Shichimen Warrior is an optional mini-boss, found in the Ashina Depths region in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
When you’ve worked your way through the Ashina Depths and defeated the Corrupted Monk at the end, you’ll notice that you’re unable to travel to the Sculptor’s Idol at the Guardian Ape’s Burrow, as it’s now blanked out. If you want to go and investigate, head to either the Ashina Depths or Poison Pool Sculptor’s Idol and head down the passage towards where we killed the Headless Ape and you’ll spot the Shichimen Warrior—who we’ve already beaten in the Abandoned Dungeon—stood in the middle of the room. It’s time to beat him all over again.
Thankfully, this encounter is much easier, because we already know his attacks and we’re further into the game, meaning we should be much more prepared. Preparation is key for an easy life in this one, so we need a few items before we try and take him on.
The first thing to make sure you have is Divine Confetti, as this will make the fight much easier and quicker. You should have a fair amount in your inventory by this point in the game, but if you don’t have any then it’s worth trying to find some before you try the boss. The interior of the Ashina Castle is a good place to farm Divine Confetti, but if all of the Sculptor’s Idols there are blanked out at this stage of your game then there’s a good chance you missed a secret room in the Hirata Estate. To check, head to the Audience Chamber Sculptor’s Idol and head back towards the main entrance into the building which Juzou the Drunkard was guarding earlier in the game. Before you exit the building, turn right and follow the corridor around, kill the two enemies, and then hug the wall at the end. The wall will spin around and you’ll be in a secret room where you can find a few Divine Confetti. If you can’t find any Divine Confetti then the other items will still help you and you can still follow these tips, but it will take a lot longer and you need to be more wary of the Shichimen Warrior’s orbs. My guide on how to beat the Shichimen Warrior in the Abandoned Dungeon might help you with this, as I explained how to beat him without Divine Confetti.
The other items that you need will require a fair amount of sen, so you might need to go out and farm some money to acquire them. You’ve likely already got the first item that you need, as it’s purchased from the Memorial Mob merchant by the Mibu Village Sculptor’s Idol. It’s called the Mottled Purple Gourd, and using it both reduces Terror buildup and increases Terror Resistance, which makes the boss fight much easier. If you don’t already have it, go and buy it.
The final piece of the puzzle is the Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella, which is a Prosthetic Tool Upgrade for the Loaded Umbrella. Using the Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella will protect you from attacks by apparition type enemies, which is perfect for blocking the Shichimen Warrior’s deadliest attack. To buy the upgrade you’ll need 1000 Sen, 6 Scrap Iron, 4 Lump of Fat Wax, and 4 Scrap Magnetite. You’ve likely got all of those at this stage of the game anyway, but if you don’t, it’s time to go farming.
Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to do battle, and now that we’re fully prepared we’re going to make light work of this one. Head back to the Shichimen Warrior but don’t run into the room to trigger the boss fight straight away. Instead, make sure you have the Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella equipped, take a swig from your Mottled Purple Gourd, and use some Divine Confetti. Now sprint into the room and go on the attack immediately, and you should do considerable damage to his first Posture bar before he’s even had time to react. Watch out for his swipe attacks and Deflect them accordingly – your items don’t protect you from these.
Stay aggressive and don’t worry about his orbs, as your swings of your blade will disperse them thanks to your Divine Confetti. On occasion, the Shichimen Warrior will disappear and reappear at the other end of the room, much like he did after the first Deathblow in the Abandoned Dungeon fight. Much like that fight, he’s now going to lift his staff in the air and then fire a massive beam at you for significant damage; in the Abandoned Dungeon we had to just run away from this, but this time we came prepared – when he fires the beam, use your Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella and you’ll be completely protected from it, and you can even move toward him through the beam with it equipped. Once he stops firing the beam, sprint straight in and go back on the offensive, and you should be able to hit that first Deathblow in lightning quick time.
Once you hit that first Deathblow he’ll do his disappearing act and reappear on the opposite side of the room, so get ready to block his charged beam with your Phoenix’s Lilac Umbrella again and start to close the gap while you do so. He might fire the beam at you again if you’re still a fair distance away after the first one, so block it again and then go on the offensive as soon as he’s done and you should get your second Deathblow in even quicker than the first.
Killing him will reward you with Malcontent’s Ring, which can be used as an upgrade for the Finger Whistle Prosthetic Tool, as well as a Bulging Coin Purse and a chunk of experience points.
You can now claim the Guardian Ape’s Burrow Sculptor’s Idol again.