘present day’ and continue on my journey until I was strong enough to wipe out the ‘laments’ of the past.

However, something’s keeping me in and at the Ashina Estates; ultimately the past, it’s like you want to leave but the gamer in you won’t let you because you know the price of unfinished business.

Have you ever played a game and you got to a point where you were dying so badly and so much that you wanted to leave that place for good but you wanted to prove a point by beating that level so you stayed until you got good enough to pass; that’s exactly how it was with me and the Ashina Estates.

My Sekiro tips and tricks have helped me get on my way not just with the Ashina Estates but where I am in the present day as well.

A big guy and a building

Now, this is one of the games among many that I’ve played where I’m taking on something 3 times my size, but the Sekiro tips and tricks that I developed got me through and if I do say so myself; big enemies are the worst in the game from my perspective.

You may say or think otherwise but I assure you, big enemies are the worst and most annoying. I can’t say that I had trouble with the big guy that I fought but I can tell you that if I didn’t have a building between me and him, I would’ve been done for.

Which is where my sekiro tips and tricks come in, I can’t say that you’re going to always have a place to hide and deal damage to big enemies at a distance but I would usually try to find somewhere to get them stuck; make their immense size work to your favor. If you can get them in between something or caught between something with you and them then your win is guaranteed.

From my many years of video gaming, I can say with 100% certainty that facing big enemies, unless you can do quadruple damage to them to match them blow for blow, should never be engaged in up close and personal combat or close quarter combat for that matter.

Sprint like your life depended on it

I don’t know about you but when I’m facing enemies especially Juzou the Drunkard, it pays to remember that sprinting can be done with the circle button. Truth be told, I never had a reason to use the sprint button or even to sprint because most of the enemies I fought were standing still and unaware which allowed me to get the drop on them.

Now, when you fight Juzou, you’re going to want to run and run up to him. Here’s what I mean, I’m sure you’ve noticed, if you’re this far in the game, that Juzou will eventually stop and drink his sake, poison drink I like to call it.

When he does, you have about 2 seconds before he finishes to land at least 2 blows on him; don’t try to get courageous and get more than 2 blows otherwise you’ll suffer the wrath of his big sword which does a significant amount of damage.

Sprinting and running around Juzou will definitely confuse him but don’t just run around though; the best time to attack Juzou is when he finishes an attack but again, weigh your options when you get those hits because he can deal you damage even if you’re not near him hence his poison breath. Remember this always

My Verdict

You know, I hear it all the time, “Sekiro is so hard”, “I wish there was a difficulty level in the game” or my personal favorite, “I’ve struggled with Sekiro this many hours” But, going back to what I said too, Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice is not that hard a game, you just need a good strategy and you can lay any boss or mini-boss to rest. This was also the motivation behind coming up with my sekiro tips and tricks because in a way I wanted to prove that if I can master a game like Ninja Gaiden Sigma I on Normal, I can do this.

Granted, they’re two different games but I see a little bit of Ninja Gaiden Sigma I in the game with the complex difficulty. Ultimately, I wanted to show that there wasn’t a game that I can’t master without some strategies. Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice made me realize that the game isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be and you don’t have to struggle through the game either.

I think that a game is only hard if you make it hard, a philosophy I’ve lived by since I was a teen. Think about it, take a second and let that sink in.


Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice is a game chalked full of challenges, but with the sekiro tips and tricks, you can topple even the biggest of bosses like Juzou the Drunkard or even the spearmen in the eastern woods in the past i.e. Ashina Estates. Remembering to sprint and strategize will carry you to victory with early and late game fights.

So where are in Sekiro: The Shadows Die Twice, which mini-boss are you fighting, which enemies are you having trouble with; leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. Thank you and Happy gaming.

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