General Kuranosuke Matsumoto is one of the optional mini-bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Defeat him to gain access to the castle where you can get Sabimaru - one of the prosthetic tools. This mini-boss isn't big of a challenge - he resembles other generals you have faced earlier. Below you can find additional tips for this fight.
Where can I find General Kuranosuke Matsumoto?
Location: Ashina Castle
Rewards: Prayer Bead, Divine Grass - a healing medicament in the chest near the door, access to Sabimaru, a prosthetic tool hidden inside the castle.
General Kuranosuke Matsumoto stays in front of the main entrance to Ashina Castle - at the top of the stairs, surrounded by soldiers with rifles. He is an optional mini-boss. Defeat him and you will be able to enter the castle. Sabimaru, a prosthetic tool, is kept on the ground floor.
How to defeat General Kuranosuke Matsumoto?
You can perform the first Deathblow by jumping down on the general from the rooftop of the building on the left. You can sneak there unnoticed but this will be difficult to do. Use this chance to deal a Deathblow - you can't attack the mini-boss from behind.
Use Shinobi Firecracker after the first Deathblow to stun the soldiers with rifles. Eliminate them fast - watch out for those who aren't blinded. Remember, if you don't win the fight, the riflemen will respawn.
To defeat the mini-boss, deflect his attacks and jump over the general's special attack. Thanks to this method, you will be able to defeat him without losing health.
- The mini-boss can use a special technique that reduces posture bar - if you plan on filling up his posture bar, don't let the general use this technique. You can recognize it by white aura around the mini-boss.
- Watch out for the general's special attacks and take the terrain's curvature into consideration - you can still get hit when you stand on the stairs. Fight with the enemy on even ground.
- Use Mikiri Counter to deal with the general's thrusting attacks.