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Rise of the Ronin: How to beat Bladesmith? Rise of the Ronin guide, tips

During the prologue of the game Rise of the Ronin you have to defeat the boss of the Bladesmith twice. This page of the guide describes the confrontations from the main quests Veiled Edge Village and The Setting Sun.

Last update: 03 April 2024

Bladesmith is a boss that must be faced twice during the prologue of Rise of the Ronin. This page explains how to defeat the Bladesmith boss during battles in the Veiled Edge Village and The Setting Sun main quests.

First battle - Veiled Edge Village

  1. The Bladesmith is the guardian of the Blade Twins, responsible for their training. The first fight is treated as a training and part of a tutorial on the basics of the combat system.
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  1. Reach the southern arena in the village. First, you need to practice basic moves in a sparring match with the other twin. After completing it, you will face the Bladesmith.
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  1. Focus on perfecting your execution of Countersparks. To successfully perform a counter, press Triangle exactly at the moment of the opponent's attack.
  2. The Bladesmith can perform several attacks in a row, and in order to stop them, you must Counterspark every attack. If you're not good at it, you can dodge - you have to get out of the Bladesmith's reach.
  3. During combat, you can switch to the other Blade Twin (L1 + up on the d-pad). This will allow you to attack the boss who is busy fighting with the second playable character.
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  1. Correct counters can gradually charge the opponent's panic gauge and deplete her Ki. Use various combat skills (hold R1 and press one of the attack buttons).
  2. Your goal should be to break the boss's stance. A red icon will then appear - you can perform a critical hit (Triangle) to deal a lot of damage.
  3. Move away from the boss to heal yourself. Prevent your Ki from completely depleting - if it is low, move away from the Bladesmith and wait for the blue bar to restore automatically.
  4. The fight will not end with the Bladesmith's death. Defeating the master will allow you to continue the prologue.

Second battle - The Setting Sun

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  1. Expect the second confrontation during your next visit to the village, this time in a snowy setting.
  2. After reaching the same arena, you must first defeat 2 groups of assassins. Use the fact that many of them are focused on fighting the Bladesmith and attack them from behind.
  3. Try not to lose too much health in this fight, and if you do, heal yourself at the end, because the boss fight will start immediately after defeating the assassins.
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  1. The most important new feature is that the Bladesmith can use combat skills. The hardest one to avoid is the jump combined with releasing the grappling hook (the above picture). All attacks of this type are signaled in red - you have a short moment to dodge or counterspark.
  2. Parrying the red attack is very risky, because it must be perfect. So it's safer to dodge.
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  1. Another important element of this fight is avoiding total Ki exhaustion and going into a panicked state (example in the picture - red warning at the bottom of the screen). Your character may then be stunned and become defenseless for a short while. The Bladesmith will use this chance to attack.
  2. Dodge or avoid the boss's series of attacks, then go on the offensive and wait for the opportunity to make a critical hit. This time it is a fight to the death, so it must end with the defeat of the Bladesmith. You will finish the prologue and advance to chapter 1.
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