A complete guide to defeating the Lone Shadow Longswordsman, Juzou and Ashina Elite – Jinsuke Saze.
Ashina Elite – Jinsuke Saze
Jinsuke Saze is a ridiculously easy boss fight that can be done in mere seconds. When this boss does his combo hit (indicated by the white light just before he hits you), just double tap the block button. Keep doing this and his posture meter will fill up. Once that is done, do the deathblow attack. Rinse and repeat for the second life bar and you will win this fight with next to no effort.
Juzou can be quite a tough boss given he is surrounded by his minions. However, you can lure him to the pond where there is no one (the pond is the area where the NPC is standing, but don’t approach him yet). The very first thing you need to do is to take down the two guards inside the room near the pond, towards the west side of the courtyard. After you have done so, return back to the entrance (there is a short staircase). Now go towards the pond slowly until the boss sees you (indicated by yellow and then red). The boss will come running at you. Now run towards the pond and ensure that the health bar of the boss is no longer visible. This means that the boss is no longer aware about your presence and is making its way back to its original position. Once this happens, quickly run to the boss and back stab him to drain the first of his two health bars.
Now lure him back to the pond, but this time speak to the NPC. Ensure that the boss is aware about your presence (indicated by the visibility of the boss’ health bar on the top left of your screen). Now, the NPC and you can finish this boss easily. His minions won’t even attack you because they are not aware of what is going with their leader!
Lone Shadow Longswordsman
Ensure you have the Whirlwind Slash equipped. Before this boss fights begins, you will meet an NPC and there is an entrance nearby. Don’t go through that entrance, instead go ahead and you will come across a small opening. And right below that opening is the Lone Shadow Longswordsman.
Simply lock on the boss and jump on it to inflict the first death blow. First health bar taken care of. For the second health, try and inflict damage using the Whirlwind Slash. The area of effect of this combat art is quite large, specially in an enclosed area where this boss fight takes place. Also, don’t use lock on for this boss, just let it complete its attack, dodge and do the Whirlwind Slash. We also recommend that you allow the boss to come to you, and when it comes near you and is about to attack, do the Whirlwind Slash. Rinse and repeat and you should be done with him soon.