Almost guaranteed victory without taking damage in the hardcore action-adventure!
If you've delved into the samurai world of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, it's fair to say that you've seen your share of in-game deaths.
The latest hardcore action-adventure game developed by FromSoftware, the team behind the Dark Souls and Bloodborne franchises, sees players take on the role of the 'one-armed wolf'. Rescued from the brink of death, you must seek revenge on those who have wronged you as well as track down your captured master.
Of course, your journey won't be easy. FromSoftware is renown for its difficult games that have sparked many 'git gud' debates between gamers.
While Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice offers a fresh take on a familiar playstyle - introducing a stealthier approach in a vibrant 1500s Sengoku Japan setting - the vast amount of powerful enemies and countless opportunities to die is still a key factor.
One of the many challenging mini-bosses near the start of the game is the Chained Ogre, located outside the Ashina Castle. As with most mini-bosses and main boss fights, studying your foe and learning their attacks and patterns is immensely important to succeed.
Failing to prepare or getting carried away in combat can often lead to death with just one hit, and Chained Ogre is no exception. This beast of a foe uses sweeping kicks, a long distance dropkick and - more importantly - one hit kill grab attacks.
There are many enemies who will pose a much greater challenge, but many players have found themselves stuck on this particular mini-boss, especially those who are new to the game and its playstyle. Several online guides will show you Chained Ogre's moves and techniques on how to beat him - but there's actually a very simple trick to kill him, one that should see players leave the battle unscathed.
It may take a little longer than going in all guns (sword) blazing, but if you're really struggling and just want to see what's beyond the castle entrance, give this a go.
How to beat Chained Ogre... the easy way
First things first, there are a number of enemies nearby that could be a nuisance during the mini-boss battle, so it's better to deal with them now. To the left of the sculptor idol, there's a giant black rooster - one easy way is to jump over to the platform that it's standing on and sneak up behind it to perform a silent takedown.
Next head over the small building to your right where you'll see two samurai warriors. You can attack both straight away, or, sneak around to the left and stealth assassinate one of them from the small roof above them, leaving you with a one on one battle.
So, the next part requires some swift movement, head up the stairs towards the Chained Ogre and immediately turn left, heading up the small hill. Here, you'll find a spearman samurai who will almost instantly charge at you.
Dodge to the side and attack him quickly, you'll have a few seconds before Chained Ogre isn't chained up anymore and begins charging towards you. Ideally, you need him to charge towards the back wall/fence/cover and destroy the wooden spikes - that way you'll have better access to attacking him.
Quickly run behind the back wall/fence/cover either via the gap on the right or around to the left. It's important that once you've made it around the other side, you continue to move and jump in the air - this will keep Chained Ogre's attention on you.
If Chained Ogre loses sight of you, the battle may end and his health will fully replenish. If you fall down to the platform below by accident, get back up the hill as quick as you can to avoid the battle from ending.
If all goes well, you should be in a position where you have a clear view of Chained Ogre on the other side of the wall/fence/cover/whatever it is. Use single jumps to get to a height where you can hit his head with one or two strikes.
Once Chained Ogre's health reaches zero, he will stumble away and you'll need to jump over the wall to perform a 'Deathblow' attack. However, he still has another health bar after this, so be sure to run around or jump back over to the other side of the wall/fence/cover. Repeat this tactic and, once he stumbles back on zero health for the second time, jump over and finish him off!
You'll be rewarded with a Prayer Bead, which can be used to increase your vitality if you collect four of them, and the Shinobi Medicine Rank 1, which increases the effect of healing items.