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|Location(s)||Moon Cave (100 years ago)|
Ark of Yamato
|Weakness(es)||8 Purification Sake|
|Attack method||Elemental attacks|
|Background music||Yamata-no-Orochi's Extermination II|
|“||No one knows where Orochi surfaced from. But ever since it appeared, the world's gone crazy.||”|
True Orochi is quite similar to his weaker present-day counterpart Orochi, but has some alterations to mark his form at its peak of power. The demonic serpent still has eight heads, each bearing a unique element with its own kanji, going clockwise: Fire, Earth, Poison, Light, Lightning, Water, Wind and Darkness. At the base of the eight necks is a shrine on a stone pedestal, with surrounding lanterns and plants, resembling a zen garden. In the shrine hangs a gigantic bell, which generates an impenetrable barrier that shields True Orochi from any damage. The shrine and the bell is covered in gold plates, signifying the status and power of True Orochi. It is also covered in golden armor plating (instead of being bare with only the helmet like Orochi), and its helmet is also covered in gold.
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BackgroundTrue Orochi's origins are unknown, though there is a space for him within the Ark of Yamato, suggesting the ark once housed him. Orochi attacked and devastated the Celestial Plain two centuries ago, killing many Celestials. Waka and the survived Celestials fled on the Ark of Yamato (although everyone except Waka would later be slain during the Ark of Yamato genocide). Following the advice of Waka, Amaterasu dragged True Orochi back down to the mortal plain to wait for the birth of Nagi and fulfill the legend. Amaterasu then settles in the mortal realm for some time and is joined by Ishaku. True Orochi becomes the master of several demons and settles in the Moon Cave, terrorizing the nearby village Kamiki, consuming the souls of maiden sacrifices yearly to ensure his continued vitality. However, Amaterasu, after crossing the Spirit Gate, defeated him and sealed him within the Moon Cave. When Orochi is freed in the present, he is weakened and no longer in this form, instead needing a blood pact with a descendant of Nagi, Susano, to return to it.
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"No other monsters inspire the awe than this giant serpent demands.
It has eight heads, eight tails, terrifying red eyes burning with rage and an
underbelly scraped bloody and raw. All on a body large enough to grow
trees on. This is the legendary Orochi, said to be fond of drink.
Behold, O (mountain) RO (of) CHI (dark spirits)! OROCHI!"
- Main article: Orochi#Strategy
True Orochi's strategy is very similar to his weaker countpart, however, Amaterasu must to defeat him, intoxicate a head twice.
- True Orochi is the only boss fought in a different time period than the one in which Ōkami takes place.