From software games don't skimp on challenging players in the early game. The developer's latest, Sekiro: Shadows The Twice, keeps with the trend, holding little back on difficulty few new players. Ashina Outskirts has several super-tough mid-boss enemies, the first ever through which players have already won the Shinobi Prosthetic. Taking on the mid-bosses along the way is especially tough if you haven't found some of the best early game prosthetics.
One of the first major enemies you'll have down is the Chained Ogre, and eyed monster locked into a wooden pillory. Sekiro is about giving you hints on how to defeat bosses and mid-bosses like the Ogre if you're eavesdropping and paying attention, but knowing what to do and actually doing it are two different things. Defeating the Ogre is the last major hurdle before you reach Gyoubu, and will earn you Prayer Beads, which can make you stronger for the fight ahead.
The trick to beating the Ogre is being fixed on your feet, and being willing to disengage if you need to. You can also get an edge with the right Shinobi Prosthetic, the Flame Wait, but it's pretty easy to miss. Here's everything you need to know about taking down the Ogre and getting ready for your big fight with Gyoubu.
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Clearing The Battlefield
You'll find the Ogre in the Ashina Outskirts area, in the Outskirts Wall ̵
Bring The Flame Vent
Red-eyed enemies like the Ogre are basically berserkers, unfazed by your attacks. That usually means you'll have to do a lot of dodging and slicing away in between the Ogre's attacks. You can get some breathing room to heal or attack, though, if you have fire. Red-eyed enemies fear flames, and you can find a Shinobi Prosthetic tool early in the game that produces a jet of fire that will briefly steal the Ogre and give you the upper hand. It's easy to miss, though.
In the area before the Stairway, the Gate Path, look for an old woman in a blasted-out house. If you talk to her and let her believe you are her son, she'll give you a bell to use as an offering. Take it to the Dilapidated Temple and use it on the Buddha statue near the Sculptor to access the Hirata Estate level. You can use our guide to find the Flame Vent prosthetic – bring it back to the sculptor to get it fitted for your fight with the Ogre.
The Flame Vent isn't essential to beating the Ogre, and it won't do extra damage to it. The tool can be very useful for emergencies, though, when you need to get to the back of a couple extra hits will bring it down.
Get A Backstab
You can't approach the Ogre with stealth, since there is only one way up the stairs toward it, and it'll see you coming. But you can try to get behind it for a quick backstab deathblow, which can reduce the difficulty of the fight by about half right out of the gate. To get there, hold down the dodge button to make the Wolf sprint and try to get up behind the Ogre before he manages to break free of his bonds. It's tough to get there in time, but the backstab is worth it if you can manage it.
Dodge The Grabs
The Ogre hits hard with all its abilities, but its grabs attacks are the worst ones. These are marked by the red symbol that denotes an unblockable attack. If you get grabbed, the Ogre will deal a massive amount of damage you can't avoid, and likely will kill you. The only way to avoid the Ogre's grab attacks is to use the step dodge ability, and you'll need to keep your distance in general – he'll do a diving grab that can get you back if you step back, so make
The good news is that if you can avoid a grab, you will get a chance to wail on the Ogre for a few seconds. The bad news is that you will probably need to get wrecked by this move once or twice to get a feel for the timing.
Grapple For Big Hits
Ogre plows past you, you'll get opportunities for snagging its wooden collar with your grapple. Use those chances – you'll get close to a few big attacks, and it's good practice for a tactic you're going to use when you fight Gyoubu soon enough. If you can't get it, you should also grab the Grapple Hook Attack ability from the Shinobi Martial Arts skill tree. That'll let you swing in and do some damage before you even hit the ground.
Don't Be Afraid To Flee
The area around the Ogre has a bunch of key grapple points for a reason. The game is available with a bunch of escape hatches so you can stop the fight, take a second to breathe, and get your bearings. The battle with the Chained Ogre is as much a tutorial as anything else has faced up to now, giving you the tools to deal with a big, tough enemy, while also teaching you the tactics you've used in other fights. Apply. If you are getting busy or just having a hard time, grapple up onto a tree or onto the nearby gate and take a second to reassess the fight. It's also a handy way to get a chance to use a healing item without worrying about being smashed for letting your guard down.
Deflect, Deflect, Deflect
Apart from his big grabs, the Ogre's attacks looks scarier than they actually are – and you can deflect all of them. That includes his big drop kick move, his stompy feet attacks, and his attempts to kick you across the field like in football. Just because you're not using it doesn't mean you can block them, and you definitely should be. Keep your guard up to a lot of incoming damage, and to give yourself openings to attack.
You can also dodge most or all of the Ogre's attacks to give yourself a chance to get in close to land some blows. The drop kick is easy to slip around, giving you a chance to cut away and clear some of the Ogre's vitality. Blocking will help you break its posture sooner, though, while while Souls and Bloodborne players might feel like dodging is the right move, it's actually slowing down your ability to win the fight. Break the Ogre's posture and grab your deathblows for the win.