Sekiro - Guardian Ape Boss Guide

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Guardian Ape

Number of GaugesTwo
Obtainable ItemsSlender Finger (Prosthetic Tool); Memory: Guardian Ape
LocationSunken Valley


First Stage

The Guardian Ape's attacks in the first stage are pretty straightforward. He will be open to attacks after sitting down following a couple of wild swinging strikes. However, be careful not to be behind it for a long period, as it will unleash a poisonous gas attack from its rear.

You can get close to him and hack away at its HP. This is especially effective after he executes his tantrum attack and begins to sit down.

Be on the lookout for when the Guardian Ape tries to grab you. If he succeeds, you will take a lot of damage.

After you deal the first deathblow, you will be greeted by the Guardian Ape's second form.

Second Stage

The Headless Ape's attacks differ from the Guardian Ape's. Take note of its varied attack patterns before heading forward.

It has a sliding attack which can be dodged. Once you dodge it, you have a small window to hack away at its HP.

The Headless Ape also has a new area of effect attack which it roars and spits out some blood. The longer you're in its area, the higher your Fear meter rises. Head back to a safe spot once it rears its torso and begins its roar.

Attack Patterns

First Stage

Unblockable Right Hand GrabThe Guardian Ape tries to grab and slam you for significant damage. Usually goes for this move if it is about to turn toward you.
Unblockable Jumping SlamGuardian Ape stands on its legs, jumps, and smashes the ground. It deals tremendous damage if you get hit.
Double StrikeGuardian Ape swipes with its right hand twice. Afterward, it follows up with a swipe with its left hand.
Poison GasThe Guardian Ape unleashes a poison gas from its rear. You will get poisoned and will need an antidote to get rid of the status effect if hit.
Dung ThrowThe Guardian Ape throws dung at you. This is usually done when you're far away from it.
Left-handed SweepsIt swings its left hand wildly, in a sweeping fashion.
TantrumIt will flail its arms wildly while on its back. Afterward, it will turn on its stomach and get up. You can have free hits just when he calms down and begins to turn to its stomach.

Second Stage

Unblockable Blood RoarThe Headless Ape roars and emits a bloody scream that significantly increases your Fear the longer you are in its area.
Unblockable Low Rowing AttackThe Headless Ape does a sweeping attack from left to right.
Continuous AttackThe Headless Ape attacks wildly. It can be deflected, leading to an advantageous situation for you.
Sliding AttackHeadless Ape slides and tries to hit you. Can be avoided and leaves the Ape open to attacks
Continuous SlashesHeadless Ape slashes uncontrollably. Hard to parry

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