From Software wasn’t kidding when they said Sekiro was not a Soulsborne type of game. That’s were my first real challenge with Sekiro started. If you are a Dark Souls or Bloodborne fan, you might approach Sekiro with this familiarity. That’s when stuff starts to get complicated. The boss Lady Butterfly is a prime example of this familiarity doing no good. Here are some tips to get over the Butterfly Effect and how to overcome it!

The Butterfly Effect

Lady Butterfly is one of the first bosses in the game to teach you almost everything you need to know to conquer Sekiro. Her move-set is varied, her speed is crushing and her chained attacks unforgiving. Dark Souls and Bloodborne alike, have taught us to learn patiently from bosses. Soulsborne bosses are more of an intricate dance of evasiveness and patience to land hits. Sekiro, on the other hand, has a different ballad for you to dance.

When you fight against Lady Butterfly, you will soon learn that you can’t grind your strength up to defeat her. After many attempts, you’ll also discover that dodging won’t get you through the whole fight. This boss is where you will have that waking effect and realize how deep and unique Sekiro’s combat system is and how to use it to your advantage.

Forget about Dark Souls, surrender to the Shinobi path!

Dark Souls is a tough as nails game. Sekiro is no different in that sense. But, it is a vast departure from how it is intended to be conquered. Sekiro is unforgiving and compels you in every possible way to master its mechanics. To defeat Lady Butterfly and all the upcoming challenges in your path, you must forget what you know; Dark Souls won’t help you here.

There’s no stamina bar here, all there’s left is technique. You will need to forget about combat limitations and focus more on swiftly flowing from one action to the other. Utilizing the prosthetic tools you have at hand and making the best out of every chained action.

Focus on the fight, not on health

Sekiro has a precise combat system. The difference between getting rid of Lady Butterfly or dying once more could be a split second. There’s no room for distractions or to browse through your HUD. Ready every item you need before a battle; in the order you feel more appropriate. Healing and item utilization in Sekiro should be a reflex instead of the last battle resource.

Health bars means nothing for most bosses; if you break their posture, you can execute a deathblow, and their whole health bar is history. There’s no need in obsessing with boss’ health bar; it only serves as a distraction. Instead, always keep your eyes in the enemy and their cues.

Don’t run, return sword for sword

Sekiro encourages you to face enemies, no matter the size. There’s no reward in rolling away here. Lady Butterfly isn’t a huge monster, but she sure is a significant pain. Whenever a danger sign pops up, that means the next enemy move can’t be countered. When this happens, try to learn the appropriate way to dodge it and retaliate. This mechanic is very counterintuitive at first. Some spear thrusts are avoided by going forward towards the spear and performing a particular type of counter.


Learning this will make your enemy’s most deadly attacks, your most significant aid to bring them down fast. Bosses often are big, ominous and every adjective you could think about when referring to From Software. Even though that’s the case, you can gain every skill needed to break through their most deadly weapons and defenses.

Take your time, be like water

Bruce Lee wasn’t a shinobi, but hey! The “be like water advice” applies here. Take some runs with any boss and dodge and deflect, don’t even bother trying to attack. Learn what they are about, observe their cues, discover how to counter their unavoidable attacks, and finally, adapt. Learn how the Butterfly moves before you attack!

You will be surprised how bosses you thought were in an otherworldly level of difficulty are later on barely depleting your health bar. Sekiro isn’t easy to master. Well, at least not for most of us I believe. But, it is gratifying. Sekiro demands patience and, in a worthwhile trade-off, you receive a sense of accomplishment that few games can pull off.

Once you’re over that Butterfly Effect and realize Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is its own kind of beast, you will surely enjoy mastering its quirks and perks a lot more. Sekiro can be a frustrating game, yes, but it can also be a testament of success on your gaming record.

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