We have brought you a guide on how to beat Juzou the Drunkard in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice. We have provided extra ways to defeat him, so read carefully.

FromSoftware and Activision developed and published Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a 2019 action-adventure game. Wolf, a shinobi, is trying to avenge the attack and kidnapping of his lord by a samurai clan in the game. On March 19, 2019, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One received the game, and on October 19, 2020, Stadia received it.

Stealth, exploration, and fighting are all important aspects of the game, with boss bouts taking center stage. The game is set in a fictionalized Japan during the Sengoku era, and it contains several connections to Buddhist mythology and philosophy. Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s principal director, intended to develop a unique intellectual property (IP) that was distinct from FromSoftware’s Souls series of games. For inspiration, the game looked to series like The Mysterious Murasame Castle and Tenchu.

Juzou Following Shinobi Hunter Enshin of Misen in our overview of the game’s bosses and mini-bosses, the Drunkard is one of the first genuine bosses in Sekiro, appearing in the game’s Hirata Estate memory section. The Drunkard Juzou may be found just after the Hirata Estate – Main Hall Sculptor’s Idol, flanked by guards and appearing to be well-protected. We’ll go through how to beat Juzou in the section below. The Drunkard, as well as any exceptionally powerful ways or flaws they may have.

How to Beat Juzou The Drunkard

Juzou the Drunkard is likely to be the most difficult boss you’ve encountered so far – at least, he will be if you rush to the Hirata Estate memory spot as soon as you get the bell charm. After the Hirata Estate – Main Hall Sculptor’s Idol, there are at least a half-dozen guards to beat around the corner. This is followed by another eight on the opposite side of the pond before the Drunkard is left alone.

Between the nearest Sculptor’s Idol and Juzou, there are several foes. Ignore anybody who isn’t in the boss’s inner circle. Sprint through the opponents and turn left to enter the water from the bonfire. Keep your health in mind. They aren’t going to follow you.

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How to beat Juzou The Drunkard: Kill others first

How to beat Juzou The Drunkard
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Your initial priority should be to remove the weak adversaries in the area before tackling Juzou. Face the building that Juzou defends from the shelter of the pond. Sneak enter the home by going all the way to your left. With a Deathblow from behind, kill the first adversary you see, as well as the enemy in the hall. 

Through the home, follow the corridor. The journey will come to a halt near a shield-wielding adversary (right by Juzou). The real battle begins here. Your objective will be to remove the low-level adversaries, and there is a method for doing so.

Jump down and use a Deathblow on the protected guard near Juzou. Hurry up to the archer and kill him. The remainder of the enemy will follow you as you flee the home toward the water. Kill them all for as long as it takes. Run back into the corridor to clear the distance between you, your foes, and Juzou. They should be singled out. Never battle more than one foe at the same time.

You will be able to free the camera from the shield soldier after giving him the death blow. Then dash over to the nearest right stairwell and go back the way you came. Back out of the building and across the river to the far side of the river, where you may hide in plain sight. You’ll lose all aggro after a few seconds, and the enemies will reset.

How to beat Juzou The Drunkard: The real fight

How to beat Juzou The Drunkard
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Juzou is now standing in the center of the space, behind three guards and in front of the two guards that were by his side while he was seated. Rep for the central guard behind him what you just did. Sneak through the buildings to the other side of the pond, hop down as near to the wall as possible, deathblow the center one, run back up the stairs and out the way you came, hide, and repeat.

The same thing will happen to the second protected soldier, only this time his death will not warn the others. Collect the Sen and slip ahead to the archer on Juzou the Drunkard’s far left when he’s down. Deathblow him, free the camera, and rush back up the steps and back the way you came – don’t walk right back past the Samurai into the reeds, or you’ll set him off too soon. Hide on the other side of the pond and wait for them to reset.

You have two choices now

How to beat Juzou The Drunkard
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Now that Juzou the Drunkard is down to two guards, you have two choices: try to deathblow them while they’re partially in his line of sight, or engage him in combat right now. Start the combat with him by sneaking around the same way you did before, getting up close behind him, popping any sugar items you want to use, then stealth Deathblowing him to remove one mark. Keep your distance from him now and attempt to eliminate the other two troops one by one while avoiding triggering the Samurai.

When you are one on one with the Samurai, lure him very close to him in the reeds, so they will begin fighting. The battle has begun. Another thing to keep in mind with this method is that you can still lose aggro even after you have dealt him one Deathblow. The Deathblow markers on his body will return to two if you do. Then you can easily sneak back around behind him to bring him back down to one. He will also reset in his position, out in the open.

If you did not like this option to beat Juzou, then we have another one for you.

Talk to Nogami Gensai

Talk to Nogami Gensai
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Hurry over to Nogami Gensai, who is standing on the water’s edge. If you speak to the NPC, he will join the combat. He’s only useful in one way: he keeps Juzou distracted. And you have the upper hand while the boss is preoccupied.

Stay behind Juzou and strike while Nogami Gensai is distracted. Keep an eye out for his massive windups, which indicate an impending attack. Block. Dodge, then press the attack button to launch a strong counterattack. Back up to re-energize your health and posture. To counter his strikes, use the Flame Barrel Prosthetic Tool. Attack with zeal. When he has his attention on you, look for possibilities for a step dodge and a dodge counterattack. He has a powerful overhead swing and a flat-palmed punch that are both easy to avoid.

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