Shadow of the Samurai Quest Walkthrough | How to Beat Ryuzo | Ghost of Tsushima

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This is a quest walkthrough for the Tale Shadow of the Samurai in Ghost of Tsushima. Keep reading to find out how to complete this Tale, where to find it, and its rewards!

Shadow of the Samurai Quest Location

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Location Region
Komatsu Forge Izuhara
Prerequisite The Iron Hook

Shadow of the Samurai Quest Walkthrough

1 Use your gappling hook and scale the cliffs of the castle.
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2 Once inside, find the alarm. Use your stealth skills to get to the alarm without being seen and raise the alarm.
3 Next you will have to clear the courtyard to secure the siege weapon. Take out the Mongols stealthily or in open combat. Speak to Masako after.
4 Meet up with Yuna at the bridge. Now its time to take out the Mongols guarding the bridge. Cross the bridge to continue.
5 The gate on the other side is going to be locked. Find a way around. There are cliffs you can go down on the right of the gate. Go down and around to find an opening.
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6 Open the gate and let Yuna in. Defeat more of the Mongols. After defeating them proceed to the main courtyard. The gate is going to be locked so you will have to find an opening.
7 Open the gate and let Yuna in. Defeat more of the Mongols. After defeating them proceed to the main courtyard.
8 Defeat Ryuzo in a duel.
(Ryuzo boss battle guide below!)
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9 Defeat the remaining Mongols guarding the keep. Enter the keep. Looks like Lord Shimura is being kept at the top floor. Climp up the keep and take out the Mongols in your way.
10 Defeat the Mongol guards once at the top and free Lord Shimura.
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11 Follow Uncle Shimura into battle and defeat the rest of the Mongols.

Boss Fight: Ryuzo

Strategy Checklist
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Use Stone Stance

Stone Stance attacks work best against swordsmen like Ryuzo especially for staggering. Quickly stagger Ryuzo to leave him open for your attacks.

How to Unlock All Stances

Dodge or Parry Blue Attacks

You can only parry Ryuzo's blue attacks after you unlock the Unyielding Sword Parry Samurai Technique. If you haven't unlocked it yet, you should just dodge it instead.

Ryuzo's blue attacks deal a lot of damage so memorize the attack animation, time your parry perfectly, and counter with a deadly strike.

If you are still having difficulty in parrying it, you can try dodging it and attack as soon as you can.

How to Parry

Always Dodge Red Attacks

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Red attacks are both unblockable and unparryable so be sure to dodge them. Keep in mind that after a red attack, Ryuzo might still perform more normal slashes right away so prepare to parry them.

Attack when Ryuzo Sheathes His Sword

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Sometimes during the battle, Ryuzo will sheathe his sword, hinting a swift and sudden red attack. This is actually an opportunity to attack as Ryuzo won't be able to block.

After you attack him a few times, he will let out a few slashes so be on guard.

Maintain Safe Distance

Basically, the best way to win this battle is to keep your distance from Ryuzo to easily dodge his attacks and parry or unleash your own attacks when you can.

Shadow of the Samurai Quest Rewards

Major Legend Increase - -

Ghost of Tsushima Related Links

Prologue Walkthrough
Act 1: Rescue Lord Shimura
The Warrior's Code The Tale of Sensei Ishikawa The Broken Blacksmith
Blood on the Grass The Tale of Lady Masako The Tale of Ryuzo
Hammer and Forge The Iron Hook Shadow of the Samurai
A New Horizon - -
Act 2
A Message in Fire The Walls of Yarikawa Ghosts from the Past
The Coward of Yarikawa The Ghost of Yarikawa A Reckoning in Blood
The Fate of Tsushima From the Darkness -
Act 3
Honor and Ash Wolves at the Gates A Gathering Storm
Heart of the Jito Eternal Blue Sky The Tale of Lord Shimura

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