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Sekiro First Boss | Can you kill him?

Can you kill the Sekiro first boss? I know you’re thinking it. Fighting Genichiro Asina at the beginning of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a baptism of fire for the Wolf, and then some. But he’s not invincible. His health can be whittled down and you can dodge and parry his attacks as long as you put some considerable effort. But is it actually possible to beat the tutorial boss and get on with the game without dying? We’ll clue you in down below.

Sekiro First Boss | Can you kill him?

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It sure doesn’t look that way, at least to start with. At first, it appears that Genichiro Asina is simply a Souls-like tough tutorial to get you into the swing of things. His sweep attacks send you flying and his slashes cut off a considerable chunk of your health bar. So far, so very From Software. But it becomes clear that this is essentially a must-lose fight for what’s soon to become the One-Armed Wolf.

Our protagonist must lose this first boss for the purposes of time, so don’t bother using any healing items or anything at all for that matter. Just wait for the inevitable to happen. That’s because, as the cutscene shows, this defeat is crucial to the beginning of the game. The Wolf wakes up, minus an arm, next to the Sculptor in the Dilapidated Temple. How he survived a death is unclear but what is clear is that he was roundly defeated. Genichiro Asina is meant to kill you.

But is there a way to defeat the final boss if you’re seriously good? Soulsborne vets might want to dive in and give it a try and, even though it looks nigh-on impossible to beat him, you can do so. The end result is the same though: the Wolf dies and you’re left to pick up the pieces. Hardly worth the effort if you ask me.