Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - Posture System

A basic guide on the posture system in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Sekiro Posture System

About Posture

Posture Gauge

The Posture Gauge is shown at the top and bottom of the screen. The enemy’s Posture Gauge is at the top, under their HP bar, while the player’s is at the bottom.

Sekiro Posture System

Enemy Posture

When an enemy’s Posture Gauge is full, it will break and allow the player to perform a Shinobi Deathblow to take them down.

Posture Recovery Methods

Your posture recovers automatically over time, as does your enemy’s. The less HP you have, the more time it takes to recover posture. Even with broken posture, you can still perform evasive actions to avoid an enemy’s follow-up attack.

Breaking Enemy Posture

How to Deal Posture Damage
1 Method

  • Dealing melee damage.


  • Melee attacks are the only way to deal posture damage. Ranged attacks will not.
2 Method

  • An enemy guards a melee attack.


  • You will still deal Posture damage on blocking enemies, though only a little. This is not the case for ranged attacks.
3 Method

  • Blocking enemy attacks for extended periods.


  • If you guard enemy attacks for a lengthy period, your Posture will easily break. The default button for guarding is L1.

How to Efficiently Break Enemy Posture

Deflect and Counter

Performing a successful deflection against an enemy’s attack allows you to quickly damage their Posture. In addition, you can efficiently stack Posture damage by quickly attacking enemies after you deflect their attacks.

Deflecting enemy attacks requires you to properly time the guard button (L1) at a frame during the attack animation. You won’t be able to successful deflect attacks by mashing the L1 button.

Sekiro Posture System

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