The Chained Ogre in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice is the first proper boss you’ll face. Up until this point, the enemies you’ve encountered have been difficult, but not overwhelming. It’s likely you’ll be ill-prepared the first time you face down the ogre since the tactics required to beat him are different than your average foot soldier. Fortunately, we’ve figured out an easy way to defeat the Chained Ogre in Sekiro that will take a lot of frustration out of the fight.
How to get to the Chained Ogre in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
The first order of business is actually making it to the Chained Ogre. You’ll find it in the Ashina Outskirts. You’ll need to proceed through the area (which is relatively linear) until you reach a gate with a cannoneer at the top. Once you slice your way past him, you’ll find the third Outskirts Sculptor’s Idol.
From the Sculptor’s Idol, you can grapple to a nearby roof, then to a tree. You’ll see two soldiers having a conversation that you can eavesdrop on. When you’re done listening, lock on to the nearest one and attack from the air for an instant deathblow. Be ready to dodge backward as soon as the animation ends to avoid getting sliced up by his buddy and take him out with a few thrusts and a deathblow.
At the top of the nearby stairs, you’ll see the Chained Ogre. But since this is Sekiro, you’ll want to take care of a nearby enemy before you turn your attention to the ogre, lest he interrupts your boss fight. Head up the stairs and veer left at the top and you’ll find a spearman. You can dodge his thrust pretty easily and counter with your own. He’s fairly weak, though he has strong attack, and you can kill him before the ogre even bursts out of his ropes.
How to beat the Chained Ogre in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
After you kill the spearman, the ogre will likely be free of his chains and heading right for you. Don’t try and fight him in the small area you found the spearman. Instead, lure the ogre up there and drop off the ledge to the stairs. This should give you room to maneuver.
The ogre is by far the strongest enemy you’ve encountered so far. That’s bad enough, but he also introduces the grab attack. When enemies use a grab-type attack in Sekiro, there’s no blocking or deflecting it. If the ogre gets ahold of you, he’s going to bash you around and take out most of your health. His other attacks are powerful and can kill you in one or two hits, but it’s the grabs that are the biggest danger in this fight.
You can tell the ogre is going to grab you from the caution icon that appears about Sekiro’s head. If the ogre misses the grab, you’ll usually have the opportunity to grapple onto its head for a few quick swipes. However, we’re not going to use this.
This guide is for the easy way to defeat the Chained Ogre in Sekiro, which isn’t necessarily the “right” way. When you use our method you don’t have to worry about any attack, save one, which we’ll explain further down.
- To kill the Chained Ogre, you just need to:
- Get close in.
- Wait for it to start an attack animation.
- Dodge left or right twice.
- Swipe the ogre with your blade 2-3 times.
The game mentions using fire on it, and all that jazz, but it’s really just a waste of time. If you picked up the Fire Barrel in Hirata Estate and got the Flame Breathing Barrel for your prosthetic, that’s great. Use it in a pinch. Otherwise, just stick to the above rhythm.
There are two attacks you’ll still have to watch out for, though. The least dangerous of the two is a slow triple kick combo. This can catch you off-guard because the ogre sometimes throws out single kicks as well. The best way to avoid this attack is just to dodge back whenever you see he’s about to kick and let him do his thing. Even though you’ll miss out on three hits if he happens just to be doing a single kick, it’s not worth the risk.
The one attack that could still thwart your efforts to kill the Chained Ogre is his clothesline grab. The ogre has three grab attacks, two of which are close-range only and easy to dodge. However, if you stray too far from him he’ll do a lunging grab that has an extraordinarily long-range and can affect you over a wide area. Also, I swear that he can change course in-air. The best way to avoid this is to stick close to him. It seems like he’s much less likely to try this attack if you’re near him.
However, even with the tips above making the battle easier, the ogre is still a huge pain. He’s cheap, and one wrong move can end in death. However, if you try to face him head-on at this point, you’re likely not going to make it very far. Trying to fight the ogre like a regular enemy is just going to end in heartache. Just whittle his health down with the tactics above and get two deathblows and the fight is over.
What you get for killing the Chained Ogre in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
For killing the Chained Ogre in Sekiro, you get a Prayer Bead, four of which give you a vitality upgrade. You’ll also get Shinobi Medicine Rank I
Shinobi Medicine Rank I is an always active Latent Skill that will increase the effectiveness of your healing items.
After defeating the ogre, you can grapple up to the hole in the wall behind him and continue to make your way towards Ashina Castle.